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Donna and Gerald Rocque

Gerard and Donna Rocque of Fredonia celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married May 26, 1956 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Silver Creek. The Rev. Monsignor Edmund J. O’Connor was the celebrant. Mr. Rocque is the son of the late Rosalie and Leo Rocque of Whitehall, ...

Louis and Janet Nalbone

Louis and Janet Nalbone recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Cocoa Beach, Florida with their adult children and grandson: Jennifer (Chris Warner) Nalbone, Leonard (Kara) Nalbone, and Jessica (Tim Kiernan) Nalbone and grandson, Emmett Louis Kiernan. Louis and Janet were ...

Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Peterson

Robert and Jeannine Peterson celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, April 17. Robert E. Peterson and the former Jeannine M. Fuller were wed Saturday, April 17, 1971 in St. Mary’s Church in Dunkirk. The Rev. Godfrey Kasper, CP Pastor, officiated the ceremony and Mass. ...

William and Frances Sayers

William and Frances Sayers of Fredonia celebrated their 70th wedding anniversay on March 31, 2021. They have resided in Fredonia all their lives. He is retired from Fredonia State College maintenance department. The couple has five sons: Robert of Fredonia, Michael (Donna) of Lakewood, ...

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Pasture walk to include discussion topics, presenters

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture program will host a pasture walk hosted by Brehm Farm Inc., owned and operated by Bradley and Jessica Brehm, in Falconer. Anyone interested in learning more about improving pastures to graze their livestock are encouraged to ...

Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary Unit 1280 meets

CASSADAGA — The Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary Unit 1280 held their regular monthly meeting at the Legion Post, Tuesday, May 11 with 14 senior members attending; all officers were present. Guidelines were followed according to the governor’s protocol; masks were worn, social distancing was ...

Cassadaga Cemetery Association holds annual meeting

CASSADAGA — The Cassadaga Cemetery Association recently held the annual meeting with officers and trustees in the Jefferson Hall in the village. President Scott Dibble welcomed all to the meeting and led the group in a prayer. John Sipos, village historian, led all in the pledge of ...

Mayville Food Pantry offers help

MAYVILLE — The Mayville Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Food Pantry, located at 99 S. Erie St. or the Cheryl Steinbach Outreach Center, has continued serving those residing in the Chautauqua Lake Central School District to supplement their monthly food needs. Even if a family is ...

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The unruly garden

By SARAH HATFIELD Education Coordinator, Audubon Community Nature Center I recently was sitting in my garden, looking the chaos, and thought “all those people with those neat garden beds and straight lines of veggies, I wish my garden looked like that.” And then I saw the swallowtail ...

Teaching conservation

Prior to COVID-19, the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District hosted an annual Envirothon workshop and competition in Chautauqua County that educated high school students about the importance of conservation at all levels. At the last workshop held at the SUNY Fredonia ...

Community support funds flowers for downtown Dunkirk

Hanging flower baskets returned to brighten Dunkirk’s downtown for the seventh consecutive year, just in time for Memorial Day. Community enthusiasm and financial support for this civic beautification effort of Revitalize Dunkirk Inc., have increased steadily since the project’s ...

Looking at the positive impact of dairy farming

By KATELYN WALLEY-STOLL Farm Business Management Specialist with the SWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program Summer just wouldn’t be the same without dripping ice cream cones, melted cheese on hamburgers, and a nice cold glass of milk with dinner. Milk is plentiful in our area ...

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SUNY Fredonia releases Dean’s List

State University of New York at Fredonia President Stephen H. Kolison, Jr., Ph.D. announced that approximately 1,600 students have been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2021 semester. Dean’s List students have earned a grade point average of at least 3.30 or higher for that semester ...

Brocton names May Students of the Month

BROCTON — Brocton Central School officials have named the school’s middle and high school students of the month for May. Colie Bundy, seventh grade, is the daughter of Leah and Brian Bundy. She is a member of the modified volleyball team. She is also a defender/stopper for the modified ...

Area resident honored by Colby College

Heather N. Jahrling from Chautauqua, NY, has been selected as one of Colby College’s Senior Standouts. Each year, Colby selects a group of graduating students who represent the academic breadth and excellence of the College. Jahrling was chosen because of her focus on the intersection of ...

Jamestown Community College announces academic awards

The following Jamestown Community College students received academic awards from the college’s Jamestown campus in May 2021. Collins: Aimee Zynda (AAUW Transfer Award and Harold R. Andersen Memorial Scholarship) Conewango Valley: Payton Swanson (Freshman Environmental Science Award and ...

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Connor Brooks Kies

Philip and Shelby Kies welcomed an infant son, Connor Brooks Kies, on Dec. 14, 2020, at Magee Womens UPMC Hamot, in Erie, Pa. Grandparents are Tore and Beverly Arvidson of Bemus Point, Monika (Howard) Miller-Kies of Groveland, Fl, and John (Ahmed) Kies of Erie, Pa.

Zander Ives Golem

Zander Ives Golem was born in his Dunkirk home at home on November 14, 2020. Zander was born into his mother Evan Golem’s arms, while being supported by her husband Eric Golem and her mother, Lynn Hoth. Zander weighed 8lbs 13oz and was 21.5 inches long. The home birth was attended by Jennifer ...

Rowan Jay-Scott Stoll

A son, Rowan Jay-Scott Stoll weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces and 20 ½ inches tall was born at 4:22 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2020, to Alicia Colvenback and Ron Stoll of Fredonia born at Mercy Hospital. Proud grandparents are Brian and Jen Colvenback of Fredonia and Ron and Pat Stoll of Little Valley.

Birth: Radnor Elias Manzella

Radnor Elias Manzella was born Monday, March 23 at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the son of Elias and Amanda (Wojcinski) Manzella of Nashville. Happy Grandparents are John and Kim Wojcinski of Kenmore and Tom and Deanne Manzella of Westfield. Surviving ...

Engagements | VIEW ALL

Sierra Cross and Kevin Rocque

Ralph and Margaret Cross of Leon announce the engagement of their daughter, Sierra Harleigh, to Kevin Michael Rocque, the son of Timothy and Ruthann Rocque of Silver Creek. Miss Cross is a graduate of Pine Valley Central School, St. Bonaventure University, and the State University of ...

T.J. Harrie and Suzanne Teta

David and Renee Teta of St. Augustine, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter Suzanne Teta to T.J.Harris, both of Jacksonville, Fla., and originally from Dunkirk. T.J. is the son of Tony and Patti Harris of Jacksonville, Fla. Teta is a graduate of the University of North Florida and ...

Gwen Stokes and Matthew Gostomski

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Jennifer Stokes of Fredonia are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Gwen Katherine. The prospective groom, Matthew Scott Gostomski, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott and Tracy Gostomski of Cattaraugus. Stokes is a 2020 cum laude graduate of Houghton ...

Stephanie F. Rogers and Daniel J. Buehler

John and Aimee Rogers of Forestville, N.Y., and Phil and April Buehler of Rapid City, S.D., announce the engagement of their children, Stephanie F. Rogers to Daniel J. Buehler. Stephanie, a 2017 graduate of Children of Mary Homeschooling, attended Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., for ...

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HOPE Day 2021 nets $317,228 for annual Appeal

HOPE Day, the annual 24-hour match challenge day of giving to benefit Appeal 2021, brought in $260,016. Matching funds of $57,212 added to this total increase HOPE Day’s grand total to $317,228, towards the annual Appeal’s $10 million goal in support of Catholic Charities and the Fund for ...

Catholic Charities appoints Ricketts to District Director of Chautauqua County

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has announced the appointment of Melanie Ricketts as district director of Chautauqua County. Ricketts succeeds Maria Perez-Cruz who retired earlier this year. Ricketts joined Catholic Charities in 2010 in the multisystemic therapy program, serving as a therapist ...

Church to hold chicken and biscuit dinner

FORESTVILLE — A chicken and biscuit dinner will be held at St. Rose of Lima in Forestville on Wednesday. The menu is biscuits with chicken gravy made by Jeff at the Colony, green salad, vegetable, cranberry sauce and dessert. The dinner will be available for pickup only at the St. Rose of ...

Church to hold craft and vendor show

SINCLAIRVILLE — Park United Methodist Church in Sinclairville will host a craft and vendor show Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks will be required to attend.

Weddings | VIEW ALL

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Gostomski

Gwen K. Stokes and Matthew S. Gostomski were united in marriage on May 23, 2021 at the home of the bride’s grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Josef Powell in Conewango Valley. The double-ring ceremony was performed by Reverend James LaBarr and Pastor Will Lowry. The bride is the daughter of Thomas ...

Mr. and Mrs. Ryan M. Scott

Meghan E. Gallivan and Ryan M. Scott were united in marriage on April 24, 2021, at the home of the bride’s parents with the father of the bride officiating. The bride is the daughter of Edward and Lisa Gallivan of Silver Creek. The groom is the son of Michael and Karen Scott of Rochester. ...

Dr. and Mrs. Randy Elf

Hilary Anne Kurtz and Dr. Randolph Scott Elf were united in marriage Dec. 28, 2019, in First Lutheran Church in Jamestown. The Rev. Daniel K. Nagle, pastor, and the Rev. Paul R. Messner, former vicar of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Jamestown, performed the 3 p.m. ceremony. The reception was at ...

Mr. and Mrs. Marc Anthony Pappas

Michele Christine Ebert and Marc Anthony Nel Pappas of Pineville, N.C., were united in marriage on October 10, 2020, at Glassmine Falls, N.C. The bride is the daughter of David A. and Tammy L. Ebert of Dunkirk, N.Y. The groom is the son of Dennis and Henriette Pappas of Charlotte, N.C. The ...

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Silver Creek Seniors meet

The Silver Creek Seniors met on June 15 with 25 members present. President Ed Newman welcomed Inez Edler. He then said that Earl Sheeler had just brought in hot dogs from the grill, so lunch would be first on the agenda. After everyone had their fill, we said The Pledge to the Flag and sang ...

Dunkirk Senior Citizens schedule events

The Dunkirk Senior Center will be having a “Welcome Summer” picnic lunch on Wednesday, June 23, from noon to 2 p.m. The menu will include a hot dog, potato salad, pasta salad, baked beans and dessert. The cost is $2 per member. Door prizes/50-50 raffle will be held. Stop in the Senior ...

State OFA to offer classes for senior citizens

The state Office for the Aging is partnering with The Association on Aging in New York and GetSetUp to offer 50,000 classes featuring more than 300 different course options developed by and for older adults. The GetSetUp curriculum and community are designed to combat social isolation and ...

Sheridan Seniors return after over a year

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Seniors recently met after over a year because of COVID-19 restrictions. There were just under 20 members in attendance. The welcome back meeting started by singing the “Happy Seniors Song” followed by the “Pledge of Alliance “ and singing “God Bless ...

Entertainment | VIEW ALL

Opera House adds City of Ali

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center has added the documentary City of Ali to its films that can be streamed online in the Opera House Screening Room. The Opera House Screening Room provides movies and other digital programming online to its patrons in the wake of COVID-19, as ...

‘Camp Rock’ performances draw strong sales in Westfield

WESTFIELD — You can’t keep a good production down — or good students. With the onset of the COVID pandemic, all school theater and music productions were suspended. But this was not to be the case in 2021. After more than four months of hard work, staff and students of Westfield Academy ...

Film set in county to premier this week

“Mother’s Day,” the first feature film of local filmmaker Travis Carlson’s career, is set to premier in Buffalo this month. Carlson, a Cassadaga Central School and a State University of New York College at Buffalo graduate, decided to set and shoot “Mother’s Day” in his ...

Cassadaga Lakes Summer Concert Series announced

CASSADAGA — The Citizens for a Better Cassadaga proudly announce the 2021 Cassadaga Lakes Summer Concert Series. All concerts take place at Cassadaga Beach, located on Park Ave. in the village. On Wednesday, June 16 from 6-8 p.m., there will be a strawberry social and the American Eagle ...

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Film set in county to premier this week

“Mother’s Day,” the first feature film of local filmmaker Travis Carlson’s career, is set to premier in Buffalo this month. Carlson, a Cassadaga Central School and a State University of New York College at Buffalo graduate, decided to set and shoot “Mother’s Day” in his ...

Cassadaga Lakes Summer Concert Series announced

CASSADAGA — The Citizens for a Better Cassadaga proudly announce the 2021 Cassadaga Lakes Summer Concert Series. All concerts take place at Cassadaga Beach, located on Park Ave. in the village. On Wednesday, June 16 from 6-8 p.m., there will be a strawberry social and the American Eagle ...

Duggan to present all-Bach concert at Opera House

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center will present Fr. Sean Duggan in a special all-Bach concert streamed in real time from the Opera House stage on Thursday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. Duggan will perform two of Bach’s most recognized keyboard pieces, the Goldberg Variations and ...

JCC Music Department to host virtual concerts

JAMESTOWN — The music department at SUNY Jamestown Community College will present two virtual concerts in May to showcase the college’s student musicians. “JCC student ensembles have continued to make music in spite of the challenges brought by the pandemic, and the music department is ...