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Frank and Shirley DeJohn

Frank and Shirley DeJohn of Fredonia celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Here is a portion of the announcement that was published on that day in the Dunkirk OBSERVER: An altar decorated with vases of white gladioli provided the background this morning for the ...

Earl and Irene Blakely

Earl and Irene (Frederickson) Blakely celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married on Aug. 17, 1957, at the Hanover Center Church in Hanover Center. Anna Frederickson (Maid of Honor) and Donald Blakely (Best Man) were in attendance with several family members and friends.

Geraldine S. (Kropat) and Ronald B. Waite

Geraldine and Ronald Waite were married on June 5, 1957, at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Cassadaga with Father Robert Versen officiating. Their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren hosted a celebration of their wedding anniversary on Sunday, July 3. Geraldine ...

Peter and Vicki Notaro celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Peter and Vicki Bliss Notaro were married May 27, 1972, at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Fredonia. The Rev. Thomas Carlesimo was the officiant. Peter is a retired owner/optician of Precision Vision and a retired client advocate at The Resource Center. Vicki worked as the Activities ...

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MONDAY, FEB. 6 Triple P Positive Parenting Program: free discussion group The Resource Center, 186 Lake Shore Drive W., Dunkirk, 10 a.m. to noon. Topic: Hassle-free shopping. To register for a workshop, call Lucy at 716 679-8946. Walk-ins welcome. Attendance incentive. Darwin R. Library ...

Southwestern sees ‘immense interest’ in flag football team

Southwestern Central School is taking steps to field a girls flag football team this spring. The district is among a handful locally to promote what is becoming an increasingly popular sport in high schools. School board members at Southwestern are expected to approve the appointments of ...

Area police

Dunkirk Police Department ¯ Angela Goetz, 40, of Dunkirk, was arrested Jan. 18 and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, and petit larceny. ¯ Chris Cancel-Vazquez, 24, of Dunkirk, was arrested Jan. 19 and ...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1 TOPS NY 890 meeting First United Presbyterian Church, 35 Park Place, Silver Creek. Weigh-ins begin at 8:45 a.m., meeting starts at 9:35 a.m. All are welcome. Use the Main Street entrance. For details, call 716 680-0313. Gowanda High School presents: “The Lightning ...

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Cassadaga Fire holds installation banquet

CASSADAGA — The Cassadaga Volunteer Fire Department recently held its 2023 installation banquet at the Cassadaga Fire Hall in the village. The volunteer fire department was organized in 1924, and is in its 99th year of serving the village. Incoming president of the fire department Danna ...

Just between us …

Buffalo State University is pleased to recognize the following students who have been named to the Fall 2022 Dean’s List. In general, students who have completed at least 12 credit hours and who have attained a GPA of 3.5 or higher qualify for the Buffalo State dean’s list. Local students ...

Chadwick Bay Women meet Feb. 21

The New York State Women Inc. Chadwick Bay Chapter donated sweatshirts, blankets, socks, snacks, and toiletries to make Christmas a little nicer for the disadvantaged young adults in our area. The upcoming event of visiting the residents at the WCA Home in February for an ice cream social ...

Ripley Quilters donate to agency

Ripley Library Quilters have donated handmade quilts for distribution to female senior citizens who receive Meals on Wheels in the Ripley and Westfield areas. Helping to create the quilts, and give to Jamestown Meals on Wheels Executive Director Barrie Yochim, right, are, from left, Debbie ...

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Top School 3 students named

The November Students of the Month were named at Dunkirk School 3. In row one, from left, are: Owen Ni, Natalie Wise, represented School 3 at the December Board of Education meeting; Charlotte Trippy and Vivianna Lockett. In row two are: Kisun Peters, principal, School 3, Ishtar Gautier ...

Just between us …

Students from Chautauqua County were named to the 2022 fall dean’s List at Alfred State. They include: Zachary Fischer, Chautauqua Lake Central School; Josiah Graham, Home Schooled; Joey Gullo, Fredonia High School; Michael Holt, Fredonia High School; Saige Keefe, Chautauqua Lake Central ...

NCCS lists honor, merit roll students

These are the students from Northern Chautauqua Catholic School in Dunkirk who made the Honor Roll, Second Honors and Merit Roll for the first marking period. Honor roll Fourth grade — Madeline Woelfle, Cain Palmer, Maddison Mackowiak, Turner Morris, Kara Harrington, Avery Brown, Violet ...

School 5 students of November named

Recently several students from Dunkirk School 5 were presented Student of the Month certificates for the month of November. Honored as the overall Student of the Month and recognized at a recent Board of Education meeting is Aaron Thomas. Pictured in row one is: Liam Rosas, Ivan Sanchez, ...

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Naomi Ray Steinhoff

Naomi Ray Steinhoff was born at 6:53 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2022. She weighed 2 pounds, one ounce and is 15 inches long. The parents are Quintina Steinhoff and Jacob Steinhoff of Stockton. Grandparents are LaVonne Carpenter and Michael Carpenter of Brocton and Alan Steinhoff and Valerie Higgs of ...

Birth: Bodhi Robert Adamowicz

Bodhi Robert Adamowicz was born on Nov. 10, 2021, in Oishei Childrens Hospital to Colby and Nicole Adamowicz. He weighed 7 pounds and 1 ounce at 19 3/4 inches. Proud sister Harper Adamowicz. Grandparents are Brad Pachol, Amy Ricotta, Aaron Ricotta, Marv Cummings, Vicki Cummings and Cathy Cummings.

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 ...

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Denae O’Connor and David Bobik

Together with their families, Denae O’Connor and David Bobik are happy to announce their engagement. O’Connor is the daughter of James and Julie O’Connor of Silver Creek. She is a graduate of Silver Creek Central School and Jamestown Community College. David is the son of David Bobik ...

Julie Elizabeth Arnold and Zachary Raymond Sanders

Julie Elizabeth Arnold and Zachary Raymond Sanders, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of John and Carol Arnold of Fredonia. She is a 2010 graduate of Fredonia High School, and 2014 graduate of The College at Brockport. She earned her ...

Laura Woods and Jeffrey Mulkin

Together with their families, Laura Woods and Jeffrey Mulkin are happy to announce their engagement. Laura is the daughter of Colleen Vanderzyden and Steven Woods of Fredonia. She is a 2013 graduate of Fredonia High School, 2016 graduate of Susquehanna University with a bachelor’s in ...

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 ...

Religion | VIEW ALL

Chautauqua Institution names religious life leaders

CHAUTAUQUA — Chautauqua Institution has appointed two new religious leaders. Melissa Spas, acting director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, has been named the institution’s new vice president of religion. The ...

Trinity UCC Gowanda welcomes Pastor Jess Kacalski

Pastor Jess Kacalski has been named Trinity UCC’s transitional part time pastor. She started at the church at the end of January and has office hours Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kacalski has been coming to Trinity for many years, first as vacation pulpit supply then as pulpit supply ...

The Advent of our Lord – do not reject this great gift

Many Christian denominations (although not all) observe the Season of Advent during the four Sundays before Christmas. Advent means arrival, appearance or coming. During Advent the Christian focus is on the coming of Christ. Specifically, how Christ came to us in the past, how Christ ...

V. Gene Robinson to retire from Chautauqua Institution

CHAUTAUQUA — Chautauqua Institution has announced the retirement of the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson as vice president of religion and senior pastor, effective Dec. 31. Details of a national search for his successors in both roles will be shared shortly. Robinson joined the institution ...

Weddings | VIEW ALL

Ronald Walter and Judith Anne Gabalski

Judith Anne Bacon and Ronald Walter Gabalski exchanged vows on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022 in a sunlight ceremony on the island at the Den Adelsman’s Klub in Gerry. Family and friends gathered after the ceremony for a reception on the grounds. The wedding was officiated by Pastor Brandon ...

Kristine and William E. Matteson

Mr. William E. Matteson and Mrs. Kristine M. (Gehling) Matteson exchanged vows at 2:30 pm on September 17, 2022. The quaint and private wedding ceremony was held at Harvest Chapel Free Methodist Church in Fredonia. Pastor Jim Labar officiated the beautiful ceremony. A reception will follow ...

Zachary and Julie Sanders

Julie Arnold and Zachary Sanders were united in marriage on August 20, 2022, at 2 p.m., in a Catholic Mass and double-ring ceremony, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Dunkirk. The wedding was officiated by the Rev. Daniel Walsh. The bride is the daughter of John and Carol Arnold of ...

Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Hiller

Haley Starr Halas of Fredonia and Caleb Clark Hiller of Frewsburg were united in marriage at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at the Den Adelsman’s Klub in Gerry, NY. The wedding was officiated by Kory Hiller. The bride is the daughter of William Halas and Danielle Yuengert of Fredonia. ...

Senior News | VIEW ALL

Stroke, head injury support group plans meetings to May

The stroke/head injury support group will meet at the Youngerman Center in Thompson Hall. Group meetings will be the first and third Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. in room E148 Thompson Hall unless otherwise stated beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21. Meetings will provide an opportunity for ...

There’s avenues to finding a ‘fair hearing’

Many people as they get older receive programs and services from different government agencies. Maybe you have Medicaid in addition to Medicare to help with medical bills. Long-term Medicaid that pays for services in your home or nursing home expenses. You may receive SNAP to help pay for ...

Grape Belt Seniors set schedule for the year

Jan. 4 was the first class of the new year for the Grape Belt Seniors. Most reported a good work out for aerobics and weights and that it felt good being back after being on break. Come join the group on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge in Fredonia. You ...

Dunkirk Seniors look ahead

The Dunkirk Senior Center is planning several trips for the months of January and February. On Tuesday, Jan. 24 there will be a casino trip to Buffalo Creek Casino leaving the center at 9 a.m. The cost is $30 with $15 in free slot play. On Monday, Feb. 20 there will be a casino trip to ...

Entertainment | VIEW ALL

Encore of ‘Jack Absolute Flies Again’ is Saturday

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center will present an encore presentation of the ribald comedy, “Jack Absolute Flies Again,” from London’s National Theatre, at 1 p.m. Saturday, as part of its Stage On Screen Series. The production’s original presentation in November was ...

Lake Shore Center plans ‘Love Letters’ performances

WESTFIELD — Lake Shore Center for the Arts in Westfield has just the event for your Valentine’s festivities. The renowned play “Love Letters,” written by Buffalo’s own A.R. Gurney and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, will be presented Feb. 10 and 14 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 11 ...

Bass Fest at SUNY set for Sunday

Fredonia Bass Fest, a full day of performances and classes geared to high school and college students, teachers, adult learners and professional musicians along with opportunities for networking and bass fellowship, will be held at Mason Hall, home of the School of Music at the State University ...

SUNY alumni perform holiday show

The well-known, hilarious musical-comedy sister duo, Vickie & Nickie, are back in their seasonal show, Vickie & Nickie’s Holiday Sleigh Ride! The high energy, offbeat holiday show, which placed No. 10 on Time Out New York’s Best Christmas Things To Do in NYC and the Best Things ...

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Johnny Peers & The Muttville Comix arrives Saturday

Sit! Stay! — and prepare to have a good time when Rockefeller Arts Center presents Johnny Peers & The Muttville Comix for two “howling good” shows on Saturday, Feb. 4. at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Show times are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Robert W. Marvel Theatre ...

‘Banshees of Inisherin’ coming to Fredonia Opera House

The next film in the Cinema Series at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center is the Oscar-nominated “The Banshees of Inisherin,” starring Brendon Gleeson and Colin Farrell. It will be screened Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Nominated for nine Oscars including Best ...

Cinema series to present ‘Empire of Light’

The next film in the Cinema Series at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center is “Empire of Light,” starring Olivia Colman and Colin Firth. It will be screened Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Oscar-nominated for Best Cinematography, “Empire of Light” is about the power ...

Opera House Met season continues with rarely performed opera

Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high definition (HD) opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center at 1 p.m. Saturday with Umberto Giordano’s Fedora. Giordano’s exhilarating ...