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Anniversaries | VIEW ALL

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Haase Sr

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Haase Sr. celebrated their 60th anniversary with Mass and renewing their vows and a brunch with family and friends at the Clarion Hotel. The former Patricia Raths and Mr. Haase were married Oct. 3, 1959 in St. Mary's Church, Dunkirk, with the Rev. Leo J. Gorman, CP ...

John and Melinda Bell

John and Melinda Bell of Fredonia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday Oct. 26. The couple along with their children threw a Halloween Bash to celebrate this milestone. Melinda also celebrated her 70th birthday. Great food and dancing were enjoyed by all. Family and friends ...

Jeri and John Wiedenhofer

John and Jeri Wiedenhofer were married 50 years ago on Sept. 29, 1969 in Covington, Kentucky, while he was stationed right over the border at his base in Wilmington, Ohio. John was sent to Vietnam in late June, 1970. Nearly three weeks later, he was shot and seriously wounded, spending a year ...

Barbara and Michael Luffred

Happy 60th wedding anniversary to Barbara and Michael Luffred of Gowanda. Enjoy your day, fondly, your loving children.

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WNY P-TECH announces second quarter honor/merit roll

WNY P-TECH STEM College and Career Academy, a multi-year program that prepares students for careers in advanced manufacturing, is proud to announce its second quarter honor/merit roll. High Honor Chase Cooper, Gowanda; Erik Mettler, Jamestown; Iann Ramirez, Dunkirk; and Hope Smith, ...

Cancellations

Editor's note: The OBSERVER is not running the community calendar without confirmation of events. Organizations that are still meeting are invited to contact the OBSERVER and we will again run the calendar as events are confirmed. Closed until further notice The 1891 Fredonia Opera House ...

Bysiek Memorial Fund provides $1,000 in grants during first year

The recently established Mike and Laura Bysiek Memorial Fund, managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, made possible a total of $1,000 in grants to six organizations in the fund's inaugural year. This year's grants included a $500 grant to Joyful Rescues to be utilized for ...

Cancellations

Editor's note: The OBSERVER is not running the Community Calendar without confirmation of events. Organizations that are still meeting are invited to contact the OBSERVER and we will again run the calendar as events are confirmed. Closed until further notice All Collins 50 Plus Senior ...

Sunday Lifestyles | VIEW ALL

School 5 Students of the Month

Submitted Photo At a recent morning assembly, Dunkirk Elementary School 5 honored its Students of the Month for January. Principal, Mr Dave Boyda, presented certificates to the students. A special recognition was given to Caleb who was honored at a recent Board of Education meeting for being ...

Scouts attend early March meeting

OBSERVER Photo by Natasha Matteliano Boy Scout Troop 252 visited the Silver Creek Village Board meeting earlier this month. They are working on earning their Citizenship in the Community merit badge. In the photo is the troop with village Trustees Stephen Romanik and Marv Cummings.

Baskets to hang around again in city

This spring marks the sixth consecutive year of the hanging flower basket program initiated by Revitalize Dunkirk to decorate the city’s downtown. Paid for through the fundraising efforts of the organization’s Beautification Committee, 55 colorfully planted baskets will once again grace ...

Pratt selected to receive Lanford Presidential Prize

Fredonia native Brigham Pratt has been named the recipient of the 2020 Lanford Presidential Prize from the Oscar and Esther Lanford Endowment of the Fredonia College Foundation. The award, generously created and endowed by the late President Emeritus Oscar E. Lanford and Mrs. Lanford, ...

Achievement | VIEW ALL

School 5 Students of the Month

Submitted Photo At a recent morning assembly, Dunkirk Elementary School 5 honored its Students of the Month for January. Principal, Mr Dave Boyda, presented certificates to the students. A special recognition was given to Caleb who was honored at a recent Board of Education meeting for being ...

Pratt selected to receive Lanford Presidential Prize

Fredonia native Brigham Pratt has been named the recipient of the 2020 Lanford Presidential Prize from the Oscar and Esther Lanford Endowment of the Fredonia College Foundation. The award, generously created and endowed by the late President Emeritus Oscar E. Lanford and Mrs. Lanford, ...

Seven grads celebrated by city school district

The Dunkirk City School Board of Education recently celebrated seven high school graduates, who are now off to their future. The students officially earned their degree in January. Sylvia Root, interim superintendent of Dunkirk schools congratulated the graduating students at a recent ...

Dunkirk School 7 announces February Students of the Month

Submitted Photo Front row: Logan Deane, Symphony Rivera, Mario Jimenez, Bentley Cortes, Jaydeen Pabon, Julissa Vazquez-Hernandez. Middle row: Joel DeJesus, Tiana Hough, Jamiee Kelsey, Isabella Ortiz, Shania Jemison, Icesys Brooks, Savannah Goldsborough. Top row: Ismael Santiago, Zaira Cooper, ...

Births | VIEW ALL

Dominic Jay Gill

Dominic Jay Gill was born Sunday Jan. 26, 2020 to Jordan Gill and Robin Fancher of Dunkirk at Brooks Memorial Hospital. Proud siblings are Jaylynn Fancher and Xzavier Boland. Proud grandparents are the late Regina Richmond watching over him in heaven, Norman Gill of Amherst, Lloyd and Lisa ...

Macy Lorraine

A daughter, Macy Cassandra Lorraine, was born to Ashley and Tyler Dotson of Marietta, Georgia on June 1, 2019. Ashley is the daughter of Barbara (Rusch) and Kevin Kane of Marietta, Georgia. Macy is the great-granddaughter of Barbara Kane of Dunkirk and Lorraine and David Rusch of Ocala, Florida.

Benjamin “Benji” Zachary Travis

Benjamin “Benji” Zachary Travis was born April 26, 2019 at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. His weight was 7 pounds, 10 ounces and he was 20.5 inches long at birth. His parents are Brooks and Tiffany Travis of Westfield. His siblings are Big Brother Harper and Big Sister Georgianna.

Viviana Genevieve Monacelli

Bradley “B.J.” Jordan Monacelli and Genevieve Elizabeth Barbara Monacelli (Beichner) of Cassadaga are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Viviana Genevieve Monacelli. Vivi, as she is fondly called, was born on January 22, 2019 at the Buffalo Birthing Center in Buffalo. ...

Engagements | VIEW ALL

Samantha Lotte VerHague and Adam David Bigelow

Samantha Lotte VerHague and Adam David Bigelow, together with their families are pleased to announce their engagement. The Bride is the daughter of Lisa and Darryl VerHague of Fredonia and the mother of beautiful 2-year-old Madelyn Rose. The Bride attended Fredonia Central Schools (2008) and ...

John Rogers III and Yvreene Pierre-Louis

John and Aimee Rogers of Forestville and Jean and Yvenie Pierre-Louis of Philadelphia are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, John G. Rogers III to Yvreene Pierre-Louis. John, a 2009 graduate of Children of Mary Homeschooling Group, earned a BA degree in English from SUNY ...

Andy Ferguson and Chelsey Duda

Michael and Dianne Ferguson of Fredonia are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Andrew Sam Ferguson to Chelsey Marie Duda. Andy, a 2005 graduate of Fredonia High School, earned a BA degree in Communication from Bluffton University, Bluffton, OH in 2009. He is the entertainment ...

Nicholas Berdyck and Emily Means

Nicholas Berdyck and Emily Means announce their engagement. Nick is the son of Keith and Debbie Panek of Dunkirk. He is a graduate of Fredonia High School and earned his Bachelors in Business Administration from Jamestown Business College in 2017. He currently works in Quality Assurance at ...

Religion | VIEW ALL

Catholic Charities continues to serve with most essential services

Catholic Charities of Buffalo is here to help as always, and the human service organization that serves the eight counties of Western New York is continuing to help those most in need with the most essential services, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some ways we are ...

Pope to mark Holy Week ceremonies in shelter of St. Peter’s

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Week ceremonies in the confines of Vatican City, including a Good Friday Way of the Cross service on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica instead of at Rome’s Colosseum as customary. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vatican on ...

Pray, praise and give thanks

Only God knows how long we will continue in our presence situation. We already have faced cancelled plans, interrupted routines and the curtailing of much social interaction. At the worst we are hearing we may be dealing with the virus threat for months. Even in that time our situation is going ...

Religion briefs

Ways to worship The OBSERVER is not running its weekly church page during the current COVID-19 pandemic. If your church is holding activities, whether on line, the radio, or some other way, please let the OBSERVER know and we will run them Saturdays moving forward. Please email ...

Weddings | VIEW ALL

Rebecca L. Tibbetts and Henry J. Hamm, III

Rebecca L. Tibbetts and Henry J. Hamm, III were married Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora, Florida in a beautiful lakeside ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Larry and Rosemary Tibbetts of Zellwood, Florida. The groom is the son of Joseph Hamm, Sr. of East ...

Richard and Rosemarie Burlett

Richard W. Burlett Sr. and Rosemarie (Dolly) Lemanski were married in St. Joseph Church in Fredonia on Aug. 14, 1948. They will be celebrating their 72nd anniversary.

Couple to celebrate 50 years

On Saturday, Aug. 22, 1970, John Francis Sipos Jr. and Susan Lynn Washington were married at 4 p.m. The marriage ceremony took place at the Cassadaga Community Baptist Church in Cassadaga and was performed by Rev. David P. Foulk. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the White Inn in ...

Couple to celebrate 70 years in October

Arlene Rae Erick, daughter of Rayman and Beatrice Erick, and granddaughter of Floyd and Lottie Ross was united in marriage to Robert M. Miller son of Henry and Mae Miller on Oct. 14, 1950. Maid of honor was Alberta Richter, bridesmaids, Nancy Schifferli and a cousin of the groom, Joyce ...

Senior News | VIEW ALL

Senior news

Silver Creek Seniors The Silver Creek Seniors have postponed meetings at their Silver Creek Senior Center until further notice. Dunkirk Senior Center From 10 a.m. to noon today and March 27, the Dunkirk Senior Center will be open to allow participants to pick up books and puzzles. The ...

Pinochle scores

Share & Care Tuesday’s Best, March 10 1. Donna Nickerson 636 2. Heather Sinclair 625 3. Rose Cerrie 624 4. Nance Szymanowicz 606 5. James Sinclair 592 peanuts: Kathy Kamery Birdie’s Bidders, March 12 1. Donna Nickerson 624 2. Lynn DiPalma 605 3. tie: ...

Senior news

Silver Creek Seniors The March 10 meeting opened on a typical windy, rainy day. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with homage. Chaplain Pauline Flitt invoked the blessings, giving thanks for those who prepared the food we are about to share and praying ...

Senior news

Sheridan Happy Seniors The Sheridan Happy Seniors will have their first meeting of the year on March 13, after being off for the winter. It will be at the Silver Creek Senior Center on Route 5. The meeting will be at noon. United Senior Citizens The next meeting of The United Seniors is ...

Entertainment | VIEW ALL

Opera House extends closure

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center announced Tuesday that in light of recent state and federal mandates surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it will remain closed through April 30. All events and screenings scheduled between now and Apr. 30 are either cancelled outright or are ...

Music industry turning to virtual concerts

NEW YORK (AP) — The spreading coronavirus canceled several touring performances from A-list musical artists, but those acts have found a new venue to sing: their living rooms. John Legend, Bono, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Pink, John Mayer, Keith Urban and more have held virtual concerts ...

Opera House to close for 30 days

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center announced Tuesday it will close effective immediately through April 17, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The move comes a day after NYS Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that prohibits gatherings of 50 or more people and mandates ...

National Comedy Center adds 2nd Foxworthy show

JAMESTOWN — The National Comedy Center, the nation’s official museum and cultural institution dedicated to comedy, has added a second Jeff Foxworthy show to the 2020 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. The second show will take place at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, following the 7 p.m. show that ...

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Mayville Bluegrass Festival to return

MAYVILLE — The Mayville Bluegrass Festival took place from 2002 to 2009 at Lakeside Park in Mayville. The Festival is being resurrected in 2019 at Big Inlet Brewing in a one-day, all day format on Saturday, Aug. 17. Tickets are only $20 for admission and are available on line at ...

Opera House to present acclaimed comedian Tammy Pescatelli

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present acclaimed comedian Tammy Pescatelli on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Arguably one of the hardest working women in comedy today, Tammy Pescatelli brings brassy sexiness with a female voice of witty sarcasm to her audiences, holding her own on topics ...

Fredonia concert to feature French chamber music

French chamber music, featuring contemporary violinist Yuki Numata Resnick and two State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music faculty — pianist Eliran Avni, assistant professor, and cellist Natasha Farny, associate professor — will be presented on Saturday at 8 p.m., in Rosch ...

Music Showcase Saturday

JAMESTOWN — The Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center is looking forward to a night full of music and fun in downtown Jamestown during the 15th Annual Local Music Showcase! Local Music Showcase will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. in downtown Jamestown. For only ...