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Weddings, births and more

The OBSERVER wants to run your engagement, wedding, birth and anniversary announcements. There is no charge for anniversary (25 years and higher), engagement, birth or wedding announcements with a black and white photograph. There is a $20 processing charge for publishing engagement, wedding ...

James and Carol Balzer

Mr and Mrs James Balzer Celebrate 60 Years of Marriage On May 3,1960 at St. Mary's Church in Dunkirk, James and Carol Balzer exchanged their wedding vows. Mrs. Balzer is the daughter of the late William and Mary Wroblewski and Mr. Balzer is the son of the late Andrew and Hattie Balzer. A ...

John and Rosemary Taddio

John and Rosemary Taddio celebrate 50 "interesting" years of marriage on April 11. John and Rosemary would like to say thank you to all their friends and family for the love over the years.

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 ...

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Chautauqua Center receives emergency grant

The Chautauqua Center has received $50,000 in emergency grant funding from the medical aid organization Direct Relief, in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers. The Chautauqua Center was among 518 federally qualified health centers to receive funding last week ...

Alzheimer’s Association continues to offer free resources

BUFFALO — The Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter continues to offer free resources for those impacted by dementia by embracing the need to offer them in a virtual format and offering several methods to access these programs. During the month of June chapter staff are ...

Audubon Little Explorers are Decomposition Detectives

Parents and the three- to eight-year-old child(ren) in their life can experience some at-home learning as “Decomposition Detectives” on Saturday, June 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. Since social distancing means Little Explorers participants will not be able to come in person to the Audubon ...

Chautauqua Lecture Series will be Father Richard Rohr, OFM

The Chautauqua Lecture Series will be Father Richard Rohr, OFM, “The Resistance” on Access Chautauqua public television. The program is at 1 and 7 p.m. on Access Chautauqua. Chautauqua Sunrise, hosted by Doc Hamels, will have guest Ro Woodward, boat and water safety. The program is ...

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Virtual ensemble strikes right note

Students at the State University of New York at Fredonia came together, while apart, to make music while social distancing. The treasurer of the Fredonia chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Katie Dessert, put together a video of the ensemble performing “We’re ...

Needing to relax? Distance from social media

In 2016, at the peak of the Trump vs. Clinton presidential race, I lost one of my best friends. No, he did not die, fortunately; he “unfriended” me on Facebook. Why did he unfriend me? I can’t say for sure, but the conflict began after I posted something about how I wish we could care for ...

Former Fredonia resident graduates from Fordham

Elizabeth Sawka, daughter of Rosemarie Sawka of Lancaster, formerly of Fredonia, and the late Vincent Sawka, earned a Masters of Social Work from the Graduate School of Social Services at Fordham University during their 2020 commencement. Elizabeth is the Creative Arts Specialist for ...

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Former Fredonia resident graduates from Fordham

Elizabeth Sawka, daughter of Rosemarie Sawka of Lancaster, formerly of Fredonia, and the late Vincent Sawka, earned a Masters of Social Work from the Graduate School of Social Services at Fordham University during their 2020 commencement. Elizabeth is the Creative Arts Specialist for ...

Brocton resident named to national honor society in education

Senior Matthew Woleben of Brocton was named to the Zeta Upsilon Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi national honor society in education at the State University of New York at Fredonia. An Earth Science Adolescence Education major, he is the son of Bruce Woleben of Brocton and the late Wendy ...

Dunkirk student receives scholarship

Olivia C. Michalak, a junior majoring in Adolescence Education: Social Studies at the State University at Fredonia, received the Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Kenneth E. Cutler, valued at $850, and the Ruth Meda Curtis Wheeler Scholarship, valued at $650. Both scholarships are endowed through ...

Births | VIEW ALL

Blake Paul Kenneth Gilbert-Coleman

Blake Paul Kenneth Gilbert-Coleman was born on Dec. 30, 2019 in UPMC-Chautauqua in Jamestown to Nigeria Josee Emma Coleman of Dunkirk and Robert Gerald Gilbert of Jamestown.

James Connor Buesink

A boy, James Connor Buesink, was born at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo on April 1, 2020 to Kelly Imhoff and James Buesink of Fredonia.

Joshua Braymiller

A son, Joshua Micheal Braymiller Jr, was born at 9:51 a.m. on Dec. 14, 2019 to Felicia L. and Joshua M Braymiller of Brocton at Oishei Children's Hospital. He was 6 lbs, 19 inches long.

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 ...

Engagements | VIEW ALL

Weddings, births and more

The OBSERVER wants to run your engagement, wedding, birth and anniversary announcements. There is no charge for anniversary (25 years and higher), engagement, birth or wedding announcements with a black and white photograph. There is a $20 processing charge for publishing engagement, wedding ...

Katie Civiletto and Jared Stenger

Katie Civiletto and Jared Stenger, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be was raised in Fredonia, and now lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is the daughter of Charles and Lu Ann Civiletto, who live in Florida, and Fredonia in the summers. Katie is a ...

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 ...

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Church services

If your church is holding activities, whether on line or the radio, please let the OBSERVER know and we will run them. Please email editorial@observertoday.com with the information. Church of the Living Spirit The Church of the Living Spirit Services are on Facebook Live each Sunday at ...

Catholic Charities announces HOPE Day results

HOPE Day, the annual day of giving to benefit Appeal 2020, brought in $250,160 on May 22. The total will be increased by another $108,750 in matching funds for a grand total of $358,910. The goal of HOPE Day is to inspire first-time donors and those who already gave to go above and beyond ...

Church services

If your church is holding activities, whether on line or the radio, please let the OBSERVER know and we will run them. Please email editorial@observertoday.com with the information. Church of the Living Spirit The Church of the Living Spirit Services are on Facebook Live each Sunday at ...

Blessed Mary Angela announces summer activities

The Blessed Mary Angela Holy Name Society wants to announce the new activities scheduled for June and July. They are aware of the PAUSE order that has been issued by the governor and would like to offer a new way to recycle nickel-deposit cans and bottles while still practicing social ...

Weddings | VIEW ALL

Weddings, births and more

The OBSERVER wants to run your engagement, wedding, birth and anniversary announcements. There is no charge for anniversary (25 years and higher), engagement, birth or wedding announcements with a black and white photograph. There is a $20 processing charge for publishing engagement, wedding ...

Mr. and Mrs. Noah Allen Cosme

Noah Allen Cosme and Raven Skylar Chandler of Franklinton, North Carolina together with Mrs. Debbie Rodriguez of South Dayton are pleased to announce their marriage. The couple exchanged vows on Dec. 11, 2019 in North Carolina. The former Ms. Chandler is the daughter of the late Dewey and ...

Gianni and Kristine (Beatty) Martinez

Kristine Elizabeth Beatty and Gianni Alfredo Martinez were married on Friday, March 20, 2020 in a small wedding ceremony at the Davidson, NC, home of her mother and stepfather, Janie and Mark Hurley. Escorted by her father, Edward H. Beatty, the bride wore an Enchanting sleeveless and tulle ...

Mr. and Mrs. Alissa and Benjamin Crane

Alissa Odrzywolski and Benjamin Crane exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 19, 2019, at Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church. Father Dennis Mende performed the ceremony. Music was provided by Donna Gatz, organist; Alex Scalise, vocalist; and Cody Hiller, violinist. Readers were Stephen ...

Senior News | VIEW ALL

Grape Belt Seniors

No Aerobics and Weights or activities at the Center until further notice. All trips, extended as well as day trips, are open to the public; members and non-members. Trips are First Paid - First Reserved! Fliers are available for 2020 Day Trips: Update: The April 17 trip - “Memories” ...

Senior news

Collins 50 Plus Seniors All Collins 50 Plus Senior Programs are closed until further notice. Dunkirk Senior Center The Dunkirk Senior Center, located at 45 Cliffstar Court, will be open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon so that seniors can pick up books, puzzles and magazines. Grape Belt ...

Meals on Wheels

Daily main entree 25 Memorial Day 26 Baked ham, sweet potato, waxed beans, orange juice, muffin 27 Goulash, carrots, biscuit, 24 hour dessert 28 Breaded fish on bun, corn, coleslaw, apple slices 29 Turkey and stuffing w/gravy, winter blend vegetables, pineapple juice, fruit ...

Meals on Wheels

Daily main entree 18 Polish sausage w/sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, bread, cookie 19 Chicken ala king, biscuit, corn, orange juice, fruit cocktail 20 Cheeseburger casserole, zucchini w/tomatoes, roll, peaches 21 Italian lasagna, spinach, garlic roll, grape juice, ...

Entertainment | VIEW ALL

Joseph Earl Thomas wins third annual Chautauqua Janus prize

Chautauqua Institution is delighted to announce “Reality Marble” by Joseph Earl Thomas as the 2020 winner of the Chautauqua Janus Prize. As the author selected from 16 finalists by judge Hilary Plum, Thomas receives $5,000 and will present a public lecture and reading at a celebratory ...

Chalk Drawing Showcase set for region

An uplifting northern Chautauqua County is taking place called Chalk Drawing Showcase. The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is looking for artwork that inspires hope, uplifts the spirit, makes people smile and feel happy, and overall shows how you make others happy! Be creative. All ...

Fredonia alumni transition puppet theatre business in face of pandemic

With the entertainment industry in New York City grinding to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, a pair of State University of New York at Fredonia graduates, Chad Williams, ‘03, and Lindsey “Z” Briggs, ‘01, made a quick turn in their livelihood, transitioning their puppet theatre ...

Seven finalists named for 2020 Chautauqua Prize

CHAUTAUQUA — Chautauqua Institution is pleased to announce seven exceptional books as the 2020 finalists for The Chautauqua Prize, now in its ninth year: “Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey,” by Mikhal Dekel (W.W. Norton) “What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness ...

Local entertainment news | VIEW ALL

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 ...