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Fred and Rosemary Piede

Fred and Rosemary Civilette Piede renewed their 50th wedding vows at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Dunkirk, on their actual anniversary date of Oct. 3 at the 4 p.m. Mass with the Rev. Daniel Walsh officiating. They were originally married at St. Anthony’s church in Fredonia on ...

Mr. and Mrs. Luis M. Vega

Lou and Carmen Vega are celebrating 50 years of wedded bliss today, Sept. 19, 2020. Lifelong residents of Dunkirk, they are the proud parents of a retired U.S. Marine, Tony of Indiana; a teacher, Rosie of Dunkirk; and a NICU nurse, Lydia Marie Becker of the Bronx. They have nine grandchildren ...

John and Frieda Swanson

On Sept, 5 John and Frieda Swanson celebrated there 50th wedding anniversary. To commemorate there love a vow renewal ceremony took place at the end of Sunday service on Sept. 6 at First Baptist Church in Dunkirk. Pastor Mark Massaro officiated the vow renewal, maid of honor was the ...

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith

A 50th wedding anniversary Mass was celebrated at the St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fredonia on Aug. 29 for Mr. and Mrs. Daniel C. Smith. Daniel and the former Beverly Manuel were joined with their sons. Daniel and Brad as well as their families for the celebration.

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Feeding Fredonia Challenge

Submitted Photo The Feeding Fredonia Challenge has restocked the shelves of the Fredonia Food Pantry. Generous donations from individuals, families, churches and businesses have been pouring into the pantry at Fredonia Presbyterian Church. More than 2,000 pounds of food have been collected ...

Senior Center plans birthday lunch

The Dunkirk Senior Center is still taking sign-ups for October and November birthdays. The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 18. There are two more sessions of line dancing on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be people here to talk about Medicare ...

Cake decorating, vermicomposting to be offered

JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County’s 4-H Program invites area youth to participate in their upcoming LEAF Junior workshops in November. The LEAF (Learn, Empower, Achieve, Farm) workshop series was created for adult learners on beginning farmer and homesteading ...

Community notebook

Turkey benefit held November 8 SILVER CREEK — A turkey dinner youth benefit will be held from noon-2 p.m. Nov. 8 at Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, 60 Buffalo St., Silver Creek. The cost is $12 per meal, and tickets will be on sale through Nov. 1 by calling the church at 934-4725. SUNY ...

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Dunkirk native earns honors as doctor

On Sept. 23, Dr. Frederick L. Conti was awarded a Life Achievement Award in Akron, Ohio for his 42 years of service to his Podiatric profession. Dr. Conti was brought up in Dunkirk by his parents Dr. Anthony and Laura Conti. He attended School 4, where he was president of his sixth grade ...

Picturing this: the sly, extraordinary of area nature

Audubon Community Nature Center recently announced the winners of the 2020 photo contest. More than 700 photos were submitted from all over the world. The winners can be viewed at www.acncphotocontest.com/2020-winners.html and soon will be on display at the nature center. They are remarkable ...

Rails to Trails celebrates trail reopening

MAYVILLE — The board of directors of Chautauqua Rails to Trails hosted a grand reopening of the Nadine and Paul Webb Trail in Mayville. Refreshments and a hike ensued. The more than 60 attendees heard from several of the people who helped to make the trail resurfacing with crushed ...

Still hitting the right notes: 3 Dunkirk seniors earn honors

Special to the OBSERVER In a year like no other, 2020 has proven that the music students of Dunkirk High School can and will rise above the adversity and gain the highest New York state honors in music. Three DHS students will be participating in Conference All-State Honors Ensembles this ...

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Church scholarship awarded

On Aug. 8, the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church’s Scholarship Committee met and reviewed applications for college scholarships. Ryan Waller, the Scholarship Chair presented $300 check to the recipient, Morrigan Waller, is a 2020 Fredonia High School graduate. Ms. Waller is attending ...

Fredonia State student lands transfer scholarship

Ben McKelvey, a senior majoring in philosophy and political science at the State University at Fredonia, has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship by Tau Sigma, the national honor society for transfer students, in recognition of his academic achievements and civic contributions. Each year, Tau ...

Employee to retire after 47 years

Mike Goon, a maintenance mechanic with Jamestown Community College’s buildings and grounds staff since September 1974, will retire in November, shortly after starting his 47th year at the college. Goon, who has served under eight presidents at JCC, said, “I’ve seen lots of changes over ...

Births | VIEW ALL

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 ...

Birth — June 2

HASSON — To Jeremy and Bethany Hasson of Busti, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua, Jamestown, N.Y., on June 2, 2020, a daughter, Isabella Marie Hasson. Grandparents are Alan and Kim Hasson of Busti, N.Y., and Steven and Amy Calarco of Jamestown, N.Y. Great-grandparents are Eugene and Joyce Wilson of ...

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.

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Meghan Gallivan and Ryan Scott

Meghan E. Gallivan and Ryan M. Scott, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Edward and Lisa Gallivan of Silver Creek. She is a 2016 graduate of Silver Creek High School, and a 2019 graduate of SUNY Fredonia earning a Bachelor of Science ...

AJ Mihalko and Lacey Ostrye

Mark and Becky Ostrye recently announced the engagement of their daughter, Lacey Nicole Ostrye, to Anthony James Mihalko, son of Paul and Kerry Mihalko. The engagement took place on April 27, 2019 in Forestville. Miss Ostrye is a graduate of Forestville Central School. She received her ...

Engagement: Kevin Fischer and Roxy Crowell

Kevin Fischer and Roxy Crowell of Fredonia proudly announce their engagement. Kevin is the son of Kerry Fischer of Cheektowaga and the late Michael Fischer. Roxy is the daughter of Betty Crowell of Brocton and her chosen father the late Dale White. A 2021 wedding is planned, with ...

Bradley Westling and Aleyna Szot

Ronald A. Szot and Cynthia Webb-Szot, both of Dunkirk, are proud to announcement the engagement of their daughter, Aleyna Marie, to Mr. Bradley Bo Westling. Bo is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Westling of Dunkirk. Aleyna, completing graduate studies in mental health counseling at Medaille ...

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Church services

If your church is holding in-person or on-line services, let the OBSERVER know and we will run it free of charge. Please email gbacon@observertoday.com with the information. Blessed Mary Angela Parish Office: 324 Townsend St. (716) 366-2307; Rev. Jan Trela, pastor. In-person Masses are ...

Church services

If your church is holding in-person or on-line services, let the OBSERVER know and we will run it free of charge. Please email gbacon@observertoday.com with the information. Blessed Mary Angela Parish Office: 324 Townsend St. (716) 366-2307; Rev. Jan Trela, pastor. In-person Masses are ...

Heritage Ministries creates hope during a dark time

‘As difficult as the past months have been during the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted people to know that there was hope,” Larry Petry, the Senior Chaplain at Heritage Ministries stated. Petry, who joined Heritage in May 2018, recently launched the “Worship Wednesday” series, which he ...

Church services

If your church is holding in-person or on-line services, let the OBSERVER know and we will run it free of charge. Please email gbacon@observertoday.com with the information. Blessed Mary Angela Parish Office: 324 Townsend St. (716) 366-2307; Rev. Jan Trela, pastor. In-person Masses are ...

Weddings | VIEW ALL

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Frommer

Mrs. Shannon (Livergood) Frommer and Mr. Christopher Frommer were married on Oct. 2, 2020 at Harvest Chapel Church in Fredonia. Shannon is the daughter of Steven and Sally Livergood of Depew. Christopher is the son of Ronald and Robin Frommer of Fredonia. Chris and Shannon went on a nice ...

Mr. and Mrs. Nickolas Coggins

Nickolas Coggins and Amanda Hanley of Forestville were married on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. in the town of Arkwright. They dated for five years and were engaged for a year.

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Lee Gariepy Jr.

Mackenzie R. Maines and Roger L. Gariepy Jr. were united in marriage on July 18, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. at The Gariepy family property with a reception that followed. The bride is the daughter of Sara Klepfer and Mark Maines. The groom is the son of Jennifer and Roger Gariepy Sr. Escorted by her ...

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 ...

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Collins Center senior programming restarting next week

COLLINS — The L.K. Painter Center will open on Thursday, Oct. 1 with activities for the Collins 50 Plus Seniors. The schedule includes: ¯ 10 a.m. Oct. 1 — Yoga with Caroline at Painter Center gym. Come out and enjoy beginning yoga with Caroline North. Bring a mat or a beach towel. The ...

Medicare Open Enrollment not far off

So for most of you, Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment is still looking like it’s far away. Due to COVID-19, the Office for Aging’s Health Insurance, Information and Assistance program (HIICAP) is looking at Open Enrollment  now and planning for how we should assist our clients from ...

Be prepared! The Census may knock on your door

We hope everyone is staying safe as we continue to take precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19. As you know, until there is a vaccine available and it can be widely distributed, we need to limit our circles of contact to protect the most vulnerable, people over 65 ...

‘Love’ group makes masks

St. Columban’s On the Lake Touch of Love Group has been very active throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The group of men and women have made more than 200 masks, painted rocks to hide, comfort pillows, made and distributed several corn bags and are currently working on bags for their ...

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Arts & Business Luncheon Features Songwriter and Guitarist Alison Pipitone

The Fredonia Technology Incubator continues its Arts and Business Luncheon Series with a virtual lunch event featuring award winning songwriter and guitarist Alison Pipitone. Pipitone will share her story and offer insights into the business side of her career. “The Arts and Business ...

SUNY PRODiG Fellow in-residence in the Fredonia School of Music

Dr. Andres Garcia Molina is spending the next two years as a research fellow in ethnomusicology at the State University at Fredonia School of Music as the recipient of a SUNY PRODiG Fellowship. SUNY describes the PRODiG (”Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion and ...

School of Music voice faculty to present recital

A virtual faculty recital featuring two members of the State University at Fredonia School of Music will be livestreamed on Sunday at 2 p.m. Assistant Professor Leonidas Lagrimas, piano, and Adjunct Lecturer Aurora Deeds, soprano, will perform works by Johannes Bach, George Frideric Handel, ...

Audubon Nature Play Care now available daily, weekly, or three-week sessions

JAMESTOWN — The Audubon Community Nature Center has made many additions and alterations to its programming to accommodate changing needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nature Play Care is an opportunity for 4- to 6-year olds to spend Tuesday through Friday mornings, 8-11:30 a.m., at Audubon, ...

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Author Matt Bell to give virtual craft talk, reading for Fredonia State

Matt Bell, the author of “A Tree or a Person or a Wall” — a collection of short stories with a flavor of the experimental, the apocalyptic and often both — will present a craft talk and fictional reading as part of the Mary Louise White Visiting Writers Series at the State University at ...

Youth Symphony fall rehearsals under way

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has started rehearsals again after a long spring and summer quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration can still be accepted for a short time and can be found on the CRYS website at CRYouthSymphony.com. An up-to-date live rehearsal and ...

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 ...