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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.

Ronald “Crab” and Nancy Chrabasz

Ronald “Crab” and Nancy Chrabasz recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Aug. 16, 1969 at St. Hyacinth Church in Dunkirk. Ron is the son of the late Jacob and Frances Chrabasz and brother of the late Norman “Butchie” Chrabasz. Nancy is the daughter of ...

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Anderson-Lee Library patrons make graham cracker houses

In December, Anderson-Lee Library, located at 43 Main St. in Silver Creek, hosted a graham cracker house building and decorating program. Using graham crackers, frosting and a wide variety of candy, cereal and other snacks, participants made a variety of structures, including a dog house, ...

NCCF taking Footprints Award nominations

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation has opened a call for nominations for the 18th Annual George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award. Everyone is encouraged to honor the contributions and achievements of an individual or family who have made a difference in the northern Chautauqua ...

Westfield children enjoy S.T.E.M. Day

WESTFIELD — Tuesday, Nov. 26 was the first S.T.E.M. Day of the year at Westfield Elementary School. Fourth grade kicked off the day with a wonderful STAR Program. It was filled with information about S.T.E.M., examples of who uses Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in their jobs ...

Sweet step to a healthier new year

With all the hype about New Year resolutions, many of us are resolving to change how or what we eat. Not to be a downer here, but research shows that very few of us will be successful in keeping those resolutions beyond mid-January. Is there something — a small but meaningful change — that ...

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Lots to love about snack mix

Although it may not seem possible, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Usually, this part of the year goes very slow until it gets warm, as in actually warm, outside, but for some reason, this January already seems to be going faster. Maybe it has something to do with that day that ...

Just between us

... Geneva College announces the Dean’s List of undergraduate students for the fall 2019 semester. To be eligible for this recognition, students in traditional programs must earn a GPA of at least 3.6 while passing 12 credit hours or more. Students from Chautauqua County who earned this ...

Westfield-Mayville Rotary Honors Five Sherman Central School Seniors

Five high school senior students were given the distinction of being “Scholars of the Month,” one for each month of Sept. through Dec. 2019 and also for Jan. 2020, by the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville. The five scholars were Margaret Myers, Carrie Sands, Cheyanne Tapp, Rachel Applebee ...

Colton Kuzdzal named Rotary Student of the Month

Colton Kuzdzal is the December Rotary Student of the Month from Fredonia High School. He is currently in his senior year at Fredonia High School. “It is a tremendous honor to be selected as the Rotary Student of the Month. First and foremost I would like to thank my parents Mike and ...

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New York Army National Guard Promotions

LATHAM – Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership. Branden Libby from South Dayton and assigned to the ...

2019 Botticello Family Reunion

The Botticello Family reunion was held at Evangola State Park. A chicken barbecue dinner by Weidner’s was severed along with many appetizers, salads, and desserts family members provided. A cake featuring last year’s attendees served as dessert. The highlight of the reunion was a water ...

Carrier Educational Center holds Senior recognition ceremony

ANGOLA — Students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programming at the Carrier Educational Center celebrated hard work and perseverance during the 2019 senior recognition ceremony held at Lake Shore High School. More than 80 students from Eden, Forestville, Gowanda, Lake Shore, ...

Gary Tripp Memorial Scholarship awarded

The Gary Tripp Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Monica Pokoj of Dunkirk High School. Monica will be attending SUNY Fredonia in the fall. The scholarship has been established using funds from the Gary Tripp Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament was originally started to assist Gary with ...

Births | VIEW ALL

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. ...

Noah Michael Farnsworth

A son, Noah Michael Farnsworth, was born Monday, February 11, 2019 to Jeremy and Jenna Farnsworth of Stockton.

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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 ...

Shawn Patterson and Berenice Martinez

Robert and Patricia Patterson of Dunkirk are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Shawn Patterson to Berenice Martinez, daughter of Ubaldo and Guadalupe Martinez of Sunland, California. Shawn graduated from Dunkirk High School and Gainesville Community College in Gainesville, ...

Randy Elf and Hilary Kurtz

Randy Elf and Hilary Kurtz Margaret Chrystal Elf of West Ellicott announces the engagement of Hilary Anne Kurtz of Los Angeles and Dr. Randolph Scott Elf of West Ellicott. Miss Kurtz, a daughter of the late Deborah Ann Austin Kurtz and Joseph Cornelius Kurtz IV, is an alumna of Marymount ...

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Hospice & General Physician PC announce bereavement collaboration

Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care and General Physician PC have announced their collaboration to sponsor a support group for parents who have lost a child. HOPE Grief Support Group will meet the third Monday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the General Physician, PC’s Dunkirk office, ...

Anstaett Gift Tree Fund bolsters Interfaith Caregivers program

With the help of $1,721 in support from the Carroll and Dolores Anstaett Gift Tree Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, the Interfaith Caregivers Gift Tree program was again able to give disadvantaged area families a brighter Christmas this year. Each year the Gift Tree ...

Religion briefs

Church of the Living Spirit This week’s Speaker is Connie Griffith. Church services are held every Sunday in the Assembly Hall on Cleveland Avenue in Lily Dale. Service time is 10:30 a.m. to noon and consists of a spiritual talk, a hands-on healing, a message demonstration, music, ...

Weddings | VIEW ALL

Mark and Alison Belcher

Alison Rose Digan and Mark Adam Belcher Jr. were united in marriage on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at The Pines at Genesee in Golden, Colorado. The wedding was officiated by Jessica Nall, cousin of the bride. The bride is the daughter of Mike and Linda Digan of Aurora, Colorado and the groom is the ...

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lack

On Aug. 31, 2019, Michael Lack and Laura Parks were united in marriage at Shorewood Country Club. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Sandra Ball. Michael is the son of the late Michael Lack Sr. and Nicholene Bosworth of Ellington. Laura is the daughter of Kenneth and Diane Parks of ...

Mr. and Mrs. Tristen Peck

Mr. and Mrs. Tristen Peck Kelsey Luczkowiak and Tristen Peck were united in marriage on Aug. 1, 2019 in front of immediate family and closest friends at the home of Tristen’s grandparents, Stan and Cat Childs. Pastor Sandra Ball officiated. Kelsey is the daughter of April and Don Corll of ...

Mr. & Mrs. Justin Smith & Emma Laperruque

Emma Rebecca Laperruque and Justin Stephen Smith exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 2, 2018 at the Stanbury restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina. Josh Snyder, dear friend of both the bride and groom, performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Scott and Amy Laperruque of Short Hills, ...

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Senior News

Collins 50 Plus Seniors Activities for Jan. 26 to Feb. 1 Sunday, Jan. 26: Pickle Ball at 6 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym. Monday, Jan. 27: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., Painter Center gym. Tuesday, Jan. 28: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small ...

Senior news

Silver Creek Seniors President Ed Newman called the Jan. 14 meeting to order on a mild winter day. Chaplain Pauline Flitt invoked the blessing, giving thanks for each day we are together and offering a prayer for every need. As in our school days of yore, the brown bag lunch goodies were ...

Pinochle scores

Dunkirk Senior Citizens Center Jan. 6 1. Josie Wierczynski 598 2. Arlene Griswold 583 3. Gene Pauszek 547 4. Nance Szymanowicz 543 double pinochle: Josie Wierczynski Jan. 10 1. George Stephan 547 2. Gene Pauszek 510 3. Arlene Griswold 502 double pinochle: Gene ...

Meals on Wheels

January daily main entree 20 Martin Luther King Day 21 Souper chicken, rice, broccoli, fruit punch, bread, Lorna Doones 22 Salisbury steak w/gravy , mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes, bread, cookie 23 Baked ham, sweet potato, waxed beans, orange juice, muffin 24 Goulash, carrots, ...

Entertainment | VIEW ALL

Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘Dark Waters’

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Dark Waters,” the shocking and heroic true story of an attorney who risks his career and family to uncover a dark secret hidden by one of the world’s largest corporations. It will be screened on Sat., Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. The ...

Luminous Landscapes exhibition opens Jan. 30

JAMESTOWN — Luminous Landscapes, an exhibition of scenes familiar to western New York, opens January 30 with a reception from 6-8 p.m. in Jamestown Community College’s Weeks Gallery. The event, which is free and open to the public, includes refreshments. Visitors to the exhibition can ...

Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” starring Tom Hanks as TV icon Fred Rogers. It will be screened on Saturday, Jan. 18, and Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Two-time Academy Award-winner Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in “A ...

Local musicians play at the League of Women Voters centennial celebration

On Nov. 16 at the Buffalo History Museum, a cello quartet from Fredonia Central School made up of Owyn Darrell-Sterbak, Adeliz Gottinger, Tegenya Graziano, and Amelia Harper played at the League of Women Voters centennial celebration along with separate performances by Trevor Napoli, an 11th ...

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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 ...