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Mr. And Mrs. Rich Carlson

Rich and Marge Carlson of Cassadaga celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 18 in their home with family and friends. They were married in 1970 in Stockton Community Church and moved from Jamestown to Cassadaga in 1989. Rich retired from the Jamestown Post Office in 2004 ...

Alan and Marilyn Raun

Alan and Marilyn (Tubbs) Raun of Largo, Fla., celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary on July 15, 2020. They were married at the Portland Congregational Church in Portland, N.Y., in 1951. They were both active in the Portland/Brocton community where they resided until 1970 when the family ...

John and Arlene Zanghi

Arlene and John Zanghi celebrate 70 years in marriage. were married in 1950 in Ripley and they have lived in Brocton ever since. They have three children Michael, Debby and Karen. They have five grandchildren: Denise, Dale, Brian, Krista, and Matt. They also have seven grandchildren: Kyle, ...

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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Annual 4-H Meat Animal Sale recently online

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program held the 56th Annual 4-H Meat Animal Sale recently online with the help of Peterson Auction and Realty LLC. When COVID-19 closed the Chautauqua County Fair, the Chautauqua County 4-H Meat Animal Sale ...

Nominations being accepted for The Resource Center’s Awards

Nominations are being accepted for The Resource Center’s 2020 Ability Awareness and Recognition Awards. Every year, people with disabilities in Chautauqua County make tremendous strides in their quest to lead productive, meaningful lives. And every day, they are supported in their efforts ...

Community notebook

New virus case reported by County Health Department One new COVID-19 case has been announced by the Chautauqua County Health Department. It involves a woman in her 20s. The department also noted there were seven active cases. Another 97 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the public ...

Community notebook

Lakeshore Humane Society holds a different yard sale Saturday The Lakeshore Humane Society will hold “Under the Big Top —Yard Sale 2020,” this year’s version of the organization’s annual yard sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to the pandemic, this year’s event will be ...

Sunday Lifestyles | VIEW ALL

When the show doesn’t go on

Although New York City entered the final phase of reopening on Monday, many New Yorkers’ lives are still on hold, as the city’s restaurants, bars and entertainment venues remain closed indefinitely. Thirty-one-year-old Michael Valvo is one of thousands of “New York City expatriates” ...

A ‘Demand’ for equality

I love the United States of America because of the promise and hope of equality and freedom. I love America so much that I laid my life on the line as I enlisted and served in the USMC during the Vietnam War. Ironically, members of my family fought and died in every war dating back to the ...

Local team identities are due for overhaul

In case you were wondering if they still exist, they do. There are still honest and caring people in the world. I just met two of them. Randy Penharlow and Doug Prince. If not for them, you may not be reading this prize-winning column today and what a loss that would be. Through a series of ...

John T. Murray Post Auxiliary sets agenda

The John T. Murray Post 1017 Auxiliary met recently with social distancing. Installation of officers took place with Robin Richmond, past county president, being the installing officer. A short meeting was held with the reading of the minutes by Robin Richmond, and treasurers report by Pat ...

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JCC announces dean’s list for spring semester

Students named to the full-time student dean’s list for the spring 2020 semester at Jamestown Community College earned at least a 3.50 average while enrolled in at least 12 degree credits. Named to the list were: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Mohamed Ladmia Allegany: Mandi Douthit, ...

Fredonia Central School announces scholarship, award winners

The Fredonia Central School District held a virtual presentation of the annual Academic Awards Night program, the Student Awards program, and the Sports Awards program which were released on the High School website on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. A brief description of each ceremony and the winners ...

Brocton scholarships announced for Class of 2020

BROCTON — Scholarships for the graduation class of 2020 at Brocton Central School have been announced. They include: ¯ Jadniel Varela, valedictorian — Legion Scholarship, Fire Department Award, Emmett Elsworth Science Award for Highest Science Regents Grades, John Hopkins University ...

Belmondo wins Legion scholarship

Bradley Belmondo of Westfield Academy and Central School is one of two winners of the American Legion Past National Commander Michael J. Kogutek Scholarship. The scholarship is for $1,500. The scholarship committee looks for well-rounded individuals in a number of areas; scholastic excellence, ...

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.

Engagements | VIEW ALL

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 ...

Nichole Morgan and John Kuznicki

Michael and Jeanne Palmer of Knoxville, Tenn. and Randy Couchman of Atlanta, Ga., announce the engagement of their daughter, Nichole (Couchman) Morgan to John Kuznicki Jr., the son of John Kuznicki Sr. of Fernley, Nev., and the late Brenda Timmerman. Miss Morgan is a 2003 graduate of Fredonia ...

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 ...

Religion | VIEW ALL

Church holding ‘sacred ground’ 10 part series

WESTFIELD — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is hosting a 10-part series titled “Sacred Ground” at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Thursday, Aug. 13. Leaders of the Episcopal Church have worked with several contributors in an effort to eliminate racism and discrimination. ...

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 ...

Discounted BBQ tickets for Blessed Mary Angela

In an effort to say thank you, Blessed Mary Angela Parish is offering a $1 discount for everyone who purchases barbecue tickets in advance. The dinner is set for Aug. 9. Buy your tickets now at Big Rick’s One Stop or the Fourth Ward Deli for only $10. Wait until the day of the barbecue and ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

Senior News | VIEW ALL

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 ...

NY Connects helps find answers

By Dana Corwin There is so much going on in the world and it is difficult to know what is available and what is not. Ads on TV, Facebook and word of mouth can sometimes mislead people when looking for help. Sometimes you need a trusted source to help you navigate to what you need right ...

Entertainment | VIEW ALL

Virtual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival kicks off Friday

The National Comedy Center is presenting its Lucille Ball Comedy Festival virtually this year, featuring conversations with a diverse lineup of artists, starting this Friday and streaming over three weekends throughout August. Over 30 artists from stand-up, theater, television and film will ...

Navy musician participates in exchange

Musician 1st Class Vincent Moody, a State University of New York at Fredonia and Fredonia School of Music alumnus, will be participating in an online music exchange with Fredonia School of Music on July 1 and 2. Moody has served in the Navy for 16 years and is currently serving in Japan with ...

Fredonia graduate creates streaming version of classic-style variety show

With the coronavirus pandemic bringing live, in-person events to a halt, performers across the world have gotten creative in an effort to connect with audiences. Jason Ostrowski, a 1998 graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, has met the challenge by creating a monthly ...

Overland Trails are now open

Chautauqua County’s Overland Trails are open. The Overland Trails, composed of the Earl Cardot Eastside Overland Trail and the Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail, are the County’s largest hiking trail system. Spanning more than 40 miles in total, the trails include forests, hills ...

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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 ...