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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 ...

Donald and Deborah Lane

Donald and Deborah Lane of Sinclairville will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on Aug. 5. Donald Phillip Lane and the former Deborah Ann Maydwell were married on August 5, 1974 in Sugar Grove, Pa, at the pastor’s house behind the church. They have three children: Scott (Pam) Lane ...

David and Rena Finko

David and Rena Finko’s 60th wedding Anniversary was celebrated at Concord Estates. The Office For The Aging put on a lavish celebration with white linens, flowers, sparkling juice and a special cake. Concord Estates have been a luncheon site for the Office For The Aging for six years now ...

Donald and Carolyn (Hart) Briggs

Donald and Carolyn (Hart) Briggs were married April 13, 1957. This photo was taken in 2010 while they were vacationing in South Dakota. “Dearest Mom and Dad, Your children would like to share with the community how proud of you we are to celebrate 62 years of marriage. You have given us ...

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Fredonia alumnae to offer career tips during campus residency

The State University of New York at Fredonia will welcome back alumnae Emily Barber (B.S., Communication Studies, 2016) and Lauren Orlowski (B.S., Public Relations, 2015) for a two-day on-campus residency, sponsored by Writers@Work, on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 19 and 20. Drawing on their ...

Villenova Cemetery to host Love Remembered 5K Walk/Run

VILLENOVA — Walk or run down a country lane in remembrance of those you love, or to remember those long forgotten at the “Love Remembered” Memorial 5K Walk/Run, being held at Villenova Cemetery, Cemetery Road, South Dayton on Sunday, Sept. 15. Registration starts at noon and is $20 for ...

Access Chautauqua lists Sept. 7-13 programs

“Chautauqua People,” hosted by John Viehe, will have Linda Steckley, retired fundraiser for non-profits. The program is at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “Chautauqua Sunrise,” hosted by Doc Hamels, will have guest Barry Yochim from Meals on Wheels. The program airs live at 9 a.m. on Saturday ...

City announces brush pick-up

The city of Dunkirk Public Works Department announces that brush pickup will begin on Tuesday in District A. District B will be picked up the week of Sept. 9, District C will be picked up the week of Sept. 16 and District D will be picked up the week of Sept. 23. Brush must be at the curb by ...

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Benjamin Prescott Chapter NSDAR met Sept. 5

The monthly meeting of the Benjamin Prescott Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was held at the Fireside Manor on Route 5 in Dunkirk. There were 21 ladies present. The meeting was called to order at 5:03 by Regent Brenda Johnson. Regent Johnson ...

Fredonia State faculty member receives award

Szu-Han Kay Chen, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at the State University of New York at Fredonia, received the 2019 Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The award is intended to ...

15th Walk 4 Paws set for Oct. 5

JAMESTOWN – Team and individual registrations are open for the Chautauqua County Humane Society’s 15th annual Walk 4 Paws. The walk is Saturday, Oct. 5 at Chautauqua Institution. Director of Community Relations Brian Papalia said, “This is a fun, family friendly walk where participants ...

Free admission to RTPI today with a downloadable Museum Day ticket

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders today, Sept. 21 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy ...

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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.

Engagements | VIEW ALL

Erin Mathers and Peter Tucker

Erin Mathers and Peter Tucker, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Susan Mathers of Cassadaga. She is a graduate of Cassadaga Valley High School, and is employed by Tim Hortons in Rochester as a shift supervisor. The prospective groom is the son of Robert and Dianne ...

Michael Blake Pulci and Hilary Donielle Scott

Mr. Charles Pulci, formerly of North Road, Fredonia and his wife Leslie announce the engagement of their son Michael Blake Pulci to Hilary Donielle Scott. The bride elect Ms. Scott earned her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri. Hilary is a Corporate ...

Shannon Marie Livergood and Christopher Lee Frommer

Shannon Marie Livergood and Christopher Lee Frommer, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Steven and Sally Livergood of Depew. She is a 2008 graduate of Maryvale High School. She earned an Associate in Science at Villa Maria College in ...

Kristin Sunshine Orazio and Kevin Charles Perry

Kristin Sunshine Orazio and Kevin Charles Perry, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Lynn and Barry Bedford of Fredonia and Beverly Orazio, also of Fredonia. She attended Fredonia Central School. She is employed by Aloe Vera’s ...

Religion | VIEW ALL

Religion news

Faith Formation Program begins Sunday at St. Joseph St. Joseph Church at 145 E. Main St., Fredonia, will have its Faith Formation Program “Journey/Generations of Faith” begin its 13th year on Sunday, Sept. 22 with the doors opening at 9 a.m. and the program starting at 9:30 a.m. to 11 ...

Community Helping Hands seeks volunteers

JAMESTOWN — Community Helping Hands is a local, faith based organization established in 2001 to fulfill the mission of helping those who may need immediate assistance in the form of clothing and/or household goods and furniture. In order to continue providing that service to the community, ...

A chain is only as strong as its links

The Pro Life Committee of Chautauqua is looking for new links to reinforce its Annual National Life Chain Sunday, Oct. 6 . The Life Chain is a pro-life social movement organization, one of the largest in the United States. It was started in 1987 in Yuba City and Marysville by a small ...

Feeding Fredonia challenge: the need is real

From Oct. 7-18, Fredonia Presbyterian Church is holding the sixth annual Feeding Fredonia Challenge. The need for this annual community wide food collection is clear. The Fredonia Food pantry shelves at the Rural Ministry are, for all intents and purposes, empty. During this two-week period, ...

Weddings | VIEW ALL

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, ...

Mr. Kyle Rice and Mrs. Angela Rice

Angela Pucciarelli and Kyle Rice exchanged wedding vows and rings on May 25, 2019, at Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk. The Rev. Daniel P. Walsh officiated the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Joe and Donna Pucciarelli of Fredonia. Her husband is the son of Jeff and Connie Rice ...

Mr. Gregory Kowal and Mrs. Jenna Marie Smith

Miss Jenna Marie Smith and Mr. Gregory Kowal were united in marriage on Saturday, July 21, 2018 in an outdoor ceremony on the grounds of Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, with a reception immediately following at the Holiday Valley Lodge. The bride is the daughter of Dennis and Lauren Smith of ...

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis LaCook

Lindsay Morrison and Lewis LaCook were united in holy matrimony on April 20, 2019 in a ceremony at the sweetly festooned home of the bride’s parents, Bill and Janet Morrison, in the village of Fredonia. The officiant for the ceremony was sister-of-the-bride, Brittany Ransom. The bride is a ...

Senior News | VIEW ALL

Senior news

Dunkirk Senior Center Watch for new programs (including line dancing in October). Adjusted times and renewals of other programs will be announced. Check your newsletter calendars for September and October. For the month of October, a chicken dinner with trimmings will be held on Saturday, ...

Senior news

Dunkirk Senior Center Watch for new programs. Adjusted times and renewals of other programs will be announced. Check your newsletter calendars for September and October. The Senior Center will sponsor a potluck dinner on Friday, Sept. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. with music by the Kokomo Time Band. ...

Senior news

Collins 50 Plus Seniors Activities for the week of Sept. 8 to 14 Sunday, Sept. 8: Pickle Ball at 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym or Collins Town Park. Monday, Sept. 9: Exercises w/Pat at LKP Center Yellow Room. Tuesday, Sept. 10: LKP CENTER IS CLOSED TODAY ! Wednesday, Sept. 11: ...

Senior news

Brocton Portland Seniors Brocton Portland Seniors met at the Brocton Legion on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Tom DeJoe opened the meeting with three guests and 46 members present. Mary Tripi gave a prayer of thanks and Rich Carpenter led the Pledge of Allegiance. Elton Knight, Bill Danielson and Janet ...

Entertainment | VIEW ALL

Fredonia students to join Georgia Stitt in performance of her compositions

Georgia Stitt, a composer, music director, pianist and music producer, will be joined by members of the Student Opera Theatre Association at the State University of New York at Fredonia in a performance of her music+ at a public concert, sponsored by the Ethos New Music Society, on Wednesday, ...

Concert series to open Sunday with Meraki Trio

The Hannah Hasbrouck Petersen Memorial Concert Series is pleased to announce the first event of the new season. On Sunday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., the Meraki Trio will present a concert of contemporary and original music. Members of the Meraki Trio have performed extensively throughout Western ...

Folk-in-Fredonia music series returns Sunday

The Folk-in-Fredonia Music Series at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House will kick off its 2019-20 season — its 25th! — with the annual “Free-For-All” on Sunday, Sept. 22. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. and admission is free. The Free-For-All was started 25 years ago by local folk group ...

‘Women’s Voices’

“Women’s Voices,” a program featuring ground-breaking music for cello and piano written by women, will be performed by The Ekstasis Duo at the State University of New York at Fredonia on Friday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m. The concert, in Rosch Recital Hall, is free and open to the ...

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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 ...