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Joseph and Sallie Muscato

Joseph and Sallie (Densmore) Muscato of Dunkirk celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday. They were wed on Oct. 21, 1961, at St. Mary’s (Elizabeth Ann Seton) Church in Dunkirk. They had their reception at the bride’s home in Brocton. They were blessed with two daughters, ...

Joan and Harry Suski

An iconic Silver Creek couple celebrated 70 years of wedded bliss. Married Oct. 20, 1951 at our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Joan and Harry Suski chose to settle in Silver Creek to raise their thee daughters among family and friends. They continue to be active participants in their community, ...

Harold and Lois (Ognibene) Smith

Harold and Lois (Ognibene) Smith were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 14. They were married at St. Anthony’s Church on Cushing Street in Fredonia. They had their reception at the Elks Club in Dunkirk. Harold is a retired mathematics and physics teacher with 34 ...

John and Darlene Fedyszyn

John and Darlene (Wolfe) Fedyszyn of The Villages, Fla., formerly of Fredonia, were recently honored at a dinner party in Van Buren Bay celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary. The couple was married at St. Mary’s Church in Dunkirk on August 6, 1971. The celebration continued in Lake ...

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Audubon Seeking Children’s Winter Clothes

The Audubon Community Nature Center is looking for children’s winter clothes. One of the biggest challenges to getting children outside during the winter can be the annual cost for families of winter gear for their kids. Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) is seeking new or ...

Christmas Pops concert features quintet of sibling piano virtuosos

Five polished musicians playing five highly polished grand pianos all on the same stage: that will be the visual and acoustic wonder when Rockefeller Arts Center at the State University of New York at Fredonia presents “Christmas with The 5 Browns” on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in King ...

Coming up

TODAY Happy Thanksgiving! SATURDAY, NOV. 27 Chautauqua County Society of Artists art show/sale The event takes place at the Fluvanna Community Church’s family center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with set-up beginning at 8. This is an indoor show with tables provided and includes a bake sale ...

Community notebook

Sharpe to speak in county on Sunday The Chautauqua County Libertarian Party will be hosting Larry Sharpe in Chautauqua County at the Herman Kent Post 777 Celoron American Legion on Sunday at 2 p.m. Sharpe is a Marine veteran, businessman, educator, nationally distributed podcaster, husband, ...

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South Dayton taking pride in Farmers’ Market

SOUTH DAYTON — On a recent Saturday, during the Farmers’ Market on the South Dayton Village Green and upon the arrival of the New York & Lake Erie Railroad Passenger Excursion, visitors were presented white and chocolate milk along with string cheese by the Cattaraugus County Dairy ...

Just between us …

Two Wofford College students with a fourth-place finish in a statewide venture pitch competition last week won the college’s sixth annual Terrier StartUp Challenge. Cassie Figueroa ’24 and Alec Schrader ’24 won $4,500 of the contest’s $10,000 in start-up funding for their concept ...

Chautauqua Lake announces students of the month

MAYVILLE — Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School, honored for October achievements, are Ian Riedesel, Mallory Morrison, Taylor Donato, Lauren Jagoda, Brooke Feldt, and John Roblero. The student recognition program honors students in grades seven through 12 whose classroom ...

Enablers are often those close to the home

Chemically dependent people always have families – wives, husbands, mother, father, son, daughter – and addiction to alcohol and other drugs touches all their lives. They have to live the pain and suffering of seeing their loved one destroyed by the addiction, and the disruption of family ...

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DMS announces honor, merit rolls

HONOR ROLL Sixth grade: Celeste Batista, Noah Brandt, Michael Brzozowski, Jiana Cave, Aries Cheverez, Grace Cicelske, Zaira Cooper, Suhliana Costa, Carmelo Davis, Anahi DeJesus, Brady Dobek, Lucas Felt, Anderson Francisco Felipe, Brayden Jaquith, Liana Jimenez, Selena Johnson, Sean Kelly, ...

WACS middle school honor roll announced

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Academy and Central Schools have announced the middle school honor rolls. MERIT ROLL: Students earning an average of 85.00-89.499% are awarded recognition by having their names placed on the Merit Roll. The following middle school students make up the Merit Roll ...

Fredonia Middle School honors announced

Fredonia Middle School officials have released the honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2020-21 school year. They are: Fifth Grade: Mikayla Ambrose, Delaney Artrip, Hayden Babar, Alexia Baez, Gracey Brundage, Alessandra Bugaj, Annabelle Caraballo, Jethduan Cordova-Olmo, McKenna Crawford, ...

Just between us …

Taylor Smith of Gowanda graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in chemical engineering. ... Rochester Institute of Technology announced its spring 2021 Dean’s List. Included were: Benjamin Kyte of Fredonia, who is in the business administration-management program. Jared ...

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Connor Brooks Kies

Philip and Shelby Kies welcomed an infant son, Connor Brooks Kies, on Dec. 14, 2020, at Magee Womens UPMC Hamot, in Erie, Pa. Grandparents are Tore and Beverly Arvidson of Bemus Point, Monika (Howard) Miller-Kies of Groveland, Fl, and John (Ahmed) Kies of Erie, Pa.

Zander Ives Golem

Zander Ives Golem was born in his Dunkirk home at home on November 14, 2020. Zander was born into his mother Evan Golem’s arms, while being supported by her husband Eric Golem and her mother, Lynn Hoth. Zander weighed 8lbs 13oz and was 21.5 inches long. The home birth was attended by Jennifer ...

Rowan Jay-Scott Stoll

A son, Rowan Jay-Scott Stoll weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces and 20 ½ inches tall was born at 4:22 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2020, to Alicia Colvenback and Ron Stoll of Fredonia born at Mercy Hospital. Proud grandparents are Brian and Jen Colvenback of Fredonia and Ron and Pat Stoll of Little Valley.

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 ...

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Laura Woods and Jeffrey Mulkin

Together with their families, Laura Woods and Jeffrey Mulkin are happy to announce their engagement. Laura is the daughter of Colleen Vanderzyden and Steven Woods of Fredonia. She is a 2013 graduate of Fredonia High School, 2016 graduate of Susquehanna University with a bachelor’s in ...

Sierra Cross and Kevin Rocque

Ralph and Margaret Cross of Leon announce the engagement of their daughter, Sierra Harleigh, to Kevin Michael Rocque, the son of Timothy and Ruthann Rocque of Silver Creek. Miss Cross is a graduate of Pine Valley Central School, St. Bonaventure University, and the State University of ...

T.J. Harrie and Suzanne Teta

David and Renee Teta of St. Augustine, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter Suzanne Teta to T.J.Harris, both of Jacksonville, Fla., and originally from Dunkirk. T.J. is the son of Tony and Patti Harris of Jacksonville, Fla. Teta is a graduate of the University of North Florida and ...

Gwen Stokes and Matthew Gostomski

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Jennifer Stokes of Fredonia are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Gwen Katherine. The prospective groom, Matthew Scott Gostomski, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott and Tracy Gostomski of Cattaraugus. Stokes is a 2020 cum laude graduate of Houghton ...

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V. Gene Robinson to retire from Chautauqua Institution

CHAUTAUQUA — Chautauqua Institution has announced the retirement of the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson as vice president of religion and senior pastor, effective Dec. 31. Details of a national search for his successors in both roles will be shared shortly. Robinson joined the institution ...

Religion briefs

UCC to hold Ingathering service Sunday The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua is pleased to announce their service for Sunday Sept. 12. Members will worship live on the Zoom platform at 11 a.m., using a streamlined format similar to the in-person worship. We encourage ...

Area Catholic Daughters chapter makes donation to Hospice House campaign

Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care has received a gift toward the Our House campaign to build the first hospice residence in Chautauqua County from the local chapter of Catholic Daughters of Americas, which made a $1,500 contribution on June 29. Members, officers and many supportive ...

Universal Unity guest speaker set

CASSADAGA — Sunday, July 25, at the 11 a.m. service, the guest speaker is Rev. Aloma Cason, the pastor of The Church of Divine Inspiration in Rochester. In addition to her church responsibilities, Rev. Cason’s range of community involvement has been wide and varied. She established a ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Hiller

Haley Starr Halas of Fredonia and Caleb Clark Hiller of Frewsburg were united in marriage at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at the Den Adelsman’s Klub in Gerry, NY. The wedding was officiated by Kory Hiller. The bride is the daughter of William Halas and Danielle Yuengert of Fredonia. ...

Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Steele

Jennifer Moch and Kyle Steele were united in marriage on Friday, March 12, 2021 during an outdoor ceremony at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa, Fla. The bride is the daughter of Jim and Lisa Moch of Fredonia. The groom is the son of Craig and Tonya Steele of Columbia, Ill. The bride ...

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Gostomski

Gwen K. Stokes and Matthew S. Gostomski were united in marriage on May 23, 2021 at the home of the bride’s grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Josef Powell in Conewango Valley. The double-ring ceremony was performed by Reverend James LaBarr and Pastor Will Lowry. The bride is the daughter of Thomas ...

Mr. and Mrs. Ryan M. Scott

Meghan E. Gallivan and Ryan M. Scott were united in marriage on April 24, 2021, at the home of the bride’s parents with the father of the bride officiating. The bride is the daughter of Edward and Lisa Gallivan of Silver Creek. The groom is the son of Michael and Karen Scott of Rochester. ...

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Santa for Seniors project already underway

Once again, the Office for Aging Services is teaming up with Mayville Baptist Church and Hurlbut Church to bring the holiday cheer to isolated seniors across our county. The Santa for Seniors project delivers a gift bag filled with goodies and everyday essentials as well as a holiday meal to ...

NY Connects helps provide answers

Do you have questions about what programs and services are available in our community? Are you looking for a community service or program and tired of calling 20 different places to find out where to get help for yourself or a loved one? We have a solution: Call NY Connects first! NY ...

Silver Creek seniors celebrate Halloween during gatherings

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek Seniors met on Oct. 26 with 32 members present. President Ed Newman opened the meeting with the Pledge to the Flag and all singing America the Beautiful. He then welcomed guest Bonnie Purdy. Carm Tampio congratulated Harry and Joan Suski on their 70th ...

Caregivers recognized during November

November is the month where we take time to recognize and give praise and support to the 78 million people who dedicate their time, often unpaid, caring for a family member in need. Particularly as we approach the festive season when focus is placed on family and quality time, it is important ...

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Art gallery reception Saturday

WESTFIELD — The Octagon Gallery at the Patterson Library invites the public to meet artists Kimberly Turner and Ruby Andromeda Miller at the opening reception for their art installation, Wave/Length, on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 1-3:30 p.m. The artists will present a short talk for guests ...

Opera House to screen ‘The Rescue’

The next film in the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center Cinema Series is the documentary “The Rescue.” It will be screened Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. In accordance with CDC and state guidelines, the opera house is requiring all patrons to wear masks before, ...

Hillman Opera offers whimsical take on a Cimarosa classic

The 18th century will meet the 1980s when the Hillman Opera presents its “whimsical take” on Italian composer Domenico Cimarosa’s masterpiece “Il Matrimonio Segreto” (“The Secret Marriage”) this November. Performance dates and times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and ...

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ coming to Opera House

The next film in the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center Cinema Series is the feature film adaptation of the Broadway blockbuster “Dear Evan Hansen.” It will be screened this Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Thanks to an anonymous donor, the first 20 SUNY Fredonia students ...

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Theater department offers timely take on ‘Normal Heart’

While it was written almost four decades ago, Professor Paul W. Mockovak thinks Larry Kramer’s 1985 play “The Normal Heart” still carries a very relevant message. Mockovak, who directs the Department of Theatre and Dance production at the State University of New York at Fredonia as ...

Breaking it down

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford Demolition has begun on the north end of the Coburn Block on Central Avenue in Dunkirk, as seen in this photo. The section getting removed used to house Biker Bob’s Motorcycle Shop, and was condemned after the section next to it collapsed in recent years.

Hillman Opera offers whimsical take on a Cimarosa classic

The 18th century will meet the 1980s when the Hillman Opera presents its “whimsical take” on Italian composer Domenico Cimarosa’s masterpiece “Il Matrimonio Segreto” (“The Secret Marriage”) this November. Performance dates and times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and ...

Opera House to present ‘23 Walks’

The next film in the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center Cinema Series is the dramedy, “23 Walks.” It will be screened today and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. In accordance with CDC and state guidelines, the opera house is requiring all patrons to wear masks before, during and ...