Sunday Lifestyles

Local cadets participate in Civil Air Patrol Encampment

Four young men from Dunkirk Civil Air Patrol Squadron NY-351 recently participated in Civil Air Patrol Encampment at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, NY. Encampment, an annual, week-long event that brings more than 150 first time cadets together from all across the state, inspires ...

JBC announces Fredonia and Dunkirk students on Summer President’s list

Jamestown Business College has announced the President's and Dean's Lists for the Summer 2019 term. To qualify for the President's List a student must earn a 3.90 - 4.00 grade point average for a term. To qualify for the Dean's List a student must earn a 3.60 - 3.89 grade point average for a ...

Milliman family has 35th reunion

The 35th Milliman reunion was held at the Stockton Fireman’s Grounds on Saturday, Aug. 10. The reunion was hosted by Lola and Lewis Kinney, Deborah Henry, Stephanie Evans, Stacy Sears, Chris Milliman and John Milliman. Sixty-two of the descendants of Lewis and Ettie Peters Milliman attended ...

Final preparations as first day looms

This coming week marks the end of an era in our household, and the beginning of a new one… our youngest starts pre-k next week, and we will officially have all three of our kids in school. It’s a bit bittersweet, but the excitement that she has for school, and of course being in school ...

CREATING A BALANCE AT SCHOOL

By THE CHAUTAUQUA HEALTH ACTION TEAM It’s back to school month, so let’s consider: how do schools help kids to be healthy? Is it gym class? Health class? Healthy school lunches? Turns out, Chautauqua County schools are doing much more. When it comes to helping children in our ...

Dunkirk grad DeLong gets 2019 Acquavia Memorial Scholarship

Dunkirk Memorial American Legion Post 62 Commander David Jagoda presented Zakery DeLong with the 2019 Frank Acquavia Memorial Scholarship. This $1500 scholarship is made possible through a generous donation from the former Frank Acquavia Post 1344 and is open to all veterans or their immediate ...

Bus driver uses puppet theater project to help encourage student safety

ANGOLA — When Chris Willard isn’t driving a school bus, she is busy advocating for school bus safety. She has been driving bus for Lake Shore School District for 18 years and in that time has emerged as the district’s unofficial playwright for puppet theater. The scripts focus on bus ...

Large group from Gowanda Class of 1969 reunites

GOWANDA — Aug. 3, about 100 people attended the Gowanda Class of 1969’s 50th reunion. Sixty-seven classmates came from Pennsylvania, Florida, Kentucky, Delaware, South Carolina, Tennessee, Connecticut, Texas, Idaho and California besides New York state. The class had the option to tour ...

Cassadaga Valley Class of 1955 holds reunion at ALFIE’s

Thank you, ALFIE’s Restaurant, Jamestown for hosting our most recent Cassadaga Valley Central School, Class of 1955, 64th High School reunion. We will miss gathering there for sure, as you close! It’s been 64 years since Einstein died in 1955, packed with knowledge and wisdom he never ...

Dunkirk/Mindszenty Classes of 1959 hold joint 60 year reunion

The Dunkirk High School and the Cardinal Mindszenty High School “Class of ’59” held a joint 60th reunion at the Clarion Hotel in Dunkirk on July 26 and 27. There were 48 classmates from Dunkirk High School and 27 classmates from Cardinal Mindszenty High School attending. Classmates ...

Deszcz/Raine Family Reunion

The Deszcz/Raine Family Reunion was held Aug. 10 at the Sheridan Bay Park pavilion. It was hosted by Tom and Cookie Messere. Forty family members and guests attended from western New York including Albion, Olean and the Rochester area. Games were played and pictures from the past were shown. ...

Forestville Class of 1969 celebrates 50th reunion

The Forestville High School class of ‘69 celebrated their 50th high school class reunion during the weekend of June 14 and 15. On June 14, the class members met at 5 p.m. and had cocktails and dinner at the Clarion Hotel. Following the dinner, they reminisced about “the good old days” ...

Make a date with your child

It’s date week in our house. While it may sound funny to use the word date for anyone but a significant other, just take a moment to think about what a date is. A date is time with one other person, time that you take out of your schedule to get to know them better and to spend time with ...

Four unforgettable days that may never happen again

It was 50 years ago. We saw the ad in The New York Times and we knew we had to go. So it was that I, along with several friends, climbed into my old blue ford and headed down the Thruway from Fredonia to Woodstock. It was Thursday Aug. 14, 1969. I was 18 years old and home from pharmacy ...

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 ...

Smith-Schmidt-Krawiec families celebrate 57th annual family reunion

On Aug. 3, the Smith-Schmidt-Krawiec 57th family reunion returned to the Huntley Hose #1 picnic grounds on Route 20 in Silver Creek. The steering committee consisted of Norm Schmidt, John Schmidt, John Smith, Angie Smith Leone and Joe and Stella Granata. John Smith provided an extra tent ...

Planting the seed

Special to the OBSERVER The Fredonia Farm Festival was first conceived in 1966 by the Fredonia Booster Association. This event took place in the back room of Dickenson’s Restaurant, now Domus Fare. The group was made up of Fredonia business people which consisted of Len Aldrich, Aldrich ...

State bird is soaring back

By WILLIAM MOHAN editorial@observertoday.com “The bluebird carries the sky on his back.” These were the words written in the personal journal of poet Henry David Thoreau as he described the bluebird in May 1852. The Eastern Bluebird is also the state bird of New York and prominent in ...

Pagano family reunion celebrates 65 years

The Pagano Family celebrated their 65th reunion at Willow Creek Winery on July 27, among the grape vineyards where many of them were born years ago. The weather was bright and sunny. Family members came from California, Arizona, Nebraska, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, ...

Dunkirk High School Class of 1969 holds reunion

Members of the DHS Class of 1969 recently gathered to celebrate their 50-year class reunion. Three days of music, fun and friends commenced Thursday, August 1, at Memorial Park where classmates had the opportunity to get re-acquainted. The Class of ‘69 Banner was on display to welcome ...