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Sunday Lifestyles

Alicia Palmatier and Drew Gibson

Alicia Palmatier of Dunkirk and Drew Gibson of Mayville, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Al and Donna Palmatier of Dunkirk. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. Jamie Gibson and Mr. and Mrs. Gail and Gary Saunders ...

GHS announces Students of the Month

Four students from Gowanda High School have been recognized as Students of the Month for February 2020 for emulating The 4 C's: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication, which are integral to the district's mission. Seamus McNevin, a senior, was singled out for his ...

Westfield’s Swanson achieves PhD

Submitted photo A celebration with family and friends was held January 11, 2020 at 21 Brix to congratulate Dr. Jessica (Neratko) Swanson on achieving her PhD in occupational therapy from Chatham University. Jessica currently owns and operates Therapy Connections and resides in Mayville with ...

STOPPED IN ITS TRACKS: Coronavirus puts sudden end to Italy festivities

This article was originally supposed to entail all the festivities that I attended during the vacation of Carnevale, and although I was able to attend the first — and now last — parade in Novara, all other activities were cut short by the Italian government in Northern Italy due to the ...

Four seniors honored as Westfield-Mayville Rotary Scholars of the Month

By Sue Hammond On Feb. 25 four high school seniors were recognized as “Scholars of the Month” by the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville during a program held at the Lakeshore Assembly of God Church in Westfield. These outstanding seniors and their respective schools were McKayla Wolfe, ...

Chautauqua Leadership Network 2019 graduates celebrated

Submitted Photo Chautauqua Leadership Network welcomed the newest members from their 2019 class in a graduation ceremony on January 23, 2020 at Southern Tier Distillery. Each year Chautauqua Leadership Network conducts a yearlong leadership training program for individuals who live and/or ...

Samantha Lotte VerHague and Adam David Bigelow

Samantha Lotte VerHague and Adam David Bigelow, together with their families are pleased to announce their engagement. The Bride is the daughter of Lisa and Darryl VerHague of Fredonia and the mother of beautiful 2-year-old Madelyn Rose. The Bride attended Fredonia Central Schools (2008) and ...

New trends, difficulties face farmers in the area

Here’s some food for thought: 87% of U.S. agriculture products sold are produced on family farms or ranches. Recently, the League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County held a forum regarding this issue. “No Farms, No Food. Getting the Dirt on Farming in Chautauqua County” included three ...

In review: Solid ‘Onward’ misses key character

I am in no ways saying that “Onward” is a bad movie, I loved parts of it, especially the brotherly bond between Ian and Barley Lightfoot but, like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while every movie Pixar produces is good, some are better than others. “Onward” falls in the others category. ...

Brocton Elementary Students of the Month announced

Submitted photo On Wednesday, February 26th, Brocton Elementary School celebrated its character education assembly. Students were chosen as Students of the Month representing grades K-5. These students demonstrated the character trait of Honesty/Integrity on a daily basis. The following ...

Photo finish

Earlier in February, the Chautauqua Region and Northern Chautauqua Community Foundations announced the winners of the I Love CHQ County! Photo Contest. The two community foundations hosted the contest in celebration of the third year of Give Big CHQ and provided prizes for the top three photos. ...

JCC’s Phi Theta Kappa announces new inductees

Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor fraternity, has chapters on JCC’s Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses. A student must achieve at least a 3.50 grade point average to be considered for induction and must have two faculty recommendations. Meme Yanetsko, a 1988 JCC ...

JCC announces local December graduates

The following are students from the surrounding area who graduated from Jamestown Community College in Dec. 2019. Bemus Point: Marisa Skinner (A.S.: Business-Business Administration-High Honors), Anthony Young (A.S.: Individual Studies) Brocton: Carie Arnold (A.S.: Addictions ...

Fredonia has 38 students selected for CCMTA Winter Honor Ensembles

Thirty-Eight Fredonia Middle and High School student musicians participated in the All-County Jazz Ensemble, Elementary Band, Senior Orchestra, Junior Orchestra, and Contemporary Vocal Ensemble at the Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association Winter Festival on February 8th. Students were ...

Kosciuszko Home elects new officers

Submitted photo On Sunday, Feb. 16, the Kosciuszko Polish Home held it’s election of officers. Sitting from Left to Right: Steve Helwig, Katie Lemiszko, Pat Tripp, Lance Christopher, Michael Curtin Standing from Left to Right: Jared George, John Pazderski, James Curtin, Samantha Tofil, ...

Dominic Jay Gill

Dominic Jay Gill was born Sunday Jan. 26, 2020 to Jordan Gill and Robin Fancher of Dunkirk at Brooks Memorial Hospital. Proud siblings are Jaylynn Fancher and Xzavier Boland. Proud grandparents are the late Regina Richmond watching over him in heaven, Norman Gill of Amherst, Lloyd and Lisa ...

Westfield Middle School Students of the Month

On a monthly basis, Westfield Middle School honors one student at each grade level as the Student of the Month. Teachers and staff had the opportunity to nominate one student who they believed met the following criteria: 1. Follows Westfield's Rules of Respect for staff and peers 2. Shows ...

Forestville Elementary announces February Students of the Month

Submitted photo Here are the February Students of the Month at Forestville Elementary. These students were selected by their respective teachers for being model students, showing good citizenship, hard work, and respect. Back row: 5th Grader, Ingrid Gibson, 6th Grader Anna Gilman, 1st Grader ...

Brocton Middle School announces Students of the Month

Dominic Seavy was selected by the Brocton Middle School faculty and staff as Student of the Month for February 2020. Dominic is currently a seventh grader at Brocton and resides in Brocton with his parents, Dan and Melissa Seavy. Dominic participates in Little League Baseball. In addition, he ...

Full menu on tap for 10th Dining in the Dark

Special to the OBSERVER JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua Blind Association celebrates its 10th Annual Dining in the Dark on Friday, March 27 at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron, Dining in the Dark is a unique experience of eating without seeing. Starting at 6 p.m., guests are invited to ...