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Sunday Lifestyles

Career successes bring LaGrow regional honor

Christopher LaGrow, associate director of the Career Development Office at the State University at Fredonia, has received the Building Bridges Award from the Western New York Association of College Career Centers. The award, presented annually, highlights collaboration within the career ...

With clinic, no more ‘looking the other way’

In this segment of REBT, we will be looking at the “clinic,” treatment coming into Dunkirk, the nature of the field of chemical dependency in 2020 and the dedicated counselors that remain in the trenches without much of a voice to help set policy, even though they deal with the disease ...

Finally fixing an historical accident

The great wave of Italian immigration to the Americas occurred from the 1870s through the 1930s. As is well known, the overwhelming majority of these immigrants originated from Southern Italy and Sicily, the region designated as the Mezzogiorno. These typically uneducated, typically ...

Practical nursing program holds curbside ceremonies

Students enrolled in the E2CCB Practical Nursing Program commit to a 12-month-long, rigorous program that prepares them to become Licensed Practical Nurses. It’s no wonder when New York Pause went into effect that they were determined to see their journey through to the end. The final ...

Fredonia resident returning to largest port in U.S.

Thais Howard, Fredonia resident, has been selected to assume the post of Director of Engineering for the Port of Tacoma in the state of Washington. Howard will be returning to the Port after four years of working in Western New York. Howard’s first tenure with the Port of Tacoma was from ...

‘Banner county’ came from push

Editor’s note: This is the second of three parts. The first appeared May 30-31. Elnora Monroe Babcock was perhaps the most monumental figure of the Political Equality Movement in Chautauqua County. Babcock moved to the Dunkirk area from Pennsylvania with her husband, Professor John ...

Pacos Memorial Scholarship recipient named

The Southern Tier Group of the New York State Nurse Practitioner Association Region 1 has selected Amy Jo Caldwell for the 2020 Jackie Pacos Memorial Scholarship. Caldwell completed her education at Gannon University in Erie in May and will be working with Southern Tier Pediatrics. The ...

Graycliff to reopen with private tours in August

DERBY — After a temporary closure due to the pandemic, Graycliff Conservancy announces a private tour program beginning in August, with advance booking available now. In compliance with New York State’s mandated Phase 4 guidance, all tours will be restricted to a single household or safe ...

Wofford College awards Fredonia High grad scholarship

SPARTANBURG, S.C.—A Fredonia High School graduate has received Wofford College’s highest honor awarded to an entering first-year student. Alec Schrader, the son of Philip and Karen Schrader, received the college’s Richardson Family Scholarship. The scholarship covers four years of ...

Racing into nature

Everyone experiences nature differently. Some people walk. Some watch from their birdfeeders. Others, like my cousin, run to the top of mountains and madly twerk. While we haven’t seen any mad twerking at Audubon (yet), we have seen several visitors running and speed walking on the trails ...

Fredonia Business Club brings cat mural to business

The student-led Business Club at the State University of New York at Fredonia has made a successful foray into the world of public art, coordinating the painting of an appropriately themed wall mural at 9 Lives Holistic in Fredonia. “We love working with local businesses,” said Business ...

Ceremony honors outgoing Fredonia scoutmaster

Fredonia Boy Scout Troop 267, sponsored by American Legion Post 59 in Fredonia, held a virtual Court of Honor and ceremony to honor Scoutmaster Thomas Annear as he passed the torch to new Scoutmaster James Stenger. Annear served as Troop 267 Scoutmaster from 2017 to 2020 and as assistant ...

Mask era becomes a cover-up

I have to apologize to you, my dear reader, for getting this column to you a bit late. For you see, I am deeply perplexed by masks rules and orders; 6 feet of separation, protests, and riots and tearing down a statue of somebody annoying. I feel as though I am not showing enough concern for the ...

Fredonia grad’s book takes deeper look at Shakespeare works

Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) writes in the Foreword to the new book, “The Shakespeare Masterclasses,” by SUNY Fredonia theater graduate Ron Destro, that it “should be required reading in every theater course, acting class and directing class. And should be in the library of ...

Weddings, engagements, anniversaries and births

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 ...

Named to dean’s list

Rachael Goodrich of Forestville was named to the State University of New York at Brockport’s dean’s list for the spring of 2020. She is also a member of the women’s club volleyball team and the Brockport dance team. She is majoring in tourism management and communications.

CHALK IT UP: NCCF effort aims to bring sun, smiles

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is campaigning to uplift the northern Chautauqua community through #upliftchq! The foundation started with Facebook contests aimed to make everyone smile and have something fun to do. Winning posts received gift cards from local restaurants. One week ...

Even at a distance, gardens can look great

The year 2020 references vision, but no one saw the COVID-19 coming. As most of us were making plans for this unique year number, the virus was making its plan to make this year one that no one will ever forget! Along with all the cancellations nationally and locally, the NCCF yard and garden ...

Gardens, baskets help in beautifying city Housing Authority properties

The city of Dunkirk Housing Authority tenants have united and planted new gardens. Tenants and the Housing Authority purchased soil, flowers, baskets, and made standing garden beds. The tenants planted flowers, fruit and vegetables. They enjoy seeing their work blossom and share ...

Stokes commissioned as second lieutenant

Gwen Stokes was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army on Tuesday in Buffalo. She is the recipient of the Army’s Health Professions Scholarship for Dental Medicine and will be attending Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (L.E.C.O.M.) School of Dental Medicine in ...