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Coming home

November 27, 2011
By SKEETER TOWER - Special to the OBSERVER , The OBSERVER

Dr. Brenda Hayes was raised in Brocton on a bucolic lakeside property which her father, Douglas Hayes, the Chevy dealer in Dunkirk in 1959, chose because he loved the sturdy and handsome barn. The land had belonged in the mid-1800s to a small utopian community, The Brotherhood of the New Life. The group nurtured the vineyards here before moving on to California's Sonoma Valley, the start of a whole new wine industry. The farm today is known as Vine Cliff. Here Hayes and her mother, Rosemary, continue to farm the land and harvest grapes. Her sister, Laura, also lives on the property raising and riding Arabian horses.

 
 

 

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