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Following his fourth State of the County Address, County Executive Vince Horrigan says he won't seek reelection.

At term’s end

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MAYVILLE — A jar sits on the desk of the Chautauqua County executive. In the jar are questions that the previous county executive posed to the next one taking office. Mark Thomas wrote one for Greg Edwards. Edwards left one for Vince Horrigan. Come the end of the year, it'll be ...

City explores consolidation ideas

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The city of Dunkirk’s police and fire chiefs know their facilities have seen better days, but the trick now, they say, is having a plan for when those buildings can no longer pass muster. At a Public Safety Committee meeting Wednesday at city hall, Fire Chief Mike Edwards and Police Chief ...

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State University of New York at Fredonia President Dr. Virginia Horvath gave a presentation about the Central Connection Wednesday.

Third time’s a charm

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Ideas were flying at the third — of hopefully many — Central Connection meetings at the Dunkirk High School Wednesday night. The idea of Central Connection is to combine three separate entities — the city of Dunkirk, the village of Fredonia and the State University of New York at ...

Fire companies from Sinclairville, Ellington and Gerry were on the scene in Charlotte on Wednesday evening.

Companies battle blaze in Charlotte

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Fire companies from Ellington, Gerry and the Sinclairville Fire Departments battled a blaze off Edson Road in the town of Charlotte late Wednesday. A caller to 911 stated she saw a large fire of a structure just before 9 p.m. Crews arrived at the scene around 9:05. Due to the proximity of the ...

Kristie Lokietek

Graziano’s replacement sworn in

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SOUTH DAYTON — After the resignation of Angelo Graziano at the January Pine Valley Board of Education meeting, the board had to scramble to find a person that could fill the board member position for the remainder of the school year. They found a new board member in Kristie Lokietek. “In ...

Fredonia board hires assistant high school principal

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The Fredonia Central School District will soon have a new face join its administrative team. The board of education — during a recent meeting — unanimously hired Daniel Parker to a four-year probationary position as assistant high school principal, commencing March 20. Parker’s salary ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Pomfret clerk’s office closed today The town of Pomfret clerk’s office will be closed today. Regular hours will resume Friday. Fredonia School to hold sub recruitment fair Fredonia Central School will hold a Substitute Recruitment Job Fair on Friday, March 10 from 1-3 p.m. in the ...

Area Police

Area police

Dunkirk Police Department ¯ Farhana Saddiqui, 66, of Fredonia, was ticketed for failure to maintain lane on Feb. 12. According to police, she had been traveling north on Central Avenue when she failed to maintain her lane, and rear-ended a parked car. That parked car, in turn, hit a light ...

Cuomo announces cybersecurity regulations protecting consumers

Local/Region

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the first-in-the-nation cybersecurity regulation to protect New York’s financial services industry and consumers from the ever-growing threat of cyber-attacks will take effect on March 1. The final regulation requires banks, insurance companies ...

Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. to meet in Dunkirk on March 8

Local/Region

The Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. (CCLBC) will hold its next monthly board meeting on Wednesday, March 8 at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room of the Fredonia Technology Incubator, 214 Central Ave., Dunkirk. The monthly Acquisition & Disposition Meeting of the CCLBC will be ...

Collins hones in on five-year plan

Local/Region

OBSERVER Staff Writer COLLINS — The town of Collins has put together its additions to the five-year plan on assessing what it will and may do in the coming years for capital projects. The plan goes until 2020 and has few projects that expect to surpass the $50,000 mark. “We have been ...

Silver Creek Middle/High School

Local/Region

The following students have been commended for academic achievement at the Silver Creek Middle/High School for the second quarter of the 2016-2017 school year: Honor Roll Sixth Grade Honor Roll: Brianna Allen, Blayze Becker, Payton Brennan, Tory Cook, Genevieve Dexter, Rebecca ...

Fredonia Middle School

Local/Region

Honor and merit roll students for the second quarter have been announced by Andrew T. Ludwig, Fredonia Middle School principal. They are as follows: Merit Roll Grade 5: Hannah Abbatoy, Moeez, Ahmed, Samuel Atzrott, Kyle Berkshire, Haley Blue, Aidan Burrell, Rylee Crampton, Lacey Drennen, ...

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Celebrating the successful first year of RED Campaign are Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation Executive Board members. Standing, from left, are: Mary Ann Woleben, vice president; and Terri Casler, treasurer. Also celebrating is the foundation’s executive director, Patricia DiPalma. Seated, from left, are: Ann Weidman, secretary; and Rose Van Volkenburg, president. With continued philanthropic giving from all its supporters, the WMH Foundation will continue its $650,000 pledge for hospital upgrading of the Emergency Department in 2017.

Westfield Hospital foundation rolls out the RED Campaign

Local/Region

WESTFIELD — Surveying the landscape through Westfield Memorial Hospital’s service area, one can spot “WE WENT RED FOR WMH” signs. This proves a showing of tremendous support for the foundation’s annual campaign — this year dubbed the RED (Renovate our Emergency Department) ...

Five local employers increase support for breastfeeding mothers

Business

Five local employers have taken steps to make their worksites friendlier for breastfeeding mothers returning to work. Brooks Memorial Hospital, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County, Cummins Engine, TLC Health Network (at Lake Shore Hospital), and Venture Forthe each received a ...

County Executive Vince Horrigan is expected to discuss the Chautauqua 20/20 Comprehensive Plan, which focuses on ways to improve life.

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY EXECUTIVE WILL NOT SEEK REELECTION

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MAYVILLE, N.Y.: -- County Executive Vince Horrigan delivered his final State of the County on Wednesday, February 22nd, ending his presentation with the announcement that he will not seek reelection. “Throughout my 2 years as Chautauqua County Legislator and over 3 years as Chautauqua County ...

Fredonia wary of interconnect impact

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Chautauqua County officials feel it is in the village of Fredonia’s best interests to build a water interconnect with the city of Dunkirk, but village board members aren’t completely sold on its urgency. County Executive Vince Horrigan and other county representatives attended Tuesday’s ...

County Executive Vince Horrigan is expected to discuss the Chautauqua 20/20 Comprehensive Plan, which focuses on ways to improve life.

Horrigan to present fourth State of County Address

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Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan is set to deliver his fourth State of the County Address today — the final one of his first term in office. Last year’s speech emphasized regionalism and shared services among local governments to reduce property taxes. Out came plans for the ...

Silver Creek appoints sewer and water superintendent

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SILVER CREEK — David Voigt has been performing the duties of sewer and water superintendent in Silver Creek for more than a year, but now it’s official, and he’s earned that title. Mayor Nick Piccolo made a motion at Tuesday’s board meeting to approve the appointment of Voigt from ...