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Pictured is Cassadaga Lake as seen from Dale Drive. The Village Board passed a new lake and wetlands protection law during Wednesday’s meeting.

Steps against polluters

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CASSADAGA — After a brief public hearing, the Cassadaga Village Board unanimously passed a new law designed “for the protection of wetlands, water bodies and watercourses within the village of Cassadaga.” The new law, established in part by efforts of the Lake Association, aims to ...

The 2nd annual Fredonia Mini Maker Faire is slated Saturday on the campus of The State University of New York at Fredonia in the Williams Center and the Science Center.

Fredonia Mini Maker Faire set for Saturday


The Fredonia Mini Maker Faire is a free, family friendly event and is a joint production of the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattararugus BOCES and The State University of New York at Fredonia in collaboration with MAKE magazine and additional sponsors. This regional circus of creativity that was ...


Fugitive may be in the Western New York area


U.S Marshals say a fugitive being sought may be traveling in the Western New York area. The U.S. Marshal's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force say they're looking for assistance in locating Joshua Gurto and an unidentified man. Gurto is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the ...

The Joseph Steger Apartments last week celebrated more than $1 million in improvements on the inside and outside.

Publisher’s notebook: After renovations, some grand plans

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One of the best vantage points of Lake Erie and the city of Dunkirk can be found at the Joseph Steger Apartments at 15 N. Main St. Sights from the upper-level apartments give a bird’s-eye view of the waters — rough and calm — as well as a picturesque scene from floor 11 of car and ...

City looking at improvements to help Athenex, development

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The city has already started work on its wastewater treatment plant and going forward it has plans for more improvements that will help with development in the city — specifically Athenex. Like many industries, the cancer-drug making plant will depend on the city for water and sewer to ...

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The Gowanda Board of Education listens to the community at Thursday’s meeting. Pictured from left, Director of Finance Joelle Woodward, Superintendent James Klubek, Board President Cynthia Sutherland and Secretary Kathy Ferneza.

Public reaction pushes back Gowanda capital project

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GOWANDA — Once word got out that the Gowanda Central School District had a $41-million capital project ready to be put forth to voters, locals came out to voice their disapproval. Due to a lack of attendance at previous meetings, the knowledge of the project was spotty, at best. Some ...

Audit: City district needs to improve budget practices

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A state audit says the Dunkirk City School District consistently overestimated appropriations by an average of $3.7 million, and leading to annual surpluses of $1.2 million. In response, the school district said they budgeted for surplus funds in key operating categories to offset impacts ...

Notebook — Oct. 20

Community Notebook

Rabies Clinic set for Saturday A free Rabies Clinic sponsored by the town of Pomfret will be held Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Town Highway garage, 9636 Chautauqua Road in Fredonia from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is for dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets 3 months of age and older. All pets must ...

Area police — Oct. 20

Area police

CARROLL — On Thursday, Oct. 5, after responding to a vehicle complaint on Dodge Road, deputies located the vehicle and its operator, Matthew L. Guynn, 45, of Jamestown. Following an investigation into the incident, deputies arrested and charged Guynn with driving while intoxicated, parking ...

Helen (Tinch) Williams, Fredonia Class of 1960

Fredonia alumna to receive Outstanding Achievement Award


Alumna Helen (Tinch) Williams is slated to receive the Fredonia Alumni Association's Outstanding Achievement Award on Friday, Oct. 20, during the homecoming gala dinner at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Retired after 37 years in the Ossining, N.Y., public schools as a vocal ...

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Fredonia School of Music students are slated to perform at area libraries this Saturday. Pictured from left are Theresa Thordarson, piano; Evan Kirshen, trumpet; and Mateo Mendez, oboe.

Fredonia Baroque Trio to hold children’s concert


The Musical Journeys Program of The State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music kicks off its 12th season of free concerts designed to appeal to very young children. The Fredonia Baroque Trio from the Fredonia School of Music will perform a half-hour Children’s Concert at 10:30 ...

Two charged after Jamestown traffic stop


JAMESTOWN — A traffic stop led to an illegal weapons charge and a fugitive of justice charge for two city residents Thursday morning. Police report during patrol on the south side, they stopped a vehicle for failing to signal at a turn. During the investigation, officers learned the operator ...


Crews battle fire off Route 20 in Pomfret


Firefighters were battling a blaze this afternoon at Harvest View Greenhouse on Route 20 between Brocton and Fredonia. First reports, around 2:15 p.m., indicated it was a hay fire. A portion of Route 20 was being closed. Officials at Harvest View were uncertain whether they would be open on ...

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The Forestville Lady Hornets held their annual “Spike Out Cancer” volleyball match Wednesday night. The team raised money for breast cancer awareness. Pictured are a few of the items which were raffled off during Wednesday’s match.

PINK HORNETS: Raising awareness

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OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli The Forestville Lady Hornets held their annual “Spike Out Cancer” volleyball match Wednesday night. The team raised money for breast cancer awareness. Pictured are a few of the items which were raffled off during Wednesday’s match.

Budget Balance

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MAYVILLE — “We are constantly struggling with minimum staffing,” Sheriff Joe Gerace said Wednesday. Gerace offered a scroll of colored blocking which took up a few feet of table space which showed shifts and time-off slots at the Chautauqua County Jail at the legislature’s Public ...

Rebecca Ruiz

Trial date tentatively set in Ruiz murder trial

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MAYVILLE — A trial date of March 6, 2018 has been tentatively set in the case of The People of the State of New York v. Rebecca Ruiz, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson told the OBSERVER. The date was set during an omnibus motion hearing at Chautauqua County Court on ...

Common council pushes for updated payment options

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City of Dunkirk officials are making 21st century payment options a priority. At the recent Common Council meeting, members questioned when online payments and credit cards will be accepted at city hall and why it has not happened yet. First Ward Councilman Don Williams Jr. asked if a delayed ...

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The 70 students who participated in the Wright Park Beach Cleanup in October collected nearly 100 pounds of garbage. That’s more than a pound of trash per pupil.

P-TECH, School 7 students partner to learn about lake monitoring

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Lake Erie is a crucial component to many aspects of life in Chautauqua County. Tourism/recreation, agriculture and the regional economy are all intertwined with the health and wellness of the fourth-largest of the Great Lakes. Two groups of local students joined up to learn more about Lake ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Meet the Republican candidates planned for Oct. 21 A Meet the Republican candidates session/fund-raiser for Fredonia Village Board, Pomfret Town Board, County Legislators and County Executive is planned for Oct. 21 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Fredonia Grange No. 1, 58 W. Main St., Fredonia. ...