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Going off the rails on a TIF train at Forestville Central School

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FORESTVILLE — A room of educators bopping their heads to Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” blaring over the speakers of Forestville Central School’s auditorium — not exactly what one would expect at a Technology Integrators Forum (TIF). However, this was exactly the experience that ...

Jamestown man charged with murder in 2014 death of child

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MAYVILLE — A Jamestown man long considered a "person of interest" for his role in the 2014 beating death of a child has been indicted on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter. Tyler Perez, 35, pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned Monday in front of Chautauqua ...

Former trustee donates flag to Gowanda Police

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GOWANDA — During the public comment portion of the Gowanda village board meeting last week, former trustee Dale DiCarlo presented the Gowanda Police Department a Thin Blue Line Flag, as thanks for their service to the village. “I want to give him (Officer-in-charge Feldmann) this flag, ...

Landis’ budget proposal set for Monday

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Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis will present her tentative 2019 budget at a special Board of Trustees meeting March 25. The board scheduled the special session at its Monday meeting. It also set a April 1 public hearing on a local law allowing Fredonia to go over the state-mandated municipal ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Sinclairville elections today The village of Sinclairville is holding elections today. Up for elections are the mayor’s seat and two trustees. Mayor James Kianos Jr. and trustees Patricia France and Dean Houser are all running unopposed. Westfield elections today The village of ...

Debt restructuring scammer from Salamanca pleads guilty

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BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Monday that Sergiy Bezrukov, 35, of Salamanca, formerly of Queens, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 35 years in ...

Wrong-way Amish buggy struck on I-86

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KENNEDY — An unoccupied Amish buggy that was traveling the wrong way on Interstate 86 was struck by a semi tractor-trailer Sunday, the New York State Police said. County dispatch received several calls around 10 p.m. of the buggy in the eastbound lane of the interstate near the Kennedy ...

Common Council to discuss Dunkirk municipal offices relocation

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Dunkirk City Court and the Police Department as well as the Planning and Development offices might see growth this year. After much negotiating with the Lesser Living Trust, the current owner of the Stearns Building, the city is looking to expand their footprint. In a resolution that will be ...

Westfield children build traps, but wily fellow eludes them

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WESTFIELD — The mischievous leprechaun once again eluded capture by the second grade students of Westfield Academy and Central School, but “we’re going to keep trying until we get him,” said elementary school principal, Dr. Mary Rockey. For more than 30 years, WACS second graders have ...

Sinclairville man charged with DWI after accident

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GERRY — A Sinclairville man is facing driving while intoxicated charges after an accident Sunday. Deputies responded to a single vehicle accident before 1 a.m. on Terry Road in the town. An investigation found that Christopher L. Bruyer, 33, was operating the vehicle in an intoxicated state ...

Dems tap Morgan to run for Young seat

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SALAMANCA — Political newcomer Austin T. Morgan of Cattaraugus County is the Democratic Party leadership’s choice to replace former Senator Cathy Young as the 57th State Senate District representative in Albany. The County Democratic Chairs of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and ...

Dunkirk school board: TV meetings fine

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Dunkirk Access can begin televising the regular Dunkirk Board of Education meetings once a resolution is passed. The school board discussed Vicki Westling’s proposal that was given at the board’s workshop on Feb. 28, expressing interest from city hall to televise the meetings. According ...

LA Times journalist doing SUNY Fredonia residency

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Author, journalist and professor all fit the description of the man who will be coming to share his expertise. On March 24-26, SUNY Fredonia welcomes back alumnus and Los Angeles Times journalist Scott Martelle. Martelle will be participating in a three-day residency and leading a ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Deadline today for Corn Hole Tournament to benefit DHS softball team On March 31, a Corn Hole Tournament will begin at 1 p.m. at the Dunkirk Event Center, 296 Lake Shore Drive West (former Dunkirk Moose Lodge). The event is sponsored by Big Rick’s One Stop. It benefits the Dunkirk High ...

Health screenings planned in Dunkirk

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Residents living in and around Dunkirk can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. The Clarion Hotel and Conference Center will host this community event on March 25. ...

Coin show set for Sunday

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JAMESTOWN — Have you ever wondered if there is any value in that jar of old coins you’ve been saving? You could find out at the PenNY Coin Show on Sunday, March 24. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Celoron American Legion - Herman Kent Post 777 on Jackson Avenue, just off ...

Girl Scouts hold safety event

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The Chadwick Bay Girl Scout Service Unit recently held a bike and road safety event as part of Girl Scout World Thinking Day at the Dunkirk rec center. The 50 girls in attendance learned bike safety tips from Dunkirk police officers and took a pledge to not text and drive at a table sponsored ...

Civic calendar

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Brocton Wednesday — Brocton Village Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., Village Hall Cassadaga Monday — Cassadaga Valley Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., middle/high school multi-purpose room Wednesday — Village Board meeting, 7 p.m., Cassadaga Fire Hall Dunkirk Tuesday — ...

Legally blind artist sees self, Westfield in new ways

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WESTFIELD — Known originally as the “Cross Roads,” the village of Westfield occupies one of the most well-known intersections in Chautauqua County. In 1802, the village was settled at the intersection of the Old Portage Trail (now Portage Street or Route 394), that runs from Barcelona ...