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Erik Lundquist

Jamestown native to perform in inauguration parade

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A 2009 Jamestown High School graduate and member of the United States Air Force is expected to play an important role in the Inauguration of the President-Elect Donald Trump on Friday. Erik Lundquist was awarded a position playing the euphonium in the premier group over the summer, and after ...

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Participants hold signs as they gather near the Ohio Statehouse steps during the Ohio Sister March on Washington in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday. A similar march will take place in Washington , D.C. Saturday and 51 locals will be in attendance.

Headed to the march

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Thousands of women from all over the country, including a segment from Chautauqua County, are participating in the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday in the wake of the inauguration of now-President Donald Trump. Fredonian Angela Pucciarelli, Jamestown Community College’s assistant ...

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MINOR SCARE: Fire quickly doused

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Firefighters were called to a small fire in a waste basket at Cassadaga Valley Middle/High School on Thursday around 4:15 p.m. Sources on the scene said the fire, which was located in the wood shop, was quickly extinguished and the basket was placed outdoors. Firefighters from Gerry, Silver ...

DiNapoli critical of Gowanda school estimates, fund balances

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An audit released Thursday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is critical of  financial actions and budget plans by the Gowanda Central School district in recent years. In the report, the office says the Gowanda schools overestimated appropriations by $6.2 million for the last three ...

Candidate just had a feeling

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I   keep replaying Wendy Long’s enthusiasm and words from last July during a stop at the OBSERVER. As the Republican-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate, Long had been energized by the campaign of our new President Donald Trump. Four years before, in 2012, she had run against incumbent ...

Portland Town Board eyes goals for the future

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BROCTON — The Portland Town Board’s goals for the year involve preparing for the immediate future, as well as a future beyond 2017, according to the list read at the monthly business and annual reorganization meeting. Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz announced this month that the council has ...

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Collision with deer followed by sheared pole

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At about 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Sinclairville Fire Department responded to the scene of a car/deer accident at 5290 Route 380 in the village of Sinclairville. According to Chief Dave Lukacz, the driver, Nora Zilkenat, hit a deer in the roadway before veering into a utility pole, shearing it in ...

Devyn Agett

Devyn Agett joins CASAC Board of Directors

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Devyn Agett has been elected to the Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) Board of Directors to serve one three-year term. Since 1974, Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC), a United Way partner agency, has provided prevention education and ...

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Eyes on the state

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Brian Stratton, director of the New York State Canal Corp., made a presentation on Thursday to the Rotary Club of Fredonia regarding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State agenda. Stratton, who also did a presentation later in the afternoon in Jamestown, highlighted funding initiatives by the ...

More than 33,000 tickets during Drive Sober campaign

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the New York State Police issued 33,153 tickets during the holiday season “Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over” campaign. The special traffic enforcement period from Dec. 16 through Jan. 1, which also included local law enforcement agencies, was designed to ...

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Howard Avenue, Dunkirk

Filling the gap

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Two bridges in Northern Chautauqua County have been awarded state funding. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Wednesday announced $20.3 million in funding to rehabilitate and replace 15 bridges and culverts across Western New York. The funding, provided through Round One of the Governor’s BRIDGE NY ...

“... if you’re going to do that in Chautauqua County, there’s going to be
consequences and we’re not going to give you a break.”
-District Attorney Patrick Swanson

One and done

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MAYVILLE — The message is stern and the warning is clear regarding new gun policy set forth by Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson. Commit a crime with a gun, you’re done. Carry a firearm illegally and you’re going to be held accountable. Swanson came before county ...

Two nabbed in Mayville for Molly

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MAYVILLE — Police arrested two Erie, Pa., men Wednesday after reportedly finding them unresponsive in a parked vehicle with Molly, narcotics-related paraphernalia and money. Molly is a drug that is powder of a crystal form of a methamphetamine. It also is made up of a toxic mix of ...

Westfield and Ripley land water grants

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U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has announced two major grants for water infrastructure systems in Chautauqua County — one for Ripley and the other for Westfield. “We care about helping our local communities improve their water systems because it bolsters the regional economy, lightens the burden for ...

City could have nine retire under incentive

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A recently approved retirement incentive could be utilized by nine or more employees in the city of Dunkirk. In December, the Common Council approved a contract with its largest union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees AFL-CIO Local 912. That contract included a ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Cassadaga Wind Farm hearing to be televised Public hearing comments on the proposed Cassadaga Wind Farm will be aired on Access Channel 5 at 12:35 p.m. and again at 6:35 p.m. each day from Saturday through Jan. 27. Some 21 concerned citizens spoke to a three-judge panel, for or against the ...

Area Police

Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ¯ MINA — Ryan C. Triana, 40, of North East, Pennsylvania, was taken into custody Wednesday at about 12:01 a.m. after his vehicle was stopped by deputies on Route 426. Allegedly, deputies found Triana to be intoxicated. He was charged with driving ...

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Pictured, from left: Kitty Crow, new finance director; Kathleen Dennison, new budget director; and Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua County executive.

Horrigan announces appointment of new budget director

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MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has announced the appointment of Kathleen Dennison as the new county budget director. Dennison will begin her new position on Feb. 1. She will replace current Director Kitty Crow, who will be promoted in February to the position of ...

Inappropriate text spells trouble for teen

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LITTLE VALLEY — A 19-year-old is facing charges for an inappropriate text he sent to an underage victim. New York State Police at Jamestown report Ronald Kuhaneck Jr., of Little Valley, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The troopers’ investigation revealed that ...

DiNapoli critical of Gowanda school estimates, fund balances

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An audit, released this morning by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, is critical of  recent financial actions and budget plans by the Gowanda Central School district in recent years. In the report, the office says the Gowanda schools overestimated appropriations by $6.2 million for the ...