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Pictured are children from the Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center and Chautauqua Lake Elementary School celebrating the “Month of the Young Child,” which acknowledges early learning, young children, their teachers and families.

County celebrates young children

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MAYVILLE — A national celebration of young children and early learning was shared locally Monday in fun, raucous style. Starting at Chautauqua Lake Central School in Mayville, a parade of children from the Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center and Chautauqua Lake Elementary School made its way ...

Not taking it for granted

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After outcry from residents in favor of the project, the Fredonia Village Board has given its blessing to move forward with improvements and updates to Barker Common. The board on Monday narrowly voted, 3-2, to accept $310,543 in grant funds from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation ...

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SHINING VICTORY: Fredonia topples Dunkirk

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OBSERVER Photo by Ron Szot — Fredonia’s Lucas Voss delivers a pitch during Monday’s CCAA West 1 baseball matchup against arch-rival Dunkirk at Al Stuhlmiller Field. Fredonia won 19-1. View game story at the link ...

Millions in revenue at stake in telecommunications legal battle

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A legal fight over whether fiber optic cable is taxable is putting nearly $160,000 in annual revenue at stake for local government and school districts in Chautauqua County. The battle began in 2014 when Level 3 Communications, a Colorado-based telecommunications and Internet provider, ...

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Here lies the Collins Center Town Park water fountain. Unfortunately, its days were numbered at less than a week at the park. Someone, or some group, decided to kick down the fountain twice in consecutive weeks.

Vandals leave park visitors high and dry in Collins Center

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COLLINS — Vandals are on the loose. Collins Center Town Park is facing a problem with some delinquents who are ruining the park for everyone. The water fountain is a necessity for many on a hot day after playing or during a walk in the park, located between Collins and ...

Area Police

Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ¯ RIPLEY — A 16-year-old youth and a 17-year-old youth were charged with petit larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief Saturday, stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred April 10. According to reports, the teens stole a mini bike from an ...

Officials discuss updates to investment policy

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MAYVILLE — County officials continued discussion over recommendations found in a state audit report that criticized the county’s investment program. During an Audit and Control Committee meeting, members examined ways to transfer items found in their corrective action plan into ...

County Legislature approves law eliminating vacation carryover

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MAYVILLE — County officials are taking action following an audit by the state comptroller, which stated three elected officials shouldn’t have received pay for unused vacation time. During a meeting, legislators on the Administrative Services Committee approved a local law to eliminate ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino
Some fun seekers took advantage of Monday’s warm weather by getting out their kite surfing equipment on Main Street Beach in Dunkirk.

Fun in the sun

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OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino Some fun seekers took advantage of Monday’s warm weather by getting out their kite surfing equipment on Main Street Beach in Dunkirk.

Economic Development Committee approves funding for tournament

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MAYVILLE — More county funding could be on the way to support the LECOM Health Challenge at Peek’n Peak Resort, if the full legislature gives its final approval. Recently, members of the Planning and Economic Development Committee approved $75,000 in funding from the occupancy tax reserve ...

Erie TV to produce ‘Our Town Mayville-Westfield’

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MAYVILLE — Do you have a great story to tell about living or working in the Mayville or Westfield region? The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and its Community Chambers in Mayville-Chautauqua and Westfield-Barcelona are working with WQLN-TV in Erie, Pa., to help bring people together ...

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Pomfret Town Supervisor Donald Steger discusses the steps taken toward the Northern Chautauqua County Water District.

Pomfret moving forward with county water

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The town of Pomfret is ready to move forward with the Northern Chautauqua County Water District, preparing to go out for bids to get supplies for Van Buren and apply for a grant for improvement to the community’s infrastructure. The operations group (towns of Dunkirk, Pomfret, Portland, ...

Above: Dunkirk middle schooler and Striders tutoring and mentoring participant Sarah shows Assistant Director of Development EJ Hayes rock candy she made during a recent activities night.

Investing in the future

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Chautauqua Striders has been bringing education and heart to area students for decades thanks to the help of funding like the City of Dunkirk’s Community Development Block Grant. At a recent presentation to the Economic Development Committee, Striders showed the city what its money has done ...

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The village board needs to decide how the beach is going to be run this year, and fast, before beach season is upon the community.

Cassadaga Village Board broods over beach business

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CASSADAGA — With warmer weather comes the yearly question in Cassadaga: What’s the deal with the beach? While many would like to see a successful resurrection of the beach program, most are also realistic enough to realize that the kids who were around in past years have moved on, and ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Dunkirk elementary schools to hold registration The Dunkirk City School District will continue to conduct kindergarten registrations for the 2017-18 school year at the Boorady Building, 90 E. Fourth St. Children who will be five years of age by Dec. 1, 2017 can register for kindergarten. ...

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Area Police

Area police

Social media helps Dunkirk Police make arrest Social media is for more than selfies and cute dog pictures. On Friday the website “Nextdoor” aided the Dunkirk Police Department in making an arrest. Police report getting serveral tips of suspicious activity in the area of a vacant house ...

Schools often give back to the community

Schools often give back to the community

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About 20 years ago, I went to a training conference at Stony Brook College on Long Island for a class called Principles of Engineering. The goal of the principles of engineering class was to introduce students to the engineering process. The projects of the class would allow the students to ...