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FIRST TIME SEEING SNOW: Welcome to WNY

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Submitted Photo Pictured are newly arrived first grade students from Puerto Rico at School 3 who attend Miss Campese class. They were bundled up and got to see and feel the snow for the first time! The children said they were astonished!

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In just a few months, Chautauqua County’s emergency services vehicles have responded to 365 calls for assistance. The vehicles, which provide advances emergency care and personnel, assist local fire departments in the county.

Fly car system deemed a success by county, EMS officials

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Fly cars do not have wings, but some might consider them guardian angels. The rapid-response emergency service vehicle system has been effective in the first few months of operation being in existence, according to various emergency services officials. In the emergency services field, that ...

Gowanda responds to details regarding proposed school project

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GOWANDA — At the end of the public forum meeting for the $41.5 million capital project — which still has not been put to vote — the attendees were given and responded to surveys of their thoughts on it. Sixteen survey results were available online for the Gowanda Board of Education ...

26 caught with fake IDs in crackdown

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Those under 21 are having an easier time obtaining fake licenses. However, the state’s “Operation Prevent” is cracking down on the fictitious forms of identification, and it yielded more than 20 arrests in downtown Fredonia last week. In all, 26 individuals ages 18 to 20 were ...

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In board matters, trustees the 2018 meeting schedule and a request from Village Hall staff to close Village Hall on Friday, Dec. 22 and Dec. 29. The board also approved various budget transfers to cover unanticipated overages within certain departments.

Work continues regarding water discoloration issues

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Work to remedy discolored water issues in certain areas of Fredonia continues following a state of emergency that was issued in late November. During a Monday gathering, Mayor Athanasia Landis told trustees that a draft proposal was drawn up by O’Brien & Gere regarding the scope of the ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Brocton School Board of Education Meeting set for Wednesday The next regular board meeting of The Brocton School Board of Education will be Dec. 13, but the start time is 6 p.m., not 7 p.m. Town of Stockton Planning Board plans Town-wide Community Christmas Lighting Contest The town of ...

Area police

Area police

New York State Police ¯ ELLERY — Nancie Gerrish, 39, of Bemus Point, was charged with second-degree harassment on Monday. Troopers responded to an address where it was reported that Gerrish verbally abused and subjected her to physical contact, police say. Gerrish was arrested and released ...

Gowanda mayor says flooding issue may soon be mitigated

Local/Region

GOWANDA — The last hoorah of rain came in early November as the flood-stricken areas like Gowanda feared for the worst. Gowanda Mayor David Smith noted the waters were high and at a recent village board meeting, he recapped the situation at Thatcher Brook (the pivotal waterway for the ...

Recreation Center is ready for business

Local/Region

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas has announced that the season’s recreational activities are ready to begin. This season’s adult and youth recreation activities are once again coordinated through the city’s Recreation Department. The Recreation Center (located at the Fairgrounds) will be ready ...

Kettle effort at 50 percent of goal

Local/Region

More volunteers — and more money — are needed to help at the holidays. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Effort is down to its last two weeks. With only 10 collections days left, The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers to help fill the open Bell-Ringing hours. Over these next two ...

Clerk is target of deed scam

Local/Region

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore recently received a solicitation to purchase a deed for $86 for property he owns. This is the same solicitation Barmore warned residents of only a year ago. “These companies continue to solicit our residents, which tells me people are ...

Three charged with crack cocaine possession

Local/Region

Three people were taken into custody Monday night for allegedly possessing illegal drugs. According to the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, on Monday at about 7:40 p.m., officers from the New York State Parole, City of Dunkirk Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's ...

Lake snow warning continues, forces cancellations

Local/Region

A lake-effect snow warning is canceling after-school activities at some area schools. The storm warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday. Snow accumulations of 10 to 15 inches are possible with some areas in line for up to 20 inches in the county. Wind gusts of 40 mph are also ...

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Summit Co-Owner  Luke Buehler, Emily Mierzwa, Rural Ministry Director of Programs Bridget Majka, Rural Ministry Executive Director Kathleen G. Peterson, President of Board of Directors Steve Keefe, Erika Strychalski, Caitlin Buehler

Summit Wealth Management, Inc. holds National Day of Giving events

Business

The offices of Summit Wealth Management, Inc. held National Day of Giving events at their locations in Jamestown and Fredonia on Thursday, Nov. 28. The focus was to give thanks to their clients and community with a holiday party and provide donations to two local charities. The Fredonia office ...

Pictured is an aerial view of the Forestville High School. The board is proposing a $3 million capital project, to be voted on in May 2018, part of which, if approved, will go toward replacing the 62-year-old roof.

Forestville gearing up for capital project publicity

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FORESTVILLE — Superintendent of Schools Renee Garrett updated the board during a recent meeting about a proposed $3 million capital project proposal scheduled for a May 18, 2018 vote. There are several significant areas of concern the project is seeking to remedy, said Garrett. The first ...

No more money or studying water district for Fredonia

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Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis says no more village money will be spent studying its water system versus the North Chautauqua County Water District. During a meeting in early November, Landis took a moment to discuss chatter during election season regarding the village’s water system. ...

Drainage issues arise during mold abatement at town hall

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HANOVER — The Hanover Town Board was informed by contractors that an additional $16,500 is required in the town hall mold abatement project, if the board wanted them to fix the drainage issues that created the mold in the first place. Apparently, a significant amount of soil build-up around ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Board of Education to meet FORESTVILLE —The Forestville Central School District Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, December 14 (rescheduled from December 7) in the High School Library at 5:00 pm. Santa Claus coming to Forestville The Forestville ...