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Pictured is Cassie Williams’ design sketch for Mabel in Fredonia’s “Pirates of Penzance.”

Dressing the part

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Being a costume designer means many things, but first and foremost it means dedicating yourself to the ever-changing process of learning. As is the nature of theatre, unexpected obstacles will always be around the corner, so a costume designer must be ready to jump at any moment. Cassie ...

Equipment blows in for wind project

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ARKWRIGHT — Equipment is being lined up to start construction for the Arkwright wind project, but construction has yet to begin. Earlier in March, residents noticed that equipment was being moved into the area near Center Road, and assumed that work was beginning. Many were worried that, ...

Pine Valley board may go from nine to seven

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SOUTH DAYTON — Pine Valley board members seemed surprised, and a little unnerved, when school board President Patricia Krenzer put a proposition on the table for the annual school district vote that would eliminate two board members, making the board go from nine seats to seven effective July ...

Village of Silver Creek tax forecast: Sunny

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SILVER CREEK — It may not feel like spring just yet, but for residents in the village of Silver Creek, this year’s tax bill might be a little ray of sunshine. Mayor Nick Piccolo announced at Monday’s village board meeting that the administration is working hard to keep taxes under the ...

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Pictured from left: front row — Kaylei Chojnacki, Jocelyn Schole,Tatiyauna Maciejewski; back row — Nikki Kaleta, Sandy Kaleta, Brendan Wheeler, Jacob Shaffer, Cheyanne Doner, Julia Furman, Jessica Mogavero, Katelyn Kleese, Melinda Gates, Jim Kuras.

Local BOCES culinary students place first in competition

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ANGOLA — The Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES Carrier Educational Center’s ProStart team recently placed first in the “Taste of Education” Culinary Competition held at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Depew. The students prepared and presented a unique and vast menu based on an ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Brocton School Board requests petitions The Brocton Central School Board of Education is requesting petitions for those seeking a seat on the Brocton BOE. Petitions are available in the District Office. One seat is set to expire June 30. Petitions are due back to the District Office by 5 p.m. ...

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Area police

Tools used in fight, two charged STOCKTON — Victoria L. Miller, 19, of Stockton was charged with third-degree assault; and Karen L. Miller, 23, of Stockton was charged with second-degree harassment on Sunday. Around 5 p.m., Victoria and Karen Miller got into a physical altercation at a ...

Civic calendar

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Dunkirk Today — Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, public hearing on cold storage development, city hall, 5 p.m. Tuesday — Department of Public Works Committee meeting, water maintenance, Robin Street, 4 p.m. Tuesday — Cable Board meeting, city hall, 5 p.m. Wednesday — Harbor ...

Reading is no competition, but it brings plenty of victories

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Every year, the Academic Intervention Services teachers at Harvey C. Fenner Elementary School in Falconer, have the students participate in a statewide reading program called PARP (Pick a Reading Partner). The goal of PARP is to encourage families to read together. Studies show that children ...

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Pictured (left to right): Community Bank N.A. District Manager Lisa Allenson, Customer Service Representative Nancy Pavolko, Head Teller Chris Overturf, Retail Services Officer Amy Shelters and Teller Meghan Allenson.

Community Bank N.A. donates comfort packs to CASA

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MAYVILLE — Local Community Bank N.A. branches recently presented Court Appointed Special Advocates of Chautauqua County with comfort packs to help support its mission of helping local foster care children in need. Comfort packs are given to foster children who otherwise would have no way to ...

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A fire broke out around 11 p.m. Friday at  650 East Sixth St., Jamestown. It was one of four fires in two days.

Jamestown hit with rash of arsons

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JAMESTOWN — A rash of arson attacks in the past 48 hours has city investigators scrambling to find potential links — and more importantly, suspects. Captain Robert F. Samuelson, division commander of the Jamestown Police Department, said the fires are “no question” a result of arson, ...

Storage unit could bring 40+ jobs to Dunkirk

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From storing foods on ice to visitors in beds for the night, the city of Dunkirk is trying to close the deal on new developments. Development Director Rebecca Yanus recently reported to the Economic Development Committee that her department has been working with Great Lakes Cold Storage ...

Justifying the roundabout

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Documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Law have shed new light on just how important the proposed roundabout project at Routes 60 and 20 may be to New York State Department of Transportation officials. The OBSERVER recently received DOT documents detailing the project study ...

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 Fredonia students Michelle Hamilton, Hannah Koellner, and Emily Beers kiss the "Kissing Away Cancer" banner.

No place like hope

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The dark, gloomy, wet, spring weather didn’t dampen the spirits of cancer survivors and supporters inside Steele Hall. On Saturday, SUNY Fredonia played host to the 11th annual Relay For Life event. A fundraising style event that consists of college clubs and groups, attempting to raise ...

Area Police

Area police

Gowanda Police ¯ Joshua A. Satterfield, 30, of Springville Collins Road in Collins, was arrested on a warrant on March 14 for his charge of petit larceny. At around 8:54 p.m., Gowanda Police found out Satterfield was being released from Cattaraugus County Jail on an unrelated matter and ...

JCC to hold Open House April 2

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JAMESTOWN — Jamestown Community College’s academic programs, student services, and facilities will be the focus of an open house for high school students and others from 1-4 p.m. on April 2 on the Jamestown Campus. After opening remarks by JCC President Cory Duckworth, visitors will have ...

Senate passes legislation protecting patriotic expressions

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ALBANY — Each year, millions of New York State residents and visitors make the trip to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in lower Manhattan, a somber site that stirs deep emotions. Regrettably, the experience was marred last April for a group of seventh and eighth graders from ...

Fredonia High School announces Second Quarter Honor Roll

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Mr. Darrin Paschke, Fredonia High School Principal, has released the names of students receiving Principal’s Awards and Principal’s Awards with Distinction. Students who have earned a G.P.A. of 90 or above for the second quarter received a Principal’s Award with Distinction, while those ...

Great Lakes must be protected for our environment and economy

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By TODD J. TRANUM President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier have identified improving water ...