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Fredonia Chamber to hold ‘An Evening in Barker Common’

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The Fredonia Chamber of Commerce is aiming to attract families to the downtown area through a new initiative that complements the village’s Wednesday concerts in the park. This Wednesday and Aug. 30, the Chamber will launch trial runs for “An Evening in Barker Common” from 6:30 to 8:30 ...

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The midway was packed with food trailers, rides and people Sunday, working hard to get the Chautauqua County Fair ready for today.

‘Fair-tastic’ time

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To many, it’s the best week of the year — the week of the Chautauqua County Fair. On Sunday, dozens were busy setting up for the annual extravaganza at the fairgrounds in Dunkirk. People and animals filled the barns, while technicians and golf carts filled the midway, helping to ...

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Soon, the 32 acres of land behind this sign at the future Athenex site will be cleared out and shovel ready.

Athenex trudging along

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Councilman Juan Pagan and Supervisor Richard Purol of the Dunkirk Town Board gave a brief update on Athenex progress at this month’s board meeting. “On July 12, we had a variety of representatives from the state and Athenex people concerning the project. It’s moving forward,” Pagan ...

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The Pomfret Town Board recently voted, 3-2, to decrease the minimum quarterly usage amount from 10,000 gallons to 5,000 gallons for water districts supplied by Fredonia as a way to raise needed revenue. Pictured, from left: Councilmen Christopher Schaeffer and John Sedota and Supervisor Donald Steger.

Water, sewer fees rise in town of Pomfret districts

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Water and sewer usage fees in the town of Pomfret districts supplied by the village of Fredonia are on the rise once again. During a recent meeting, the town board narrowly voted, 3-2, to decrease the minimum quarterly usage amount from 10,000 gallons to 5,000 gallons, with councilmen ...

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An example of what the new Howard Ave. culvert will look like after construction.

Howard Ave. culvert project is progressing

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When it comes to infrastructure, a lot goes unseen — either underground or behind the scenes. The city of Dunkirk’s Howard Avenue culvert project hasn’t seen heavy equipment roll up yet, but still much has been done. “We are further ahead in our project than any other Western New ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Hot dog roast Erie County Legislator John Mills will hold a hot dog roast fundraiser at 11 a.m. Friday at the Angola Public Library, 34 N. Main St., Angola. The fundraisers support the libraries’ ongoing effort to provide quality programming and materials to the communities they serve. ...

Area Police

Area police

Gowanda Police ¯ A 17-year-old female was arrested on July 12 at midnight after loitering in the Gowanda Police parking lot because of an Order of Protection between her and Gowanda Police. Patrol spotted her and allegedly chased her to arrest her. She was charged with second-degree criminal ...

New state law allows juries to see photo arrays

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Eyewitnesses of a crime are often shown a series of mugshots by police to confirm or deny the identity of a suspect. These photos, referred to as a photo array, are typically shown shortly after a crime is committed; and in most states, these arrays have proven effective in determining a ...

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New additions to the site of the Brad Anderson and Marmaduke statue attracted out-of-town visitors during Brocton Central School’s Reunion Weekend.

Reunion weekend provides foot traffic for statue

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BROCTON — Reunion weekend proved to be a good opportunity for visiting Brocton Central alumni to get a glimpse of the latest addition to the town of Portland and village of Brocton: the Brad Anderson and Marmaduke statue. Portland Town Councilman and Brad Anderson Recognition Committee ...

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Mike Ferguson, candidate for Chautauqua County executive, held his kick-off fundraiser earlier this month at Fredonia Place.

Ferguson holds kick-off fundraiser for county executive post

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Mike Ferguson, candidate for Chautauqua County executive, held his kick-off fundraiser earlier this month at Fredonia Place. Ferguson was joined by close to 100 supporters, family, co-workers and residents all on hand to support his candidacy and hear his message. The candidate was also ...

JCC professor participates in faculty development seminar

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JAMESTOWN — Jamestown Community College professor Gregory Rabb participated in a faculty development seminar sponsored recently by the Palestinian American Research Center in Jerusalem and the West Bank. The 12-day seminar is designed for American faculty members with a demonstrated ...

Boys & Girls Club receives STEM grant

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The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County recently received a National Grid STEM grant award through the Chautauqua County Education Coalition. This award, in the amount of $3,500, enabled the club to purchase 10 tablets to carry out “Building Blocks,” a Boys & Girls ...

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Pictured: Susan Moran Murphy, Jackson Center president; John Felton, SCFCU CEO; Mel Feathers, Jackson Center docent; and Marion Beckerink, Jackson Center director of Development.

Jackson Center invites new lead sponsor to Young Readers program

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JAMESTOWN — The Robert H. Jackson Center, a non-profit dedicated to promoting liberty under law through the examination of the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, and its relevance to current events and issues, announces Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union as a new ...

Gillibrand to be in Jamestown this morning

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will visit the Mental Health Association in Jamestown this morning to announce the Opioid Addiction Prevention Act, bipartisan legislation to crack down on one of the most dangerous root causes of the opioid addiction crisis – the over-prescription of opioids for ...

Herbs For Life relocates to Dunkirk

Business

Herbs For Life Natural Health Emporium, formerly of Main Street in Fredonia, has recently relocated to 85 E. Fourth St. in Dunkirk. Having just celebrated their 15-year store anniversary and grand opening event, owner Toni-Jo Mitchell, Traditional Naturopath, is excited to be in her new ...

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Cross Roads Farm & Craft Market held a Grand Opening event under new management. It was also part of a 20th anniversary party as the facility hosts and promotes local farmers, crafters and artisans and their goods.

New beginnings

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WESTFIELD — Cross Roads Farm & Craft Market re-brands itself as an incubator for small business. Cross Roads started 20 years ago with the intent to host and promote local farmers, crafters and artisans and their goods. Under new ownership this year, Cross Roads takes that same concept ...

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This building, located at 28 Jamestown St. in Gowanda, was set ablaze Tuesday as a result of arson.

Area regroups after recent arson attack

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GOWANDA — Over the past year, the village of Gowanda was on a roll. Gateway Park to Zoar Valley opened, which cleared the site from its former landfill and glue factory remains and glistens the Cattaraugus Creek-side with a green plot of land that will only grow. Gowanda also will host a ...

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Construction is about 80 percent complete on the Lucas Avenue Steel Plant Superfund site.

Steel plant remediation nears 80-percent mark

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The drive down Lucas Avenue in the city of Dunkirk is markedly different than in years past. Where the former Al Tech Specialty Steel stood, now the land has been leveled in some areas, dug up in others and on one side tall grass has been allowed to grow. City Engineer Randy Woodbury ...