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Literacy Volunteers celebrates new Fredonia site

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Reading between the lines, it appears Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County has found its new Fredonia location to be home sweet home. On Tuesday, a ribbon-cutting for the new location was held. Even though the organization had moved from Dunkirk to Fredonia in August, organizers postponed ...

GOP panel backs Wendel for county executive

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MAYVILLE — A recommendation has been made to fill the vacant county executive position. On Thursday, the Chautauqua County Republican Committee met to make its recommendation to fill the open position, with Chautauqua County legislators PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Legislature chairman, and ...

Developer buys Welch’s Building

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WESTFIELD — A historic building nearly 120 years old and previously the headquarters to Welch Foods could see new development in the near future. The Westfield Town Board on Wednesday approved a resolution authorizing the sale of the 48,000-square-foot Welch's Building, 2 Portage St. in the ...

Comptroller blasts price town paid

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Although the Welch’s Building has been sold, state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s office was critical for how much the town of Westfield paid for the building, noting that local officials expended $361,000 acquiring property for historical preservation, even though the property had an ...

At coffee, raising a cup to the Landis years

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Fredonia resident Debbie Brooks knew this might be her last chance to personally say thank you. On Wednesday morning, following a night of Christmas shopping, she made her way to Village Hall for what would be the final installment of Coffee with the Mayor. As Athanasia Landis arrived, she ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Boy Scouts to sell wreaths Saturday Fredonia Boy Scout Troop 267 is selling evergreen wreaths in Barker Common on Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. Cassadaga’s Light Up Celebration Saturday Cassadaga’s Second Annual Light Up Celebration will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7. A ...

Homestead Stables to offer equine therapy program

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GERRY — David Smeltzer, Heritage president and CEO, announced that therapeutic riding will now be offered at Homestead Stables, a Heritage full service equestrian center, in Gerry. Smeltzer stated, “We are excited to offer this new type of equine therapy at Homestead Stables. Since ...

Annual Christmas in Gowanda set for today, Saturday

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OBSERVER Staff Report GOWANDA — Take a walk back in time, stroll downtown Gowanda, shop local and celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas. The schedule is as follows: Friday, Dec. 6 5-7 p.m. at Gowanda Free Library, Children’s Craft 5-7 p.m. Meet Santa’s Reindeer (located outside ...

CIAO Christmas Party Sunday

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Put your family on the map at the CIAO Christmas Party Want to put your “family” name on one or both of our two beautiful new maps, Italy or Sicily? All you have to do is attend CIAO Christmas Party on Sunday at noon at the Fredonia Beaver Club. It’s fun to discover who in the area ...

Retrospective

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Thirty years ago — 1989 Fredonia resident Joe Michaels won the season-long 1989 Sunoco Gold Super Series Super Gas Class this summer at Dragway Park in Cayuga, Ontario driving “Flashdancer” to victory in the 7-race series. Michaels also raced every Friday this season at Lancaster ...

Blood drive to take place during Miracle on Main Street

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The holiday season is officially upon us. Come kick off the holidays by joining the Community Blood Bank at the “Miracle on Main Street” festival Saturday in Fredonia during the “Miracle of Life” blood drive. Give the gift of life this year by donating blood with the Community Blood ...

Debris, deliberation in Silver Creek

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SILVER CREEK — A village resident wants some action regarding storm debris on the lakeside section of Front Street. “I asked at the last board meeting if this could be taken care of, but it was only pushed into a big pile. If another storm comes and spreads the debris around, it could be ...

Students share nativities

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Submitted Photo The newest, and youngest, contributor to the Fredonia Presbyterian nativity display, which is happening this weekend is Graham Putney, a fourth grade student at Fredonia Central School. Graham has been collecting nativities for years. It is an honor and a pleasure to include ...

SHERIDAN HEAD-ON: Two hospitalized

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A Silver Creek man is facing charges after a motor vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon. According to State Police, Kevin M Schunk, 28, was traveling west on Route 5, in the town of Sheridan around 2:50 p.m. in a 2013 Chevy Equinox when he hit a Chevy Tahoe driven by Ekaphong Okhamvilaysack, ...

Fredonia paid firefighters must be certified EMTs

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The Fredonia Fire Department will now require all new hires to be certified as paramedics or emergency medical technicians (EMTs). The village Board of Trustees approved the move Monday and authorized the fire department to add an additional employee as part of the first two firefighter/EMT ...

Gowanda pool closed

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GOWANDA — As of Monday, the swimming pool at Gowanda Central School, which is enjoyed by students and community members, is closed for repairs until further notice. In a phone interview with the OBSERVER, Gowanda Superintendent Dr. Robert Anderson explained that approximately eight years ...

Grant could improve child care, workforce development

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JAMESTOWN — The lack of quality child care providers is impacting workforce development in Chautauqua County. On Tuesday, Beth Starks, Jamestown Community College early childhood education specialist and Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center executive director, discussed how the lack of quality ...

Closing stings former Lakeshore leader

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IRVING — During Bob Sutehall’s leadership of Lakeshore Hospital, business was booming. Sutehall served on the Irving health-care facility’s board of directors from 1983 to 1994. During those years, he indicated, the facility was often packed to the max. “Some years, we had a 108 ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

The community notebook is compiled by the OBSERVER staff. To send in an event or listing, e-mail us at editorial@observertoday or call us at 366-3000. Elementary School Winter Concert #1 planned for today The Fredonia Elementary School Winter Concert #1 will be presented today, Dec. 5 at ...

Area police

Area police

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office warns of phone call scam The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning to its residents about a phone scam. Deputies said someone is claiming to be a representative of the Social Security Bureau. They are requesting that you provide the ...