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Mr. Tranquist

Portland man uses gourds to make unique creations

PORTLAND — Instead of the traditional paint on canvas, Portland’s Arnold Tranquist uses a different medium to create artwork: gourds. Over the course of two years, Tranquist estimates that he’s created more than 200 artistic gourds. No two are quite the same. Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on ...

Senior news

Brocton Portland Seniors Brocton Portland Seniors are sponsoring bus trip to Salamanca Casino on June 20. The cost of $25 includes a free buffet and $30 slot play. Call Rita Stonefoot at 792-4565 for reservations by May 30. The bus leaves from Brocton Legion at 9 a.m. and returns about 4 p.m. ...

Memorial Unit 62 elects officers

A meeting of Dunkirk Memorial Unit 62 was called to order by President Audrey Miga on Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. Chaplain Lucinda Simpson read the opening prayer. The Pledge of Allegiance and Preamble to the Constitution were led by Miga and recited by those in attendance. Secretary Jean ...

Fredonia Chamber of Commerce’s Attic & Seller Days planned

Attic & Seller Days will be held by the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce June 2, 3 and 4. The annual highway yard sale event is approximately 20 miles long and consists primarily of community yard sales held in the participating towns of Dunkirk, Fredonia and Westfield. The hours are from 8 ...

Dunkirk Public Library sets summer events

The Dunkirk Public Library, located at 536 Central Ave., has announced its summer events schedule. Call the library at 366-2511 for details about any of the programs. Carnival at the Dunkirk Public Library: Wednesday, June 28 from 2 to 4 p.m., in the library back yard. Kids 2 to 10 years old ...

Barker Library hosting celebration of childhood on Tuesday

A celebration of childhood, growth and a lifelong love of reading is planned to welcome the addition of four original paintings by Fredonia High School art students to the Darwin R. Barker Library’s Children’s Room. On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to attend the reception ...

Bemus Point restaurant fire determined accidental

BEMUS POINT — A fire that damaged a downtown Bemus Point restaurant has been determined to be accidental. According the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team, the blaze that broke out shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Ye Old Hare ‘N Hounds restaurant on Lakeside Avenue was due to ...

Helen Ebersole to appear on Chautauqua Books Saturday

JAMESTOWN — Historian Helen Ebersole will appear on Chautauqua Books to discuss her book “Electricity and Politics Jamestown 1895 to 1931.” In this interview, Ebersole takes viewers back to Chautauqua County from the 1890s settlers’ communities through the development of electricity, ...

Community notebook

Chautauqua Lecture Series to appear on Access Channel 5 Access Channel 5 will be airing the 2016 Chautauqua Institution lecture series. The following lectures will start on Saturday with the last airing on Friday, June 2: ≤ 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. - Michele Dunne and Kareem Ibrahim Cairo, ...

“Mount Baldy, Philmont Scout Ranch” by Thomas Annear.

Thomas Annear participating in Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail

North Shore Arts Alliance is a not-for-profit cooperative marketing, promotional, and membership organization working on behalf of artists in Chautauqua County. The organization seeks to foster an environment where art strengthens the county’s image, economic vitality, and quality of ...

OBSERVER Photo by Jimmy McCarthy. Several fire departments battle a structure fire at Ye Hare 'N Hounds in Bemus Point Wednesday night.

Fire rips through iconic Bemus Point restaurant Wednesday night

BEMUS POINT — Several area fire departments battled a stubborn structure fire Wednesday night at an iconic Bemus Point fine dining restaurant. First responders were alerted after 9 p.m. to the blaze at Ye Hare ‘N Hounds Inn, 64 Lakeside Drive, in the village. The blaze reportedly began ...

Summer activities at Anderson-Lee Library scheduled

SILVER CREEK — The Anderson-Lee Library, located at 43 Main St. in Silver Creek, has announced its summer programming. In addition to a number of special events, on-going features will be offered. When registration is required, stop by the library or call 934-3468 to sign up. Summer Reading ...

Annual Starflight, Starry Night event scheduled for June 3

MAYVILLE — Thanks to a bevy of local sponsors, Starflight and its dedicated team of heroes will again take center stage at the annual “Starflight, Starry Night” gala in June. The fundraiser and awareness event, which aims to raise money for Starflight and its lifesaving transport ...

Vendors sought for upcoming Christmas in July shopping event

CELORON — The Resource Center is seeking vendors for its Christmas in July shopping event, which will benefit TRC’s annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots drive. The event will be held July 29 in The Resource Center’s administrative office building at 200 Dunham Ave. in ...

Parenting program offered for free

JAMESTOWN — The “Active Parenting Now” program for parents of children ages 5-12 is being offered free of charge thanks to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and brought to you by a partnership between Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council and Mental Health ...

Chautauqua Bright Spots to highlight area

Chautauqua Bright Spots will recognize six new “Bright Spots” on June 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator at 214 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. Bright Spots are groups, organizations or other entities in the local community that are making Chautauqua County a better ...

Buckle Up NY, Click it or Ticket campaign taking place

The New York State Police is teaming up with local law enforcement to conduct a seatbelt and child safety seat enforcement period, which runs through June 4, as part of the annual “Buckle Up New York, Click it or Ticket” campaign. State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “As ...

Young encourages fire departments to apply for grant assistance

ALBANY — Sen. Catharine Young (R,C,I — 57th District) is encouraging local volunteer fire departments to apply for the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program currently being administered through the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The application deadline is May ...

Photo by A.J. Rao. A dozen people were displaced Wednesday after an early morning fire spread from a vacant property to a Barrett Avenue apartment building in Jamestown. Fire officials said the fire with “intentionally set.”

Families displaced after ‘intentionally set’ fire spreads

JAMESTOWN — A morning fire that displaced several families at a Barrett Avenue apartment building Wednesday was intentionally set, according to the Jamestown Fire Department. The fire, which was reported around 2:15 a.m., originated at an abandoned property at 213 Barrett Ave. before ...