Local/Region

Anonymous resident leaves note complaining about snowmobiles

CASSADAGA — An anonymous Cassadaga resident is seemingly unhappy with the snowmobiling practices in the village. Earlier this month, an unknown person took it upon him/herself to put a local law in a snowmobiler’s mailbox regarding snowmobiling laws and regulations. It’s unknown how it ...

Free tax preparation by VITA volunteers ensures fast and full refunds

VITA volunteers are available now through April 15 at various by-appointment locations throughout Northern Chautauqua County. To learn locations and dates, visit the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County’s website at www.unitedwayncc.org or call 2-1-1 (or 1-888-696-9211). Upcoming ...

Westfield Academy & Central School honor roll

The following students have been commended for academic achievement at the Westfield Academy & Central School for the second quarter of the 2016-2017 school year: HIGH SCHOOL MERIT ROLL: Students earning an average of 85.00-89.499 percent are awarded recognition by having ...

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Quacking along

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino Mallards enjoyed the warm weather as much as people on the Dunkirk pier this past weekend.

Common Council gears up for summer events

The Dunkirk Common Council will hear three event requests and four loudspeaker permit applications at tonight’s meeting. Buffalo United Front Inc. is looking to expand the reach of its local chapter with request to use Memorial Park on June 24 for an inaugural Family Fun Day. The nonprofit ...

Cuomo: Statewide campaign raises awareness of teen dating abuse

TROY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of “Control Isn’t Love,” a social media advertising campaign to educate teens and adults about the signs of teen dating abuse and where to seek help. The online campaign will target younger audiences and parents through Instagram ...

Dr. David Kinkela

Professor offers perspective, remarks in PBS documentary

History Professor David Kinkela of the State University of New York at Fredonia provided commentary in the PBS “American Experience” documentary on Rachel Carson, the influential writer, scientist and author of the best-selling “Silent Spring,” considered by some historians as the ...

Pre-K and kindergarten registration now under way at Silver Creek Central

SILVER CREEK — Registration is now open for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten in the Silver Creek Central School District. If your child will be 4 or 5 years old by Dec. 1, 2017, please register your child with the school for the 2017-2018 academic year. Contact the Elementary School ...

Chautauqua Region Foundation executive director retiring

The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is announcing a major change in its organization. “It is with regret, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Board of Directors announces the retirement of executive director, Randy Sweeney,” a news release said. “For over 20 years, he ...

County joins other aging agencies for Step Up For Seniors initiative

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging is joining the Association on Aging in New York and other Area Agencies on Aging across the state for the “Step Up for Seniors” initiative. This initiative brings together seniors so they can show state elected leaders their support ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino

Ice works nice for floating seagulls

While residents and many area critters enjoyed the weekend’s warm weather, the seagulls in Dunkirk’s pier appeared to prefer to float on ice still left behind.

Creating a business environment where our members can thrive

This article is part of a series highlighting our efforts to create a business environment in the region where our members can thrive. Our organizations are built to deliver on a five point focus to deliver value to businesses in our region. The five point focus was built around the input and ...

HIGH FIVE: Scenes from the Polar Plunge in Mayville

OBSERVER Photos by Brandon Soto Saturday was the Polar Plunge in Mayville, benefiting the Food Bank of Western New York. The event was part of the annual Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival. Participants jumped in Chautauqua Lake for charity. The Weekend Winter festival continues today at ...

New letters: DLDC could become the DIDA

The Dunkirk Local Development Corporation will make way for a new economic organization in the city of Dunkirk. Mayor Willie Rosas recently commented about plans for the DLDC, which has not met or functioned in several years. Fourth Ward Councilwoman Stacy Szukala was not alone in ...

Brocton Honor Rolls

Brocton Central School The following students have been commended for academic achievement at the Brocton Central School for the second quarter of the 2016-2017 school year: High honor: Grade 12 Kasen Jewell, Thomas Johnston, Logan Kelley, Molly Kucharski, Mackenzie Maines Grade ...

Shore Haven water project kicks off

WESTFIELD — Eric Wies, consulting engineer for Clark, Patterson and Lee Engineering firm eagerly commences the Shore Haven water project led by the Town of Westfield. The engineering firm recently kicked off the project and Wies was asked to address the town board and residents at the ...

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Association of New York State Youth Bureaus Executive Director Jackie Negri and ANYSYB Board President Anthony Evans present Senator Young with the organization’s inaugural “Leadership in Public Policy” award.

Senator Young recognized for support of Youth Bureaus

ALBANY – The Association of New York State Youth Bureaus (ANYSYB), representing over 200 Youth Bureaus and Youth Boards and 1.5 million children, presented its inaugural “Leadership in Public Policy” award to Senator Catharine Young (R-Olean), recognizing her support for Youth Bureaus and ...

Reed named to Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health

Rep. Tom Reed has been named a member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. This Subcommittee will be instrumental in the process of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. “I am honored to be named to the Subcommittee on Health. We look forward to crafting sound health ...

Cuomo announces program for geothermal heating, cooling rebates

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced an emergency program to rescue geothermal jobs in New York State, setting aside $15 million over two years in geothermal heating and cooling rebates for New Yorkers. Geothermal installations use the constant temperature under the ground’s frost line to ...