Local/Region

2001 Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at JCC today

JAMESTOWN — David Cay Johnston is an American investigative journalist and author, a specialist in economics and tax issues, and winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting. Most recently known for his New York Times bestseller “The Making of Donald Trump,” Johnston is ...

Proposed sale of Jamestown’s wastewater plant draws ire of area leaders

JAMESTOWN — A variety of voices spoke out Monday night against Mayor Sam Teresi’s proposal to sell the wastewater treatment plant. Areas residents and officials from Jamestown and beyond shared their thoughts during the council meeting with regard to the possible sale of the plant to the ...

Reed backs endowment changes, defers to White House on tweets

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed is supporting a 1.4 percent excise tax on certain college endowments. In a call with reporters Tuesday, Reed, R-Corning, said he supports the tax which is included in both the Senate and the House tax reform bill. Reed said the excise tax will help raise the issue of where ...

Chamber of Commerce announces winners for Christmas in Gowanda 2017

GOWANDA — Christmas in Gowanda 2017 contest winners are in. The Gowanda Area Chamber of Commerce awarded Versailles Fire Department first place for fire companies in the holiday parade, with Collins and Gowanda 3, Hidi fire departments coming in second and third, respectively. For ...

Gowanda mayor says flooding issue may soon be mitigated

GOWANDA — The last hoorah of rain came in early November as the flood-stricken areas like Gowanda feared for the worst. Gowanda Mayor David Smith noted the waters were high and at a recent village board meeting, he recapped the situation at Thatcher Brook (the pivotal waterway for the ...

Recreation Center is ready for business

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas has announced that the season’s recreational activities are ready to begin. This season’s adult and youth recreation activities are once again coordinated through the city’s Recreation Department. The Recreation Center (located at the Fairgrounds) will be ready ...

Kettle effort at 50 percent of goal

More volunteers — and more money — are needed to help at the holidays. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Effort is down to its last two weeks. With only 10 collections days left, The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers to help fill the open Bell-Ringing hours. Over these next two ...

Clerk is target of deed scam

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore recently received a solicitation to purchase a deed for $86 for property he owns. This is the same solicitation Barmore warned residents of only a year ago. “These companies continue to solicit our residents, which tells me people are ...

Three charged with crack cocaine possession

Three people were taken into custody Monday night for allegedly possessing illegal drugs. According to the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, on Monday at about 7:40 p.m., officers from the New York State Parole, City of Dunkirk Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's ...

Lake snow warning continues, forces cancellations

A lake-effect snow warning is canceling after-school activities at some area schools. The storm warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday. Snow accumulations of 10 to 15 inches are possible with some areas in line for up to 20 inches in the county. Wind gusts of 40 mph are also ...

Civic Calendar

Arkwright Today — Town Board meeting, town hall, 7 p.m. Angola Today — Village Board meeting, village hall, 7 p.m. Brant Tuesday — Town Board workshop and meeting, town hall, starts at 6:30 p.m. with meeting at 7 p.m. Brocton Wednesday — Board of Education meeting, ...

Reported cases of flu indicate bad flu season ahead

The western region of New York state is reporting more flu cases this year than at the same time last year, according to Univera Healthcare’s review of New York state health data. As of Nov 18, the western region of the state (including Western New York and parts of the Finger Lakes Region) ...

Rebecca Yanus

City Development Director joining County Planning Board

OBSERVER Staff Report The city of Dunkirk’s Director of Planning and Development is joining the Chautauqua County Planning Board. The County Legislature recently approved County Executive Vince Horrigan’s request to add Rebecca Yanus to the board. Yanus has served as director of the ...

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Jamestown Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program students sponsored a “Healthy Habits Wellness Fair” at the Mental Health Association recently. Leading the project were, from left, Jennifer Hochmuth, Beverly Hallquist, Jessica Bruns and Kirstie Surrena.

JCC OTA students present Wellness Fair at Mental Health Association

JAMESTOWN — The Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County was recently a beehive of activity during the Healthy Habits Wellness Fair presented by Jamestown Community College (JCC) Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students. During the fall semester, Jessica Bruns, Beverly Hallquist, ...

Putting our best foot forward

The holiday shopping season often brings new customers into our stores, restaurants, attractions, and service businesses. As the winter tourism season is also getting underway in Chautauqua County, one of our key goals is to keep our new friends and customers coming back, and one of the best ...

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JCC Foundation board member Timothy Piazza, JCC president Cory Duckworth, John D. Hamilton Award recipient Randy Sweeney, and JCC vice President of enrollment management and institutional advancement Kirk Young.

JCC honors executive director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

The Jamestown Community College Foundation honored Randall J. Sweeney and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation during its annual recognition event on last month. Sweeney was the recipient of the foundation's John D. Hamilton Award, which was established in 1995 to recognize individuals ...

Dunkirk Middle School Honor & Merit Rol

lThe following students have been commended for academic achievement at the Dunkirk Middle School for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year: Honor roll 6th Grade Lisbell Andino Robles, Hazel Bache, Riana Barnard, Gabriel Bistrisky, Marencia Bohn, Brianna Casey, Felicity ...

Southwestern tops Chautauqua Lake in Bowl contest

JAMESTOWN — Southwestern High School defeated Chautauqua Lake Central School 62-32 in a recent Media One High School Bowl match at Jamestown Community College. In another match, Westfield Academy & Central School defeated Frewsburg Central School 90-41. Elisabeth Meyer of Southwestern ...

Mayor Landis honors Fredonia eagle scout Tuggy

Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis honored Joshua John Tuggy for his ability to earn the rank of an eagle scout on Friday. Landis noted that Tuggy was a member of the Boy Scouts of America since July 2012 as well as being a part of the Order of the Arrow and achieved the quartermaster in his ...

Car accident sends three to Hamot

CHAUTAUQUA — At approximately 5:45 p.m. Friday, deputies responded to Route 430 in the Town of Chautauqua for a Motor vehicle accident with personal injury. After an investigation, it was found that Larry Houser, who was operating a Jeep Wrangler, was headed northbound on Route 430. John ...