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Anderson-Lee Library lists February programs

Anderson-Lee Library, located at 43 Main St. in Silver Creek, has announced its programming for the month of February. Programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required unless stated otherwise, to ensure enough seating and materials for all patrons attending the program. To ...

Temporary housing assistance down in county

MAYVILLE — Temporary housing assistance in Chautauqua County has returned to levels seen in past years. Last week, Christine Schuyler, county social services commissioner and public health director, Katie Geise, Workforce Investment Board executive director, and Diane Anderson, county ...

Rails to Trails welcomes new board members

Submitted Photo Chautauqua Rails to Trails held its first meeting of the new year at the See-Zurh House in Bemus Point on Jan. 6. The board of directors welcomes the addition of four new members in the last several months. Pictured left to right are: Bob Lannon of Mayville, Ginny King of ...

Animals killed in Ripley fire

RIPLEY — An house burned down Saturday night and four animals died in the blaze. Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office deputies report they were dispatched to a structure fire at 6340 Cemetery Road in the town of Ripley at about 5:30 p.m. Their press release states, “Upon arrival, the ...

Democratic election commissioner backs proposal for automatic recounts

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Democratic Election Commissioner Norman P. Green has come out in strong support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal for legislation triggering automatic manual recounts in close elections and establishing uniform recount procedures. Green said, “The Nov. 5th ...

Travel tough in slippery stuff

A wintry mix of rain, sleet, snow and ice made for a long weekend for motorists. A lake-effect snow warning brought high winds and up to 10 inches of snow in some locations during the day Sunday. But most of the headaches came on Saturday when slushy conditions made travel treacherous. One ...

Fredonia Local Access Television to hold open house

Fredonia Local Access Television was established with one goal in mind; To give the community a voice and a resource for sharing ideas, creativity, and a way to get connected with our community. Did you know that Fredonia has a state of the art TV studio? Well it does, and the TV studio is in ...

Evans approves hiring of labor consultant

ANGOLA — a resolution to hire a Labor Relations Consultant became a heated topic of discussion at the Evans Town Board meeting earlier this month before it was approved. The resolution, which came before the board to vote on, drew criticism from board member Michael Schraft. He questioned ...

Civic Calendar

Brocton Wednesday — Brocton Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., board room Cassadaga Wednesday — Cassadaga Board of Trustees meeting, 7 p.m., village office Dunkirk Tuesday — Dunkirk Town Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., town hall Forestville Saturday — Forestville Board of ...

Numerous crews battle Stockton fire

STOCKTON -- Fire agencies from across northern Chautauqua County battled a house fire at 7334 Route 380 on Sunday evening. Crews were called around 8:30 after smoke was showing in the back of the structure. Departments responding included: Brocton Fire, Dewittville Fire, Mayville Fire, ...

Jamestown blaze engulfs home

JAMESTOWN — Jamestown firefighters battled bitter cold and a stubborn blaze that broke out early Monday. Crews were called to 614 Spring St. around 6:40 a.m. and arrived to find heavy smoke pouring from the structure. Flames began shooting from the rear of the property about a half hour ...

Four animals die in Ripley fire

RIPLEY -- Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies are investigating a Saturday afternoon fire that led to the death of four domestic animals. Deputies responded at 5:30 p.m. with the Ripley Fire Department as well as the Westfield and Sherman Fire Departments to 6340 Cemetery Road. Upon arrival, ...

JCC seeks increase in state aid

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature will likely vote later this month on a motion supporting an increase in state aid for Jamestown Community College. On Thursday, Mike Martello, JCC vice president of administration, discussed the possible increase in state aid with the Chautauqua ...

Mayville arson case moved to county court

MAYVILLE — The case of a Mayville man facing a felony arson charge for allegedly setting fire to a restaurant in early December has been moved to Chautauqua County Court. Michael S. Ellis made his first appearance in Chautauqua Town Court on Friday afternoon after being charged with ...

Class for motorists planned in February, May in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK — The Community Education division of Silver Creek Central School District is offering TWO opportunities to take the 5-Hour Pre-Licensing Class in Room 182: Saturday, Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Completion of this New York State ...

Vote for Fredonia every day on every device at VOTEMYFREDONIA.COM

Fredonia is in the Top Five for Season 5 of Small Business Revolution, and voting is underway! We encourage everyone to vote! You can vote once every day on every device you can access at WWW.VOTEMYFREDONIA.COM You can also sign up for voting reminders and qualify for the Vote My Fredonia ...

Minor fire causes smoke damage at store

OBSERVER Photo by Dan Kohler A cooler fire at the Sinclairville Dollar General store caused heavy smoke damage between late Wednesday and Thursday morning. The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team investigated the blaze after Sinclairville Fire Department was on scene at 5817 Jamestown ...

Icy conditions cause numerous accidents

Icy conditions have contributed to a number of major and minor accidents across the region this morning. One of the most severe accidents happened across the state line in Pennsylvania near the North East exit on Interstate 90. Chautauqua County Emergency Medical Services, the Ripley Fire ...

CIAO holds Christmas party, describes upcoming events

Nearly 40 people attended the annual Christmas party on Dec. 8 at the Fredonia Beaver Club. Members were asked to bring candy to fill stockings and they did not disappoint! Thirty-five stockings were filled to overflowing with extra candy being packaged up and sent along to Willow Mission. ...

Lakeshore meeting fails to happen

OBSERVER Staff Report It is business as usual at the Lakeshore Hospital in Irving after Thursday’s meeting regarding its possible future did not take place as planned. After a lengthy delay, the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council decided to postpone the gathering until Friday, ...