Local/Region

Electric heater causes scare at Gowanda home

GOWANDA — A Gowanda Meadows apartment had Perrysburg and Gowanda fire departments on scene after a supposed electric heater was on too long, creating smoke after contact with a nearby object on Thursday. The fire, which was called out at 7:39 p.m., was at apartment No. 8 and was called for ...

Two-car accident near busy intersection

Emergency responders were called to Route 60 near the Route 20 intersection Thursday evening for the report of a two-vehicle accident. The crash occurred around 5:45 p.m. near McDonald’s. The extant of the injuries were unknown at the time of incident. The Fredonia Police Department, Fredonia ...

Lawtons Fire Department has installation dinner

The Lawtons Fire Department installation dinner swore in, from left, Raymond Preischel, Jim Fyock, John Schmitt, Jake Schultz, Dwayne Morosey and Thomas Kehr. The company’s president is Kehr. The vice president is Mike Lisowski, treasurer is Herb Wittmeyer, secretary is Cody Yetter and the ...

Three-vehicle accident sends one to Brooks

SHERIDAN — A three-vehicle accident occurred on Route 20 near New Road Tuesday that sent one man to Brooks Memorial Hospital. At 9:20 a.m., it was allegedly determined that a dump truck travelling east on Route 20 impacted a vehicle that was stopped in traffic, also on Route 20. A third ...

Police: unsafe speeds led to accident sending 4 to hospital

CASSADAGA — A one-vehicle accident sent four occupants to UPMC Chautauqua WCA after the vehicle lost control going too fast in the wintry conditions, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reports. The accident occurred Tuesday at 5:50 a.m. on Route 60 near Pine Acres Mobile Home Park. The ...

Wind turbine transit cancelled for Tuesday; postpone date to be determined

BUFFALO — The transportation of the wind turbines for the Arkwright Summit Wind Farm project was postponed Tuesday due to weather, New York State Department of Transportation reported. As for when it will happen, Susan Surdej of NYSDOT stated that she had no further information if it will ...

Website tip directs unit to heroin, cocaine and marijuana grow

OBSERVER Staff Report BUFFALO — A Fredonia woman, Kari McKeever, 34, was arrested with two other suspects associated with a marijuana growing operation as well as possessing heroin and cocaine. The arrests occurred hours after the Erie County Sheriff’s office received a notice from Tip ...

Report: Bon-Ton stores could close amid bankruptcy

OBSERVER Staff Report editorial@observertoday.com LAKEWOOD - The fate of Bon-Ton remains unclear after only two bidders, both liquidators, made offers for the bankrupt department store chain with more than 260 stores in 24 states. According to a report by Reuters, sources familiar with ...

Community Notebook

Revitalize Dunkirk to meet Thursday The April meeting of Revitalize Dunkirk will be held on Thursday, April 19, at the Fredonia State University Technology Incubator, 214 Central Ave, Dunkirk. The scheduled speaker is a representative of Hispanics Organized for Progress and Education ...

Safety aspect to vacant properties

Vacant properties can be a blight to neighborhoods, but they can also be a safety hazard to first responders. At a recent Public Safety Committee meeting, Chairman and Fourth Ward Councilman Mike Civiletto asked the city fire and police chiefs if they are updated on the list of vacant ...

Borrello to present 2018 State of the County address April 25

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello invites the public to attend his State of the County address on Wednesday, April 25. The presentation will be held during the regular meeting of the County Legislature, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Chautauqua Lake ...

‘On the table’ community conversations coming week of April 29

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation along with planning partners Chautauqua Opportunities, United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, and the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, announced a new community initiative for northern Chautauqua County. “On the table” is a week-long ...

UPMC Chautauqua WCA places final steel beam at building site

JAMESTOWN — The $20 million UPMC Chautauqua WCA construction project hit another milestone Thursday when ironworkers placed a final steel beam atop the future site of the Women’s and Maternity Care Center and Adolescent and Adult Mental Health Inpatient Units. In a topping off ceremony, ...

Gowanda residents voice positives toward state’s $2.5 million project

GOWANDA — A public hearing hosted by the New York Empire State Development, or ESD, allowed area residents to voice their opinions on the use of the village of Gowanda’s $2.5 million plan funded by ESD. ESD Western New York Specialist Diego A. Sirianni was present to listen to the ...

Civic calendar

Angola Tuesday — Lake Shore Board of Education meeting, senior high library, 7 p.m. Brocton Wednesday — Village Board of Trustees meeting, village hall, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday — Portland Town Council meeting, town hall, 7 p.m. Cassadaga Tuesday — Board of education special ...

WACS, Falconer successful in High School Bowl

JAMESTOWN — Westfield Academy & Central School defeated Randolph Central School 90-31 in a recent Media One High School Bowl match at Jamestown Community College. In another match, Falconer Central School defeated Fredonia Central School 95-13. Bethany Schaaf of Westfield and Nick ...

Collins allows Seneca Nation to fix roads entering territory

COLLINS — The Collins Town Board approved a resolution to allow the Seneca Nation of Indians to fix roadways entering the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation. The thoroughfares include Richardson and Lenox roads, however, the Nation only agreed to fix Lenox Road as of now. The town of Collins ...

Borrello, Warren County support North/South Corridor project

WARREN, Pa. — Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello recently met with the Warren County Board of Commissioners to discuss a resolution in support of the North/South Corridor project. This project would develop and expand U.S. Route 62 in Pennsylvania and NY Route 60 in order to provide ...

CWC to hold trout fishery update and lake sediment control presentation

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy (CWC) invites the public to kick off the spring trout fishing season with updates on the state of the Chautauqua Lake trout fishery and Chautauqua Lake sedimentation control projects consisting of erosion control project on lake tributary streams. The event ...

Borrello to present 2018 State of the County address

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello invites the public to attend his State of the County address on Wednesday, April 25. The presentation will be held during the regular meeting of the County Legislature, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Chautauqua Lake ...