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Audubon announces 2020 photo contest winners

JAMESTOWN — More than 400 entries came from around the world for Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2020 Nature Photography Contest. Twelve countries plus 41 U.S. states and Puerto Rico were represented. Winners and finalists are from as far away as India, Saudi Arabia and Chile and as ...

Collins 50 Plus seniors announce activities

The Nov. 29 through Dec. 4 activity schedule for the Collins 50 Plus Seniors includes: ¯ Sunday, Nov. 29: Pickleball at 6:30 p.m. at the Collins Town Park or the Painter Center gym. ¯ Monday, Nov. 30: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m. in the L.K. Painter Center gym. ¯ Tuesday, Dec. 1: ...

M&T Bank announces ‘Gift of Warmth’ campaign

BUFFALO — M&T Bank has announced its Gift of Warmth campaign, the region’s longest-running warm clothing collection program, will return again this year, running through Jan. 8. At all of M&T’s 64 area branches, Western New Yorkers can donate new gloves, mittens, scarves, hats ...

Incubator presents 5 ways entrepreneurs find talent

The Fredonia Technology incubator continues its Entrepreneurial Education Programming with a workshop by Rich Koerner, founder of RA Koerner & Company. “The Entrepreneurial Education Program provides entrepreneurs with useful information and an opportunity to ask presenters ...

Dunkirk to hold Christmas tree lighting Saturday

The Christmas tree lighting at City Hall in Dunkirk will be a bit different this year due to the pandemic. “Due to COVID we’re not going to be doing what we normally do, but we will have a special tree lighting on Saturday,” Mayor Wilfred Rosas told the OBSERVER. “We’ll be lighting ...

Reasons to be thankful: Randolph man survives battle with COVID-19

On this day focusing on thankfulness, a Randolph man shares his story of how he was blessed to survive a life-threatening attack by COVID-19. A challenging childhood, when Jim Styles had to be the man of the house by keeping his single mother’s car running and working to earn what he could, ...

Fourth Wreaths Across America event planned

The Dunkirk Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol is participating for the fourth year announced by Capt. Linda Blodgett. This year, the ceremony at Forest Hill Cemetery will be held simultaneously across the country joining more than 1,400 participating locations across 50 states on ...

Bemus Point Stow Ferry gives thanks

The Bemus Point-Stow Ferry is expected to renew operations next year after spending three years on hiatus. Members of the Sea Lion Project Board of Directors made the announcement in a submission to The Post-Journal. “After much hard work and concerted effort during a challenging 2020, ...

Thursday Knitting Club staying active

Submitted Photo The volunteers of the Thursday Knitting Group have kept very busy during the COVID-19 crisis. The group of ladies have knit and crocheted 647 items, which include afghans, lap robes, baby blankets, sweater, hats, scarves and mittens. These items have been distributed to the ...

Vehicle fire quickly extinguished

OBSERVER Photo by Jo Ward Fredonia Fire Department was at the scene of a truck fire located behind the former Carriage House location on Main Street. According to scanner reports, the vehicle was fully involved around 5 p.m. “It was a truck that’s been off the road for a few years, the ...

Cuomo looking at a multitude of bills

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been given 48 bills to consider as the Thanksgiving holiday nears. Receiving the most publicity throughout the year is A.4739/S.8817, which would prohibit the manufacture, sale, or distribution of food packages in which PFAS chemicals are present in any amount. ...

Community Banks to close branch lobbies

Community Bank N.A. announced it will close all branch lobbies and operate solely through available drive-throughs beginning today. The decision is due to the “evolving situation of COVID-19,” the company announced. All branch lobbies will be available by appointment only, including ...

Kirk’s Jewelers keeps making region sparkle

Kirk’s Jewelers in Dunkirk is shining with the sparkle of LeVian this holiday season. Discover that perfect gift she is wishing for — featuring the latest trend setting styles from LeVian, the world renowned designer with a star studded, red carpet following of today’s hottest ...

Hollyloft owners to retire, close business Christmas Eve

JAMESTOWN — After 42 years of helping area bikers and skiers find the perfect equipment for their adventures, Hollyloft Ski & Bike owners Les and Cheryl Johnson believe the time has come to close up shop. The Johnsons announced Monday that they will be retiring from their 600 Fairmount ...

Little Valley man facing child porn, cyberstalking charges

A Little Valley man has been charged by criminal complaint with production of child pornography and cyberstalking, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday. According to the complaint, 19-year-old Dyllan Barber initiated a conversation with a minor female victim in November 2019 on the ...

Leading farm groups wants 60-hour OT law to be permanent

A diverse group of agricultural organizations in the state are calling on the 60-hour overtime threshold for farm laborers to remain in place as a New York state Department of Labor wage board determines its fate. The groups sent a joint letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlining why a further ...

Polish dinner planned for Saturday in city

The Blessed Mary Angela Holy Name Society wishes everyone a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving! When you have had your fill of turkey and all the trimmings and you just can’t deal with another turkey leftover, join us for a traditional Polish Dinner prepared and served by the folks from ...

Holiday happenings set for Grape Discovery Center

WESTFIELD — Everyone at the Grape Discovery Center is gearing up for the holiday season. The Center features a variety of gifts and tasty treats to help you resolve even the most difficult gift-giving situation. Begin your visit with a tasting of the mulled wine made from Johnson Estate ...

New Directions salutes longtime employees

New Directions Youth and Family Services, with offices in Jamestown, Olean and Randolph, recently honored recipients of the agency’s Milestone Years of Service awards, which recognize individuals who dedicate their careers to helping Western New York children and families receiving New ...

Gowanda Middle School announces 1st quarter honors

GOWANDA — Gowanda Middle School officials recently announced the school’s honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2020-2021 academic year. Honored students are: HIGH HONOR ROLL: 95-100% Fifth Grade: Sophia Birtchnall, Colton Davis, Taylor Tussing. Sixth Grade: Kyan Austin, Jayden ...