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Winter festival in works for Mayville

MAYVILLE — The Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival, being held Feb. 17 to 19 at Lakeside Park, will feature many events and activities for the entire family.  It will also include events coinciding with this festival. Family Health Medical Services will again host the Polar Plunge this ...

January is National Birth Defects Prevention month

BUFFALO — “Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection” is the theme of January’s National Birth Defects Prevention Month with the goal to increase awareness on how some birth defects are caused by infection during pregnancy. Birth defects are common, costly, and critical, and they ...

Bed tax grant program opens Feb 1

JAMESTOWN — The Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development announced the application period for the 2018 2 percent Lakes and Waterways Grant Program and 3 percent Tourism Product Development Grant Program will open on February 1, 2017. Applications will be available ...

Dr. Sherri Mason

NY Sea Grant provides research opportunities locally

A New York Sea Grant award of just over $135,000 will support a two-year study led by State University of New York at Fredonia Environmental Sciences Professor Sherri Mason, assisted by Fredonia Biology Assistant Professor Courtney Wigdahl-Perry, which will assess environmental impacts of ...

Reed fights for quality care as Congress begins process of Obamacare repeal

With a week until inauguration, both chambers of Congress approved a measure to begin the repeal of Obamacare, something Tom Reed has supported for some time. “We care about ensuring access to quality, affordable healthcare close to home for the sake of working families across our region. ...

Dunkirk Public Library January releases

HONOR In honor of EDWARD SUNDAY Nelson, Pearl Harbor MEMORIALS In memory of MARIE ANISZEWSKI Oberon, Natural world of needle felting In memory of ROBERT H. ALTWIES Patterson, Bullseye tk/bk CD Patterson, Chase tk/bk CD In memory of ETHEL BOORADY Evanovich, Turbo ...

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 ...

Kellie Roberts

New humane society director named

JAMESTOWN — The Chautauqua County Humane Society has announced the appointment of Kellie Roberts as its new executive director. Kellie succeeds Jeff Lubi, who announced his retirement effective Jan. 1. Roberts, a Falconer Central School graduate, brings with her an impressive background ...

Bids roll in for Bennett Road water project

Phase I of the Bennett Road Water Project is getting closer and closer to a start date — especially now that a bid has been accepted. At the January Dunkirk Town Board meeting, Seth Krull from Clark Patterson Lee described the bidding and selection process before revealing the winning bid, ...

Winter fun planned for Cassadaga

CASSADAGA — For the first time in years, a Winter Festival is coming to the village. From Feb. 3 to 5, lace up those snow boots, jam on your winter caps and grab your gloves, because the weekend in the village is filled with a number of fun winter activities, organized by Citizens for a ...

Young’s new law improves access to prescribed medications

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed Sen. Catharine Young’s (R,C,I — 57th District) bill into law to ensure patients get appropriate medications determined by their doctors. Under this important new health care law, protocols are established around an insurance industry practice known ...

City plans more letters of support for NRG Energy

The city of Dunkirk has not wavered in its support for the repowering of the NRG Energy plant with natural gas. However, environmental groups have also not wavered in their opposition. The lawsuit against NRG by competitor Entergy was dropped upon the company’s sale, but elected officials ...

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Veronica Arce (left) and Katerina Koutsandreas sort through a handful of books donated during the final days of the Sigma Tau Delta book drive to benefit students in the seventh grade classroom of Fredonia graduate Rachel Beneway, who now teaches in New York City.

Christmas came early in the seventh grade English classroom library in the Bronx of a State University of New York at Fredonia English Adolescence Education graduate, thanks to campus support of a book drive undertaken by Sigma Tau Delta. More than 100 books donated during the English honor society’s first-ever book appeal arrived in Rachel Beneway’s classroom at P.S. M.S. 279 Captain Manuel Rivera Jr. four days before Christmas. “Huge shout out to the Fredonia English Department, especially the wonderful members of Sigma Tau Delta, for collecting these amazing books for my students,” Beneway, Class of 2016, wrote in a Facebook post, reported Katerina Koutsandreas, an English Adolescence Education senior from Hamburg who helped organize the book campaign. “I’m a huge believer that a story is the best gift you can possibly give or receive and I think my students are starting to feel the same. Thank you to everyone who had a part of this; you truly do not realize the impact that you have made,” Beneway added. Koutsandreas said Sigma Tau Delta members were delighted that the books — approximately 110 — arrived at the school before the Christmas holiday, so students would have plenty of books to take home and read over the break. The books — collected in a bin placed in the University Commons lobby during December — spanned a wide variety of genres, with a mix of fiction, non-fiction, science fiction/fantasy, romance, young adult, classics, plays and even a few graphic novels. “Rachel was surprised by the number of books donated, and she gave way more ‘thank yous’ than ever necessary,” Koutsandreas added. Buoyed by the success, Koutsandreas said there’s a “strong possibility” that Sigma Tau Delta could make a book drive an annual event. “I’m sure that there are many alums of Fredonia’s English Education program and English teachers in the local community who are in need of good books for their students, so there are many avenues that we could take with potential future book drives,” she said. The kindness and thoughtfulness of the donors is greatly appreciated, Koutsandreas said. “I wholeheartedly agree with Rachel’s statement that stories are absolutely the best gifts anyone could ever give,” she concluded.

Christmas came early in the seventh grade English classroom library in the Bronx of a State University of New York at Fredonia English Adolescence Education graduate, thanks to campus support of a book drive undertaken by Sigma Tau Delta. More than 100 books donated during the English honor ...

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Ron Almeter (left) was introduced as the new airport manager Friday by Public Facilities Director George Spanos (center) and County Executive Vince Horrigan.

Former Navy officer named new airport manager

JAMESTOWN — The search for a new county Airports and Parks manager has landed an accomplished leader in the private sector, government and military operations. County officials convened at the Jamestown Airport terminal Friday to announce the appointment of Ron Almeter as the next person to ...

Dunkirk Schools land second $250K bilingual grant

The Dunkirk City School District has doubled its amount of state grant money procured for bilingual education in the past year. Superintendent Dr. James Tracy and English as a Second Language Director Constance Meginnis reported at a recent board of education meeting that the district has ...

Take a peek at P-TECH Academy work Wednesday

Curious about how work is coming along on the P-TECH College and Career Academy? Now is your chance to take a first-hand look at everything. Dunkirk City School District Superintendent Dr. James Tracy announced at a recent board of education meeting that a construction kick-off event will be ...

Candidate just had a feeling

I   keep replaying Wendy Long’s enthusiasm and words from last July during a stop at the OBSERVER. As the Republican-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate, Long had been energized by the campaign of our new President Donald Trump. Four years before, in 2012, she had run against incumbent ...

Portland Town Board eyes goals for the future

BROCTON — The Portland Town Board’s goals for the year involve preparing for the immediate future, as well as a future beyond 2017, according to the list read at the monthly business and annual reorganization meeting. Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz announced this month that the council has ...

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Collision with deer followed by sheared pole

At about 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Sinclairville Fire Department responded to the scene of a car/deer accident at 5290 Route 380 in the village of Sinclairville. According to Chief Dave Lukacz, the driver, Nora Zilkenat, hit a deer in the roadway before veering into a utility pole, shearing it in ...