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Stonefelt to be honored as distinguished alumna at Baldwin Wallace

SUNY Distinguished Professor Kay Stonefelt of the School of Music at the State University of New York at Fredonia has been named the 2018 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. Dr. Stonefelt will be celebrated and perform at the ...

Electrical fire quickly doused in city

An electrical blaze at a home on Lucas and Central avenues in the city of Dunkirk was extinguished in short time by city firefighters. The Dunkirk Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 780 Central Ave. around 3 p.m. Upon arrival fire crews found heavy smoke coming from a ...

Electrical fire quickly doused in city

An electrical blaze at a home at Lucas and Central avenues in the city of Dunkirk was extinguished in short time by city firefighters. The call came before 3 p.m. and fortunately, did not come earlier when School 4 was dismissing as some traffic had to be re-routed for about 20 minutes. The ...

Access Channel 5 programming for March 17-23 set

“Defenders of Freedom” shares the first hand experiences of WWII veterans in the Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania areas. Hosted and filmed at the Jackson Center in Jamestown, the project is a collaborative effort between the Center, the United Veterans Council, Chautauqua ...

Jury selected for Ruiz murder trial

OBSERVER Staff Report MAYVILLE — The jury for the Rebecca Ruiz murder case has been selected. Opening statements are scheduled to begin today at 9:30 a.m. Ruiz, 29, of Dunkirk, is facing second-degree murder, possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence charges stemming from a ...

County clerk urges residents to disregard misleading solicitation

HAMBURG — Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns wants homeowners to be aware of a property deed scam taking place in Erie County. Record Recovery Services, a company based out of Albany is soliciting consumers who conducted recent real estate transactions offering to sell them copies of the deed to ...

Erie man convicted in ’15 carjacking, city assault

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Dimas Colon-Cruz, 37, of Erie, Pa, who was convicted of carjacking and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, was sentenced to 154 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. Assistant U.S. ...

Silver Creek participates in High School Bowl

JAMESTOWN — Kane Area High School defeated Tidioute Community Charter School 66-33 in a recent Media One High School Bowl match at Jamestown Community College. The Kane team was also victorious in another match, defeating Silver Creek Central School 61-46. Silver Creek rebounded to defeat ...

Dunkirk welcomes new housing director

Mayor Wilfred Rosas (right) recently met with the new executive director of the Dunkirk Housing Authority, Rachel Braidich. Braidich comes to the position with 10 years of experience as a housing support specialist with Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. She is filling the position left following ...

Mitrano for Congress petitioning underway to get on the ballot

PENN YAN — From now until April 3, Tracy Mitrano’s campaign team will be working across all 11 counties of New York’s 23rd District to collect the 1,250 signatures needed to get Mitrano on the ballot for the June primary and to bring her message of economic opportunity to voters across ...

St. Susan Basket Fair set for March 17

JAMESTOWN — Susan Center has announced the 15th Annual Basket Fair. Doors open at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) at the Jamestown Community College Physical Education Building on Curtis Street in Jamestown. You’ll have three hours to check out the valuable door prizes, ...

Colorectal cancer screening can save lives

MAYVILLE — March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is urging everyone to talk to their doctor about testing options for colorectal cancer, also referred to as colon cancer. With recommended screening, the number of people ...

Fredonia High School 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

Darrin Paschke, High School Principal, has released the names of students receiving Principal’s Awards and Principal’s Awards with Distinction. Students, who have earned a G.P.A. of 90 or above for the second quarter received a Principal’s Award with Distinction, while those students who ...

Liberty Vineyards earns Best of Show at international competition

SHERIDAN — Liberty Vineyards & Winery, of Sheridan, received a number of prestigious awards recently at the Florida State Fair International Wine Competition, including Best of Show Blush/Rose for its “Reds, Whites & Blues” wine. “Reds, Whites & Blues” is a sweet, fruity ...

Join NCCF for flapjacks, basket raffle fundraiser

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation will sponsor a flapjack breakfast during the 6th Annual Applebee’s Flapjack Breakfast and Basket Raffle Fundraiser on March 24. The two-hour event begins at 8 a.m. at the Applebee’s on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk. Tickets are $6 for flapjacks, ...

STOP-DWI halts harmful drunk drivers

Chautauqua County police agencies have participated in the New York State STOP-DWI Holiday Enforcement Crackdown. The crackdown began Friday, December 29, 2017, and continued through Monday, January 1, 2018. This event is funded by a 2017-2018 grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety ...