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Fredonia Place donates to Maria relief effort

OBSERVER photo by Jimmy McCarthy Donations continued to roll in Friday to support the relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Residents and staff at Fredonia Place donated 110 gallons of water and $860 to support the cause. Dunkirk City Clerk Edwin Ramos is pictured receiving ...

Healthy Community Alliance awarded grant from Health Foundation

GOWANDA — Healthy Community Alliance has been selected as one of 10 grantees to participate in Aging by Design, a multi-year project funded by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to improve the health of older adults. The $25,000 grant, with potential for additional ...

Jamestown man facing sex offense charges

MAYVILLE — A 28-year-old Jamestown man was arraigned this morning in Chautauqua County Court after being charged in an alleged rape with a minor in late August 2016. Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies report Timothy J. Perrin of 24 W. 22nd St., was charged on Friday after the Chautauqua ...

Hanover creates new water district

HANOVER — As part of the dissolution of the village of Forestville, Hanover has officially created Water District No. 5, effectively adding 322 meters under its purview. The declaration to create the water district was passed unanimously by the Hanover board during a recent meeting and ...

Spaghetti dinner to benefit Mayville man battling ALS

MAYVILLE — ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals staff and agents invite the community to a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chautauqua Fire Department, 2 Royal Way, Mayville, NY to benefit Dave and Anne Walters of Mayville. Anne Walters, a 15-year ...

Healthy Community Alliance awarded grant from Health Foundation

GOWANDA — Healthy Community Alliance has been selected as one of 10 grantees to participate in Aging by Design, a multi-year project funded by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to improve the health of older adults. The $25,000 grant, with potential for additional ...

Two injured in Saturday morning crash

HANOVER — Two motorists were injured after a motor vehicle accident at Bennett State Road and Stebbins Road. Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies report that they responded to the intersection around 8 a.m. Saturday. An investigation showed that Margarita Sanchez, 40, of Dunkirk did not ...

Fall Fest puts Gowanda in Halloween spirit

GOWANDA — The village of Gowanda had its 2017 Fall Fest Friday and Saturday with the holiday spirit coming alive in its downtown. On Jamestown and West Main streets, homemade scarecrows as well as pumpkins and the rush of black and orange hit the village as October came. Kim Thuman ...

Accident in Fredonia leads to minor injuries

A two-car accident on Temple Street in Fredonia on Friday afternoon resulted in minor injuries for both operators. Emergency responders were called to the scene near Risley Street around 3 p.m. Fredonia Police say a blue Mazda traveling south on Temple Street was hit when a black Ford ...

Fredonia to host Health Career Fair for high school students

Valuable information about job opportunities in health care and the education needed to pursue careers in these fields will be offered to Chautauqua County high school students at the second annual Health Career Fair on Friday, Oct. 6, at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Brooks ...

Jamestown school chief responds after teen kneels during anthem

The kneeling of a player on Jamestown’s freshman football team during the National Anthem prompted a response from school Superintendent Bret Apthorpe on Friday while also shedding light on a landmark Supreme Court ruling by Robert H. Jackson that tackled patriotism and free speech. The ...

Two hurt in Hanover accident

HANOVER — Two motorists were injured after a motor vehicle accident at Bennett State Road and Stebbins Road this morning. Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies report that they responded to the intersection around 8 a.m. An investigation showed that Margarita Sanchez, 40, of Dunkirk did not ...

Brocton house rehabilitated

BROCTON – After 17 months of restoration work, Mark Odell, Dale Furman and the rest of the crew at Hydronic Specialty Supply (HSS) have successfully transformed the property located at 10 Fay St. from being an eyesore and the least energy-efficient house in Brocton to what Odell called ...

Municipalities hear about regional billing option

BROCTON — The North Chautauqua County Water District will mean a lot of changes for the municipalities involved. One of those is a new or different responsibility for billing and maintenance. Involved in the regional district is the village of Brocton and the towns of Dunkirk, Pomfret, ...

Farm Fest straw poll favors death with dignity

At the Fredonia Farm Festival this past August, the League of Women Voter’s annual straw poll concerned “death with dignity.” This is the movement that seeks to secure terminally ill patients the right to physician assistance in dying, but only on two conditions: 1) that doctors believe ...

Color change begins to east, slow in county

OBSERVER Staff Report As October arrives with some cooler temperatures, an annual fall occurrence is becoming more visible. According to the New York state fall foliage report issued this week for our region, foliage observers at Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County expect 35 percent ...

Mayville man charged in village burglary

MAYVILLE — A 27-year-old Valley Street man is facing charges in connection with a Sept. 15 third-degree burglary and petit larceny at the Lakeview Hotel at 13 Water St. After a lengthy investigation, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies discovered that Eric Courtier unlawfully entered the ...

Ripley receives $849,00 in federal funding for wastewater system

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $849,000 in federal assistance for the town of Ripley this morning. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Specifically, ...

Student artwork auction benefits Hospice

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care will be hosting a Charity Auction Friday at Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road. The auction will feature a variety of butterfly artwork by students from Sherman High School and Jefferson Middle School. The student works of art were ...