Local/Region

We had some snow, but the central Southern Tier got the worst of Stella.

One storm’s avalanche of worry

Albany’s hierarchy can be frustrating, especially when it comes to the weather worries that spanned from Long Island to Western New York earlier this week. Conditions, as evidenced by major lake-effect snow events, are rarely the same in one region to the next. So distressed was state Gov. ...

VandeVelde seeks re-election as Westfield mayor

WESTFIELD — Michael VandeVelde is running for re-election as the mayor of Westfield. He released the following statement: “I am Michael VandeVelde and I am running for my third term as mayor of our fantastic little village. I have been nominated by the Westfield Democratic ...

Cuomo announces crackdown on impaired driving for St. Patrick’s Day

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the New York State Police, State Liquor Authority, State Department of Motor Vehicles and local law enforcement launched an enforcement campaign to crack down on impaired drivers during the week of St. Patrick’s Day. The campaign includes a number of ...

Chautauqua Bright Spots to highlight area ‘safe havens’

JAMESTOWN — Chautauqua Bright Spots will recognize six new “Bright Spots” on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Rising Wellness Studio in Jamestown. Bright Spots are groups, organizations, or other entities in the local community that are making Chautauqua County a better and brighter ...

Police probing Jamestown meth lab

JAMESTOWN — Jamestown police are investigating a meth lab at 212 W. Sixth St. in the city. First responders were originally summoned for a report of smoke coming from the residence due to a “possible lab,” according to radio reports. Fire crews inspected the property and confirmed ...

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David L. Smith running for Gowanda mayor

GOWANDA — David L. Smith has announced his candidacy for mayor of Gowanda in the Tuesday village elections. He has spent 25 years in education, 20 as a school administrator and five as a Spanish teacher. In July, he will begin his 15th year as an administrator in the Gowanda Central School ...

Albert A. Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose set for April 3

Though he passed away nearly 10 years ago, the legacy of former Department of English faculty member Dr. Albert A. Dunn and his passion for literature and teaching remain a part of the campus through the Albert A. Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose This ritual of spring serves both as a forum for ...

Chautauqua Lake to benefit from water quality improvement projects

ASHVILLE — On Feb. 28, a conservationist from the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy presented on Chautauqua Lake’s water quality improvement projects for an audience in Ashville. The presentation focused on which projects have been completed, which projects will be addressed next, and why ...

G.A. Family Services receives grant for post-adoption support

JAMESTOWN — The New York State Office of Children and Family Services recently awarded Jamestown’s G.A. Family Services with a $300,000 grant for post-adoption support. The funding will allow G.A. to operate as a Regional Permanency Resource Center in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, ...

Salary changes for technicians in sheriff’s office approved

MAYVILLE — Salary increases for technicians within the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office were approved at Wednesday's Public Safety Committee meeting. Proposed pay hikes for three technician titles are due to technology enhancements and hardships in recruiting and retaining qualified ...

Community Notebook

Portland Planning Board meeting set for Wednesday The Town of Portland Planning Board will hold its regular meeting Wednesday at 2 p.m. at 87 W. Main St., Brocton. Pine Valley workshops set The Pine Valley Central School Board of Education will hold work sessions on March 23, March 27 and ...

Warning issued on cell phone scam

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn joins the Special Investigation Unit of New York State Police in warning consumers of a cell phone scam that may have impacted dozens of people. It’s called credit muling and here’s how it works: The scammer, offering you a quick way to make ...

Stella hits Binghamton hard, some in area at 2 feet

The worst of winter storm Stella missed New York City and Long Island, but hit much closer to the Southern Tier, according to state Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "Broome County, Southern Tier was one of the most severely hit by this storm, so we’re in the process of bringing in more National Guard and ...

National Grid is lead sponsor of annual STEM WARS 2017

JAMESTOWN — National Grid is the lead sponsor for STEM WARS 2017, an educational event for middle and high school students who want to learn more about career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. Due to weather, STEM WARS 2017 will be rescheduled for March 22 at ...

Parks commission members, legislators talk waterway trail maintenance

MAYVILLE — The Marden E. Cobb Waterway Trail is unique to Chautauqua County with three sections of trails totaling 55 miles. Existing debris issues, however, are causing safety and canoeability concerns. On Monday, Chautauqua County Parks Commission members Tom Erlandson and Tom Dawes ...

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At least one injured in city accident

OBSERVER Photo by Craig Harvey Dunkirk Police and the Dunkirk Fire Department responded to a two-car motor vehicle accident at the corner of East Doughty and Lincoln streets Monday night shortly before 10 p.m. At least one of the subjects was injured and taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for ...