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New York State Police issue more than 21,000 tickets during ‘Speed Week’

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the New York State Police issued 21,148 tickets during this year’s “Speed Week” campaign. The special traffic enforcement period to prevent unsafe driving behaviors was conducted over a seven-day period from Wednesday, Aug. 2 through Tuesday, Aug. 8. ...

Two charged after early morning pursuit

A pursuit from that began on Route 438 and Richardson Road on the Seneca Nations of Indians territory came to an end in the town of Hamburg this morning leading to the arrest of a Gowanda man and Angola woman. Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard reports a deputy attempted to make a traffic ...

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G.A. Family Services will be holding foster parent classes, begining Tuesday, Aug. 22. The classes will run every Tuesday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Ten classes are scheduled.

G.A. Family Services to host series of Foster Parent classes

JAMESTOWN — Families interested in becoming a short or long-term foster home are encouraged to attend G.A. Family Services’ foster parent classes beginning at the end of this month. The 10-class series aims to educate community members on what it takes to become a foster parent or foster ...

County partners begin postvention response team planning

OBSERVER Staff Report JAMESTOWN — Suicide is a serious public health problem that takes an enormous toll on families, friends, classmates, co-workers and communities. Uncovering the reason for an individual suicide death is complex and challenging, and local organizations are ...

NY Reps urge reforms to Margin Protection Program for dairy in 2018 farm bill

Upstate New York representatives recently called for reforms to the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) in the Fiscal Year 2018 Farm Bill. In a sent a letter to Rep. Mike Conaway, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, New York Reps. Claudia Tenney (NY-22), John Faso ...

Fredonia reaches contract agreement with firefighters

The village of Fredonia has reached an agreement regarding the terms and conditions of employment for members of the Professional Firefighters Association Local 2931. The village board unanimously approved the agreement Monday, with Trustee Kara Christina not present to vote. The pact ...

City to vote on town water contract

The city of Dunkirk may soon not have to supply the town of Dunkirk with water — at least that’s what both municipalities are working toward. Once the North Chautauqua County Water District is the town’s supplier, the city will supply the town under the regional district’s umbrella. ...

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STRDTF nab Chautauqua man with drugs

CHAUTAUQUA — The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office took a Chautauqua man into custody Monday on an outstanding warrant for multiple drug offences stemming from an Aug. 1 search warrant. The search warrant was obtained by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the FBI and ...

Civic Calendar

Cassadaga Wednesday — Cassadaga Village Board meeting, 22 Mill Street at 7 p.m. Dunkirk Today — Dunkirk Town Board meeting, town hall, 7 p.m. Today — Common Council workshop and meeting, city hall, 5 and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday — Harbor Commission, mayor’s conference room, ...

Silver Creek teen allegedly caught stealing

SILVER CREEK — Chautauqua County Sherrif's deputies were called to a location in the village of Silver Creek for a report of larceny on Monday. Upon further investigation, deputies found a 16-year-old male youth in possession of stolen property. The male youth was subsequently charged ...

Erie County Water Authority lifts water restrictions

Monday morning the Erie County Water Authority lifted the temporary water restrictions in the Southtowns they put in place while repairing a major water main break at its Sturgeon Point treatment plant. The restrictions included the municipalities of Evans, Angola, Farnham, Brant, North ...

Versailles man charged in Sunset Bay assault

IRVING — A 44-year-old Versailles man is facing third-degree assault charges after an incident early Saturday at the Sunset Bay Beach Club. Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies, while on patrol in a marked patrol unit in the Sunset Bay area, were flagged down by Sunset Bay staff and advised ...

Tattoo event to raise awareness for suicide prevention

OBSERVER Staff Report Suicide is a scary word to say and hear, but pushing it under the rug hinders those who need the help. Cattoos, located at 108 E. Fourth St., Dunkirk, will host a Semicolon Tattoo Event on Saturday to raise awareness and benefit the Community Alliance for Suicide ...

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Ashley announces candidacy for Hanover town justice

HANOVER — Wayne Ashley is seeking election for the position of town justice in the town of Hanover. Ashley is the endorsed candidate of the Republican Committee of the Town of Hanover, and a current member of the Hanover Town Council, having served in this position since 2004. A 1973 ...

Foster parents needed in Chautauqua County

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a Foster Parent Open House and Orientation on Thursday, Aug. 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cassadaga Community Center, 25 Maple Ave. in Cassadaga. The purpose of this event is to educate interested individuals ...

Meet the candidates for Dunkirk judge

The League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County invites the public to meet and question primary candidates for city of Dunkirk judge at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 at the courtroom in City Hall, 342 Central Ave. Running in the Democrat primary are James Scott Dimmer, John M. Kuzdale, Rachel Roberts and ...

Poker rally to benefit Hospice

SHERMAN — The Late Night Legacy Motorcycle Club is again sponsoring the Cork Memorial Poker Rally on Saturday, Aug. 19, in memory of “Cork” Karges. The rally will start and end at The Cooler Cafe, 114 W. Main St., Sherman. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and kickstands go up at noon for ...

Mike Randall & Friends to perform at Prendergast Library

JAMESTOWN — Magician and Ventriloquist Mike Randall will perform for families and children of all ages at Prendergast Library on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 1 p.m. for the library’s Summer Reading Finale. The performance is free and open to the public. After the show, library staff will ...