Local/Region

Volunteers make things happen

So many organizations rely on volunteers to get things done, and our Chambers of Commerce are no exception. From board meetings to community events, volunteers who step up for the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and our six Community Chambers make a genuine difference for everyone. The ...

7th Annual Mel Perks Motorcycle Run

The Mel Perks Motorcycle Run to benefit Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care will take place Saturday, July 20 at the Frewsburg Legion. The day will begin with coffee and doughnuts at 9 a.m. at the Legion. Registration will be open until 10:45am. Free-will donations will be accepted as ...

New York Army National Guard Recruiters to attend Chautauqua County Fair

Attendants of the Chautauqua County Fair will be able to learn about opportunities in the New York Army National Guard and see military equipment, by stopping by a recruiting station present at the fair. A recruiter’s booth will be located on the fair grounds near the horse track for the ...

Lake View man arrested for DWAI dies 6 days later

EVANS — A Lake View man who was previously arrested in Evans for driving while ability impaired by drugs (DWAI) passed away July 9 in Hamburg. On July 3 at roughly 9:21 p.m., an anonymous complainant reported a reckless driver on Erie Road passing Chick’s. Patrol located and observed the ...

Gerry man charged in morning altercation

GERRY -- A 50-year-old town man is facing charges after a morning altercation. Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident on Route 60 around 2 a.m. It is alleged that Robert L. Gardner Jr. struck another individual, as well as obstructed the breathing of said individual. ...

A win for recycling

Kindergarten Math and STEM teacher at School No. 3 Amanda Kulig went above and beyond to help students understand the importance of recycling and its impact on our community. Amanda challenged the elementary schools to recycle by developing a partnership with Marcus Promber at Can Kings where ...

Excessive rain floods creek, basements

OBSERVER Staff Report Sunday’s heavy rains flooded a number of basements in the city but also caused a local waterway to flood. At around 3 a.m. a storm arrived, tearing through the region near the Dunkirk Airport, dropping nearly 3 inches of rain within the hour. The resulting deluge ...

Precision Vineyard Management Field Day and Shaulis Symposium set

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is pleased to announce that LERGP and Cornell Research and Extension Laboratory has been working to Improve the Bottom Line for commercial competitive grape production using Precision Vineyard Management ...

43rd annual Pacos and 5th Burlett family reunion

The 43rd annual Pacos family reunion and the 5th annual Burlett family reunion will be held on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13. Family members are invited Friday evening to the Pacos Farm on Concord Drive, Fredonia, at 6 p.m. for a “stone picking and painting party.” Bring your own ...

League, AAUW hear of recent election changes

The League of Women Voters of Chautauqua Country, along with the American Association of University Women of Jamestown, welcomed the Chautauqua Country Board of Elections to a recent “Hot Topics Luncheon,” held at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celeron. Board of Elections Commissioners ...

Gowanda High releases fourth-quarter honor rolls

GOWANDA – The following freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors at Gowanda High School earned spots on the high honor, honor and merit rolls for the fourth-quarter marking period of the 2018-2019 academic year. High Honor Roll (95 average and higher) 12th grade: Olivia Ackley, ...

Dunkirk Senior Center June birthdays

Front row, left to right: Doris Armstrong, Pat Kibbe, Margaret Lape, Pat Thrasher. Back row, left to right: Mary Ann Corsoro, Greg Sek, Art Purol, Jeannie Storey, Sharon Stevens.

City Speaks notes one-year anniversary

City Speaks celebrates its one year anniversary with Mayor Wilfred Rosas. To find out some of the major events this past year has brought, tune in to City Speaks through July 17. Our next City Speaks Show will feature the Locomotive Museum at the Fairgrounds on Central Avenue. City Speaks ...

Fredonia Garden Club wins NCCF grant

The Fredonia Garden Club will be completing gardening projects made possible by a Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation Community Pride $550 grant. The Community Pride grant is a biennial program that awards grants for projects that promote community pride and volunteerism. The grant ...

Access Chautauqua Programming for July 13-19

Chautauqua People, hosted by John Viehe, will have Cathy Nowosielski, former co-chair of the Chautauqua Fund, community volunteer and longtime Chautauquan. The program is at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Sunrise, hosted by Doc Hamels, will have Chuck Marra and Lisa Talib from American Red ...

Dunkirk man injured in Route 5 crash

A Dunkirk man was injured in an accident on Route 5 early this morning. Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies responded to motor vehicle accident town of Dunkirk around 2:30 a.m. Upon arrival deputies determined that 25-year-old Lyle G Howard was traveling east when he failed to maintain his ...

American Legion 409 Ladies Auxiliary news

American Legion 409 Ladies Auxiliary, Gowanda, would like to thank everyone who donated to the Poppy Day fund-raiser on May 24. This money is used to help support vets and military families. At the June 10 meeting, the new officers were sworn in. Appointed positions were filled and ...

Multiple arrests at Blue Heron Music Festival

SHERMAN — A cache of drugs, money and a pickup truck were among items seized during this year’s Great Blue Heron Music Festival. In a collaborative effort between the Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office, more than 30 people were ...

Classical experience

The very first classical concert preformed in Bicentennial Park is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. Members of the Academy Heights Neighborhood Association and Revitalize Dunkirk are proud to announce that The Decho Ensemble, featuring Jacob Swanson, Sarah Marchitelli, and Jarad Yackiw playing ...

Call Before You Dig: This simple step can save you time and money

It’s summer in Western New York. That means everyone’s long-awaited outdoor projects are either already or about to get underway. Maybe you’ve been there before. You’ve got time off requested from work. You’ve got the tools and equipment you need to get the job done. You start digging ...