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Arcade Senior Services appoints Craig Colburn as agent

JAMESTOWN — Arcade Senior Services has appointed Craig Colburn as a licensed independent agent. Colburn is authorized to offer AARP Medicare Supplement Plans issued by United Healthcare Insurance Company, as well as Medicare Advantage Plans and Prescription Drug Plans with United ...

Submitted Photo: Ag Literacy Week Volunteer, Sue Harper, read “The Grapes Grow Sweet” to students at Chautauqua Lake.

Ag Literacy week attracts 2,800 participants

JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program is continually working to increase public awareness of the great things happening in agriculture. In celebration of National Agriculture Week, area elementary students were able to participate in the New ...

Cell tower tabled while rezoning approved by Evans Town Board

ANGOLA — One item was tabled while another was approved at the Evans Town Board meeting earlier this month. The first item was a special use permit issue regarding Verizon erecting a new tower. A representative for Verizon was on hand to address the board and any concerns regarding the ...

Adopt-a-Beach program springs into action for 2017 beach season

As spring finally begins to appear around the Great Lakes, volunteers are heading out to beaches for a spring cleaning. The Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Adopt-a-Beach program mobilizes thousands of volunteers who give back to their local beaches each year. April, especially Earth Day, ...

Angola restaurant owners plead guilty to failing to pay sales tax

ANGOLA — The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance on Wednesday announced that two owners and operators of a barbecue restaurant in Angola have pleaded guilty to one felony count of third-degree grand larceny. Shelly Firsch Hunt, 56, of 29 Commercial Ave., Angola, and William J. ...

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Filling a friend’s shoes

Judge Anthony Pearl was sworn in recently as the new Hanover town justice, replacing his friend and colleague, the late Judge Richard Saletta. Pearl, who also serves as justice for the village of Silver Creek, joins Judge Walter Klyczek in Hanover. His term will end Dec. 31. Pictured is Pearl ...

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Alison Epsin, Public Health Nurse at Chautauqua County Health Department, will lead a free Narcan training at the Mental Health Association at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. The Mental Health Association is located at 31 Water Street, Door 14, in the rear of the Gateway Center.

Narcan training being held Thursday

JAMESTOWN — Narcan can save a life. It has saved dozens of lives in Chautauqua County. Narcan, the brand name for naloxone, is a medication that can be administered as a nasal spray by first responders or friends and family to someone who is experiencing an opiate or heroin ...

Hochul to speak on Thursday in Irving

IRVING — Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul will be a featured speaker at the Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce annual Appreciation Luncheon taking place Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the Colony Steak and Seafoood Restaurant, in Irving . Seating is limited, and luncheon reservations can be made on ...

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Twenty-eight people were recognized for their recovery achievements at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County’s March Recovery Luncheon. Among those who received certificates were (pictured from left) George Edington, Christopher Maini, Michelle King, Timothy Ellis, and Jonathan Schwab.

Many announcements, recognitions at Mental Health Association Luncheon

JAMESTOWN — The monthly Recovery Luncheons at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) are an opportunity both to recognize progress for participants and to share important news. At the March luncheon Associate Director Steven Cobb announced the names of 28 people who ...

Cassadaga Village Board approves budget

CASSADAGA — Another year, another lowered tax rate in the village of Cassadaga. During the Cassadaga Village Board voted on and passed the 2017-2018 budget. According to village clerk Roxanne Astry, the tax rate will be decreased $0.24 per thousand dollars of assessed value, with the new ...

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News of Dyngus Day spreads to OBSERVER

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino Bruce Tarnowski stopped by the OBSERVER Monday morning. Dressed in suit and tie, hat and wig, he honked his horn and waggled pussy willows as he wished everyone a happy Dyngus Day. Tarnowski was joined by an entourage in the Polish colors of red and white to ...

Crews respond to garage fire early Monday

BROCTON — Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 8142 Route 380 near Brocton early Monday morning. Arriving on the scene around 3 a.m., Brocton Fire Chief Phil Gerace said the garage was beyond repair, but his crew, along with Portland and Stockton fire departments, did a good ...

Student Business Competition finals slated for Wednesday

The Fredonia Technology Incubator (FTI) of the State University of New York at Fredonia will host the finals of its second annual Student Business Competition powered by AT&T on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Seven student businesses have been chosen and representatives will present their business ...

‘Lend a Paw’ dog walk on April 23 to show support of autism awareness

Following the success of its 2016 autism awareness event and launch of the single, “Not So Different,” HAIL! Fredonia records plans a second event in April with a “Lend a Paw” dog walk. The event is slated for Sunday, April 23 beginning at 1 p.m. on the State University of New York at ...

Civic Calendar

Brocton Wednesday — Brocton Central School District Board of Education, 138 W. Main St., 7 p.m. Cassadaga Wednesday — Cassadaga Village Board, 22 Mill St., 7 p.m. Collins Monday — Collins Town Board meeting, town hall, 7 p.m. Dunkirk Tuesday — Dunkirk Town Board, 4737 Willow ...

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Firefighters quickly put out a fire on Erie Street in Sunset Bay on Sunday afternoon. No one was injured and the house is salvageable.

First responders win battle against bay blaze

HANOVER — A fire on Erie Street in Sunset Bay was contained quickly late Sunday afternoon, thanks to one fast-acting neighbor, the Sunset Bay Fire Company and a host of other emergency responders. Rob Weiskerger, chief of the SBFC, said his crews responded to the call at about 4:15 ...

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Fredonia students learn about Robert Lax

St. Bonaventure recently welcomed art students from Fredonia High School, who were introduced to Robert Lax and his photography by Paul Spaeth, director of the university’s library and curator of the Lax Archives. The exhibition “Robert Lax” is now open and features the poet’s ...

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Fredonia President Virginia Horvath, seated left, and Yumiko Kataoka, right, of Aichi Prefectural University, commemorate an agreement to renew the study abroad agreement between the two universities. They are joined by Aichi students enrolled in short-term study at Fredonia and, from the Office of International Education at Fredonia, Jacob Czelusta, far left, and Dr. Naomi Baldwin, far right.

Fredonia renews exchange with Japanese university

Educational and cultural exchanges between the State University of New York at Fredonia and Aichi Prefectural University of Japan will continue, thanks to renewal of the long-standing study abroad agreement signed earlier this month by President Virginia Horvath and Yumiko Kataoka, who serves ...