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Solar workshops set

JAMESTOWN — Solar Chautauqua is offering reduced pricing for affordable solar panel installations to Chautauqua County residents and businesses. They provide information on State and Federal solar tax credits, guide residents through the selection of the best solar energy system and offer a ...

Traffic stop leads to arrest of wanted Jamestown man

NORTH HARMONY — Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies reported Saturday morning that on Feb. 9 at about 1:41 a.m., while on patrol, they stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Route 394. The operator, Camille L. Lopez, 18 of Jamestown, was found to be unlicensed. A passenger was ...

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U.S. Rep. Tom Reed participated in the Starbucks “behind the bar” program at the Jamestown location.

Reed becomes barista for a day

JAMESTOWN — U.S. Rep. Tom Reed participated in the Starbucks “behind the bar” program at the Jamestown location. “Tax reform is transformational not only for our region, but for the country. It is great to see companies like Starbucks accelerate their paid family leave plans and give ...

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From left to right: Paul Mejchrzak, Blake Mitchell, Abigail Ferreira, Azriel Rivera, Superintendent Mike Ginestre,Senator Cathy Young, David Tenpas, Ivy Yokom, Kayla Yokom, Lexus Eschenbach, Iron Rivera, head bus driver David Maleski. The students pictured were on the bus at the time of the fire.

Sherman bus driver recognized following January fire

SHERMAN — David Tenpas, a Sherman bus driver credited with helping to safely remove 12 students from a bus in January shortly before it burst in flames, was honored by state Sen. Cathy Young on Friday. Tenpas was presented the New York State Senate Liberty Medal during an assembly at ...

Ice castle prevails as Presidents Day Weekend Winter festival begins

MAYVILLE — With Europe’s “The Final Countdown” blaring through the PA, the ice castle crew at Mayville’s Presidents Day Weekend celebration kicked off the annual event by lighting their creation for eager onlookers. The village’s 31st consecutive mid-February celebration was ...

Bertrand Chaffee, Westfield hospitals to benefit from Schumer legislation

OBSERVER Staff Report U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced that he successfully included legislation that renews and extends two vital hospital programs for 5 years, which will affect two area hospital. Schumer said the recently passed budget deal includes the extension ...

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Baby love at Brooks Memorial Hospital

It was love at first sight for proud parents Jade Stocks and Jerry James Murphy Jr. of Forestville, as they welcomed Valentine’s baby, Jerry James Murphy, III, on Feb. 14 at around 8 a.m.

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The second annual essay contest for eighth graders in the city of Dunkirk is underway.

Rosas asks eighth graders to tell him ‘If I were Mayor, I would …’

“Our children are our future, and the up and coming leaders of this city.” Mayor Rosas said. On Tuesday, Feb. 13, Mayor Rosas spoke to the eighth graders at the Dunkirk Middle School about some of the responsibilities of being mayor. “I want you to let me know what you think and what ...

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The Second Annual Cassadaga Winter Festival drew a large crowd this past weekend. One of the many activities included sledding which was organized by Boy Scout Troop No. 219.

Cassadaga Winter Festival continues to grow

Scores of people shed cabin fever Feb. 9-11 and enjoyed various indoor and outdoor activities. Friends and neighbors were glad to visit and catch up with each other after being “snowbound” for much of the winter. On Friday evening, families enjoyed the movie “Frozen” and free ...

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Thursday-night scare

Several agencies responded to reports of a chimney fire in the town of Dunkirk on Thursday evening. The call came in just before 9 p.m. at 10597 Lakewood Drive on the west side of town. The East and West Fire Departments were on scene as well as the Fredonia Fire Department and Chautauqua ...

Falconer School not damaged in trash can fire

FALCONER — A trash can fire at Falconer High School caused no structural damage overnight. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, the Falconer Fire Department along with other area fire departments responded to a fire alarm at the high school. ...

Ripley Elementary only designated Reward School in county

RIPLEY — Only 73 of the 155 schools in New York State that Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia identified as Reward Schools are outside New York City, and of those 73, only Ripley is in Chautauqua County. According to the State Education Department, Reward Schools are schools with high ...

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Sweet Little Valentines

Looking handsome in their red knitted caps, Jerry and his nursery neighbors, Benicio and Jexiel, stole the hearts of obstetrics staff. Pictured holding the babies, from left, are Jessica Sobczak, Katie Drummond and Christina Goss. This year, the Catholic observance of Ash Wednesday coincided ...

Westfield Police to aid in car seat safety

WESTFIELD — Four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. The community is invited to attend a free fitting station and learn how to install a car seat correctly. Parents/guardians should bring the child, car seat, vehicle and if possible, both the vehicle and car seat owner’s ...

Admirers of World War I literature invited to book reading session

If you have a favorite author who came of age in the aftermath of World War I, consider yourself invited to “World War I Centennial: Ending War, Talking Peace.” The two-day public event at the State University of New York at Fredonia commemorating the end of the “Great War” will ...

Revitalize Dunkirk Inc. meets today

Revitalize Dunkirk Inc.’s February meeting will feature guest speaker Matthew Bourke, community development planner for the city of Dunkirk. The meeting is scheduled for today at 6:30 p.m. in the large conference room at the Fredonia Technology Incubator, 214 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Area ...

Photo courtesy of North Collins Jr./Sr. High School

Blankets for Oishei’s

A total of 65 brand new blankets were donated recently on behalf of the North Collins Community. Special thanks to Mrs. Lisa Brosnick for organizing the drive, to Mrs. Katie McCabe for sewing a number of blankets and to the sixth grade classes at the elementary school for creating a number of ...

Gowanda boys lose

ELLICOTTVILLE — The Ellicottville Eagles defeated the Gowanda Panthers, 65-57, in a non-league boys basketball matchup to close out the regular season for Ellicottville. Gowanda (13-6, 6-4) led by eight at halftime and by six, 47-41, heading to the fourth quarter. At that point, it all went ...

Fire crews were at Falconer schools early this morning.

Basement fire, smoke delay Falconer schools

FALCONER — Spontaneous combustion of mineral oil-soaked cotton rags in a plastic garbage can caused heavy smoke to fill Falconer Central School early this morning. No damage was reported after a fire alarm was reported at the 220 East Ave. school around 1:30 a.m. Firefighters located the ...