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Holiday decorations can be found throughout the McClurg Mansion in Westfield, home of the Chautauqua County Historical Society and location of the 2017 Holiday Open House, which is 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Historical society holds Holiday Open House on Sunday

WESTFIELD — The Chautauqua County Historical Society will say goodbye to 2017 with its annual Holiday Open House on Sunday at the McClurg Museum in Westfield. The open house provides an annual opportunity for visitors to learn more about the museum and the historical society, ...

Jamestown man jailed after setting woman on fire

JAMESTOWN — A Jamestown man who had been on the Jamestown Police Department’s Top 10 Most Wanted list for a previous domestic incident was jailed after allegedly dousing a woman with a flammable substance and setting her on fire. Luis M. Castro-Mojica, 37, is scheduled to be arraigned on ...

Red Cross offers safe winter driving tips

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for much of Western New York starting early today, with moderate to heavy lake effect snowfall possible. Driving in a winter storm presents its own unique challenges. The Red Cross has steps people can follow to get their vehicle ready for winter as well as ...

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Gowanda Superintendent James Klubek, in back, informs the public about the $41.5 million capital project. The project was not approved to go to vote as the board first aimed to get the community’s input, something that is uncommon to most capital projects. The board will discuss the results of the discussion and survey at its board of education meeting tonight at the middle school library. It begins at 7 p.m.

Gowanda discusses school’s proposed capital project

GOWANDA — Superintendent James Klubek and the Gowanda Board of Education have been working to construct a $41.5 million capital project for around three years. Most capital projects get approved to vote, distribute the information of what it contains and then the taxpayers vote yay or nay. ...

Revere Inn demo date moved up

The demolition of the old Revere Inn in Silver Creek has been moved up, according to Mayor Nick Piccolo. The demo date for the Central Avenue building was originally Dec. 18, but was recently moved to Dec. 11. Piccolo reported to the OBSERVER Tuesday that there has been even more ...

Accident closes portion of Route 5 Tuesday

A portion of Route 5 was closed Tuesday evening for nearly 30 minutes as emergency crews attended to a motor vehicle accident near East Shorewood Drive at approximately 7:30 p.m. West Dunkirk Fire Department responded to the accident, which was believed to include minor injuries, according to ...

Dayton women arrested for sale, possession of controlled substance

DAYTON — Amanda S. Wisiorek, 40, of Dayton, was arrested Tuesday for fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on June 22 when Wisiorek allegedly sold Adderall, a ...

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The Cherry Creek/Leon United Methodist Church held their annual Craft Bazaar/ Cookie Walk last Saturday. Heading up the cookie distribution and the chili/soup luncheon were former Pastor Bruce Fish, Liz Dedloff, present Pastor John Dedloff, Sally Aldrich, Brenda Hendricks and Sharon Johnson.

Cherry Creek Winter Weekend a success

CHERRY CREEK — If the smiles on the faces of shoppers,craft artisans and vendors was any indication, the Craft Bazaar and Cookie Walk held at the Cherry Creek United Methodist Church Saturday morning was a great success. With everything from essential oils, homemade dips and spreads, and ...

Fenton Hall reopened following bomb threat

Fenton Hall on the State University of New York campus has reopened around 11:40 a.m. following another bomb threat is. Before 11 a.m., Fenton Hall staff and students were evacuated by University Police. This is the third threat in two months on the campus. The previous two involved Thompson Hall.

Sheriff Gerace: Pistol permit recertification done by the state, not county

The recertification of pistol and revolver licenses is not something the county pistol permit office can handle, according to Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace. While the office remains able to answer some questions pertaining to pistol permits or other information, the recertification is ...

Pottery sale to benefit Health Professions scholarship fund

Locally known potters will be selling a wide array of handcrafted mugs, trays, bowls and jewelry at the annual Pottery Show and Sale to benefit the State University of New York at Fredonia’s Health Professions School Preparation Scholarship Fund on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., ...

Holiday vendor, food event comes to arena

JAMESTOWN — Holiday Shopping on Ice, presented by the Media 1 Group and Northwest Arena, is coming to the Northwest Arena on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature local vendors, food, prizes, cookie decorating, caroling, Santa Claus, a petting zoo, a kid zone, and ...

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Firefighters respond to reported fire in Westfield

OBSERVER Photo by Jimmy McCarthy Several fire agencies responded to a reported woods fire in the town of Westfield a little after 6 p.m. Monday. The fire was reported at the site of the Sugar Shack Maple Products and Fruit Syrups, located on Route 5 in Westfield. Fire departments responding ...

Peebles Dunkirk location to close in January

Another department store will be closing its doors in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area next month. A spokewoman from Stage Stores Inc. confirmed that the Peebles location on Vineyard Drive, which has been opened since 2007, will close on Jan. 20. "We have enjoyed being part of the Dunkirk community ...

Civic calendar

All items on the calendar are subject to cancellations. Please call meeting organizers to confirm the meeting is still scheduled. Angola Tuesday — Lake Shore Board of Education work session, AJ Schmidt Elementary School, 7 p.m. Cassadaga Wednesday — Village board meeting, community ...

Parent calls for transparency from Pine Valley school board

SOUTH DAYTON — Concerned parent Darlene Silleman addressed the Pine Valley Board of Education during a recent meeting, requesting that both the superintendent and the board improve the line of communication between they and the public regarding a recent rash of teacher departures from the ...

Honor rolls

Brocton Central School releases academic honors for the first quarter The following students have been commended for academic achievement at the Brocton Central School for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year: High Honor Roll Grade 12: Jason Caldwell, Daniel Conklin, ...

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Fredonia puts up big numbers at statewide mathematics teachers conference

Whichever way the numbers are added, future mathematics teachers at the State University of New York at Fredonia, as well as alumni and faculty, were among those who rose to the head of the class at the 67th annual conference of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State ...

Silver Creek Middle/High School first quarter honor rolls

Honor Roll Sixth Grade: Rachael Beadle, Thomas Boothe, Emily Bowers, Tessa Braidich, Kendal Brunn, Raymond Cortes II, Sarah Cross, Julie Decker, Karli Deet, Joel Dolce, Jack Ewing, Scott Flick, Katelyn Gard, Matthew Gawron, Jorge Hasbun, Cassidy Haskins, Thomas Hogg, Lucille Jimerson, Karmine ...