Local/Region

State Grand Matron presents donation to county Veterans Agency

Lynne Schmitt, Grand Matron of the State of New York presents a check to Michael Rauh, Service Officer of the Chautauqua County Veterans Agency, as part of their annual veterans’ donation. The money will be used for expenses related to the operations of the Chautauqua County Veterans Van ...

Civic calendar

Cassadaga Today — Cassadaga Valley Board of Education workshop, middle/high school multipurpose room, 6 p.m. Regular board meeting to follow at 7 p.m. Tuesday — Cassadaga Valley Board of Education special meeting, board of education conference room, 5 p.m. Dunkirk Thursday — ...

4-H youth compete in gymkhana events at County Fair

Chautauqua County 4-H held its Gymkhana events at the Chautauqua County Fair on a beautiful but cloudy Saturday July 21, 2018. Gymkhana is an exciting equestrian sport in which riders compete, one at a time, in a number of different barrel or pole challenges or events. Each challenge is made ...

Five-hour courses for aspiring motorists set in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK – The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is offering local residents two opportunities to enroll in its 5-Hour Pre-Licensing Class this fall. The course, which allows students to earn the MV285 certificate needed to sign up for a road test at the DMV, is facilitated via ...

Martonis visits Clymer Area Senior Citizens

CLYMER — Hanover Historian Vince Martonis was the guest speaker at a recent monthly meeting of the Clymer Area Senior Citizens, held at the Dutch Kitchen in Clymer. His program on “Chautauqua County Curiosities” captivated the attendees from Ashville, Busti, Findley Lake, Harbor Creek, ...

Rovegno named Audubon president

JAMESTOWN — The Audubon Community Nature Center welcomed its new president, Leigh Rovegno, earlier this summer. Having traveled from Denver, Rovegno brings with her a breadth of environmental experience befitting her new position. “She fits the bill perfectly,” said Audubon Board ...

Money matters: Free finance seminars slated this fall in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK — The Community Education division of the Silver Creek Central School district is offering a variety of finance-based classes open to the public starting via its fall 2018 session. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is necessary for all classes and ensures the ...

DWI educational program planned for Sept. 18

The Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council will present a program by Kathleen J. Stornes, Impaired Driver Program director, on Sept. 18 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Baptist Church, 150 Erie St., Lakewood. The registration fee is $40. Most people don’t think that they will ...

The fact remains — Western New York needs power generation

Despite the NRG decision to pull out of the repowering plan for the Dunkirk facility, there remains a need for power generation in Western New York. There are several issues being faced by residents and businesses as a result of Dunkirk facility being offline. There is a lack of base load power ...

S.W.A.V.F holds 110th convention

The Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen held their 110th Convention from Aug. 1-4 in Belmont, New York. The Ladies Auxiliary of the S.W.A.V.F. celebrated their 50th anniversary and had their meetings on Saturday, Aug. 4. The business meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, ...

Swanson to serve on DAASNY board

Mayville — District Attorney Patrick Swanson was recently selected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the District Attorney's Association of the State of New York (DAASNY). Outgoing President of the Association Scott McNamara, District Attorney of Oneida County, presided over ...

Bud ‘n Bloom Garden Club visits Laurie Ensign Gardens

Driving down Central Avenue in Dunkirk, one can not help to notice the extensive, well-kept, colorful garden at 888 Central Ave. The Bud ‘n Bloom Garden Club had an opportunity to visit the Laurie Ensign Gardens several years ago when she had just started it. Now, for the July meeting of the ...

Lake Shore Street Rod Association gives back

OBSERVER Photos by Craig Harvey The Lake Shore Street Rod Association held its annual Harbor Cruise at Point Gratiot July 8. More than 700 cars participated in the event. With the proceeds raised, the association made four donations to local charites. Chautauqua County Veterans and ...

Forestville woman facing weapon charges

VILLENOVA — A Forestville woman is facing numerous charges, including possession of a weapon following an incident early Saturday morning. Deputies were called to a location in the town of Villenova for report of a disorderly subject. Upon further investigation, deputies determined that ...

Mandatory Drug & Alcohol Forum set Aug. 30 in Gowanda

GOWANDA – A mandatory Drug & Alcohol Forum for parents/guardians of all students entering fifth and ninth grades for the 2018-2019 academic year at the Gowanda Central School District is set Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Attendance is also mandatory for ...

Access Chautauqua programming for Aug. 11-17

Defenders of Freedom will air at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., featuring interviews of World War II veterans Virginia Patchen and John Ceranowicz. Chautauqua People, hosted by Nancy Bargar, will be at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The guest is Rev. Mary Lee Talbot. Chautauqua Sunrise, hosted by Doc ...

Erie County announces road, infrastructure improvements

During last week’s session, the Erie County Legislature approved funding for various road and infrastructure projects, including several in Legislator John Mills’ district. The following projects were approved: ¯ Replacement of the Pontiac Road bridge over Big Sister Creek in the Town ...