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Arkwright Today — Arkwright Town Board, 9543 Center Road, 7:30 p.m. Brocton Wednesday — Village of Brocton public hearing on tentative 2017 budget, village hall, 6:30 p.m. Cassadaga Wednesday — Cassadaga Village Board, 22 Mill St., 7 p.m. Dayton Wednesday — Dayton Town Board, ...

Children’s concert series kicks off with Fredonia Woodwind Quintet

The Musical Journeys Program of The State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music kicks off its 11th season of free concerts designed to appeal to very young children. The Fredonia Woodwind Quintet from the Fredonia School of Music will perform a half-hour Children’s Concert at 11 ...

Carol Sheibley

Carol Sheibley seeking re-election in Gowanda

Carol A. Sheibley is seeking re-election to a two-year term as Gowanda village trustee in the March 21, 2017 village election. Carol served as village trustee from 1990 to 2002 and from 2005 to present. Seventeen of those years, Carol served as deputy mayor. “While village government ...

brocton parp

In reading, everyone is a hero

PARP (PICK A READING PARTNER) at Brocton Elementary began Jan. 20 and ran through Feb. 3. Learning to read is the single most important activity in a child’s education. Pick A Reading Partner is a collaborative effort among parents, staff, and community to build a reading partnership ...

Legislator Dixon, Urban Valet to collect prom dresses through April 13

HAMBURG — Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon and Urban Valet Dry Cleaner President Eric Pyne remind the community that gently used or new gowns and dresses will be collected this Monday through Thursday, April 13 for the 8th annual Prom Dress Drive. Each year the community generously donates ...

Governor has it right on consolidations, mergers and shared services

Governor Andrew Cuomo has recognized the enormous burden that property taxes place on upstate businesses and homeowners. Since taking office he has proposed, and the Senate and Assembly have approved, a series of initiatives to address our property tax bills. The most significant and at times ...

County clerk recognizes D-F Meals on Wheels

The Chautauqua County Clerk’s office Dress Down to Lift Up charity fund drive is recognizing Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels as the featured charity for the month. Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels tied with Centaur Stride Therapeutic Riding Center, last month’s featured charity, for the ...

JCC, Paul Smith’s College announce agreements

Jamestown Community College has signed two new transfer agreements with Paul Smith’s College. Graduates of JCC’s communication and business-business administration programs are guaranteed full junior standing into the communication and entrepreneurial business studies degree programs at ...

Raynor still on the run from police

OBSERVER Staff Report SINCLAIRVILLE — Jacob M. Raynor, 34, is still on the loose after he escaped custody Tuesday before noon while leaving an arraignment at Charlotte Town Court. As of Saturday night, there was no new developments to his whereabouts. The OBSERVER previously reported ...

Forestville Central School Honor & Merit Roll

Twelfth Grade High Honor Roll Joshua Ellis, Gabrielle Gadewoltz, Emily Gizowski, Trent Hartloff, Jerrod Locke, Sophia Miles, Austin Pierce and Hannah Verrett Twelfth Grade Honor Roll Rebecca Gilman, Kyle Goodrich, Jasmine Gould, Allison Kaminski, Bruce Kaus III, Searrah Latimore, ...

‘Lend a Paw’ Dog Walk for Autism Awareness

OBSERVER Staff Report Following the success of last spring’s autism awareness event “Not So Different,” HAIL! Fredonia returns this April with the “Lend a Paw” dog walk. The event is set for Sunday, April 23 on the Fredonia campus. Students, faculty and townspeople alike are ...

Two hearings, no Evans opposition

ANGOLA — Two projects at a recent public hearing were greeted with voices of approval. The first item up for the hearing was the renewal of a special permit for Creature Comforts located at 1437 Pontiac Road. The special permit was unopposed by the board. The second item was the crosswalks ...

Alan Holbrook running for second term as Westfield trustee

WESTFIELD — Alan Holbrook is seeking his second term as Westfield village trustee. He has been endorsed by both the Democratic and the Republican parties. Holbrook is a lifelong resident of Westfield and a graduate of Westfield Academy and Central School and the State University of New ...

Encourage children to eat healthy by making a garden

JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County’s EFNEP Program would like to remind parents to encourage their children to eat more fruits and vegetables. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that more than 60 percent of children do not eat the recommended amount of ...

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Community fund grant brings safe car seats to Cattaraugus County

OLEAN — Cattaraugus County residents can count on the availability of safe car seats without any budget strain thanks in part to a grant from the Community Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation. CRCF’s board of directors approved a $1,200 grant to Ardent Solutions for the ...

Westfield Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market accepting vendor applications

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market opens for its 11th season on Saturday, May 27. The robust summer outdoor market takes place in the heart of the village of Westfield at the intersection of Routes 394 and 20 in Moore Park, minutes from Thruway exit 60 ...

Former Pine Valley school board member Angelo Graziano resigned in January.

Issues hit peak at Pine Valley

School districts have a knack for providing plenty of drama. Remember the 2009 saga that dogged the Westfield Academy and Central School with its previous Superintendent Mark Sissel? At the time, there were plenty of questions from residents — and some from the school board — on expense ...

Meeting to address agriculture set for March 23

LITTLE VALLEY — The Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism and the Cattaraugus County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold an informational seminar for Agricultural Producers on March 23 at the Cattaraugus County Center, 303 Court St. The seminar ...

Reed meets with President Trump as part of Deputy Whip Team

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Tom Reed, as part of the House Republican Deputy Whip Team, was invited to the East Room of the White House on Monday to discuss coordinated efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “Obamacare” is a failed attempt to try to reform health ...