Local/Region

STEM Wars brings manufacturers, schools together on March 14

On March 14th manufacturers and schools from throughout the region will come together for STEM Wars. STEM Wars provides students an opportunity to showcase their science, technology, engineering and math talents and projects. STEM wars features a variety of competitions and an opportunity for ...

Marauder Robotics participates in second year of tech competition

Marauder Robotics FTC No. 13945 entered its second year in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) competition. FTC teams consist of up to 15 team members, grades 7 through 12 and are challenged to design, build, program and operate a robot to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. ...

Fredonia students share presentation to board

OBSERVER Photo by Jo Ward. Tess Corell, Joseph Cerrie Jr. and Trevor Napoli gave presentations at the Fredonia Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening. The students were directed to do an interview on a family member.

WACS discusses budget

WESTFIELD — Westfield Academy and Central School board of education members reviewed preliminary budget predictions for the 2019-20 school year, including expenditures for administration, transportation and maintenance at their recent supplemental meeting. Many areas of the general fund ...

Fredonia welcomes formal Exercise Science major

High school students aspiring to work in the growing health professions field have an attractive option at the State University of New York at Fredonia, following formal approval of its B.S. in Exercise Science degree by the New York State Education Department and the State University of New ...

NCCF seeks Footprints Award nominations

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is inviting residents to submit a nomination for the 2019 George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award. As a resident of northern Chautauqua County, you see the good that happens in this area. Please look around your community and nominate the ...

Gowanda Middle School Honor & Merit Rolls

GOWANDA – Gowanda Middle School has released its honor roll list for the second quarter of the 2018-2019 academic year. More than 160 students earned a spot on the high honor, honor and merit rolls. Congratulations to all these students. HIGH HONOR ROLL (95-100 average) Grade 5: ...

Gowanda High School Honor & Merit Rolls

Gowanda High School has released its honor rolls for the second quarter of the 2018-2019 academic year. Congratulations to all those who earned a spot. High Honor Roll (95 and higher average) Seniors: Olivia Ackley, Kialeigh Bennett, Skyler Capozzi, Tyler Dakin, Justice Farnham, Ryan ...

Fredonia Shakespeare Club learns about Hollywood

The 13th meeting of the Fredonia Shakespeare Club was held on Feb. 7 at the Lanford House hosted by Leanna McMahon. Fourteen members were in attendance. Vice-President Dr. Minda Rae Amiran welcomed members and thanked our hostess and presenter. Priscilla Bernatz read the minutes from the Jan. ...

Foundations partner for Give Big CHQ

Something BIG is returning. For the second year in a row, Give Big CHQ, the region's only 24-hour online fundraising event, will raise as many dollars possible for local, nonprofit organizations. Scheduled for June 13, this year's event has one BIG change. This year, nonprofit ...

Reed, colleagues reintroduce School Resource Officer Act

Rep. Tom Reed announced he has joined colleagues to reintroduce the School Resource Officer Act to assist law enforcement agencies in hiring additional school resource officers (SROs) by directing funds for cost-share grants to pay the salaries and benefits of SROs. “We continue to receive ...

YWCA plans new program in March

WESTFIELD — The YWCA of Westfield is offering a new and exciting opportunity for community members ages 18 and older to engage in maximizing their health and well-being in 2019. The year’s programming will kick off on Saturday, March 9 with a three-hour workshop, “My Health Matters to ...

Boutique Air lost gamble on restoration of federal subsidy

JAMESTOWN — Boutique Air bet that promises of a better airline service would be enough to convince the federal government to restore an Essential Air Service subsidy to the Chautauqua County Airport at Jamestown. The airline was wrong. When the federal Department of Transportation issued ...

UPMC Chautauqua interim president glad to be in community

JAMESTOWN — Even though he is a lifelong resident of northwest Pennsylvania, Brian Durniok is enjoying his new surroundings in Western New York. Durniok is the new interim president at UPMC Chautauqua, a position he officially filled when former president and CEO Betsy T. Wright retired ...

Monnies donate to RO Foundation

The board and members of the Moniuszko Social Club made a donation to the RO Foundation. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support,” said Maggie Owen, co-founder of RO Foundation. “We live in an amazing community filled with such generosity. We couldn’t do what we do ...

Frozen groundhog?

Phil Palen took this photo earlier this week while at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk. He noted the ice formation looks like a groundhog emerging from its den. Could this be a larger than life sculpture of Dunkirk Dave?

Westfield Fire Department summarizes January activity

The Fire Department of Westfield responded to 53 calls for service during the month of January 2019. Of those calls, 39 were for emergency medical services (EMS), with 24 of those calls being within the Village of Westfield and four of them within the Town of Westfield. There were 11 EMS ...

Stroke, head injury support group meetings set for spring

Group meetings will be held the first and third Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. in room E148 Thompson Hall unless otherwise stated beginning Tuesday. Meetings will provide an opportunity for individuals to improve communication skills, socialize and share experiences. Light refreshments will ...

Water line work begins Monday on Route 60

Construction on a water line replacement will begin Monday on Maple Avenue, also Route 60, between Sixth and Seventh streets in Dunkirk. As a result of the construction portions of the northbound lane of Route 60 between Sixth and Seventh streets will be closed and traffic lanes will be shifted ...

P.S. I Love You!

Miss Perry’s Kindergarten class at Dunkirk School 3 recently participated in “P.S. I Love You Day.” This special day was created to “stand up against bullying, help those who are suffering from depression, and ultimately prevent suicide. This day has been recognized since 2011 and is ...