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Erie man refuses to stop, waves following officers to pass at light

EVANS — A 24-year-old Erie, Pennsylvania, man did not stop while being followed by a police vehicle with sirens on, but when idle at a red light, the man waved the officer to pass him as if he couldn’t see the flashing red and blue, police say. At 11:31 a.m. Sunday, patrol clocked a ...

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Puerto Rico Relief Center has new home

Edwin Ramos hands a box to Mike Ferguson while moving the Puerto Rico Relief Center from 338 Central Ave., Dunkirk to Erie Dining Hall off of Temple Street in Fredonia. Volunteers moved donations to the new bigger location that will now accept home goods and furniture in addition to winter ...

Chautauqua Institution welcomes applications for family scholarships

Each season Chautauqua Institution offers opportunities for a few families with limited incomes, who have never been to Chautauqua in the past, to enjoy a first-time one-week Chautauqua experience. Funded through Chautauqua Foundation endowments, scholarships cover costs such as Institution ...

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School lecturer gets prize for short-story collection

“Quantum Convention & Other Stories,” the first book written by Eric Schlich, lecturer of Creative Writing in the State University of New York at Fredonia Department of English, was awarded the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction at the University of North Texas. Ms. Porter ...

Dunkirk school district hires technology coordinator

The Dunkirk school board held a special meeting recently, passing three resolutions, including appointing Jeremy Dobek, of Dunkirk, to the position of technology director. Dobek will begin his six-month probationary period on Thursday with an annual salary of $65,000. The probationary ...

JCC starting SPREE program for single parents

Single Parents Reaching Education to Employment (SPREE), an initiative made possible through the Empire State Poverty Initiative (ESPRI) and the WNY Women’s Foundation, is under way at Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus. SPREE, a program based on the WNY Women’s ...

North Collins Village Police activity for January

North Collins Village Police Department had police officers on duty for 127 hours in the month of January. Officers responded to 54 various requests including: four court details, two traffic arrests, two assists to emergency medical services, a suspicious vehicle, one assist person, one alarm, ...

Tompkins County Progressives endorse Golden for Congress

ELMIRA — The Tompkins County Progressive Committee, a group of more than 100 grass-roots activists, voted to endorse Ian Golden for Congress in New York’s 23rd District. The endorsement comes on the heels of public endorsements from their sister organizations: Progressive Action Network ...

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Public officials continue Puerto Rico relief effort

Dunkirk City Clerk Edwin Ramos joined Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and other officials Saturday, Feb. 3, at a rally in Buffalo to encourage the federal government to do more to restore Puerto Rico to normalcy after hurricanes ravaged the island this fall. The event, held at the Belle Center, was ...

Youngerman Center to offer head/stroke injury support sessions

A new round of support group meetings for stroke and head injury survivors and their family members will be held at the Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders at the State University of New York at Fredonia, beginning in late February. A typical group meeting includes ...

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Readings, panel discussion mark World War I centennial observance at Fredonia

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the “War to End all Wars,” the State University of New York at Fredonia will host “World War I Centennial: Ending War, Talking Peace,” a two-day event envisioned to bring Iraq war veterans, campus and community members and scholars together to ...

Workforce & the Governor’s Budget

Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces a challenging budget year with a projected $4.4 billion dollar deficit in 2018. As with all budget proposals there are components that are concerning to the business community and there are items included in the budget that we find encouraging. A core focus of our ...

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4-Hers prepare to serve 700 guests at the 2017 4-H Green Tie Affair. The event will be held Feb. 25.

Limited tickets available for Have a Heart 4-H Green Tie Affair

MAYVILLE — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program still has pre-sale tickets available for its Sixth Annual Have a Heart for 4-H Green Tie Affair benefit dinner on Sunday, Feb. 25. Tickets for this fun event are still available for $25. Tickets ...

Longtime deputy dies following battle with cancer

Michael Seeley, a Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputy who gained widespread praise in 2013 for helping to save the life of a man and known for his career in emergency services, died Friday night at the Cleveland Clinic following a brief battle with leukemia, his family confirmed. He was 44. ...

City police nab two after chase

Dunkirk City Police announced Saturday that on Sunday, Jan. 22, at about 12:01 a.m., officers attempted to stop a vehicle after observing it fail to stop for a red traffic light. The vehicle pulled into a driveway on N. Pangolin St. and both the operator and passenger exited the vehicle. ...

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Two charged in city copper theft

Dunkirk police have arrested two men in connection with a November theft of copper piping from a Park Avenue home. Police reported this morning that Omar Contreras, 37, and Michael Banach, 23, both of Dunkirk, had unlawfully entered a vacant house at 606 Park Ave., cut the copper piping from ...

Two charged in city copper theft

Dunkirk police have arrested two men in connection with a November theft of copper piping from a Park Avenue home. Police reported this morning that Omar Contreras, 37, and Michael Banach, 23, both of Dunkirk, had unlawfully entered a vacant house at 606 Park Ave, cut the copper piping from ...

Incident spurs alert for area residents

FORESTVILLE — An area resident alerted the OBSERVER to an incident that occurred Wednesday evening near Forestville. According to the resident, two salespeople stopped at the door to show a demonstration using dish and hand soap. Once the resident opened the door, the salespeople walked in ...