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Patterson Library accepting donations for upcoming benefit auction

WESTFIELD — Patterson Library is now taking donations for its benefit auction and chicken barbecue dinner. The library will be accepting antiques, baked goods, furniture, services, collectibles and more. The auction will take place at Eason Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The preview and ...

Community generosity continues with Stamp Out Hunger food drive

The Dunkirk Postal Letter Carriers did not let the cold damp and rainy weather stop them from collecting and delivering hundreds of pounds of food that the residents of the City of Dunkirk left out for the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this spring. The Salvation Army Dunkirk Food Panty ...

WMH Auxiliary to raffle new quilt

WESTFIELD — Again this year, a member of the Westfield Quilt Guild has given the Westfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary a beautiful quilt to be raffled off for the benefit of Auxiliary projects. Long-time quilter Gloria Colgrove is well- known for her magnificent quilts. Her quilting and ...

Whirlybird Music and Arts Festival 2018 set for Saturday

JAMESTOWN — Mark your calendars for the Whirlybird Music & Arts Festival, to take place in the historic streets of downtown Jamestown this Saturday. Whirlybird is a city wide, day-long community celebration with something for everyone. This year’s festival program will feature a ...

Cornell Cooperative Master Gardeners evening set

JAMESTOWN — GARLIC — It has the power to instantly liven up any dish and treat some of the most common ailments. Do you know how to grow garlic? Come to the Cornell Cooperative Master Gardeners Evening in the Garden, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m., and meet some master gardeners who will be discussing ...

Wednesday night explosion heard near steel plant

Dunkirk Fire Department Chief Michael Edwards said Roosevelt Avenue residents reported a loud explosion and saw smoke near the steel plant on Wednesday night after 11 p.m. Edwards said, “We checked the entire steel plant and surrounding area and found nothing.” He explained that ...

Fredonia to celebrate National Farmers’ Market week Saturday

Come celebrate National Farmer’s Market week on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Fredonia Farmer’s Market. The Farmers Market Coalition recently published some interesting facts. Local farmers market retailers return more than three times as much of their sales to the local economy as chain ...

Census process starting in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN — City and community officials are starting a process that has been done every 10 years since 1790. On Thursday, a 2020 Census roundtable meeting took place with city and state officials who discussed the count process with the Complete Count Committee, which contains local ...

CIAO annual meeting, picnic set for Aug. 11

The CIAO annual meeting and picnic will be held this Saturday at noon at Russell Joy Park, Howard St., Fredonia, lower pavilion. It would be appreciated if all members attend to discuss upcoming events and vote on important topics regarding CIAO. Member input is needed. There is no fee for ...

‘City Speaks’ to air today

The next “City Speaks” will feature members Second Ward Councilman Marty Bamonto and Fourth Ward Councilman Mike Civiletto to be aired on Spectrum 1301 today at 3 p.m., and on Dunkirkaccess.com YouTube any time. “City Speaks” will have Police Chief David Ortolano and Fire Chief Mike ...

Chautauqua Opportunities Alzheimer services to offer class

Chautauqua Opportunities Alzheimer’s Services activities for the month of August are: A Dementia related behavior workshop is on Aug. 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mayville Library 925 S. Erie Street Mayville, NY 14757. Having memory loss is scary and confusing. Are you a caregiver ...

11-year-old source of Chautauqua Mall bomb threat

LAKEWOOD — An Ohio youth's bomb scare to a gaming store at the Chautauqua Mall forced a brief evacuation Tuesday evening. The call was made to Game Stop around 7:12 p.m. stating that a "man with a camera was coming to the store and he has a bomb," the Lakewood-Busti Police Department said ...

Gowanda announces new Central Registration efforts

GOWANDA — Streamlining student enrollment at the Gowanda Central Schools is the goal of the district’s new appointment-only Central Registration process. The 2018-19 academic year is getting underway with some extra thought and attention put into how the district welcomes new ...

New use for Edgewood site

Cleanup is well underway at the former Edgewood Warehouse site on South Roberts Road in the city. The site will be home to a freezer storage warehouse, of which Fieldbrook Foods will be a tenant for product storage. Along with demolition of the buildings, key components to the cleanup include ...

Coming attractions

Today Fredonia Gazebo Concert Series Dixiecrats 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Barker Common Thursday Music on the Pier The Hit List Band (The Diva Show Band), opening act is Midnight Recovery at 5:25 p.m., Dunkirk Pier Friday Theater Camp Public Performance, 2 p.m., Gowanda's ...

Event will include an aerobatic halftime air show

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas is pleased to announce an addition to the upcoming Offshore Power Boat Race. “This year we will add a half-time show featuring Rick Volker, who is an experienced aerobatic pilot known for flying surface level aerobatics and is a member of the exclusive Canadian ...

Leon Town Picnic set for Aug. 18

The Leon Fire Company No. 1 Fire Commissioners, along with support from the Leon Fire Department, Leon Fire Department Auxiliary, Leon Town Board and the Leon Historical Society, will be hosting the town picnic for the residents of the Leon fire district on Saturday, Aug. 18. The festivities ...

Thompson running for Portland Town Justice

Daniel Thompson is a candidate for the office of Portland Town Justice and has been endorsed by the Republican Party. Dan Thompson is lifelong resident of the town of Portland. He has been married for 40 years to his wife Patricia and has two daughters and three grandchildren. He was a former ...

Rotary Club holds July meeting with special guests

WESTFIELD — At the July meeting of the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville, which was held at The Parkview in Westfield, Melanie Witkowski, executive director of the Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC), and Kelley Potter, community coalition coordinator of Healthy ...

Labor mourns loss of CSEA leader

OBSERVER Staff Report Chautauqua County labor leaders continue to mourn the loss of an advocate for the public-sector workforce. Florence “Flo” Tripi, president of the CSEA’s Western Region since 2000, died at the age 79 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, amid her family, after ...