Local/Region

Area schools to get $2.7M in foundation aid

As school districts have entered into the beginning stages of the budget season, school officials recently began looking at their school budgets they will later present to their respective communities for a vote. Much of those budgets are dictated by the amount that New York state foundation ...

Civic calendar

Arkwright Monday — Arkwright Town Board meeting, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Brocton Wednesday — Brocton Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., board conference room 189 Cassadaga Monday — Cassadaga Valley Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., middle/high school multi-purpose ...

City man arrested in burglary investigation

OBSERVER Staff Report A city of Dunkirk man was arrested Friday on three felony charges stemming from a lengthy burglary investigation. On July 30, 2018, a residential burglary in the First Ward area was reported to the Dunkirk Police Department. Based on a thorough investigation, arrest ...

Jamestown man indicted in drive-by shooting

A Chautauqua County grand jury has indicted 30-year-old Rasul N. Bonds following a Jan. 30 drive-by shooting in Jamestown in which one person was shot in the face. Bonds, a Jamestown resident, was indicted on three counts of attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault. The shooting ...

ODMAP peer response partnership to begin pilot in Jamestown

MAYVILLE — There’s a new effort underway in Chautauqua County to respond to non-fatal overdose events with support and resources for recovery. A true collaborative effort has led to the development of a program which will connect people who have experienced an overdose with a peer from ...

Westfield mayor to be in Albany over AIM reductions

Westfield Mayor Michael VandeVelde will be in Albany this week to join The New York Conference of Mayors for its annual Winter Legislative Meeting. Mayor VandeVelde, along with 175 other mayors and municipal officials from across the State, will be working to advocate for their state budget ...

Help wanted — manufacturing job opportunities going unfilled

Businesses across the region have job openings. There is currently significant demand for workers in the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing is making a resurgence. It is the manufacturing sector that led our national economy out of the great recession and has continued on a growth trajectory ...

El Rigby Theater launches upcoming events with Adams Art Gallery

El Rigby Theater, is hosting a Movie showing series at the Adams Art Gallery of Dunkirk. El Rigby will be presenting a series of six films from Feb. 22 to April 27, then ending in a five film Horror fest. Admission is free while popcorn, food vendors and refreshments will be available. This ...

One-car accident on I-90

OBSERVER Photo by Craig Harvey At around 3:20 p.m. Saturday, there was a report of a vehicle rollover heading eastbound on I-90. The accident occurred in Sheridan between Center Road and O’Brien Road. Information regarding the safety of the driver was unavailable.

Pink The Rink packs Steele Hall

Photos Courtesy of the State University of New York at Fredonia SUNY Fredonia students cheer on the Blue Devils during Saturday’s Pink the Rink hockey game.

‘Won’t you be my neighbor?’ on WQLN tonight

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” one of the most celebrated theatrical releases of 2018, will come to WQLN TV 54 in a special presentation on the documentary showcase “Independent Lens,” tonight, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” a Focus Features release from Oscar ...

Son’s of American Legion donate to help female vets

The Son’s of American Legion Squad 59 hosted Pat Mleczko, Clinic director of the Dunkirk VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic at their January monthly meeting to present her on behalf of the VA with 4 $25 Walmart gift cards. The gift cards are meant to be used for female veterans in ...

High winds whip region

Winds, gusting to nearly 70 mph, are expected to continue through the afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, there is a high-wind warning until 5 p.m. today. One wind gust reached 67 mph at the Dunkirk Lighthouse while a 60 mph gust was reported in Fredonia and 55 mph at Dunkirk ...

Trinity Masterworks choir begins rehearsals Sunday

Trinity Masterworks choir will begin rehearsal for their Spring Concert this Sunday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the nave of Trinity Episcopal Church, 11 Day St., Fredonia. The concert is scheduled for April 28 at 7 p.m. Rehearsals will be held every Sunday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dust off your ...

Dunkirk Memorial American Legion Post 62 to host centennial celebration

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, ...

NCCF accepting applications for counseling scholarship

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) reminds graduate level students that the Ruth C. Stacy Counselor Scholarship applications are due Feb. 16. Dr. Ruth C. Stacy of Mayville established this scholarship to support graduate level students majoring in either mental health or school ...

Freezing rain eludes north county region; high winds are next

Slippery conditions were not the norm for northern Chautauqua County this morning. But the fog did roll in. According to the National Weather Service, most of the freezing rain hit Erie County with amounts of a half-inch to one-third of an inch found in Tonawanda and West Seneca. Rainfall, ...

Dunkirk Falcon Club donates to Humane Society

The annual re-wrap party hosted by the Dunkirk Falcon Club raised over $2,000 and was presented to the Lakeshore Humane Society in memory of member Bobby Kokocinski Jr.