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A charge for the electric vehicle

The future belongs to full electric (EV) or plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) vehicles because they make very good economic sense even in this period of low gas prices. There are many different types of vehicles on the road and people have different driving needs and habits, but we can use ...

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 County Executive Andrew Goodell recently announced the winners of the “Kids Contest” conducted in the Chautauqua County tent during the county fair. The contest gave awards to the two closest guesses of the weight of a county snowplow on display at the fair. ...

Sales tax collections up from last year

Sales tax collections in Chautauqua County for the first half of 2017 are up from last year — and higher than this year’s state average. A report released by the New York State Comptroller’s Office depicts a 5.1 percent increase in collections from the first half of this year ...

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Pictured is the Fredonia Garden Club at the bench dedication for Grace Grimes.

Memorial bench installed for Grace Grimes

The Fredonia Garden Club dedicated a garden bench this past Saturday in memory of long-time member Grace Grimes. The bench has a permanent home in front of the Darwin R. Barker Library in Fredonia. It was purchased with donations from friends, family and the Garden Club. A special thank you ...

Water conservation order follows major Erie County leak

The Erie County Water Authority is asking for customers in the town and village of Hamburg, town and village of Orchard Park, town of Aurora, village of East Aurora, towns of Colden, Boston, Eden, Evans, Brant and Hanover and the villages of Angola, Farnham, Silver Creek, and the Seneca Indian ...

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Fredonia Police respond to gun-related incident

OBSERVER Photo by Craig Harvey Fredonia and Dunkirk Police were called to an address on Washington Street in the village of Fredonia around noon Sunday allegedly due to an incident involving a handgun. Fredonia had no further information to release on Sunday.

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Festivities for Carly’s Crossing took place after the Carly’s Crossing event.

Sun shines for Carly’s Club Sunset Bay event

OBSERVER Staff Report IRVING — More than 100 swimmers took to the waters off Sunset Bay on Sunday morning as part of the Carly’s Crossing open-water challenge for Carly’s Club at Roswell Park. Those who braved the spring-like temperatures around 9 a.m. raised more than $100 to take ...

Westfield school board selects president, vice president

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Academy and Central School board elected Steve Cockram as president and Phyllis Hagen as vice president for the 2017-2018 school year at their annual reorganizational meeting in July. The new president and vice president were sworn in by District Clerk Julia ...

I Love NY meets I Love Lucy

Once again, New York state has reaffirmed its commitment to the National Comedy Center, Chautauqua County, and the Western New York region. Governor Andrew Cuomo made a special trip to Jamestown last week to kick off the annual Lucy Comedy Festival weekend. During his speech the Governor ...

Evening of Wine and Art to benefit Chautauqua Blind Association

PORTLAND — On Thursday, Aug. 10, at 5:30 p.m., CBA Vision Rehabilitation Services will be hosting a fundraiser entitled “Intrigue Your Senses with an Evening of Wine and Art” at 21 Brix Winery in Portland. As the evening begins, those in attendance will enjoy beautiful music from ...

Festa Italia Fredonia Italian Festival planned for Aug. 12

On Saturday, Aug. 12, the village of Fredonia will host the second annual Italian Festival. The purpose of the Italian Festival is to promote the culture, food, music and heritage of the Italian ancestry. To that end, local restaurants will serve their Italian specialties, wine and beer will ...

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Milkweed is the only food Monarch Butterfly caterpillars eat. Audubon Community Nature Center staff and volunteers are busy searching milkweed for Monarch eggs that they will raise for the late August Monarch Butterfly Festival. Visitors will be able to see these fascinating creatures in their egg, larva, pupa, and adult stages.

Audubon staff, volunteers collecting monarch eggs

JAMESTOWN — Audubon Community Nature Center’s (ACNC) staff and volunteers have already raised and released dozens of butterflies this summer. Now they are collecting eggs that will be raised for Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival in late August. These eggs will hatch and grow to be ...

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Dimmer seeks Democratic nod for city judge

James Scott Dimmer, Esq. has announced his candidacy for Dunkirk City Court Judge in the Sept. 12 Democratic Primary Election. “I will provide crucial experience to fairly and independently decide cases and dispense justice. I am the right candidate with the right experience.” Dimmer has ...

Viewing party planned at SUNY Fredonia for August solar eclipse

A partial solar eclipse is the impetus for a viewing party planned at the State University of New York at Fredonia on Monday, Aug. 21, the first day of the fall semester. The Department of Physics will host the viewing event, and will have 1,500 pairs of solar glasses for safe viewing of the ...

New York state STOP-DWI enforcement crackdown set

Chautauqua County police agencies participated in the New York State STOP-DWI Fourth of July Enforcement Crackdown. The crackdown began Saturday, July 1 and continued through Tuesday, July 4. This effort resulted in 45 vehicle stops, arrests, and summonses. The next Crackdown will begin Friday, ...

Open Poultry Results

Poultry - Poultry Champion Awards - Poultry Champion Award 1st - Katelynn Gierlinger 1st - Katelynn Gierlinger 1st - Meggan Gierlinger 1st - Genevieve Smith 1st - Genevieve Smith 1st - Genevieve Smith 1st - Lincoln Smith 1st - Lincoln Smith 1st - Billy Eskeli ...

Sinclairville couple facing meth charges

STOCKTON — A couple from Sinclairville is facing drug charges after a Friday evening traffic stop. Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies report they pulled over Todd Witt, 39 of James Road, on Route 380 after witnessing a several alleged traffic violations. Following an investigation, Witt ...

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Comedian Robert Klein and Director Marshall Fine sitting inside the Reg Lenna Center in Jamestown as the duo field questions from the crowd.

Robert Klein discusses career in comedy at Reg Lenna

JAMESTOWN — Stand up, Broadway, TV and film, these are all things Robert Klein has mastered. But among those crafts, comedy has been front and center in a career spanning 40 years. In association with the Lucille Ball Comedy Fest and the National Comedy Center, Robert Klein sat down ...