Local/Region

Libertarian Party meets in Bemus Point

The Chautauqua County Libertarian Party held its annual convention on at the See-Zurh House in Bemus Point. The Chautauqua County Libertarian Party is a chapter of the Libertarian Party of New York and was formed in 2015 to advance liberty in Chautauqua County. Chair Andrew Martin Kolstee ...

Access Channel 5 Programming for Oct. 7-13

Several candidate interviews will televise on Access Channel 5. On Saturday, Oct. 7 the following interviews will air live: Jeri-Ann Simora (D) running for Chautauqua County Legislative District 8 at noon; Michael Ferguson (D) running for County Executive at 1 p.m.; John Hemmer (R, incumbent) ...

Former Erie County Democratic chair indicted in bribery

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury sitting in the Western District of New York returned an eight-count indictment against former Erie County ...

County police release recent STOP-DWI program numbers from Labor Day weekend

Chautauqua County police agencies participated in the New York state STOP-DWI Labor Day, which had 290 stops, arrests and summonses. It was a four-day crackdown from Friday, Sept. 1 to Sept. 4. The next crackdown will begin Friday, Oct. 27 to Wednesday, Nov. 1. These events are funded by a ...

Fall foliage being seen in local leaves

It’s beginning to look like autumn around the Western New York region, according to the latest fall foliage update from Empire State Development in Albany. In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, spotters in Cattaraugus County in Salamanca at Allegany State Park expect beginning to midpoint ...

County police release recent STOP-DWI program numbers from Labor Day weekend

Chautauqua County police agencies participated in the New York state STOP-DWI Labor Day, which had 290 stops, arrests and summonses. It was a four-day crackdown from Friday, Sept. 1 to Sept. 4. The next crackdown will begin Friday, Oct. 27 to Wednesday, Nov. 1. These events are funded by a ...

Fall foliage being seen in local leaves

OBSERVER Staff Report It’s beginning to look like autumn around the Western New York region, according to the latest fall foliage update from Empire State Development in Albany. In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, spotters in Cattaraugus County in Salamanca at Allegany State Park expect ...

Canadaway 4-H Club seeks new members

Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program began the new 4-H year on Oct. 1. The Canadaway 4-H Club will hold registration for new members today, Oct. 5, at the Fredonia First United Methodist Church, located at 25 Church St., Fredonia. Registration will ...

Sheriff Gerace warns about potential tragic-event related scams

MAYVILLE — In the wake of Sunday’s tragic event in Las Vegas, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office warns computer users to be watchful for various malicious cyber activity targeting both victims and potential donors. Residents should exercise caution when handling emails that relate ...

Pedestrian hit by vehicle in parking lot

A Dunkirk resident was injured Wednesday morning after she was struck by a vehicle while walking in a parking lot. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, around 10:15 a.m. Margaret Steffan, 68, of Point Drive, was crossing the pedestrian crosswalk at Tops Market on Vineyard ...

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Pictured in back from left are DJ Wilson, Scott Mekus, Marauder Trotter race directors; Madeline Gokey and Josue Rosario, Class of 2018 senior co-presidents; and Steve O’Brian, DHS principal. In front are Jessica Beehler, class of 2020 sophomore class president; Emily Baker, class of 2019 junior president; Mia Piede, class of 2021 freshmen president; and Molly Pagan and Terri Vasquez, Marauder Trotter basket raffle coordinators.

DHS Class of ’89 donates to homecoming

The Dunkirk Senior High School Class of 1989 recently donated $1,200 to their alma mater for Homecoming 2017. The donated funds raised through the basket raffle at the 3rd Annual Marauder Trotter event in July will be used to help defray each of the four classes’ expenses for homecoming. ...

Clymer teacher accused of having inappropriate relations with student

CLYMER – Samanatha Dascomb, 31, of Clymer, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, after an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student while teaching at Clymer Central School. In March, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint ...

Mayor closing in on 2018 budget

Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas predicts his budget will be ready to present on Oct. 13, despite some persistent unknowns. “I would like to let the council know I am looking to present the budget on the 13th of this month,” he said Tuesday. The biggest unknown at this point is the ...

Seneca Nation historian to speak at ‘Brown Bag’ luncheon

Seneca Nation tribal councilor and historian Rick Jemison will be the main speaker at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Brown Bag Lunch Series on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from noon to 1 p.m., in Williams Center Room 204-ABC at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Mr. Jemison’s ...

County Executive candidates debate top issues facing County

JAMESTOWN — Some of Chautauqua County’s biggest problem areas took center stage at a debate between two candidates for the county’s top political position. George Borrello and Michael Ferguson — the respective Republican and Democratic county executive candidates — engaged in a ...

Employee charter changes on Council agenda

Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas has expressed a strong interest in re-engineering the structure of city government to adjust to the changes in municipal government administration over the past several decades, making Dunkirk more efficient, responsive and equipped to handle the challenges of the ...

Music Education faculty co-author new textbook

State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music faculty members Dr. Katherine M. Levy and Laura M. Dornberger and have co-written the textbook, "Introduction and Practical Guide to Music Education" for use in music education classes. The textbook will be released this fall by ...

#FREDlanthropy Day is today

Today is the second #FREDlanthropy Day of Giving at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Fredonians of all affiliations are encouraged to take to the Fredonia social media pages and share their FREDfavorites, learn about the impact of donations around campus, and most importantly, ...