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The 1891 Fredonia Opera House has been named a finalist for a Spark Award in the Cultural Organization of the Year category.

Opera House named Spark Award finalist

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House has been named a finalist for a Spark Award in the Cultural Organization of the Year category. The awards are presented annually by the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York to honor outstanding artists and cultural organizations in five counties of Western ...

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Tractor-trailer rolls over on I-90

OBSERVER Photo by Rebecca Cuthbert A tractor-trailer hauling a mobile home marked “Oversize Load” went off the roadway on the New York State Thruway near Dunkirk at about 4:30 p.m. Monday. The mobile home rolled onto its side after it became partially detached from the trailer; the cab of ...

Teacher Mark Putney, giving computer instruction to 2nd grade students Henry Conroy (right) and Jazz Witkowski.

Computers open world of opportunity

For the 2016-17 school year, Fredonia Elementary School has implemented a new computer curriculum with all students in grades kindergarten to four. In response to classroom teacher, site-based team, parent, and administrative requests, the Board of Education approved the creation of an ...

Hidden drugs, youth a topic in April

JAMESTOWN — Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council is offering an educational session for community members and professionals entitled “Youth Hiding Drugs? What Adults Need to Know.” Laurie Reynolds, MS and CASAC Director of Program Services will present this session on ...

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The Pomfret Town Board discusses a highway vehicle purchase during a recent meeting. Pictured, from left: Councilmen Christopher Schaeffer and John Sedota, Supervisor Donald Steger (back) and Town Attorney Jeffrey Passafaro.

Pomfret not trading in truck after purchase

Pomfret’s crumbling and aging fleet of highway trucks is in such dismal shape, the town cannot afford to trade one in when it receives a new one. That was the message Highway Superintendent Daniel Bigelow relayed during a recent town board meeting. Councilman John Sedota began the ...

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Dog Abby celebrates first birthday

Recently, Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center held a birthday party for its dog, Abby, who turned one. Abby donated all of her birthday gifts to Lakeshore Humane Society in Dunkirk! Accepting on behalf of LHS were volunteer Pat O’Malley and LHS resident Precious, who are pictured ...

The Chamber supports small business

President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier Small business is a major and growing component of the American economy. The most recent Economic Census, measured by the U.S. Census Bureau in ...

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Dan Sprague Jr. is pictured with a mechanical pruner.

Lake Erie Regional Grape Program welcomes new field coordinator

PORTLAND — Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County’s Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is pleased to announce that Dan Sprague Jr. has recently been hired to fill the position of Field Coordinator. Sprague will be responsible for creating and maintaining a research project ...

QUALITYstarsNY recruitments set

QUALITYstarsNY, New York's Quality Rating and Improvement System for programs serving children 0-5 years, is recruiting new programs in Chautauqua County. This is a voluntary system that is available to all regulated programs serving young children in a variety of settings: child care ...

Pine Valley School District’s budget reportedly stable

SOUTH DAYTON — A budget presentation at the Pine Valley Central School District gave a pretty good idea of the school’s financial standing for the 2017-2018 school year, and essentially — it’s good. Not necessarily better than the year before, but certainly not worse. Assistant ...

Elementary assessments give answers and questions

GOWANDA — Paula Troutman, Gowanda’s director of curriculum, recently gave the Gowanda Board of Education data on her 2015-16 Math iReady results and compared them to 2016-17. The findings were difficult to draw conclusions with due to many things to take account for. Last school year’s ...

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Coming along

Construction for the immediate exterior is close to being finished for the upcoming outpatient center on Gowanda’s South Water Street.

Liberty Fest returning this summer to Collins

COLLINS — The 2017 Liberty Fest will be better than ever, as preliminary details were announced, including the date of Saturday, July 1 at Collins Town Park. For the second year in a row, Gernatt Asphalt Products, a local contractor, has donated funds for the Liberty Fest’s fireworks ...

Police probing drive-by shooting in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN — Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that reportedly left multiple bullet holes on a 6 W. 12th St. home early Friday morning. Captain Robert F. Samuelson, division commander of the Jamestown Police Department, said the shooting occurred shortly before 3:30 a.m. and was ...

Nonprofit group seeks to improve lake

A nonprofit lake group is striving to improve Chautauqua Lake’s water quality through small, localized projects. The Chautauqua Lake Partnership Inc. formed in 2002 and recently converged with members of the Bemus Bay Property Owners group to tackle the issue of water quality — ...

Arson suspect facing felony charges in Warren County

The Jamestown teen and suspected arsonist behind a string of fires in the local area is also facing multiple felony charges in Pennsylvania — including Warren County. Jonathan H. Young, 19, who is accused of setting 12 separate fires between March 2 and March 25 in Jamestown and Falconer, ...

Local opposition to industrial wind farms to be televised

There are 123 wind turbines, nearly 50 stories tall, with blades the length of a football field that are destined for rural Chautauqua County, in the townships of Arkwright, Charlotte, Cherry Creek and Villenova. Channel 5 Public Access TV will air a video of home owners opposed to the ...

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Bonilla to present talk at incubator Arts & Business Luncheon Series

Artist Raymond Bonilla, State University of New York at Fredonia alumnus and adjunct faculty member, will be speaking as a part of the Arts & Business Luncheon Series at the Fredonia Technology Incubator today. Bonilla will talk about how business connects to being a professional artist ...

Fredonia alumni share success stories at event

Making a living and a life with your words. That’s the dream of many a college graduate, and four recent State University of New York at Fredonia graduates will share just how they made that happen in traditional and new media at “Young Alumni: Four Years Out,” a Writers@Work residency to ...

Cassadaga Job Corps to hold information session today

The Cassadaga Job Corps Academy will host a tour and informational session for interested applicants and their families today. The Academy offers no-cost career training in the healthcare, construction and security industries as well as classes to prepare to take the TASC or obtain a high ...