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Sinclairville Free Library’s annual plant sale set

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Sinclairville Free Library’s Annual Plant Sale will take place on Friday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the library on 15 Main St. in Sinclairville. Donations of plants for the sale are always welcome. Hardy locally grown ...

Churches work together for disaster victims

Recently, over 400 disaster relief hygiene kits were collected through the efforts of 7 churches from Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Erie Counties. Pictured here are members of the Fredonia Presbyterian Church with the boxes of hygiene kits which have been prepared for transport. Fredonia ...

Brocton Central Schools honored as STEM Merit Award Recipient

National Education Foundation (NEF), the national nonprofit leader in K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education solutions, has announced Lehighton Area School District (PA), as a winner of its 2018 STEM Leadership Merit Award for excellence. Somerton Schools, AZ was ...

County resident seeks attorney general vacancy

A Chautauqua County resident is asking the state legislature to appoint him to fill the vacancy in the office of state attorney general. West Ellicott resident Randy Elf, a Republican, noted that the state Senate and Assembly — where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 100 votes ...

Free prom gowns available

Sara Lewis, Fredonia High School Guidance Counselor, pictured above, accepts prom gowns from Rural Ministry Garment Gallery Thrift Store Manager Cindy White. Gowns are available at no charge at the school.

Jackson Center brings back Dr. Allida Black

JAMESTOWN — The Robert H. Jackson Center, a non-profit dedicated to promoting liberty under law, through the examination of the life and work of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson and his legacy’s relevance to current events and issues, brings Dr. Allida Black to address area ...

Scouts donate to food pantry

Cub Scout Pack 219 raised $213.75 for the Cassadaga food pantry from the bake sale at the winter festival. Leaders afterward got pied in the face.

Evans Democrats back candidates

EVANS — The Evans Democratic Committee endorsed the following candidates for the 2018 election at a March 27 meeting at the American Legion Post 928. ¯ Moira “Molly” Cooper, a current Town Judge, for election to a full 4-year term; ¯ Sue Maxwell Barnes, currently a court attorney ...

Gowanda swears in two trustees

GOWANDA — Trustees Aaron Markham and Wanda Koch swore in after they were re-elected for the village board in the March elections. Gowanda Village Mayor David Smith gave complements to the returning members of his board. “Trustee Koch has served as our GARC (Gowanda Area Redevelopment ...

Blaze damages Cassadaga garage

CASSADAGA — Firefighters from Cassadaga and Stockton battled a blaze that broke out around 6:15 a.m. today. The structure affected was garage on Maple Avenue. The fire impacted the Board of Cooperative Educational Services location, which closed for the day.

The scorching truth about skin cancer

With Memorial Day approaching and the summer season ramping up, it is important to remember that spending time in the sun means protecting your skin from its harmful rays. Skin cancer prevention is becoming increasingly important; rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer have ...

Village authorizes transformer purchase following outage

BROCTON — Following electric outages in the village of Brocton last month, members of the board of trustees recently voted to purchase three reserve electric transformers. Electric lineman for the village, Joe Majkowski reported to board members that the cause of one of the outages was a ...

County resident seeks attorney general vacancy

A Chautauqua County resident is asking the state Legislature to appoint him to fill the vacancy in the office of state attorney general. West Ellicott resident Randy Elf, a Republican, noted that the state Senate and Assembly — where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 100 votes ...

Gillibrand, Schumer push to bring new air service provider to Jamestown

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wrote to Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to urge her to provide the necessary waivers and approvals that could allow for a new air service provider to land at Chautauqua County’s Jamestown ...

County Department of Mental Hygiene honors first cognitive enhancement therapy

JAMESTOWN — a graduation ceremony was recently held at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts in Jamestown to celebrate the first class to complete Cognitive Enhancement Therapy. CET is an evidence-based practice designed to help people with schizophrenia and related cognitive disorders improve ...

Police release names of those charged

OBSERVER Staff Report Here are the charges from the weekend of Fredonia Fest, from Thursday to Monday, according to Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers. ¯ Underage possession of alcohol — Anthony Gallo, 18, of Lancanster; Sarah Gerass, 20, of North Tonawanda; Patrick J. Woods, 20, Hamburg; ...

Access Channel 5 Programming for May 12-18 set

“Defenders of Freedom” shares the first hand experiences of WWII veterans in the Western New York and Northwestern Pa. areas. Hosted and filmed at the Jackson Center in Jamestown, the project is a collaborative effort between the Center, the United Veterans Council, Chautauqua County Office ...