Local/Region

Evans clerk honored by state association

EVANS — Lynn M. Krajacic of the Town of Evans has been awarded certification as registered municipal clerk by the New York State Town Clerks Association for achieving its high educational, experience and participatory requirements. Krajacic has been serving as town clerk since January 2014 ...

Borrello announces formation of transition team

MAYVILLE — County Executive Elect George Borrello has announced the formation of his transition team in advance of taking office Jan. 1. During the campaign for County Executive, Borrello promised voters that as part of his “Elevating Chautauqua County Plan” he would visit 100 businesses ...

Chautauqua County 4-H celebrates a successful year at awards night

JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program recently celebrated a great year of 4-H at their annual Awards Night at the Gerry Rodeo Conference Center in Gerry. The Teen Ambassadors, an elite youth leadership group, hosts this event each ...

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Big disparity in education funding

Area educators and school officials could get a harsh lesson in New York state finances if they closely follow what’s happening to State University of New York institutions. Earlier this month, the new chancellor of the SUNY system — Kristina M. Johnson — spoke to a group of staff and ...

Cheektowaga man with warrants nabbed in Forestville

SHERIDAN — David J. Sekuterski, 36, of Cheektowaga, was charged Friday with resisting arrest following an incident on King Road. Sheriff responded for the report of a disturbance call, and an investigation that Sekuterski has an active warrant for his arrest. When deputies attempted to place ...

NYSP Zone 4 makes four arrests after conducting an underage drinking detail

On Wednesday, Nov. 22, the New York State Police in Zone 4 and the New York State Liquor Authority conducted an underage drinking enforcement detail at 11 establishments that resulted in four arrests. The following people were arrested under the New York Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, Section ...

Horrigan optimistic for future of Chautauqua County

Outgoing County Executive Vince Horrigan said the future of Chautauqua County is looking bright. Horrigan, who will soon be passing the baton to George Borrello, said he feels “very optimistic” about the future of the county and the elected officials that govern it. Those who have been ...

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Pictured is the charred remains of the back section of the house. Part of the roof fell in while the fire was being fought.

Collins fire leaves house in state of disrepair

COLLINS — A fully involved structure fire on Route 62 near the State Police Barracks Saturday at 12:30 a.m. had crews from five different companies fighting the blaze. The one-story building was highly damaged as it took around two hours to put it out and leave the scene. “It was an ...

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Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas speaks during the annual appreciation dinner of the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber hears from city officials at dinner

The Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce held its annual appreciation dinner last week at Manning’s Fireside Manor. It was a gathering of many Chamber members, state, county and local government leaders as well as school district and business personnel. The evening started with the ...

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Conservation officer Jacob Jankowski displays the illegally killed buck.

Two ticketed in shooting of deer

CHARLOTTE — Two men were ticketed after a male deer was shot on Nov. 7 in the town. State Department of Environmental Conservation officers Jerry Kinney and Jacob Jankowski responded to a call of a deer exhibiting unusual behavior. Upon their arrival, the officers observed two brothers ...

State Ed, SUNY approve addictions counseling programs at JCC

JAMESTOWN — Jamestown Community College has been approved to offer associate in science and certificate programs degrees in addictions counseling on the Jamestown Campus. The programs were reviewed and approved by the State University of New York and the New York State Education ...

Westfield mayor critical of tax reform bill

WESTFIELD — Village Mayor Michael VandeVelde is speaking out against the tax reform bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives last week. VandeVelde is one of many criticizing the plan in which a potential 2.5 million New York families will see tax increases, average of more ...

Accidental hunting shooting kills Sherman woman

SHERMAN — An investigation into the apparent hunting accident that claimed the life of a Sherman woman is ongoing and charges are expected. On Wednesday, Deputies and Sherman firefighters were summoned to the area of 2998 Armenian Road around 5:25 p.m. First responders found 43-year-old ...

Suspicious series of fires started in Evans

OBSERVER Staff Report EVANS — Evans Police are investigating a series of suspicious incidents, including fires and reported vehicle break-ins that occurred Thursday in the Highland area between Prescott Dr. and Schuyler Dr. on the lake side of Erie Rd. (Route5). Evans Police and Fire ...

Dunkirk City Drug Court celebrates graduation Dec. 14

Each day there are more than 80 individuals in the criminal justice system locally who are attempting to make some significant changes in their lives. These people have admitted their criminal activity. Rather than opting to pay fines or do jail, they have elected to change their lives to get a ...

Fredonia to host ‘Hanging of the Greens’

The holiday traditional “Hanging of the Greens” at the State University of New York at Fredonia will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Williams Center Multipurpose Room. The evening will feature free crafts, music and cookies, along with Bears to Build, a unique ...

NCCF to take part in Giving Tuesday

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is excited to announce their participation in Giving Tuesday on Nov. 28. For the first time, NCCF is spreading the word that there is an option to the mayhem of Black Friday and the stress of Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is a simple way to give for ...

Christmas Basket Project gets underway

With Christmas fast approaching, the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church is beginning to prepare for its annual Christmas Basket Project. Each year, the church provides food and gifts for up to 160 needy families from the area. Last year’s project was able to assist approximately 650 ...

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Giving back goes around

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino Those needing assistance as well as donations have been coming in to the city’s Hurricane Relief Center at 338 Central Avenue. In addition to seeking some help, Puerto Rico natives (from left) Ramon Montero, Yahaira Montero, her 4-year-old son Eliezer Diaz ...