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NCCF annual meeting, award presentation set for June 19

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation will hold its annual meeting on Monday, June 19, at 4 p.m. The meeting will take place at the JCC Training & Conference Facility, 10807 Bennett Road, Dunkirk. The highlights of 2016 will be reviewed, including the exciting activities that took ...

Mark Wolfe

Perrysburg native named vice president at Johnson & Johnson

Mark Wolfe, son of the late Mel Wolfe and the late Patricia Wolfe, and stepson of Rita Wolfe of Gowanda, was recently promoted to vice president, overseeing Strategic Communications & Public Affairs for Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Devices sector. With more than 30 years of ...

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The Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club recently received a grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation to help with its “Spruce up Silver Creek” program. Pictured from left in front are NCCF Grants Committee member JoAnn Kaufman, club members Carol Kuell, Elanore Lemiszko, Karen Schiersing, Cindy Smith and Joan Suski. In the back row are: Ed Newman (president), Lorrie Newman, Susan Shiloh and Laurie Schintzius.

‘Spruce Up Silver Creek!’ program announced

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club is excited to announce a new garden recognition program — Spruce Up Silver Creek! The program is a part of the Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club’s ongoing effort to beautify the village and to promote an interest in gardening. This new ...

Dunkirk High School Academic Honors

Dunkirk High School has released academic honors for the third quarter The following students have been commended for academic achievement at the Dunkirk High School for the third quarter of the 2016-2017 school year: Cumulative Honor Roll 1 (90 and above) Grade 12: Alex Acevedo, ...

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Jamestown firefighters search the Chadakoin River on Wednesday after a man was reportedly swept into the water. A body was recovered and the incident was ruled an accidental drowning.

Man drowns in Jamestown river

A 47-year-old man drowned Wednesday after reportedly getting swept into the Chadakoin River near the intersection of Winsor and Harrison streets. The man, whose identity has not been released, was reportedly standing next to the river, along with a woman, trying to stay cool, according to ...

Cassadaga Job Corps announces information sessions, tours

The Cassadaga Job Corps Academy will host tour and informational sessions for interested applicants and their families on Thursday, June 15. They will start at 8:30 a.m. and again at 10 a.m. The Academy offers no-cost career training in the healthcare, construction, and security industries ...

Music on the Pier moved

Thursday's Music on the Pier will be located in the lot between the Clarion Hotel and Tim Horton's. The band Strictly Hip will be performing at 6:30 p.m. The Rising will open the show at 5:25 p.m. If it rains, the bands will play under the tents.

Laurel Run/Walk to include Corporate Challenge

So you think your business, school or place of worship has the fastest people in the area? Find out by putting together a team and competing in the Corporate Challenge at the 21st annual Laurel Run/Walk on Saturday, July 15, in Silver Creek. The Laurel Run/Walk, which raises money to support ...

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Richard Newton (left) and Jim Stoll display archives of Forest Lodge. The wooden chest full of membership and financial documents was retrieved from the ruins of the old lodge hall at 16 West Main Street, after that section of the Fredonia’s business district was destroyed in an early morning blaze on February 28, 1973.
 According to a front-page article published in the Observer, damage from the flames was estimated at nearly $1 million. The fire reportedly broke out shortly before 2 a.m. in the kitchen of the Village Squire Restaurant at 22 West Main Street.

Fredonia Masons to celebrate tricentennial with June 20th picnic

The Freemasons of Forest Lodge No. 166 will celebrate three centuries of fraternalism with a barbecue at the Fredonia Masonic Temple, 321 E. Main St. from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20. After dinner, an open house will feature a tour of the lodge hall and its collection of antique ...

Kevin O’Connell

Hanover Deputy Supervisor O’Connell announces bid for County Legislature

Current Hanover Deputy Supervisor Kevin O’Connell has announced his candidacy for District 6 County Legislator representing the town of Hanover. In addition to his on-the-job expertise, O’Connell’s qualifications include a degree in political science from Gannon University and years spent ...

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The bridge that crosses Clear Creek, south of Lenox Road, has met Western New York's Mother Nature as noticeable rust accrues.

Taylor Hollow bridges to be fixed, road closed for three months

COLLINS — Taylor Hollow Road, from Route 62 to Buffalo Street in Gowanda, will be closed from June 19 to Sept. 15 as two bridges will be repaired, according to Legislator John Mills' Facebook page on Tuesday. The road is infamous for its deteriorating surface and the bumpy ride the ...

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Hanover town officials discuss a new water/sewer computer program at a recent town board meeting. Pictured, from left: Deputy Supervisor Kevin O’Connell, Councilman Louis Pelletter and Town Supervisor Todd Johnson.

Hanover to start Phase 4 of sewer plant renovations

HANOVER — It may not excite the average Joe, but to those involved with the very long process of renovating the town of Hanover’s wastewater treatment plant, it’s big news. Phase 4 is starting! At a recent Hanover Town Board meeting, the agenda stated what many have been waiting for: a ...

Dunkirk Library seeks minor bump in budget

The Dunkirk Public Library is gearing up for its annual election on Tuesday. For the first time since its inception, the library is seeking a minor increase in its budget — $8,000, or 2.2 percent. That would bring the fiscal spending plan to $358,000. “Largely, it is helping us with the ...

Dunkirk man accused of sexual relations with a minor

A Dunkirk man has been arrested after allegedly having sexual relations with a minor. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, after a joint investigation with the Sheriff’s Office, the Dunkirk Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Michael Kelly, 27, of 115 Gazelle ...

Cassadaga man charged with sexual conduct with a child

CHARLOTTE — A Cassadaga man is facing multiple charges after allegedly having sexual relations with a child. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Steven C. Morris Jr., 32, of 7392 Hall Road, was arrested on Friday on a warrant. He was charged with first-degree criminal ...

Toastmaster meeting set for Wednesday

Many communities are looking to improve their appearance. The beautification projects in any community increase property values and satisfaction of residents and visitors alike. “Beautification of Our Community” is the theme of the next Toastmaster meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at SUNY ...

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The Jamestown Skating Club’s 2017 Ice Extravaganza will take place this Saturday at the Northwest Arena.

Ice Extravaganza to be held at Northwest Arena Saturday

The Jamestown Skating Club’s 2017 Ice Extravaganza is coming to Northwest Arena on Saturday at 7 p.m. The event will be presented as a trip through time with performance and music from years past. Those in attendance can expect to see 10 decades’ worth of history and music represented, ...

Purina Days celebrates families raising all animals

Tractor Supply Company in Dunkirk, located at 3978 Vineyard Drive, will host pet and livestock adoptions this Saturday. During the event — which is held in celebration of pet and livestock owners — families will have the opportunity to visit with adoptable animals, and are also invited to ...