Local/Region

School lecturer gets prize for short-story collection

“Quantum Convention & Other Stories,” the first book written by Eric Schlich, lecturer of Creative Writing in the State University of New York at Fredonia Department of English, was awarded the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction at the University of North Texas. Ms. Porter ...

Dunkirk school district hires technology coordinator

The Dunkirk school board held a special meeting recently, passing three resolutions, including appointing Jeremy Dobek, of Dunkirk, to the position of technology director. Dobek will begin his six-month probationary period on Thursday with an annual salary of $65,000. The probationary ...

JCC starting SPREE program for single parents

Single Parents Reaching Education to Employment (SPREE), an initiative made possible through the Empire State Poverty Initiative (ESPRI) and the WNY Women’s Foundation, is under way at Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus. SPREE, a program based on the WNY Women’s ...

North Collins Village Police activity for January

North Collins Village Police Department had police officers on duty for 127 hours in the month of January. Officers responded to 54 various requests including: four court details, two traffic arrests, two assists to emergency medical services, a suspicious vehicle, one assist person, one alarm, ...

Tompkins County Progressives endorse Golden for Congress

ELMIRA — The Tompkins County Progressive Committee, a group of more than 100 grass-roots activists, voted to endorse Ian Golden for Congress in New York’s 23rd District. The endorsement comes on the heels of public endorsements from their sister organizations: Progressive Action Network ...

Public officials continue Puerto Rico relief effort

Dunkirk City Clerk Edwin Ramos joined Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and other officials Saturday, Feb. 3, at a rally in Buffalo to encourage the federal government to do more to restore Puerto Rico to normalcy after hurricanes ravaged the island this fall. The event, held at the Belle Center, was ...

Youngerman Center to offer head/stroke injury support sessions

A new round of support group meetings for stroke and head injury survivors and their family members will be held at the Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders at the State University of New York at Fredonia, beginning in late February. A typical group meeting includes ...

Readings, panel discussion mark World War I centennial observance at Fredonia

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the “War to End all Wars,” the State University of New York at Fredonia will host “World War I Centennial: Ending War, Talking Peace,” a two-day event envisioned to bring Iraq war veterans, campus and community members and scholars together to ...

Workforce & the Governor’s Budget

Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces a challenging budget year with a projected $4.4 billion dollar deficit in 2018. As with all budget proposals there are components that are concerning to the business community and there are items included in the budget that we find encouraging. A core focus of our ...

Limited tickets available for Have a Heart 4-H Green Tie Affair

MAYVILLE — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program still has pre-sale tickets available for its Sixth Annual Have a Heart for 4-H Green Tie Affair benefit dinner on Sunday, Feb. 25. Tickets for this fun event are still available for $25. Tickets ...

Longtime deputy dies following battle with cancer

Michael Seeley, a Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputy who gained widespread praise in 2013 for helping to save the life of a man and known for his career in emergency services, died Friday night at the Cleveland Clinic following a brief battle with leukemia, his family confirmed. He was 44. ...

City police nab two after chase

Dunkirk City Police announced Saturday that on Sunday, Jan. 22, at about 12:01 a.m., officers attempted to stop a vehicle after observing it fail to stop for a red traffic light. The vehicle pulled into a driveway on N. Pangolin St. and both the operator and passenger exited the vehicle. ...

Two charged in city copper theft

Dunkirk police have arrested two men in connection with a November theft of copper piping from a Park Avenue home. Police reported this morning that Omar Contreras, 37, and Michael Banach, 23, both of Dunkirk, had unlawfully entered a vacant house at 606 Park Ave., cut the copper piping from ...

Two charged in city copper theft

Dunkirk police have arrested two men in connection with a November theft of copper piping from a Park Avenue home. Police reported this morning that Omar Contreras, 37, and Michael Banach, 23, both of Dunkirk, had unlawfully entered a vacant house at 606 Park Ave, cut the copper piping from ...

Incident spurs alert for area residents

FORESTVILLE — An area resident alerted the OBSERVER to an incident that occurred Wednesday evening near Forestville. According to the resident, two salespeople stopped at the door to show a demonstration using dish and hand soap. Once the resident opened the door, the salespeople walked in ...

Two separate car accidents in a short time on Route 60

Two separate motor vehicle accidents occurred Thursday evening. The first one was reported at 5:54 p.m. at the intersection of Route 60 and Route 20. Pictured are Fredonia Fire Department personnel loading a vehicle onto a flatbed truck following the accident. The second accident occurred at ...

Flu cases at ‘tremendous’ number in county

MAYVILLE — New York state Department of Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, has authorized emergency assistance funding to counties as influenza (“flu”) diagnoses continue to increase in communities across the state. "This is not the time to be lackadaisical about flu vaccinations ...

Massey organ keyboard, control desk to be repaired

CHAUTAUQUA — The Massey Memorial Organ control desk will undergo the reparation process soon, according to Chautauqua Institution officials. The institution reported last week that the control desk or console of the organ, which is the wooden part of the organ system containing the keys and ...