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The Dunkirk Lighthouse & Veterans Park Museum will be the site of a plaque dedication on Saturday at 2 p.m. honoring War of 1812 heroine Celea Sampson “Widow” Cole.

War of 1812 heroine

The State of New York Society, United States Daughters of 1812, will dedicate a new plaque in recognition of War of 1812 heroine, Celea Sampson “Widow” Cole on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Dunkirk Lighthouse & Veterans Park Museum, 1 Lighthouse Point Drive N., Dunkirk. Celea (Sampson) ...

Sen. Cathy Young

Fredonia native’s death inspires new bill by Young

ALBANY — After a heartbreaking case in Tennessee that resulted in the death of a young woman originally from Fredonia, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) has introduced legislation to ban the potentially dangerous guardrails in New York State. In November 2016, Hannah Eimers, who ...

Contentious topic

Like the road splitting Barker Common into two sections, the Fredonia Village Board appears quite divided when it comes to accepting a grant for the historic downtown park. Community members packed the Trustees Room of Village Hall Wednesday for a special board meeting dedicated to a ...

Silver Creek School District proposes next budget

SILVER CREEK — It’s that time of year again — budget season — and the Silver Creek Central School District has been celebrating in the usual way, with budget workshops and a proposed draft. “We have prepared this year’s budget with the same process as we have in the past,” ...

REBT-Mike-Rodney

Program continues to help drug addicted people

Need help battling addiction? One option could be the Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy program, held on Thursday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish Center. The REBT program at the Parish Center is in its ninth year. The instructor is Mike Tramuta, who has more than 30 years as ...

Julie A. Warren

Tips lead to couple’s arrest for meth lab

WESTFIELD — Beginning earlier this month, based on citizen complaints, the Westfield Police and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force began an investigation into the production of methamphetamine by occupants of an apartment at 63 S. Portage St. in the village. Authorities had been ...

Holding out hope

HANOVER — Bills continue to pile up, and though officials in the town of Hanover are looking for ways to stretch each dollar, there are only so many of them left in the municipal bank account. That’s why they’re looking for help. CGR Solutions, a nonprofit management consulting ...

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Fredonia Board of Education President Michael Bobseine (left) presents outgoing Superintendent Paul DiFonzo with a plaque to be hung on the Wall of Honor — once a picture is placed on it.

Bittersweet goodbye

Saying goodbye to a job you love does not come easy for anyone — and Fredonia Central School Superintendent Paul J. DiFonzo is no exception. DiFonzo choked up at one point during his final board of education meeting as the school district’s leader on Tuesday. He noted the school community ...

Fredonia native’s death inspires new legislation by Young

ALBANY — After a heartbreaking case in Tennessee that resulted in the death of a young woman originally from Fredonia, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- 57th District) has introduced legislation to ban the potentially dangerous guardrails in New York State. In November 2016, Hannah Eimers, who ...

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Fourth Ward Councilwoman Stacy Szukala, DPW Director Bob Bankoski, First Ward Councilman Don Williams, and Second Ward Councilman Marty Bamonto discuss the restructuring of the Department of Public Works at the recent DPW committee meeting.

Public works restructuring to go forward in city

Concerns arose regarding the restructuring of the Department of Public Works at the recent DPW Committee meeting. Steve Zatorski of the water maintenance department brought up the fact that over the past few months, since the topic of restructuring has been brought up, a lot of his questions ...

Drowning

No foul play suspected in accidental drowning

SHERIDAN — Crews from Sheridan and the county Sheriff's Department were at the scene of an accidental drowning near the St. Columban’s home this morning. The incident was reported after 7:30 a.m. Deputies said an elderly male was found deceased and no foul play is suspected. The identity of ...

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Paul Gorbett of Great Lakes Cold Storage explained his plans for a warehouse in Dunkirk at Monday’s zoning board meeting.

Cold storage gets cold shoulder from residents, board approval

Dunkirk residents overwhelmingly gave the proposal for cold storage the cold shoulder Monday, where the city threw in its support. The Dunkirk Zoning Board of Appeals considered the appeal of Patrick Gorbett of Great Lakes Cold Storage for a variance on the 18.2-acre property bordering ...

OBSERVER Photos by Amanda Deide At top left, Dr. Mary Rockey, principal, left, shaves the head of kindergarten teacher Valerie Gelsimino. At top right, Fifth-grade teacher Wade Dellow had his hair shaved off by Xavior Green. Fredonia Central School District board member Heath Forster had his temporarily-pink locks shaved off by Jackson Stahley.

Razors for Rockey

WESTFIELD — Hearing “SHAVE THEIR HEAD” being chanted from a school gymnasium might give off medieval punishment vibes, but no — it was hundreds of pink-clad Westfield Academy and Central School students chanting for the pending hairlessness of teachers and administrators, who were ...

Two charged in Westfield meth lab

WESTFIELD — Beginning in earlier this month, based on citizen complaints, the Westfield Police and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force began an investigation into the production of methamphetamine by occupants of an apartment at 63 S. Portage St. in the village. Authorities had been ...

Amid healthcare bill failure, Reed recommits to solve problems

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed says he’s renewing his commitment to solve the peoples’ problems following a failed attempt to revamp health care last week. During a Monday conference call, Reed, R-Corning, said he’s not blaming members of Congress after the health care bill was pulled Friday ...

Kara Christina discusses the petition to keep JCPenney in Dunkirk open.

JCPenney rally set for Sunday

Anyone who shops at JCPenney in Dunkirk’s D&F Plaza is being urged to attend a rally to show support for keeping it from shuttering for good. During Monday’s Fredonia Village Board meeting, Trustee Kara Christina announced the event is slated for Sunday at 2 p.m. at the clothing ...

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Pictured is Cassie Williams’ design sketch for Mabel in Fredonia’s “Pirates of Penzance.”

Dressing the part

Being a costume designer means many things, but first and foremost it means dedicating yourself to the ever-changing process of learning. As is the nature of theatre, unexpected obstacles will always be around the corner, so a costume designer must be ready to jump at any moment. Cassie ...

Equipment blows in for wind project

ARKWRIGHT — Equipment is being lined up to start construction for the Arkwright wind project, but construction has yet to begin. Earlier in March, residents noticed that equipment was being moved into the area near Center Road, and assumed that work was beginning. Many were worried that, ...

Pine Valley board may go from nine to seven

SOUTH DAYTON — Pine Valley board members seemed surprised, and a little unnerved, when school board President Patricia Krenzer put a proposition on the table for the annual school district vote that would eliminate two board members, making the board go from nine seats to seven effective July ...

Village of Silver Creek tax forecast: Sunny

SILVER CREEK — It may not feel like spring just yet, but for residents in the village of Silver Creek, this year’s tax bill might be a little ray of sunshine. Mayor Nick Piccolo announced at Monday’s village board meeting that the administration is working hard to keep taxes under the ...