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Athenex puts a rush on its site plan

The proposed Athenex plant’s site plan is moving forward and now the town of Dunkirk will need a consultant to help look over the plans. “We need somebody to at least say they’re going to be on board to look at this stuff (site plans) and say if everything’s here or if there’s any ...

A one-car accident occurred Monday at around 5 p.m. on Miller Road in Sheridan. The driver was taken via ambulance to Brooks Hospital. No further information was divulged regarding the severity of the driver’s injuries or how the accident transpired. New York State Police and Sheridan Fire Department responded to the call.

ONE-CAR CRASH: Driver sent to Brooks

A one-car accident occurred Monday at around 5 p.m. on Miller Road in Sheridan. The driver was taken via ambulance to Brooks Hospital. No further information was divulged regarding the severity of the driver’s injuries or how the accident transpired. New York State Police and Sheridan Fire ...

Updates were provided during a Monday Fredonia village work session on the search for a new attorney and a fire chief.

Updates given on attorney, fire chief searches

Fredonia officials are continuing their work to fill a village attorney position that’s sat vacant for over a month. Mayor Athanasia Landis told board members during a Monday workshop they have two candidates to consider for village attorney. She said she would like to interview them as ...

Council to weigh in on hospital location

Brooks Memorial Hospital board’s decision to relocate to East Main Road in the town of Pomfret would leave behind the historical legacy, walkability and downtown location it currently occupies in the city of Dunkirk, according to Common Council Resolution 102. Today, council will decide ...

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Pictured is the crosswalk at the City Pier. Dunkirk has received grant funding to improve the area.

‘Pier-ing’ into the future

Even though the grant is called “mini,” the city of Dunkirk hopes for a big impact from the funds awarded for improvements to the bike path in the area of the city pier. “The Chautauqua County Health Network Mini Grant was awarded to the Planning and Development Department of the city ...

Highway dept. hitting the road?

Sometimes the signs all point in one direction, at least that’s how one Dunkirk town councilman is reading them. At the recent town board meeting, the resignation of Anthony Pulci as highway superintendent on Sept. 30 was accepted. Supervisor Richard Purol said they are looking for a ...

Submitted Photo: Dave Hazleton, left, and Steve Smith, at right, assist residents of the Herbert Star Apartments into a school bus as they were transported to safety at Brocton Central School, during a full scale evacuation still recently.

Star Apartments holds successful evacuation drill

BROCTON — A passerby would’ve thought a big emergency was in progress driving past the Herbert Star Apartment complex in Brocton earlier this month. Instead, all 42 residents and their residence manager, Kathy Peters, participated in a successful, full-scale evacuation drill. Meant to ...

OBSERVER Photo Diane R. Chodan: Eduardo Castro, who was an American Field Service exchange student for the 1970-71 school year at Dunkirk High School, is visiting his host family in Dunkirk. Pictured left to right are: Kathy (Kuzara) Saden, his American sister;  Eduardo, Emily Kuzara, Eduardo’s American mother; Susy Guijarro, Eduardo’s wife; Michael Kuzara, Eduardo’s “little” brother; and Cindy Kuzara, Michael’s wife.

Exchange student visits Dunkirk 47 years later

Eduardo Castro came to Dunkirk from Ecuador in August 1970, a month before he was to start school at DHS. He received a scholarship from American Field Service, or AFS, and stayed with the Kuzara family who lived on Otter Street. “The biggest problem was communicating” he said as his ...

The Public Facilities legislative committee approved a resolution to be heard by the legislature regarding the Chautauqua Regions Economic Development Corporation overtaking the fixed-based operator services for the county at the Dunkirk airport on an interim basis from Nov. 1 until July 31. The current fixed-based operator services will be finished as of Oct. 31.

Committee approves temporary Dunkirk Airport FBO

A temporary solution for the Dunkirk Airport fixed-based operator services conundrum may have been found by the county executive. At Monday’s Public Facilities legislative committee meeting, the committee members approved a resolution to go before the legislature which would allow the ...

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Neighbors surprised by new hospital location

The announcement of the location for the new Brooks Memorial Hospital came as a shock to many, but it was just as much of a surprise for the future neighbors of the facility. Residents of the neighborhood told the OBSERVER they were not approached prior to the announcement of the location of ...

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Dunkirk Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Tracy said the district received two families from Puerto Rico on Thursday. Tracy said the school district mailed a survey to local families to get an idea for the ones who’ve made contact with their loved ones in Puerto Rico and to see whether they’ll be coming to the area.

Families beginning to arrive from Puerto Rico

Families and individuals from Puerto Rico are arriving to the area following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Late last week, Dunkirk Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Tracy said the district received two families who left their homeland to meet with loved ones. With the families ...

Arkwright officials voice their stance on wind towers

ARKWRIGHT — When it comes to the wind turbines coming to Arkwright, there are people who are in favor, as well as people opposed. There is a group that is now protesting the construction, saying the project is being kept in the dark. Members of the Arkwright Town Board disagree. However, ...

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Joni Riggle of Concerned Citizens of Cassadaga Wind Project holds her sign during a recent protest. Arkwright town officials insist nothing has been hidden from the public over the years.

A closer look at who has contracts with wind company

OBSERVER Staff Report ARKWRIGHT — Arkwright town officials note that among town officials, only Councilman Christopher Cannon has a contact with the wind farm company to construct turbines locally. According to EDP Renewables, which is based in Houston, and maintains offices and wind ...

Firefighters put out garage blaze next to propane tank

A fully involved structure fire engulfed a Sheridan garage starting at around 6 p.m. Saturday. Putting out the blaze became more challenging as a propane tank was adjacent to the building. “The garage was fully involved. The propane tank, beside the garage, was very hot,” Sheridan Fire ...

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Fredonia-Westfield-Brocton’s Brendan Plaister runs the ball during Friday’s game against Dunkirk at Karl Hoeppner Field. Plaister scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Badgers’ 15-8 victory.

UPSET SPECIAL: FWB grounds out win over Marauders

Fredonia-Westfield-Brocton (3-4, 2-3) used a ball-control offense led by running back Brendan Plaister and a stout defensive effort to topple arch rival Dunkirk (6-1, 4-1), 15-8, during Section VI Class B2 football action Friday night at Karl Hoeppner Field, putting an end to the Marauders’ ...

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Area officials and dignitaries break ground on the North Chautauqua County Water District in the town of Dunkirk.

Shovels before splash

Five years after its inception and with $15 million obtained, the North Chautauqua County Water District officially broke ground Friday in front of Dunkirk Town Hall. More than 40 area officials, legislators, and business associates gathered to celebrate what Assemblyman Andy Goodell called ...

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Jamestown man indicted on murder charge

MAYVILLE — A Jamestown man accused of killing his neighbor in August has been indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury. Brian M. Korzeniewski, 51, was indicted Oct. 4 on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Michael A. Bull. Police found Bull lying face-down between two ...

County has lower percentage of structurally deficient bridges

Chautauqua County has a lower percentage of deficient bridges than other areas, according to a recent report by the State Comptroller’s Office. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that 12.8 percent of local bridges across the state are structurally deficient; 20.7 percent are ...

The Dunkirk city budget proposal is more than $22 million.

City’s budget plan holds line on taxes

Calling the investments of Athenex, the waterfront and Smart Growth funds vital to the coming years, Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas announced a 2018 city budget proposal that holds the line on taxes as well as water and sewer rates. In making his announcement Friday morning on the second floor ...

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New York again invested in Dunkirk last week when it handed out $2.5 million for Smart Growth.

Even with goodwill, state can’t win

Some day down the road, Chautauqua County residents might actually get past a delusional mindset that New York state hampers the way our local governments deliver services. Despite a stronger presence from state Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Albany in recent years — from Dunkirk to Jamestown — ...