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Gowanda capital project vote is Thursday

GOWANDA — This Thursday, Gowanda Central School district residents will decide whether or not the proposed $30 million two-part capital improvements project will pass. The project has been a controversial issue over the past two years, as residents balked at the $41.5 million version of the ...

Sheriff, local officials endorse Gowanda capital project

GOWANDA — Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb, along with State Assemblyman Joseph Giglio, R-Gowanda, district 148 and Allegany-Cattaraugus Superintendent Association representative Kaine Kelly are unanimously throwing their support behind the proposed multi-million-safety upgrades ...

‘Situation unraveled’ quickly, officer’s attorney says

An attorney representing a Fredonia police officer who shot an adult male Monday said the “whole situation unraveled in under a minute.” In an interview Tuesday afternoon with Tom H. Burton, the OBSERVER learned the subject was not the only individual in the home and was covered in blood ...

Collins Fire District financial incentive program passes

COLLINS — The results of a vote for a service-award program for active volunteer members of Collins Fire Company No. 1, Inc. and the Collins Center Fire Company, Inc. showed that the majority was in favor of the program. There were a total of 78 votes, with 50 for the program, and 28 against. ...

Police: Person shot dead after brandishing knife

A Monday afternoon shooting left a person dead in the village of Fredonia. Witnesses said the suspect apparently was shot by a Fredonia Police Department officer. The incident took place outside of 76 Liberty St. just before 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, though according to Fredonia Police Chief ...

Teen shot in Dunkirk

A 14-year-old male was sent to a Buffalo area hospital last week after being shot. On Monday, Dunkirk Police said the youth and another underage individual somehow got a hold of a shotgun last Wednesday night and the 14-year-old was accidentally shot. Police declined to give specifics on how ...

Vehicle hits house in Fredonia

At about 10 p.m. Sunday night, the Fredonia Fire and Police departments responded to a report of a car into a house at 10 Houghton St. On arrival, firefighters said they found a car had crashed through a covered porch on the front of a house. No injuries were reported. The accident is under ...

Landis finds hope in audit

A letter in today’s OBSERVER from Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis states the village is “heading in the right direction” and is fiscally stable. Landis, in the letter published on the Opinion page today, also takes aim at the former village administrator though she does not name him. ...

WITNESSES: ONE DEAD IN FREDONIA SHOOTING

An afternoon shooting has left a person dead in the village of Fredonia. Witnesses, amid shock and sadness, said the suspect apparently was shot by a Fredonia officer near 76 Liberty St. before 2 p.m. today. While at the scene, the OBSERVER did not question police. But residents, who talked ...

Przepasniak retiring as Lake Shore superintendent

ANGOLA — As 2018 comes to a close, so, too, does James E. Przepasniak’s time as superintendent of Lake Shore Central School district. Last spring, Przepasniak announced his plans to retire, and in his final month at the district, he shared with the OBSERVER some closing thoughts on the ...

Galluzzo taking over

Special to the OBSERVER ANGOLA — The Lake Shore Central School District has appointed Charles A. Galluzzo, Ed. D. as superintendent of schools effective Jan. 1. Dr. Galluzzo comes to Lake Shore from the Williamsville School District where he spent the last 14 years serving as principal of ...

United Way hosting Christmas tree contest

For the first year, United Way of Northern Chautauqua County is hosting the United Community Christmas event and invites everyone to get involved. Businesses throughout the area are taking part in the event, which involves a Christmas tree decorating contest. The public’s votes, in the form ...

North Collins capital project vote Tuesday

NORTH COLLINS — A new capital project for district schools is up for a vote Tuesday. The project calls for heating and ventilation improvements to the elementary school with air conditioning added to classrooms, a new secure entrance at the elementary school, vestibule renovations at the ...

Salvation Army notes decrease in donations

OBSERVER Staff Report Bells are ringing, but donations are lessening. That is the word from the annual Red Kettle Campaign in Dunkirk, which is down $9,000 as of Dec. 3 compared to one year ago. “Our annual Red Kettle Campaign is running behind and we need the community’s support to ...

Gala at The Adams kicks off busy weekend

Mystic, misty and musical, The Adams has open its doors this weekend. “The Adams opened because of the passion and commitment of many people in Dunkirk,” said William Haskas, co-director of the architectural firm plusFarm, in an interview Thursday before the busy weekend began. On ...

Brocton bids school board member farewell

BROCTON — There is a reason why Thomas DeJoe is affectionately referred to as the “godfather” of the Brocton Central School Board of Education. DeJoe, who has served 37 years on the school board, “was one of the most dedicated board members I have ever encountered in my over 20 years in ...

Unsafe roadways

FORESTVILLE — A local Forestville man has had enough of people speeding by his house, endangering the welfare of his neighborhood, and the children there in particular. Michael Rexford lives on Route 39, near a school bus stop that’s obscured in one direction. “There is a school bus ...

Unsafe roadways

SILVER CREEK — Concerns about the 55 mph speed limit on Dennison Road (County Road 89) are once again justified, as two accidents occurred in front of the Kingsley residence last week. Although the Hanover Town Board recently approved a request to the county to reduce the speed limit to 45 ...

DEC. 7, 1941: A day in infamy

Submitted Photo The VFW Post 6472 Held its annual Remembrance Day Ceremony for Pearl Harbor Friday at the Sunset Bay Marina near the mouth of Lake Erie.This event has been held every year for the last 20 years no matter the weather. “We need to keep the tradition alive to remind the public ...

Angola celebrates the holidays

ANGOLA — Christmas carolers arrived with warm clothes and hot chocolates for the 19th annual Christmas in the Village in Angola Friday night, signaling the unofficial beginning of holiday festivities. Village trustees and Friends of Angola members helped light the Christmas tree beside the ...