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Following his fourth State of the County Address, County Executive Vince Horrigan says he won't seek reelection.

At term’s end

MAYVILLE — A jar sits on the desk of the Chautauqua County executive. In the jar are questions that the previous county executive posed to the next one taking office. Mark Thomas wrote one for Greg Edwards. Edwards left one for Vince Horrigan. Come the end of the year, it'll be ...

City explores consolidation ideas

The city of Dunkirk’s police and fire chiefs know their facilities have seen better days, but the trick now, they say, is having a plan for when those buildings can no longer pass muster. At a Public Safety Committee meeting Wednesday at city hall, Fire Chief Mike Edwards and Police Chief ...

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State University of New York at Fredonia President Dr. Virginia Horvath gave a presentation about the Central Connection Wednesday.

Third time’s a charm

Ideas were flying at the third — of hopefully many — Central Connection meetings at the Dunkirk High School Wednesday night. The idea of Central Connection is to combine three separate entities — the city of Dunkirk, the village of Fredonia and the State University of New York at ...

Fire companies from Sinclairville, Ellington and Gerry were on the scene in Charlotte on Wednesday evening.

Companies battle blaze in Charlotte

Fire companies from Ellington, Gerry and the Sinclairville Fire Departments battled a blaze off Edson Road in the town of Charlotte late Wednesday. A caller to 911 stated she saw a large fire of a structure just before 9 p.m. Crews arrived at the scene around 9:05. Due to the proximity of the ...

Kristie Lokietek

Graziano’s replacement sworn in

SOUTH DAYTON — After the resignation of Angelo Graziano at the January Pine Valley Board of Education meeting, the board had to scramble to find a person that could fill the board member position for the remainder of the school year. They found a new board member in Kristie Lokietek. “In ...

Fredonia board hires assistant high school principal

The Fredonia Central School District will soon have a new face join its administrative team. The board of education — during a recent meeting — unanimously hired Daniel Parker to a four-year probationary position as assistant high school principal, commencing March 20. Parker’s salary ...

County Executive Vince Horrigan is expected to discuss the Chautauqua 20/20 Comprehensive Plan, which focuses on ways to improve life.

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY EXECUTIVE WILL NOT SEEK REELECTION

MAYVILLE, N.Y.: -- County Executive Vince Horrigan delivered his final State of the County on Wednesday, February 22nd, ending his presentation with the announcement that he will not seek reelection. “Throughout my 2 years as Chautauqua County Legislator and over 3 years as Chautauqua County ...

Fredonia wary of interconnect impact

Chautauqua County officials feel it is in the village of Fredonia’s best interests to build a water interconnect with the city of Dunkirk, but village board members aren’t completely sold on its urgency. County Executive Vince Horrigan and other county representatives attended Tuesday’s ...

County Executive Vince Horrigan is expected to discuss the Chautauqua 20/20 Comprehensive Plan, which focuses on ways to improve life.

Horrigan to present fourth State of County Address

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan is set to deliver his fourth State of the County Address today — the final one of his first term in office. Last year’s speech emphasized regionalism and shared services among local governments to reduce property taxes. Out came plans for the ...

Silver Creek appoints sewer and water superintendent

SILVER CREEK — David Voigt has been performing the duties of sewer and water superintendent in Silver Creek for more than a year, but now it’s official, and he’s earned that title. Mayor Nick Piccolo made a motion at Tuesday’s board meeting to approve the appointment of Voigt from ...

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About twenty members of the public attended Tuesday's Common Council meeting in support of regulating and inspecting rental properties.

Support gathers in Dunkirk for the ‘Rose Floramo Plan’

Over time the city of Dunkirk has changed and it hasn’t all been for the better. In an effort to clean up the city’s housing stock, about 20 people attended Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, with about a half of dozen vocalizing their support. “While I am in no way suggesting that ...

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Andrew Masse, a local 10-year-old boy, is battling brain cancer for the third time and needs your help.

Dunkirk’s Fieldbrook Foods fundraises for family

The Fieldbrook Foods family is asking for the community’s help in fundraising for medical expenses for an employee’s child. Andrew Masse is the 10-year-old son of third shift Maintenance Supervisor Mark Masse. Andrew is battling brain cancer for the third time, and he is considered part ...

Photo by Evan Magierski in a comment on a Forestville-Fire Dept-Inc. Facebook post.
Ruger, a Great Dane, is safe after falling through ice on Saturday.

Dane in distress

FORESTVILLE — Saturday’s weather wasn’t quite ideal for a dog to go swimming, a local Great Dane accidentally discovered. At about 1 p.m., the Forestville Fire Department was dispatched to an animal rescue call on Prospect Street. They arrived to find that a Great Dane named Ruger had ...

Update provided on regional ag team

MAYVILLE — The push for a regional agricultural team in the Southern Tier continues in hopes to bring more resources and specialists to farmers in Chautauqua County. Emily Reynolds, executive director for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County, came before the Planning and ...

OBSERVER Photo by Ron Szot Dunkirk-Fredonia’s Dawson Rafan lets go the shot that resulted in the eventual game-winning goal against Olean, during their WNYHSCHL playoff game at the Steele Hall Ice Arena, on Sunday.

Super Sunday bound!

For the first time since 2009, the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers are heading to the Key Bank Center to compete in Super Sunday. The Olean Eagles sure did not make it easy, but Dawson Rafan’s game-winning goal with 2:13 left in the third period and Mike Meredith’s empty-net goal in the ...

Central Connection looks for community input

The connection between Dunkirk, Fredonia and SUNY Fredonia will hopefully deepen as the community is asked to become more involved in the three entities’ cooperation. For a year, leaders from Dunkirk, Fredonia, and the college have been working together on a project to bring more visitors ...

Collins supervisor: Little left for town to consolidate

COLLINS — Gov. Andrew Cuomo had many points in his State of the State address in January. One that will affect local governments is the emphasis of consolidation and the benefits the state will offer. Consolidation efforts in the town of Collins have been utilized for many years prior to ...

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Families enjoyed carriage rides pulled by Magic Moments carriages all weekend at the event in Mayville.

Wacky winter

MAYVILLE — Warm weather encouraged a large turn-out for the 30th annual Winter Festival in Mayville over the weekend. It was one of the best polar plunges on record — enough ice to jump into yet warm weather for an easy recovery. There were so many “walk-ons” that the Dewittville Fire ...