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Wave of interest growing for city beach cleanup

By 10 a.m. Friday morning, Dunkirk resident Jeff Robinson had the answer he was hoping for: residents and neighbors from around the region care about the condition of Dunkirk’s beaches. That response was evident in his wife’s email, which had 25 inquiries from people stepping up for ...

Crash involves trooper

OBSERVER Staff Report SHERIDAN — Two helicopters were summoned and serious injuries were reported following a collision Monday afternoon between a New York state trooper and mini-van. Few details were released regarding the crash that occurred in the westbound lane of Interstate 90. The ...

Fowl fatalities: Dead birds litter city streets

For the past several weeks an unusual occurrence has been happening around a three-to-four-block radius of Save-a-Lot: the unexplained multiple deaths of birds. Most of those lost have been Gulls, a protected species by the U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of ...

Fredonia officials spar over fire department workers

Call it concern for proper procedures and the people of Fredonia, call it election year posturing, or call it some of both: Whatever way you look at it, Monday’s village Board of Trustees meeting was full of disagreement. One of the biggest points of contention involved Fredonia Fire ...

Collins native completes residency in Cambodia

COLLINS — Jazz musician and Collins native Ian Giles has been honing his unique jazz and funk sound on the east coast for the last several years, and recently had the opportunity to show off his talents overseas in Cambodia. “I live in Boston, Massachusetts going on seven years now,” ...

Flaherty appointed Cassadaga deputy mayor

CASSADAGA — The village board did some shuffling around in terms of duties at their July 2 meeting. Mayor Bill Astry nominated Trustee Cindy Flaherty to his former position of deputy mayor during his comments. “We need to appoint Cindy (Flaherty) as the deputy mayor,” Astry stated. ...

Council could alter walk-in resolutions

Walk-in resolutions have become a point of contention in the city of Dunkirk. The issue, while ongoing, seemed to pick up steam recently when the city brought in a resolution to purchase the Stearns Building in March. At the time the original walk-in resolution was tabled 3-2 in lieu of more ...

Lions Club marking 70 years of service at fair

The Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club has been serving customers at the Chautauqua County Fair since 1949. For the first 15 years, the food was prepared and served in a tent. In 1954, the club received permission to build a removable structure on the current site at the fairgrounds. The current ...

Athenex’s progress

The shell of the building that will house Athenex’s new biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility near Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk is complete. There is still much to be done before the plant starts making drugs. An Athenex vice president, Rich Nassar, updated the OBSERVER on the progress ...

City housing agency hit by shakeup

There have been big changes in recent weeks at the Dunkirk Housing Authority. Recently, attorney Peter Clark resigned after 13 years of service on the board as legal counsel, followed shortly by Executive Director Rachel Braidich. “The Dunkirk Housing Authority is not part of the city of ...

Forestville native publishes children’s book

Born and raised in Forestville and a resident for nearly 60 years, Ruth S. Payne is pleased to share one of her most exciting projects since retirement: the publication of her first children’s book, “The Magic Piano.” In a phone interview with the OBSERVER, Payne shared her beloved story, ...

History takes center stage in Fredonia

FREDONIA — The annual History Days brought out a cavalcade of local history buffs and enthusiasts to downtown Fredonia over the weekend. History Days kicked off Friday with a classic car and bike show, sponsored by Hard Tales Magazine and Cyberspokes.com, accompanied by the music of ...

Scout returns to World Pinewood Derby

On June 29, Cherry Creek resident Hunter Vincent once again represented the entire Allegheny Highlands Council at the 2019 World Championship Pinewood Derby in Times Square. Vincent, who was a member of Cub Scout Pack 219, is entering sixth grade at Cassadaga Valley Central School this fall ...

Gasoline tanker accident kills one

OBSERVER Staff Report ELLINGTON — One person was killed Friday morning in an accident involving a passenger vehicle and a gasoline tanker. At 1:30 a.m., New York State Police were patrolling the area of Route 83 in Ellington when they came upon a motor vehicle accident. Troopers saw a ...

National Geographic takes over Chautauqua

CHAUTAUQUA — On-world and off-world issues were on display inside Chautauqua Institution in week three of its season. Chautauqua partnered with National Geographic for its third week of the 2019 season. The partnership brought scientists, journalists and lecturers from all over the world to ...

Villenova back to work on wind turbine project

VILLENOVA — Town officials are again reviewing plans for a proposed wind tower farm. On Wednesday, members of the Villenova Town Board agreed to reinstate the state environmental quality review process for Ball Hill Wind, unless the court decision is reversed on appeal. On June 24, the ...

One dies in Route 83 tanker, vehicle collision

ELLINGTON — Route 83 is still closed to traffic after an accident involving a passenger vehicle and a gasoline tanker. At 1:36 a.m., New York State Police were patrolling the area of Route 83 in Ellington when they came upon a motor vehicle accident. Troopers saw a NOCO gas tanker on its ...

Tall ships sail through region

After drawing crowds and plently of fanfare in Buffalo last weekend, some of the tall ships came through our region — though not close to shore. These photos were provided by Scott Foley and Susan Royal. At top is a photo of Muirgen "The Pride of Dunkirk" and the "Pride of Baltimore" off the ...

City man vows day at beach for volunteers

Dunkirk resident Jeff Robinson understands the city has a gem in its waterfront. It is a great place to fish, watch a spectacular sunset or gather with friends at a hidden treasure in Point Gratiot. But he would not recommend the use of the city’s beaches to anyone, especially visitors to ...

Tracy out as chief of city schools

DUNKIRK — The Dunkirk Board of Education (DBOE) saw a sudden change in the position of district superintendent at a special meeting held Thursday evening. As of Thursday evening, Dr. James Tracy is no longer Dunkirk City Schools superintendent. Tracy was appointed superintendent in Dunkirk ...