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Roosevelt Haynes honored at annual MLK Luncheon

Few individuals touched so many lives in the Dunkirk community as Roosevelt Haynes, who was honored at the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. luncheon on Monday. The annual luncheon is sponsored by the Northern Chautauqua County Juneteenth Celebration Committee, who chose to dedicate the ...

Excelsior Scholarship impacts SUNY Fredonia more than JCC

The Excelsior Scholarship was created to provide financial support to families in mid to low economic standing. For the State University of New York of Fredonia and Jamestown Community College, the impact varies. The Excelsior Scholarship is a grant that closes the gap on an individual ...

New semester, enrollment numbers bring upbeat attitude

With the holiday season complete, and the January blues in full effect, preparing for the upcoming semester may seem like a dreadful task. However, some students at the State University of New York at Fredonia are feeling the exact opposite and heading into this next chunk of the school year at ...

Towns respond to governor’s proposed budget cuts

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York towns will have their budgets cut in his newly proposed state budget, and town supervisors in Chautauqua County are not happy with the idea. His proposed budget would cut nearly $60 million in funding to local governments, including towns, villages ...

Winter snow covers all of Chautauqua County

DUNKIRK — Chautauqua county was hit hard by a winter storm over the weekend, burying much of the area in snow, while blowing winds continue to bear down. “We had quite a few car accidents and many more disabled motorists,” said State Police Captain Eric Balon. “There was nothing ...

’58 Rambler in great shape, up for sale

IRVING — Wanna buy a time machine? There’s one for sale on Versailles Road. She sits in Irene and Earl Blakely’s garage, with her original paint job of navy and light blue trim. A Silver Creek woman owned her for a little over three decades and never took her out of the garage in ...

New pierogi factory keeps it traditional

SILVER CREEK — Foodies rejoice, there’s a new shoppe in town, and the name of the game is pierogis. Barbie Crockski Pierogi, located downtown at 12 Howard St. is selling pierogis by the dozen or half dozen to anyone lucky enough to get to the elusive storefront at the right ...

Gowanda Central School to combine more programs with Pine Valley

GOWANDA — Gowanda Central School has already merged with Pine Valley for multiple athletics, including football and soccer. However, at a recent board of education meeting, more possibilities for shared programs were discussed. During the board members’ round table discussion, board ...

Locals march through Fredonia in nationwide event

The third annual women’s march had satellite rallies from around the nation on Saturday to promote equality. In Fredonia, speakers after the march stated opinions opposing President Donald Trump’s actions and sentiment as well as voicing support for women through equal rights and to make a ...

Water and wings: what Chautauqua County stands to lose

Historically, Chautauqua County’s multiple bat populations have always enjoyed a beautiful, resource-rich habitat. Large forested areas and the county’s multiple bodies of water, such as Chautauqua Lake, Cassadaga lakes and Lake Erie are the ideal environment for bat populations to ...

WINTER WONDERLAND: The snow returns

Winter weather made a visit to Chautauqua County. Pictured, the Chautauqua CARTS depot at the Dunkirk Airport experienced moderate to heavy snowfall throughout much of the day Saturday. Also pictured, a vehicle traveling down Lake Shore Drive East careened into a ditch. Also pictured, the I-90, ...

Petition circulating to keep Brooks in Dunkirk

OBSERVER Staff Report Even though Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. appears intent on relocating to Fredonia, some Dunkirk residents are not giving up the fight to keep the hospital in the city. Frank Beach of Dunkirk has been sending around a petition for the last two to three weeks to keep ...

Schools in county are targeted for improvement

With new accountability indicators and determinations, the state Education Department, in compliance with the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA), announced 106 target school districts, 245 schools for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and 125 schools for Targeted Support and ...

State’s first Article 10 wind project seeks more changes

Almost three degrees Fahrenheit or 1.5 degrees Celsius: Compared to pre-industrial global temperatures, that’s how much warmer the earth is predicted to be between 2030 and 2052 if global warming continues at the current rate, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). ...

Cold, snowy weekend on tap for WNY

With Chautauqua County expected to receive significant snowfall, frigid temperatures, and heavy wind this weekend, Chautauqua County Officials are reminding residents to please use caution. The National Weather Service in Buffalo Friday morning has a Winter Weather Warning in effect for all of ...

Landis to release audit details

An audit referenced by Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis in December will finally be presented to the village Board of Trustees and the public on Feb. 4. The audit was supposed to be submitted at the board’s Jan. 7 meeting. Treasurer Jim Sedota told the OBSERVER last week that J.M.A., the ...

Businesses visit Chautauqua Lake Manufacturing Club

MAYVILLE — Local manufacturers introduced students at Chautauqua Lake Central School to potential careers in the field this week. The manufacturers participated in the school district’s Manufacturing Career and Transition Festival. Topics covered included electronics, manufacturing and ...

Legislators weigh in on marijuana debate

With Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo continuing to push legal recreational marijuana use and retail sales for the state of New York, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello said he would be interested in the county opting out of legal retail sales of the drug. Cuomo said that future ...

No comedy in errors for city resolution

For starters, let’s place the blame evenly when it comes to how Dunkirk Common Council and the county Board of Elections have handled a botched resolution on a referendum to increase terms of office in the city from two years to four. That guy on the left — yours truly — watched as the ...