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Dunkirk robotics takes eyes, ears in school board meeting

“Dillon” had a unique presence at the Dunkirk Board of Education meeting last Tuesday. He drew the eyes of everyone in the room and boasted his large claws and interesting use of a shoestring and duct tape. And he’s a robot. The Dunkirk Marauders Robotics FTC No. 13945 team ...

Fredonia budget passes with no tax increase

Fredonia trustees passed a $10.1 million budget Monday evening — one that details no increase in the property tax rate. With the mayor’s $10.4 million budget proposal in hand, the village board through various budget meetings managed to trim just over $330,000 from an operating deficit ...

Westfield man dies after being hit by car

OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — A 65-year-old man has died after being hit by a vehicle on East Main Street in the village. Westfield police report Thomas M. Baideme, who was not using a crosswalk, was hit by a vehicle exiting the McDonald’s parking lot and heading westbound around ...

Seneca Nation businessman to go before State’s highest court

A Seneca Nation business owner will have his day before New York state's highest court on Wednesday to make his case that the state's taxes on cigarettes are illegal. The New York State Court of Appeals will hear White v. Schneiderman, in which Eric White, a member of the Seneca Nation, and ...

Body in Randolph identified as Busti man

OBSERVER Staff Report RANDOLPH — The male body found on Swanson Hill Road on Saturday in the town of Randolph has been identified as Wilfredo Rodriguez-Colon, 48, of Busti, state police reported. The body was found around 5:15 p.m. by someone who called police. The State Police Bureau ...

Autopsy scheduled after man found dead in Portland

PORTLAND — New York State Police said Sunday afternoon that an autopsy is scheduled on a man who was found dead in the town of Portland on Saturday. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation out of State Police in Jamestown responded to a report of a found unidentified male body off Route 20 ...

County jobs could be impacted by tariff talks

Roughly 1,077, or 2.3 percent, of the jobs in Chautauqua County could conceivably be impacted by ongoing discussions of tariff changes between the United States and China. The war of words over tariffs began when President Donald Trump approved possible 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of ...

Gowanda awarded for computer science program

BUFFALO — The Gowanda Central School District is receiving an award for its work in giving Gowanda students education in the computer science field. Teacher and Jamestown Community College professor Jim Reeves was in attendance at Buffalo State College for the award on April 10 as he ...

Westfield man dies after being hit by car

WESTFIELD — A 65-year-old man has died after being hit by a vehicle on East Main Street in the village. Westfield police report Thomas M. Baideme, who was not using a crosswalk, was hit by a vehicle exiting the McDonald's parking lot and heading westbound around 9:50 p.m. Sunday. Baideme was ...

Police: Body of man found in Randolph

RANDOLPH — New York State Police said the body of a man was discovered on Swanson Hill Road in the town of Randolph on Saturday. The body was found around 5:15 p.m. by someone who called police. The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded and is investigating the ...

Lake Erie Outdoor & Fishing Show ‘well-received’

Droves of people entered the Clarion Hotel Marina & Conference Center to educate, shop and enjoy the first-ever Lake Erie Outdoor and Fishing Show on Saturday. More than 700 people attended the event with many vendors and patrons giving positive reviews to the packed festivity. “Very, ...

Dead body found in Portland

PORTLAND — A dead man was found in near the Corell Creek off Route 20, on the other side of the bridge from the Portland Town Park, at around 2 p.m. Saturday. “We located a deceased male and we are investigating it at this time,” New York State Police Sergeant Hendrick said. “That’s ...

Gowanda fire chief has reunion with girl who was creek-ridden in car

GOWANDA — A day after the almost-tragic event when a girl found herself floating along the Cattaraugus Creek in her car, the victim and Gowanda Fire Chief Nick Crassi had a reunion — on better terms. Naomi Silleman, 19, of Forestville, was the driver in the incident. She visited Crassi at ...

Central Connection, pier improvements on minds of city officials

Two projects with goals to beautify and attract more visitors to the city of Dunkirk are pushing forward. This past week, Planning and Development Director Rebecca Yanus updated the Economic Development Committee on the Central Connection project and the pier improvements project. Funds for ...

County continues to lose population

Chautauqua County’s population continues to erode, according to recently released U.S. Census Bureau statistics. Is it taxes? Is it lack of opportunity? Are Chautauqua County residents just not as nice as we think we are? Can we not attract people here because of the weather — a factor ...

HUD director visits city

United States Congressman Tom Reed and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Lynne Patton visited locations in Jamestown and Dunkirk that benefited from HUD funding on Friday. Alongside Reed and Patton were Dunkirk City Mayor Willie Rosas, Jamestown City ...

Drug Take Back Day planned

Prescription drugs can be hard to get rid of, but Hope Chautauqua wants to help with that. In an effort to help community members dispose of prescription medication in a safe, easy way, Hope Chautauqua is promoting National Drug Take Back Day which is slated for Saturday, April 28, from 10 ...

Search for missing man intensifies

JAMESTOWN — The search for a missing Jamestown man continued Friday as Jamestown police, with assistance from the State Police Aviation Unit, searched various sections of the city with a helicopter. The search for 35-yer-old Sean Carpenter went into its second week after the city man was ...