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Twichell: Save Fenner House

Community activist Mark Twichell presented some ideas on how to save the Fenner House at the Jan. 13 Fredonia Board of Trustees meeting “I would ask that the potential loss of a historic property in the village of Fredonia be treated with the same amount of respect and consideration as any ...

City seeks funds for retaining wall

Last week, members of the Dunkirk Department of Public Works met with representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the New York State Emergency Management Association and the New York State Division of Emergency Services about reimbursement for repairs to the destroyed railing of ...

Deer-scaring cannons make sleepless nights for Hanover neighbors

HANOVER  — Residents are pushing for a noise ordinance to be passed by the board to put an end to their sleepless nights during grape season. During September and October of 2019, a grape farmer in Hanover installed propane cannons on his farm, one on Holmes Road and another on Hanford ...

Jarzynski directing Gowanda Thespian Society for last time

Special to the OBSERVER GOWANDA — When the cast of “Our Town” takes the stage at Gowanda High School at the end of January, it will be the last time the Thespian Society members do so under the direction of John Jarzynski, longtime English teacher. Mr. Jarzynski is retiring at the end ...

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS IN ITALY

Now that the holiday season is over and I am back in school, I have decided to write about Christmas and the New Year in Italy. I’ll begin with the last day of school, which was Dec. 22. The night before, I baked chocolate chip cookies for the class (they loved them), not knowing that ...

EYES UPON THE EAGLES

Along Lake Erie and through our northern Chautauqua communities, bald eagles can be found near our waters and the skies above. This bird, to the right, was spotted in Arkwright — one of four seen on Bard Road. The photo was submitted by Rebecca Bishop of Cassadaga.

Brocton announces January Students of the Month

Submitted photos Aria Paff (left) was selected by the Brocton Middle School faculty and staff as Student of the Month for January 2020. Aria is currently a seventh grader at Brocton and resides in Brocton with her parents, Melissa and Ari Paff. Aria participates in competition dance and ...

Gowanda High School December Students of the Month

Several students from Gowanda High School were recognized as Students of the Month for December 2019 for emulating The 4 C's: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication, which are integral to the district's mission. Jordan Smith, a freshman, was singled out for his critical ...

Man critically injured in Jamestown shooting

JAMESTOWN -- A man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times in a “targeted attack” late Saturday. Investigators are still looking into the shooting, which was reported to officers around 10:40 p.m. in the area of Newland Avenue and Hazzard Street. According to Capt. Robert ...

‘We’re winning!’

At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, Northern Chautauqua Catholic School was on the brink of closure. “The diocese told them to close this place,” said Principal Andy Ludwig, who became permanent principal at the beginning of last year. “The diocese said, ‘Take your last hundred ...

CCIDA marketing White Inn

The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) is looking for someone to revive the White Inn. “We’ve been actively marketing it,” said Mark Geise, chief executive officer of the CCIDA. “We’ve put together a marketing piece and sent that out to a number of hotel ...

Cassadaga man pleads guilty in sex-assault case

MAYVILLE — A Cassadaga man charged with allegedly having sexual contact with a 3-year-old child has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge shortly before his case was set to go to trial. A court clerk confirmed Friday that 35-year-old Steven C. Morris Jr. pleaded guilty to a charge of felony ...

Panel keeps Lakeshore open

By JOHN D’AGOSTINO jdagostino@observertoday.com In a unanimous vote, the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council approved keeping the Lakeshore Hospital behavioral health unit and emergency room in Irving open for the time being. In making its decision, the council stated the ...

COUNCIL VOTES TO KEEP LAKESHORE UNITS OPEN

In a unanimous vote, the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council has approved keeping the Lakeshore Hospital behavioral health unit and emergency room open for the time being. In making its decision, the board stated the Brooks-TLC Hospital System did not work up an acceptable plan for the ...

Legislature recognizes 13-year-old for life-saving action

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature has recognized a 13-year-old Dunkirk resident for her life-saving actions. Robert Bankoski, D-Dunkirk, Kevin Muldowney, R-Dunkirk, and Lisa Vanstrom, R-Jamestown, presented Hannah Rosing with proclamations for her lifesaving action in November ...

Borrello issues statement on council’s Lakeshore decision

State Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, issued this statement regarding the decision to keep units at Lakeshore Hospital open for the time being: "The residents of our region were handed a victory this morning with the recommendation by OMH's Project Review Committee to keep TLC/Lakeshore ...

Hometown spirit missing in petty politics

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul glanced around the large meeting room in the State University of New York at Fredonia incubator right before her regional State of the State presentation last week. She was surrounded by a number of new names and faces who have emerged in leadership roles in northern ...

Mayville man jailed after pair of home invasions

FILLMORE — A 31-year-old Mayville man is facing a host of charges, including kidnapping and robbery, following two home invasions that took place Wednesday in Allegany County. Mark A. Sarama was arraigned in Hume Town Court and sent to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash ...

New fixed based operator named for county airports

MAYVILLE — There is a new fixed based operator for the two county airports. During the Chautauqua County Legislature meeting, county lawmakers approved contracts with Centric Aviation to be the new fixed-based operator for both the Dunkirk and Jamestown airports. The resolutions were ...

Town matriarch celebrates century of service

Neighborhoods surrounding the town of Dunkirk have telephone access, running water, a fire station, and electricity because Irene Rozumalski and other residents spent decades petitioning and volunteering to help develop the community on the shores of Lake Erie. The Dunkirk region has plenty ...