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Fredonia celebrates rich history

The glories of the past were at the forefront for Fredonia History Days Saturday in Barker Common. From suffragettes in purple, white and yellow sashes to historical displays on the Fredonia Grange No. 1 and vendors offering “vintage” and modern wares, the festival was fun for the whole ...

Former Edgewood Brownfield site to be redeveloped

Special to the OBSERVER A remediated brownfield site in Dunkirk, which has been an eyesore for decades, will be transformed into a state-of-the-art cold storage facility. Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello announced that he signed the final paperwork on Friday, July 13 to transfer ...

Hanover Beach remains closed due to lack of lifeguards

HANOVER — Visitors to Hanover Town Beach have taken notice of the lifeguard chair, which has been vacant all summer, as well as fewer Sheriff’s cars, compared to previous summers, to patrol busy beach areas. According to town councilman Bernie Feldmann, Jr., “Since my five years on ...

Rocky shoreline a challenge for many

HANOVER — The Lake Erie shoreline in Hanover is noticeably different this summer. Property owners like Jim Neaf have noticed unusual amounts of rocks and gravel that washed up this spring, along with the usual lake debris. However, due to DEC regulations, it looks like the rocks must stay ...

Summer events underway at Anderson-Lee Library

SILVER CREEK — If the Anderson-Lee Library isn’t the first place that comes to mind when thinking of summer fun, it should be. The library finished its third week of summer festivities, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy! The week began with Monday’s visit from Jerry the ...

All Arkwright wind towers are up

ARKWRIGHT — Kellen Ingalls, project manager for EDP Renewables had a long awaited report for the town of Arkwright this past week. “We’ve got 36 of 36 turbines up, that’s 100 percent,” said Ingalls. Many on the board and in the room breathed a sigh of relief as that news came ...

No final decision made on Red House future

CASSADAGA — Owners of the Red House will have to wait a while longer before finding out if they can resume normal business operations. At last week’s meeting of the Cassadaga Village Board, the zoning issue of Frisbee Road was discussed, but no action was taken by the board regarding the ...

Body located near Sherman, believed to be missing man

SHERMAN – A body found in the town of Sherman late Thursday has not been identified as of Friday night. The body was found late Thursday night after police agencies spent a day searching the area in and around the Heron Farm and Event Center where the Great Blue Heron Music Festival is held ...

Council helped plot path of methadone clinic

Call it a reprieve of sorts — for at least three current Dunkirk Common Council members. On Wednesday, Mayor Wilfred Rosas announced that Hispanos Unidos of Buffalo would be seeking another location for its proposed opiod and methadone clinic in the city. It’s unfortunate the Park Avenue ...

Open board seat announced

The Fredonia Central School District office released an official notice of a board seat opening a day after accepting Dan Ihasz’s surprising resignation during its regular Tuesday meeting. During that same meeting, former Middle School Principal Andrew Ludwig announced to the board his ...

Investigation continuing into Deer Street fire

An investigation is continuing into what sparked a fire that ripped through a vacant home in the city and spread to a next-door residence. Fire Chief Mike Edwards said the investigation is being led by city and county fire investigators. Edwards said fire investigators are looking into a ...

Villenova Town Board tables windmill vote

VILLENOVA — Following the county planning board’s decision to table its recommendation to the Hanover and Villenova town boards regarding the proposed amendments to the Ball Hill Wind Project, the Villenova Town Board passed a resolution granting the county an extension until July 30. ...

Officials to put forward strategy for potential redevelopment at NRG site

Public officials from various government levels are expected to meet in the near future to formulate a strategy for potential redevelopment of the Dunkirk power plant site. As for options, Assemblyman Andy Goodell says there’s a few to be considered. Goodell says the first analysis will be ...

Officially Over: Leaders disappointed over NRG’s failure to repower

NRG officially announced Wednesday its plans to forgo repowering the Dunkirk power plant from coal to natural gas. For local officials, it came as a disappointment following years of work to keep the project on track. State Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, was the first public official to relay ...

Ripley School Finance Committee yet to meet

The Ripley Central School District began to heal as Board President Bob Bentley described it after William Caldwell was announced as the new district superintendent during a June board of education meeting. Following a failed school budget re-vote, Bentley told the OBSERVER the finance ...

Clinic agrees to seek new site, mayor says

OBSERVER Staff Report It appears the methadone clinic will be looking at other options for a future site in Dunkirk. Mayor Willie Rosas announced Wednesday afternoon that after meeting for several hours with officials from Hispanics United of Buffalo in regard to the proposed opioid clinic, ...

NRG releases official statement

NRG has issued the following statement: "NRG has withdrawn its Dunkirk application from the NYISO 2017 Class Year interconnection process. We appreciate the unwavering support of Dunkirk and Chautauqua County, including the efforts of U.S. Representative Tom Reed, Senator Cathy Young, ...

County Planning Board tables decision on wind project

The Chautauqua County Planning Board tabled its decision regarding a proposed amendment to the Ball Hill Wind Energy Project in Villenova and Hanover that would allow wind turbines to reach 599 feet, taller than any land-based turbines in the country. The decision came after a nearly hour-long ...

IT’S OFFICIAL: NRG pulling plug on repowering

Following years of highs and lows, repowering NRG’s Dunkirk power plant is a no-go. Top elected officials were reportedly made aware Monday of NRG’s decision to back off from the plant’s conversion from coal to a cleaner alternative in natural gas. A call to NRG regarding the matter ...