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Patrick S. Thompson

Body of missing man found

WESTFIELD — On Wednesday at about 3 p.m. the Westfield Police Department was called to a location off Bourne Street in the village of Westfield. Upon arrival, a body was discovered in a wooded area by the railroad tracks. The Chautauqua County coroner's office was called to the location. It ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino
The city will move forward with a ground lease for a hotel to be developed on the lot between the Clarion Hotel and Tim Hortons on Lake Shore Drive.

Hotel lease moves ahead

Dunkirk is one step closer to finalizing a contract with developers of a waterfront hotel. The Common Council entered into executive session during its regular meeting to discuss a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute the final ground lease with Erie Land Development LLC as well as ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino
A group of Dunkirk seniors pose during their cleanup of Memorial Park Wednesday during Senior Sweep.

Ready, set, sweep!

Nearly 50 of Dunkirk High School’s seniors took to the city streets and parks Wednesday morning for the annual Senior Sweep. All students donned Senior Sweep T-shirts and gloves and took a trash bag provided by the city before heading out in groups to pick up any litter they could find. ...

SCCS: Not ‘blocking’ mementos

SILVER CREEK — Despite worries circulating on Facebook that the long-held tradition of “Moving Up Day” bricks is coming to a close, it just isn’t so. However, the tradition is changing. A iPetition has appeared in many Facebook feeds recently, proclaiming “STOP THE PAINTING OVER OF ...

Photo by Remington Whitcomb
Camp Onyahsa Camp Director Jon O’Brian is pictured with campers outside the boating and canoeing station during opening week of the camp season.

Camp Onyahsa to host free camp for children with Type-1 Diabetes

DEWITVILLE — To better serve local children with chronic illness, Camp Onyahsa will host a week of free camp for children with Type-1 Diabetes beginning Sunday. This year’s camp, entitled Yowidica, or Youth With Diabetes Camp, is a continuation of a pilot camp from last year. The previous ...

OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox. The failed stucco finish on the Fredonia Fire Hall’s hose tower is slowly but surely being addressed.

Fredonia hires engineer for fire hall repairs

The village of Fredonia has gotten the ball rolling on repairs to the failed stucco finish on the fire hall’s hose tower. Village board members recently approved an $8,000 agreement with the engineering firm Nussbaumer & Clarke Inc. by a unanimous vote. The firm will prepare construction ...

Legislators give thumbs up for Dale Drive project

MAYVILLE — A county road shoulder project in Cassadaga gained legislators’ support at Monday’s Public Facilities Committee meeting in Mayville. Committee members voted 3-1 to authorize the Department of Public Facilities to proceed with the shoulder expansion on Dale Drive in Cassadaga. ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino
A group of city employees attended Tuesday’s Common Council workshop to hear about the proposed local law changes to restructure the department of public works.

City approves restructuring despite nervous employees’ pleas

Change can be difficult, but it can also be positive and necessary to move forward. That was Mayor Willie Rosas’ rationale when he asked the Dunkirk Common Council to consider two local laws amending the City Charter. Two public hearings were held Tuesday on those local laws that would ...

OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox. Theresa Andrews (right) is given a ballot by elections inspector Cheryl Gawronski (left) during the Dunkirk Public Library budget vote and election on Tuesday. Also pictured is elections inspector Wilma Dopler.

Voters reject Dunkirk Public Library budget increase of $8,000

Voters in the Dunkirk City School District on Tuesday rejected an increase in the Dunkirk Public Library’s budget. The unofficial tally was 91 people against the increase and 72 for it. As a result, the library will have to absorb an increase in the minimum wage come January. “We will ...

Bill to close LLC loophole approved by State Assembly

A loophole within state law could be closed to address large and unchecked campaign contributions by limited liability corporations. However, local state representatives oppose the measure. Recently, state Assembly members voted in favor of legislation to eliminate a provision within ...

OBSERVER Photo by Rebecca Cuthbert
This allegedly illegal sign, proclaiming “Wells Park,” has been installed by a resident at the end of a paper road in the village of Silver Creek.

Resident can’t ‘park’ sign on village property

SILVER CREEK — At the end of Madison Avenue, a cluster of lawn chairs waits, ready for neighbors who want to sit and watch the sunset. Full planters and quirky yard art further mark the well-manicured area as a gathering space. But it’s not a park. This was the point of Alex David, a ...

Photo by Jimmy McCarthy
Great Lakes researcher and SUNY Fredonia professor Sherri Mason reaches the finish line of her 15.5-mile swim on Chautauqua Lake on Monday. Starting at Lakeside Park in Mayville, she finished at Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron. The swim was timed at 10 hours and 37 minutes.

Successful swim

CELORON — Nothing but elation emanated from Sherri Mason as she emerged from Chautauqua Lake on Monday having completed a 15.5-mile swim. Upon her exit from the water, she acknowledged being a little waterlogged too. Nonetheless, at age 44, Mason said it’s her biggest physical achievement ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino James and Marcia Merrins, center, received the George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award Monday at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation’s Annual meeting. They are pictured with President Kathy Brinkman, left, and Executive Director Diane Hannum, right.

NCCF awards philanthropy, community service

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation ended its 30th year with awards and highlights of the grantmaking organization’s banner year. NCCF awards the George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award to those who exemplify its namesake in terms of his passion for local philanthropy and community ...

OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox
The Fredonia Village Board approved serial bond resolutions for large projects involving upgrades and improvements at the wastewater and water treatment plants during a recent meeting. Pictured, from left: Trustees Douglas Essek and Phyllis Jones and Village Administrator Richard St. George.

Fredonia commits $6.4M to water plants

Village of Fredonia officials are not waiting for the proverbial well to run dry, considering water and sewer rates jumped less than three weeks ago. Last week, the village board unanimously approved serial bond resolutions for $4.8 million in upgrades and improvements at the wastewater ...

OBSERVER Photo by Jordan W. Patterson

Rise up …

Dunkirk’s Memorial Park filled up Saturday and again on Sunday for one purpose — to celebrate the end of slavery. The 22nd annual Juneteenth Celebration, sponsored by the Juneteenth 2017 Celebration Committee, was in full effect this past weekend and the theme of this year's event was ...

“We discussed this at a       committee   meeting and this is nothing       different than the school district requesting a bilingual teacher to teach the   students of our city.”
Third Ward Councilman Adelino Gonzalez

Lost in translation

The Dunkirk Common Council will revisit a walk-in resolution for a bilingual firefighter Tuesday. The first time around, some councilmember felt there needed to be more discussion. Third Ward Councilman Adelino Gonzalez first brought up the issue two months ago after an incident in which a ...

Cherry Creek to brief public on dissolution

CHERRY CREEK — Interested stakeholders will have an opportunity to learn more about the village of Cherry Creek’s dissolution process on Wednesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Cherry Creek Fire Hall. Acting Mayor Bruce Hendricks informed the OBSERVER of the upcoming meeting in a recent ...

OBSERVER Photo by Jeremy Izzio
While the view of the beach in this photo is a sight to behold, to those who live along Beachview Drive in Silver Creek, it could be a lot more picturesque — if the village would stop dredging.

Dredging a drag at Silver Creek boatlaunch

A number of beachfront properties in Silver Creek are having problems with the issues that dredging the creek causes, as proven when a number of residents spoke up at the recent Silver Creek meeting. Tony Favorito, of 8 Beachview Drive, approached the board to present his findings regarding ...

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Celebrating a dad’s return

USMC Sgt. Kyle Schultz, along with several other members of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines returned to Camp Pendleton, Calif., this spring following a seven-month deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Japan. There was a heart-wrenching reunion when he arrived back in California ...

Five Star Urgent Care coming to Dunkirk

Another new health care facility is on the horizon for the town of Dunkirk. A Five Star Urgent Care hopes to break ground on Vineyard Drive by this time next year. Dr. John Radford, Five Star founder and chief executive offer, stated that due to his personal ties to the Dunkirk area, when his ...