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Staying the course: 15th MDA Bike Run crosses county, raises $8,100

Special to the OBSERVER STOCKTON — The 15th annual MDA Bike Run and Campout was held on Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1 at Chautauqua County Fireman’s Fraternity Campgrounds. The event was sponsored by Dunkirk Moniuszko Club, and co-sponsored by The American Legion Riders of WNY. The weekend was ...

Dessert theme falls into place

You may have noticed that we have somewhat of a pumpkin theme going on here. I’m actually not sure what number this is in the line-up of recent pumpkin recipes that I have shared as of late, but it’s been a few. That’s just because this season means pumpkin to me. I understand that some ...

Sons of Liberty summer ride benefits area veterans group

The Sons of Liberty — Military and Veteran Support Riding Club— is thanking all who took part in our Disabled American Veterans Motorcycle Run over the summer. All the riders who showed up July 20 to partake in the run itself, the people and businesses who donated to our basket raffles, ...

Family members of Sgt. Gerald Raeymacker were presented with his honors and medals during services.

Dunkirk’s Raeymacker receives one final tribute

Moments before he died, U.S. Army Sgt. Gerald Raeymacker was scurrying on the battlefields, helping a wounded friend to safety in North Korea. It was a letter from fellow U.S. Army soldier Louis Reel that gave details to the Raeymacker family in 1953 on how their brother and son from Dunkirk ...

The Rev. Daniel Walsh leads the Mass on Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Family, community pay respects to Sgt. Gerald Raeymacker

Veterans, community members and family were in attendance this morning for Mass of Christian burial for Sgt. Gerald B. Raeymacker, who returned home from the Korean War after 70 years. Services were at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church followed by a procession from the church to Willowbrook ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Maker Faire perfect for learning, exploring

The Mini Maker Faire took place at the State University of New York at Fredonia on Saturday bringing out plenty of exhibits and many residents. The first photo is Doug Mellors of Westfield explaining how he makes his homemade wooden magic wands, at the Fredonia Mini Maker Faire. OBSERVER ...

Over budget, Fredonia construction moving along

The Fredonia Central School District is doing significant renovations to streamline, update and beautify the campus. However, Board of Education members had to approve tens of thousands of dollars in change orders and that displeased them. SPENDING MORE MONEY “There were omissions and ...

State Senate Candidates Debate Education Spending

This is part one of a four-part series MAYVILLE — Can state education spending be reined in while still providing school districts enough funding to continue teaching students at a high-level. Both candidates, George Borrello, Republican, Conservative, Independence and Libertarian parties ...

Pine Valley prepares for capital project, new superintendent

SOUTH DAYTON — The Pine Valley Central School District is moving ahead on its capital project as well as nearing selection of its next leader. A vote is set for Nov. 12 on a $9.8 million proposed capital improvements project that would take effect in 2021. The district is also down to three ...

County unveils proposed Ripley Gateway project

RIPLEY — County officials unveiled plans for a proposed gateway center to be located off Interstate 90 in Ripley at a special meeting Friday. County Executive George Borello introduced the plan to the public in Meeder's Restaurant on Main Street in Ripley. The plan is the result of a ...

City soldier who fought in Korea returns home a hero 70 years later

Escorted by the Patriot Guard motorcycles from the Buffalo airport, Sgt. Gerald B. Raeymacker returned to where he grew up after 70 years. Members of the Sons of Liberty, New York State Police and family members were part of the ride from the Queen City to Dunkirk, where Raeymacker arrived at ...

City discusses paving projects

As the warm weather is drawing to a close, questions abound regarding the paving of city streets. At this week’s Dunkirk’s Common Council meeting, Fourth Ward candidate hopeful Nancy Nichols asked about when the residents could expect to see paving actually be done. It was noted at a prior ...

First phase of construction for Ripley Beach Town Park underway

RIPLEY — Plans for the makeover of Ripley Beach have begun to become a reality. Work began recently on the first phase of construction for a Ripley Beach Town Park redesign. This segment involves resurfacing the Ripley Beach road and clearing an area for parking and a turn-around large ...

Sweating the small stuff at election time

Early voting in Chautauqua County and the rest of New York state begins in eight days. Judging from the recently held League of Women Voters debates in Dunkirk and Jamestown, many seem ready to make their selection today. One more gathering, which is hosted by the League’s Chautauqua County ...

DUNKIRK KOREAN WAR VET SGT. GERALD B. RAEYMACKER IS HOME

Escorted by the Patriot Guard from the Buffalo airport, Sgt. Gerald B. Raeymacker returned to where he grew up after 70 years. Members of the Sons of Liberty, New York State Police and family members were part of the ride from the Queen City to Dunkirk, where Raeymacker arrived at the ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Sgt. Raeymacker is home

Sgt. Gerald B. Raeymacker returned to Dunkirk today — 70 after he left his hometown to serve his country in the Korean War. Included are photos from his arrival to the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.

WACS students visit DC, pay tribute to Korean War vet

Each year, Westfield Academy and Central School eighth-graders participate in a three-day trip to Gettysburg, Pa. and Washington, D.C. This year, these students had the opportunity to honor and pay tribute to Dunkirk’s fallen hero, Sgt. Gerald Raeymacker, while in Washington. The ...

Dunkirk town seeks tax cap override

The town of Dunkirk wants to override its state-mandated cap of tax raises. At its Tuesday night meeting, the Dunkirk Town Board set a public hearing for 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 6 about going over the cap, which is 2%. The public hearing on the 2020 town budget will follow at 7 p.m. and the board ...

County Legislature proposes no changes to DA’s budget

MAYVILLE — No changes were made to the proposed 2020 budget for the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office during a Chautauqua County Legislature Public Safety Committee meeting. On Wednesday, Patrick Swanson, Chautauqua County district attorney, discussed the reasons why he needs an ...

Mourer calls for freeze on building manufactured homes

Town of Dunkirk Code Enforcement Officer Ryan Mourer wants a moratorium on manufactured homes. Mourer told the Dunkirk Town Board Tuesday that such houses are not permitted outside of designated trailer parks, and he wants the moratorium so town officials can “clean up the zoning law” and ...