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Former Mayor Richard Frey served the city for 10 years.

Former Dunkirk Mayor Frey dies

Former Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey has died. The 10-year mayor was one of the city's biggest boosters while serving in office — and was key to a number of development iniatives, including the Boardwalk, the Chadwick Bay Lofts and the Tim Hortons location near the waterfront. He also was the ...

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Fredonia Schools’ Superintendent Jeffrey Sortisio discusses his vision for a comprehensive program that could include a school resource officer at Tuesday’s board of education meeting. Sortisio told board members a comprehensive program must be defined before the district and village commit to one another.

Fredonia revisits SRO topic

Discussions over a possible school resource officer are beginning between Fredonia Schools’ Superintendent Jeffrey Sortisio and Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers. The school has gone without a resource officer for a few years, and an agreement couldn’t be made between the village and ...

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This boat was found on Webster Road in Arkwright last Thursday.

Dumpers leave boat on side of road in Arkwright

ARKWRIGHT — Arkwright Town Supervisor Fred Norton received an interesting phone call of a road-side boat last Thursday morning. “She had just driven home,” Norton said of the caller, “and she lives on Webster Road and there was a boat on the road. I said, ‘What?’” Maybe the ...

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Snow adorns an excavator parked behind the old Revere Inn in Silver Creek. The demolition project, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has been rescheduled for tomorrow morning around 10 a.m.

Revere Inn demolition postponed for Thursday

SILVER CREEK — The project to demolish the old Revere Inn, located at 240 Central Avenue, has been put on hold for two days. The demolition was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but contractors cited strong lake-effect winds as the reason for the postponement. “(The workers) were worried ...

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Winter conditions caused multiple motor vehicle accidents Tuesday afternoon throughout Chautauqua County.

Drive safe

A blast of snow contributed to dozens of motor vehicle crashes Tuesday, local police agencies said. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office alone responded to 24 crashes beginning around 6 a.m. That amounted to about two an hour through the early evening hours. Sheriff Joe Gerace said ...

Three charged with crack cocaine possession

Three people were taken into custody Monday night for allegedly possessing illegal drugs. According to the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, on Monday at about 7:40 p.m., officers from the New York State Parole, City of Dunkirk Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s ...

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Submitted Photo Pictured are newly arrived first grade students from Puerto Rico at School 3 who attend Miss Campese class. They were bundled up and got to see and feel the snow for the first time! The children said they were astonished!

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In just a few months, Chautauqua County’s emergency services vehicles have responded to 365 calls for assistance. The vehicles, which provide advances emergency care and personnel, assist local fire departments in the county.

Fly car system deemed a success by county, EMS officials

Fly cars do not have wings, but some might consider them guardian angels. The rapid-response emergency service vehicle system has been effective in the first few months of operation being in existence, according to various emergency services officials. In the emergency services field, that ...

Gowanda responds to details regarding proposed school project

GOWANDA — At the end of the public forum meeting for the $41.5 million capital project — which still has not been put to vote — the attendees were given and responded to surveys of their thoughts on it. Sixteen survey results were available online for the Gowanda Board of Education ...

26 caught with fake IDs in crackdown

Those under 21 are having an easier time obtaining fake licenses. However, the state’s “Operation Prevent” is cracking down on the fictitious forms of identification, and it yielded more than 20 arrests in downtown Fredonia last week. In all, 26 individuals ages 18 to 20 were ...

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In board matters, trustees the 2018 meeting schedule and a request from Village Hall staff to close Village Hall on Friday, Dec. 22 and Dec. 29. The board also approved various budget transfers to cover unanticipated overages within certain departments.

Work continues regarding water discoloration issues

Work to remedy discolored water issues in certain areas of Fredonia continues following a state of emergency that was issued in late November. During a Monday gathering, Mayor Athanasia Landis told trustees that a draft proposal was drawn up by O’Brien & Gere regarding the scope of the ...

Pictured is an aerial view of the Forestville High School. The board is proposing a $3 million capital project, to be voted on in May 2018, part of which, if approved, will go toward replacing the 62-year-old roof.

Forestville gearing up for capital project publicity

FORESTVILLE — Superintendent of Schools Renee Garrett updated the board during a recent meeting about a proposed $3 million capital project proposal scheduled for a May 18, 2018 vote. There are several significant areas of concern the project is seeking to remedy, said Garrett. The first ...

No more money or studying water district for Fredonia

Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis says no more village money will be spent studying its water system versus the North Chautauqua County Water District. During a meeting in early November, Landis took a moment to discuss chatter during election season regarding the village’s water system. ...

Drainage issues arise during mold abatement at town hall

HANOVER — The Hanover Town Board was informed by contractors that an additional $16,500 is required in the town hall mold abatement project, if the board wanted them to fix the drainage issues that created the mold in the first place. Apparently, a significant amount of soil build-up around ...

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John Tobia sits at his desk in his office at North Collins Town Hall. Tobia recently earned the vice presidency for the Erie County Association of Towns.

North Collins Supervisor elected VP of Erie County Association of Towns

NORTH COLLINS — North Collins Town Supervisor John Tobia earned the spot for vice president of the Erie County Association of Towns. Despite being a town with lower population than those closer to the city of Buffalo, Tobia was given the role. “It means more responsibility in Erie ...

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Diane’s Sugar Shack Creations of Eden was one of the many vendors for the largest craft and vendor show, The Friends of the Village, Inc. says.

Christmas in Angola goes back to basics

ANGOLA — The 18th annual Christmas in the village of Angola stayed true to its heart, as the event gave children smiles, residents saw the most out of local businesses and all of it was free of charge. “We love it. We have many children in our area that need something like this,” one of ...

Proposal details spike in Portland-Pomfret-Dunkirk sewer rates

Sewer rates could see a hike for users within the Portland-Pomfret-Dunkirk Sewer District if approvals are garnered by its board and the Chautauqua County Legislature. A notice mailed to users details a proposed fixed, annual rate of $440 for those in Van Buren Point and Shore Acres. For all ...

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The decision to move Brooks Memorial Hospital from the city of Dunkirk to the property off Route 20 in Pomfret surprised many, including Town Supervisor Don Steger, who told the OBSERVER that it wasn’t something he thought the town was in the running for.

Supervisor reacts to hospital relocation

A little over two months have passed since a decision was announced regarding the Brooks Memorial Hospital relocation from the city of Dunkirk to a new site in the town of Pomfret. The choice surprised many, including city officials and residents who weren’t pleased. For Town Supervisor ...

Recent incidents at Dunkirk High School has parents and administrators looking to bring in a resource officer.

School Safety

It was during a November school day that parent Deven Freitas said his son was confronted by another student inside the Dunkirk High School. Both were in the hallway as class was in session when the student pulled a knife and swiped it at Freitas’ son. While he told the OBSERVER his son ...

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Dr. Ziya Arnavut, Department chair of Computer Sciences at SUNY Fredonia with recent graduate and soon to be programmer for Microsoft in Dallas, Texas, Taylor Roesler. Many are predicting the FCC will vote in favor of abolishing net neutrality on Thursday, something the large internet service providers (Comcase, AT&T, Verizon, et. al.) have been pushing for.

World wide web dilemma

What do Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Uber, Netflix, Airbnb and eBay all have in common? At least a couple of things. One, they started from nothing and evolved to be internet giants, as ubiquitous as the weather. Two, they are part of the Internet Association (IA), staunch ...