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Resident Paul Luce shows the Fredonia Village Board a bottle of yellowish-brownish water — the same water that comes out of his home’s faucets.

Why is the water brown?

The tide will rise for Fredonia water and sewer fees on June 1, and with that rise comes a promise washing ashore for some village residents with discolored water. The village board on Monday voted unanimously to carve the new usage rates into stone, with Trustee Marc Ruckman not present to ...

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Hanover Town Board members discuss damage done to town roads recently by a private contractor hired by a resident. From left are Deputy Supervisor Kevin O’Connell and Councilman Wayne Ashley.

Botch the street, feel the heat

HANOVER — When builders seem more like demolition professionals, there’s a problem. At Monday’s town board workshop, Hanover officials discussed a recent case of construction-gone-wrong in Hanford Bay — and mistakes like that cost a lot of money to fix. “We have three new houses ...

City considers rental regulations in memory of past councilwoman

Former Councilwoman Rose Floramo may have passed away, but an issue she fought for is still very much alive. At the recent Economic Development Committee meeting, current council members heard a presentation on a rental housing registration law. The proposal of a law to hold landlords and ...

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Peter George, member of the Citizens for a Better Cassadaga organization, and George Spanos, county public facilities director, discuss a shoulder expansion project along Dale Drive in Cassadaga at a recent Public Facilities Committee meeting. On Thursday, the Audit and Control Committee tabled the request in order to get an advisory opinion from the Planning Board.

Cassadaga’s Dale Drive project sent to Planning Board

MAYVILLE — County funding for a road project in Cassadaga is on hold until the Planning Board gives its review. County legislators on the Audit and Control Committee tabled a request to allocate funding and proceed with a proposed shoulder expansion project on both sides of Dale Drive. ...

Scrutiny over Robbins’ mental health delays trial

MAYVILLE — Just two weeks shy of a second-degree murder trial, Keith L. Robbins is facing greater scrutiny over his mental health — and consequently, will not begin trial for several months. On Monday, Robbins, the 36-year-old Jamestown man accused of murdering his estranged wife in ...

Hector J. Camacho Jr.

Shots fired

At last one person was taking shots, not drinking them, according to Dunkirk Police. Officers responded to the Halas Hotel Bar for a report of a large fight with multiple gunshots around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Upon arrival to the Second Street establishment, Dunkirk Police, assisted by officers ...

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The family of Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Link had the chance to see for the first time K-9 Link and Sheriff K-9 Handler Chad Wright. Pictured from the left are: Kelly Link, Kevin’s wife; Robert Link, brother; Doug Owen, brother-in-law; Maggie Owen, sister; Miranda Owen, niece; K-9 Link and Wright. Not pictured is Rena Fox-Link, sister-in-law, who was also in attendance.

The links that bind

Link, a young K-9 within the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, is entering his fourth week of training. Sheriff’s deputies Chad Wright and Bryan Burmaster say the energy and demeanor of the 15-month-old German shepherd reflect the deputy he was named after. Deputy Kevin Link was a ...

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Surrounded by law enforcement representatives and animal advocates, state Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean; Assemblyman Matthew Titone, D-Staten Island; and K-9 Officer Mitchell announced bipartisan support for “Mitchell’s Law.”

Young announces bipartisan support for Mitchell’s Law

Thanks to the heroic actions of the Jamestown Police Department’s K-9 Officer Mitchell, a suspected murderer is off the streets. Unfortunately, such heroics came with a cost for Mitchell, who was grievously injured when confronting Keith L. Robbins at a 2 Todd Ave. residence in November. ...

Zoning board to weigh in on city housing development

A housing development will be coming to Lake Shore Drive East in Dunkirk if an appeal is granted at Tuesday’s zoning board meeting. Potential purchaser of 468 Lake Shore Drive East, Erie Land Development LLC, would like permission to construct eleven 8-unit apartment buildings and car ...

School officer is still a work in progress for Dunkirk

The Dunkirk City School District’s idea to have a school resource officer, but at a lesser cost, is moving — slowly. It was reported at the recent Dunkirk Board of Education meeting that the idea of an “in house” SRO is a ‘work in progress. “I would say we’re classifying ...

Sinclairville, Charlotte and Gerry are continuing to explore merging the three municipalities and having a centralized highway facility on the grounds of the Cassadaga Valley Middle/High School.

Joining forces

In a world of an increasing need to share services and save money, the towns of Charlotte and Gerry, and the village of Sinclairville, are considering consolidation in a big way — dissolve the village of Sinclairville, and merge Charlotte and Gerry into one entity. John Crossley, supervisor ...

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County Legislator George Borrello (right) speaks to the Silver Creek Village Board about the resolution of support to participate in the county’s phase two Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition application.

Hanover, Silver Creek eye shared court building

Sometimes ideas pick up momentum fast. That was the case with a shared Silver Creek-Hanover municipal and court facility. The town and village work together regularly and the conversation came out of the task force that negotiated a joint sheriff’s contract between the two municipalities. ...

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Kids scream while spinning on a ride at Rediscover Gowanda. The weekend-long event continues through today.

Rediscover Gowanda brings locals downtown

GOWANDA — Rediscover Gowanda did its job for the hundreds of people who attended the gala thus far, with Sunday’s events still to come. From Friday night to all day Saturday, the weekend-long festival showed newcomers to the village the multitude of stores, products and boutiques has to ...

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Theo Collins delivers the commencement address for the 67th annual JCC commencement ceremony.

JCC celebrates 67th annual commencement ceremony

JAMESTOWN — For hundreds of ambitious, hard-working and understandably relieved Jamestown Community College students, a lifetime of academic dedication and perseverance has finally reached its culmination. And yet, for every single one of those students, a new journey is just ...

Lily Dale Assembly members stand with their $10,000 check to help fund a butterfly habitat.

Community connection

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation held its Spring 2017 community grant awards open house earlier this week at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator in the city of Dunkirk, as grateful grant winners showed up to mingle, pick up their checks and pose for photos. Twenty-eight ...

OBSERVER File Photo. When a man was pinned by a tree in his yard on April 12 in the city, no one was able to anticipate yet another problem — the inability to understand the Spanish-speaking resident.

Hablas espanol? City wants Spanish-speaking firefighter

When a man ended up being pinned by a tree that he was trying to cut down in his yard on April 12 in the city of Dunkirk, no one could anticipate that there’d be more problems than the obvious, at the time, that would arise. According to Third Ward Councilman Adelino Gonzalez Jr., the man ...

Jessica Wisniewski (left) with County Executive Vince Horrigan.

Fredonia woman named new county HR director

MAYVILLE — A new county human resources director has been selected. Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan announced Friday his selection of Jessica Wisniewski as the one to succeed outgoing director Joseph Porpiglia. The county executive’s appointment is subject to the County ...

OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox. The Hanover Boat Launch.

Hanover gets 2nd $75K dredging grant

HANOVER — Getting money back for a bill that’s already been paid may sound like a fantasy, but that’s exactly what’s happening in the town of Hanover concerning last spring’s Cattaraugus Creek dredging project. Dean Marine & Excavating, out of the Detroit, Michigan area, did ...

Trustee ‘appalled’ by money throwing

The Fredonia Village Board is in agreement that it will not tolerate the throwing of any items during its meetings. At a recent meeting, Trustee Phyllis Jones brought up an incident last month in which a resident threw a $20 bill at the board as part of a heated argument involving the Barker ...