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Erik Lundquist

Jamestown native to perform in inauguration parade

A 2009 Jamestown High School graduate and member of the United States Air Force is expected to play an important role in the Inauguration of the President-Elect Donald Trump on Friday. Erik Lundquist was awarded a position playing the euphonium in the premier group over the summer, and after ...

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Participants hold signs as they gather near the Ohio Statehouse steps during the Ohio Sister March on Washington in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday. A similar march will take place in Washington , D.C. Saturday and 51 locals will be in attendance.

Headed to the march

Thousands of women from all over the country, including a segment from Chautauqua County, are participating in the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday in the wake of the inauguration of now-President Donald Trump. Fredonian Angela Pucciarelli, Jamestown Community College’s assistant ...

OBSERVER Photo by Dan Kohler

MINOR SCARE: Fire quickly doused

Firefighters were called to a small fire in a waste basket at Cassadaga Valley Middle/High School on Thursday around 4:15 p.m. Sources on the scene said the fire, which was located in the wood shop, was quickly extinguished and the basket was placed outdoors. Firefighters from Gerry, Silver ...

DiNapoli critical of Gowanda school estimates, fund balances

An audit released Thursday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is critical of  financial actions and budget plans by the Gowanda Central School district in recent years. In the report, the office says the Gowanda schools overestimated appropriations by $6.2 million for the last three ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino.
Howard Avenue, Dunkirk

Filling the gap

Two bridges in Northern Chautauqua County have been awarded state funding. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Wednesday announced $20.3 million in funding to rehabilitate and replace 15 bridges and culverts across Western New York. The funding, provided through Round One of the Governor’s BRIDGE NY ...

“... if you’re going to do that in Chautauqua County, there’s going to be
consequences and we’re not going to give you a break.”
-District Attorney Patrick Swanson

One and done

MAYVILLE — The message is stern and the warning is clear regarding new gun policy set forth by Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson. Commit a crime with a gun, you’re done. Carry a firearm illegally and you’re going to be held accountable. Swanson came before county ...

Two nabbed in Mayville for Molly

MAYVILLE — Police arrested two Erie, Pa., men Wednesday after reportedly finding them unresponsive in a parked vehicle with Molly, narcotics-related paraphernalia and money. Molly is a drug that is powder of a crystal form of a methamphetamine. It also is made up of a toxic mix of ...

Westfield and Ripley land water grants

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has announced two major grants for water infrastructure systems in Chautauqua County — one for Ripley and the other for Westfield. “We care about helping our local communities improve their water systems because it bolsters the regional economy, lightens the burden for ...

City could have nine retire under incentive

A recently approved retirement incentive could be utilized by nine or more employees in the city of Dunkirk. In December, the Common Council approved a contract with its largest union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees AFL-CIO Local 912. That contract included a ...

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Three residents of St. Columban’s on the Lake celebrate their 100th birthdays with state Sen. Cathy Young. Pictured, from left: Home Administrator Sr. Corona Colleary, residents Vera Bell, Howard Bonhoff and Evelyn Martin and Sen. Young.

Seeing triple

SHERIDAN — St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home celebrated a milestone for three residents who are becoming centenarians. The three honorees are all local community members who now reside at the retirement home near Silver Creek. Born in 1916, Vera Bell, Howard Bonhoff and ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino.
Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas announces he will begin negotiations Monday for a new hotel on the city’s waterfront.

City heading to negotiating table on hotel

The development of a new hotel on Dunkirk’s waterfront is about to move into the negotiation phase. Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas announced at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting that he will be meeting with Erie Land Development LLC on Monday to negotiate the construction of a hotel on the ...

OBSERVER Photo by Rebecca Cuthbert.
The fountain in Silver Creek’s village square may be dark and silent now, but after it gets a facelift and a checkup thanks to the village board’s careful saving, it will be ready to roar to life for the summer months.

Silver Creek: Back in black

SILVER CREEK — While Silver Creek leaders can’t promise that financial troubles won’t strike again in the future, for now the village is solidly in the black, according to Mayor Nick Piccolo. At Tuesday’s village board meeting, officials voted on several financial matters, such as ...

Horrigan defends county’s investment approach

MAYVILLE — A New York state comptroller’s report criticizing county investments, salary and fringe benefits prompted response from County Executive Vince Horrigan on Tuesday. Horrigan came before the county Legislature’s Administrative Services Committee to relay disagreements with some ...

On June 8, 1866, a group of German immigrants created a fire company to help protect the citizens in the city of Dunkirk.

Hose 1 disbands after 150 years

All good things must come to an end. For the Dunkirk Fire Hose Company No. 1, that end comes after a distinguished 150 years serving the city of Dunkirk. In a letter to Fire Chief Michael Edwards, Mayor Wilfred Rosas and the Dunkirk Common Council, Hose 1 has requested its members be removed ...

Keynote speaker Dr. Cedric Howard, vice president of Student Affairs at SUNY Fredonia, addressed the crowd at Monday’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon in Dunkirk.

Dunkirk celebrates life, message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A contentious election. A divided country. Protests, unrest, hate crimes and suspicion. But this is not a description of the past: This is our Right Now. And that means we currently need Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, wisdom and calm tenacity every bit as much as we did half a ...

Gowanda’s Gateway Park lands funds

GOWANDA  — The Gowanda Area Redevelopment Corporation (GARC) was awarded an Environmental Restoration award by the Western New York chapter of the American Public Works Association for its construction of the Gateway Park in Gowanda. The award was one of many in Western New York, but the ...

10-14 E. Main St., Brocton

Falling building’s options studied

BROCTON — With Brocton’s Main Street in the grips of winter weather, a representative from an architectural firm returned to shed some new light on options for a disintegrating building in the village. Alma Brown of Clinton Brown Company Architecture PC was on hand recently for the ...

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A map of Dunkirk in the 1850s that ran in the Feb. 20, 1978 OBSERVER.

A colorful past

  There is respect in remembrance. Too often, persons of color have been written out of history. Preserving and retelling their stories now, though, is one small way to work toward a better future for everyone — internationally, across the country, and right here at home ...

Over $2M in grants caps off city’s year

If 2016 was the year for grants, 2017 will be the year for projects in the city of Dunkirk. Planning and Development Director Rebecca Yanus recently reviewed the grants the city received for economic development last year, which in all totalled over $2 million. Early in 2016, the city ...

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Duo makes dreams into reality at ‘The Well’ in North Collins

NORTH COLLINS — The heart of a community is where everyone goes in times of need, times of celebration and times of reunion. That heart beats in North Collins right on Main Street, Route 62, in a newly named building called The Well That Never Runs Dry. The name is symbolic for the family ...