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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 ...

OBSERVER Photo by Andrew Kuczkowski
The New York & Lake Erie Railroad station in Gowanda was an epicenter for Christmas in Gowanda once again. The rides ignited a hype around trains, which helped shed the station’s stigma of being old and outdated.

Old trains, new again in Gowanda

COLLINS – Infrastructure may have taken a backseat in past years, but it is the backbone to transportation. Besides roads and bridges, railroads seem to have the stigma of being old and outdated. But maybe they are just old enough to be fashionable again. “What we want to do is use ...

Dunkirk resident Ray Rzepkowski  breaks the surface of Lake Erie during the recent Polar Bear Plunge in Silver Creek

Taking the chilly plunge

When people talk about the blistering heat of the desert, they often follow it up with the explanation “but it’s a dry heat.” And it’s true. I have visited places like Colorado with dry heat; it doesn’t feel quite as hot and uncomfortable as your mind thinks that it should. A dry ...

An aerial photo by Al Liedke shows the Routes 60 and 20 intersection in Fredonia. The edge of the village of Fredonia is on the left.

Unanswered questions

Chautauqua County Planning Department officials hope their input on a proposed traffic pattern change at Routes 60 and 20 will help mitigate any economic damage to businesses near that intersection. The county Planning Board — during a recent meeting at the LoGuidice Educational ...

Some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposals include: 
• Add fentanyl analogs to the controlled substances schedule;
• Create New York's first recovery high schools to help young people in recovery finish school;
• Empower voters to approve locally-designed plans that eliminate duplicative services.
• Modernize voting in New York; 
• Extend the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Awards.

From the governor’s desk

In three days, Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined over 100 proposals in six State of the State addresses last week. Last year, a $15 minimum wage and paid family leave highlighted Cuomo’s agenda. This year, making college tuition free to middle class families is the next big plan to come down the ...

OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox The lower floor of 260 Central Ave. in the village of Silver Creek has been leased, and will be occupied by a new business that will sell firefighting equipment.

Silver Creek rising

SILVER CREEK — If it’s true that one good turn deserves another, it’s also true that one piece of good news deserves a follow up. After the OBSERVER’s story about the changes happening in downtown Silver Creek (“New year, new Silver Creek?”) ran Jan. 1, Mayor Nick Piccolo ...

Progress made on J.N. Adam study

PERRYSBURG — The J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital has closed its doors… in 1993. It’s been a long, quiet road in reopening, and now required restoration, of the former medical campus in Perrysburg. However, New York state through Empire State Development is nearing its conclusion of a study ...

OBSERVER Photo by Rebecca Cuthbert
Town of Hanover officials look over their notes as they prepare to set several public hearings during this week’s town board meeting. From left: Councilman Louis Pelletter, Deputy Supervisor Kevin O’Connell, Councilman Bernard Feldmann Jr. and Councilman Wayne Ashley.

Hanover hits ground running in 2017

HANOVER — Even with Town Supervisor Todd Johnson out sick, Hanover officials didn’t waste time during the first regular workshop and meeting of 2017. With Deputy Supervisor Kevin O’Connell leading the discussion, board members conducted two public hearings, voted on several items, and ...