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DOT declines comment on roundabout lawsuit

The New York State Department of Transportation is remaining tight-lipped in the wake of pending litigation regarding the routes 20 and 60 roundabout project in Fredonia. Susan Surdej, regional public information officer, offered the following statement on Tuesday in response to a request for ...

Hospital will not be forgotten

With Brooks Memorial Hospital’s imminent move from its current Central Avenue location, the city of Dunkirk is keeping up with what will happen to the building it will leave behind. Mayor Willie Rosas said he has kept in touch with Brooks’ CEO Mary LaRowe and Kaleida representatives on ...

Horrigan presents countywide shared services plan

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan believes the area can thrive if efficiencies in local government are realized, and he is aiming to give information to the voters to help in this process. Horrigan held a public hearing on a countywide shared services initiative Tuesday at the ...

Reed adding name to Collins’ SAFE act repeal bill

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed is adding his name to a bill that would limit a state’s authority to regulate rifles and shotguns. During a Tuesday conference call, Reed, R-Corning, said he’s cosponsoring U.S. Rep. Chris Collins’ Second Amendment Guarantee Act bill that would keep states and local ...

Sale nears for former Bertges property

After years of seeking development for the former Bertges property, the Dunkirk Local Development Corporation is nearing a sale for the waterfront parcels. Last year, the DLDC sought the help of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency to market the property on Lake Shore Drive and ...

Round and round we go

Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis announced to the village board during Monday’s meeting that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has rescinded all approvals for the proposed roundabout project at the Route 20 and Route 60 intersection in Fredonia. The decision by DOT ...

Perrysburg supervisor passes; legacy, impact continues in town

PERRYSBURG – Residents are in shock as a local leader, politician, but most importantly, a friend has passed away on Sunday. Town Supervisor Dennis C. Stopen, 76, died at his home, leaving a void in the board and in the community. “He was a dedicated veteran and him and his wife decided ...

Red Cross to install smoke alarms, implement evacuation plans for locals

An awareness campaign by the American Red Cross is looking to help local residents implement proper fire safety measures in their homes. Local officials gathered with Ken Turner, Western and Central New York regional disaster program director, on Monday at the American Red Cross’ Jamestown ...

LAWSUIT STALLS PROPOSED FREDONIA ROUNDABOUT

The New York State Department of Transportation has rescinded all approvals for the proposed massive roundabout project at the intersection at US Route 20 and NY Route 60 in the village of Fredonia. The rescission came in the wake of a lawsuit filed in the State Supreme Court by McDonald's ...

Irreversible

CHERRY CREEK — There’s no turning back now; the village of Cherry Creek will, in fact, dissolve at the end of the year and become the hamlet of Cherry Creek. After the village board approved a final dissolution plan on June 26, a 45-day waiting period ensued for anyone wishing to ...

Pet project progresses

With the lease agreement finalized, one lot in the city of Dunkirk is going to the dogs very soon. In June, the Dunkirk Common Council approved a resolution to lease 1.5 acres at 855 Main St. Extension for an off-leash dog park. The city received a $10,000 grant from Nestle Purina to ...

Ag pride

Sirens could be heard. Police, ambulances and fire engines could be seen in downtown Fredonia. But in fact, it was time for celebration. The annual Farm Festival hosted its yearly parade to bring the festival to an end, Sunday afternoon. Temple Street in Fredonia was lined with people from ...

Housing complex seeks assessment decrease again

Fredonia Temple/Brigham Apartments LLC is seeking a significant decrease in its assessed value for the third time in just as many years. Fredonia Village Board members recently approved forwarding a notice of petition and petition from the collegiate housing complex to the town of Pomfret, ...

NEW PERSPECTIVE FOR PERSIA

PERSIA — Throughout a process of creating a comprehensive plan called ‘Vision 2025,’ Persia Town Board has gathered information on its history and created goals in preparation for future grant applications. Meanwhile, the town has already seen benefits before being able to present the ...

Reed makes call for more ‘respect’

When U.S. Rep. Tom Reed participated in last week’s Community Forum on Poverty at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Dunkirk, it was quite calm and subdued compared to some of his other recent visits to Chautauqua County. During town hall meetings across Congressional District 23 ...

County eyes consolidation of area courts

Increased caseloads and limited staffing are keeping the Chautauqua County Public Defender and District Attorney offices busy nowadays. Add the 30-plus local courts throughout the county that assistant district attorneys and public defenders need to be present at, and schedules are tightly ...

Silver Creek maps project

SILVER CREEK — Approximately two years after paying off its last capital project — approved by area voters in the spring of 2011 — the Silver Creek School District is considering making a number of structural renovations to its school grounds and buildings, including the addition of six ...

Annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo returns

MAYVILLE — Bicyclist’s headed off Saturday morning to tour the beautiful Chautauqua Lake. The tour is designed to introduce outsiders of the area to get a taste of what the lake is all about. Four different tours were offered: A 20 mile tour; a 37 mile tour; a 40 mile tour; and a 58 mile ...

Fun weekend in Fredonia

By Jordan W. Patterson OBSERVER Correspondent Fredonia was vibrant and alive Friday afternoon with live music, games and the smell of fried food. The Farm Festival is back. One of the more popular events took place on Center Road — the Annual Hose Race, hosted by the local fire ...

Route 60 to get $5 million upgrade

FALCONER — A long-fought effort to secure critically needed state funding for safety upgrades to Chautauqua County’s high volume Route 60 has been successful, announced State Senator Catharine Young at a press conference in Jamestown Friday. Flanked by state and county officials, Senator ...