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Ultimate sacrifice

It can be difficult to see an emotional and realistic reenactment of the Stations of the Cross, which depict the torture and murder of Jesus Christ three days before he rose again this upcoming Easter, but it is an important message that those involved hope to bring to light. The Christian ...

Arkwright Town Hall is fly-car ready

ARKWRIGHT — Chautauqua County will be partnering with the town of Arkwright to help provide fly-car services to a large portion of the area. According to Kevin Peebles from the county Office of Emergency Services, and the EMS project coordinator, a study was done in July 2015 about EMS ...

Hanover sees interest in townwide youth rec committee

HANOVER — Community leaders in Hanover, Silver Creek and Forestville put the word out in early April: If you want the kids to have youth recreation opportunities, turn out, step up, and be ready to pitch in. And though Hanover town hall wasn’t exactly packed Wednesday night for the ...

Fredonia professor stresses importance of Great Lakes support

Fredonia Biology Professor Jon Titus not only presented a strikingly concise and informative one-hour talk on global change to his captivated audience at Reed Library, he demonstrated what concerned Western New York citizens can do in the struggle to restore balance to the local ...

His legacy continues

When Officer Kevin Link of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office passed away unexpectedly in October 2016, his family had no idea until then the impact he had on his community — an impact that was made even more evident during a recent Special Olympics banquet at the Fredonia American ...

US hits IS with largest non-nuclear bomb ever used

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with “the mother of all bombs,” the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military, Pentagon officials said. The bomb, known officially as a ...

JCPenney store gets short reprieve from closure

Shoppers have raised their voices, or rather their money at cash registers; as a result, JCPenney in the city of Dunkirk is remaining open a little while longer. CNBC reported Thursday that the clothing retailer has postponed liquidation sales and closure dates for the 138 doomed stores ...

Dunkirk City School District still wants SRO

Conversations about the need for a school resource officer continue at Dunkirk City Schools, according to officials. At a recent school board workshop, Superintendent Dr. James Tracy told board members that no one is giving up on the idea of a school resource officer once again walking the ...

Wild for reading

FORESTVILLE — Forestville’s 2017 Parents as Reading Partners program was a total zoo this year — in the best way. This year’s theme was “Read Through the Zoo,” decided upon by fifth-grade teacher Kelly Raichel’s Afterschool Enrichment Program. The enrichment students were also ...

Pinned midair

Around 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Dunkirk Fire Department was dispatched to 95 King St. in the city for a report of a male pinned against a tree. According to Captain Gary S. Katta, upon arrival, a male who was attempting to cut down the tree was found pinned between a limb, his ladder and the ...

Land bank working with village on Hideaway Bay

SILVER CREEK — The Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. is working with village of Silver Creek officials on the zoning for the redevelopment on the former Hideaway Bay property. On Wednesday, Gina Paradis, county Land Bank executive director, said she will be meeting with the village Planning ...

Arkwright Wind Farm now in construction stages

ARKWRIGHT — Now that the permits have been approved, the turbines propelling the Arkwright Wind Farm project are picking up speed. Bryan Lyssy, senior construction manager at EDPR, the firm running the project, attended Monday’s Arkwright Town Board meeting to give an update on some of ...

Charlotte resident continues questioning of wind farm

ARKWRIGHT — Charlotte resident Joni Riggle is making the rounds, approaching every area that will soon be erecting a wind farm and trying to appeal to their rational sides. She was in Charlotte, and then at a Ball Hill Wind Farm meeting, before stopping at the Arkwright Town Board meeting ...

UPDATE: Man severely injured after being pinned against tree

Around 4 p.m. today, the Dunkirk Fire Department was dispatched to 95 King St. in the city for a report of a male pinned against a tree. According to Captain Gary S. Katta, upon arrival, a male who was attempting to cut down the tree was found pinned between a limb, his ladder and the tree ...

State Senator recognizes heroics of deputies

MAYVILLE — The heroics of two Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies were honored Tuesday as state Sen. Cathy Young visited Mayville to present them with medals. The senator presented deputies Jason Beichner, an 11-year veteran, and Christopher Howlett, a three-year veteran, with a Senate ...

Ravaged remains

HANOVER — In a little hamlet on a little hill in a little cemetery, a big tree has caused big trouble. Many do not even know that the hamlet of Nashville exists. It lies in the southeast corner of the town, right on Route 39. It is made up of a few homes and farm fields, an abandoned ...

Dunkirk man strikes twice before being caught by police

A Dunkirk man is behind bars after allegedly being involved in two concurrent domestic incidents that took place early Sunday morning. Around 3:40 a.m. Dunkirk Police were called to a Washington Avenue residence for a report of a domestic dispute. It was alleged Messiak M. Gonzalez, 29, of ...

Fredonia School sticks with two-week break

The Fredonia Central School Board of Education has decided to stick with a two-week spring break for next year, but not without some members voicing opposition. The board recently adopted the 2017-18 school calendar, which includes a vacation between March 24 and April 8, by a 5-2 vote. Board ...

State budget includes more transition aid

ALBANY — The enacted state budget will include greater aid for communities like Dunkirk that suffer property tax losses due to the closure or repowering of a power plant, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- 57th District). The newly adopted budget includes $45 million for the power ...