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A new sign for Hanover

HANOVER — Judy Hilliker of Hae Jude Custom Signs created and donated a new Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce sign which will soon be installed along the Routes 5 and 20 corridor, “facing east as you enter Irving from the Cattaraugus Reservation,” said Chautauqua County Chamber ...

Uber comes to Chautauqua County

Ride-hailing service Uber is no longer a fantasy in Chautauqua County. As of Thursday, at 12:01 a.m., the popular app that allows people to request on-demand private drivers, was brought online in Upstate New York, the only region of the country that had yet to adopt it. Uber and Lyft, ...

Pennsylvania man pleads guilty to carjacking, gun charges in Dunkirk incident

BUFFALO — Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Thursday that Dimas Colon-Cruz, 37, of Erie, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to carjacking and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. Assistant U.S. Attorney ...

State Democrat leader makes county stop

It is not about the politics, it is about the policies. That’s the message Basil A. Smikle Jr. gave county Democrats during the party’s annual banquet on Thursday in the Gov. Reuben Fenton Historical Society in Jamestown. Smikle, executive director of the New York State Democratic Party, ...

Hopes soar for second annual air show

The second annual Dunkirk-Lake Shore Air Show will feature even more “ooo’s,” “ahhh’s” and “Oh my gosh’s.” Air show organizers hope this weekend’s highlight will thrill and amaze residents and visitors alike. “We’ve put a lot of hard work and collaboration into making ...

Shelter in place alert lifted in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK — An alert from New York state officials was issued for people in the village area this morning. It has since been lifted. Officials said that due to a dumpster fire near Newbrook Machine Corp., people were asked to shelter in place with their windows shut and ventilation ...

Pine Valley adds new principal

SOUTH DAYTON — On the tail-end of the 2016-17 school year, the Pine Valley Board of Education welcomed its new junior/senior high school Principal John Sheffield, following the recent resignation of former Principal Jerry Parisi. “John comes from a long-time administrative background, and ...

Home break-ins reported by Forestville citizen

FORESTVILLE — Forestville resident Stacy Montague reported to the OBSERVER Wednesday that there has been a rash of four home break-ins in a span of a week, including her home as well as her next door neighbor’s. Although the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office was not available Wednesday ...

Legislators approve energy loan program

MAYVILLE — A local law establishing the framework for an energy loan program received unanimous approval from the Chautauqua County Legislature. The 18-0 vote during Wednesday’s meeting paves the way for state financing for energy efficiency upgrades for commercial properties and ...

Pomfret OKs truck purchase

It’s been a long road, but the town of Pomfret can now officially put a truck on it. At the June town board meeting, the board members, with all in attendance, officially voted, for the final time, on whether or not to go ahead with the purchase of a new truck for the village. It was ...

Fredonia names Sortisio new superintendent

The principal at Frontier High School is set to take the helm at the Fredonia Central School District. The Fredonia Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously appointed Jeffrey Sortisio of Hamburg as the superintendent of schools/chief executive officer. Sortisio will take over for Interim ...

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The cold, rainy weather failed to dampen the spirits of volunteers stationed at five separate locations in Dunkirk and Fredonia Tuesday as all the special edition OBSERVER newspapers at each location were sold out to the tune of over $1,800. The money will go towards funding next month’s much ...

Teen on bike injured after being hit by vehicle

A Brocton teenager was flown to an area hospital after being struck by a vehicle Tuesday afternoon while riding his bicycle. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, the 15-year-old, whose name was not released, was traveling east on Route 20 near Harmon Hill in the town of ...

IDA examining abatements for Cockaigne resurrection

Two individuals with experience in winter sports are working to make the purchase of Cockaigne Ski Area in Cherry Creek final. Financing is one of the few things that’s still in the works in order for Adam Pirtz and Isaac Gratto to close on the property. On Tuesday, the county Industrial ...

Indecision prevents passage of local sales tax extender

Requests to extend county sales tax rates have gone without controversy for many years in Albany. This year was a different story as session concluded and lawmakers left without moving sales tax legislation to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk for signature. Chautauqua County was among 53 ...

Caution, common sense urged while on area lakes

MAYVILLE — Those taking to area waterways this summer are being urged to use caution and common sense. County Executive Vince Horrigan visited Chautauqua Marina in Mayville on Monday to stress the importance behind wearing a flotation device. It was his first feature to his 100 Days of ...

Spraying begins in Bemus Bay

BEMUS POINT — A spray boat left the Bemus Point launch just after 11 a.m. on Monday to initiate a limited application of two herbicides on Chautauqua Lake. With the weather permitting, the application marked the beginning to the Chautauqua Lake Partnership’s weed management demonstration ...

Revitalizing Fredonia

Developers are aiming to breathe life into a vacant warehouse facility in downtown Fredonia in the near future — with a little help from New York state. The Fredonia Village Board on Monday unanimously authorized Mayor Athanasia Landis to submit a consolidated funding application on ...

Gowanda woman charged with lying to FBI

BUFFALO — Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Monday that Shania Martin, 21, of Gowanda, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with making a false statement. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney ...

Lawtons to get drinkable tap water for first time in over two years

CATTARAUGUS INDIAN RESERVATION — Lawtons, a hamlet in the town of North Collins, has issued a ‘Do Not Drink’ on its water for over two years. However, the problem will soon be alleviated. The town and the Seneca Nation of Indians have agreed on a deal that will allow Lawtons to ...