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Dunkirk JROTC Unit finishes out a strong year

The local Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is in its 24th year at Dunkirk High School, and as the years have grown, so has the involvement of this unit to the local area. The current school year has seen the unit doing things it is always known for, such as community ...

SUNY Fredonia provost proposes reorganization

In the face of significant financial challenges, SUNY Fredonia Provost Terry Brown, Ph.D., has embarked on an important undertaking: an entire reorganization of academic affairs that could save the college over $1 million. Importantly, Brown explained at last week’s college council meeting, ...

Hometown Heroes Veterans Memorial adds Medal of Honor recipients

MAYVILLE — The Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest and most prestigious personal military decoration that may be awarded to recognize U.S. military service members who have distinguished themselves by acts of valor. Since the Revolutionary War, 3,500 medals have been ...

SCARY SCENE: Emergency crews respond to CVS parking lot

A medical emergency led to a frightening scene at CVS on Fourth Street in Dunkirk on Monday. The driver of this white pickup truck had an unknown medical emergency and was unresponsive. With his foot on the gas pedal, smoke rose from the burning rubber of the tires. According to witnesses, ...

Plans set to repair Fredonia retaining walls

The retaining walls on Prospect Street and Porter Avenue that concerned village officials recently are earmarked for repairs. In the case of the Prospect Street site, the work is already done, according to Streets Superintendent Tony Gugino. “We went over there with the excavator and ...

Dunkirk teen accused in stabbing

ELLICOTT — A stabbing that sent a man to the hospital late Saturday resulted in a felony assault charge against a Dunkirk teenager. Alec J. Stanley, 18, was taken into custody shortly after Ellicott police and Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies were called to a reported stabbing at a ...

SUNY Fredonia anticipates strong enrollment numbers

According to reports shared at the May meeting of the SUNY Fredonia College Council, the upcoming school year is off to a strong start, as applications and deposits have increased compared to previous years. Dr. Cedric Howard, vice president for Student Affairs, was pleased to share that ...

Petitioners want to dissolve Sinclairville

SINCLAIRVILLE — Following the likes of Forestville and Cherry Creek in Chautauqua County, a petition has officially been filed with the Sinclairville government to dissolve the village. “The petition was filed by our tax-payer group,” said group member Brad Gains, in a phone interview ...

SUNY Fredonia students build robots in new course

When SUNY Fredonia instructor Jim Pratt began planning the Introduction to Robotics course, he knew one of the most important factors would be cost. While certainly a valuable course for preparing students to enter the rapidly changing world of computer technology, a robotics course could be a ...

Lectures recap Chautauqua Lake issues

CHAUTAUQUA — Bob Hopper of the Chautauqua Science Group referred to Chautauqua Lake as a “bag tied in the middle.” For the past four months, Host Greg Peterson has led lake stakeholders through the Turner Series of lectures concerning the health of the lake and how recent environmental ...

Steger out, then back as Pomfret supervisor

Ann Eckman didn’t sit very long in the Pomfret town supervisor’s chair last week — about five minutes, in fact. But after going back to her deputy supervisor’s seat, she made a mark by reporting on and helping to advance an initiative to allow the burial of pet cremains in Forest ...

War vet to sing in Mayville

A Vietnam veteran is set to perform a song in Mayville on May 16 honoring shipmates who died in a collision, including Westfield native Terry Henderson. Bill Thibeault’s “Recognition” remembers the 74 American sailors who died on June 3, 1969, when the USS Frank E. Evans collided with an ...

State approves Ball Hill Wind Farm

ALBANY — Soon, Chautauqua County will be home to another wind farm, as the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) recently approved the construction and operation of Ball Hill Wind Energy, LLC in the towns of Hanover and Villenova, but not without certain conditions. The approval, ...

Local veterans celebrated during trip to nation’s capital

A journey began for local Korean War and World War II veterans on a recent Friday morning. Their journey would take them to Buffalo, then a quick flight to the nation's capital for a day of trips to war memorials. This was the eighth all-inclusive trip on behalf of the Buffalo Niagara Honor ...

Citizens weigh in on Dunkirk Pier project

The Dunkirk Pier project is heading into its fifth week of construction, and so far the reviews have been mixed. Many individuals seem happy that the improvement is coming, others not so much, while most are somewhere in the middle. “We think progress is good and we think more people ...

Westfield honors first responders

WESTFIELD — Friday’s windy, overcast weather did not stop Westfield officials and community members from gathering together for the groundbreaking of the tribute to first responders. In fact, the weather served as an inspiration for Westfield Exempt Volunteer Fire Association President Al ...

Gowanda passes flood law, announces new secured funds

GOWANDA — Village residents can continue to breath easy, with their heads above the water. The village board approved the flood damage mitigation law unanimously, securing the village’s federally funded flood insurance as per the new stated requirement. “I attended a meeting with Chief ...

Forestville man pleads guilty to child porn

OBSERVER Staff Report BUFFALO — A Forestville man has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that Joseph Harvey, 55, made his plea before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 ...

Law could alter tax bills for golf courses

A law being considered by state legislators would make it easier for municipalities to win assessment challenges by the owners of golf courses. The legislation, A.6444/S.4420, would allow passage of local laws to stipulate that golf course property tax assessments be based on the property’s ...

Roundabout construction to start, lawsuit dismissed

The roundabout is about to begin. Signs on all four approaches to the Routes 20 and 60 intersection, warning of delays starting May 16, foretell the arrival of New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) workers. Traffic-separating medians and a traffic circle will go in at the ...