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Wind farm noise, lead poisoning concerns aired

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Board of Health recently listened to concerns shared by residents regarding the noise disturbances caused by the Arkwright Summit Wind Farm and the high rate of lead poisoning in children that continues to persist in the city limits of Jamestown. Residents ...

Is our community open to dialogue on race relations?

Going by the most recent U.S. Census numbers, Dunkirk could be considered one of America’s real melting pots. The city is filled with great diversity. Of its 11,849 residents, 31 percent are Hispanic or Latino while the African-American population is 6 percent. Educationally, the city ...

NATIONWIDE PROTEST: Fredonia activists speak out

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford Activists in Fredonia’s Barker Common joined a nationwide protest Thursday in support of protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election. The protests came in response to President Trump ...

Weed mass trapping, killing fish in Burtis Bay

CELORON — A rancid smell is being carried on the winds in Burtis Bay. With a sizable mass of invasive Eurasian milfoil and other weeds collected there, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of fish are trapped, most already dead, with no choice but to frantically flop around in an attempt to ...

NCCS appoints Ludwig interim principal

Northern Chautauqua Catholic School has a new leader. On Thursday, NCCS announced on its website that Andrew Ludwig was appointed interim principal and will stay in the position at least until the end of the school year. At the beginning of the school year Jenny Tilaro was the principal. ...

Rock returns presence of author

Emily Dickinson is once again a presence in Bicentennial Park. A large rock with the opening words of an Emily Dickinson poem once graced the entrance to Bicentennial Park across from the Dunkirk High School. It was a gift to residents of the Academy Heights neighborhood who had hosted The ...

Area businesses face fines for illegal sales

A number of area bars and businesses have been cited by the New York State Liquor Authority and the Department of Motor Vehicles to combat underage drinking. During this enforcement effort in the months of August, September and October, the authority sent underage decoys to 506 ...

Villenova awaits tie-breaker

MAYVILLE — There was only one tie reported in Chautauqua County as of Tuesday night: the race for a vacancy on the Villenova Town Council. In August, Yvonne M. Park, former town supervisor, was appointed to the council after Councilman Wesley Tessey unexpectedly resigned, and she is to fill ...

Voter turnout hits historic high

MAYVILLE — To many, the polls seemed busier than usual for a non-presidential election, and according to Norman P. Green, Chautauqua County Board of Elections Democratic commissioner, this was, in fact, the case. As of Wednesday afternoon, voter turn-out in Chautauqua County was reported at ...

Mitrano’s future uncertain after defeat

Tracy Mitrano said she isn't sure what her political future holds after she was defeated by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed in Tuesday's general election. In a call with regional media, Mitrano said she felt good about the campaign her team ran in seeking the sprawling 23rd Congressional District. The ...

Reed wins fourth term in defeating Mitrano

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has defeated Democrat Tracy Mitrano in a district representing New York's rural, economically stressed District 23 in the Southern Tier from Chautauqua County to the west of Binghamton. Reed's victory Tuesday will send him to a fifth term in Congress. He won ...

Quattrone unseats Gerace with 53 percent of the vote

JAMESTOWN — There's a new sheriff in town in Chautauqua County. Jim Quattrone, a former lieutenant with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, defeated incumbent Joe Gerace on Election Day, seizing more than 53 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results by the county Board of ...

Dunkirk secures grant for city-wide tree inventory

The city of Dunkirk’s Planning and Development Department has been working with Revitalize Dunkirk since the spring of 2017, and the grant proposal that was submitted in April 2018 has been awarded in the amount of $49,500 from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). ...

City unanimously approves new loaders

A new replacement loader plows resolution was added to the agenda at the Dunkirk City Common Council meeting on Tuesday. “The old loaders are approximately 20-years-old,” Randy Woodbury, director of the Department of Public Works said. “The old loaders, in my opinion were probably held ...

Quattrone wins sheriff; Goodell re-elected

Let the tallying begin. The polls have closed on an Election Day that appears to have brought a strong showing of voters throughout the region. Find updates on the OBSERVER Twitter feed throughout the night: https://twitter.com/TheObserverNY HAPPENING NOW: Voters arriving at polls to cast ...

Two who served in area on priest sex abuse list

At least two Catholic priests with northern Chautauqua County ties are on the Buffalo diocese’s latest list of priests accused of sexually abusing minors. The Rev. Gerald Sheehan and the Rev. Dennis Fronczak are on the list of 36 priests against whom complaints have been filed, which adds to ...

Dunkirk City Council members pass amended budget

The amended budget for the city of Dunkirk passed the council 4-1 Monday night, with the single ‘nay’ vote belonging to Third Ward Councilman Shaun Heenan. The only change that was made was Fourth Ward Councilman Mike Civiletto’s proposal of including CodeRED in the budget at $5,000 ...

Pine Valley to present public with capital project

SOUTH DAYTON — After several months of planning and preparation, the Pine Valley Central School Board of Education is ready to go public with their $6.5 million proposed capital project for spring 2020. At a recent meeting of the board of education, members passed a resolution to approve ...

Sheriff’s deputy saves little girl’s life

MAYVILLE — A Chautauqua County sheriff's deputy has been credited with saving the life of an infant girl who reportedly stopped breathing after choking on food Monday afternoon. Deputy Adam McAdoo was with co-workers from the Sheriff's Office at the Mayville Diner eating lunch when a woman ...

Buffalo bishop revises priest abuse list, fends off critics

CHEEKTOWAGA (AP) — Embattled Bishop Richard Malone added 36 names Monday to a public list of priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a child, bringing the number to 78, and described a “tsunami” of victims who came forward following the creation of a program to compensate ...