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Silver Creek resident Richie Thompson won $3 million on a $3,000,000 in Benjamins scratch-off ticket during a routine stop for gas.

All about the Benjamins

Forty-three-year-old Richie Thompson is much richer after buying a $3,000,000 in Benjamins scratch-off ticket during a routine stop for gas. The Silver Creek resident said the ticket is his favorite and has been playing it since it came out. “I needed to get some work done on my car and ...

Paul K. Phillips rolled his rental car off the side of the road on Route 83 Thursday night.  Phillips said he swerved to miss a deer. He’s driving a rental because he just hit a deer with his personal car recently. Phillips was transported to the Alstar landing pad to be star flighted to ECMC.

Man rolls rental car to avoid deer

Paul K. Phillips rolled his rental car off the side of the road on Route 83 Thursday night. Phillips said he swerved to miss a deer. He’s driving a rental because he just hit a deer with his personal car recently. Phillips was transported to the Alstar landing pad to be star flighted to ...

OBSERVER photo by Jimmy McCarthy
Fredonia Middle School teacher Lynda Sentz speaks to board of education members at Tuesday’s meeting regarding her and others’ support of Middle School Principal Andrew Ludwig.

Teachers plead for principal’s return after reportedly put on leave

Those familiar with Fredonia Middle School Principal Andrew Ludwig note his presence and impact during the school week. As teachers relayed at a Tuesday board of education meeting, he greets students entering school and broadcasts announcements in the morning. He fixes jammed lockers and ...

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Karen Swierski, Executive Director for Buffalo’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation discusses World Diabetes day. Below, the globe lights at Dunkirk city hall are shining blue in commemoration of World Diabetes Day.

Blue for World Diabetes Day

Dunkirk City Mayor Willie Rosas commemorated World Diabetes Day by “turning City Hall blue” Tuesday. The large globe lights in front of city hall will radiate blue in honor of the 1.25 million Americans and their families and caregivers affected by Type 1 diabetes. It is estimated that ...

Reed announces $1.3 million grant for Portland

PORTLAND — On Tuesday, Congressman Tom Reed announced rural development loans and grants of over $1.3 million to the town of Portland. The funds will improve water service infrastructure to area residents and businesses, spurring economic opportunity as part of the larger Northern Chautauqua ...

CCIDA signs project agreement with Athenex

The County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) Project Agreement with Athenex, Inc. has been signed and the project continues to move forward. The CCIDA will facilitate real property tax and sales tax abatements to incentivize the development and job creation. Last year, ...

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On Monday, the Fredonia Village Board approved to set a public hearing regarding village sign restriction changes. The public hearing is set for Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Trustees' Room, located on the second floor.

Fredonia sets public hearing to update sign code

A revision to Fredonia’s zoning law is looking to bring equality to all signs. On Monday, village trustees approved to set a public hearing for the Nov. 27 meeting on amendments to sign restrictions within Chapter 297. One language change is found within Section 16.7, and it reads that any ...

Arkwright chops highway chief’s salary, OKs budget

ARKWRIGHT — The Arkwright town budget was approved Monday with few changes. Overall, the real property taxes will go up 21-cents per thousand, from $11.69 to $11.90, and the fire tax will go up 3-cents per thousand, from $1.56 to $1.59. The budget stayed below the 2 percent property tax ...

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Donald Butler, Panama school board president, announces the result of the Panama-Clymer advisory referendum Monday night. Panama residents passed the straw vote, but Clymer overwhelmingly rejected it.

Panama-Clymer school merger rejected

PANAMA — The subject of a potential merger between two Chautauqua County school districts remains a divisive one. On Monday, an advisory referendum — also known as a straw vote — undertaken by the Panama and Clymer districts as to the feasibility of consolidating the districts had ...

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Officials break ground on work at Point Gratiot Park in Dunkirk. Pictured from left is Deputy Director of Development Edward J. Hayes, Legislator Bob Bankoski, Development Director Rebecca Yanus, Mayor Willie Rosas, Legislator and Sen. Catharine Young's representative Kevin Muldowney, Second Ward Councilman Marty Bamonto, LaBella Project Manager Ed Schober and project contractor Ryan Doyle from Perry Construction Group of Erie, Pa.

On ‘Point’

Point Gratiot Park is a jewel of the Dunkirk community and Monday officials moved forward with making sure it shines. The project to put roofs on pavilions, improve electrical service to allow for live music and bring bathrooms into Americans with Disabilities Act compliance was set into ...

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Brocton/Portland Shared Services Committee Chair Dave Travis leads a discussion while committee members, town and village leaders and employees listen.

Brocton/Portland committee holds joint board meeting to further look at options

BROCTON — A recent meeting held by the Brocton/Portland Shared Service Committee boasted many more attendants than normal. The committee invited current and past members of the Portland Town Council and Village of Brocton Board of Trustees to discuss a second, but equally relevant subject ...

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Dunkirk Treasurer Mark Woods has begun the process for the city to accept credit card payments, but said online payments will take longer to happen.

Online payments may take longer than new year

A pre-New Year’s resolution for the city of Dunkirk is to have 21st century payment options in place by the start of 2018. However, Treasurer Mark Woods said that is likely not possible for online payments. Resolution 104 was presented to the Common Council at the most recent meeting with ...

Westfield prepares for holidays

Christmas in the Village, a Dickens holiday, will be held Friday to Sunday, Nov. 17-19. Santa Claus will arrive in Moore Park Friday evening at 6 p.m. to ceremoniously light the tree and then move on to the YWCA at 58 South Portage St. for treats, activities and photograph opportunities. ...

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A section of Water Street near the town of Pomfret and village of Fredonia line will be double striped. George Spanos, county public facilities director, told the OBSERVER crews will double stripe the section of road once they catch up on other striping work.

No passing

A section of Water Street near the town of Pomfret and village of Fredonia line is going to a no-passing zone to address local concern over safety. The issue came up last month when Water Street resident Maureen Blackburn told village board members that vehicles traveling from the south are ...

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Seen are images from a wind farm construction site off of Center Road in Arkwright.

Debating the turbines

The New York State Board on Electric Generation and the Environment (Siting Board) issued a public notice regarding a recent wind farm decision made by judges from the Department of Public Service (DPS) and the Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday. The two departments are ...

Public hearing on Athenex site plans set

Want to see the plans for what Athenex will look like? You may soon have your chance. During the Dunkirk Town Board meeting, Supervisor Richard Purol said the town planning board will meet and a public hearing will be held Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. at Jamestown Community’s North County Campus to ...

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Pictured is a hop demonstration yard behind Cornell Cooperative Extension’s facility in the town of Portland.

As interest in craft beverages grows, so does need for hops

Craft beverages are taking off and growing in popularity, and with it comes a demand for hops and an opportunity for interested growers. Hop growing in New York state was a large operation in the late 1800s as 21 million pounds of dried hops were produced. However, diseases including downy ...

Tentative timeline for Capital Project set

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Board of Education and Superintendent Todd Crandall are planning to conduct “several public information sessions,” Crandall said during a recent meeting, regarding a March 2018 referendum for the district’s latest capital project. The March date ...

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Joshua Cosme, right, is pictured with his family including his wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Aliana, Christopher and Anthony.

Local veteran discusses Iraq experience in light of TV show

This past week was the TV series premiere of National Geographic’s “The Long Road Home.” Meanwhile, a Dunkirk native has mixed feelings surrounding the program’s portrayal of its source material. That’s because Joshua Cosme, a local veteran, has the distinction of witnessing the ...