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Members of both Brocton and Portland fire departments and municipalities discuss the finer points of the potential merger of fire companies during the most recent Shared Services Committee meeting.

Committee looks at fire department merger

BROCTON — The Brocton Portland Shared Service Committee got some questions answered Monday from an invited guest, as the committee seeks to hammer out the barriers that could stand in the way of a future fire and emergency services merger between departments. An item that the committee has ...

Dunkirk starts with development

The city of Dunkirk is looking to get a jump start on development projects with three resolutions on tonight’s Common Council agenda. Last year, the city was awarded $2.5 million in Smart Growth funding, for which the state determined a focus of pier improvements and the Central Connection. ...

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Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold, Buffalo School Board president and member-at-large, speaks at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon at the Moose Club in Dunkirk on Monday.

King’s legacy lives on

Bridge building is underway despite long-standing and seemingly impenetrable walls. Those were the words echoed by Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon at the Moose Club in Dunkirk on Monday. The “Power of Love... Building Bridges, Tearing Down ...

Jessie M. Melendez

Traffic stop finds 4 pounds of drugs in car

Failing to stop at a stop sign in the city of Dunkirk led to felony drug charges for three Dunkirk men Saturday night when more than four pounds of marijuana were found in plain view. Dunkirk Police report a patrol officer observed a vehicle fail to stop at the intersection of West 5th and ...

Photo by Gavin Paterniti: Smoke was seen for miles around billowing out of the Falconer Vac Shop building as fire personnel arrived on scene. The scene was eerily familiar because a fire broke out just two buildings away last year in March, taking down an entire section of Falconer’s buildings.

Fire strikes downtown Falconer

FALCONER — A scene no one in the Falconer community wished to see again was on display Sunday. Fire departments responded once more to downtown Falconer for a reported fire just after 11 a.m. Smoke was seen for miles around billowing out of the Falconer Vac Shop building as fire personnel ...

Ice shift strands six fishermen on Lake Erie

EVANS — Six ice fishermen found out the hard way Sunday afternoon how unpredictable the ice on Lake Erie can be. Six people went ice fishing on Lake Erie Sunday around 9 a.m. when an ice shift occurred, leaving them stranded 150 yards off shore from the Sturgeon Point Marina, Evans Police ...

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Brocton Elementary students pack boxes full of toiletries to help those still without power in Puerto Rico.

Brocton students help with Puerto Rico Relief

BROCTON — The kindergarten and first-grade students in Mrs. Bates’ and Mrs. Zappie’s classes have been busy as elves the past few weeks. They, along with a few other teachers and students in the primary hallway, have collected boxes and boxes full of nonperishable items for a nursing ...

Forestville, Pine Valley schools awarded Farm to School grant

Forestville and Pine Valley school districts are the proud recipients of a two-year $81,820 New York state Farm-to-School grant. Forestville superintendent Renee Garrett announced the good news during a recent school board meeting, informing the board that, “The purpose is to offer our ...

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The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Siting Board) will hold a public meeting in Albany on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Siting Board meeting for Cassadaga Wind Farm application set for Wednesday

ALBANY — If all goes as many have predicted, another wind farm project in Chautauqua County — this one from Cassadaga Wind LLC — will be approved by the end of the week. According to the application, Cassadaga Wind is seeking a major electric generating facility in the towns of Charlotte, ...

Making progress

GOWANDA — As optimism goes up for Gowanda residents, the fiscal stress and monetary problems are going down. What once was in the top five for most stress (meaning struggling financially) in all of the governments in New York, Gowanda is dropping steadily. New York State Comptroller Thomas ...

Hanover, Cherry Creek to receive state aid

Municipalities in Chautauqua County have received funding due to their dissolution and consolidation efforts. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that $9.7 million dollars of the Citizen Empowerment Tax Credit funds has made its way to local governments across New York state where ...

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Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis told trustees during a Monday workshop that she’ll be putting forth a proposal for the village to return to the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation. The village is currently a member not in good standing.

Landis preparing State of the Village address

When it comes to economic prosperity in Fredonia, Mayor Athanasia Landis wants the vision to come from everybody. Later this month, Landis will deliver her State of the Village address. With a new year, the mayor said she’s hoping to commence several projects, including water and ...

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COLLAPSE: Building at Dart Airport caves

A building at Dart Airport in Hartfield reportedly has collapsed. It wasn’t known when the building collapsed at the private airport and museum, located on Plank Road near Mayville, or what may have caused the incident. Someone who answered the phone at AFM Emporium, an indoor market located ...

Councilman: Residents didn’t know about travel advisory

What good is a travel ban if no one knows about it? That’s the question new Fourth Ward Councilman Mike Civiletto asked himself and then began investigating a solution. He brought one option to the Public Safety Committee recently to consider. “In the last couple weeks I’ve found ...

Justin Haffa

Double jeopardy claim denied in attempted murder case

MAYVILLE — A motion of double jeopardy for a Cheektowaga man accused of attempted murder of a Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputy was denied at a hearing Friday morning in Mayville. July selection resumed in Chautauqua County Court in the retrial of Justin Haffa after the motion was heard ...

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A line of customers wait to enter Sam’s Club on Friday morning in the town of Ellicott, a day after the store announced it would close Jan. 26. Many said they were disappointed in the sudden announcement, but were looking for good deals, nonetheless.

A hole in the market

ELLICOTT — The impact of Sam’s Club closing later this month will likely be felt in a number of areas, including nonprofits and local businesses who rely on the deep discounted items in one form or another. County Legislator Lisa Vanstrom, R-Jamestown, who represents the town of ...

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Dunkirk Schools’ Superintendent Dr. James Tracy and Board President Dave Damico discuss the proposed reconfiguring at Thursday’s meeting.

Dunkirk School Board needs more time to examine reconfiguration

A proposed school reconfiguration in Dunkirk isn’t going anywhere fast. While school board members said Thursday they’d look into the option, they were in agreement that more time and more information are needed before any decision is made. Dunkirk Schools’ Superintendent James Tracy ...

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Pomfret town board members approved to send a proposed redistricting of the Route 20 corridor and a section of the Route 60 corridor on the east side heading south to Spoden Road to a Feb. 14 public hearing. The proposal details the redistricting of the corridors from an AR1, agricultural residential, district to a B2, business highway district.

Public hearing approved for proposed redistricting in Pomfret

A proposal to extend the business highway district at two Pomfret corridors will go to a Feb. 14 public hearing. On Wednesday, town board members approved a hearing on the proposal that details the redistricting of the Route 20 corridor from an AR1, agricultural residential, to a B2, ...

Ice jam mess

SILVER CREEK — The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flood warning Thursday morning at 8:15 due to ice jams in Walnut and Silver Creeks along Route 20. The NWS said to expect rapid rises and falls in water levels today along both creeks as the ice jams work their way downstream ...

State Sen. Catharine Young, center, and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, right, outshine the OBSERVER publisher in making public statements.

Elected officials have a way with words

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has it in the genes: the ability to almost always offer a compelling, captivating speech. It’s one of the gifts from his dad, the late Mario Cuomo, who I could listen to every time he was on the radio or television. The elder Cuomo’s most famous speech came in July 1984 ...