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MILLER, Christopher

Fredonia man charged in gun incident

A Fredonia man has been taken into custody after allegedly threatening people with a gun. According to Fredonia Police, on Tuesday around noon, officers were called to 379 W. Main St. for a report of a man threatening residents at the housing complex with a firearm. After arrival, ...

OBSERVER Photo by Amanda Dedie
An accident at 4896 W. Lake Road in Dunkirk on Tuesday around 5 p.m. resulted in one fatality and two injured parties.

Fatal ambulance ride

An accident that took an ambulance off the road resulted in a patient’s death and two injured crew members Tuesday night. The accident took place at 4896 W. Lake Road in Dunkirk around 5 p.m. An EmergyCare Ambulance from Erie, Pa., went into a ditch, hitting a ...

Dr. Laura Pless

Fredonia School Board appoints interim superintendent

The Fredonia Board of Education has formally selected who will lead the school district as the search for Paul DiFonzo’s successor kicks into high gear. Board members on Tuesday unanimously appointed Dr. Laura Pless as the interim superintendent/chief executive officer, effective April 1 ...

Keith Robbins

Suppression hearing held in Robbins murder case

MAYVILLE — A hearing to determine what evidence, if any, should be inadmissible in the trial of Keith L. Robbins was held Tuesday in Chautauqua County Court. Robbins, 36, of Jamestown, is accused of shooting and murdering his estranged wife - 36-year-old Shari Robbins - on Nov. 10 in a 9 ...

County a finalist for $20M in regional grant funds

Chautauqua County and 23 local entities are positioned to compete for $20 million as part of a state competition to find the best government efficiency plan. On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Chautauqua County as one of six $50,000 recipients for plans they submitted through the ...

History arrives on Hanover’s doorstep

HANOVER — Without prefacing his arrival, the Forestville historian dropped off a truckload of yesteryear’s mementos on the town of Hanover’s doorstep. Perhaps in response to the OBSERVER’s article “More than government missing in Forestville” (Feb. 14), or as a laconic reply to ...

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Name released in fatal ambulance accident

An accident involving an ambulance has resulted in the loss of a life. According to a report from New York State Police, the ambulance was headed to a nursing home from Erie, Pa. The patient, Arthur R. McArthur, 77 of Dunkirk, sustained fatal injuries. The 49-year-old driver was ...

More than government missing in Forestville

HANOVER — The town of Hanover is racking up quite a list of Forestville items that are either missing, unaccounted for, or that “have not yet been mailed.” When Forestville was facing its last days as a village, its officials stated numerous times that everything the town of Hanover ...

OBSERVER Photo by Amanda Dedie
Steve Mead, Arkwright Superintendent of Highways, is resigning and retiring after 25 years of service to the town.

Arkwright highway supervisor retires

ARKWRIGHT — After 25 years on the job, Arkwright Superintendent of Highways Steve Mead is on the road to retirement. At the February town board meeting, Mead tendered his resignation during his monthly report. “Most everybody here knows this, but for those that don’t, after 25 years ...

OBSERVER Photo by Amanda Dedie
Dunkirk students assembled 172 plates of cookies to donate to local senior centers for Valentine’s Day.

Students dish holiday treats for seniors

If sitting in a room and pounding down 2,000-plus cookies alone in a self-established competition with yourself isn’t an option, the second best option would be to package up those cookies and send them to people who need a little love on Valentine’s Day. For the 11th year, the Dunkirk ...

Hearing on evidence in Jamestown murder trial held

MAYVILLE — A hearing to determine what evidence, if any, should be inadmissible in the trial of Keith L. Robbins was held Tuesday in Chautauqua County Court. Indicted by a Chautauqua County Grand Jury and charged with second-degree murder of his wife and injuring a ...

OBSERVER Photo by Tonja Dodd
Third-grader Elena Ramos shows off her completed Valentine’s Day wreath with her mother, Heidi Munoz, at the Dunkirk Free Library as part of the monthly free children’s craft and activity morning.

From the heart

Over 50 young children poured their hearts into creating unique Valentine’s Day crafts at the Dunkirk Public Library. The free, monthly activity to make Valentine heart wreaths was set up in the meeting room adjacent to the children’s library space. Pamela Czarniak, coordinator ...

County a finalist for $20 million in regional funding

Chautauqua County is one of six local governments to be awarded a total of $300,000 for their proposals to generate taxpayer savings as part of Phase 1 of the Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition, state Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced today. The $20 million competition is part of ...

OBSERVER Photo by Rebecca Cuthbert
Silver Creek Central School Superintendent Todd Crandall and District Treasurer Cindy Mackowiak gave a presentation on Federal Impact Aid at a recent school board meeting.

Uncle Sam lends a hand

SILVER CREEK — Like all school districts, Silver Creek Central could use a little more funding. They hope to access that through Federal Impact Aid, as District Treasurer Cindy Mackowiak and Superintendent Todd Crandall explained recently. At a school board meeting, Mackowiak presented a ...

Impact aid expands student programs at Gowanda district

GOWANDA — Gowanda Central School District is one of the few schools in the area that is eligible for Federal Impact Aid. Though it isn’t cut-and-dry funding, Gowanda students have reaped the benefits of the extra money. Federal Impact Aid, through the U.S. Department of Education, funds ...

Brocton electric bills to see jolt

BROCTON — Electricity customers in the village of Brocton will see a mandated increase in their bills this month per information given out at Wednesday’s meeting of the board of trustees. Trustee Carol Horlacher attended the annual meeting of the Municipal Electric Utilities Association of ...

Photo submitted by Kristin Zappie
Kristin Zappie’s intermediate group of BEEEP students visited the SUNY Fredonia science center to tour the labs and increase their interest in STEM-related fields.

Above and Beyond

BROCTON — Walk the halls of any school after hours. Despite the time of day and the lack of young minds to mold, teachers are constantly staying late and keeping their noses to the grindstone, working on lesson plans, individualized teaching methods for students, activities and more. ...

OBSERVER Photo by Amanda Dedie
Cassadaga Village Historian John Sipos presents an unearthed certificate — never used — for 50 shares of the former Cassadaga Lake Ice Company.

Cassadaga historian unearths the past

When John Sipos, Cassadaga village historian, was traveling on Pick Up Hill Road in Cherry Creek not long ago, he saw a sight one might find strange — a couple of Amish men in their buggies, hauling a flatbed trailer carrying blocks of ice. Now, it gets pretty cold here in Chautauqua ...

city-fire

Responding to the call

Every time the call comes in, Dunkirk firefighters head out. Each year those calls keep coming in more frequently. In 2016, the Dunkirk Fire Department was called to a total of 2,147 calls. Of those 387 were fire related and 1,760 were medical emergencies. Overlapping calls — calls that ...

Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis is correct that the state will not provide $1
million to just  Dunkirk and Fredonia for a new police
facility with only $100,000 match.

The Grant debate

Fredonia and Dunkirk have been at odds over the dollars and cents for a combined police and court facility. Now, the state has made sense of the grant disagreement. For Fredonia, Mayor Athanasia Landis has said a combined facility comes down to the money. While Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas ...