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Sherri Mason recipient of 23rd Heinz Award, to receive $250,000

PITTSBURGH — The Heinz Family Foundation named Sherri Mason, Ph.D., the recipient of the prestigious 23rd Heinz Award in the Public Policy category. She is recognized for her groundbreaking research identifying the presence of microbeads and microfibers in fresh water, and for raising ...

Councilman Williams seeks more help for DPW

A city councilman is seeking more manpower in the streets department with winter months away. He’s also questioning the use of a streets employee for the mayor’s “impact team.” First Ward Councilman Don Williams Jr. took a moment during last week’s Personnel Committee meeting to ...

Local softball field vandalized

Efforts to improve the softball field behind the Christian Worship Center Church on Eagle Street in Fredonia have been delayed due to recent vandalism to the dugout. The newly formed Chautauqua Hurricanes Softball program has been working on bringing the field back to life throughout the ...

Two from county assist in Florence relief

OBSERVER Staff Report Two Chautauqua County residents are part of 27 American Red Cross volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region who are deploying to support the response to Hurricane Florence. Ron Chwojdak of Silver Creek will be helping with logistics in North Carolina ...

Parade rounds out ‘exceptional’ Festival of Grapes year

SILVER CREEK – One of the area’s most prominent annual parades put downtown Silver Creek in the spotlight on Sunday. The 51st annual Festival of Grapes parade saw over 40 organizations and groups march down Main Street for over an hour. Thousands of spectators lined the street to cheer on ...

Gowanda appoints new high school principal

GOWANDA — At the Gowanda Central School District’s first board of education meeting of the new school year, Superintendent Dr. Robert Anderson announced that the district will soon be welcoming a new high school principal, whose tenure will be preceded by a newly appointed interim principal ...

Fredonia man wins state demolition derby

Fredonia’s Wayne Clemens bashed his way to another state demolition derby championship over Labor Day weekend. Clemens, champion at the Chautauqua County Fair’s event in July, won his fourth state title. “Normally it’s held at the New York State Fair, but something happened there (the ...

BOLT UP: Chargers get best of Bills

Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen delivers a pass past Chargers’ defender Melvin Ingram III on Sunday. Allen’s first start as Bills’ quarterback ended in a loss, 31-20.

ATV rider suffers injuries, flown to ECMC

SILVER CREEK— A woman riding an ATV suffered a collision with the guard rail of the bridge located on Alleghany Road in Silver Creek Saturday night at around 8:30 p.m. A group of four-wheelers were enjoying a ride together when something happened leading to her striking the railing and ...

Plans for pond hockey tournament in the works

There’s no shortage for recreation during the summer season in Dunkirk between festivals and activities on the water, at the parks and along the pier. The winter season along the waterfront is a bit of a different story, however, besides a few activities that can be seen — weather ...

Six-figure earners on rise in education

OBSERVER Staff Report More educators are earning six figures — without including the benefits, according to data added this week to the Empire Center’s seethroughny.net web site. In our region, 58 administrators and teachers earned more than $100,000 with the total education payroll of ...

Sinclairville author releases final book of trilogy

Fans of Sinclairville author J. Andersen’s Destiny by Design trilogy have just four more days to wait for the release of the final book in the series, “Legacy’s Impact.” On Thursday, Andersen, the award-winning author of several young adult novels, is launching her latest book and ...

Popular eatery relocating to Fredonia

SOUTH DAYTON — Popular restaurant The Mustard Seed is moving to downtown Fredonia in spring 2019. Owner Nettie Puleff will be partnering with Bob Scudder and moving the business into his building at 31 E. Main Street. That site is currently occupied by Scudder’s Fredonia Hardware. The ...

Squishing to victory

SILVER CREEK — The Festival of Grapes returned to Northern Chautauqua County for its 51st year with a squish on Friday, and with its return, a historic moment unfolded. For the first time in the United States’ longest-running festival, a three-way tie saw everyone as winners in one of its ...

Clymer teacher charged with possessing child porn

OBSERVER Staff Report U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that Scott Aikens, 60, of Clymer, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession of child pornography. The charge carries a mandatory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Special ...

Cassadaga Valley school bus accident results in no injuries

OBSERVER Staff Report ARKWRIGHT — On Friday morning at 6:55 a.m. on Bard Road in the town of Arkwright, a Cassadaga Valley Central School bus was struck by a vehicle, which resulted in a minor accident. According to a statement released by Superintendent of Schools Chuck Leichner, “In ...

Former Fredonia priest placed on administrative leave

OBSERVER Staff Report A retired priest who previously served in Fredonia is under investigation. Bishop Richard J. Malone announced that after receiving an abuse complaint against Father John J. Sardina, he placed him on administrative leave as an investigation continues. “This ...

Minor injuries reported in morning bus accident

ARKWRIGHT — A Cassadaga Valley bus was involved in a minor accident this morning on Bard Road in the town of Arkwright. State Police report that two students sustained "very minor injuries" and were transported to Chautauqua-UMPC Hospital in Jamestown. More information will be released as it ...

In Catholic turmoil, priest keeps upbeat spirit

Right before the 11 a.m. Mass on Sept. 2 at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Dunkirk, the unexpected heavy rainfall let up. Rays of sunlight began to enter the sanctuary through the cupola above. It was a moment that did not go unnoticed by the Rev. Daniel Walsh, pastor. In welcoming the ...

PRIMARY DAY: Low turnout as Cuomo, Hochul win

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo easily beat back a primary challenge from activist and actress Cynthia Nixon on Thursday, thwarting her attempt to become the latest insurgent liberal to knock off an establishment Democrat. In the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, ...