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Brooks down to two locations, receives $17 million

The Brooks Memorial Hospital Board of Directors is in the final stages of choosing a new location for the Dunkirk-based hospital and recently received more good news for the project. In a press release sent to the OBSERVER Wednesday, Kaleida Health, Brooks’ affiliate, reported the board ...

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CLA harvester temporarily capsized on Chautauqua Lake

LAKEWOOD — Chautauqua Lake Association Executive Director, Douglas Conroe, has reported that at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday, a lake vegetation harvester encountered rough water and capsized off the Lakewood shoreline while being towed back to the Chautauqua Lake Association headquarters for ...

Veterans to be honored during ‘Dunkirk’ movie premiere

The movie “Dunkirk” is premiering at the Movie Plex 59 Friday at 4:30 p.m. and the theater will be honoring veterans with free popcorn and beverages for the showing. At 4 p.m. the Color Guard will be at the movie theater, located at 10520 Bennett Road, Dunkirk, to greet those in ...

OBSERVER Photo by Damian Sebouhian
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson questions a witness during the felony hearing for Rebecca Ruiz. Ruiz will be facing a grand jury trial in the shooting death of her boyfriend Julian Duman, who she may have accidentally killed in a case of mistaken identity.

Taking the next step

Rebecca Ruiz will be facing a grand jury trial in Mayville as Judge Walter F. Drag ruled during Tuesday’s felony hearing that there was sufficient evidence presented against Ruiz, charged with second degree murder for the July 6 shooting death of 21-year old Julian Duman. New evidence ...

Council approves fire contract

A week was all it took to get a majority of the Dunkirk Common Council on board with the Firemen’s Local 616 contract that has been lauded as “fair for all.” Last week, a bare majority of council members tabled the agreement in the hopes of getting more financial information. ...

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Fredonia School interim leader to depart Thursday

The Fredonia Central School District is on the cusp of a change in its top administrative position. Dr. Laura Pless will leave her post as the interim superintendent on Thursday, thus making way for the permanent superintendent — Jeffrey Sortisio — to take the reins. Pless told the ...

OBSERVER Photo by Jimmy McCarthy
Jennifer Phillips Russo, environmental science professor at SUNY Fredonia, discusses her algal bloom research on Chautauqua Lake during an information session Tuesday at the Carlson Community Center in Mayville. Phillips Russo, a conservationist for the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, also discussed what people can do to help prevent nutrients from entering the lake.

Lake research, stream stabilization projects highlight presentation

MAYVILLE — Not all algae on Chautauqua Lake is considered bad. As Jennifer Phillips Russo noted, it’s the base of the food web. And while there are harmful algal booms on the lake during the warm months, those within the Chautauqua Lake Watershed can get involved to help reduce the ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino. Pictured are some of the properties on Central Avenue purchased by the United Secular American Center for the Disabled Inc. that will be put on public auction on Aug. 17.

On the auction block

From default to foreclosure and sale, a controversial nonprofit’s Dunkirk properties will be up for sale at public auction in August. Last summer, the announcement of a nonprofit buying up six parcels in the city of Dunkirk caused a stir, and in November, the United Secular American Center ...

Photo by Jimmy McCarthy. Pictured from left to right: Mike Seeley, Chautauqua County Deputy Sheriff; Ed Faulkner, Clymer Fire Chief; Emily Reynolds, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County; Shelly Wells, Public Health Planner of the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services; Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua County Executive; Pete James, Chautauqua County Traffic Safety Board member; and Bree Agett, Epidemiology Manager of the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.

Horrigan encourages buggy safety

CLYMER — Just off Route 474 inside of Clymer, County Executive Vincent Horrigan was standing next to the road in front of an enormous blue tractor. Horrigan was emphasizing the safety of the roads, specifically in regards to Amish buggies and tractors. “I have kicked off the 100 Days of ...

Photo by Jimmy McCarthy. Chautauqua County legislators approved two resolutions to accept federal funds for airport projects during Monday’s Public Facilities meeting in Mayville. George Spanos, county public facilities director, briefly discusses the projects with committee members.

Committee approves funds for airports

MAYVILLE — Two projects at Chautauqua County’s airports are obtaining federal funding. During a Monday meeting, Public Facilities Committee members approved to accept funding from the Federal Aviation Administration and the state for projects at the Jamestown and Dunkirk airports. ...

State restructuring board visits city

Months after contacting the state to see what could be done to make the city of Dunkirk more efficient, the Financial Restructuring Board visited the city this week. “We finally had our first meeting with the Financial Restructuring Board,” Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas reported. ...

OBSERVER Photo by Damian Sebouhian. At Chadwick Bay Industrial Park in Sheridan, three parcels are up for sale.

Primed for business

More than 10 available properties are primed for business development in Chautauqua County. They vary in acreage and utilities, and many do not have buildings located on the parcels, which means investors and developers have the ability to construct what they want. Properties are listed on ...

“If we get
someone who day-in and
day-out worked narcotics cases, you will see more consistent, more severe and more efficient results.” Patrick Swanson, Chautauqua County district attorney

DA wants narcotics prosecutor

MAYVILLE — Seeing the same drug dealers appear in the news is an all-too-frustrating routine, and begs the question, what, if anything, can stop these criminals from returning to the streets? For Patrick Swanson, Chautauqua County district attorney, an important part of the solution is ...

OBSERVER Photo by Tonja Dodd. Johnathan Courtis of Lakewood shows off two Oz books he purchased at the Westfield Antiques Show Sunday in Eason Hall.

Longest-running antiques show continues in area

WESTFIELD — Westfield has hosted the nation’s longest-running antiques show. Twenty-four antiques dealers sold their wares at the 79th annual Westfield Antiques Show & Sale in Eason Hall Saturday and Sunday. Westfield’s own historic building, Eason Hall has been the site for all ...

Dale Drive project in Cassadaga is moving forward

The Chautauqua County Planning Board was excited to announce that funding had been approved for the Dale Drive project. “The Dale Drive TAP application funding was approved unanimously by the Legislature at the June meeting,” said Pat Gooch, board liaison. “I believe it was signed by ...

Terry Brown, PVCS cook manager

Pine Valley School District to see its meal prices increase

SOUTH DAYTON — The Pine Valley Central School District has decided to increase meal costs by 20 cents across the board. This comes after a stipulation was included in the most recent budget saying that the cafeteria fund was no longer going to be contributed to from the general fund. This ...

Rebecca Ruiz, 2017 Dunkirk shooting. Facing a second-degree murder charge

On the rise?

It may have been a tragic case of mistaken identity. On the night of July 6, Rebecca Ruiz allegedly saw a man in the yard through her back door at 141 Lake Shore Drive E. in the city of Dunkirk. A little while later, her 21-year-old boyfriend, Julian Duman, was lying unresponsive ...

Cold storage to locate on city brownfield

It looks like the lawsuit that prevented a developer from locating in one neighborhood in the city of Dunkirk has not prevented it from setting sights on another. Neighbors rallied against Great Lake Cold Storage building a freezer facility for Fieldbrook Foods on the empty lot between ...

OBSERVER Photo by Andrew David Kuczkowski
Laurel’s Lap finished with many smiling faces as they crossed the finish line at Saturday’s conclusion of Laurel Run XXI in the village of Silver Creek.

Laurel Run going strong 21 years later

SILVER CREEK — The finish line. On Saturday, it was something that meant absolutely nothing, but every moment from the start to that point meant everything. During Laurel’s Lap, those with disabilities had their go, whether running or walking, as they took a quick lap as about 60 ...