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History takes center stage in Fredonia

FREDONIA — The annual History Days brought out a cavalcade of local history buffs and enthusiasts to downtown Fredonia over the weekend. History Days kicked off Friday with a classic car and bike show, sponsored by Hard Tales Magazine and Cyberspokes.com, accompanied by the music of ...

Scout returns to World Pinewood Derby

On June 29, Cherry Creek resident Hunter Vincent once again represented the entire Allegheny Highlands Council at the 2019 World Championship Pinewood Derby in Times Square. Vincent, who was a member of Cub Scout Pack 219, is entering sixth grade at Cassadaga Valley Central School this fall ...

Gasoline tanker accident kills one

OBSERVER Staff Report ELLINGTON — One person was killed Friday morning in an accident involving a passenger vehicle and a gasoline tanker. At 1:30 a.m., New York State Police were patrolling the area of Route 83 in Ellington when they came upon a motor vehicle accident. Troopers saw a ...

National Geographic takes over Chautauqua

CHAUTAUQUA — On-world and off-world issues were on display inside Chautauqua Institution in week three of its season. Chautauqua partnered with National Geographic for its third week of the 2019 season. The partnership brought scientists, journalists and lecturers from all over the world to ...

Villenova back to work on wind turbine project

VILLENOVA — Town officials are again reviewing plans for a proposed wind tower farm. On Wednesday, members of the Villenova Town Board agreed to reinstate the state environmental quality review process for Ball Hill Wind, unless the court decision is reversed on appeal. On June 24, the ...

One dies in Route 83 tanker, vehicle collision

ELLINGTON — Route 83 is still closed to traffic after an accident involving a passenger vehicle and a gasoline tanker. At 1:36 a.m., New York State Police were patrolling the area of Route 83 in Ellington when they came upon a motor vehicle accident. Troopers saw a NOCO gas tanker on its ...

Tall ships sail through region

After drawing crowds and plently of fanfare in Buffalo last weekend, some of the tall ships came through our region — though not close to shore. These photos were provided by Scott Foley and Susan Royal. At top is a photo of Muirgen "The Pride of Dunkirk" and the "Pride of Baltimore" off the ...

City man vows day at beach for volunteers

Dunkirk resident Jeff Robinson understands the city has a gem in its waterfront. It is a great place to fish, watch a spectacular sunset or gather with friends at a hidden treasure in Point Gratiot. But he would not recommend the use of the city’s beaches to anyone, especially visitors to ...

Tracy out as chief of city schools

DUNKIRK — The Dunkirk Board of Education (DBOE) saw a sudden change in the position of district superintendent at a special meeting held Thursday evening. As of Thursday evening, Dr. James Tracy is no longer Dunkirk City Schools superintendent. Tracy was appointed superintendent in Dunkirk ...

Portions of ‘A Quiet Place 2’ to be filmed in county

Chautauqua County will be featured in the sequel to a popular 2018 science fiction horror flick directed by and starring John Krasinski. County Executive George Borrello confirmed portions of “A Quiet Place Part II” will be filmed along a “waterfront location,” though he couldn’t ...

Fredonia planning board looks at rental law

The Fredonia Planning Board went over a new proposal for a law regarding rental properties Thursday, making a few tweaks. The last proposal in 2018 proved controversial because of proposed registries of renters and landlords. This time around, the renters’ list is not included, but the ...

Tracy out as Dunkirk schools superintendent

Dr. James Tracy is no longer Dunkirk City Schools superintendent. During this afternoon’s special school board meeting, city school board members agreed to a separation agreement, waiver and general release between the superintendent and district. Tracy was appointed superintendent in ...

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS: Church replaces steeple

Last June, it took days for a crane to demolish the Family Church Fredonia steeple, which was heavily damaged in a fire on May 4, 2018. However, on Wednesday morning in less than two hours, the same crane installed the brand new steeple, much to the delight of church members and the ...

Legislature pushes through bills ending wage discrimination

The state Legislature approved two pieces of legislation aimed at ending wage discrimination. Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, voted in favor of both pieces of legislation on the Assembly floor, as did Assemblyman Joe Giglio, R-Gowanda. The first bill, A.8093A/S.5248B, passed the ...

One charged in Cassadaga drug raid

CASSADAGA — A village resident is facing drug charges following a raid at his residence. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force developed information of illegal drug activity at 27 ...

Sidewalk law raises questions

GOWANDA — A number of citizen comments and complaints around the village’s sidewalk maintenance law prompted a response from the board at their most recent meeting. Village Attorney Deb Chadsey addressed the concerns in broad terms, since many of the complaints were framed solely to each ...

Laurel Run paper sales set record

Whether one bought it in line at a Tim Horton’s drive-thru, on the corner of Barker Common in Fredonia or in front of Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, the purchase of Tuesday’s special Laurel Run edition of the OBSERVER resulted in a record-breaking fundraiser for the Laurel Memorial ...

Fallen tree on line source of widespread power outages

A tree that fell on a power line was the source of widespread outages Tuesday. According to David Bertola of National Grid, the tree fell on a transmission line in the area of Bear Lake Road, Brocton around 11:30 a.m. That knocked power out to thousands of National Grid customers — from ...

Gowanda school board offers farewells

GOWANDA — In their last meeting of the school year, the Gowanda Board of Education recognized students’ outstanding accomplishments, as well as the exemplary service of board member Dan York, whose term expired on June 30. In his superintendent’s report, Dr. Robert Anderson ...

Pomfret: No pet burials in Forest Hill Cemetery

Pet remains will remain out of Forest Hill Cemetery for the time being. At the June meeting of the Pomfret Town Board, the discussion was nipped in the bud after several board members shared their thoughts on the possible policy change. “Just because I bought a cemetery plot, doesn’t ...