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Boat race festivities begin this week

From jet skis and pontoons to fish and speed boats, the shores of Lake Erie in Dunkirk attract a variety of watercraft during the warm season. But come later this week, the waters will welcome boats more fast and furious in nature — and unlike anything the city waterfront has ever ...

FREDONIA MAYOR SAYS IT’S TIME TO MOVE AHEAD

For the last two months, the village of Fredonia has been in “chaos,” according to Mayor Athanasia Landis, right. Today, in a commentary piece, the mayor discusses the long list of problems facing the administration as well as the recent resignation of a longtime administrator. “We are ...

Hanover town board to consider wind park amendments

HANOVER — On Monday at 7:30 p.m., the Hanover town board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting, which will be preceded by a workshop at 6:30 p.m. According to Town Supervisor Todd Johnson, the Ball Hill wind park vote is on the agenda at what is likely to be a very well-attended meeting, ...

Author, comic with area ties releases new book

From working as a paper boy for the Jamestown Post-Journal, to making a living as a stand-up comic, to rubbing elbows with Hollywood celebrities, to settling down in the coast of Maine, Johnny Remick has truly been “Here, There, and All Over the Place...” And everywhere he’s gone, he’s ...

CVCS capital improvement project underway

SINCLAIRVILLE — Cassadaga Valley Central School faculty and students will be enjoying several significant improvements when they return to school on Sept. 4. The capital improvement project for both the middle/high school and Sinclairville Elementary School is well underway this summer, and ...

Dunkirk’s finest

On Friday afternoon, Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas and Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano unveiled a plaque in memory of K9 Officer Matthew Hazelton, who passed away after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on Aug. 6, 2017. The plaque is located in front of the Dunkirk Police ...

Gowanda/Cattaraugus priest’s Italy trek underway

Gowanda’s Father Joe Porpiglia’s first week of his trek across Italy went very well, though he said it was hot he seemed to have a lot of fun. On day one he started out in Florence and ended in Pontassieve; it was a 14-mile hike of mostly flat land. “I loved the sanctuary (light) in ...

Yo-Yo Ma returns to Chautauqua Institution

CHAUTAUQUA — “Culture turns them into us.” Yo-Yo Ma, world-renowned classical cellist and 19-time Grammy Award winner, said those words on his return to Chautauqua Institution where he delivered a lecture that was combined with a musical performance and optimism for culture. Michael ...

Restaurant attempting to break world wing-serving record

BEMUS POINT — It’s not every day an organization attempts to break a world record in Chautauqua County, but the Village Casino intends to do just that by serving 40,000 chicken wings in 24 hours. The official Guinness Book of World Records attempt has been approved, and Event Coordinator ...

Unknown vehicle knocks over telephone pole

At approximately 2:45 p.m. Friday afternoon, a vehicle struck a telephone pole along Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk, near Shorewood Country Club. According to emergency responders at the scene, an unidentified vehicle struck the pole causing it to collapse onto the road, then fled the scene. ...

Webb family celebrates future Mayville Lodge’s progress

MAYVILLE — A luxury condominium resort is on its way to the village along the Chautauqua Lake shore, and more details were shared at a press conference for The Lodge at Chautauqua Lake on Thursday. Various dignitaries including County Executive George Borrello and village Mayor Marty Bova ...

Reed: Up to the people to determine Collins’ fate

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, said ultimately it will be up to the people to determine the future of U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins, R- Clarence, as far as being a Congressman. During his weekly conference call with regional media, Reed said Thursday it is up to Collins and his family to ...

Superintendent excited to bring on SRO

With City Council’s approval Monday, Dunkirk Schools’ Superintendent Dr. James Tracy publicly announced Thursday the district will bring on Steve Zentz as its school resource officer. Two candidates applied for the SRO position, and Tracy said Police Chief Dave Ortolano let the school ...

It’s easy to get hooked on Lake Erie

Surrounded by storm clouds above Lake Erie, Dances with Fish charter Capt. Ron Duliba went to work. Charged with overseeing a crew of novices — with the exception of Jeff Jondle of the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs — the Forestville resident was not fazed by the weather or ...

Ball Hill Wind Project: Approved

VILLENOVA — Villenova’s much anticipated vote on the proposed Ball Hill wind project amendments may have been short, but it was not exactly sweet. On Wednesday night, the Villenova Town Board conducted its regularly scheduled public meeting, but instead of meeting inside, the board ...

Cyclists touring the country stop in Dunkirk

A journey that began June 2 in the state of Washington, and ends Aug. 21 in Bar Harbor, Maine made its way through Dunkirk on Tuesday. Three men — Gerard Ah-Fook, Matthew Robinson and Rickie Rincon — are hand cyclists making their way across the country, peddling nearly 80-100 miles a ...

Police: Assault victim dies

A 47-year-old man succumbed to his injuries after he was reportedly assaulted in Fredonia between the overnight hours of July 20 and early morning of July 21. Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers confirmed that William Hall Jr. passed away from his injuries a few days ago while he was still a ...

North County Water District work continues

Special to the OBSERVER It’s been a long time coming after several reports, assessments, municipal meetings, grant applications, county legislation and design engineering, but the North Chautauqua County Water District is a reality. Since late 2017 and throughout 2018, residents in the ...

GOP congressman from New York charged with insider trading

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of New York was arrested Wednesday on charges he fed inside information he gleaned from sitting on the board of a biotechnology corporation to his son, helping family and friends dodge hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses when one ...

National Night Out in the city 25 years strong

They’re out protecting the community day and night throughout the year. But on Tuesday, officers and firefighters from the city took some time during the evening to have a little fun with children and families at Washington Park. National Night Out in Dunkirk hit its 25th year Tuesday. ...