Page One

OBSERVER Photo by Amanda Dedie
Parts of Ring Road (primarily near the Williams Center) are closed off this summer for construction.

Summer campus construction underway

Summertime is the ideal construction time — especially on a college campus, where you’d be hard pressed to find a large number of students that could impede progress. There are five main projects being done this summer on The State University of New York College at Fredonia campus, ...

OBSERVER Photos by Damian Sebouhian. 
Relay runners carry their Laurel Run flags across the finish line in Dunkirk. Michael Bird, publisher of the Post-Journal, is pictured in the far right.

For Laurel

The 21st annual Laurel Run flag relay took place Friday as various teams of volunteer runners transported Laurel Run flags in stages from Jamestown to Dunkirk, celebrating their finish at Washington Park. The two-day event was created by Silver Creek residents Wayne and Elaine Hotelling in ...

Photo by A.J. Rao. Laurel Run kicked off Friday with a flag relay, beginning at The Resource Center’s facility at 75 Jones and Gifford Ave. in Jamestown. Teams of volunteer runners, which included representatives from area schools, as well as the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Brocton, ran the various legs of the relay, transporting the flags to Dunkirk.

Run kicks off for its 21st year

JAMESTOWN — Wayne Hotelling said it’s hard to believe. For 21 years, Laurel Run, an event he and his wife started in honor of their oldest daughter, Laurel, who has Down syndrome, has remained a popular — and inspiring — tradition in the community. The two-day event, which ...

“We’ve been waiting three years, and we haven’t heard
anything.” Gene Tarnowski, Roberts Road resident

Residents express irritation over district’s snail-like pace

Roberts Road residents are growing increasingly frustrated with the fact that, despite the water project being started three years ago, there’s next to nothing to show for it — not even working water lines. At the recent Dunkirk Town Board meeting, Roberts Road residents Gene and Jana ...

OBSERVER Photo by Jimmy McCarthy. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul gathered with local officials and developers Friday to mark the beginning of the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron. Pictured from the left are Kevin Sanvidge, administrative director and CEO for the county Industrial Development Agency; Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost; County Executive Vince Horrigan; state Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean; Hochul; Dave Hart, CEO of Hart Hotels; Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown; and Peter Krog, CEO of Krog Corp.

Hochul visits area to mark start of $30M hotel

CELORON — One of New York state's top elected officials visited Celoron on Friday to celebrate the beginning to what she called a transformational project in Chautauqua County. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul paid a visit to the site where the $30-plus million Chautauqua Harbor Hotel will be erected ...

OBSERVER Photo by Amanda Dedie
Bill Spencer, project manager of the Cassadaga Wind Farm, approached the Chautauqua County Planning Board.

Taking the next step

Bill Spencer, project manager of the Cassadaga Wind Farm, approached the Chautauqua County Planning Board to inquire about the next steps to approving amendments to the town of Cherry Creek’s zoning laws. Spencer would like the zoning laws to make it so that the Cassadaga Wind Farm can have ...

Arkwright: Almost turbine and fly-car ready

The town of Arkwright is close to beginning the process of installing the foundations that will soon hold the Arkwright Wind Farm, as well as being ready to introduce fly-cars to the area’s EMS process. Kaplan Ingalls, Arkwright Wind Summit’s project manager, attended the July board ...

OBSERVER Photo by Andrew David Kuczkowski
Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard, middle, announced the arrest of Brandon White, 32, of Collins, for the murder of Anthony Chipman, 46, of Gowanda, on Thursday in downtown Buffalo. Alongside Howard are Chief of Patrol Scott Joslyn, left, and Captain of Detective Unit Greg Savage.

Man in custody

BUFFALO — Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced that Brandon White, 32, of Collins, was arrested on first-degree manslaughter, a Class B felony, after allegedly shooting Anthony Chipman, 46, of Gowanda, in Collins at a press conference downtown on Thursday. White has a background ...

Council needs more time to approve firemen’s contract

It was almost a case of one more contract negotiated and out of the way Tuesday, however, a majority of council members felt more time was needed for final approval. The Firemen’s Local 616 contract expired at the end of 2016. Mayor Willie Rosas explained he and his team were able to come ...

Superintendent reassures student about moving up block tradition

SILVER CREEK — Ellen Decker, who is moving up from eighth grade to start her Silver Creek High School career as a freshman in September, came to a recent school board meeting seeking clarification about the fate of the long-standing tradition of “moving-up day blocks,” where students ...

Brandon White

Collins man charged in manslaughter death of Gowanda man

BUFFALO — A 32-year-old Collins man has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of a Gowanda man. Erie County Sheriff Timonthy Howard announced the arrest of Brandon White this afternoon after the incident at Spring Wood Trailer Park on Bagdad Road around 7:40 p.m. ...

Mayville man facing manslaughter charge after fatal accident

ORANGEVILLE — A Mayville man involved in a fatal vehicle accident in Wyoming County on Sunday is now facing a manslaughter charge. According to the New York State Police, 28-year-old Joshua D. Huntress has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, driving while ability impaired by ...

Photos by Damian Sebouhian
Rebecca Ruiz stands beside defense attorney Anthony Pendergrass in Dunkirk city courtroom. Pendergrass was granted an adjournment for next week, Tuesday July 18 at 2 p.m.

Felony hearing adjourned

The felony hearing of 28-year-old Rebecca Ruiz — who faces a second-degree murder charge for the shooting death last week of her boyfriend, 21-year-old Julian Duman — was adjourned Wednesday and rescheduled for Tuesday, July 18 at 2 p.m. at the Dunkirk City Courthouse. The adjournment ...

City to get bilingual firefighter without adding position

While the idea of a Spanish-speaking firefighter was brought forward with the idea of diversity in mind, the resolution to make it happen was more than the city bargained for. Resolution 48 was tabled in June because the way it read would have created a 25th firefighter position. On ...

Schumer still pushing to add sailors’ names to Vietnam Memorial Wall

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is continuing to lobby to get members of the military killed during the Vietnam War added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. During a meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer urged Secretary ...

OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox. Fredonia School Board President Michael Bobseine, left, is pictured with Interim Superintendent Dr. Laura Pless, center, and Board Vice President Cristina Gegenschatz.

Unpopular decision

A beloved cross country coach has not been reappointed to her position, and many are upset with the decision. Over a dozen students, former students and community members attended Tuesday’s Fredonia Board of Education meeting to ask officials to reconsider appointing Carol Zirkle as a ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino
Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas reported on ongoing progress on NRG and Athenex. Legislator Bob Bankoski, who also offered information on Athenex, sits in the background with Fire Chief Mike Edwards.

Mayor gets good news for NRG, Athenex

For two major economic question marks, the mayor of Dunkirk recently got some encouraging news. When it comes to economic development news locally, many want to know about progress with NRG’s repowering to natural gas and the opening of pharmaceutical plant Athenex’s. At ...

File Photo
Blue-green algae is pictured along the Chautauqua Lake shores in Fluvanna in September 2014. The blue-green algae lined much of the shores. Between the weather, lake water temperature and lake flow activity, blue-green algae was primed for growth.

Small harmful algal blooms confirmed on Chautauqua Lake

By Jimmy McCarthy OBSERVER Mayville Bureau While they haven’t wreaked havoc on summer recreation so far, harmful algal blooms have been spotted on Chautauqua Lake. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed two cases of harmful algal blooms on Chautauqua ...

Silver Creek School discusses upcoming capital project

SILVER CREEK — Superintendent Todd Crandall updated the Silver Creek Board of Education during a recent meeting on the results of a staff survey, the Smart Schools Bond Act and on the progress of the Capital Project Committee. “Just to reiterate, we’re in the initial preparation for ...

Erie County legislator continues tradition of hot dog fundraisers

COLLINS — Erie County Legislator John Mills is in the beginning of the 11th year of his Hot Dog Roast Library Fundraiser. Mills stated that the fundraiser raised $67,000 so far and, if re-elected next year for a two-year term, Mills aims to get to that $100,000-mark. The premise of this ...