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Rehearing results in minor change to Cassadaga project certificate

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Siting Board) convened for a rehearing Tuesday in Albany and reaffirmed its decision to allow Cassadaga Wind LLC to build and operate a wind farm in Chautauqua County. The Siting Board released a 28-page document ...

Route 5 crash results in death to 91-year-old

A 91-year-old male who was airlifted via Starflight on Thursday died after colliding with a Chevy truck on Route 5 in the town of Pomfret near Van Buren Road. Emergency responders from local agencies were called to the scene before 2 p.m. for a two-car accident between a maroon Lincoln and a ...

Three charged in narcotics investigation

Investigation into possible drug activity led to a slew of charges against two Dunkirk residents and one Silver Creek resident on Wednesday. Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say they responded to 8 Henry St. in Silver Creek for a report of drug activity. Following an investigation, ...

$6 million announced for COI Head Start programs

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $5,680,993 in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs at Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc on Thursday. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and ...

Public education losing its affordability

State University of New York at Fredonia President Virginia Horvath remembers when a higher education at a public institution was affordable for just about everyone. When she was student at the State University at Buffalo, the tuition was $300 a semester. Horvath was quick to note in her ...

Tense situation

OBSERVER Staff Report Officers from Fredonia, Dunkirk, the FBI and the county sheriff's department were on Eagle Street Wednesday morning. A brief standoff Saturday morning in the village of Fredonia had area law-enforcement officers on alert around 9 a.m. The Fredonia Police Department had ...

Gowanda woman charged in making meth

OBSERVER Staff Report GOWANDA — A 38-year-old village woman has been charged in manufacturing methamphetamine after a search of a residence at 20 Frederick St. Sara L. Seeley faces third-degree unlawful manufacturing of meth, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, and ...

Reed shifts focus to mental health awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which was the focus of Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, telephone conference call with regional media outlets Wednesday. Reed said, in his opinion, that for many years mental health was not a priority when it comes to overall health care in the country. However, ...

Motorist transported to UPMC Hamot following Route 5 crash

OBSERVER Staff Report SHERIDAN — A Jamestown woman was airlifted to the hospital Wednesday after her car veered off Route 5 in the town of Sheridan and hit a tree-lined area near Harrington Road. New York State Police, along with Sheridan Fire and Chautauqua County EMS, responded to the ...

FENDER BENDER: Car hits pole, tree in Brocton

A vehicle in Brocton on Route 20 crashed into a tree and reportedly into a pole that caused live wires to be downed, diverting traffic. The pole is pictured on the sidewalk and the crash is in front of the tree that damaged its front end. New York State Police and Brocton Fire Department were ...

Standoff ends with surrender in Fredonia

A brief standoff this morning in the village of Fredonia had area law-enforcement officers on alert around 9 a.m. today The Fredonia Police Department had received information that Walter S. Duprey was staying at 112 Eagle St., an apartment house in the village. Duprey possessed outstanding ...

Ripley, Westfield, Gowanda fail to pass school budget

Many school districts’ budgets passed without any issue Tuesday, but some didn’t. In Ripley, the proposed 2018-19 budget totaling $9.2 million was turned down by one vote. Unofficial results posted by the Chautauqua County Board of Elections show 90 ‘yes’ votes and 91 ‘no’ votes. ...

POW flag to replace state flag at Ames Commons

CASSADAGA — During a recent meeting, the Cassadaga Village Board of Trustees voted unanimously to replace the New York state flag with the POW flag at Ames Commons. The POW flag had flown along with the American flag at the park until the end of 2017, when it was replaced with the state ...

Council sends term change to public vote

Voters in the city of Dunkirk will have the final say in the November general election on whether they’d like to see councilmembers serve four years as opposed to two years per term. City councilmembers voted 3-2 during Tuesday’s meeting to send the question of changing term lengths to ...

Ark’fight’

ARKWRIGHT — Harold Ross, a self-reported stage 4 cancer patient, was aggressive in stating that anti-wind farm advocates should lay off, adding, “They don’t bother nobody.” Minutes later, he was in the face of Jake Szumigala threatening to escalate the issue into fisticuffs. During ...

DHS wins Outstanding Costume Design for its musical

Dunkirk High School won “Outstanding Costume Design” for its production of “Little Shop of Horrors” at this year’s Kenny Awards. Presented by Shea’s Performing Arts Center and The Lipke Foundation, the Kenny Awards recognizes the talent, dedication, and efforts of high school ...

Macker deadlines extended

Gus Macker coordinators have announced the team registration deadline has been extended. The mail-in deadline will now be Friday, May 18 and the online deadline will be Monday, May 21 at 11:59 p.m. by visiting www.macker.com. The Post-Journal, Dunkirk OBSERVER and Times Observer of ...

Bemus Bay Pops won’t return this year

BEMUS POINT — After more than two decades, the Bemus Bay Pops will not be returning this summer. On the Bemus Bay Pop’s Facebook page, chairman Dan Dalpra announced the Bemus Bay Pops will not be in operation during this upcoming 2018 summer season. “We hope this is not the final ...

Village examines clock options

A fire at the Family Church Fredonia on May 4 destroyed the tower and damaged the clock that’s owned by the village. Now, village officials are trying to determine if they want to pursue a new clock or examine a different option such as a marquee for village hall. No decision was made by ...