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Stockton house damaged in fire

A Stockton house was heavily damaged by an early morning fire. The Stockton, Brocton, Cassadaga, Dewittville, East Dunkirk, and Sinclairville Fire departments, were called to 6485 South Stockton-Cassadaga Road around 3:30 a.m. No injuries were reported. Initial reports say the fire was caused ...

This side lot at 734 Main St., Dunkirk, was one of the recent property dispositions of the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation. Its new owner, who lives on the adjoining parcel, has agreed to remove the diseased tree there that has been causing problems for some time.

Anti-blight business going strong

The Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation held its monthly meeting, as well as its annual meeting, recently at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator. Executive Director Gina Paradis and Chair Jim Caflisch led the discussion, which enumerated the corporation’s achievements and highlighted ...

Hanover balks at big Forestville bills

HANOVER — Before another penny gets spent on fixing up equipment or infrastructure in the now-hamlet of Forestville, officials want to put each proposed expense through a triple-check process. At a recent town board workshop, Councilman Louis Pelletter said he was uncomfortable with ...

Upstate Republicans target SAFE Act repeal

State lawmakers representing upstate communities are trying to undo SAFE Act rules yet again. Legislation put forth this year contrasts to prior attempts, however, as proposed repeals won’t include New York City. Senate and Assembly Republicans say the proposed bill would do away with ...

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Sylvester Cleary drops some sick beats in order to motivate and inspire Forestville Central School District students.

Message to students: ‘There’s greatness in you’

Imagine the stream of positive messages plastered on posters in school hallways, or maybe by that motivational Tumblr page or in your Instagram feed by the “fitspiration” photoblog you follow. Now imagine those same positive, inspirational messages but in song form — by a role model. One ...

From left are: Lee John, Media One Group representative; Bob Patchen, Times Observer publisher; Michael Bird, Post-Journal publisher and co-director of the Gus Macker tournament; John D’Agostino, OBSERVER publisher; and Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi. Not pictured are: Kim Carlson, founder of the Alex Foulk Fund and A Fresh Start; and Chris Dole, co-director of the Gus Macker tournament.

Macker bouncing back to county

JAMESTOWN — Three news publications in the area are resurrecting a Jamestown tradition 20 years after it was first begun. This summer, The Post-Journal, the OBSERVER and the Times Observer of Warren, Pa., will host the return of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament to downtown ...

TAKING SIDES

Two Fredonia officials are at odds with each other over a potential meeting between municipalities to discuss consolidation and shared services. Mayor Athanasia Landis rebuked Trustee Douglas Essek during a recent village board meeting. Landis stated Essek went above her head and the heads ...

Some elect mayor to handle marriage

When it comes to requests for performing a wedding, it is likely Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas will say “I do.” Since 2016, he has performed 12 weddings and while he doesn’t consider himself a professional now, he does consider it a part of his mayoral job duties. “After the first ...

Fracas shakes league in city

A recent incident has shaken up the city of Dunkirk’s relationship with the school. Now, the city is taking steps to keep that relationship in good standing. Last weekend, an incident of unsportsman-like conduct set off a chain reaction, eventually resulting in the city rethinking its ...

OBSERVER Photos by Amanda Dedie.
Cassadaga Mayor LeeAnn Lazarony bids adieu to the village (and its budget papers) at her last board meeting.

Peace out, Cassadaga

CASSADAGA — Hours before her last board meeting as an official, LeeAnn Lazarony sat in her usual spot at the head of the board meeting table and reflected nostalgically on the past eight years of her life — years she spent in the demanding but rewarding role as mayor of the village of ...

Leeann Lazarony sits and tearfully reflects on her time as mayor.

Board bids farewell to Lazarony

CASSADAGA — It was an emotional affair at Wednesday’s Cassadaga Village Board meeting, as LeeAnn Lazarony presided over the village board for the final time as mayor. While the village conducted its usual business, it took a backseat to all of the teary goodbyes given from all of the ...

Legislator Terry Niebel,
R-Sheridan, is sponsoring a local law granting county officials the authority to assist municipal restructuring.

Consolidation law passes first hurdle

MAYVILLE — A local law granting county officials the authority to assist municipal restructuring cleared the first hurdle recently. The bill, geared to providing funding once a local government successfully dissolves or consolidates, was approved unanimously by legislators on the ...

OBSERVER Photo by Andrew David Kuczkowski.
The Dunkirk JCPenney is slated for closure.

Dunkirk JCPenney to close

The JCPenney Dunkirk store is one of 138 locations nationwide slated for closure, according to an announcement by the company Friday. There are two other JCPenney closings in New York state — one in West Nyack and another in Massapequa. More stores could close to save money, but for now, ...

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Maple Weekend will be held for two consecutive weekends, March 18-19 and 25-26, when New York State Maple Producers will host open houses at their facilities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The Lesefske family invites visitors to their Maple Glen Sugar House in Gowanda, where they can learn firsthand about maple syrup production. From left, brothers Paul and Dana Lesefske are shown in front of the evaporator at their state-of-the-art sugar house, located at 2266 Zoar Road.

Sugary sweet

GOWANDA — For two consecutive weekends, Maple Glen Sugar House will join approximately 150 other maple producers across New York state for the 22nd annual Maple Weekend, March 18-19 and 25-26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The Lesefske family of Gowanda and other members of the New York ...

“I advocated for the inclusion of language that would double the mitigation fund to $60 million.”
Sen. Catharine Young

Young pushing for more NRG Dunkirk funds

ALBANY — Sen. Catharine Young (R-Olean) has announced that the Senate’s one-house budget resolution, passed Wednesday, includes language that would significantly enhance the state aid designed to offset the financial losses for Chautauqua County, the city of Dunkirk and the Dunkirk City ...

Dunkirk’s JC Penney on list of store closings

The JC Penney Dunkirk location is one of 138 locations nationwide slated for closure, according to an announcement by the company this morning. There are two other Penney store closings in New York state — one in West Nyack and another in Massapequa. More stores could be slated to close, ...

Irvington ends Fredonia girls’ season with 69-57 victory

They did not go down without a fight. The Fredonia Hillbillies girls basketball team’s hopes for a state title ended this afternoon in Troy in a 69-57 loss to Irvington at the semifinals. After a rough first half, which included a number of turnovers, the Hillbillies turned it on in the ...

Three charged in Jamestown meth bust

JAMESTOWN — Three city residents were charged Thursday with allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine at a 212 W. Sixth St. residence. Jamestown police and fire departments responded to the scene shortly after 4 p.m. for a report of a possible meth lab operation. Upon arrival, firefighters ...

Kyle van Schoonhoven

SUNY Fredonia alum to compete in Met Opera National Council finals

State University of New York at Fredonia alumnus Kyle van Schoonhoven has been named as a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals, representing the Central Region. The 2011 Fredonia School of Music graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education performed ...