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Davina Moss-King, Positive Direction and Associates president and certified rehabilitation counselor, presented on Opioid Addiction and Exposure to Infants on Friday morning at UPMC Chautauqua WCA. The training was put on by the hospital, Blackwell Chapel Baby Cafe and Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council.

Drug exposure to infants training draws big crowd

JAMESTOWN — A timely training seminar to address the opioid epidemic and how it impacts the youngest community members was held at UPMC Chautauqua WCA on Friday. The Opioid Addiction and Exposure to Infants training was put on by Blackwell Chapel Baby Cafe, UPMC Chautauqua WCA and the ...

Threat sends school into lockout

FORESTVILLE — The Forestville School District went into lockout Friday as a precautionary measure due to a threat being investigated by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. The lockout lasted throughout the morning and into the afternoon before it was lifted. The Sheriff’s Office ...

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August trial date set for fatal hunting accident

MAYVILLE — An August trial date has been set for a Sherman man charged with manslaughter in the November shooting of a woman he reportedly mistook for a deer. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Aug. 7 in front of County Court Judge David Foley in Mayville. Thomas Jadlowski, 34, pleaded ...

Forestville Central School was under a lockout earlier in the day.

UPDATE: Forestville school lockout lifted

FORESTVILLE — Forestville schools are no longer under a lockout. According to a notice on the district web site, the school has determined it was safe to lift the lockout. "The Sheriff’s Office worked with the District to make this decision," the notice said. "We appreciate all their ...

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Adding payroll costs to a city with a budget of more than $22 million was no big deal for these four elected officials.

Publisher’s notebook: City’s payroll purgatory grows deeper

Dunkirk this week decided to dole out more of your money in creating a new position dedicated to handling human resources. Mayor Wilfred Rosas says over the long term, the $60,000 a year position will save the municipality money. But you cannot spend your way out of future financial troubles. ...

Communication grant to provide radio, 911 upgrades

Chautauqua County will receive $822,108 for emergency communication improvements. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced $55 million in state grant funding for counties across New York state, including Chautauqua. The state Interoperable Communications Grant contributed $45 million to local ...

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Dunkirk Schools’ Superintendent Dr. James Tracy, far right, discusses school resource officer options with board of education members during Thursday’s meeting at the middle school.

Board desires city police officer over a retired one

It didn’t go to a formal vote Thursday, but Dunkirk Board of Education members prefer to have a city police officer serving the district over a retired special patrol officer. During the school board’s regular meeting at the Dunkirk Middle School, Dunkirk Schools’ Superintendent Dr. ...

HIGH FIVE: Ice castle construction underway

Construction has begun for an ice castle for this year’s Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival in Mayville. An ice castle construction crew has pulled and stacked 315, 15-inch thick, 3 foot long by 2 foot wide blocks of ice so far. The ice castle construction crew includes (pictured above) ...

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Pictured from left is Bachelor host Chris Harrison, ESPN’s Hannah Storm (who will be involved in the show) and Fredonia native Ruthie Collins.

Ruthie Collins to appear on ‘The Bachelor Winter Games’

Up and coming music sensation Ruthie Collins, a Fredonia native, is proud to participate in an upcoming episode of ABC’s “The Bachelor Winter Games.” The episode will feature a kick off celebration with a parade down Main Street of beautiful Manchester, Vermont with cast members from U.S. ...

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The Puerto Rico Relief Center will move from 338 Central Ave. today to Erie Dining Hall on the SUNY Fredonia Campus. Volunteers are needed at 4 p.m.

Puerto Rico Relief Center moves today, needs help

The Puerto Rico Relief Center has been helping families for months out of its location at 338 Central Ave. Now, a partnership with the State University of New York at Fredonia will allow for more space to further fill the needs of incoming families fleeing the devastation. According to Edwin ...

County grad rate shows small decline

New York state saw an increase in its graduation rate, while Chautauqua County saw a minor decrease. According to the state Education Department, the county rate fell from 84 percent in 2016 to 83 percent. That’s still better than the statewide average of 80.2 percent. “New York’s ...

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The Gowanda Board of Education accepted the resignation of now-former Superintendent James Klubek on Wednesday. The board stated he left due to personal matters. Pictured is interim superintendent and former high school principal Dr. Robert Anderson, left, and school board president Cynthia Sutherland.

Klubek resigns in Gowanda

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Board of Education accepted the resignation of Superintendent James Klubek Wednesday at its regular meeting. The board deliberated during the executive session for more than 30 minutes at the beginning of the meeting. School board President Cynthia Sutherland added ...

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Justin Haffa reacts to the jury’s verdict inside the Chautauqua County Courtroom on Wednesday.

Not Guilty: Jury acquits Haffa on three charges

MAYVILLE — A Chautauqua County jury acquitted Justin S. Haffa on counts of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery and aggravated assault on a police officer following four hours of deliberation Wednesday. However, the six men and six women on the jury found Haffa guilty of a ...

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The prosecution led by District Attorney Patrick Swanson exit the courtroom following proceedings Tuesday.

HAFFA FOUND NOT GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED MURDER

MAYVILLE — A Cheektowaga man has been found not guilty of attempted murder of a Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputy following deliberations in County Court. Justin Haffa was acquitted on charges of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery and aggravated assault. He was found ...

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Klubek resigns as Gowanda superintendent

GOWANDA — For the past couple weeks, the absence of Gowanda Superintendent James Klubek has been commented as use of vacation and personal matter, with no word on the bad timing as he headed the $41.5 million capital project. Gowanda Board of Education President Cynthia Sutherland confirmed ...

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Park Avenue temporarily blocked at Third Street

OBSERVER Photo by Gib Snyder A semi failed the height test when its driver attempted to go under the Conrail overpass at Third Street and Park Avenue shortly before 9 a.m. this morning. The semi was headed toward Third Street but could not clear the overpass, which was listed as 11 feet ...

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750,000 votes: Sinclairville Elementary wins contest

Students at Sinclairville Elementary School had a surprise visitor on Tuesday. WKBW meteorologist Andy Parker visited the students to announce their school had won a visit from the TV station’s weather lab. More than 750,000 votes were cast for Sinclairville! The weather lab visit is expected ...

No opposition to Roberts Road freezer project

Following a public hearing Tuesday, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency is ready to move forward with financial assistance for a project that will convert an eyesore into a freezer facility for a local business. The IDA heard welcoming comments from city officials at the 11 ...

Reed supports continuing resolution to avoid shutdown

With a looming budget deadline, Rep. Tom Reed said he is supporting a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown. Reed said he is in favor of a plan recently introduced in the House of Representatives that will extend four different health care programs for two years, including the ...