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Tabled again

For a second time, the Fredonia Village Board tabled a local law on rental housing standards Monday. A requirement that renters provide their names and dates of birth to a village-administered registry led to the tabling. “There seems to be a big problem with registration of tenants. I ...

WNYexotics stopping in Gowanda for annual fall drive Saturday

GOWANDA — It’s not everyday you see a Lotus driving down Perry Street in Gowanda. Or a Lamborghini. Or a McLaren. But these cars — and more — are coming to Gowanda as the WNYexotics Automotive Group is stopping in the village on Saturday during their fall drive. Matthew Wetzel of ...

District attorney, public defender, sheriff discuss spending plans

MAYVILLE — Even after the release of the 2019 tentative county budget, which includes funding to hire an additional attorney, Patrick Swanson, county district attorney, once again spoke about his proposal to create a narcotics prosecutor. On Friday, the Chautauqua County Legislature Public ...

Boat destroyed in fire near city pier

OBSERVER Staff Report It was supposed to be a fishing expedition on a perfect autumn morning. Dunkirk Fire Chief Michael Edwards reported after the 45-minute boat blaze had been contained, the 41-foot vessel Monday morning never was able to leave the dock. Within minutes after the engine ...

Fishing boat destroyed in fire near city pier

It was supposed to be a fishing expedition on a perfect autumn morning. Dunkirk Fire Chief Michael Edwards reported after the 45-minute boat blaze had been contained, the 41-foot vessel this morning never was able to leave the dock. Within minutes after the engine was going, a thick, black ...

Fall fun in Forestville

Forestville’s Fall Festival ended with its annual parade Sunday, and with it came many happy faces. Addison Croft was one of many children enjoying collecting candy. The Forestville Hornets High School Marching Band danced their way down Main Street and dancers from the E.da.co Eclectic ...

Girl participates in derby, donates to a good cause

For Riley McQuiggan of Coshocton, Ohio, turning 13 years old was a milestone in more ways than one. Not only did she enter her teen years, but she also participated in her very first youth demolition derby at the fairgrounds in Dunkirk. Riley’s derby car was a belated birthday gift, but ...

Revitalized look coming to Central Avenue next spring

A new, revitalized look is coming to the city and Central Avenue next spring in the way of banners, signage, wayfinding and other items. Work is underway to enhance Dunkirk’s intersections from Millard Fillmore Drive down to Fourth Street. It’s part of the Central Connections project ...

Opt-out percentage declining

The percentage of Chautauqua County students choosing not to take state-mandated tests is decreasing. Officials in many school districts should also be happy that the state Education Department’s recently revised Every Schools Succeed Act guidelines removed a guideline that districts with ...

Voicing her stance

Congressional Nominee Tracy Mitrano (NY-23) was fired up on Saturday afternoon as she spoke of her platform and her goals if elected to Congress in November. Her “One District” campaign brought her to Fredonia Grange No 1. This stop was one of 10 on the tour which focuses on the similar ...

SUNY Fredonia discusses tentative plans for White Inn

The proposed new owner of the White Inn is a well-known commodity. State University of New York at Fredonia’s Dr. Kevin P. Kearns, vice president for Advancement, Engagement, and Economic Development and Michael Metzger, vice president for Finance and Administration, sat down with the ...

Centennial of Archie Peck receiving medal of honor celebrated in Sinclairville

SINCLAIRVILLE — Archie A. Peck's acts of valor and heroism on Oct. 6, 1918 earned him the Medal of Honor. He was one of only 121 men to be awarded this prestigious in World War 1. Saturday, Oct.6, marked the 100th anniversary of that heroic event. "It was a generation that did that, that ...

Service providers still seek location for methadone clinic

Pinpointing a location for an opioid clinic in the city of Dunkirk is becoming an arduous task. More than two months have passed since Hispanics United of Buffalo, a social service provider, agreed to find a new location to provide services. Mid-September was HUB’s original start date at ...

SHOWDOWN: It’s Dunkirk vs. Fredonia-Brocton in rivalry game for the ages

Get ready. Both the Dunkirk Marauders and the Fredonia-Brocton Hillbillies took care of business on Friday night. That sets up a contest with huge implications — in terms of rivalry and record. Fredonia-Brocton will host Dunkirk. It will be the 126th meeting ever in the matchup. Here's a ...

Silver Creek capital project underway

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Central School Board of Education recently met to discuss new ideas and a new extra-curricular club for the 2018-2019 school year that will broaden students’ world view. Superintendent Todd Crandall was also pleased to announce that Phase I of the $17,600,000 ...

Ripley sewer project upsets its residents

RIPLEY — The board room in the Ripley Town Hall on North State Street was filled to capacity last month as more residents sought information and answers about the new sewer and water districts. More than 50 Ripley residents, many who live along Route 20 in Sewer District #2, attended the ...

Area church eyes $2 million building project

SINCLAIRVILLE — At the turn of the century, Park United Methodist Church ran into a space crunch. They had a decision to make — do they leave the downtown area and build a new location or do they make do with the space available? After many prayers and much planning, the church members ...

Legislature hears from residents impacted by wind farms

MAYVILLE — Several residents who are either currently dealing with or soon will be dealing with the effects of wind farms spoke to the Chautauqua County Legislature last week. Seven people from Arkwright or the Cassadaga area spoke to the legislature about the negative impact the wind ...

Job conundrum is a work in progress

Maybe the 50-year population exodus of residents from upstate has finally caught up with the region’s job market. A look at unemployment rates in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties reveals fewer people are working but the percentage is going down when compared to last year. According to the ...

Fredonia attorney fires back at Mitchell

It is becoming a war of words in Fredonia. Village Attorney Dan Gard responded to the “infamous” remark made by outgoing Department of Public Works employee Perry Mitchell in comments published by the OBSERVER on Thursday. “It isn’t the first time that word has been used to ...