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Council candidate continues opposition to relocation

Frank Beach, a city of Dunkirk resident who is running for office, has been trying to garner support for keeping Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk since December. He’s been the backbone behind the protest marches and petitions that have been circulating around for the last several months ...

Petition to amend Cassadaga Wind’s certificate denied

Noise: It’s one of the most common complaints in communities with wind farms and one of the least understood in terms of health impacts. That is, until October 2018, when the World Health Organization (WHO) issued new noise guidelines, which capped community exposure to wind turbine noise at ...

Fountain, EMS calls among topics discussed in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK — The village fountain upgrade is continuing forward with work being done to its electric. “Back in November, we got a $7,500 grant from NCCF,” said Mayor Jeffrey Hornburg noted at a recent village board meeting. “We’re working on bringing the fountain back to life and ...

Brooks-TLC Hospital System defends decision

OBSERVER Staff Report The Brooks-TLC Hospital System is planning on building a new hospital at the former Cornell Cooperative Extension site in Fredonia. Since the announcement in January, there have been a number of questions from the community regarding the proposal. The Brooks-TLC Hospital ...

Floating Stage programing returns

MAYVILLE — Mayville, N.Y. is poised to become the gateway to Chautauqua Lake as the former Bemus Bay Pops program will be returning as the new Chautauqua Lake Pops. For over 20 years, the Bemus Bay Pops program has become an important cultural and economic engine for the entire region with ...

County Chamber thanks Young for her service

LAKEWOOD — The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerece and community residents had a chance to say “thank you” to a former state representative who served the area for the past 20 years. On Friday, the chamber held its annual legislative breakfast with guest state Assemblyman Andy ...

Dunkirk-Fredonia Rotary seeking family for exchange student

The Dunkirk Fredonia Rotary is still seeking a host family for a 2019-20 school year exchange student. Joseph Reyda, Fredonia school district director of instruction who runs the local Rotary’s exchange program, gave the Fredonia Board of Education information recently about the propsective ...

Two primaries highlight legislature elections

MAYVILLE — There will be two primaries and 12 unopposed races in this year’s election for the 19 seats in the Chautauqua County Legislature. April 4 was the deadline to file political party election petitions at the Chautauqua County Board of Elections for offices that will be on the ...

WWII restoration piques interest

SILVER CREEK — Discussion about restoring an old WWII sign that was on display at the VFW back in the 1940s, drew a good deal of attention from many in attendance at the latest Silver Creek Village board meeting. Hanover Deputy Supervisor Louis Pelletter mentioned the sign, alongside ...

City’s improvement project breaks ground

On April 11, 2018, the city of Dunkirk celebrated the groundbreaking of the Wright Park improvements project. Exactly one year later, city officials celebrated the beginning of another significant city project: the pier improvement project. City of Dunkirk Director of Planning and Development ...

County jail fatality reported

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 28-year-old male inmate at the Chautauqua County Jail, according to a Thursday news release from the office. At this time, there is no suspicion of foul play. The New York State Commission of Corrections has been notified and the ...

Starflight transitioning to STAT MedEvac

Starflight Inc. is transitioning to STAT MedEvac, the largest single operated and dispatched air-medical transport system in the United States. UPMC Chautauqua, W.C.A. Services and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office announced the change about the Chautauqua region’s medical helicopter ...

DA, defender both satisified with rape case outcome

MAYVILLE — A Stockton man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to second-degree rape has been sentenced to six months time served in jail in addition to 10 years of probation. Leland Bresee was sentenced March 25 in front of Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley in Mayville. The ...

Dunkirk school taxes not expected to increase

The basic budget for the 2019-2020 school year for the Dunkirk School District will be $47,847,549, up $2,119,164 from last year. However, there will be no tax increase. At the Dunkirk Board of Education Meeting Thursday, Business Manager Cindy Mackowiak, gave a presentation of the final ...

38th Annual Media Day inspires students

“Be versatile; be passionate,” keynote speaker Sal Capaccio advised aspiring journalism students from five different area high schools who participated in the Western New York Student Press Association’s 38th Annual Media Day on Wednesday. Capaccio, beat and sideline reporter for the ...

Silver Creek moves forward with capital project, budget

SILVER CREEK — Now that spring has arrived, Silver Creek Central School Superintendent Todd Crandall is hoping to take advantage of the better weather to complete critical parts of the capital project before the start of the 2019-2020 school year. At a recent board of education meeting, he ...

State rules forcing Steger resignation, reappointment

Pomfret Town Supervisor Don Steger is resigning ... kind of. Steger announced at the end of Wednesday’s Pomfret Town Board meeting that he is quitting his Pomfret duties before the next meeting in May. He hopes to then be reappointed to both his board seat and his position as supervisor at ...

City crews work on major water main break

A high-pressure water line break on the 100-block of Central Avenue had city workers on the go Wednesday morning. The 80-year-old cast iron pipe that cracked around 4:30 a.m. was fully fixed and back in service at 11 a.m. When the break occurred, city crews quickly closed it off from both ...

Suspect sought after second gunfire incident reported

The Dunkirk Police is investigating a shooting that occurred early Tuesday morning at approximately 1:55 a.m. A Dunkirk man was shot while in the area of S. Beaver and E. Second streets and was transported to the hospital for gunshot wounds to his leg. Anyone with information regarding the ...

County working to curtail tobacco use

With 25.8% of adults in Chautauqua County being smokers, the Chautauqua County Department of Health has partnered with several organizations to curtail the use of tobacco. Chautauqua County has the eighth highest number of adult smokers out of 62 counties in the state, so what can county ...