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County Legislator George Borrello (right) speaks to the Silver Creek Village Board about the resolution of support to participate in the county’s phase two Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition application.

Hanover, Silver Creek eye shared court building

Sometimes ideas pick up momentum fast. That was the case with a shared Silver Creek-Hanover municipal and court facility. The town and village work together regularly and the conversation came out of the task force that negotiated a joint sheriff’s contract between the two municipalities. ...

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Kids scream while spinning on a ride at Rediscover Gowanda. The weekend-long event continues through today.

Rediscover Gowanda brings locals downtown

GOWANDA — Rediscover Gowanda did its job for the hundreds of people who attended the gala thus far, with Sunday’s events still to come. From Friday night to all day Saturday, the weekend-long festival showed newcomers to the village the multitude of stores, products and boutiques has to ...

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Theo Collins delivers the commencement address for the 67th annual JCC commencement ceremony.

JCC celebrates 67th annual commencement ceremony

JAMESTOWN — For hundreds of ambitious, hard-working and understandably relieved Jamestown Community College students, a lifetime of academic dedication and perseverance has finally reached its culmination. And yet, for every single one of those students, a new journey is just ...

Lily Dale Assembly members stand with their $10,000 check to help fund a butterfly habitat.

Community connection

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation held its Spring 2017 community grant awards open house earlier this week at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator in the city of Dunkirk, as grateful grant winners showed up to mingle, pick up their checks and pose for photos. Twenty-eight ...

OBSERVER File Photo. When a man was pinned by a tree in his yard on April 12 in the city, no one was able to anticipate yet another problem — the inability to understand the Spanish-speaking resident.

Hablas espanol? City wants Spanish-speaking firefighter

When a man ended up being pinned by a tree that he was trying to cut down in his yard on April 12 in the city of Dunkirk, no one could anticipate that there’d be more problems than the obvious, at the time, that would arise. According to Third Ward Councilman Adelino Gonzalez Jr., the man ...

Jessica Wisniewski (left) with County Executive Vince Horrigan.

Fredonia woman named new county HR director

MAYVILLE — A new county human resources director has been selected. Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan announced Friday his selection of Jessica Wisniewski as the one to succeed outgoing director Joseph Porpiglia. The county executive’s appointment is subject to the County ...

OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox. The Hanover Boat Launch.

Hanover gets 2nd $75K dredging grant

HANOVER — Getting money back for a bill that’s already been paid may sound like a fantasy, but that’s exactly what’s happening in the town of Hanover concerning last spring’s Cattaraugus Creek dredging project. Dean Marine & Excavating, out of the Detroit, Michigan area, did ...

Trustee ‘appalled’ by money throwing

The Fredonia Village Board is in agreement that it will not tolerate the throwing of any items during its meetings. At a recent meeting, Trustee Phyllis Jones brought up an incident last month in which a resident threw a $20 bill at the board as part of a heated argument involving the Barker ...

OBSERVER Photo by Damian Sebouhian. Right: Susan B. Anthony (Christina Rausa) answers questions about her role in the suffrage movement.

A century of ballots

The Chautauqua County League of Women Voters held its annual meeting earlier this week at the Domus Fare restaurant in Fredonia. The event was held, in part, to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of women's suffrage in New York state. The league presented the “student inside Albany” award ...

Submitted Photo. The Stockton Volunteer Fire Department will hold a benefit for Assistant Chief Jeremy Catanese (back) and his family (front: Hope, Garret and Betsy) on Sunday.

Benefit for Stockton firefighter Sunday

STOCKTON — After beloved Stockton volunteer firefighter Jeremy Catanese was diagnosed with multiple myeloma about eight months ago, the community knew it had to pull together to help him and his family. That’s why on Sunday, the Stockton Fire Department will hold a benefit to support ...

Submitted Photo. Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas sits down with Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene Gonzales-Sanchez to discuss the opioid epidemic.

City beseeches state for help with opioid epidemic

The opioid situation has become an epidemic, not just affecting individuals, but the Dunkirk and Chautauqua County community as a whole. In an effort to protect citizens from the deadly effects opioids pose, Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas reached out to the state for help. Last month, while ...

Work continues on the National Comedy Center in Jamestown at Washington and Second streets.

National Comedy Center secures $5M capital campaign goal

JAMESTOWN — The National Comedy Center, the first national-scale non-profit cultural institution and visitor experience dedicated to comedy, has secured all funding for its capital budget with the closing of a Federal New Markets Tax Credit transaction that provided the Project with ...

Request for family planning approved by county committee

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County health officials want to fully transfer family planning services to providers like The Chautauqua Center. However, state Health Department requirements for family planning funding are causing the county Health Department to reapply in order to keep a comprehensive ...

Fire heavily damages garage in city

A garage at 92 W. Chestnut St. in Dunkirk was heavily damaged in a fire this morning. Dunkirk city fire chief Michael Edwards reports his department responded to the call at at 6:45 a.m. Upon arrival crews found the detached garage heavily involved in fire. The fire was quickly extinguished ...

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Drug bust nets half a dozen in Hanover

HANOVER — Six alleged criminals to one; half a dozen alleged criminals to the other. Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team executed a search warrant at 12211 Alleghany Road Wednesday just before 2 p.m. The entry was ...

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Rediscover Gowanda 2017 looks to be bigger and better this weekend. There will be a carnival, fireworks, train rides, a 5k and more.

Little village, big fun

GOWANDA — Gowanda has a population of 2,648 people, the 2014 U.S. Census Bureau says. It is part of two counties, Erie and Cattaraugus, and two towns, Collins and Persia. Gowanda is also known for its unique mix of open fields and sylvan forests. However, most don’t take note of the ...

OBSERVER Photo by Gregory Bacon. Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force responded to 6221 Route 60 in the town of Charlotte Wednesday morning.

One charged in Charlotte home raid

CHARLOTTE — A Sinclairville man has been arrested for allegedly selling sundry drugs. On Wednesday around 10:20 a.m., the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team executed a search warrant at 6221 Route 60 in the town of Charlotte. The ...

“If we can reduce taxes, I think we can keep more of our people here.” Legislator Terry Niebel, R-Sheridan

Details unveiled for proposed government reduction initiative

MAYVILLE — Details have emerged regarding a proposed county government reduction initiative. Legislator Terry Niebel, R-Sheridan, came before the County Legislature’s Administrative Services Committee earlier this week to discuss specifics behind legislation he’s proposing to assist ...