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Meals on Wheels relocates to Incubator

Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels has been serving northern Chautauqua County for almost 40 years, and despite yet another disruption to their office location, that hard work continues, uninterrupted. Some time during the early morning hours of Feb. 1, frigid temperatures caused sprinkler ...

Fredonia School Board capital project under budget

The Fredonia School Board awarded capital project bids out to six companies at the monthly meeting that was held Tuesday. The project, the result of a 2017 vote, will see improvements to maintenance, parking lots, athletic fields and school buildings starting this year. Superintendent Jeffrey ...

Reed ready to support bipartisan legislation on border security

Rep. Tom Reed said during a conference call with regional media that he is prepared to support the bipartisan legislation that could avert another partial federal government shutdown and allocate approximately $1.4 billion for southern border security needs. "Bottom line, what's been outlined ...

Protest of move planned for Friday

“Renovate, don’t relocate!” “Don’t make Dunkirk’s history...history!” These are Dunkirk First Ward Councilman Don Williams’ favorite phrases on the signs that community members have been creating to protest the relocation of Brooks Memorial Hospital to Route 20 in ...

Official: Brooks doesn’t need variance

Brooks-TLC’s proposed new hospital in Fredonia does not require a setback variance, according to a letter from Fredonia Chief Inspection Officer Charles LaBarbera. The letter, sent to the Fredonia Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday afternoon, ensured a short meeting for the group a few hours ...

Hanover clerk won’t seek re-election

HANOVER — A familiar face at Hanover Town Board meetings will soon be leaving. At the board’s workshop meeting, Town Clerk Janine Salzman declared she would not be re-running for her position, much to the disappointment of the board. “After great deliberation and 41-plus years ...

Icy conditions wreak havoc on south county roads

A wintry mix of snow and ice made for woeful driving conditions Tuesday - especially for semi tractor-trailer drivers, many of whom found themselves stuck in ditches along Interstate 86. The New York State Police reported several vehicles off the road due to slick roads. That was none more ...

Ice castle construction underway

MAYVILLE — The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce has announced that construction has begun on the centerpiece ice castle for the 33rd annual Presidents’ Day Weekend Winter Festival, which will take place this weekend at Lakeside Park in Mayville, along the shores of scenic ...

Borrello starts town board tour

ARKWRIGHT — Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello started a tour of every town board in his jurisdiction by telling the Arkwright Town Board he was pushing economic development collaboration this year. He said he is getting together a county-wide economic development alliance, which ...

Mulaney, Maniscalco to headline comedy festival

JAMESTOWN — Two of the nation’s most popular stand-up comedians will headline this year’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. John Mulaney and Sebastian Maniscalco are scheduled to perform at Northwest Arena this summer, officials from the National Comedy Center announced today. Mulaney will ...

SCCS approves bids for next phase of capital project

SILVER CREEK — Silver Creek Central School will soon transform into a busy construction site as Phase 2 of the $17.6 million capital project is expected to begin in April. Despite the snow and freezing temperatures, progress continues to be made on the project, which Superintendent Todd ...

Steele’s stronger than sugar

Addiction comes in many forms, from alcoholism to substance abuse. As Bill Steele knows, addiction to food — especially sugar — can be nearly as dangerous, and just as difficult to overcome. Steele is likely a familiar face in the area, as he and his physical therapy practice, Jamestown ...

Grant assists Hanover Hose upgrades

HANOVER — The Hanover Hose Fire Department was the lucky recipient of a grant from 57th District Senator Catharine Young, as part of her $500,000 grant for volunteer and professional fire departments in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Livingston counties. The grant funding was designed ...

Reuse panel named for Brooks site

Special to the OBSERVER The Brooks-TLC board of directors has announced its community-based reuse process to help guide future use of the site. Virginia Horvath, president of the State University of New York at Fredonia and Lou DiPalma, vice president for the Dunkirk-based Lake Shore ...

Cuomo’s aid proposal may hurt BOCES, transports

Despite the expected $2,766,293 increase in aid for Chautauqua County schools for 2019-2020, the future may not be bright for two particular budget areas — BOCES and transportation — should Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s services aid proposal go through. In fact, the burden could ultimately fall on ...

WINTER FUN: New festival a delight

OBSERVER Photo by Jo Ward The first Winterfest took place Saturday in the city of Dunkirk. Above, Jeff Hill, Brian Wurster and Mark Zinni take part in the cornhole tourney at Rookies on the Lake. Roughly 120 people visited the Winterfest throughout the day. The youth street hockey ...

Cruelty against dogs a tough case to fight

Dog enforcement officers often face a number of challenges in their day to day routine, but none is more trying than dealing with cases of abuse against canine comrades. “There’s a great misconception that we enforce the cruelty laws and that’s a fallacy,” said Ellery Dog Control ...

SUNY Fredonia budget process continues without program cuts

This week, SUNY Fredonia President Virginia Horvath, Ph.D., announced that the PEPRE (Procedures for Emergency Program Reduction/Elimination) plan has been stopped. “PEPRE is stopping at this point, but it doesn’t mean we’re stopping the budget work,” Horvath told the OBSERVER in a ...

New code enforcement officer eyes ‘fresh approach’

The city of Dunkirk has a new Code Enforcement Officer. Glenn Christner, an architect from Hamburg with 23 years of experience, recently took the position previously held by Allan Zurawski. Christner holds a master’s degree from Clemson University and was certified by the state of New York ...