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Silver Creek gets code officer, grants to assist projects

SILVER CREEK— The village of Silver Creek received a lot of good news at their Nov. 19 regular board meeting. Firstly, the board appointed John Good as the new Village Code Enforcement Officer, he actively took office on Monday. Ed Newman, president of the Silver Creek Hanover Garden ...

DPW director: Paving project on Central Ave. done incorrectly

October saw the completion of the paving project on Central Avenue. However it appears that according to Director of Public Works Randy Woodbury it was done incorrectly. “The four intersections were a city project,” Woodbury started. “Millard Fillmore and village line were a city ...

Holiday cheer

Miracle on Main Street dazzled Saturday with the largest turnout Festivals Fredonia President Larry Fiorella has seen since he started his now four year stint chairing the group. “I think with the newer and more prevalent signage, it led people to different areas at the right times,” ...

WCA Home ‘crowns’ first male residents

For the first time in its 126-year history, the WCA Home of Temple Street in Fredonia has welcomed two men into the well-known assisted living facility, which has only served women until very recently. Earlier this year, Administrator Tammy McCool announced that the home had been approved by ...

DA responds to judge’s ruling on ADA residency requirement

MAYVILLE — District Attorney Patrick Swanson has experienced some difficulty in his office with current employees and desired future hires. The problem? A state-mandated residency requirement included in the Public Officers Law that states all assistant district attorneys in his office ...

Documentary on history of Fredonia to be shown Thursday

A new historical documentary about Fredonia, which more than 80 Fredonians had a hand in creating, is set for a preview screening this Thursday. “Among the Hemlocks: Fantastic Stories from Fredonia, N.Y.” will be shown at 6 p.m. that day in Westfield’s Patterson Library, 40 South ...

Forming the faith

On the first Sunday of every month, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Dunkirk holds a special program for families in the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School gym. The three components of the program are an activity, food, and fellowship. The parish’s Coordinator of Faith Formation, Natalie ...

Court: Assistant DA can’t serve

MAYVILLE — First Assistant District Attorney Michael Flaherty has been ruled “not qualified” to serve due to a residency requirement for public officials who work in the District Attorney’s office. Judge David Foley delivered the ruling Friday after Christopher Belling, Chautauqua ...

Jamestown high school teacher investigated by FBI resigns

JAMESTOWN — Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education approved the resignation of Scott Lumia, a high school teacher. The board approved the resignation and separation agreement after an executive session during a special meeting on Friday. The Federal Bureau of Investigations is ...

Christmas in Gowanda lights up the night

GOWANDA — Downtown Gowanda was packed to the brim with Christmas cheer and matching sweaters Friday night, as the seventh annual Christmas in Gowanda took place. The turnout was massive as people were pouring over the snow piles into the streets when foot traffic got too congested on the ...

Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94

HOUSTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94. The World War II hero, ...

E2CCB students prepare soup for Empty Bowls project

A tradition of combining the crafts of culinary and pottery to benefit local food pantries continues Saturday. Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES LoGuidice Educational Center students enrolled in the Culinary Arts program are spending the week preparing three soups for The Empty Bowls ...

Dunkirk Board of Education hears preliminary budget numbers

Preliminary discussions took place on Thursday night to begin addressing the 2019-2020 Dunkirk City School District’s $45 million budget. The presentation, given by Business Manager Cindy Mackowiak, highlighted areas of concern for the district, most notably, the lost revenue from the NRG ...

Mayville man indicted in 2008 homicide cold case

Little more than 10 years ago, Jeffrey Johnson of Westfield was found dead inside his residence, which was labeled by investigators as “suspicious” when his body was found Nov. 8, 2008. Now, the Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson and Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace ...

DA upset over rejection to hire outside county

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature voted down a resolution with a 12-5 vote that would have permitted the District Attorney to hire assistant district attorneys from outside the county. The five Democrats on the legislature voted in favor of the change, while the 12 Republicans ...

Efficiency efforts boost municipal rankings

Not all tax problems begin in the New York state capital of Albany. Most begin right in your back yard. When communities refuse to work together, that costs property owners more money. Consider, for instance, police coverage in the village of Fredonia. Counting the municipality’s own ...

18th Toys for Tots drive underway

Coming off of a record year in terms of the number of children supported through the toy drive, organizers of the local Marine Corps. Toys for Tots campaign are counting on the community’s generosity to make this year’s effort a success. For the 18th straight year, The Resource Center is ...

Snowstorm buries portions of county

Although the first day of winter isn’t until Dec. 21, “Winter is in Chautauqua County,” according to Brad Bentley, director of Public Facilities for Chautauqua County. Beginning Tuesday afternoon, schools, libraries, businesses and other entities began reporting closings for Wednesday due ...

Largest districts in area stay open

Despite the winter weather advisory issued for Chautauqua County, as well as Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello’s advisory of no unnecessary travel and his inclement weather policy for non-essential county employees, Dunkirk and Fredonia school districts stayed open. The districts ...

Painting that hung at SUNY Fredonia sells for $2.3 million

A painting that had hung in Reed Library at the State University of New York at Fredonia for over 30 years will help preserve an important literary archive. The painting by Niko Pirosmani, “Georgian Woman Wearing a Lechaki,” sold Tuesday at Sotheby’s in London for an estimated $2.3 ...