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Newly appointed Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill, pictured center, was the guest-of-honor at a local meet-and-greet hosted by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and held at the Robert H. Jackson Center.

New Chautauqua Institution president discusses vision

JAMESTOWN — Thoughtful, civil dialogues and a hearty thirst for inclusion are notable hallmarks of Chautauqua Institution. For newly-appointed president Michael E. Hill, it is this brand, in particular, that makes the Institution both a unique and valuable refuge, especially at a time ...

The sign at the Wendy's restaurant at Routes 60 and 20 in Fredonia was damaged by high winds this morning.

Wind speeds top 60 mph around region

Wind gusts topped 60 mph around northern Chautauqua County on Tuesday evening and early this morning. According to the National Weather Service, the highest gust was 64 mph in Dunkirk around 3 a.m. Fredonia reported a wind gust of 63 mph around 1 a.m. and Dunkirk Airport reported 56 mph at ...

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Pictured is local resident Tina Graziano, sharing her opinion on the Cassadaga Wind project at a public hearing recently at the Sinclairville Fire Hall.

Residents debate Cassadaga wind farm

SINCLAIRVILLE — Economic kickstarter or loud and potentially harmful eyesore? Earlier this week, the pros and cons of the proposed Cassadaga Wind project were put on full display at a crowded public hearing at the Sinclairville Fire Hall. The hearing, which allowed members of the ...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers one of his state of the state addresses at SUNY Purchase in Purchase, N.Y., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Tax savings eyed through sharing, consolidations

State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced an initiative to reduce property taxes by empowering voters to approve locally designed plans that eliminate duplicative services to lower the cost of local government. Cuomo has made reducing the large burden of property taxes in New York a signature ...

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Cassadaga Valley school appoints Fredonia AD as new principal

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Cassadaga Valley middle-high school has a new principal. During the recent CVCS School Board meeting, Scot Stutzman was appointed to the position of middle-high school principal. Stutzman most recently served as the assistant high school principal at the Fredonia ...

Fredonia School Board: Stutzman will be missed

The Fredonia Central School District is poised to lose another administrator on the heels of Superintendent Paul DiFonzo’s retirement announcement. Scot Stutzman, assistant high school principal and athletic director, submitted his resignation to the board of education to take up a job as ...

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COLLISION: Truck vs. commercial vehicle

A tractor trailer and another commercial vehicle were heavily damaged in an accident Tuesday morning. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, David Minekime of Kennedy was operating a tractor trailer westbound on Route 20 in the town of Sheridan around 8:30 a.m. He apparently ...

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Tractor trailer collides with commercial vehicle

SHERIDAN — A tractor trailer and another commercial vehicle were heavily damaged in an accident this morning. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, David Minekime of Kennedy was operating a tractor trailer westbound on Route 20 in the town of Sheridan around 8:30 ...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers one of his State of the State addresses in New York's One World Trade Center building, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. New York state must stand as an alternative to the policies and pronouncements of President-elect Donald Trump and show the nation progressive achievements, racial and religious tolerance and that big investments in education and infrastructure can create a dynamic economy that works for all, Cuomo said Monday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

A stately plan for NY

The push for a free college education, lower property taxes and safe drinking water highlighted Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s address Monday in Buffalo. Cuomo also touched on proposals for ride-sharing services in the region, which he said should be embraced, and more investments to Western New ...

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Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas (right) stands with his son, Jordan, at Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address in Buffalo, Monday. Rosas sat in the front row and attended with several city staff members.

Dunkirk goes unmentioned but mayor says city won’t be forgotten

Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to Buffalo Monday with an uplifting message for his State of the State address: “ I believe the best is yet to be in Buffalo and you ain’t seen nothing yet!” However, as much as his speech focused around building the Upstate economy and helping the middle class, ...

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The Gowanda Police responded to four overdoses in 11 days.

Four overdoses in 11 days close out 2016 in Gowanda

GOWANDA  — In the span of just over 10 days, the village of Gowanda ended 2016 with four heroin overdoses. This broke a streak of almost six months without an overdose. “It could have been a bad batch of heroin that the individuals got,” Gowanda Officer-in-Charge Steve Raiport ...

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Landis, trustees spar over hiring process

The Fredonia Village Board began the new year by wrangling over who should make up the personnel committee in charge of interviewing potential hires. Mayor Athanasia Landis and the trustees spent a good portion of Monday’s meeting clashing over an open-ended resolution that would give every ...

Tax cuts through sharing services, consolidations eyed by Cuomo

State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced an initiative to reduce property taxes by empowering voters to approve locally designed plans that eliminate duplicative services to lower the cost of local government. Cuomo has made reducing the large burden of property taxes in New York a signature ...

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Above: Co-organizer of the Polar Bear Swim Judi Kelly and her grandson Jackson Golembiewski get ready to lead the swimmers into the cold water. Kelly has gone into the water all 16 times the event has run, and she said this was the coldest in memory. Because of the necessity to clear the area, the swimmers plunged in smaller groups and got out quickly.

Baby, it’s cold outside

SILVER CREEK — Everyone talked about the weather at Silver Creek’s 16th annual Polar Bear Swim for Charity on Sunday, but no one could do anything about it. More than 60 brave souls took the plunge into icy water during what was characterized as the coldest swim in ...

Influenza prevalent in New York

Influenza is prevalent in New York as declared by the state Health Department recently. For those who haven’t received the flu shot yet: It’s not too late. “Now that the flu is officially prevalent in New York, we need to step up our defenses against this potentially life-threatening ...

Ripley Central unable to outpace social media for incident alerts

RIPLEY — “Parents need to realize that we will never be able to notify them of an incident before it hits social media,” Ripley Central School District Board of Education President Robert Bentley stated at the board’s regular meeting in December. Bentley’s comment was precipitated ...

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Over the course of three months, Mike Yox designed and custom-made this guitar for a Silver Creek student in need for Christmas. Yox has done this every year for the past five years at Christmas time.

Irving man gifts custom-built guitar to deserving teen

Christmas time can be tough on a lot of families — stories are written about the help shelters need to provide gifts and holiday meals for families, and toy drives are held across the country. One local business owner, who recognizes this plight and has even experienced it himself, decided to ...

Quick highlights from governor’s State of State address

  Some highlights, from our Twitter feed, on State of State:     The Observer ‏@TheObserverNY 19m19 minutes ago Niagara Falls and Jamestown get mention in #stateofstate, but not one word on Dunkirk, Batavia or ...

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Controversial city building buys stall

The announcement of a nonprofit buying up six parcels in the city of Dunkirk caused a stir back in June, but since July little news has come of its grand plans and documents show it may be in default on its mortgage. In April, the United Secular American Center for the Disabled Inc. ...

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Recently, Cody Stoyle's 9-11 tribute painting was installed permanently at the Exempts Club in Dunkirk. Before that, it hung in the lobby of Dunkirk High School for many years. Here, Stoyle (right) is pictured with his father Pat (left) and uncle Jim Stoyle (center) in front of his painting.

9-11 tribute painting finds home at Exempts Club

Cody Stoyle graduated from Dunkirk High School in 2002. In the two semesters before that, he painted a giant, 8’x8’ mural depicting a scene from 9-11, in which a mournful firefighter pauses amid the destruction of that infamous day. In his hands he holds an American flag, perhaps ...