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Mayor, teachers, parents search for answers to SRO, Ludwig

Parents and teachers came before the Fredonia Board of Education on Tuesday looking for answers regarding Middle School Principal Andy Ludwig — who still remains absent in the halls following an incident with a student several weeks ago. No response was provided to attendees on Ludwig, what ...

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Jamie Billquist said he met Rosemary about 27 years ago at the Chautauqua Mall. Rosemary was reportedly walking her dogs in Sherman on Wednesday when she was shot by Thomas B. Jadlowski, 34, also of Sherman, who told investigators he thought he saw a deer in the field.

Sheriff, Swanson set press conference on Sherman shooting

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace and District Attorney Patrick Swanson are scheduled to host a press conference Thursday regarding last week’s fatal shooting in Sherman. The press conference will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the county Emergency Services Office in Mayville. ...

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A loan for $440,000 will be used to partially fund the acquisition of 200 Water St. in Fredonia.

AgriAmerica approved for Al Tech, revolving loans by CCIDA

LAKEWOOD — Lucy won’t be the only one known for pressing grapes in the area, thanks to the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. At Tuesday morning’s meeting, the IDA board approved a $440,000 Al Tech revolving loan and a $75,000 Chautauqua revolving loan for AgriAmerica ...

Grand jury to hear case in fatal shooting

A Chautauqua County grand jury is expected to determine whether there is enough evidence to bring charges against a Sherman man who shot and killed his neighbor in a hunting accident last week. Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson confirmed Tuesday that a grand jury will hear ...

Jamestown police investigating Tuesday night homicide

JAMESTOWN — A stabbing Tuesday evening turned into a homicide investigation for Jamestown police. No suspect was immediately identified following the stabbing, which took place around 7 p.m. on Willard Street, between Peterson and Eagle streets. Initial reports said a person was seen ...

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Local officials gathered recently at the location set for the Battery Point Villas. Pictured from left is Hector Rosas, Tammy Will, CCIDA board member David Bryant, Legislator Bob Bankoski, Kelly Borrello, developers Mark Baerwaldt, Bill Gugino and Kody Sprague, CCIDA Director Kevin Sanvidge, CCIDA Business Development Manager, Kristine Morabito, Dunkirk Development Director Rebecca Yanus, Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas, CCIDA CFO Rich Dixon and County Executive-elect George Borrello.

Chadwick Bay living

On either side of Lake Shore Drive East, two signs proclaim development promised for Dunkirk. On the south side, Athenex in the town of Dunkirk; on the north side, Battery Point Villas in the city of Dunkirk. Erie Land Development, LLC aims to bring modern housing to the city amidst a market ...

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The groundbreaking ceremony for work at the city of Dunkirk’s Wastewater Treatment Plant culminated with officials picking up shovels Monday. Pictured from left are DPW Director Randy Woodbury, Fieldbrook Foods CEO Robert Charleston, County Legislator Bob Bankoski, County Legislator and Sen. Cathy Young’s representative Kevin Muldowney, Congressman Tom Reed’s representative Jacqueline Chiarot-Phelps, County Legislator and Assemblyman Andy Goodell’s representative Elizabeth Rankin, Mayor Willie Rosas, Wendel Project Manager Brian Sibiga, J.C. Smith with the Environmental Facilities Corporation and Chief Operator Sean Raynor.

Good for business

When thinking of development projects, updates to the wastewater treatment plant may not be high on the list, but with Dunkirk’s industries dependent on that infrastructure, it is very important. Dunkirk officials; county legislators; representatives from the offices of Rep. Tom Reed’s, ...

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Dunkirk Town Planning Board members discuss the site plans for Athenex during a Monday meeting at Jamestown Community College’s North Campus. Pictured from the left are Shari Miller, Craig Lyford and Planning Board Chairman Jay Warren.

Athenex site plans received

Site plans for the facility of the clinical biopharmecutical company Athenex are in the hands of Dunkirk Town Planning Board members. Discussions and review began Monday as planning board members, Athenex officials and engineers met at Jamestown Community College’s North Campus. Area ...

Land Bank officials discuss grant funding, sustainability

The Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation has state grant funding to sustain their operations probably through the year 2019. Beyond that, however, it is an unknown for the group on how they will continue to fund its programs, which improve the look of neighborhoods throughout the county by ...

Fredonia debates importance of SRO

“We are getting nowhere,” Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis said of the student resource officer, or SRO, at Fredonia Central School District. The SRO has not been in the district for around three years and the battle has been back-and-forth. In October 2015, the OBSERVER reported that ...

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Fredonia School Superintendent Jeffrey Sortisio discusses the district’s five goals during a recent board of education meeting. The goals were formulated following a survey that administrators, teachers, and staff completed along with input from students. Goals were formulated during a board retreat held last month.

Fredonia superintendent outlines district goals for 2018-19

Goals were recently formulated for the Fredonia Central School District’s 2018-19 academic year, and Superintendent Jeffrey Sortisio says more than 50 responses were received back from a survey to gather information. Five specific goals, which were formulated during a board retreat last ...

Gowanda to inform public on capital project

A correction has been made to the location of this meeting. It will be in the middle school cafeteria, not the library. GOWANDA — After the recent disapproval from members of the community for the $41-million capital project, the Gowanda Board of Education obliged to inform the public of the ...

Grant application could help city development

The city hopes to be awarded funding to revitalize a lakefront property and make sites more shovel ready with two new grant applications. At a recent Economic Development Committee meeting, Development Director Rebecca Yanus said her staff has been working on two more grant applications ...

Gathering for Athenex Dec. 6

There’s more promising news regarding the future Athenex project in the town of Dunkirk. In a legal notice published in today’s edition, the Southern Tier Builders Association, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency and the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic ...

Justin Haffa

Haffa trial moved to January 2018

The man accused of attacking and taking the gun of a sheriff’s deputy in September 2016 will wait until the new year for another trial. More than two months have passed since a mistrial was declared in the Justin Haffa attempted murder case. The mistrial came amid evidence that the ...

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At left, the christmas tree was lit up in front of city hall in Dunkirk.

Most wonderful time of the year

Ten, nine, eight, seven … and when the countdown hit zero, Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas hit the switch and the Christmas season began for the city of Dunkirk. Dunkirk City Hall glistened with two trees lit up with green and red lights and a massive wreath above the entrance. “I think ...

Lake Shore Health Care Center

Lake Shore prepares for changes

TLC Health Network’s impending merger with Brooks Memorial Hospital and affiliation with Kaleida by the end of this year will manifest visibly at the Irving campus not long after. Over a week ago, TLC announced its exit from bankruptcy and future plans with Brooks and Kaleida. Both of ...

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Jeff Geblein, who is retiring after his 41st year of being Forestville Central School district’s music director, recently won The Resource Center’s Community Support Award.

Forestville music teacher wins Community Support Award

FORESTVILLE — Veteran teacher Jeff Geblein recently received The Resource Center’s Community Support Award for his efforts in bringing live holiday music to the centers’ employees and clients. As director of the Forestville High School band, every December Geblein has brought band ...

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Mayor Nick Piccolo announced to the village board during a recent meeting that the contractors assigned by the Land Bank to demolish the old Revere Inn have tentatively scheduled the project for the first or second week of December.

Demolition of old Revere Inn set for December

SILVER CREEK — Mayor Nick Piccolo announced to the village board during a recent meeting that the contractors assigned by the county Land Bank to demolish the old Revere Inn have tentatively scheduled the project for the first or second week of December. The demolition can’t come soon ...

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Jamie Billquist said he met Rosemary about 27 years ago at the Chautauqua Mall. Rosemary was reportedly walking her dogs in Sherman on Wednesday when she was shot by Thomas B. Jadlowski, 34, also of Sherman, who told investigators he thought he saw a deer in the field.

Remembering a loved one

Rosemary Billquist had a tendency of putting others first. And that certainly included animals, said her husband, Jamie Billquist. “Many years ago, in typical Rosemary style, she was driving our car with our dogs inside to go take a blanket to some ducks that were down by the pond,” ...