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OBSERVER File Photo by Andrew David Kuczkowski. Gowanda Superintendent James Klubek.

Klubek resigns as Gowanda superintendent

GOWANDA — For the past couple weeks, the absence of Gowanda Superintendent James Klubek has been commented as use of vacation and personal matter, with no word on the bad timing as he headed the $41.5 million capital project. Gowanda Board of Education President Cynthia Sutherland confirmed ...

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Park Avenue temporarily blocked at Third Street

OBSERVER Photo by Gib Snyder A semi failed the height test when its driver attempted to go under the Conrail overpass at Third Street and Park Avenue shortly before 9 a.m. this morning. The semi was headed toward Third Street but could not clear the overpass, which was listed as 11 feet ...

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750,000 votes: Sinclairville Elementary wins contest

Students at Sinclairville Elementary School had a surprise visitor on Tuesday. WKBW meteorologist Andy Parker visited the students to announce their school had won a visit from the TV station’s weather lab. More than 750,000 votes were cast for Sinclairville! The weather lab visit is expected ...

No opposition to Roberts Road freezer project

Following a public hearing Tuesday, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency is ready to move forward with financial assistance for a project that will convert an eyesore into a freezer facility for a local business. The IDA heard welcoming comments from city officials at the 11 ...

Reed supports continuing resolution to avoid shutdown

With a looming budget deadline, Rep. Tom Reed said he is supporting a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown. Reed said he is in favor of a plan recently introduced in the House of Representatives that will extend four different health care programs for two years, including the ...

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The prosecution led by District Attorney Patrick Swanson exit the courtroom following proceedings Tuesday.

The case continues

MAYVILLE — Jurors in the Justin Haffa attempted murder case deliberated Tuesday for two-and-a-half hours, but they didn’t come to a verdict. A request to hear several testimonies again were made by the jury just before 6 p.m. The Hon. David Foley subsequently recessed for the evening as ...

Officials: HR director will save city in long run

The human resources director will cost the city $60,000 annually, but that could be a drop in the bucket to what it will save the city, officials said. Last year the Common Council approved a charter change to create the position and it was budgeted in the 2018 budget. Resolution 20 sought ...

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Third-graders of Westfield Academy and Central School watch as their plays are read aloud by a team of Chautauqua Institution theater staff and volunteers led by Matt Cragan.

Expand your horizons

CHAUTAUQUA — Students from five Chautauqua County school districts had an opportunity to hear plays of their own creation acted out by members of Chautauqua Institution theater staff and volunteers. Third and fourth graders from Chautauqua Lake, Panama, Westfield, Ripley and Jamestown’s ...

Mistrial denied in Haffa case

MAYVILLE — A mistrial request was denied in the Justin Haffa attempted murder case Monday, even though it was learned the district attorney knowingly possessed information that he didn’t acknowledge to the defense in relation to a medical visit by Sheriff’s Deputy Sara Cunningham. ...

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Shawn P. Wright, AIA, points at a projection screen describing points of the $41.5 million capital project. Wright, of Young and Wright Architectural firm, answered questions from the community's previous concerns within the diverse project.

Walkthrough part of Gowanda capital project

GOWANDA – In an effort to get more details on the project, the Gowanda Board of Education brought in Young and Wright Architectural to answer the community’s previous questions on the $41.5 million capital project. Matthew N. Cummings and Shawn P. Wright, AIA, of the architectural firm ...

HR director appointment back before council

The second time may be the charm for the appointment of a human resources director in the city of Dunkirk. On today’s agenda is Resolution 20 of 2018, which if approved, would appoint David Campola of Fredonia to the full-time position at a salary of $60,000 per year. In September of ...

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Pictured are cords and lines crossing Crooked Brook at the site of the Howard Street culvert project.

Unexpected delays experienced in culvert, sewer plant work

The Howard Avenue culvert project has hit a little snag — or a waterline. The wastewater treatment plant will also need some unanticipated work. The culvert project was originally delayed due to gas and electric utility rerouting, but it was another type of utility that caused the most ...

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WACS seniors get helping hand

WESTFIELD — The Senior English Project at Westfield Academy and Central School aims at helping seniors formulate plans for their lives beyond graduation, board of education members learned recently. High school Guidance Counselor Scott Cooper and English teacher Laura Wilson outlined the ...

Fredonia mayor announces committee appointments

In an effort to examine various aspects of the village, Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis has announced select committees and its serving members. A public works committee will see Trustees Doug Essek and Roger Britz Jr. working with Landis. The mayor said she’s working on a project to ...

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Pictured is the Collins Town Board for 2018. From left, supervisor Ken Martin, councilwoman Jane Sion, councilman Jim Hotnich and deputy supervisor and councilwoman Mary Stelley.

Three new members start job on Collins Town Board

COLLINS — As the year gets underway, new board members take their seats. For the town of Collins, Ken Martin, Jim Hotnich and Jane Sion fill the Collins Town Board with returning board member Mary Stelley. Martin was a town supervisor before and sat on the board prior to stepping up for ...

Motion for mistrial in Haffa case is denied

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley denied the defense's request for a mistrial in the case against Justin Haffa. Haffa is being tried on attempted murder in an incident with a sheriff's deputy that occurred on Sept. 11, 2016. Defense attorney Ned Barone made the mistrial ...

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A benefit for 12-year-old Drake McKane and his family in the wake of Drake's recent B-cell leukemia diagnosis will be held at the Mayville Legion, 144 S. Erie St. in Mayville, from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Benefit for Mayville native to be held Feb. 24

MAYVILLE — The stage is set for Chautauqua County to rally around one of its own as a single community later this month. A benefit is being planned for 12-year-old Drake McKane and his family in the wake of Drake's recent B-cell leukemia diagnosis in November. The benefit will be held ...

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Snow melt reportedly damaged the 1907 Massey Memorial Organ at Chautauqua Institution, the Associated Press reported. Officials say they hope to have to organ restored before the 2018 season.

Snow melt damages 1907 organ at Chautauqua Institution

OBSERVER Staff Report CHAUTAUQUA — One of the largest outdoor pipe organs in the world reportedly has been damaged by snow melt, the Associated Press reported Saturday. A routine inspection of the 111-year-old Massey Memorial Organ at Chautauqua Institution revealed that water ...

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ANNUAL EVENT: Pink the Rink packs Steele Hall

For the 11th straight year, the Fredonia men’s hockey team wore pink jerseys and sock with the sales of jerseys, tickets and other items going to the American Cancer Society. Fans got into the spirit, wearing pink attire and waving pink towels. Pictured waving the pink flags are students ...

Hurricane victim enrollment levels off in Dunkirk schools

Some of the families fleeing the aftermath of September hurricanes have made their way from Puerto Rico to Dunkirk, but the numbers of students enrolling in school have evened off recently, according to a Dunkirk City School District official. Hurricane Maria rocked the island and left many ...