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Fredonia school teacher discusses music program

At a recent Fredonia Board of Education meeting, Andrew Bennett, Fredonia Central School District’s Grammy nominated Music Instructional Leader, gave a presentation on the program that was seven years in the making. The presentation explored the growth, development and achievement of music ...

Fredonia audit mostly clean, but finds water underbilling

Though Fredonia’s finances look solid overall, the village underbilled SUNY Fredonia for water service by about $140,000. That’s according to an audit of the village’s finances from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018 that the Board of Trustees received at its Monday meeting. A partner at ...

Turbine height increase rejected by Cattaraugus County Planning Board

Just six months after the Chautauqua County Planning Board voted to disapprove the proposed 100-feet height increase of Ball Hill Wind’s 29 planned turbines, the Cattaraugus County Planning Board voted to disapprove a 150-feet height increase for the town of Farmersville’s 23 planned ...

Silver Creek water high, but within limits

SILVER CREEK — The sudden shift from frigid cold temperatures to relatively warm ones had many citizens keeping an eye out for flooding in Silver Creek. At the village board meeting Monday evening, Mayor Jeffrey Hornburg addressed those concerns, and assured citizens that the creek was not an ...

Dunkirk’s Winterfest set for Saturday

“With summer but a distant memory, winter is here and I am inviting everyone to come to the city’s waterfront on Saturday, Feb. 9 to enjoy our very first Winterfest,” city of Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas said. For those lamenting about nothing to do in the area along the shoreline in the ...

Sinkhole puts home on city’s New York Avenue in peril

Valerie Winston’s house, located at 17 New York Ave. in the city of Dunkirk, is sinking and she’s in desperate need of relocation. The whole situation apparently began in October when rains dropped immense amounts of water in the region. “When it first started I thought (the water) ...

Dunkirk resident auditions for ‘Idol’

Dunkirk resident Dylan Carlson has fostered a serious love for singing and performing since his early teen years, but the 24-year-old never imagined his passion would take him through multiple auditions for the newest season of “American Idol.” Carlson’s got the vocal chops to launch a ...

Officials continue beach erosion discussion

SILVER CREEK — Trustees on the Silver Creek village board met at a workshop following the latest board meeting in January to discuss the pressing matter of erosion along Hideaway Bay and other area beaches. The report on erosion, given at the meeting by local resident Michael Dee, detailed ...

Engineer talks Dunkirk roadwork plans, grants

Upcoming road work was the feature of the city of Dunkirk’s Public Works Meeting on Jan. 23. City Engineer Andy Bohn talked of two roads that are being considered for federal aid. “We are possibly looking at Doughty and Newton as candidates for that,” Bohn said. The city also ...

Dunkirk Dave does not sees his shadow, indicates early spring

Dunkirk Dave, the second-longest prognosticating groundhog, did not see his shadow Saturday morning on Groundhog Day, indicating that it will be a short winter. Bob Will coordinates the annual event. Will, a former teacher in Dunkirk, began the tradition 51 years ago by bringing one of his ...

Fredonia boards to begin examining Brooks proposal this month

There are key dates coming up next month in Brooks/TLC Hospital System’s plan to build a new hospital on East Main Street in Fredonia. The village’s Planning Board will meet this Friday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the proposal. It will be a special workshop meeting and public comments or ...

Merging: an unpopular solution to all-too common problems

Over the course of just 10 years, 96.7 percent of New York rural school districts have had declining enrollment and 84.9 percent have had drops of at least 10 percent, according to a 2017 study on rural schools by the New York State Association of School Business Officials. At 340 districts, ...

Graduation rates for each school in county revealed

While the state saw a slight increase in the amount of students graduating from high school, Chautauqua County observed a small decrease. The graduation rate for Chautauqua County schools dropped 1 point, from 83 percent to 82 percent, according to statistics released by the state Department ...

DAVE’S PREDICTION: Early spring

It will seem like spring in the coming days — and Dunkirk Dave says spring will be here early. The famous local groundhog did not see his shadow this morning. Handler Bob Will told the OBSERVER this morning that Dave being on the ground "gives a more accurate reading" than other groundhogs ...

Meals on Wheels office flooded by burst pipes

“I could not have pictured this in my wildest dreams,” said Debra Pacos, executive director of Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels, as she stood in multiple inches of water inside their office suite on Friday morning. The Meals on Wheels office suite, which is located inside the former ...

Red House issued injunction

CASSADAGA — The Red House, one of Cassadaga’s most hotly debated subjects, was issued an injunction by Chautauqua County Supreme Court prohibiting any events from taking place there until further notice. According to an email sent to the OBSERVER this week by Cassadaga resident Gayle ...

Reed sees no deal for border wall

MAYVILLE — U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, didn’t mince words when talking about the recent status of the U.S. government during the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Federal Congressional Luncheon at Webb’s Captain’s Table on Friday. The congressman said what has been happening ...

Grad rate dips slightly locally, up statewide

The graduation rate for Chautauqua County schools dropped 1 point, from 83 percent to 82 percent, according to statistics released by the state Department of Education. The overall dropout rate remained steady at 8 percent. The statewide graduation rate increased to 80.4 in 2018, up from 80.2 ...

REPEAT: Marauders win

Dunkirk’s Amari Carter and Fredonia’s Ally Walton-Bald battle for a rebound. The Marauders won the game at the last second, sweeping rivalry Hillbilles for the season. Here's the game ...

BURST PIPES DESTROY MEALS ON WHEELS OFFICE

"I could not have pictured this in my wildest dreams," said Debra Pacos, executive director of Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels, as she stood in multiple inches of water inside their office suite on Friday morning. The Meals on Wheels office suite, which is located inside the former Carriage ...