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WNYREDC presents ‘A strategy for prosperity’

The State University of New York at Fredonia hosted a Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) public meeting Tuesday featuring presentations on economic development initiatives for 2018. Michael Ball, WNYREDC executive director, presented an overview of Gov. Andrew ...

Buffalo man sentenced to 15 years in jail after killing Gowanda man

OBSERVER Staff Report BUFFALO — Daryl Bland, 23, of Buffalo, was sentenced Tuesday to a determinate 15 years in prison plus five years post-release supervision in the fatal shooting of a Gowanda man, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced. On Oct. 26, 2016 at about 12:50 ...

Forestville ready for school budget vote

FORESTVILLE — Voters in the Forestville school district will be voting next week on the proposed 2018-19 school budget, a proposed capital improvement project, a transportation proposition of one bus and a four-seat board of education member election. The proposed budget, approved by the ...

Reconfiguration talks continue

After today, all Dunkirk schools involved in reconfiguration talks will have been visited by Superintendent Dr. James Tracy and school board members. Initial discussions with the four elementary schools are complete. Tracy and board members will meet with stakeholders from the middle school ...

Eagle Energy Day teaches students outside lessons

NORTH COLLINS — North Collins’ Eagle Energy Day, set for this Friday, will take volunteer students out into the village and provide community service. North Collins Superintendent Scott Taylor sees this program as an educational experience. “I think it’s just a great service ...

SNEAK PEAK: Forestville students tour Athenex

Forestville students from Tom Dempsey’s Pre-Calculus class visited Athenex facilities in Clarence and at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus last week. In back, from left, Cathy Kaicher, Athenex Pharma Solutions General Manager Robert Keem, Evan Weaver, Lew Markham and Luke Kaicher. Middle ...

Energized gutter blamed for Fredonia fire

OBSERVER Staff Report A loose gutter led to the clock tower fire at the Family Church of Fredonia. Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies confirmed Monday afternoon what investigators believed on Friday evening led to the fire at the Family Church of Fredonia. Witnesses advised ...

Not-Fred Fest arrests jump from previous year

A lot of people. A lot of problems. A lot of arrests. Those were the remarks made by Fredonia Mayor Athanasia on Monday when asked about the activity from last weekend’s “not-Fred Fest,” the unsanctioned, end of school year celebration seen downtown. Arrests continue to rise as ...

Cassadaga board discusses compost dump site

CASSADAGA — The Cassadaga Village Board made significant headway during its last meeting in determining how to best move forward with the issue of the compost dump site located on Alden road. After a long discussion, the board passed a resolution to buy a wood chipper at a cost of $6,000 ...

North Collins puts forward $16.82 million budget

NORTH COLLINS — The North Collins Board of Education will have a public hearing about the $16.82 million budget for the 2018-19 school year tonight at 7 p.m. during its regular board meeting. The meeting will take place at the high school library. The budget will also have a proposition to ...

Energized gutter blamed for Fredonia fire

Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies confirmed this afternoon what investigators believed on Friday evening led to the fire at the Family Church of Fredonia. Witnesses advised investigators that part of the copper gutter was blown off, due to high winds, and landed on a nearby transformer. ...

Remembering Laurel

SILVER CREEK — Friends, family and community members all gathered at the Fireman’s Association Building on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the extraordinary life of one of Chautauqua County’s more memorable personalities, Laurel Hotelling. The room was decorated with a plethora of ...

Collins Board to remove trees in cemetery, hire new parks crew chief

COLLINS — The town of Collins hired its new parks crew chief, made a commitment to remove trees at the Collins Center Cemetery and appointed the 2018 summer beautification employees at a recent town board meeting. The parks crew chief left with short notice right before spring was supposed ...

Westfield resident to run for 150th Assembly seat

Judith Einach announced Sunday night she is running for the New York Assembly against four-term incumbent Andy Goodell. The 150th Assembly district includes all of Chautauqua County. She will be on the ballot in November. “Chautauqua County needs dynamic new leadership. My background in ...

Village of Brocton adopts 2018-19 budget with tax decrease

BROCTON — Leaders in the village of Brocton unanimously approved their 2018-19 annual budget, which shows a tax decrease. By way of a roll call vote, board members approved a budget showing a tax rate of $9.59 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Mayor Richard Frost called for a vote of ...

Car impacts house in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK — A vehicle impacted a house, causing damage to the front entrance on Saturday. Around 4:30 p.m., there was a call of a vehicle striking a house at 322 Central Ave. in the village. The house is at the top of the hill and the car was apparently driving towards Irving. There was ...

Attorneys for McDonald’s owner issue written comment on roundabout

The written comment period ended April 26 in relation to the proposed Route 20 and 60 roundabout project. The New York State Department of Transportation will now review the correspondence and push for project design approval. For the DOT, the rationale behind a modified two-lane roundabout ...

Fallen Workers honored during 18th annual Memorial Day event

FREWSBURG — Hank Hoisington on Saturday wore a pin featuring a caged yellow canary. He said it was a reference to the idiom "a canary in a coal mine," whereas coal miners would carry canaries with them into the mines, aware that the birds would be the first to detect dangerous gases and give ...

Car impacts house in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK -- A vehicle impacted a house, causing damage to the front entrance on Saturday. Around 4:30 p.m., there was a call of a vehicle striking a house at 322 Central Ave. in the village. The house is at the top of the hill and the car was apparently driving towards Irving. There was ...