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Gowanda School Board hosts public hearing on Smart School Investment Plan

GOWANDA — Before the July Gowanda Central School board of education meeting, a public hearing was held for the Smart School investment plan for the 2018-19 school year. The district received just over $1.5 million from the Smart Schools Bond Act in 2014 and creates a plan each year for the ...

Resident raises alarm on city dog pound

Dunkirk resident Cheryl Gawronski couldn’t help but hear a desperate bark coming from the city dog pound as she rode her bike past Cedar Beach twice recently. Gawronski told council members and the mayor during Monday’s City Council meeting that she proceeded to rescue a female Beagle ...

Republicans criticize governor’s recent pardons

Chautauqua County’s representatives in the state Assembly and U.S. House aren’t pleased with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent pardoning of two groups. Just over 24,000 parolees in the state were pardoned in late May by Cuomo to restore their right to vote. The Governor’s Office says the ...

Stones, boulders coming ashore and impacting private beaches

HANOVER — Large stones and boulders litter the private beaches of Sunset Bay residents. What began as a routine dredging project two years prior has now ended in a mess that homeowners along South Shore Drive can’t cope with alone. “We’re looking for help,” Jim Neaf, Sunset Bay ...

Questions arise over sinkholes in city streets

Some motorists in the city may have experienced some obstacles to maneuver around on certain streets. Take for instance the one located in the middle of Margay Street that hasn’t been addressed yet. According to Randy Woodbury, city DPW director, they’re private collapses of private sewer ...

Massive search ongoing for missing SUNY Fredonia grad

OBSERVER Staff Report Samantha Sayers, recent SUNY Fredonia graduate, embarked on a solo hike last week through the North Cascade Mountains of Washington park near Granite Falls. She has not been heard from since. She has been reported missing and was last seen on Aug. 1. The Erie, Pa. ...

Money missing in Dayton, last audit conducted unknown

DAYTON — The back story of how the deficit came to be in Dayton was shared at the July town board meeting. During the meeting it was noted that previous Town Supervisor Mark Smith served the town of Dayton for eight years, and during that time all of the town’s bookkeeping was done on a ...

Silver Creek preparing tennis, pickleball courts

SILVER CREEK — The tennis courts in Silver Creek are sealed, striped and ready for game time, Mayor Jeff Hornburg stated at the July board meeting. “We have two tennis courts down at the park,” Hornburg began. “What we did was seal and resurface both areas. One of the areas is for ...

Cassadaga Lake Nature Park takes shape

CASSADAGA — Since last summer, the non-profit organization, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy (CWC), in partnership with the Cassadaga Lakes Association (CLA), has been applying for grant funding to acquire 77 acres of property on Cassadaga Lake for a nature park, which will be open to the ...

On brink of death, Fredonia grad regains passion for running

Holly Todd’s life will forever be defined by a bee sting. For better, the incident in February 2014 helped her find her true passion in running and helping others. Yet for worse, it brought her within inches of death and plenty of emotional and physical scars. Though through all of it ...

Mayor releases emails

Reading through the emails that Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis released to the media is a lot like opening a novel to the chapter right before the climax. There is no build-up to the tension, the tension is obvious and palpable; there’s just the final conflict to get to that triggers the ...

Villenova town supervisor responds

SOUTH DAYTON — On Wednesday night, the Villenova town board welcomed a familiar face after Councilman Wesley Tessey unexpectedly resigned. Yvonne Park, who served on the town board as a councilwoman and then as town supervisor for four terms, was appointed to fill the vacancy for the interim ...

NCCS homing in on fundraising goal

Less than two months ago, the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School Board mailed a letter to community members detailing their urgent financial need and goal of raising $100,000 by Aug. 1. What was once referred to as “an ambitious but achievable goal” by the board is turning out to be a ...

Love, INC holds annual sunflower sale

GOWANDA — Despite the rain on Friday, it was sunny in front of the Community Bank, N.A. location on Main Street in Gowanda. Volunteers from Love In the Name of Christ (Love, INC) a non-profit organization comprised of 14 area churches, sold bundles of sunflowers for the third year in a row in ...

Aykroyd personally delivers motorcycle to Comedy Center

JAMESTOWN — After gifting his historic Harley Davidson to the National Comedy Center last month, comedian Dan Aykroyd rolled onto West Second Street to officially hand over the motorcycle during a block party Friday. The street and sidewalk were lined with people, cameras at the ready, as ...

Jamestown man indicted on murder charge

OBSERVER Staff Report MAYVILLE — A Jamestown man has been indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury in the shooting death of William J. Michishima on July 24. David F. Waggoner, 54 was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder and remains in Chautauqua County Jail following ...

Man still in hospital following assault two weeks ago

OBSERVER Staff Report The Fredonia Police Department Friday announced it is still working on an apparent assault that occurred two weeks ago in the village. In a news release, Police Chief Bradley C. Meyers announced they are currently investigating an assault that occurred during the ...

Security increased at three Resource Center locations

Visitors of The Resource Center at its Lakeshore Drive location and Jamestown locations on Second Street and Dunham Avenue have likely noticed the new presence of security guards at the entrance. Currently, all staff and clients at these three locations are entering and exiting through select ...

Grass-roots effort drives development

Weeks before its National Comedy Center grand opening on Wednesday, Jamestown was receiving plenty of positive national publicity. Chautauqua County’s largest city, once known for furniture manufacturing in the 1940s and ’50s, is now being recognized for laughs. On July 17, comedian Lewis ...