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The Ripley Fire Department responded to 10759 Route 20 Monday morning for a report of a fire that did little damage to the structure, but left one person seriously injured.

Ripley man seriously injured in garage fire

RIPLEY — A fire on Route 20 in Ripley left a structure undamaged, but the same could not be said for the occupant of the building. Ripley Fire Department was called to 10759 Route 20 at about 11 a.m. Monday morning, where the fire was quickly quelled and the working garage sustained no ...

Jacob M. Raynor is back in custody as of this afternoon.

Escaped inmate back in custody

Jacob Raynor’s run from the law has come to an end. About one week after escaping before a court arraignment in the town of Charlotte, the 31-year-old has been captured. But shortly before noon March 7, Raynor, a Sinclairville man facing felony narcotics charges in Charlotte Town Court, ...

Fredonia school to launch mini UPK program

A full-day universal pre-kindergarten program is set to return to the Fredonia Central School District on a limited basis in the coming fiscal year. Elementary School Principal Amy Piper gave a report on the upcoming program during a recent board of education meeting. She explained the ...

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Celeb-lake-tion!

A popular waterfront event is returning this June to Dunkirk. For the fourth time in five years, the Great Lakes Experience will be part of the city’s upcoming events for the spring and summer months. The event is to take place at the city-owned lot between the Clarion Hotel and Tim Hortons ...

Law looks to assist with consolidation

A proposed local law is looking to open up county funding to municipalities that dissolved or consolidated and need assistance to cover specific needs or unforeseen expenses. The local law, as sponsored by legislator Terry Niebel, R-Sheridan, would authorize Chautauqua County to join New ...

Village of Silver Creek in need of code officer

SILVER CREEK — Linda Defries-Johnson is hanging up her code book. “Linda is retiring,” Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo confirmed at a recent Silver Creek Village Board meeting. “She (informed) us at the end of January, ... and it was official February 6.” Trustees mentioned that ...

School closings announced for Tuesday

A number of area schools have closed Tuesday due to the winter storm warning. Check the OBSERVER Twitter feed for the latest on area districts.

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Pine Valley and Sherman students assembled a Mars Rover-esque robot, that can climb terrain, pick up objects and deliver them to another area as part of a robotics competition in Sherman.

Pine Valley students rock robotics competition

Earlier this year, students from Pine Valley traveled to Sherman to participate in a robotics competition. The competition was organized by Alan Tanski of Sherman and Shawn Howard of Pine Valley, both of whom teach robotics at their respective schools. The competition was designed to foster ...

Dunkirk’s Muscato family had boxing, winning in their blood

I hope you find this story as interesting as I did. Dunkirk’s Mayor of Central Avenue told it to me one afternoon in February. That gentleman is Joe Muscato. I sat down with Joe at The Studio, the beauty salon that he and his wife, Sally, have operated for nearly 54 years. He detailed ...

From eyesore to a new view

HANOVER — No one wants to look out the kitchen window to see a burned-out shell across the street, but that’s exactly what the Rice family, in the hamlet of Irving, had to do every day. That is, until Chautauqua County Legislator George Borrello and the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. ...

“While I’m still very concerned about the impact to our businesses in the town of Pomfret and in the village, they’ve done the best they can to address our concerns," said Pomfret Councilwoman Ann Eckman.

DOT not bypassing roundabout concerns

The New York state Department of Transportation seems to be accommodating local concerns when it comes to a proposed traffic pattern change at Routes 60 and 20, according to a member of the Pomfret Town Board. Councilwoman Ann Eckman represented the town at a meeting last month between the ...

State weighs partial tax payments

A proposal within state Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget would enable property owners to make partial payments on their property tax bills during the tax collection period. Cities, towns, villages and school districts would be able to accept property tax payments in any amount if they allow it, ...

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On Friday, Barbara J. Redeye (right) was found not guilty of second-degree murder, a charge that could have sent her to prison for a maximum 25-years-to-life.

A free woman

MAYVILLE — Seven months after Barbara J. Redeye stabbed and killed her older half-brother Dale, a jury of peers determined her claim of self-defense still held up. On Friday, Redeye, 24, was found not guilty of second-degree murder, a charge that could have sent her to prison for a maximum ...

Fredonia advances to Class B state semifinals

BUFFALO — The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies defeated Mynderse, 55-46, Saturday in the girls high school basketball Class B Far West Regionals at Buffalo State. With the win, the Lady Hillbillies travel to Troy next weekend for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association semifinals ...

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Pictured is the railroad crossing at the Hanford Bay entrance point in the town of Hanover, which some residents would like to see converted to a “Quiet Zone,” along with the crossing in Sunset Bay.

Hushing the horns

HANOVER — Preliminary work is chugging along for Hanover’s proposed “Quiet Zone” at the Sunset Bay and Hanford Bay railroad crossings, officials say. At a recent Hanover Town Board meeting, Deputy Town Supervisor Kevin O’Connell discussed progress on the potential project, which ...

Construction crews are hard at work as the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater project continues at a quick pace.

Amphitheater project making swift progress

CHAUTAUQUA — The new Amphitheater is shaping up according to plan thanks to the temperate weather. According to a recent update from Chautauqua Institution, the steel work for the structure is nearly complete, the back-of-house area is completely enclosed and the concrete is curing. ...

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Receiving their check were (second from right) Kermit B. Mitchell III and (far right) Justin King.

Fredonia student places in SUNY-wide coding challenge

NEW YORK CITY — Facebook hosted the final judging of the “Making College Possible Coding Challenge” at its New York City office — and the Campus HIVE project team, including Fredonian Kermit B. Mitchell III, was honored as the fourth-place finisher out of 70 teams. The project team ...

SUNY Fredonia team one of five battling in Cuomo competition

A group of students from SUNY Fredonia are among five finalists competing today in New York City to design a mobile app or website to promote free tuition in the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Facebook will host the final judging of the “Making College Possible Coding Challenge” ...

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The Cassadaga Valley School District will reopen today following Wednesday’s wind storms. The wind damaged the middle school roof, which forced the school to be closed Thursday.

Crews working on wind’s after effects

For many, Thursday was spent undoing the wind damage of Wednesday’s storm. The gusts reportedly reached 70 miles per hour with the fastest speeds in western New York. Cassadaga Valley School District had the day off due to roof damage at the middle/high school. Crews repaired the issue ...

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The RadioShack store on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk is set to close as early as today.

Inevitable closing

Looking to shop at a RadioShack store? You’re probably out of luck. The struggling electronics retailer is closing all three of its locations in Chautauqua County — Dunkirk, Lakewood and Jamestown. The sites join around 200 other stores that are shuttering now that their parent company, ...