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Cherry Creek votes to dissolve

CHERRY CREEK — According to an unofficial tally, the village of Cherry Creek will dissolve. Thursday’s vote came in 70 for dissolution and 32 against. Ten absentee ballots were mailed, with only eight having been returned by voting time. Six affidavit votes were also taken, but those 16 ...

Judi Lutz Woods of Fredonia (right) rode the Metro to the rally in Washington with Nicki Schoenl, retired Forestville school teacher.

Marching, advocating for awareness

Six days, 430 miles and a battle with a minor flu bug was all it took before Judi Lutz Woods would be involved in a small, but significant, protest on the Seneca Nation of Indians territory at the roundabout at Routes 5, 20 and 438. In Irving, the issue had to do with President Donald ...

OBSERVER Photo by Amanda Dedie
A semi rolled over while heading northbound on I-90.

Dumped truck

A tractor trailer rolled over around 2:30 p.m. while heading eastbound on I-90 on Wednesday afternoon in the town of Dunkirk. Near the overpass by the cross streets of Temple and Chestnut roads, the tractor trailer wiped out two guardrails on opposite sides of the Thruway before laying ...

Earvin I. Ezell

Hot pursuit in Tuesday night hit and run

A Fredonia man went to great lengths to flee the scene of an accident and pursuing officers Tuesday night. Around 9:57 p.m., Dunkirk Police were dispatched to the intersection of S. Roberts Road and East 2nd Street for a report of a hit and run motor vehicle accident. A description of the ...

Former Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey

Former mayor pleads guilty to fraud

A former Dunkirk city mayor could spend a number of months behind bars after pleading guilty to wire fraud Wednesday. Richard L. Frey, 85, faces a recommended sentence of eight to 14 months in prison. He is, however, eligible for a non-jail sentence of probation. Frey concocted a ...

Forestville fire protection contracts OK’d by Hanover

HANOVER — The last-minute dissolution of the village of Forestville has put more than a few wrinkles in the town of Hanover’s plans, but officials have ironed out a big one: fire protection contracts. During the town board meeting this month, Town Supervisor Todd Johnson opened the ...

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40th prognostication: 6 more weeks of winter

For the 40th year, Dunkirk Dave, with the help of his friends Bob Will and Bill Verge, made a local Groundhog Day prognostication. This year, the verdict was six more weeks of winter weather. The reaction from those attending the event held on Farmlane Drive in Dunkirk on Thursday morning ...

Horrigan joins county leaders in Albany

County Executive Vince Horrigan concluded a visit to Albany on Wednesday for the annual state Association of Counties Legislative Conference. During the visit, Horrigan said he was able to discuss safety issues on Route 60 and shared services while retrieving information on state budget ...

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DUNKIR MAYOR FREY

FORMER DUNKIRK MAYOR PLEADS GUILTY TO WIRE FRAUD

BUFFALO — Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today former City of Dunkirk Mayor Richard L. Frey, 85, of Dunkirk, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to wire fraud involving a scheme to defraud his mayoral campaign and his supporters by stealing ...

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Tractor trailer crashes on Thruway

A tractor trailer rolled over while heading northbound on I-90 on Wednesday afternoon in the town of Dunkirk. Near the overpass by cross streets of Temple and Chestnut roads, the tractor trailer wiped out two guardrails on opposite sides of the Thruway before laying twisted like a curly ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino.
Clark Patterson Lee Engineer Eric Wies (left) shows town of Dunkirk property owners plans for their properties during construction of the Route 5 regional waterline project in order to garner easements to their properties.

What to expect with a waterline

Residents along Route 5 can expect a mess in their front yards, but also better fire protection and water flow as a result of the regional waterline being installed this summer. The North County Water District expects to bid out the project this spring and complete construction in 2018. In a ...

Dissolution hangover lingers in Hanover

HANOVER — One full month into the new year, the problems caused by Forestville’s last-minute dissolution aren’t yet in the rearview mirror. Hanover officials are still puzzling out how to stretch dollars, provide services and make sure all of the town’s residents are taken care ...

OBSERVER Photo by Amanda Dedie.
Student Cecelia Strang, left, presents a thank-you card and handmade magnet to Steve Crane, a local veteran who served in Germany and Greece in the U.S. Army from 1972-74.

Raising the Light: A little means a lot to local veterans

It’s important to note that veterans should be remembered, revered and respected on more than just Veterans Day. The students at Northern Chautauqua Catholic School in Dunkirk have taken it a step further by including the local veteran community in its Veterans Initiative, a mini-grant ...

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Protesters upset with President Donald Trump’s immigration ban line the sidewalk outside U.S. Rep. Tom Reed’s Geneva office Tuesday. Reed, R-Corning, supports Trump’s executive order.

Support system

“This could certainly impact our opportunity to welcome international students,” said Nelson Garifi, Jamestown Community College Academic Innovation executive director. Local colleges are responding to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order, which may or may not impact ...

Hanover Town Hall

Hanover and Silver Creek talk joint municipal building

At a time when the nation is so divided by fear and hate, it’s nice to know that local politicians are working hard to work together, even across party lines. Town of Hanover officials and village of Silver Creek officials have buddied up on a number of programs already. They are in ...

“This is a discretion that the president can utilize. We’re still going to be the land of the free. We’re still going to be the land that welcomes people.”
U.S. Rep. Tom Reed

Reed has Trump’s back

Halting the flow of immigrants from seven Middle Eastern countries has U.S. Rep. Tom Reed’s support. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that temporarily stopped the admittance of nationals from seven countries. Protests ensued in several U.S. airports after a number of ...

Larry Barmore

County clerk opposed to DMV fee hikes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposal may not have a slew of new taxes, but it does contain hikes from existing fees that people may be unaware of. The governor’s budget plan was unveiled last week, detailing $152 billion in spending. To help balance it, various hikes from existing ...

Haskin pleads not guilty

WESTFIELD — Westfield Department of Public Works employee Marc Haskin pleaded not guilty on Monday to the charge of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony. Haskin, the whistleblower in the case of raw sewage being dumped into Chautauqua Creek in 2014, is being ...

Donald Stanbro stands proud with his Gowanda High School diploma in hand.

Veteran finally grips diploma after 50 years

GOWANDA — At 71 years of age, Donald Stanbro can now look back with one less regret. He is now a Gowanda Central School graduate through the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs’ Operation Recognition. Operation Recognition awards veterans their high school diplomas if they were on ...