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Sheridan resident to keep home

SHERIDAN — Just six weeks ago, Sheridan resident David Blodgett along with his teenage son were facing homelessness after their home was sold at the county tax auction due to unpaid taxes. Blodgett, who manages significant mental health problems, overcame numerous challenges including ...

Back to school

Refreshed from summer vacation, many area students began their first day of the new school year on Tuesday. According to Dunkirk City School District Superintendent Dr. James Tracy, who visited several buildings throughout the morning, “Everything has been running smoothly, like we never ...

Pomfret code officer serving as temporary city inspector

A village trustee and town code enforcement officer is serving temporarily within Dunkirk city’s Building and Zoning Office amid the ongoing matter involving Allan Zurawski. Warren Kelly was in attendance for Common Council’s workshop session and meeting Tuesday inside City Hall. Kelly ...

WNY Public Health Alliance expresses concern regarding turbines

OBSERVER Staff Report Newly constructed wind turbines in the hills of Arkwright as well as other potential projects have caught the attention of the Western New York Public Health Alliance. On Tuesday the alliance released a letter sent to the Public Service Commission regarding wind turbines ...

THEY’RE BACK: First day of school underway in area

Pupils and students across the region — as well as educators — marked a return to classes this morning. Children were dressed their best for the first day and greeted with smiles from teachers and administrators. Parents also were involved as well. Many took photos of their children ...

IDA won’t reconsider PILOT for Ball HIll project

WESTFIELD — A payment in lieu of tax agreement won’t be reconsidered despite changes to wind turbine heights within the Ball Hill Wind Energy Project in the town of Villenova. Mark Geise, Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency chief executive officer, said Tuesday there’s been ...

Events director, councilman exchange jabs over boardwalk

Conversation during last week’s Economic Development Committee meeting over the Dunkirk Boardwalk Market saw some tense exchanges between a city councilman and the festivals and special events coordinator. Shaun Heenan, third ward representative who’s chairman of the committee, initiated ...

Local state reps against legalizing recreational marijuana

Both local state representatives in the senate and assembly are against the legalization of recreational marijuana. Earlier this month. Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed a workgroup to draft legislation for the regulated adult-use of marijuana. State Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, said the dangers of ...

Gowanda’s Love, INC to hold annual banquet

GOWANDA — Tickets are on sale now for the Greater Gowanda Area Love in the Name of Christ (Love, INC) annual banquet, which is one of the non-profit organization’s main fundraisers. The banquet takes place on Sept. 15 at the Gowanda Moose Club and includes a delicious dinner as well as a ...

A fight to survive

OBSERVER Staff Report A routine visit to a restaurant has turned into a nightmare for Johanna Cortes and her family. On April 16, Cortes, her college age daughter Virginia and her son enjoyed a late breakfast where Virginia, true to form, ordered over-easy eggs. That evening, Virginia’s ...

Cockaigne Resort rebuilt, reborn

CHERRY CREEK — From ashes, the Cockaigne Resort is set to soon reopen after being rebuilt and reborn. In 2011, a fire that could reportedly be seen from five miles away burned the original lodge at what was then known as the Cockaigne Ski Resort. Now, almost seven years later, a 10,000 ...

Former SUNY Fredonia Professors release A History of Bear Lake

A new book has been released by Bob and Ann Deming, published by Mill City Press, Inc., called “A History of Bear Lake.” The 229-page text represents the culmination of a decade worth of research conducted by the Demings, much of which was gathered via personal one-on-one interviews of ...

Red, White & Blues to rock Fredonia

The annual Red, White & Blues festival celebrating the local wine industry and great music returns Friday and Saturday in Fredonia. Larry Fiorella, festival chairman, said the festival has six food vendors lined up for Saturday in Barker Common: four food trucks plus stands by downtown ...

Promising grape forecast

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the Northeastern Region Fruit Forecast for August 2018, and this year’s grape harvest is expected to hold steady, though it won’t break any records. According to the forecast, grape production across New York state is expected to be ...

More schools able to offer free lunches

For many parents, back to school means back to the bank as new clothes, new shoes, school supplies and more are needed to start the year. Families with multiple school-aged children are under even more financial pressure as September nears. However for some parents, there is one particular ...

Rural Ministry on the move

Chautauqua County Rural Ministry is inching closer on a move to its new location in the city of Dunkirk. Come this fall, Rural Ministry will begin to offer services to the less fortunate and those in crisis out of 319 Washington St. The facility housed Symphony Living and the former St. ...

Superintendent responds to concerns

The Fredonia school district’s superintendent responded to a letter summarized in last Sunday’s OBSERVER that criticized curriculum and teacher-administrator relations in the district. Jeff Sortisio said in an interview that while parts of the letter were surprising to him, he was ...

Dunkirk water heading west

OBSERVER Staff Report It’s time to turn the tap. The North Chautauqua County Water District has completed their first phase of the capital project to create a regional water system. To officially celebrate the beginning of the transmission of water from the City of Dunkirk all the way ...

Area priest in home stretch of trip to Rome

Father Joe Porpiglia of St. Joe’s in Gowanda and St. Mary’s in Cattaraugus is in the home stretch to Rome. In the last two weeks he’s walked from Gubbio to Ponticelli in the province of Rieti — a rough total of 105 miles. Along the way he’s stopped in Biscina, Valfabbrica, Assisi, ...

A Wright-ful end to summer

Friday’s warm, sunny weather was the perfect backdrop for the celebration of the recently completed Wright Park Improvements Project at the Lakeside Pavilion. The celebration, which took place on the last Friday of summer vacation for many, was led by Rebecca Yanus, director of planning ...