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Search underway for next principal

The search for the next Fredonia Middle School principal is underway. On Tuesday, Superintendent Jeffrey Sortisio told board of education members that a plan and timeline is in place with the hope to have someone starting in the position July 1. Sortisio said he’s worked with BOCES ...

Comedy Center announces 2018 festival headliners

National Comedy Center officials are once again delivering on their promise of bringing well-known comedians to Jamestown. The comedy center announced Tuesday that its grand opening will be highlighted by the appearances of Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin and Dan Aykroyd this summer — which will ...

BAD DAY: Bus hits Days Inn overhang

Submitted Photo A small charter bus struck the overhang at the Days Inn in Fredonia on Monday afternoon. The incident resulted in minor damage to the overhang and bus. No injuries were reported. Fredonia Police and EMS were on scene.

Silver Creek releases proposed capital project phasing schedule

SILVER CREEK — Silver Creek Superintendent Todd Crandall discussed the newly released 2018 capital improvement project’s proposed phasing schedule for the Silver Creek school campus during a recent board meeting. According to the schedule, the voter-approved $17.6 million project will be ...

On the same page

Changes to meeting procedure could be coming to Fredonia following some trustees’ concerns that they don’t have time to review agenda items before they vote on them. On Monday, discussion ensued among board members, Village Attorney Dan Gard and Mayor Athanasia Landis over standardized ...

30th Spirit of Gowanda honors leaders, businesses

GOWANDA — The 30th annual Spirit of Gowanda, held by the Gowanda Area Chamber of Commerce, celebrated the village’s businesses and active community members on Saturday. The business awards went to Tim Mentley of Mentley Funeral Home and Robert Dingman Jr. of New York & Lake Erie ...

Silver Creek participates in 2nd annual Bald for Bucks

SILVER CREEK — Wildly surpassing organizers’ goal, a staggering $2,779 was raised to help fund cancer research at the second annual Bald for Bucks event held in March in the gym at the Silver Creek Central School District. Thirteen participants willing to be shorn of their hair — nine ...

Victim identified in fatal crash

BUFFALO — Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies Hyde and Thurston responded to a single-vehicle crash on Jennings Road in the town of North Collins Saturday around 4:25 a.m. When the deputies arrived, they observed a vehicle off the roadway and coming to a stop against ...

Businessman proposes water recreation for Wright Park

This summer is expected to be an exciting one for Wright Park with new amenities completed. One local businessman wishes to give families one more thing to do. “What he specifically came to our department about is there are a lot of great improvements that are going to be happening at ...

Gerace seeking re-election as sheriff

Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace announced Sunday that he will be seeking re-election as Chautauqua County Sheriff. “Since I was first elected as Chautauqua County Sheriff, my professional team of deputies, correction officers, 911 dispatchers and other staff and I have risen to every challenge ...

Tracy: Increased aid helping to offset NRG loss

Adoption of a new state budget in Albany brought some welcoming news of a slight bump in aid to the Dunkirk City School District. School officials will still need to take a dive in to the extra resources, however, in order to balance the district’s 2018-19 budget according to Superintendent ...

Child victims act: what happens now?

The Child Victims Act has not passed this year — but the question remains, what happens next? The bill was included inside a New York State Assembly budget proposal this year, but was not included. Currently, victims of child sex abuse in New York state can only seek civil penalties ...

One dead in North Collins accident

NORTH COLLINS — A fatal accident occurred at 4:20 a.m. Saturday on Jennings near Lenox roads. The operator was in a pickup truck and impacted a guardrail. The vehicle twisted, where the top end hit a tree and slightly bend around it. “The sole occupant was ejected from the vehicle,” ...

Child sex trafficking is happening in Chautauqua County

STOCKTON — According to Jessica McKeever, the director of Safe Harbour Chautauqua County, there are currently 25 youth in the county who have met the definition or are at risk of sex trafficking. McKeever recited this troubling statistic during a League of Women Voters luncheon seminar at ...

Former Fredonia principal getting salary, lump sum payment

Former Fredonia Middle School Principal Andy Ludwig is receiving his base salary plus benefits and a lump sum of half his yearly pay, per details in a separation agreement between him and the school district. The OBSERVER, through a FOIL request, recently obtained the six-page separation ...

PHOTO GALLERY: 30th Spirit of Gowanda celebrates local leaders, businesses

The 30th annual Spirit of Gowanda by the Gowanda Area Chamber of Commerce awarded local leaders and businesses on Saturday for their impacts on the village. The business awards went to Tim Mentley of Mentley Funeral Home and Robert Dingman, Jr. of New York & Lake Erie Railroad. The ...

New deli brings flavor to Fourth Ward

Friday marked the grand opening of the newest business in the Fourth Ward. City officials, business owners Rick and Sue Mackowiak, employees of the business, and members of the public were on hand to celebrate the new 4th Ward Deli by holding an official ribbon cutting and sampling some of the ...

Arkwright seeks solutions for Brainard, Miller roads problems

ARKWRIGHT — Roger Cardot took the lead role in scolding the wind farm representatives for their treatment of Miller and Brainard roads. The town councilman vented area residents’ concerns as the risk of muddy, swampy roads grows during wet season at the end of winter, beginning of ...

Reactions mixed on Dems plans to unite

In reaction to the announcement that Democrats in the state Senate are coming together after several years of separation, local lawmakers have mixed reactions. The Independent Democratic Conference agreed to dissolve last week in an announcement with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Democratic ...