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NCCS parents reiterate concern over methadone clinic

Concerned parents who send their children to Northern Chautauqua Catholic School returned to city hall on Tuesday to relay their concerns over the possible location of a methadone clinic. Other residents came out to voice their support for the clinic due to the evergrowing need for local ...

Della Pia concedes to Mitrano

Democratic Candidate Tracy Mitrano announced opponent Max Della Pia has conceded in the 23rd Congressional District Democratic primary. Mitrano's next opponent: Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning. "This late afternoon, Max Della Pia called me to concede the NY-23 Democratic Primary," Mitrano's official ...

Owner sought for recovered U.S. flag

After almost nine years, a flag believed to have been recovered from the disastrous flooding in Gowanda and Silver Creek in 2009, has yet to be reunited with its owner. The framed tri-folded flag was brought to the OBSERVER’s office on Friday by local resident, Ben Catalino, who recently ...

City firefighters battling structure fire on Deer Street

City firefighters were called to a structure at 434 Deer Street this evening. Onlookers across the street could see smoke billowing from the structure as firefighters fought the smoke as well as the hot and humid temperatures.

City council members, county legislator request new location for clinic

While Acacia Network is committed to being a good neighbor, there’s still a high level of concern over the location eyed for its drug treatment facility. With concerns from NCCS parents over its close proximity, city council members and a county legislator representing the city are all ...

Purchase pending over property for drug treatment clinic

Despite contention over its close location to a school and a church, plans are moving ahead for a drug treatment clinic in the city to aid those battling drug addiction. On Monday, the nonprofit community service provider Acacia Network announced it will be entering the city of Dunkirk as a ...

Beating the heat at Wright Park

DUNKIRK — This week’s scorching temperatures have forced many to seek the shelter of air-conditioning, but for the adventurous ones, nothing beats the respite of Wright Park. Despite the rumbles of thunder in the distance on Monday, families flocked to Wright Park’s beach and the park’s ...

Power prices spike in region

OBSERVER Staff Report Without the NRG Dunkirk and Huntley power plants in operation, Western New York is paying the highest rates for electricity in the state — especially when the heat spikes. As temperatures hovered near 90 degrees during 1 p.m. on Monday afternoon, the New York ...

Provider moving ahead with drug treatment clinic

Plans are moving ahead for a treatment clinic in the city to help those looking to break out of their drug addictions. Acacia Network, a nonprofit community service provider, announced Monday that a contract for sale is in place with closing pending at 51 East Third Street for its drug ...

Village firefighters, EMTs recognized for saving man’s life

A village resident found unresponsive in May is alive today thanks in part to the swift, life-saving care provided by the Fredonia Fire Department. During last Monday’s Fredonia Village Board meeting, five firefighters and EMTs were recognized by village officials for their efforts in saving ...

Mayor responds to report on dam

Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis responded last Monday to a recent report by the New York State Comptroller’s Office regarding the Fredonia Reservoir Dam being unsound. The report by the comptroller issued mid-June found the Fredonia dam and two others in the area as deficient. Following ...

North Collins to host WNY firemen’s convention

NORTH COLLINS — Firefighters will unite in North Collins Marion J. Fricano Town Park as they will come from 11 different counties and bring an estimated 50 fire trucks to parade Main Street in the village. The Western New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association (WNYVFA) President James ...

Problems mounting in Dayton as auditors find more issues

DAYTON — Tempers continued to flare at the Dayton Town Board meeting last month as issues were brought to light surrounding finances and property. Individuals from the Cattaraugus County Assessors Office completely went through Dayton’s rolls and found loads of discrepancies. ...

Community shows support for separated families at border

A sea of white formed in Washington Park in Dunkirk on Saturday, as people carried signs and sat in quiet solidarity with groups from all over the nation, protesting the separation and detainment of immigrant families at the U.S. and Mexico border . Individuals from the Chautauqua County ...

Semi truck fire causes havoc on I-90

Overheated breaks are to blame for a semi truck bursting into flames Saturday morning on the I-90 near the Fredonia exit. At around 9 a.m., a report of a tire fire of a semi truck traveling east on I-90 transporting food had occurred. “We got dispatched to a trailer tire on fire,” ...

Adams Art Gallery ready to breathe new life

An architectural treasure and a key piece to the city is inching its way to new life. There’s still much work ahead as developers of the Adams Art Gallery work toward a vision in collaboration with the community. But with a doors open event slated at the Adams later this month, there’s a ...

Cleanup nearing at former Edgewood Warehouse site for a cold storage facility

Cleanup is expected to commence soon at the former Edgewood Warehouse site in the city in anticipation for construction of a cold storage facility. Property located at 320 South Roberts Road has been under the county’s ownership since 2008. A deal is expected to close this week with the ...

Dunkirk Library holds carnival to kick off season

An intense heat wave didn’t slow down children and their families from showing up to the Dunkirk Public Library’s Carnival on Friday. The free event ran from 2-4 p.m. in the back parking lot and featured loads of games, from a bean-bag toss and goldfish bowl game, to a Plinko-like game ...

Dunkirk native placed on leave by Diocese

OBSERVER Staff Report A retired priest who served in the Jamestown area, including as chaplain at then-WCA Hospital, was put on leave due to sexual abuse complaints, Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo announced. The priest — the Rev. Robert Stolinski — was one of ...