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Route 60 was closed on Thursday morning from Route 380 to Sinclair Drive due to a tractor-trailer rollover around 5:45 a.m. The highway was re-opened shortly after 10 a.m.

Rollover closes Route 60

GERRY — Route 60, from County Route 380 to Sinclair Drive, was closed for approximately four hours Thursday after a tractor-trailer rollover. Around 5:45 a.m., Zachary Frazier, 28, of Ellington, was traveling southbound in a Chevy four-door vehicle in the town of Gerry when he crossed into ...

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Creek Road in Sheridan had to be evacuated after a speculated washer/dryer Thursday morning resulted in heavy smoke damage and the loss of two family pets.

Early-morning blaze

SHERIDAN — A washer/dryer fire at a home at 10128 Creek Road in Sheridan resulted in no injuries, but the loss of a family cat and dog Thursday morning. The Sheridan Fire Department was called out to the residence at about 9:30 a.m., and were still there as the OBSERVER left the scene at 11 ...

Mike Ferguson

Ferguson to run for County Executive

MAYVILLE — Mike Ferguson isn’t a professional politician, nor has he ever run for office. But he was on the Democrats’ radar for county executive given his past experience and success — most recently as marketing executive with Fredonia Place. When he was asked to run, he took ...

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Pictured from left are Dunkirk Development Director Rebecca Yanus, Empire State Development Project Manager Cheryl Krazmien, Attorney Ron Szot and Assemblyman Andy Goodell at the public hearing for funding for Athenex.

Positive feedback for Athenex

The feedback was all good at a public hearing held on grant funding for the pharmaceutical facility proposed for Dunkirk. Empire State Development has proposed awarding Athenex with up to $200 million to complete the project, which has a planned completion date of December 2019 and full ...

County executive candidate Mike Ferguson makes his announcement this afternoon in Mayville.

Ferguson announces county executive candidacy

MAYVILLE — Democrat Mike Ferguson of Fredonia announced today his candidacy for Chautauqua County executive. Ferguson is a marketing executive at Fredonia Place and co-producer of The Choice at Bemus Bay Pops. Ferguson said he’s familiar with the challenges of working-class families and ...

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This photo of work being done at the Barcelona breakwall was taken in April. Wednesday, Rep. Tom Reed announced another $150,000 has been designated by the federal government for the breakwall.

Reed announces additional funding for Barcelona breakwall repairs

WESTFIELD — Congressman Tom Reed announced the release of $150,000 in additional federal funds to help repair the breakwall at Barcelona Harbor in Westfield. The funding was approved by the Appropriations Committee. “We care about making sure that we meet the needs of the individuals who ...

Land Bank continues discussion on occupied properties

The Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation may need to change its policy on acquiring occupied properties. On Wednesday, the land bank discussed 2017 tax foreclosure targets for the upcoming county auction, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 17, in Mayville. Gina Paradis, land bank ...

Fredonia sets hearings on water, sewer hikes

For the fourth year in a row, members of the public can have their say on proposed water and sewer hikes in the village of Fredonia. The village board — during a recent meeting — unanimously voted to hold separate public hearings on the utility increases on May 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the ...

Lima man charged with assaulting Westfield fire chief

WESTFIELD — A Lima man has been taken into custody for allegedly assaulting the Westfield Fire Chief. Justin R. Cogswell, 33, was charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief after an assault on Jerry Ruch, on March 18. At about 10:50 p.m., the Westfield Police ...

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Multiple fire agencies battled a blaze at a 2092 28th Creek Road residence in Gerry on Tuesday. According to scanner reports, the fire started as a chimney fire. A resident in the home was able to get out safely.

Coal stove leads to blaze

GERRY — Fire officials said a coal stove led to a structure fire Tuesday afternoon in Gerry. Firefighters were alerted to the blaze around 12:30 p.m. at 2092 28th Creek Road. Upon arrival, fire chief James Miller said the two-story structure was completely engulfed by flames. He said ...

Fredonia appoints superintendent stakeholder groups

Several stakeholder groups tasked with interviewing for the Fredonia Central School District’s top position are now in place. Board of education members on Tuesday unanimously approved a list of individuals to serve in the stakeholder groups. The individuals will conduct interviews of ...

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Congressman Tom Reed stopped in the village of Silver Creek Tuesday to discuss the importance of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative with constituents. Reed, standing behind the podium, is pictured here with Westfield Town Supervisor Martha Bills and County Executive hopeful George Borrello (left), residents, outdoorsmen and other officials.

Focusing on local waters

SILVER CREEK — United States Congressman Tom Reed, R-Corning, visited the Silver Creek Village Boat Launch Tuesday to remind residents of the importance of caring for our local waterways. Reed has been working with a bi-partisan team of local and regional politicians to secure funding for ...

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Dunkirk Superintendent Dr. James Tracy (left) welcomes newly appointed Assistant Superintendent Theresa Gray (center) and Guidance Counselor Sara A. Gustafson to the district.

New position replaces four in Dunkirk School District

While the Dunkirk City School District has not had an assistant superintendent in the past, the new position will be handling some familiar duties. At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Theresa Gray of Hamburg was unanimously approved to fill the position at a salary of $125,000 pro ...

OBSERVER to accept mail-in registrations for Gus Macker tournament Friday

The OBSERVER is holding a walk-in registration day at the OBSERVER offices Friday. Any team that wants to register to play in the Gus Macker 3-on-3 tournament in Jamestown can bring their form and payment — or fill out the form at our location — to the OBSERVER offices, 10 E. Second St., ...

James Carter, 31, of Buffalo is facing charges.

Erie County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit conducts raids in Buffalo, Evans

BUFFALO — Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reported the Erie County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit led simultaneous drug raids in the city of Buffalo and the town of Evans at approximately 6:30 a.m. Monday morning. Acting on search warrants signed by Erie County Court Judge Thomas ...

Schumer opposes cuts to Office of National Drug Control Policy

In light of growing use of heroin in places like Chautauqua and Erie counties, and the prevalence of new, more dangerous fentanyl-laced heroin, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer launched a major push to prevent proposed cuts to a critical Office of National Drug Control Policy ...

Dr. Roger Firestien

Problem solver to give pointers at summit

People are bombarded with continuous change whether they like it or not, so what tools are needed to navigate your way through changing landscapes? The answer: Creativity and collaboration. The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation’s Local Economic Development Committee will host a ...

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Newly appointed Fredonia Village Attorney Todd Thomas (right) recites his oath of office given to him by Village Administrator Richard St. George at Monday’s village board meeting.

Fredonia Village Board appoints new attorney

After more than four months with a vacant seat, the village of Fredonia officially has a new attorney in place. The village board on Monday unanimously appointed Todd M. Thomas of Jamestown to the position, at an annual salary of $40,000 with no benefits except the New York State Employees ...

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A desperate plea for help has righted the ship — or tractor — and the Fredonia Farm Festival will again be held this summer.

Farm Festival sees surge of volunteers after plea

One month ago, the possibility of a Fredonia Farm Festival drought loomed over the area; now, a bumper crop of volunteers is proving the staple event is truly a community’s celebration. Dozens of Farm Festival volunteers poured into the Trustees Room of Fredonia Village Hall Monday to give ...