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Town of Dunkirk officials were sworn in during an organizational meeting Tuesday. Pictured from the left are Jean Crane, town clerk, Richard Purol, town supervisor, Chris Penfold, town justice and Robert Penharlow, town councilman.

Highway department main town issue for 2018

Raising their right hands, officials in the town of Dunkirk were sworn into their respected offices at a Tuesday organizational meeting. As Town Supervisor Richard Purol noted, the town saw much activity in 2017. This year, work to install water line will continue as part of the North County ...

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This home on Hamilton Avenue in Derby was left unrecoverable following a fire Monday night.

Chimney fire destroys house in Derby

DERBY — Lt. Gregory Szarowicz of the Evans Police Department reported that a home located on Hamilton Drive was destroyed due to a chimney fire, which started sometime around 11:30 p.m. on Monday. A female occupant had reportedly observed smoke coming from the basement and rushed to ...

Gowanda basketball coach resigns

GOWANDA — Andy Bobseine resigned from his position as Gowanda boys varsity basketball head coach Tuesday. Gowanda School Superintendent James Klubek, who confirmed the report, declined to comment on the issue, calling it a personnel matter. A new coach is expected to be announced today, ...

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Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas will attend today’s State of the State address in Albany.

From Dunkirk to Albany, and back

Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas plans to keep up his relationship with state officials in Albany in 2018 with his first visit to the state capital today for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address. Rosas left Tuesday night and said he plans on listening to the address and attending ...

Quick change

MAYVILLE — The New Year brought more than a few changes to the Chautauqua County Legislature. In a surprising development, Pierre Chagnon, R-Bemus Point, will now be the Chautauqua County Legislature majority leader for 2018. PJ Wendel, R-Lakewood, was also given a new title as the ...

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Above: County Executive George Borrello was accompanied by his wife, Kelly, as he took his oath of office on Monday. Judge Dave Foley officiated the ceremony.

Borrello sworn in as county executive

Chautauqua County’s new County Executive braved the blustery cold and snow to be sworn in on the first day of 2018. Borrello was inaugurated on Monday afternoon by the Hon. Dave Foley. County Clerk Larry Barmore was also sworn in. Borrello stood before friends, colleagues and community ...

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Below: Mayor Willie Rosas with Lillian Divine, swears in city councilmembers Andy Woloszyn, Don Williams Jr., Marty Bamonto, Shaun Heenan and Michael Civiletto.

Dunkirk welcomes two new faces on Common Council

Monday marked not only the beginning of a new year, but the beginning of a new two-year regime for the city of Dunkirk, as mayor Willie Rosas and councilmember-at-large Andrew Woloszyn conducted swearing in ceremonies inside a packed city court room. Beginning their rookie campaigns as ...

Morning shooting in city under investigation

The Dunkirk Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred this morning at about 7 a.m. in the 500 block of Columbus Avenue. A city man is being treated in hospital for a gun shot wound believed not to be life threatening. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is ...

Trevon D. Tripp

Dunkirk man caught after fleeing police

A Dunkirk man has been charged with drug and weapons charges after he led Dunkirk Police on a chase early Monday morning. According to a report, police attempted to pull over 20-year-old Trevon D. Tripp for traffic violations on Lincoln Avenue around 5 a.m. He allegedly did not comply and ...

Winter parking rules discussed by village of Brocton

BROCTON — Winter road conditions have brought out the need to stress winter parking rules in the Village of Brocton. Leaders met last week for their monthly business meeting and discussed the need to enforce and the purpose of the law concerning winter parking rules. During his report, ...



After 18 years, the Buffalo Bills are back in the NFL playoffs. Their win, coupled with a Baltimore loss, means Buffalo will play Jacksonville at 1 p.m. Sunday. Thousands greeted the team's return to Buffalo at the airport early this morning.

Village welcomes new Brocton clerk

BROCTON — The village of Brocton welcomed a new clerk and treasurer to the table Wednesday evening following its monthly business meeting. The board of trustees also accepted with regret the resignations from the alternate judge and a key village committee member Wednesday night. Clerk and ...

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Pictured far right are Dave Tessmer with his wife Peg and son Andrew.

Collins Supervisor bids farewell, lauds progress

COLLINS — Exiting Collins Town Supervisor David Tessmer ended his final meeting in the position reviewing what the town board accomplished in 2017. Tessmer listed off that the town demolished two blight properties (2296 Gowanda Zoar Road and 3585 Route 39) and set up procedures to do more ...

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Outgoing Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo, center, is pictured with the village board of trustees John Burt, Warren Kelly, mayor-elect Jeffrey Hornburg and Vince Tampio.

Mayor hands over reins

SILVER CREEK — Nick Piccolo attended his last village board meeting as the mayor of Silver Creek last week, handing over the reigns to mayor- elect Jeffrey Hornburg who ran the meeting with Piccolo’s assistance. Piccolo served two terms as mayor and decided in May to not run for a third, ...

Officer for a day

GOWANDA — Melinda Spire talked to her son Drezden in November to be proactive in getting all the Christmas gifts needed to have a happy holiday season. Drezden knew what he wanted, and it cost nothing, though it was unique. With future aspirations to become a policeman, the 7-year-old ...

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Hanna Eimers was killed in 2016 after her vehicle hit an X-Lite guardrail in Tennessee. Her father has written to state Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking that the guard rail end terminals be removed throughout New York.

Fredonia native appeals to Cuomo over guardrails

By ERIC TICHY A Fredonia native whose daughter died in a car crash after striking a guardrail last year in Tennessee has set his sights on Albany. Stephen Eimers sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday to ask for the removal of about two dozen specific ...

Statewide minimum wage hike starts today

The second in a series of statewide minimum wage increases begins today. The hourly rate will increase to $10.40 for most workers, with with fast food workers seeing an increase to $11.75. Tipped workers will remain at an hourly wage of $7.50 until 2019, but other workers will see an ...

Above is a sketch of the proposed Brooks Hospital, which will be built on Route 20 in the town of Pomfret.

Looking back on 2017

OBSERVER Staff Report When it comes to the local area, the proposed move of Dunkirk’s hospital is the top story of 2017. Brooks Memorial Hospital has been in Dunkirk since its inception in 1898. But plans are to relocate the hospital to a smaller, brand-new facility on Route 20 in the ...

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Fredonia Trustee Phyllis Jones says goodbye at her last meeting.

Outgoing trustee: Protect the reservoir

After four years, Fredonia Village Trustee Phyllis Jones served at her last meeting recently. “I want to thank you very much,” Mayor Athanasia Landis told Jones, “not only for the services you provided to this village, but for being a little bit of my mentor even if you didn’t know ...

Symphony Living closing doors due to inability to fulfill agreements

OBSERVER Staff Report According to a New York State Department of Health notice of termination, the Symphony Living Adult Care Home located at 319 Washington Avenue is required to close down by Sunday. The operators of the facility, Josh Teller and Valerie Stock, have “voluntarily ...