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DiFonzo put on Fredonia Wall of Honor

Paul DiFonzo, former superintendent of the Fredonia school system, officially went on the district’s Wall of Honor. “I can think of no one more deserving of our praise and acknowledgment,” said longtime board member and teacher Dave Giambrone at the recent board of education meeting. ...

Restaurant owner’s attorneys seek final reports on roundabout

A legal battle between the New York State Department of Transportation and McDonald’s Owner Enrico Francani regarding the Route 20 and 60 roundabout isn’t quite over yet. On Oct. 12, the DOT told the OBSERVER that construction on a two-lane roundabout with raised medians will commence ...

Mitrano, Reed clash on health care

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has had to face his share of Democratic challengers in his bids for re-election, and as he attempts to earn a fifth term in Congress, candidate Tracy Mitrano challenged his notions of how health care can work for residents of New York's 23rd Congressional District. Mitrano ...

Forestville participates in Bald for Bucks

FORESTVILLE — For most, a haircut does not typically involve a cheering crowd of supporters and lively music, nor will it ever appear on the jumbotron at a Buffalo Sabres game. But the Forestville students who took part in the school’s 2018 Bald for Bucks and Locks of Love event enjoyed all ...

Knights of Columbus honors area priests

For 20 years, the Cardinal Mindszenty Assembly 727 and Councils Dunkirk 929, Fredonia 7921, Gowanda 15113, Silver Creek 5356 and Westfield 3100 of the Knights of Columbus have sponsored an appreciation dinner for the priests, deacons, seminarians, and sisters connected to the local area. ...

Chele Farley wants to make New York her priority

As the Republican opponent running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and a former financier, Chele Farley wants New Yorkers to vote for her this general election, so she can put New York first. Including her background as someone who has worked for Goldman Sachs, UBS Capital and ...

Meeting to discuss merging police with Erie County Sheriff

OBSERVER Staff Report EVANS — A meeting on Tuesday, led by the Evans Taxpayers United Inc., will discuss the consolidation of the town’s Police Department with the Erie County Sheriff’s Department from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the New Angola Theater on Main Street. Members of the taxpayer ...

Community Service

Dunkirk Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 616 members traded in their fire gear for pink T-shirts on Thursday morning to show support for a national cause that will ultimately help a needy family in the city. Union members presented a check to Michele Heenan, director of special ...

Kicking the can on the NRG gap

As Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas unveiled his 2019 budget proposal at a press conference in City Hall on Oct. 12, he made the same promise that has been made in previous years by other administrations: there will be no tax increase. On simple mathematics alone, it appears to be almost ...

Reed delivers $1.2 million FEMA funding for Perrysburg

PERRYSBURG — Rep. Tom Reed announced Thursday FEMA has approved $1.2 million in disaster funding following the 2009 and 2014 storms which ravaged Perrysburg. “When our office was notified of this ridiculous delay we immediately got in contact with FEMA in order to figure out what exactly ...

Comic duo Correale, Breuer in Fredonia tonight

Star comedian Pete Correale is coming home to Fredonia for a show tonight and bringing a well-known pal: former “Saturday Night Live” comic Jim Breuer. “I’m good friends with Jim Breuer, and he’s opening a show with Metallica in Buffalo Saturday night,” Correale said Thursday. He ...

County Legislature passes structurally sound budget

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature has unanimously passed its 2019 spending plan. On Wednesday, all 17 legislators present, with David Himelein, R-Findley Lake, and Kevin O-Connell, D-Silver Creek, absent, approved the 2019 county budget. The budget will include a tax levy ...

Plans for waterfront bar approved

What’s currently a place for cars and porta potties near the pier will soon be transformed into a new, invigorating venue for residents and visitors. In late summer of 2016, the city marinas saw a change in ownership as Charles Pringle took the helm as operator of Chadwick Bay Marina and ...

Gowanda man sentenced for distribution of child porn

OBSERVER Staff Report BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Wednesday that Shane Aurand, 20, of Gowanda, who was convicted of distribution of child pornography, was sentenced to 180 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a minimum ...

Grants and drives aid Silver Creek Fire Department and EMS

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Volunteer Fire Department was recently awarded a $9,500 grant from Sen. Catharine Young for the purchase of a new UTV (Utility Task Vehicle). The side-by-side, as it’s called, will include a bed area for injured and rescued individuals; the total cost of the ...

Brocton prepares for capital project vote, hires SRO

BROCTON — Brocton Central School district’s proposed $7.7 million capital project may soon be a reality, as the public’s response at the recent capital project meeting was positive, according to Superintendent Jason Delcamp. The project includes two propositions, with proposition two ...

Gowanda receives grant for new rescue truck

On Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) donated a capital grant of $200,000 to the village of Gowanda to put towards a brand new fire rescue truck. The truck, which is specifically designed to handle rescues in Zoar Valley, will carry specialized repelling and white ...

Woman arrested after allegedly identifying herself as her twin

SHERIDAN — Giving the name of your twin apparently won’t protect you long-term during an arrest. That’s what an Irving woman has learned after allegedly using her twin sister’s name while being arrested. As previously reported, on Sunday at about 9:45 a.m., Chautauqua County ...

Sortisio gets contract extension

Fredonia Schools Superintendent Jeff Sortisio has a new three-year contract after a vote by the Board of Education Tuesday. Sortisio, a former Frontier High School principal who became Fredonia’s superintendent in June 2017, is getting a raise. His original three-year contract contained a ...

Sisters advocate for mammograms

It’s not every day you meet people whose names so fittingly describe their lives. Strong and sweet: roughly translated and generally defined, these are what the words “knight” and the French word “dolce” mean. Sisters Linda Knight and Sally Dolce, together, embody warrior-like ...