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City chief notes ‘new tips’ in fatal stabbing

More than one week after a fatal stabbing of a city teenager, residents continue to seek information regarding the horrific events that transpired on Lincoln Avenue. So far, however, there has been little released by the Dunkirk Police Department. In a statement to the OBSERVER this week, ...

Dunkirk Town Board talks roads, roofs, development

Between the results of the town board’s annual road tour, multiple project updates and 14 new building permits, summer looks primed to get very busy for the Town of Dunkirk. The road tour results were discussed by Highway Superintendent Jeffrey Feinen during his report. “There’s a ...

Music, arts set tone for safe environment

Dunkirk High School’s cafeteria had undergone a transformation. On a recent Friday afternoon earlier this month, it was no longer just a place for students to grab a bite to eat at breakfast or lunch. Instead, the room was filled with artists, educators, musicians, parents and about 35 ...

‘Safe environment’ sought in city schools

Dunkirk Teachers Association (DTA) representatives called on city school administrators at Wednesday’s Board of Education workshop, to “provide students and staff a safe school environment free of violence and intimidation.” The advisory, sent to the OBSERVER by the teachers’ union, ...

Cassadaga celebrates ‘Poppy Days’

CASSADAGA — Village board members declared May 24 through Memorial Day as “Poppy Days” in the village of Cassadaga at the latest board meeting Wednesday. A presentation on the significance and symbolism of poppies was given by Poppy Chairwoman Carol Baker during the public comment ...

URGENT CARE COMING: Development begins

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford As seen here Wednesday afternoon, crews have started clearing the land for the Well Now urgent care center coming to Vineyard Drive in the town of Dunkirk. “The code enforcement officer is working with the urgent care development team to start work, and the ...

County Legislature unanimously approves funding for herbicides

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature has unanimously approved funding $30,000 for herbicide application in Burtis Bay. On Wednesday, the legislature approved the resolution during its regular monthly meeting. The governing body also approved $35,000 to go toward funding the ...

Memorial service set for stabbing victim

A memorial service for Jefrena C. Brown, the 15-year-old girl who died in a stabbing incident, will take place on Wednesday. According to a notice on Page A2 from the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, Jefrena died on May 16 in Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. The service will be at 1 p.m. ...

Teachers to call for ‘safe environment’ at city schools

Dunkirk Teachers Association representatives plan to be at today’s school board workshop to demand the city school district "provide students and staff a safe school environment free of violence and intimidation." Dunkirk's school board meets today at 5:30 p.m. in the large instruction room ...

School budgets approved

Creating a balanced budget that plans for future expenses, maintains programming and demonstrates good stewardship of tax payer dollars is no mean feat. At times, school districts fail to gain voters’ approval and must go back to the drawing board to create a new budget. This, however, was ...

Red House approved for special use permit

CASSADAGA — Red House has officially been approved for a special use permit, following a hearing held by the village Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday. The information was confirmed Tuesday by Village Clerk Roxanne Astry in a phone call with the OBSERVER. “The ZBA vote was 3-2 in ...

Heenan questions use of executive session

Dunkirk’s new ladder truck was put on hold for another two weeks on Tuesday. The resolution, authorizing the issuance of a sale of bonds to finance the Dunkirk Fire Department’s new truck, was pulled for further financial information-gathering at the city’s Common Council meeting. “It ...

Teacher, students work trash pickup into exercise routine

Over the past several months a viral social media campaign called “trashtag” has gained traction on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Inspired by other activist movements such as the Ice Bucket Challenge, this campaign centers around trash management and environmental ...

Fredonia taking new look at rental law

Fredonia officials are taking another look at a law regulating housing rentals in the village. Rejected by the Board of Trustees in October amid a community uproar, the law was mainly intended to create a registry of landlords and renters to assist emergency services and code ...

Two-year wait for Section 8 voucher

Around 900 Section 8 vouchers providing a federal subsidy to pay for housing are given to families and individuals in Chautauqua County. Josiah Lamp, Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. housing and community development director, said if a family or an individual qualifies for the program, it is a ...

New program transports teens without fear of arrest

GOWANDA — A new program for village youth proposed by Officer-in-charge Dennis Feldmann had many in attendance at the May village board meeting intrigued, then elated when the board passed the measure following Feldmann’s presentation. The program, entitled “Safe Home Initiative,” was ...

North Collins students do community service on Eagle Energy Day

NORTH COLLINS – Students took their education on the road Friday morning as they did community service throughout the town and village for Eagle Energy Day. Volunteers assisted many local organizations, residents and businesses by laying mulch, cleaning the village fire department’s fire ...

College recognizes food pantry founders

Final exams, research projects, recitals and presentations: For most college students, these are the usual stressors that accompany the end of the year. However, many students experience the additional stress of food insecurity, as dining hall points and funds have dwindled by the end of the ...

Events set for Gowanda’s The Happening

GOWANDA — One of the village’s biggest annual events, The Happening, had its event application approved at the latest village board meeting Tuesday, with even more live music on the line-up and promises of ‘bikes, beer and bands.’ The Happening will take place May 31-June 2 weekend at ...