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Young to resign from senate for position with Cornell

State Sen. Cathy Young has decided to resign from her post from office to take a position with Cornell. Young announced the decision in a statement today. It reads as follows: "Serving the people of our region for the past 23 years truly has been the deepest honor of my life, first as a ...

Borrello delivers State of the County address

County Executive George Borrello called 2018 the year of "communication" and he is calling 2019 the year of "collaboration," especially for stakeholders involved in Chautauqua Lake water quality issues. Borrello in the annual State of the County address focused on several points including the ...

Private snowplow strikes pedestrian in Silver Creek

IRVING — Around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, it was reported a motor vehicle struck a pedestrian near the car wash at Routes 5 and 20. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, Joshua Blum, 32, of Dunkirk was driving a private snowplow when his vehicle hit a 52-year-old male from ...

Tractor Supply Co. coming to Westfield

WESTFIELD — Kurt Charland, civil site engineer for Bergmann, an architectural, engineering and planning company, presented the proposed layout of the new Tractor Supply Co. store at the Town Board. The future site, on a vacant agricultural field on Nichols Avenue across from the North Lake ...

Jamestown marina seeks assistance of Industrial Dev. Agency

Imagine getting together with a few friends, renting a small pontoon boat and spending a sunny, warm afternoon traveling along the Chadakoin River into downtown Jamestown to explore the National Comedy Center. At Tuesday’s County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency board of ...

Silver Creek deals with water main break

SILVER CREEK — A water main break downtown caused a bit of chaos for the village Wednesday. “The water was shut off and the water department is working on repairing the issue,” said village Clerk Tom Postle. “We tried to minimize what had to be shut off, I don’t know if anyone ...

City residents brainstorm

OBSERVER Photo by Jo Ward. City of Dunkirk residents Patty Hammond and Frank Beach discuss various ideas for the redevelopment of the Brooks Hospital site. The ideas were proposed by citizens Monday and Wednesday night at the City of Dunkirk Comprehensive Plan open house events.

Fredonia schools likely to face cuts

The Fredonia school district will have to cut nearly $400,000 in expenses from its 2019-20 budget if it wants to get under the expected cap on tax levy hikes. That’s according to a Tuesday night presentation at the Board of Education meeting by Business Administrator John Forbes. In his ...

Cassadaga to provide training to zoning, planning board members

CASSADAGA — In the wake of the injunction issued at Red House, Cassadaga Village Zoning Officer Len Ensalaco has set up a specialized training session for the Cassadaga zoning, planning and village boards on Thursday. “It will be more like a training workshop,” Ensalaco said at the ...

ROAD CLOSED: Dump truck turns over

OBSERVER Photo by J.M. Lesinski A dump truck turned over on its side Tuesday afternoon at the corner of Route 39 and Newell Road in Forestville. Minor injuries were reported, responding agencies included Sheridan Fire Department, Chautauqua County EMS and New York State Police. Traffic ...

Rural areas to receive faster internet speeds

On Tuesday morning, the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency board of directors approved two resolutions that will help DFT Communications bring high speed internet to under-served areas of the county — a project that has been needed for several years, according to CEO Mark ...

Dunkirk blows away wind gust competitors

Dunkirk had the biggest gust in the high wind event that swept Western New York Sunday and Monday. According to a National Weather Service (NWS) tally of peak winds, the Point Gratiot lighthouse recorded a gust of 74 miles per hour at 2 a.m. Monday morning. The blast off Lake Erie tied the ...

Condemned home’s owner ready for court

CHERRY CREEK — After an unprecedented half a year of waiting and virtual all-out shunning, a local homeowner in Cherry Creek may finally get some new information on his condemned home. John Carpenter is taking on the town of Cherry Creek in court this Wednesday in Dunkirk, after an ...

Legislation introduced to split New York in two

An Albany-area Republican state senator wants state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to establish a working group to study the idea of separating New York into two states. Daphne Jordan, R-Half Moon, introduced S.3814 in the Senate on Feb. 15. The legislation has been assigned to the Senate's ...

Bellanti, Lake Shore to be honored by club

Two major supporters of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County will be honored during an event next month at the Shorewood Country Club. This year’s recipients are Dominic A. Bellanti, Owl Homes of Fredonia president, as Friend of the Club and Lake Shore Savings Bank for ...

Wild winds

OBSERVER Staff Reports Sunday’s extreme winds took out a warehouse roof in Dunkirk, led to shoreline flooding and caused other scattered problems in the area. The warehouse at the southwest corner of West Talcott Street and Franklin Avenue in the city of Dunkirk lost its roof, likely due ...

N. Chautauqua Catholic begins new chapter

Foreign language instruction beginning in PreK. Competitive sports starting in third grade. Eighth grade math students (and some even younger than that) preparing to take the Regents Algebra I exam in June. If you think opportunities such as these are available only at exclusive, expensive ...

House destroyed in Sunset Bay fire

OBSERVER Staff Reports IRVING – Seven fire companies were on the scene early Sunday morning of a major fire in Sunset Bay. The call came in around 4:30. Upon arrival, crews found the home at 936 Erie St. in flames. Fire department crews responding included: Sunset Bay, Cassadaga, East ...

Pastry business eyes move to Boardwalk

A new business might come to the Boardwalk this spring. La Dolce Vita, an Italian pastry shop selling fresh baked goods with recipes from Palermo, Sicily, might move into the former Blind Tiger location. “Out of the 17 shops we did have interested, we narrowed it down to 12 that were still ...

MAJOR BLAZE IN SUNSET BAY

IRVING - Seven fire companies were on the scene early Sunday morning of a major fire in Sunset Bay. The call came in around 4:30. Upon arrival, crews found the home at 936 Erie St. in flames. Fire department crews responding included: Sunset Bay, Cassadaga, East Dunkirk, Forestville, ...