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Donations sought following fire

BROCTON — After a fire destroyed their home the morning after Christmas, the Brigham family has begun to accept donations to rebuild their lives after the tragedy that took the lives of their three dogs and one cat and burned all of their possessions. A Facebook fundraiser was established ...

Cassadaga gets new attorney

CASSADAGA — New beginnings seemed to be the unspoken theme at the year-end village of Cassadaga Board meeting. A series of new updates were discussed and introduced, as well as a new hire for board itself. Attorney Joe Calimeri from Wright, Wright, and Hampton Law Firm in Jamestown was ...

Town judge resigns after state ethics complaint

HARMONY — The longtime town justice in Harmony has resigned following an ethics complaint filed by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. The commission charged that for more than three years, Justice Bruce Scolton missed monthly reporting and depositing deadlines of court funds ...

Pomfret OKs fire protection pact

It’s official: The town of Pomfret will have fire and emergency protection from the Fredonia Fire Department for three more years. The Pomfret Town Board ratified the agreement by a 4-0 vote during a special meeting Thursday. Councilman Christopher Schaeffer was not present. The Fredonia ...

Money problems: Counterfeit bills found on Route 20

SILVER CREEK — Stephen Promber, co-owner and operator of Can Kings Redemption Centers, and his wife, were greeted with an interesting sight on Thursday morning. “Shortly before 9 a.m. we were travelling down Route 20 near Irving, where one of our stores is, when we saw about 15 cars ...

Area land receives grant

CASSADAGA — New York State has awarded a grant in the amount of $90,849 to the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy (CWC) for the purchase and establishment of the 77-acre Cassadaga Lakes Nature Park on Upper Cassadaga Lake in the town of Pomfret. The land, which is located in the town of ...

Rotary seeking host families

The Dunkirk Fredonia Rotary Club still doesn’t have any host families lined up for its 2019-20 school year foreign exchange student program. “We start letting people know in November and December in hopes that we find the three families by the end of January,” said Joseph Reyda, a ...

Family mourns loss of pets, home in post-Christmas fire

BROCTON — A few days ago, Season Brigham's four children were happily decorating Christmas cookies in preparation for the holidays. Since yesterday, they and their mother are mourning the loss of their entire home and several family pets. The house of the Brigham family was almost ...

Trio charged after Christmas day shooting in Jamestown

OBSERVER Staff Report JAMESTOWN — A cache of weapons were found and three men were arrested following a Christmas Day shooting. Officers responded at about 2:40 a.m. to a report of shots fired Tuesday in the area of East Second and Jeffords streets in the city of Jamestown. An ...

Pier project gets updated design

Parking was the biggest change put forth for the updated design of the Dunkirk City Pier. At a recent Harbor Commission meeting, Landscape Architect and Urban Planner Keith F. Ewald of Barton & Loguidice presented the new layout. The updates include a 34-car parking area, pedestrian walking ...

Pomfret board members spar over new budget

Pomfret Town Board members got into a dispute at their monthly meeting over the 5-cent raise in taxes in the recently approved 2019 town budget. The tiff began when Councilman Brett Christy used time alloted for his report to state he was saddened fellow Councilman John Sedota was the only ...

Hampton Inn nears reality

The new Hampton Inn planned for Vineyard Drive went two steps closer to reality recently, as the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency’s board approved the results of a state environmental review and formally authorized tax breaks for the project. Matt Mazgaj, CCIDA counsel, told ...

Borrello: Busy first year as county executive

Visiting more than 100 businesses, creating a county-wide economic development alliance and bringing together a task force to curtail the opioid crisis are just a few initiatives started by County Executive George Borrello during his first year in office. Borrello said he had high ...

Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club to celebrate 50th anniversary

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club has reached a milestone. Founded in 1968, the purpose of the club was to create a safe recreational trail network in Chautauqua County. The 2018-19 operating season marks the club’s 50th anniversary. The club was originally formed by a group ...

Chautauqua County awarded over $200,000 for snowmobile trail maintenance

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced $4.2 million for snowmobile trail maintenance and grooming across New York State and designated the weekend of Jan. 25-27 as a free snowmobiling weekend for all out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers. Of the eight regions in the state, the western New York ...

Fredonia woman’s Christmas Village continues to grow

Every year, middle school teacher Marieanne Fabiano of Fredonia with the help of her husband Bryan, creates a porcelain wonderland. From a shopping plaza to factory row, and of course the residential downtown area, this brightly colored, white lit menagerie of buildings, stand tall on styrofoam ...

SANTA: Never too old to believe

Marion Sticek, 94, from St. Columban's on the Lake in Silver Creek poses with Santa Claus before his magical journey.

Students work to bring cheer to a military family

SILVER CREEK — What do silly hats, sweet snacks and casual Fridays have to do with education? As it turns out, a lot. For one group of upperclassmen in the village, those three things are at the heart of a month-long lesson in working together to help a worthy cause and accomplish a ...

Partners In Kind remembers the magic

Earlier this month, Partners in Kind of Chautauqua County celebrated their second annual Remember the Magic at Elevation Combat Sports Academy. Remember the Magic is a special event held for children and their caretakers who have experienced a significant loss over the past year. Some ...