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With Dems undecided, Reed gets stronger

Before the snowstorm hit Thursday evening, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed was to have a full schedule in Chautauqua County. This morning, he was to be in the city to kick off the 16th annual March for Meals with the Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels organization. Around noon, he was to be in Mayville at ...

Heavy snow hinders newspaper delivery

Due to the heavy snowfall on Thursday evening and this morning, a number of OBSERVER deliveries are running late. Some routes, especially those in the higher elevations and outside the city, will not be receiving newspapers until Saturday. On that day, customers will receive both the Friday ...

Lights out in Dunkirk

A downed power line on Doughty Street caused more than 2,100 Dunkirk residents to be without power for nearly three hours Thursday. The power went out shortly before 8 p.m. Power was restored around 11 p.m. At 7:52 p.m., it was reported that an active line was down and sparking near 66 W. ...

Battery Point Villas still battered by residents’ concerns

Time has passed and some plans have changed for the Battery Point Villas project, however, some residents’ concerns remain the same. Developers Bill Gugino and Mark Baerwaldt presented to the planning board in November and were met by nearly a dozen Otter Street residents with drainage ...

Legislature approves Silver Creek SRO

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature on Wednesday approved the use of a sheriff’s deputy to be used as a school resource officer in the Silver Creek Central School District. The agreement allows for the sheriff’s deputy to be used as an SRO at an annual cost of about $75,800. ...

The war to end all wars

The United States’ entrance into World War I in 1917 resulted in major changes for the country, most notably the massive expansion of the federal government. The “war to end all wars,” coined by British author H.G. Wells, not only failed to live up to that catchphrase’s promise, some ...

Trial date set for man charged in August murder

JAMESTOWN — A Jamestown man accused of killing his neighbor over the summer is scheduled to go to trial in June. According to court records, jury selection in the second-degree murder case of Brian M. Korzeniewski is set to begin June 5 in Chautauqua County Court in front of Judge David ...

Jury selection next week in Ruiz case

Jury selection in the Rebecca Ruiz murder trial is set to begin Tuesday, March 6 in Chautauqua County Court. The 29-year-old Dunkirk woman has sat in jail since July 7. She’s charged with second-degree murder in the alleged shooting death of her boyfriend, 21-year-old Julian Duman. The ...

More than 2,000 Dunkirk residents without power

A downed power line on Doughty Street has caused more than 2,100 Dunkirk residents to be without power. The power went out shortly before 8 p.m. Businesses and residences south of Fourth Street are without power, while businesses and residences north of Fourth Street are not impacted. ...

Closings announced for Friday

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Dunkirk headed in ‘right direction’

The Dunkirk Zoning Board of Appeals had its chance Tuesday to weigh in on two developments that are the sign the city is “headed in the right direction,” according to the city’s top official. Public hearings were held for Krog group on a height variance on a proposed cold storage ...

Legislators continue to review police budget

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County legislators recently reviewed amendments needed for the 2017 budget, while looking out for the 2018 budget at the same time. Audit and Control Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon, R-Bemus Point, said the committee is following up on issues that required amendments ...

Members desire retired or school peace officer

Discussion over a school resource officer Tuesday found Fredonia Board of Education members desiring either a retired officer or a school peace officer to serve the district. Both options mean the officer would be a district employee and not an employee of a local law enforcement agency. ...

Gowanda school board sends finance director off with gift

GOWANDA — As the moment of a final goodbye came close, the Gowanda Board of Education wanted to give a positive send off to its Director of Finance and Support Services Joelle Woodward. School Board President Cynthia Sutherland presented a gift to the numbers guru at Gowanda. “We are ...

Gowanda hires interims as search nears for positions

GOWANDA – The Gowanda Board of Education approved a duo of interims at its recent meeting, as the district will soon search for new heads to lead the school. The district has openings for superintendent and director of finance and student services (one position) and, barring how the ...

Rebirth on East Benton

The neighborhood of East Benton, Nevins and Talcott streets is noticeably busier this week — and it will be bustling with activity for the forseeable future. It was the dawn of a new era Monday morning as students and staff streamed into the new WNY P-TECH STEM College & Career ...

Agreement with firm approved for fire hall repair

With the Fredonia Fire Hall in need of repair, village trustees on Monday unanimously approved an agreement with an engineering firm to perform a building assessment, plus a subcontractor to remove and repair stucco siding. The village board elected to go with Wendel Engineering, out of ...

Sheriff eyes programs to reduce overcrowding

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace has proposed new ideas for lowering incarceration rates at the county jail. Gerace handed out packets of information regarding each new idea at a recent meeting of the Chautauqua County Community Justice Council, a group that looks to ...

Gowanda Police has record month of calls in January

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Police Department received 509 calls for service in the month of January, which department’s Officer-in-Charge Dennis Feldmann says is a record high. To put into perspective, 509 calls for the month means around 16.5 calls per day or around two calls every three ...

Name released in Saturday’s Route 20 fatal crash

OBSERVER Staff Report Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the Crash Investigation Units is still investigating the two-vehicle fatal crash on Saturday, Feb. 24, on the Seneca Nation of Indians territory and is releasing the name of the victim. The deceased operator is Eugene ...