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Brocton woman accused of stabbing

A Brocton woman has been arrested after allegedly stabbing another woman. According to State Police, on Monday, troopers were called to Westfield Memorial Hospital. There they interviewed a victim who claimed that Stephanie Metzler, 23, approached her from behind and stabbed her in the ...

Fredonia once again in regional waterline tangle

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. There is definitely a will to get the first pipe in the ground for the regional North Chautauqua County Water District project — an instance of noncooperation won’t get in the way. The part of the first phase of the regional water district project ...

Fenton lecture explores life of Patrick Tyrrell

Patrick Tyrrell may not be a well-known figure in history. But over 100 years ago, the Chautauquan became one of the country’s first Secret Service agents, and as such, helped protect the body of one of the nation’s most celebrated presidents. On Wednesday, Michelle Henry, Chautauqua ...

King brings Black Lives Matter to Chautauqua Institution

CHAUTAUQUA — The morning lecture at Chautauqua Institution was different than usual, to say the least. However, Shaun King, Black Lives Matter activist and writer, is not a typical Chautauqua guest speaker. King is a social media mover and shaker, a voice for a protest movement ...

Home away from home

By Gavin Paterniti Special to the OBSERVER It’s been some time since Camp Merz has been involved in foreign affairs, but Mayville’s Boy Scouts of America campgrounds are once again playing host to some visitors from across the pond. Via a brief 48-hour window that ran Sunday to ...

Dunkirk Schools ‘looking at moving into pre-k’

By GREG FOX OBSERVER Assistant News Editor Officials in the Dunkirk City School District are “looking at moving into pre-k,” according to the superintendent. Dr. James Tracy reported at a recent board of education meeting that administrators are hoping to bring new programming to the ...

Town pays to step up cyber security

From social security numbers to personal data and other sensitive information, a municipality has a multitude of digital records to keep safe. That safety was a top concern and the main reason for calling a special meeting of the Dunkirk Town Board Tuesday. Town Clerk Jean Crane said ...

Town board seeks funds to renovate Ripley Beach

RIPLEY — Ripley Town Board members passed a resolution at their regular meeting to submit a Consolidated Fund Application for funding to renovate Ripley Beach. Deputy Supervisor Michael Rowe said the project is expected to cost about $250,000. “We’re planning to submit the CFA ...

Community mourns for Dunkirk officer

Monday was an emotional day at the Dunkirk Police Station as officers and the community mourned the loss of one of their own. Officer Matthew L. Hazelton was many things — a father, husband, son, K-9 officer, community member and a Brocton High School graduate — and during his 39 years, ...

Not so child’s play

Gowanda Police has charged a 12-year-old juvenile for second-degree arson, a felony, after the fire at 28 Jamestown St. on July 18. The fire caused the building to be a total loss, or $200,000 of damage. The juvenile’s identity, due to being under the age of 18, was not released and they ...

NCCS kicks off 2017 Vacation Bible School

When most people think of Vacation Bible School, it is the Protestant churches that come to mind. In the Dunkirk-Fredonia area, however, the Catholics have their own history of this summer activity. Monday morning, Bible Camp 2017 began at Northern Chautauqua Catholic School. Forty elementary ...

Decrepit home’s owners to be called before Pomfret board

The owners of a dilapidated residence will have a chance to explain themselves to town of Pomfret officials before the town takes action to remediate the situation. Town board members recently voted to hold a public hearing for 4627 W. Main Road, just outside the village of Fredonia. Michael ...

Steps to shared service

BROCTON — The Portland Town Board was the recipient of encouraging words from Chautauqua County Legislator Mark O’Dell during their opening of their monthly meeting. Representing the county executive, he noted that he’s very pleased about the small steps being taken by both the town ...

Beach Bash blast

Dunkirk and its lakefront was alive Sunday afternoon. Live music by the Derek Davis Band bellowed from the area across Lakefront Boulevard to the Wright Park Beach, where sand sculptor Dan Belcher was working in the sand. Dunkirk native Tony Pencek, visiting from Rhode Island, was walking ...

Blessed Mary Angela Parish Festival features family fun

For the first time in its history, the annual Blessed Mary Angela Parish Summer Festival will take place on the spacious grounds of its St. Hedwig Church site. The festival, which is being held Sunday, Aug. 13 from noon to 5 p.m., will sport a fresh new look, guaranteeing a fun time for all ...

Presentation set for Wednesday on controversial Dunkirk figure

JAMESTOWN — In July, Chautauqua County Historian Michelle Henry gave a fascinating presentation to the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society for their monthly program meeting. The program detailed the local and national research to document Patrick Tyrrell, a Dunkirk resident who later was ...

DOT installs bike lanes on Route 20

Bicyclists now have dedicated travel lanes in the heart of the village of Fredonia after a last-minute modification to the ongoing Route 20 paving project. The New York State Department of Transportation installed bike lanes between Forest Place and White Street during its striping of the ...

County tackles alarming number of child sex abuse cases

Slithering under the news-grabbing opioid and heroin epidemic is a pernicious trend of children being sexually assaulted and abused in Chautauqua County. Statistics show one in 10 children in the county will be sexually abused before the age of 18; of which, 90 percent will know their ...

DEC working with Brocton on wastewater treatment plant

BROCTON — The issue of unsavory discharge at the Brocton Water Treatment Plant will soon be resolved, says the village and the Department of Environmental Conservation. The issue goes back to at least the end of 2015, though it wasn’t reported until a short time later. Maryann Langlie ...