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What it’s like living in the Florida Keys post-Irma

MARATHON, Fla. — Until Sunday, I had been living out of a gym bag since Sept. 5. I left off in my last column about evacuating to upper Florida and how fearful I was of Category 4 Hurricane Irma making landfall in the Florida Keys where I live. What I’ve been through since Sept. 5 cannot ...

Convocation speaker takes on myths about Islam

Dr. Amer Ahmed delivered a stirring Maytum Convocation lecture recently at SUNY Fredonia’s King Concert Hall titled “Islam: Beyond the Myths, Breaking Down the Barriers.” Youthful, affable, charismatic, with a voice that regularly leapt from erudite to “street” in a single ...

FBO ceasing operations at Dunkirk Airport

SHERIDAN — Aircraft service and maintenance at the Chautauqua County-Dunkirk Airport has been led by the Nalbone family dating back to the early 1960s. But come Oct. 31, the fixed-base operation under the current ownership of Louis Nalbone will come to an end at the Dunkirk Airport. ...

TLC hoping for bankruptcy exit

TLC Health Network in Irving will know more about its future and bankruptcy status by the end of this week. According to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Western District of New York, the hospital will be in court in Buffalo at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday to address the issue. TLC declared ...

Serving the community

The Nestle PURINA plant celebrated 45 years in Dunkirk on Saturday with its employees, retirees and families. The celebration provided a wide variety of entertainment, including games for the children, several aerial dog shows, guided tours of the plant and a catered luncheon. There were ...

Supervisor, town clerk not seeking re-election in Sheridan

SHERIDAN — After elections this November and the people’s choices take their seat on the Sheridan Town Board, there will be two sorely missed members: Town Supervisor Louis Delmonte Sr. and Town Clerk Julie Szumigala. Szumigala and Delmonte are both leaving the board to address personal ...

Leadership ‘excited about the new build’

Brooks Memorial Hospital has decided to build its new, state-of-the-art facility on Route 20 in Pomfret. Earlier this week, the board of directors agreed to the 3710-3724 East Main Road site, which is located on the north side of the road and to the east of one of Chautauqua County’s busiest ...

New committee to look at options for current site

OBSERVER Staff Report What will happen to the current Brooks Memorial Hospital location at Sixth Street and Central Avenue now that a site off Route 20 in Pomfret has been selected? The Brooks board of directors, in a news release, stated it is committed to an open dialogue and transparent ...

Rosas makes contact with mom

Sometimes countless prayers, a little bit of luck and the kindness of others can make miracles happen. For Mayor Willie Rosas and his brothers, that’s what a phone call from their mother, Rosalia, felt like Friday morning. “Our friends in Buffalo saw the story in the Buffalo News and ...

Ripley receives $849,000 for wastewater system

OBSERVER Staff Report On Friday, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $849,000 in federal assistance for the town of Ripley. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant ...

ROUTE 20 IS SITE FOR NEW BROOKS IN POMFRET

A selection for a new Brooks Memorial Hospital has been made. The Brooks board of directors today announced the new location is behind 3710-3724 East Main Road in the town of Pomfret, which is to the east of Route 60 intersection and opposite the Sears location. The site was chosen from more ...

Committee planned to help determine future of current hospital site

What will happen to the current Brooks Memorial Hospital location at Sixth Street and Central Avenue now that a site off Route 20 in Pomfret has been selected? The Brooks board of directors, in a news release, stated it is committed to an open dialogue and transparent decision-making process ...

Support for Puerto Rico comes to Dunkirk from Jamestown

The plight of Hurricane Maria’s victims in Puerto Rico is not just felt by families and friends in Dunkirk. Serving as the hub for donations in Chautauqua County, the city of Dunkirk received a big show of that support when two trucks arrived from Jamestown on Thursday afternoon. The ...

City Mayor Rosas finally makes a connection with mom

Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas received some good news today. His mom, who weathered Hurriane Maria in Puerto Rico last week, finally was able to get in touch with him. Rosas reports that his mom is in good health but has no electricity, phone or access to food or water. She's concerned how long ...

Education board receives capital project update

If all goes as planned, enhancements to Fredonia Central School’s main campus and Wheelock School could begin in two years. School officials received an update on improvements proposed within a capital project plan during a Tuesday board of education meeting. Brian Trott, Clark Patterson ...

Votes pour in without the politics

Thanks to a sensational response, the OBSERVER Saturday edition will include a special 32-page section that has been going strong for 11 years now. Our annual Readers’ Choice Awards, which began in 2007, will again showcase a number of the businesses and attractions that makes the community ...

Area Police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office JAMESTOWN — Russell D. Lee, 52, of Jamestown, was charged Thursday with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .18 percent or greater, DWI misdemeanor, failure to keep right and speed in zone. At approximately 11:30 p.m., ...

The county’s road ahead

By Jimmy McCarthy jmccarthy@observertoday.com MAYVILLE — In his final budget address, Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan is proposing a 2 percent increase in spending and a 10-cent hike in the tax rate. Horrigan delivered his 2018 tentative budget to the County Legislature ...

Legislators approve modifications to water district

MAYVILLE — Modifications to the North Chautauqua County Water District were unanimously approved by the Chautauqua County Legislature at Wednesday’s meeting. Legislators accepted findings within a state environmental quality review assessment, which stated little to no adverse impact to ...

SUNY Fredonia holds volunteer fair

According to area college students, volunteering is in style. Recently, the SUNY Fredonia Volunteer and Community Services provided students with access to a plethora of opportunities to reach out and give back at its 14th annual VCS Fair in the Williams Building. “We help build ...