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Jamestown police investigating Tuesday night homicide

JAMESTOWN — A stabbing Tuesday evening turned into a homicide investigation for Jamestown police. No suspect was immediately identified following the stabbing, which took place around 7 p.m. on Willard Street, between Peterson and Eagle streets. Initial reports said a person was seen ...

Chadwick Bay living

On either side of Lake Shore Drive East, two signs proclaim development promised for Dunkirk. On the south side, Athenex in the town of Dunkirk; on the north side, Battery Point Villas in the city of Dunkirk. Erie Land Development, LLC aims to bring modern housing to the city amidst a market ...

Good for business

When thinking of development projects, updates to the wastewater treatment plant may not be high on the list, but with Dunkirk’s industries dependent on that infrastructure, it is very important. Dunkirk officials; county legislators; representatives from the offices of Rep. Tom Reed’s, ...

Athenex site plans received

Site plans for the facility of the clinical biopharmecutical company Athenex are in the hands of Dunkirk Town Planning Board members. Discussions and review began Monday as planning board members, Athenex officials and engineers met at Jamestown Community College’s North Campus. Area ...

Land Bank officials discuss grant funding, sustainability

The Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation has state grant funding to sustain their operations probably through the year 2019. Beyond that, however, it is an unknown for the group on how they will continue to fund its programs, which improve the look of neighborhoods throughout the county by ...

Fredonia debates importance of SRO

“We are getting nowhere,” Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis said of the student resource officer, or SRO, at Fredonia Central School District. The SRO has not been in the district for around three years and the battle has been back-and-forth. In October 2015, the OBSERVER reported that ...

Fredonia superintendent outlines district goals for 2018-19

Goals were recently formulated for the Fredonia Central School District’s 2018-19 academic year, and Superintendent Jeffrey Sortisio says more than 50 responses were received back from a survey to gather information. Five specific goals, which were formulated during a board retreat last ...

Gowanda to inform public on capital project

A correction has been made to the location of this meeting. It will be in the middle school cafeteria, not the library. GOWANDA — After the recent disapproval from members of the community for the $41-million capital project, the Gowanda Board of Education obliged to inform the public of the ...

Grant application could help city development

The city hopes to be awarded funding to revitalize a lakefront property and make sites more shovel ready with two new grant applications. At a recent Economic Development Committee meeting, Development Director Rebecca Yanus said her staff has been working on two more grant applications ...

Gathering for Athenex Dec. 6

There’s more promising news regarding the future Athenex project in the town of Dunkirk. In a legal notice published in today’s edition, the Southern Tier Builders Association, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency and the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic ...

Haffa trial moved to January 2018

The man accused of attacking and taking the gun of a sheriff’s deputy in September 2016 will wait until the new year for another trial. More than two months have passed since a mistrial was declared in the Justin Haffa attempted murder case. The mistrial came amid evidence that the ...

Most wonderful time of the year

Ten, nine, eight, seven … and when the countdown hit zero, Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas hit the switch and the Christmas season began for the city of Dunkirk. Dunkirk City Hall glistened with two trees lit up with green and red lights and a massive wreath above the entrance. “I think ...

Lake Shore prepares for changes

TLC Health Network’s impending merger with Brooks Memorial Hospital and affiliation with Kaleida by the end of this year will manifest visibly at the Irving campus not long after. Over a week ago, TLC announced its exit from bankruptcy and future plans with Brooks and Kaleida. Both of ...

Forestville music teacher wins Community Support Award

FORESTVILLE — Veteran teacher Jeff Geblein recently received The Resource Center’s Community Support Award for his efforts in bringing live holiday music to the centers’ employees and clients. As director of the Forestville High School band, every December Geblein has brought band ...

Demolition of old Revere Inn set for December

SILVER CREEK — Mayor Nick Piccolo announced to the village board during a recent meeting that the contractors assigned by the county Land Bank to demolish the old Revere Inn have tentatively scheduled the project for the first or second week of December. The demolition can’t come soon ...

Remembering a loved one

Rosemary Billquist had a tendency of putting others first. And that certainly included animals, said her husband, Jamie Billquist. “Many years ago, in typical Rosemary style, she was driving our car with our dogs inside to go take a blanket to some ducks that were down by the pond,” ...

North Collins sees success in drug take back

NORTH COLLINS — The North Collins Town Board recognized the North Collins Village Police for its efforts in the area and its recent drug take-back program. On Oct. 28, the four-hour drug take back program with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration took in over 78 pounds of drugs ...

Regulating landlords hits roadblock, ‘not dead’

The city of Dunkirk’s attempt to regulate landlords and tenants has hit a familiar roadblock, but is “not dead” according to one city official. Dubbed the Floramo Plan in honor of the late Rose Floramo, former Third Ward councilwoman, the plan was revived recently in the wake of ...

Gowanda Chamber to hold sixth annual Christmas celebration next week

GOWANDA — An old-fashion Christmas. It’s lost in today’s fast-paced, access-to-anything-and-everything world. The Gowanda Chamber of Commerce looks to go back to a “simpler day” and have an old-fashion Christmas for its sixth annual Christmas in Gowanda celebration on Friday and ...

City prepares trucks, plow drivers for winter

OBSERVER Staff Report City of Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas has directed city mechanics and drivers to be ready before the blizzards arrive, and city crews have responded. Chief Mechanic Jason Schrantz reports that all snow-fighting equipment is serviced and ready to go. Streets Supervisor ...