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After string of bad luck, Gowanda sees funds as a positive for the village

NORTH TONAWANDA — Gowanda Mayor David Smith had a smile as if he was on a reality show on Wednesday. He also had a billboard-like check of $2.5 million in his hands. No, the money wasn’t for him, but the village that he serves. The money was from the state’s Smart Growth Community Fund ...

Dunkirk, Gowanda land state funds from Buffalo Billion II

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that four Western New York communities have been selected to receive up to $10 million in funding from the Buffalo Billion II initiative. The City of Dunkirk, City of North Tonawanda, City of Lackawanna and Village of Gowanda are recipients of Smart ...

Valuable life lesson

GOWANDA — 2017 has many benefits — like the features to the brand-new cell phones and the technology integrated into cars. Despite these advancements, one thing that is still prevalent is distracted driving, whether it’s via texting or drinking alcohol, or both. Gowanda High School took ...

Not big winner, but city still to get state funds

The city of Dunkirk may have missed out of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative, by its plan will not go without reward. According to Dunkirk officials, the city is one of four to receive a Smart Growth grant because of the strength of its application in that ...

Portland waits on a response for new water district

BROCTON — Action is progressing concerning the proposed water district No. 8 in the Town of Portland. Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz updated his council by telling them, as well as residents, that an official letter has been received by USDA Rural Development that would account for $594,000 as ...

Bids for new fire alarm system move ahead for Ripley school

RIPLEY — Bids for the installation of a new fire alarm system at Ripley Central School District are going out and the project should be underway sometime in November, board of education members learned at their regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28. Doug Norton, head maintenance mechanic ...

Gillibrand blasts Congress in wake of Las Vegas shooting

PAUL SMITHS — A sitting United States senator blasted her congressional colleagues Monday afternoon, just hours after authorities announced that the death toll from a Las Vegas mass shooting had reached 58, with more than 500 injured. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, called on Congress to ...

County Fair to run a week earlier

The Chautauqua County Fair will take place next year a week earlier than usual. According to Dan King, Chautauqua County Fair Board representative, the change is because of their new ride company. “Our fair dates for 2018 will be July 16-22. Powers & Thomas Midway Entertainment is ...

Pickup strikes vehicle, crashes into CVS light post

An accident occurred in Dunkirk on Monday at approximately 2:45 p.m. when a man in a dark green pickup driving south on Main Street near the Sixth Street intersection, swerved and struck a southbound vehicle. The car careened into the CVS drive-through, swiped the corner of the building and ...

Dunkirk spreads kindness during October

Kindness can be contagious; changing one person’s outlook, then the entire community’s. At least, that is the hope now that the city of Dunkirk has become involved in the Kindness Rocks Project in partnership with Melody DeJohn, a psychiatric mental health therapist at the Chautauqua County ...

Seance what?

ARKWRIGHT— He, his wife and his grown daughters weren’t in the area to bust any ghosts; instead Dan, Donna, Belle, Stella and Danielle Aykroyd attended a seance at the Arkwright home of Lily Dale medium (and medical doctor) Neal Rzepkowski this summer. Mychael Shane, a “materialization ...

Pooch park price tag up $15,000

The city of Dunkirk received $10,000 from Nestle Purina to create a dog park, now it is asking the community to pitch in for the rest. “We pretty much have the fence covered,” Dunkirk Development Director Rebecca Yanus said in a phone interview Thursday. “We need the $15,000 for signage, ...

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 ...