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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 ...

There one minute and gobble the next

To many, the famous turkey of upper Central Avenue in Dunkirk was more than just a bird; he was a welcome sight, a delay in traffic and a symbol. Friday was considered a sad one because it was the turkey’s last. Central Avenue resident Jill Krzyzanowicz said she found out about the incident ...

Needed help

MAYVILLE — A new unit will be in full service Monday and joining an emergency response community to provide care within minutes of dialing 911. Paramedics making up Chautauqua County’s Emergency Medical Services Program, commonly known as the fly-car system, concluded orientation Friday ...

Water rescue recognized at Westfield Fireman Ceremony

WESTFIELD — Almost a year and a half later, Dewittville firefighters Burl Swanson and Furlough Francis were recognized for their brave efforts last March. March 8, 2016, was cold. It would’ve been much colder if not for Swanson, Francis and local bystanders who called 911. After ...

Candid comedy discussion takes place at Chautauqua Institution

CHAUTAUQUA — A downpour didn’t stop the offering of thoughts and musings from three comedic minds Friday morning. The Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater was filled with eager eyes and ears waiting to hear Kelly Carlin, Stephen Morrison and Kliph Nesteroff discuss the history of comedy ...

NY funds laughs

JAMESTOWN — The first live comedy routine might have occurred at the future home of the national attraction based on the celebration of comedy. On Thursday, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Howard Zemsky, Empire State Development president and chief executive officer, together put on a ...

Judge Drag to retire after three decades

For almost 32 years, Judge Walter F. Drag has been putting on his black robe and walking up to the bench in Dunkirk City Court to preside over whatever cases were on that day’s calendar. The late Honorable August R. Jankowski recommended Drag for his appointment on Jan. 1, 1985. That ...

Central Avenue turkey hit by vehicle, dies

One of Dunkirk's famous Central Avenue turkeys has apparently passed away as of this morning. According to a Facebook post by city resident Jill Krzyzanowicz, the male bird was hit by a car this morning. Here is her post: "Today is a sad day. "It is confirmed, our Central Avenue feathery ...

Grand jury indicts Ruiz for murder in the second degree

MAYVILLE — Dunkirk resident Rebecca Ruiz was arraigned Wednesday for second-degree murder during a grand jury hearing at Chautauqua County Court. The indictment included two new charges for the 28-year-old Ruiz: second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence. ...

Summer success

Another summer program has come to a close for Upward Bound. A total of 38 high schoolers displayed their individual portfolios of academic projects during the program’s closing ceremony Thursday in the Williams Center at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Upward Bound Director ...

King Street fire

A 117-year-old building is no more. After catching fire Wednesday morning, the apartment complex on 151 King St. in Dunkirk was ordered by the Dunkirk Fire Department to be demolished due to the overwhelming extent of structural damage it suffered. The blue and white brick building was ...

Benefit set for Borowiak

SHERIDAN — Lifelong Forestville resident Jaye Borowiak passed away this past weekend from Stage 4 Malignant Melanoma, but the benefit for his medical bills will still be held in order to lessen the financial burden on his family. The benefit will be on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the ...

Pensions topping $100,000 continue to grow

The number of retirees receiving pensions of more than $100,000 from the New York State and Local Retirement System continued to increase during the system’s 2017 fiscal year, according to data from seethroughny.net the Empire Center’s transparency website. A total of 3,817 retirees ...

Beach bash brings back sand sculptor

From fun in the sand to live music and family-friendly activities, the city of Dunkirk’s Beach Bash promises to be fun for all this Saturday and Sunday. The event will feature a multitude of returning favorites beginning with a professional sand sculptor. “We’re bringing in world ...

Meet the servicemen

The 24th annual National Night Out served, yet again, to be a popular venue for the local community, as kids and parents mingled with members of Dunkirk’s police and fire departments. Attendees dined on pizza and snacks, kids played frisbee and football with officers — including rookie ...