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Looking back on 2017

OBSERVER Staff Report When it comes to the local area, the proposed move of Dunkirk’s hospital is the top story of 2017. Brooks Memorial Hospital has been in Dunkirk since its inception in 1898. But plans are to relocate the hospital to a smaller, brand-new facility on Route 20 in the ...

Outgoing trustee: Protect the reservoir

After four years, Fredonia Village Trustee Phyllis Jones served at her last meeting recently. “I want to thank you very much,” Mayor Athanasia Landis told Jones, “not only for the services you provided to this village, but for being a little bit of my mentor even if you didn’t know ...

Symphony Living closing doors due to inability to fulfill agreements

OBSERVER Staff Report According to a New York State Department of Health notice of termination, the Symphony Living Adult Care Home located at 319 Washington Avenue is required to close down by Sunday. The operators of the facility, Josh Teller and Valerie Stock, have “voluntarily ...

Winter WonderlandSnow warning issued through Sunday

What looked to be a serious snow event around 3:30 p.m. stalled out around 7, but it dumped several inches in and around Dunkirk and Fredonia Friday. Nevertheless a lake effect snow warning remains in effect through 4 a.m Sunday. “Based on the Doppler radar, Ripley and Westfield look ...

Most county snowmobile trails now open

After a month of weird weather ranging from unseasonably warm temperatures to above average snowfall, Chautauqua County’s snowmobile trails are now open only a week behind schedule. The Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club announced this week that the trails were open as of Thursday, just ...

Dunkirk says goodbye to two long-serving officials

The end of 2017 also marks the end of an era for the city of Dunkirk, as two long-serving officials say goodbye. Third Ward Councilman Adelino Gonzalez and Fourth Ward Councilwoman Stacy Szukala recently served at their last Common Council meeting. Gonzalez served three terms on the ...

Fire displaces residents, sends one to hospital

A fire erupted Thursday just after 4 p.m. in a fifth floor apartment of the Joseph Steger high-rise located at 15 N. Main Street, resulting in one occupant being transported to Brooks Hospital for evaluation. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, though the place of origin has ...

New year, new affiliation, merger, and leader at TLC

It is a happy New Year already for TLC, which announced Thursday that Lake Shore Hospital will officially exit bankruptcy today and affiliate with Kaleida effective Jan. 1. However, it is sad news too, as the hospital says goodbye to the leader that navigated the process. In a letter released ...

No long lines seen for early tax payments

Some Chautauqua County tax collectors are not seeing the staggering lines that other New York municipalities are seeing as new federal tax laws are set to take effect. The expedited tax collection is in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency order that allows town and city collectors to ...

Despite complaints, city officials say plowing is progressing

When it comes to plowing city streets, officials think the process is getting better, but the complaints continue to roll in. Mayor Willie Rosas remarked that he saw progress in plowing during the Christmas Day snowfall. DPW Director Randy Woodbury reported the streets division is giving all ...

Ludwig out as Middle School principal

Students at Fredonia Middle School have entered the building without seeing a familiar face in Principal Andy Ludwig for some time now. Students won’t see Ludwig when they return to school from break Tuesday. They will instead see a new face greeting them. Ludwig is out as principal of ...

Silver Creek man charged with rape

PORTLAND — On Tuesday, the Bureau of Criminal Investigations arrested James W. Beam Jr., 41 of Silver Creek, for third-degree rape and several counts of official misconduct. Beam was charged following an investigation into an unlawful personal relationship with an inmate while employed as a ...

SUNY Fredonia freezes educational leadership program

The State University of New York at Fredonia has put its educational leadership program on hold as they look to revamp the program. The educational leadership program is the program future principals, superintendents and school administrators enroll in to receive certification. Chris Givner, ...

More than three feet of snow falls on Perrysburg

PERRYSBURG — As national media outlets look at Erie, Pennsylvania’s 58 ¢-inch total from Monday and Tuesday, the town of Perrysburg residents are digging themselves out of a typical winter season. Though not in that magnitude, the town in northwest Cattaraugus County has collected 40.3 ...

Chautauqua County still digging out from storm

The weather outside is still frightful, but the people of Chautauqua County are doing their best to keep up. Mayville Mayor Martin Bova said the snow was still falling in Mayville on Wednesday night. Bova said it had snowed all day. “We’ve had our guys out plowing all day,” he said. ...

Ludwig out as Middle School principal

Fredonia Middle School's longtime principal is out. Superintendent Jeffrey Sortisio says an acting middle school principal by the name of Rachel Badger will begin duties when students return from break Tuesday. Badger is a retired elementary principal at West Seneca Schools where she served in ...

Pomfret examining possible zoning changes

Brooks Memorial Hospital’s announced move to an agricultural, residential area in Pomfret has officials examining ways to accommodate the facility. Town officials could allow use of the property by the hospital via a special use permit. Town Supervisor Don Steger told board members at a ...

Wind farm plans again draw ire of some locals

MAYVILLE — The construction of a wind farm in the town of Arkwright caused some county residents to speak their minds to lawmakers last week. Mayville resident Karen Harvey passed out DVDs during the legislature meeting regarding the wind farm project. She called the film a “Christmas ...

County to issue 2018 property tax warrants today

Chautauqua County will finalize and issue 2018 tax warrants to local tax collectors today. The move is in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency order that allows town and city collectors to accept pre-payment of 2018 property tax payments during the remainder of 2017 as soon as the tax ...