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Reed announces additional funding for Barcelona breakwall repairs

WESTFIELD — Congressman Tom Reed announced the release of $150,000 in additional federal funds to help repair the breakwall at Barcelona Harbor in Westfield. The funding was approved by the Appropriations Committee. “We care about making sure that we meet the needs of the individuals who ...

Land Bank continues discussion on occupied properties

The Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation may need to change its policy on acquiring occupied properties. On Wednesday, the land bank discussed 2017 tax foreclosure targets for the upcoming county auction, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 17, in Mayville. Gina Paradis, land bank ...

Fredonia sets hearings on water, sewer hikes

For the fourth year in a row, members of the public can have their say on proposed water and sewer hikes in the village of Fredonia. The village board — during a recent meeting — unanimously voted to hold separate public hearings on the utility increases on May 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the ...

Coal stove leads to blaze

GERRY — Fire officials said a coal stove led to a structure fire Tuesday afternoon in Gerry. Firefighters were alerted to the blaze around 12:30 p.m. at 2092 28th Creek Road. Upon arrival, fire chief James Miller said the two-story structure was completely engulfed by flames. He said ...

Fredonia appoints superintendent stakeholder groups

Several stakeholder groups tasked with interviewing for the Fredonia Central School District’s top position are now in place. Board of education members on Tuesday unanimously approved a list of individuals to serve in the stakeholder groups. The individuals will conduct interviews of ...

Focusing on local waters

SILVER CREEK — United States Congressman Tom Reed, R-Corning, visited the Silver Creek Village Boat Launch Tuesday to remind residents of the importance of caring for our local waterways. Reed has been working with a bi-partisan team of local and regional politicians to secure funding for ...

New position replaces four in Dunkirk School District

While the Dunkirk City School District has not had an assistant superintendent in the past, the new position will be handling some familiar duties. At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Theresa Gray of Hamburg was unanimously approved to fill the position at a salary of $125,000 pro ...

OBSERVER to accept mail-in registrations for Gus Macker tournament Friday

The OBSERVER is holding a walk-in registration day at the OBSERVER offices Friday. Any team that wants to register to play in the Gus Macker 3-on-3 tournament in Jamestown can bring their form and payment — or fill out the form at our location — to the OBSERVER offices, 10 E. Second St., ...

Erie County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit conducts raids in Buffalo, Evans

BUFFALO — Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reported the Erie County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit led simultaneous drug raids in the city of Buffalo and the town of Evans at approximately 6:30 a.m. Monday morning. Acting on search warrants signed by Erie County Court Judge Thomas ...

Schumer opposes cuts to Office of National Drug Control Policy

In light of growing use of heroin in places like Chautauqua and Erie counties, and the prevalence of new, more dangerous fentanyl-laced heroin, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer launched a major push to prevent proposed cuts to a critical Office of National Drug Control Policy ...

Problem solver to give pointers at summit

People are bombarded with continuous change whether they like it or not, so what tools are needed to navigate your way through changing landscapes? The answer: Creativity and collaboration. The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation’s Local Economic Development Committee will host a ...

Fredonia Village Board appoints new attorney

After more than four months with a vacant seat, the village of Fredonia officially has a new attorney in place. The village board on Monday unanimously appointed Todd M. Thomas of Jamestown to the position, at an annual salary of $40,000 with no benefits except the New York State Employees ...

Farm Festival sees surge of volunteers after plea

One month ago, the possibility of a Fredonia Farm Festival drought loomed over the area; now, a bumper crop of volunteers is proving the staple event is truly a community’s celebration. Dozens of Farm Festival volunteers poured into the Trustees Room of Fredonia Village Hall Monday to give ...

Dog park deadline approaching

Finding a location is coming down to the wire if the city of Dunkirk would like to retain funding for a dog park. Development Director Rebecca Yanus explained the location touted as nearly perfect has fallen through. “That location on Lake Shore Drive (West near Point Drive North), ...

Beware of lakeside landslides in Sheridan

SHERIDAN — If lakeside property owners in Sheridan aren’t more careful, they’re going to have less property. At a recent Sheridan Town Board meeting, Code Enforcement Officer Jim Crowell shared a concern with the board: Property owners along the lake are not following the law when it ...

Concerned residents discuss turbines’ impact on trails

JAMESTOWN — Concerned residents say wind projects will impact some of the county’s investments. During a county Planning Board meeting in Jamestown recently, members of the Preservation Agricultural Land Serenity and Concerned Citizens of Cassadaga Wind Project voiced their issues with ...

MS Walk

Undeterred by the unseasonably chilly weather, the local chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society held its annual Walk MS event Sunday at Fredonia’s Russell Joy park, as supporters arrived in droves to help bring funds and awareness to a devastating disease that impacts more than 2.3 ...

Reed introduces bills to address poverty

Two bills reintroduced in the House recently look to bring anti-poverty measures into the 21st century, according to U.S. Rep. Tom Reed. During a Tuesday conference call, Reed, R-Corning, said he introduced the Helping Americans in Need Develop their Ultimate Potential (HAND UP) Act and ...

Protesting in Dunkirk

Rep. Tom Reed entered Saturday’s town hall meeting to jeers and exited an hour later to chants of “vote him out” as the overwhelming majority of attendees in the packed room at Dunkirk’s Fire Station No. 1 remained unpersuaded by Reed’s explanations for his support of the American ...

Memorial Committee holds 17th Annual Workers’ Memorial Day

FREWSBURG — Cold temperatures and rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the hardy workers, laborers and servants who attended Saturday’s 17th annual Workers’ Memorial Day at Erlandson Overview Park in Frewsburg. The event, hosted by the Chautauqua County Workers’ Memorial Committee, ...