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Recreation Center is ready for business

Local/Region

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas has announced that the season’s recreational activities are ready to begin. This season’s adult and youth recreation activities are once again coordinated through the city’s Recreation Department. The Recreation Center (located at the Fairgrounds) will be ready ...

Kettle effort at 50 percent of goal

Local/Region

More volunteers — and more money — are needed to help at the holidays. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Effort is down to its last two weeks. With only 10 collections days left, The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers to help fill the open Bell-Ringing hours. Over these next two ...

Clerk is target of deed scam

Local/Region

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore recently received a solicitation to purchase a deed for $86 for property he owns. This is the same solicitation Barmore warned residents of only a year ago. “These companies continue to solicit our residents, which tells me people are ...

Three charged with crack cocaine possession

Local/Region

Three people were taken into custody Monday night for allegedly possessing illegal drugs. According to the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, on Monday at about 7:40 p.m., officers from the New York State Parole, City of Dunkirk Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's ...

Lake snow warning continues, forces cancellations

Local/Region

A lake-effect snow warning is canceling after-school activities at some area schools. The storm warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday. Snow accumulations of 10 to 15 inches are possible with some areas in line for up to 20 inches in the county. Wind gusts of 40 mph are also ...

Summit Wealth Management, Inc. holds National Day of Giving events

Business

The offices of Summit Wealth Management, Inc. held National Day of Giving events at their locations in Jamestown and Fredonia on Thursday, Nov. 28. The focus was to give thanks to their clients and community with a holiday party and provide donations to two local charities. The Fredonia office ...

Forestville gearing up for capital project publicity

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FORESTVILLE — Superintendent of Schools Renee Garrett updated the board during a recent meeting about a proposed $3 million capital project proposal scheduled for a May 18, 2018 vote. There are several significant areas of concern the project is seeking to remedy, said Garrett. The first ...

No more money or studying water district for Fredonia

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Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis says no more village money will be spent studying its water system versus the North Chautauqua County Water District. During a meeting in early November, Landis took a moment to discuss chatter during election season regarding the village’s water system. ...

Drainage issues arise during mold abatement at town hall

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HANOVER — The Hanover Town Board was informed by contractors that an additional $16,500 is required in the town hall mold abatement project, if the board wanted them to fix the drainage issues that created the mold in the first place. Apparently, a significant amount of soil build-up around ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Board of Education to meet FORESTVILLE —The Forestville Central School District Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, December 14 (rescheduled from December 7) in the High School Library at 5:00 pm. Santa Claus coming to Forestville The Forestville ...

Area Police

Area police

Jamestown man charged following incident JAMESTOWN — An investigation into narcotic activity led to the arrest of a Jamestown man Saturday. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says were called to 2870 N. Main St. Ext. for a person with a confirmed County Court warrant. Upon arrival, ...

Police charge 26 with possessing fraudulent driver’s licenses

Area police

The Fredonia Police Department assisted the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles fraud unit with a criminal investigation in the Village of Fredonia. Police have identified a significant increase of the possession of fraudulent driver's licenses. On Friday, undercover officers of the ...

Civic Calendar

Local/Region

Arkwright Today — Town Board meeting, town hall, 7 p.m. Angola Today — Village Board meeting, village hall, 7 p.m. Brant Tuesday — Town Board workshop and meeting, town hall, starts at 6:30 p.m. with meeting at 7 p.m. Brocton Wednesday — Board of Education meeting, ...

Reported cases of flu indicate bad flu season ahead

Local/Region

The western region of New York state is reporting more flu cases this year than at the same time last year, according to Univera Healthcare’s review of New York state health data. As of Nov 18, the western region of the state (including Western New York and parts of the Finger Lakes Region) ...

City Development Director joining County Planning Board

Local/Region

OBSERVER Staff Report The city of Dunkirk’s Director of Planning and Development is joining the Chautauqua County Planning Board. The County Legislature recently approved County Executive Vince Horrigan’s request to add Rebecca Yanus to the board. Yanus has served as director of the ...

Grant funds available to help landlords repair rental properties

Business

Lead Safe County provides grants to landlords to help create lead-safe housing for Chautauqua’s kids. Landlords whose tenants include families with young children can receive grant funding to replace old windows and doors and stabilize other painted surfaces that present a lead hazard. CHRIC ...

National Fuel declares quarterly dividend

Business

WILLIAMSVILLE — The Board of Directors of National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE:NFG) approved a regular quarterly dividend of 41.5 cents per share on the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable Jan. 12, 2018, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 29, 2017. The ...

Christmas in Angola goes back to basics

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ANGOLA — The 18th annual Christmas in the village of Angola stayed true to its heart, as the event gave children smiles, residents saw the most out of local businesses and all of it was free of charge. “We love it. We have many children in our area that need something like this,” one of ...

Proposal details spike in Portland-Pomfret-Dunkirk sewer rates

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Sewer rates could see a hike for users within the Portland-Pomfret-Dunkirk Sewer District if approvals are garnered by its board and the Chautauqua County Legislature. A notice mailed to users details a proposed fixed, annual rate of $440 for those in Van Buren Point and Shore Acres. For all ...