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Sheridan resident to lose home after legislature’s vote

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MAYVILLE — On Wednesday night, County Legislator Terry Niebel, R-Sheridan, was not able to persuade county legislators to support his motion to amend the quit claim deed resolution to save his constituent’s home. Niebel has been fighting for Sheridan resident David Blodgett, whose home ...

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Westfield Police Department ¯ WESTFIELD — On Wednesday at approximately 4 p.m., Westfield patrols allegedly observed an individual operating an uninspected motor vehicle. Patrols conducted a traffic stop and identified the operator as Justin L. Wisniewski, 40, of Ripley. Upon further ...

Lily Dale Volunteer Fire Co. Fireman’s/EMT Day July 28

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LILY DALE — The Lily Dale Volunteer Fire Company will be having its annual Fireman’s/EMT Day on July 28. All Active Firemen and Women with a current Fire Company Card will be allowed through the Lily Dale Gates for Firemen’s Day without having to pay the seasonal gate fee. Events ...

Large-scale fundraiser for veterans enters its fourth year

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BROCTON — Nearly five years following the tragic loss of Portland native Darren Manzella-Lapeira, shoes prepare to be laced by participants of the Darren Manzella-Lapeira Memorial 5k/Walk to benefit local veterans through a variety of financial options. Family and friends of the Army ...

Cause of fire unknown at Jamestown scrap yard

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JAMESTOWN — No one was injured after a fire broke out Thursday afternoon at a scrap metal yard in Jamestown. Crews were summoned around 12:30 p.m. to Ben Weitsman of Jamestown Scrap Metal Recycling Center at 610 W. Eighth St. Off-shift firefighters were called to help battle the blaze in a ...

FREDONIA ADMINISTRATOR RESIGNS

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In an emotional and sometimes heated meeting, the Fredonia Village Board will now have to fill its administrator position. Richard St. George, outgoing administrator, tendered his resignation on July 17. His last day at the office will be Monday. During the special meeting today, members of ...

Murder charge filed after man dies in shooting

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JAMESTOWN — A second-degree murder charge has been filed after a man shot in the head Tuesday morning in Jamestown died at an Erie, Pa., hospital. The shooting victim, who has not yet been identified pending notification of his family, was taken off life support around 12:20 p.m. and died ...

Mayor asks board to think signage for Barker Common

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Mayor Athanasia Landis, citing residents’ concerns, asked the board to consider the issue of smoking in Barker Common. “I want you to consider what your feelings are about smoking in the park,” Landis said during this week’s meeting. “There are some examples around the area and in ...

Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

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GERRY — Three county residents were arrested following a traffic stop that led to the discovery of drugs in Gerry on Thursday. New York State troopers out of Jamestown pulled over a vehicle on Gerry-Ellington Road for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, troopers observed syringes, ...

Neighbor dispute in Hanover escalating with Nazi signs

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HANOVER  — A neighborhood feud is hardly an uncommon occurrence; however, an ongoing dispute between two property owners on Hanover Road has stymied local law enforcement. Neighbors Jeff Martin and Todd Schilling have apparently been clashing over the Martins’ chickens. In response, ...

Legislature commemorates pair who found missing Silver Creek child

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MAYVILLE — Two heroes — one a Silver Creek High School junior and the other a volunteer firefighter — were honored by the Chautauqua County Legislature on Wednesday for their actions in finding a missing 2-year-old boy in Silver Creek last month. George Borrello, county executive, Paul ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Family Night at Stockton Library STOCKTON — The Mary E Seymour Memorial Free Library, 22 N. Main St., Stockton will host a Family Night, “The Science of Sound,” on Friday, July 27 at 5 p.m. The event is free of charge. Contact the library at 595-3323 for more information. Cushing, ...

Area police

Area police

Fredonia Police Reports ¯ Charlotta Thomas, 29, of Fredonia, was charged on July 5 with third-degree criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment. ¯ Patricia Crooks, 56, was charged on July 13 with driving while intoxicated, DWI per se and speed in ...

Rotary Club officers and board members announced

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Submitted Photo The Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville proudly announces its 2018-19 officers and board members, who were installed during a ceremony held at Noble Winery in Westfield on July 10. They are, seated, front, left to right, Mary Swanson, President; John “Doc” Hamels, President ...

Department of Aging to offer free caregivers classes

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GOWANDA — Do you help care for an older relative or friend? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed from juggling your own life and the responsibilities of caregiving? If so, you may benefit from the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging's free Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes. ...

Bishop Malone makes area visit

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OBSERVER Photo By Mary Heyl On Wednesday, Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo dedicated and blessed the St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach-Chautauqua Center at its new location at 32 Moore St. in Fredonia. The center moved from its former location in Dunkirk to its new location near ...

Sheridan Democrats to hold meeting

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On Saturday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m., an informal meeting of Democrats in the town of Sheridan will be held at the Four Corners Diner, Route 20 and Center Road in Sheridan. In attendance will be Judy Einach, the democratic candidate that’s vying to represent the 150th district in the New ...