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Water issues in the city

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OBSERVER Staff Report Dunkirk Chief Water Plant Operator Robert Lawrie came into work at 7 a.m. Wednesday. As of Thursday morning, he had not been home. Lawrie has been dealing with a large leak as part of the water plant reconstruction project that has been ongoing. The large leak was ...

Friendly food delivery

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“Who’s next on the list?” Carol Hood asked her uncle Ed Long Thursday morning on their Meals on Wheels route. “Do they get a frozen meal?” County Executive George Borrello followed up. Long has been delivering meals to seniors in Fredonia for 26 years and Hood joined him 10 years ...

Reed visits area to support Meals on Wheels

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If you live along Lake Erie from Portland to Irving, 180 of your neighbors are receiving a meal from Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels every day. In the month of March, the program that helps seniors stay independent by delivering a nutritious meal is celebrated during the March 4 Meals. ...

Animal registry tabled until April by Legislature

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MAYVILLE – An animal abuse registry proposed by the county executive has been delayed until at least next month by the legislature. Legislator Terry Niebel, R-Sheridan, said the Public Safety Committee voted to table the law last week due to some concerns over wording. “We’re ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Pomfret Offices closed today All town of Pomfret offices will be closed today in observance of Good Friday. Offices will reopen Monday, April 2, with regular business hours. Hanover tax payments due Monday HANOVER – Monday is the last day residents can pay 2018 County/Town taxes to the ...

Bemus Point man accused of stealing vehicles

Area police

ELLERY — A Bemus Point man was charged with stealing motor vehicles. On Tuesday at 7 a.m., Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a Weaver Road residence in Ellery for a report of a stolen motor vehicle. The owner said he woke to his vehicle missing. The vehicle was found ...

Large bust in Celoron leads to arrest

Area police

OBSERVER Staff Report CELORON — More than 80 marijuana plants were discovered in what police called a large growing operation in Celoron. Charged was 47-year-old Alan K. Miller after members of Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and FBI ...

County farmers benefit from loan program

Local/Region

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency recently announced 2017 as a banner year for loan activity, but what does that mean for Chautauqua County? According to local officials, it means a lot. Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Cornell Cooperative Extension Agriculture Program Community ...

Village man jailed following call for child medical issue

Local/Region

SINCLAIRVILLE — A call for a child with an unknown medical issue in Sinclairville led to a charge of assault against the custodial parent. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 40 East Ave. address Thursday morning around 11 a.m. The Sinclairville Fire Department was on ...

3-year-old girl listed in stable condition

Local/Region

JAMESTOWN — The 3-year-old girl injured in a reported assault at a Jamestown residence earlier this week is in “guarded, but stable” following surgery at a Buffalo hospital, the Jamestown Police Department said Thursday. The girl is being treated for a severe brain injury after she ...

Boil water order issued for Dunkirk city, town residents

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Dunkirk chief water plant operator Robert Lawrie came into work at 7 a.m. Wednesday. As of this morning, he has not been home. Lawrie has been dealing with a large leak as part of the water plant reconstruction project that has been ongoing. The large leak was discovered around 11 a.m. some 20 ...

State of the Village

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GOWANDA — The 2018 State of the Village of Gowanda presented a tax increase for next year’s budget, which has the lowest budget expenses, $3.1 million, and a gain in property tax revenue, $1.06 million, for the first time in a four-year span. For Gowanda residents located in Cattaraugus ...

Chautauqua County voice heard at HAB summit

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Chautauqua County had a big presence at the Harmful Algal Blooms Summit in Rochester this week. County Executive George Borrello said there were representatives from the County Legislature, the Soil and Water Conservation District and Chautauqua Lake organizations, among others. He said ...

Budget workshops continue in Fredonia

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Fredonia trustees shifted focus to the budget of the department of public works inside village hall earlier this week. But for a brief period, a trustee turned the discussion to the mayor’s involvement in what he called the trustees’ budget meeting. Mayor Athanasia Landis began to ...

Legislature passes wind farm resolution

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MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature approved a resolution requesting the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency not to approve further PILOT agreements for wind energy projects larger than five megawatts rated-capacity Wednesday night. In the public comment period, ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Silver Creek offices closed Friday The village of Silver Creek offices will be closed on Good Friday. Villenova Burial Association Spring Meeting The annual spring meeting of the Villenova Burial Association will be held Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Villenova Town Hall, 1094 ...

JCC’s career advantage program now features three degrees

Local/Region

Two degree areas have been added to Jamestown Community College’s Career Advantage program. The program is designed to help adults, who are also balancing work and family commitments, complete a college degree in two years. Career Advantage students attend classes one night a week, ...

Ashville man charged with mischief

Local/Region

ASHVILLE — Around 7:11 p.m. Wednesday, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence in Ashville for a report of a verbal altercation between to subjects. Upon arrival it was found that Bryan L. Heath 58, of Ashville, was involved in a verbal altercation and started to ...

Association recognizes Evans

Local/Region

Evans Town Board members hold a plaque presented to them over President’s Day weekend by the Association of Towns of New York State. The award is for being one of the first 20 towns to join the association. From left to right is Councilwoman Jeanne Macko, Supervisor Mary Hosler and Councilmen ...

Label Shopper taking over former Peebles location

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The former Peebles site won’t stay vacant for long as a new discount store looks to open sometime in mid- to late-April. Label Shopper, a division of Peter Harris Clothes, officially signed a lease Monday to occupy the site where Peebles previously operated on Vineyard Drive in the town of ...