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Legislator gets involved with Meals on Wheels

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Erie County Legislator John Mills took part in Meals on Wheels of WNY’s Champions for Meals event Monday, delivering meals to Village of Angola resident, Edward Martin, along with additional clients on the route. The event promotes the importance of Meals on Wheels and encourages the ...

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Valentine selected for leadership institute

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Megan Valentine, associate director of Athletics and Recreation/Senior Woman Administrator at the State University of New York at Fredonia, was recently selected for the Women in the Spotlight’s Brand Leadership Institute. Through a new collaboration with the National Collegiate Athletics ...

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Crews responded to 5485 Stockton Cassadaga Road early Monday morning.

Fire displaces family in Stockton

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STOCKTON — A Stockton family of five was displaced Monday morning after a fire destroyed their home. Firefighters responded to the residence, located at 6485 Stockton Cassadaga Road, near the intersection of Moon Road, at 3:30 a.m. The home was reportedly ablaze when first responders ...

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Rik Napoli of the Cool Little Music Shop in Fredonia discusses why he would like to see the village board move forward with a grant for Barker Common during Monday’s meeting.

Village scraps Barker Common fence plan

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Ding dong, the fence is gone — and that is likely music to some people’s ears. During Monday’s Fredonia Village Board meeting, Mayor Athanasia Landis mentioned in her 2017-18 budget address that the plan for a 3-foot-high fence surrounding Barker Common has been scrapped. The fence ...

“When working through this budget, I tried to be very conservative with our day-to-day operating expenses, mainly because our capital project needs are enormous.”
Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis

Water, sewer hikes proposed in mayor’s budget

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The village of Fredonia’s top official has deemed water and sewer hikes as unavoidable, citing what she believes is “years of neglect.” Dr. Athanasia Landis presented her tentative 2017-18 fiscal budget during Monday’s village board meeting. Landis is proposing increases in the water ...

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The winners of the 2017 National Council Grand Finals Concert (from left): SUNY Fredonia alumnus Kyle van Schoonhoven, Vanessa Vasquez, Samantha Hankey, Kirsten MacKinnon, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen and Richard Smagur.

Fredonia alum wins opera competition

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A State University of New York at Fredonia alumnus was one of six winners at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Concert, held at Lincoln Center in New York City. Kyle van Schoonhoven, a 2011 Fredonia School of Music graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music ...

City springs into construction season

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Spring is in the air and construction season is around the corner. For the city of Dunkirk it will be a busy season and the Common Council is getting a jump on it with several resolutions up for vote at tonight’s meeting. Two of the city’s major parks will see construction this ...

4-H to offer tractor, farm machinery safety course

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JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program invites youth age 14 and older to participate in a three day tractor and farm machinery safety course April 10, 12 and 15. It is important for all youth who operate tractors and farm machinery take ...

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533 Washington Ave., Dunkirk

Banking wins

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It was a year of wins for the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation, reported the board of directors at the recent CCLBC annual meeting. Executive Director Gina Paradis, who led the discussion at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator, highlighted several achievements, including millions ...

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Stockton house damaged in fire

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A Stockton house was heavily damaged by an early morning fire. The Stockton, Brocton, Cassadaga, Dewittville, East Dunkirk, and Sinclairville Fire departments, were called to 6485 South Stockton-Cassadaga Road around 3:30 a.m. No injuries were reported. Initial reports say the fire was caused ...

This side lot at 734 Main St., Dunkirk, was one of the recent property dispositions of the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation. Its new owner, who lives on the adjoining parcel, has agreed to remove the diseased tree there that has been causing problems for some time.

Anti-blight business going strong

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The Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation held its monthly meeting, as well as its annual meeting, recently at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator. Executive Director Gina Paradis and Chair Jim Caflisch led the discussion, which enumerated the corporation’s achievements and highlighted ...

Hanover balks at big Forestville bills

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HANOVER — Before another penny gets spent on fixing up equipment or infrastructure in the now-hamlet of Forestville, officials want to put each proposed expense through a triple-check process. At a recent town board workshop, Councilman Louis Pelletter said he was uncomfortable with ...

Upstate Republicans target SAFE Act repeal

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State lawmakers representing upstate communities are trying to undo SAFE Act rules yet again. Legislation put forth this year contrasts to prior attempts, however, as proposed repeals won’t include New York City. Senate and Assembly Republicans say the proposed bill would do away with ...

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Sylvester Cleary drops some sick beats in order to motivate and inspire Forestville Central School District students.

Message to students: ‘There’s greatness in you’

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Imagine the stream of positive messages plastered on posters in school hallways, or maybe by that motivational Tumblr page or in your Instagram feed by the “fitspiration” photoblog you follow. Now imagine those same positive, inspirational messages but in song form — by a role model. One ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

NCCF seeks nominations for Footprints Award The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award until March 24. Nominees should have a strong history of volunteerism, philanthropic endeavors (financial support not ...

Ag Literacy Week underway in Chautauqua County

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program is continually working to increase public awareness of the great things happening in agriculture. As part of this effort, CCE-Chautauqua is proud to facilitate the Agricultural Literacy Week initiative for Chautauqua ...

Dunkirk Boilers partners with dog sled team

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Dunkirk Boilers was proud to sponsor Kristy and Anna Berington of Seeing Double Sled Dog Racing as they participated in the 2017 Iditarod, The Last Great Race. The Ceremonial Start ran out of downtown Anchorage on March 4, but mushers then drove the 350 miles or so with their teams and gear ...

From left are: Lee John, Media One Group representative; Bob Patchen, Times Observer publisher; Michael Bird, Post-Journal publisher and co-director of the Gus Macker tournament; John D’Agostino, OBSERVER publisher; and Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi. Not pictured are: Kim Carlson, founder of the Alex Foulk Fund and A Fresh Start; and Chris Dole, co-director of the Gus Macker tournament.

Macker bouncing back to county

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JAMESTOWN — Three news publications in the area are resurrecting a Jamestown tradition 20 years after it was first begun. This summer, The Post-Journal, the OBSERVER and the Times Observer of Warren, Pa., will host the return of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament to downtown ...

TAKING SIDES

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Two Fredonia officials are at odds with each other over a potential meeting between municipalities to discuss consolidation and shared services. Mayor Athanasia Landis rebuked Trustee Douglas Essek during a recent village board meeting. Landis stated Essek went above her head and the heads ...

Some elect mayor to handle marriage

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When it comes to requests for performing a wedding, it is likely Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas will say “I do.” Since 2016, he has performed 12 weddings and while he doesn’t consider himself a professional now, he does consider it a part of his mayoral job duties. “After the first ...