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Grant to help area, Africa students interact

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Special to the OBSERVER More than 7,000 miles separates Western New York from Namibia, Africa, however that distance will seem less now thanks to a recent grant award and the Building Cultural Bridges program. Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES is part of a grant consortium that was ...

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Community Notebook

Gowanda Ambulance Service chicken ‘n biscuit dinner Feb. 20 A chicken n’ biscuit dinner will be sponsored by the Gowanda Ambulance Service on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Gowanda American Legion Post #409, 100 Legion Drive, Gowanda. The meal is $8 for adults, $5 for 12 ...

Service Learning grants available for teachers

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Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is now accepting Service Learning Mini-Grants Program applications for the 2019-20 school year. Local middle and high school teachers are encouraged to apply for projects that combine community service and classroom learning. This school year, the ...

Civic calendar

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Cassadaga Wednesday — Village Board, 7 p.m., Cassadaga Fire Station 1 Dunkirk Tuesday — Economic Development, 4 p.m., City Hall Tuesday — Common Council, 5:30 p.m., City Hall Tuesday — Town Board, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall Wednesday — Dunkirk Local Development Corporation, 5 ...

Group plans border declaration protest today

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The Chautauqua Cattaraugus Women’s Action Group (CCWAG) will be sponsoring a protest, entitled “Chautauqua County Rapid Response to National Emergency Declaration,” in response to the announcement of a national emergency at the southern border. The protest will take place today at noon, ...

Officials: Property tax extension won’t affect many here

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OBSERVER Staff Report Chautauqua County officials are saying not so fast when it comes to the property tax extension. County attorney Stephen Abdella notified the media Friday that the governor’s executive order extending the time to pay real property taxes due to a recent winter storm ...

Pomfret rates go up as Borrello visits

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Continuing on his quest to visit every board meeting in Chautauqua County, County Executive George Borrello made an appearance at the latest Pomfret Town Board meeting Wednesday. At the meeting, Borrello discussed the continued county collaboration efforts, his county-wide strategy plan and the ...

Fredonia State presents custodial safety awards

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Awards were presented to members of the Custodial Services staff at the 18th Custodial Services Awards Recognition Luncheon held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the Williams Center at the State University of New York at Fredonia. More than 75 people, including high-level administrators, attended the ...

Litigation halts roundabout project

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The plans for a roundabout at Routes 20 and 60 are in jeopardy. Litigation has apparently halted the bidding process on the project for now. Enrico Francani, owner of the McDonald’s restaurant near the intersection, sued the state Department of Transportation over the project. He thinks a ...

Freezing for a cause: Polar Plunge held

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MAYVILLE — It’s the 33rd annual President’s Day Weekend Winter Festival in Mayville, and along with the ice castle and fireworks came the sixth annual Polar Plunge Saturday. The plunge is an event held each year to help generate donations for the Food Bank of Western New York. “The ...

Ball Hill Wind hearing may draw crowd

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SILVER CREEK — The maximum capacity of the Silver Creek Central School auditorium is 768. Will it be enough room to accommodate everyone in attendance at the Ball Hill Wind Energy public statement hearing on Wednesday? That is certainly the hope, as past public hearings and meetings ...

New sign piques interest in Irving

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IRVING — A new development sign on a plot of land between the Seneca Nation and Hanover has been put up, twice in fact, after winds destroyed the first over the windy weekend. The sign in question is across the street from the Irving Post Office on Routes 5 and 20 and simply reads: “Seneca ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Fredonia schools’ All Choral Concert Feb. 20 The Fredonia Central School District All Choral Concert will take place Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the District auditorium, 425 E. Main St., Fredonia. This is a free event featuring all choral groups grades 5 to 12 and the elementary select ...

Area police

Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ¯ NORTH HARMONY — Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle allegedly traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 86 at 9 p.m. Feb. 9. A short time later, deputies located and stopped the vehicle, identifying the driver as Jevin R. Kelderhouse, 59, ...

Program puts affordable educational spin on home parties

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JAMESTOWN — Selling products at home parties dates back to the 1940’s. It’s a genius plan: giving friends an excuse to get together, while they learn and potentially gain useful products for daily living. The caveat often is the price of the items for sale, which may be more expensive ...

STEM Wars brings manufacturers, schools together on March 14

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On March 14th manufacturers and schools from throughout the region will come together for STEM Wars. STEM Wars provides students an opportunity to showcase their science, technology, engineering and math talents and projects. STEM wars features a variety of competitions and an opportunity for ...

Marauder Robotics participates in second year of tech competition

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Marauder Robotics FTC No. 13945 entered its second year in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) competition. FTC teams consist of up to 15 team members, grades 7 through 12 and are challenged to design, build, program and operate a robot to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. ...

Fredonia students share presentation to board

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OBSERVER Photo by Jo Ward. Tess Corell, Joseph Cerrie Jr. and Trevor Napoli gave presentations at the Fredonia Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening. The students were directed to do an interview on a family member.

WACS discusses budget

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WESTFIELD — Westfield Academy and Central School board of education members reviewed preliminary budget predictions for the 2019-20 school year, including expenditures for administration, transportation and maintenance at their recent supplemental meeting. Many areas of the general fund ...