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M&T Bank, Salvation Army kick off ‘Gift of Warmth’ drive

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BUFFALO — For more than three decades, M&T Bank has collected warm clothes at its branches across Western New York for local families in need as part of its Gift of Warmth campaign. Starting today and continuing until Dec. 29, Western New Yorkers can again drop off donations of new ...

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The Dunkirk Fire Department recently received  a grant for a turnout gear washer and did repairs to the cement and roofs.

Fire department does repairs, needs plan for future

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From cracked pavement to leaky roofs and a new laundry facility, the City of Dunkirk Fire Department has recently undertaken some much-needed repairs and upgrades. However, the Police and Fire Departments would like a long-term plan in place for both of their facility struggles. At the ...

OBSERVER Photo by Dan Kohler

IT’S HERE: Winter brings rollovers

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Above: The weather had a hand to play in a one-vehicle rollover at the intersection of Route 60 and Old Chautauqua Road in the town of Gerry Sunday afternoon. Sources on the scene said there was slush on the road, causing the vehicle to strike a driveway culvert and come to rest on its ...

OBSERVER photo by Jimmy McCarthy
The Dunkirk Board of Education will examine the New York State Comptroller’s audit report, which criticized officials for overestimating appropriations, next month. Board President Dave Damico said he disagrees with the report.

Dunkirk School Board disagrees with audit on appropriations

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The Dunkirk City School District’s Board of Education president isn’t liking the New York State Comptroller’s recent audit report, which criticized the board and school officials for consistently overestimating appropriations. Dave Damico briefly touched on the audit during last ...

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The County Emergency Services Offices will be renamed in honor of former Emergency Services Director Julius Leone Jr.

Building to be named for former EMS director

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MAYVILLE — Legislators from across the county recently agreed Julius Leone, Jr. should be honored in a brick-and-mortar kind of way. At the recent meeting of the County Legislature, the members unanimously approved an emergency resolution proclaiming that the Chautauqua County Emergency ...

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Community Notebook

Perrysburg Clerk’s Office closed Perrysburg Town Clerk’s office will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, November 22 and 23 to the observe Thanksgiving holiday. Normal hours resume on Saturday, Nov. 25. Thank you and have a safe holiday. Community Foundation accepting applications The ...

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Area police

Area police

Subject fights with deputies following domestic incident BUFFALO — Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies Rogers, Lundberg and Girdler were called to a Sulphur Springs Road residence on the Seneca Nation of Indians Territory Thursday evening for a domestic incident where ...

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Pictured is Andrew Kruszka, far right with hand in air, taking the oath of office with district clerk Kathy Ferneza swearing him in. Board President Cynthia Sutherland, in front of Ferneza, and Gowanda Superintendent James Klubek look on.

Gowanda School Board swears in student member

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CATTARAUGUS INDIAN RESERVATION — The Gowanda Board of Education approved its new student board member and liaison Andrew Kruszka for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year. His first meeting was at the Early Childhood Learning Center in Irving as the board aimed to strengthen ties with ...

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Car takes out power line in Fredonia

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OBSERVER Photo by Chip Riewaldt A vehicle struck a utility pole on Johnson Street in the town of Pomfret Sunday around 4:15 p.m., causing power lines to dislodges in the street. New York State Police at Fredonia, Fredonia Police and Fredonia Fire Department responded. The two occupants of the ...

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Sherman man charged in making, selling meth

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SHERMAN — A town resident is facing a number of drug charges after members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department SWAT team executed a search warrant on Wednesday at 170 Park St. after a three-month investigation into sales of ...

Jamestown residents face numerous drug charges

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The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office arrested Tonya M. DiBlasi and James F. Chase on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminally using ...

M&T Bank, Salvation Army kick off ‘Gift of Warmth’ drive

Business

BUFFALO — For more than three decades, M&T Bank has collected warm clothes at its branches across Western New York for local families in need as part of its Gift of Warmth campaign. Starting today and continuing until Dec. 29, Western New Yorkers can again drop off donations of new ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino
The storefront at 338 Central Ave. is open from noon to 2 p.m. weekdays to help hurricane victims and receive donations. More volunteers are needed.

Hurricane victims start to arrive in the city

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Families are fleeing from the tropical island of Puerto Rico and heading into Dunkirk to escape the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The change in climate is putting coats and boots high on the list of needed donations at the city’s relief center. According to Connie Meginnis, director of ...

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Amanda Cavanaugh, outreach coordinator for Compassion and Choices, addressed the League of Women Voters as part of the organization’s Medical Aid in Dying Act campaign.

Medical Aid in Dying campaign targets New York

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If the Medical Aid in Dying Act campaign is successful, New York would join Oregon, Washington, Vermont, California and Colorado in legalizing an end-of-life medical practice “in which a terminally ill, mentally capable person who has a prognosis of six months or less to live, has the option ...

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Pictured is the building that the Collins Historical Society wants to convert into a museum. Currently, the historical society has the basement of the town hall and the glass showcase in the lobby near the town clerk.

Collins Historical Society hopes to create a museum

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COLLINS — There is a deep history in the town of Collins that originated on March 16, 1821 from the town of Concord. Throughout that span, the town and its residents have seen, experienced and made history. In the OBSERVER archives, the Collins Town Board took strides in picking a Jamestown ...

Nearly 51 million Americans to travel this Thanksgiving

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AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005 with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, ...

Gowanda High School Acadamic Honors

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The following students have been commended for academic achievement at the Gowanda High School for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year: HIGH HONOR ROLL: 95 and up Grade 9: Jessup Donohue, Kayla Forthman, Ashton Francis, Zoey Kota, Hayley Stang, Beth Stang, Shon Thompson, ...

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Pictured are portraits on display at the RTPI.

RTPI to host Holiday Open House on Dec. 2

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JAMESTOWN — The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) presents its annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests will enjoy free admission into the current exhibits, special programming by the staff, light refreshments and they will be entered into a drawing to ...

Learn the Basics about Alzheimer’s, Dementia

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Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. It is a progressive and fatal brain disease that is the most common form of dementia. “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” is a free class presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter for ...

Shop Small! Small Business Saturday is Nov. 25

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By Todd J. Tranum President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier Once again this year, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has signed on as a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business ...