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City officials hope that the marina will have a different, more tourist-y feel in the future, with the potential help and support from Congressman Tom Reed to improve the area.

Shelved Marina project under consideration

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Back in 1997-99, the Army Corps of Engineers developed a City of Dunkirk Marina Improvement Project. Now, 20 years later, it’s being brought back for consideration. The study, done by URS-Greiner, recommended a breakwater extension to obstruct northeastern waves; dredging on both sides of ...

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Fredonia Police Department ¯ Logan M. Warner, 18, of Lakeview, was charged with disorderly conduct on April 8. ¯ Nicholas A. Zendano, 20, of Fredonia, was charged with disorderly conduct on April 9. ¯ Xavier I. Mann, 23, of Cheektowaga, was charged with third-degree aggravated ...

Chautauqua County lands funds to reduce gun violence in state

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced more than $13.3 million in funding awarded to help law enforcement agencies effectively combat gun violence in the 17 counties participating in the state’s Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative. Now in its fourth year, GIVE provides technical ...

Registration open for courses in Silver Creek

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SILVER CREEK — The public is encouraged to explore educational opportunities available this spring in the Silver Creek Central School District. The Community Education division is offering a five-hour pre-licensing class along with sessions on financial wellness, Social Security planning and ...

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Celebrating their 2017 Regional Intercollegiate Poetry Slam trophy are (from left): Kanard Lewis, Rajae Barnes-Wright, Stephanie Pierre-Jacques and Devin Johnson.

Poetry slam team wins top regional award

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Poetic Perspective, the State University of New York at Fredonia’s four-member poetry slam team, won the first-place trophy at the Regional Intercollegiate Team Poetry Slam in March, rising above Mental Graffiti, of host school Rochester Institute of Technology, and teams from three other ...

Meeting Wednesday for Brocton funding

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MAYVILLE — Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation (CHRIC) has been awarded $242,235 in NY Main Street Funds by the Housing Trust Fund Corp., in conjunction with the Office of Community Renewal, towards addressing economic development and revitalization in the village of ...

Hanover waste water treatment plant work continues

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HANOVER — Though work at the waste water treatment plant in Hanover seems as if it’s been going on for ages, quite a bit of progress is happening, officials reported at a recent town board workshop. “We’re well into the initial (efforts) of Phase III,” said Kevin O’Connell, ...

Chamber offers discounts during National Small Business week

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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 As the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce kicks off its spring membership drive, it will offer an unprecedented 20% discount for ...

Sturgeon Point Marina dredging moves ahead

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ANGOLA — Sturgeon Point Marina will be getting an improvement in the coming months. On Wednesday, the Town Board approved the dredging of the marina. Town Supervisor Mary Hosler stated the town received two bids for the project. However, only one of the bids met all the requirements for ...

OBSERVER Photo by Amanda Dedie. From left, Lt. Mark Timmerman of the Dunkirk Police Department accepts a check for $1,000 in honor of the late Roy Marvin, alongside Marvin’s wife, Kathy; July Cole, Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club president; and John Banach, current Lion and former district governor.

Honoring his memory

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The Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club presented the Dunkirk Police Department, alongside the Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions, with a check for $1,000 raised by the Alliance in honor of fallen Lion and police officer Roy Marvin. John Banach, current Lion and former district governor, listed Marvin’s ...

OBSERVER Photo by Jimmy McCarthy. Teresa Bretl urges legislators to vote no on a lease of county land in Dunkirk. BNSF Logistics seeks to receive an award to transport materials for the Arkwright wind project. If chosen, they’d lease space on South Roberts Road for four months at $15,000 per month.

Turbine materials lease faces opposition

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MAYVILLE — A proposed lease to store materials for the Arkwright wind project drew more outcry and response recently in Mayville. Two members on the County Legislature’s Audit and Control Committee voted no on the lease between the county and BNSF Logistics, while two voted in the ...

OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox. Fredonia School Business Administrator John Forbes presents the latest draft of the 2017-18 budget during a recent board of education meeting. Pictured, from left: Director of Instruction Joseph Reyda, Forbes and board members Cristina Gegenschatz and Brian Aldrich.

Fredonia School budget proposal now in place

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The Fredonia Central School District’s proposed 2017-18 budget is officially ready to head to the voters. The board of education recently approved the latest budget draft during a recent special meeting. Total expenses stand at $31,818,588, which represents a nearly 3 percent spending ...

Submitted Photo. John Sipos (right) is sworn in as the Cassadaga historian by Deputy Clerk Bonita Mazzone (left) and Village Clerk Roxanne Astry.

Cassadaga village historian begins 13th year on the job

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CASSADAGA — In March, Cassadaga village historian gave his annual report for his findings during his 12th year as the historian, before getting sworn in a month later for his 13th year. “I have completed 12 years as your village historian. I also came here in 2005, and I have been here ...

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Jeff and Galen Zook to appear on Chautauqua Sunrise Chautauqua Sunrise will feature Jeff and Galen Zook as the guests today. The Zook brothers will discuss cycling in Chautauqua. Guest host Randy Burt will conduct the program. The program airs live from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday morning and ...

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Eden man charged in fatally shooting mom BUFFALO — An Eden man is in custody in Erie, Pa., after allegedly fatally shooting his mother. Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn, Eden Police Chief Michael Felschow and New York State Police Maj. Steven Nigrelli announced that 48-year-old ...

Photo by Kelly West: The National Weather Service in State College, Pa., has confirmed reports of a tornado in Warren County on Thursday night.

Tornado touches down in Warren County

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WARREN, Pa. — It’s official. The National Weather Service in State College, Pa., issued a public information statement Friday afternoon confirming reports of a tornado in Warren County on Thursday night. The NWS, in cooperation with Warren County Emergency Management officials, “has ...

Dunkirk Public Library April 2017 new releases

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HONOR In honor of DOROTHY CZARNIAK Macomber, Sweet tomorrows MEMORIALS In memory of ANN MARIE (CASALE) ARDILLO Hepworth, Mother’s promise Umansky, Fortunate ones In memory of ETHEL BOORADY Belfer, And after the fire LP Bohjalian, Sleepwalker Hashimi, Pearl that ...

Panama, Clymer districts appoint feasibility study members

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PANAMA — Panama and Clymer central school districts selected members for a Feasibility Study Committee regarding a potential merger during a recent joint board meeting. Eleven community members were chosen from each school district. Committee members from Panama Central School District ...