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Man receives diploma more than 40 years later

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The Dunkirk Board of Education proudly presented Marion Dole Jr. with his high school diploma on Thursday evening at its monthly meeting which was held at school No. 5. In 1973, Dole was sent to fight in the Vietnam War and now his veteran’s rep has reached out to the high school to award ...

Tramuto Foundation donates $1 Million to RFK Human Rights

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OBSERVER Staff Report Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights will launch a national workplace dignity and inclusion initiative with the support of a grant from the Tramuto Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Donato Tramuto, a Dunkirk native and the recipient of the 2014 RFK Human Rights ...

Swanson talks plans to move forward without ADA

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Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson has faith that those who work in his office will be able to cover the work First Assistant District Attorney Michael Flaherty would normally do after the ADA was ruled “unqualified” to serve in his position by Judge David Foley at a ...

Villenova Town Board, wind company facing lawsuit

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OBSERVER Staff Report VILLENOVA — What appeared to be a done deal is now the subject of a lawsuit. On Aug. 8, members of the Villenova town board voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the Ball Hill Wind Energy Project, which would allow the 29 planned turbines to reach a maximum ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Recreation Department accepting letters to Santa The Fredonia – Pomfret Recreation Department will be teaming up with the Fredonia Post Office and Santa Claus again to accept letters for Christmas. Letters can be deposited in the Fredonia Post Office Lobby in a special receptacle marked ...

Area police

Area police

Town of Evans Police Department ≤ On Dec. 4 at approximately 9:55 p.m., patrol responded to a structure fire on Peppertree Drive. Upon arrival, all occupants and pets were evacuated. A wood stove fire was going and the chimney area was on fire. Highland Hose, North Evans, Evans Center, Lake ...

Area Police

Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ¯ RIPLEY — On Dec. 7 at around 11:45 p.m., Deputies observed a supposed suspicious vehicle in a parking lot of the Ripley Town Buildings. The driver was identified as Brandi L. Mercado, 39, of Ripley. Police claim that it was apparent that Mercado was ...

Cassadaga seeks forestry grant

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CASSADAGA — Talk over a highly competitive grant enveloped much of the recent Cassadaga Village Board meeting. An application for the NYSDEC (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) Urban & Community Forestry Grant has been approved for submission. The project, ...

Ripley Community & Heritage Fund accepting grant applications

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The Ripley Community and Heritage Fund (RCHF) is accepting grant applications from charitable, not-for-profit organizations that serve the Ripley community. In 2000, more than 140 businesses, citizens and organizations joined together to create the Ripley Community & Heritage Fund held ...

Prendergast Library to hold free Gingerbread Workshop

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JAMESTOWN — The holidays are coming to the library! The library will host a free Gingerbread Workshop in the makerspace on Dec. 20, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. This is a drop-in event — stop by when it’s convenient for you. Children and families can create their own gingerbread houses using ...

CARTS announces free Friday fixed routes for Dec. 21

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JAMESTOWN — The Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System (CARTS) recently announced “Free Friday Fixed Routes” will be held this Friday for riders utilizing its City-Fixed Routes in the Dunkirk and Jamestown areas. Riders can use the Dunkirk Green and Dunkirk Red routes at no cost from ...

Dash for Cash fund-raiser continues

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The annual Holiday Dash for Cash fund-raiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County is continuing. With a grand prize of $2,500, a limited number of $50 tickets are now available for sale. In addition to the grand prize will be two prizes of $500, two prizes of $250 as ...

January Programming at Anderson-Lee Library

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Anderson-Lee Library, located at 43 Main Street in Silver Creek has announced its programming for the month of January. Most programs are free and open to the public. Registration is often required to ensure enough seating and materials for all patrons attending the program. To register for ...

Working together and making progress

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The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is unique compared to peer organizations across the United States. Over the past three decades there has been a trend across the country to merge small chamber organizations to form large regional business associations. We too have integrated ...

New staff faces at the Mental Health Association

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Jamestown — Increased need and additional programming have brought new staff to the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA). As Executive Director Steven Cobb notes, "The MHA now has 15 full- and three part-time employees to serve the 621 unique individuals we are working with. ...

Brocton Central School Academic Honors

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Brocton Central School releases academic honors for the first quarter The following students have been commended for academic achievement at the Brocton Central School for the first quarter of the 2018-2019 school year: High Honor Roll Grade 12: Madeline Brogan, MaryAnne Hosmer, Dylan ...

Just in time for Christmas

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Dunkirk students, teachers and community members take part in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Christmas Basket Project Saturday in anticipation of deliveries to nearly 650 children and adults. The baskets were put together at Northern Chautauqua Catholic School, 336 Washington Ave. in Dunkirk. The ...

Access Chautauqua Programming set for this week

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Chautauqua Institution 2017 Lecture Series will be Dahlia Lithwick, “Faith and the Constitution: The Justices and Religion” at 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. “Harmful Algae Blooms in Lakes – Causes and Reduction Strategies” is a presentation by Dr. Gregory Boyer, professor of biochemistry at ...