CASAC holds chicken barbecue benefit


OBSERVER Staff Report Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council’s inaugural “Keep Kids Off Drugs” Chiavetta’s Chicken Barbecue was held recently at the Falcon Club in Dunkirk. The event was a great success in the North County with more than 460 dinners being sold. Funds ...

Fredonia Middle School Honor & Merit Rolls


The following students have been commended for academic achievement at the Fredonia Middle School for the fourth quarter of the 2016-2017 school year: Honor roll Grade 5: Raena Beckley, Canyon Bellis, Jackson Bishop, Haley Blue, Jovanna Brielo, Kaden Brushaber, Ryan Cerrie, Evelyn ...

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The Mel Perks Motorcycle Run to benefit Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care will take place on Saturday, July 29.

5th Annual Mel Perks Motorcycle Run set for July 29


The Mel Perks Motorcycle Run to benefit Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care will take place on Saturday, July 29 at The Vegas Pad Restaurant, 1064 Route 394, Kennedy. Chris and Rick Rolls, new owners of the establishment, will carry on the tradition of the run, which has raised more than ...

Evans agrees to continue partnership with Brant


By BRADLEY DANKERT OBSERVER Correspondent ANGOLA — Two Erie County towns have agreed to continue a partnership in terms of dispatch services. Last week, the Evans Town Board approved a resolution with Brant. The three-year deal goes through the end of 2019 with Evans receiving $17,000 ...

There is still a lot of summer left


The summer season moves quickly here in Chautauqua County. That may be partly due to the plethora of events planned over a relatively short three month period. But even as we approach the end of July there is still so much to see and do this summer. Be sure to plan a trip to the Chautauqua ...

Push continues for Complete Streets


Across Western New York, there is a dedicated group of community champions on a mission to help build resilient and livable communities — one street at a time. Whether it is to be physically active, energize a community, reduce costs associated with travel, or make it easier to get to work, ...

JRC announces addition of two key staff members


JAMESTOWN — The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation has announced that Lisa Hatch has been hired as executive director for the organization and Zachary Agett has been hired as the marketing and events manager. In addition, the organization recently completed its relocation to the third floor of ...

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Pictured is Ernie Colantino with his first-place winning 1955 Plymouth at the Collins Center Car Show on Saturday at the town park.

Colantino has trip down memory lane with first-place car


COLLINS — Ernie Colantino stands next to his 1955 Chrysler Plymouth with pride Saturday afternoon. In his hands, he held the first-place trophy from the Collins Center Car Show at the town park, but besides the award and the car that reflects the sky better than any mirror can, Colantino ...

Cassadaga Valley accepting applications for preschool students


SINCLAIRVILLE — Get your applications in now, before available spaces for preschool students at the Cassadaga Valley Central School District fill up. Many were worried about the implementation of a wait list this school year — “What if my child doesn’t get picked off the wait ...

OBSERVER Photo by Damian Sebouhian: Color Guard members gather to wait for the premiere.

“Dunkirk” premieres in Dunkirk

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Roughly 20 veterans, including fully uniformed members of the Color Guard, were peppered among the audience of approximately 100 people Friday afternoon, all gathered to attend the premiere of the movie “Dunkirk” at Movie Plex 59 on Bennett Road. Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas introduced the ...

Efforts fail to retrieve submerged harvester

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LAKEWOOD — Local efforts to retrieve a capsized lake vegetation harvester continue to be unsuccessful as lake officials turn to a new plan. The Chautauqua Lake Association’s vessel has been under water near the Lakewood shoreline since Tuesday when the operator reportedly encountered ...

OBSERVER Photo by Damian Sebouhian: The Hanover Town Hall building will be undergoing mold abatement. The town board will be putting the project out to bid on Aug. 24.

Town hall mold abatement moves forward

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The Hanover Town Hall building is one step closer to getting a makeover to it’s exterior walls and some of it’s interior walls as the board unanimously approved a motion during a recent meeting establishing Aug. 24 as the date to open the project up for bidding. “There’s going to be a ...

Cassadaga floating stage hosts ‘Big Tone Band’ Sunday

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CASSADAGA — Big Tone Band, a blues and classic rock group featuring four Chautauqua County natives, is coming to the floating stage in Cassadaga on Sunday, July 23, from 5-7 p.m. Keith Medley, guitarist, lead vocalist and songwriter; Willie Fuentes, bass guitarist; Randy VanWey, drummer; ...

Opinions mixed on Westfield’s indoor graduation

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WESTFIELD — This year the Westfield Academy and Central School held its graduation ceremony inside, different from previous years. During the Westfield Academy and Central School Board of Education meeting, School Superintendent David Davison asked the board for feedback on the ...

Community notebook — July 22

Community Notebook

Learning at the Lawson series continues Wednesday Dr. Tom Erlandson is the featured speaker at The Lawson Center, 73 Lakeside Drive, Bemus Point, on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. This is the third lecture in the free series made possible by The Lawson Center. Erlandson will be presenting an ...

Area police — July 22

Area police

Three charged in Silver Creek, Sheridan vehicle larcenies Three people — a Silver Creek man, a 17-year-old and a juvenile — have been arrested in connection with a number of vehicle larcenies that occurred earlier this month in the town of Sheridan and village of Silver ...

Dunkirk Public Library new releases


MEMORIALS In memory of ANN ARDILLO Kline, Piece of the world Ryan, Chilbury Ladies Choir In memory of ETHEL BOORADY Egan, Death & life of the Great Lakes Wulf, Invention of nature In memory of ROBERT DUNBAR Ngo, In bloom creating & living with flowers In memory of ...

Photos by Jordan Patterson: David Sally and Brain Newman practice throwing knives and axes at targets inside the “Viking Village,” during the Scandinavian Folk Festival in Gerry.

Scandinavian Folk Festival returns to Gerry Rodeo grounds


GERRY — For the 16th year, the Scandinavian Folk Festival has arrived at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds. On Friday, tents lined the grassy area with various items for sale, most of which in the spirit of Scandinavian culture. This is precisely in line with how Festival Coordinator Don Sandy ...