American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course set


The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course will be held April 10-13 and April 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gowanda High School pool. The cost of the class is $225 and includes the lifeguard manual, pocket mask, certification card and 30 hours of instruction. Participants will ...

Photo by Jeff Tome.
Black Squirrels are melanistic Gray Squirrels. Melanism is a condition of having more color in the fur than normal. Point Gratiot in Dunkirk has black squirrels with orange tails.

Unusual things also happen in nature


How do you know what you saw is what you saw? There are some animals that everyone just seems to know, such as robins, Blue Jays and Raccoons. But what defines the essential “raccoon-ness” of a raccoon? Would you recognize one if it was completely or partially white? Would you know for sure ...

Workers’ Compensation Reform – we need it now


President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier We are hearing loud and clear from our membership that workers’ compensation costs are out of control. Based on a recent Siena Research Institute ...

Erie 2 BOCES health services students attend Career Fair


There are more than 3.5 million registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in the United States, and it is a career field that is rapidly growing. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth for registered nurses is projected at 19 percent, significantly higher ...

Holbrook looks to remain Westfield trustee


Alan Holbrook is seeking re-election for his position as trustee to the Westfield Village Board. He released the following statement: “I am seeking my second term for Westfield Village Trustee. I have been endorsed by both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. “I am a lifelong ...

Cochran seeks re-election in Westfield


WESTFIELD — Robert C. Cochran is seeking re-election in Westfield to the village board. In his announcement, he released the following statement: “I am seeking re-election for my fifth term as a Village Trustee. I have been endorsed by the Democratic Party, along with Michael ...

Paul Zimmermann, Gowanda

Zimmerman seeks re-election


GOWANDA — Paul Zimmermann has announced his candidacy for a two-year term as trustee in the Gowanda village elections on Tuesday. He has served on the board since April 2012 and currently is co-commissioner of the Gowanda Fire Department. He has served as deputy mayor and has been ...

OBSERVER Photos by Amanda Dedie.
Cassadaga Mayor LeeAnn Lazarony bids adieu to the village (and its budget papers) at her last board meeting.

Peace out, Cassadaga

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CASSADAGA — Hours before her last board meeting as an official, LeeAnn Lazarony sat in her usual spot at the head of the board meeting table and reflected nostalgically on the past eight years of her life — years she spent in the demanding but rewarding role as mayor of the village of ...

Leeann Lazarony sits and tearfully reflects on her time as mayor.

Board bids farewell to Lazarony

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CASSADAGA — It was an emotional affair at Wednesday’s Cassadaga Village Board meeting, as LeeAnn Lazarony presided over the village board for the final time as mayor. While the village conducted its usual business, it took a backseat to all of the teary goodbyes given from all of the ...

Legislator Terry Niebel,
R-Sheridan, is sponsoring a local law granting county officials the authority to assist municipal restructuring.

Consolidation law passes first hurdle

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MAYVILLE — A local law granting county officials the authority to assist municipal restructuring cleared the first hurdle recently. The bill, geared to providing funding once a local government successfully dissolves or consolidates, was approved unanimously by legislators on the ...

OBSERVER Photo by Andrew David Kuczkowski.
The Dunkirk JCPenney is slated for closure.

Dunkirk JCPenney to close

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The JCPenney Dunkirk store is one of 138 locations nationwide slated for closure, according to an announcement by the company Friday. There are two other JCPenney closings in New York state — one in West Nyack and another in Massapequa. More stores could close to save money, but for now, ...

Area Police

Area police

Three charged in Jamestown meth bust JAMESTOWN — Three city residents were charged Thursday with allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine at a 212 W. Sixth St. residence. Jamestown police and fire departments responded to the scene shortly after 4 p.m. for a report of a possible meth lab ...

Young: Senate advances budget plan to make NY more affordable


ALBANY — A state spending plan that grows jobs, saves hardworking New Yorkers millions of dollars in taxes, provides record support for students, includes the largest new investment in state history for the state’s water supply, and offers significant assistance to repair and upgrade local ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino
The recent cold snap has more than area residents bundling up. The statue of Brad Anderson and Marmaduke in Brocton was seen donning a hat and scarf recently.

Even statues get cold


The recent cold snap has more than area residents bundling up. The statue of Brad Anderson and Marmaduke in Brocton was seen donning a hat and scarf recently.

Kevin Sixbey

Sixbey to manage insurance benefits program


The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier have hired Kevin Sixbey to manage the insurance benefits program of the organizations. “Kevin is a great addition to our team in that he brings extensive insurance experience and strong connections ...

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Maple Weekend will be held for two consecutive weekends, March 18-19 and 25-26, when New York State Maple Producers will host open houses at their facilities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The Lesefske family invites visitors to their Maple Glen Sugar House in Gowanda, where they can learn firsthand about maple syrup production. From left, brothers Paul and Dana Lesefske are shown in front of the evaporator at their state-of-the-art sugar house, located at 2266 Zoar Road.

Sugary sweet

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GOWANDA — For two consecutive weekends, Maple Glen Sugar House will join approximately 150 other maple producers across New York state for the 22nd annual Maple Weekend, March 18-19 and 25-26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The Lesefske family of Gowanda and other members of the New York ...

Larry E. Brooks Jr.

Dunkirk man accused of crack cocaine possession


A Dunkirk man has been arrested for allegedly having illegal drugs in his possession after he was captured following a foot chase. According to the Dunkirk Police Department, officers responded to a Grant Avenue residence and Larry E. Brooks Jr., 39, of 438 Deer St. was reportedly observed by ...