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Boat museum announces new board member

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BEMUS POINT — The Lawson Center Boat Museum in Bemus Point has announced that Art Webster of Dewittville has joined the board of trustees. Art is a lifelong boater and sailor on Chautauqua Lake, and a charter member of the Lawson Center. He is a director emeritus of the Chautauqua Watershed ...

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Youth learn about black bears from Allegany State Park staff at Conservation Field Days in 2016.

Conservation Field Days celebrates 51 years

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JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program is hosting Conservation Field Days at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Camp in Bemus Point today and Thursday. Created by Cornell Cooperative Extension Director James Gould in 1966, Conservation Field ...

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office offers boater safety course

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The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office will hold boater safety courses this spring. There is no pre-registration required to attend any of the courses. Registration will take place at the course and parents of attendees under the age of 18 must sign a release form at the course. Students must ...

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Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo presents a proclamation declaring May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Erie County to Stephanie Szymanski. Also pictured: Maggie Schaefer and Stephanie’s parents, Kenneth and Juliet Szymanski.

Erie County declares May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month

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BUFFALO — Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo announced that Erie County has recognized May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month to educate and protect the community. A proclamation was presented to Stephanie Szymanski and her parents, Juliet and Kenneth, along with Margaret ...

OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox. Resident Paul Luce shows the Fredonia Village Board a bottle of yellowish-brownish water — the same water that comes out of his home’s faucets.

Why is the water brown?

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The tide will rise for Fredonia water and sewer fees on June 1, and with that rise comes a promise washing ashore for some village residents with discolored water. The village board on Monday voted unanimously to carve the new usage rates into stone, with Trustee Marc Ruckman not present to ...

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Hanover Town Board members discuss damage done to town roads recently by a private contractor hired by a resident. From left are Deputy Supervisor Kevin O’Connell and Councilman Wayne Ashley.

Botch the street, feel the heat

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HANOVER — When builders seem more like demolition professionals, there’s a problem. At Monday’s town board workshop, Hanover officials discussed a recent case of construction-gone-wrong in Hanford Bay — and mistakes like that cost a lot of money to fix. “We have three new houses ...

City considers rental regulations in memory of past councilwoman

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Former Councilwoman Rose Floramo may have passed away, but an issue she fought for is still very much alive. At the recent Economic Development Committee meeting, current council members heard a presentation on a rental housing registration law. The proposal of a law to hold landlords and ...

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Peter George, member of the Citizens for a Better Cassadaga organization, and George Spanos, county public facilities director, discuss a shoulder expansion project along Dale Drive in Cassadaga at a recent Public Facilities Committee meeting. On Thursday, the Audit and Control Committee tabled the request in order to get an advisory opinion from the Planning Board.

Cassadaga’s Dale Drive project sent to Planning Board

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MAYVILLE — County funding for a road project in Cassadaga is on hold until the Planning Board gives its review. County legislators on the Audit and Control Committee tabled a request to allocate funding and proceed with a proposed shoulder expansion project on both sides of Dale Drive. ...

Scrutiny over Robbins’ mental health delays trial

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MAYVILLE — Just two weeks shy of a second-degree murder trial, Keith L. Robbins is facing greater scrutiny over his mental health — and consequently, will not begin trial for several months. On Monday, Robbins, the 36-year-old Jamestown man accused of murdering his estranged wife in ...

Jamestown man charged with robbery

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OBSERVER Staff Report A Jamestown man has been charged with robbery and more stemming from an incident earlier this month that left a victim beat up and without a cell phone to call for help, reports say. Allegedly, on May 8, Matthew Sowers, 40, of Jamestown struck a male victim in his ...

McKenzie R. Wilson

Amber Alert issued for Cattaraugus County missing girl

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LYNDON — The New York State Police Machias has activated the New York State AMBER Alert and is investigating a child abduction that occurred near Shady Lane, in Lyndon, New York at about 5 a.m. today. McKenzie R. Wilson is a white female, approximately 12 years 10 months old with strait, ...

Hector J. Camacho Jr.

Shots fired

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At last one person was taking shots, not drinking them, according to Dunkirk Police. Officers responded to the Halas Hotel Bar for a report of a large fight with multiple gunshots around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Upon arrival to the Second Street establishment, Dunkirk Police, assisted by officers ...

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The family of Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Link had the chance to see for the first time K-9 Link and Sheriff K-9 Handler Chad Wright. Pictured from the left are: Kelly Link, Kevin’s wife; Robert Link, brother; Doug Owen, brother-in-law; Maggie Owen, sister; Miranda Owen, niece; K-9 Link and Wright. Not pictured is Rena Fox-Link, sister-in-law, who was also in attendance.

The links that bind

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Link, a young K-9 within the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, is entering his fourth week of training. Sheriff’s deputies Chad Wright and Bryan Burmaster say the energy and demeanor of the 15-month-old German shepherd reflect the deputy he was named after. Deputy Kevin Link was a ...

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Surrounded by law enforcement representatives and animal advocates, state Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean; Assemblyman Matthew Titone, D-Staten Island; and K-9 Officer Mitchell announced bipartisan support for “Mitchell’s Law.”

Young announces bipartisan support for Mitchell’s Law

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Thanks to the heroic actions of the Jamestown Police Department’s K-9 Officer Mitchell, a suspected murderer is off the streets. Unfortunately, such heroics came with a cost for Mitchell, who was grievously injured when confronting Keith L. Robbins at a 2 Todd Ave. residence in November. ...

Zoning board to weigh in on city housing development

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A housing development will be coming to Lake Shore Drive East in Dunkirk if an appeal is granted at Tuesday’s zoning board meeting. Potential purchaser of 468 Lake Shore Drive East, Erie Land Development LLC, would like permission to construct eleven 8-unit apartment buildings and car ...

School officer is still a work in progress for Dunkirk

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The Dunkirk City School District’s idea to have a school resource officer, but at a lesser cost, is moving — slowly. It was reported at the recent Dunkirk Board of Education meeting that the idea of an “in house” SRO is a ‘work in progress. “I would say we’re classifying ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Attic and Seller Days registration nears The last day to register your yard sale for Attic & Seller Days will be Wednesday, May 24. You can register your yard sale at: Pucci’s Carpet One Furniture & Bedding, 112 E. Main St., Fredonia, or Sir Printsalot, 1 Park Place, (Russo ...

Area Police

Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ¯ SILVER CREEK — Symone O. Maracle, 20, of Gowanda, was taken into custody Sunday at about 8 p.m. after deputies responded to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Route 5. Allegedly, Maracle, who was driving, had been under the influence of alcohol ...