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11 lost hikers located in Arkwright

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ARKWRIGHT — 11 hikers, including nine ages 4 to 19, who were lost on trails were found after about 4 1/2 hours late Monday. At about 9:27 p.m., the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call for the lost hikers. The hikers were thought to be in the area of a creek near Park Road ...

East parking lot in Fredonia to close for paving

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Village of Fredonia Department of Public Works director Anthony Gugino announced this morning that the southern half of the East municipal parking lot will be temporarily closed Wednesday and Thursday for a paving project. No parking will be allowed in that section so that this improvement ...

Bush Industries of Jamestown awarded New York state contract

Business

JAMESTOWN — For the first time, Bush Industries, Inc. has received a New York state contract for the sale and installation of commercial office furniture. The contract allows the Jamestown-based manufacturer to sell professional-grade products to any state agency. The company may now bid on ...

Crash involves trooper

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OBSERVER Staff Report SHERIDAN — Two helicopters were summoned and serious injuries were reported following a collision Monday afternoon between a New York state trooper and mini-van. Few details were released regarding the crash that occurred in the westbound lane of Interstate 90. The ...

Collins native completes residency in Cambodia

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COLLINS — Jazz musician and Collins native Ian Giles has been honing his unique jazz and funk sound on the east coast for the last several years, and recently had the opportunity to show off his talents overseas in Cambodia. “I live in Boston, Massachusetts going on seven years now,” ...

Flaherty appointed Cassadaga deputy mayor

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CASSADAGA — The village board did some shuffling around in terms of duties at their July 2 meeting. Mayor Bill Astry nominated Trustee Cindy Flaherty to his former position of deputy mayor during his comments. “We need to appoint Cindy (Flaherty) as the deputy mayor,” Astry stated. ...

Council could alter walk-in resolutions

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Walk-in resolutions have become a point of contention in the city of Dunkirk. The issue, while ongoing, seemed to pick up steam recently when the city brought in a resolution to purchase the Stearns Building in March. At the time the original walk-in resolution was tabled 3-2 in lieu of more ...

Lions Club marking 70 years of service at fair

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The Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club has been serving customers at the Chautauqua County Fair since 1949. For the first 15 years, the food was prepared and served in a tent. In 1954, the club received permission to build a removable structure on the current site at the fairgrounds. The current ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Brocton, Portland FDs offer reflective signs The Brocton and Portland fire departments are offering reflective house signs to all residents of their districts. Sign applications can be purchased for $15 at the Brocton village offices or the Portland town offices. Information on the ...

Area Police

Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ¯ CHAUTAUQUA — On June 29 at roughly 2:14 a.m., deputies were called to a vehicle in the ditch on Chautauqua Stedman Road. Upon arrival, deputies identified the driver as Benjamin L. Eckstrom, 25, of Sugar Grove, Pa. Eckstrom was allegedly found to be ...

Cassadaga Volunteer Fire Dept. adds equipment

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CASSADAGA — Maintaining equipment and keeping all equipment up to date is one of the priorities of the Cassadaga Volunteer Fire Department. Those who serve the fire department are volunteers and the well-being and safety of the volunteers are important factors. Recently, the fire department ...

Descendants of 154th NY Volunteers to hold annual reunion

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BEMUS POINT — Descendants of members of the 154th New York Volunteer Infantry, a Civil War regiment raised in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties, will hold their 14th annual reunion from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 at the Bemus Point United Methodist Church at 4954 Bemus-Ellery Road in ...

Health screening available July 24

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Residents living in and around the Dunkirk can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Dunkirk Memorial American Legion Post 62 will host this community event on July 24. ...

Marvin ‘Joe’ Curry Veterans Powwow to start Friday

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SALAMANCA — One of the most grand and enthusiastic celebrations of Native American culture will celebrate its 30th anniversary, when the Seneca Nation once again welcomes a national and international audience to Salamanca for the Marvin “Joe” Curry Veterans Powwow. This year’s Powwow ...

Civic Calendar

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Brocton Wednesday — Brocton Village Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., village hall Cassadaga Wednesday — Cassadaga Village Board meeting, 7 p.m., Cassadaga Fire Station 1 Dunkirk Tuesday — Dunkirk Town Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., town hall Evans Wednesday — Evans Town Board meeting, ...

Accident jams up Thruway westbound

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SHERIDAN — An accident involving a State Police car had the New York State Thruway in a traffic jam westbound from Exit 57A to 59 this afternoon. Injuries were reported in the accident near mile marker 462. Two rescue helicopters were on the scene earlier. The accident occurred around 1:30 ...

Athenex’s progress

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The shell of the building that will house Athenex’s new biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility near Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk is complete. There is still much to be done before the plant starts making drugs. An Athenex vice president, Rich Nassar, updated the OBSERVER on the progress ...

City housing agency hit by shakeup

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There have been big changes in recent weeks at the Dunkirk Housing Authority. Recently, attorney Peter Clark resigned after 13 years of service on the board as legal counsel, followed shortly by Executive Director Rachel Braidich. “The Dunkirk Housing Authority is not part of the city of ...

Forestville native publishes children’s book

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Born and raised in Forestville and a resident for nearly 60 years, Ruth S. Payne is pleased to share one of her most exciting projects since retirement: the publication of her first children’s book, “The Magic Piano.” In a phone interview with the OBSERVER, Payne shared her beloved story, ...

History takes center stage in Fredonia

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FREDONIA — The annual History Days brought out a cavalcade of local history buffs and enthusiasts to downtown Fredonia over the weekend. History Days kicked off Friday with a classic car and bike show, sponsored by Hard Tales Magazine and Cyberspokes.com, accompanied by the music of ...