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Photo by Jordan Patterson: Chandra Germain speaks at the Rally to Recover Jamestown event Saturday afternoon.

Rally to recover sparks conversation about drug addiction

Local/Region

FALCONER — Positive change for drug addicts and drug awareness was demanded by people gathered at the Rally to Recover Jamestown event Saturday afternoon. Music could be heard coming from a storage building on East Second Street in Falconer as people filled up parking space and headed ...

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Fredonia Central School’s 2016-2017 Service Learning Mini-Grant “Custom Pens for Active US Military”  had  students made custom wood pens for local military personnel.

NCCF awards service learning mini-grants to area teachers

Local/Region

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) announces nine Service Learning Mini-Grants to five school districts that include projects that are artistic, animal service related, and community inspired. Highlighted are three awards that are unique to this year’s program. Toilet ...

Affordable housing forum is Wednesday

Local/Region

County agencies have collaborated on a resource forum focused on affordable housing programs available to residents and families in Chautauqua County. Hosted by the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp., this forum will provide information regarding programs and services available from the ...

Lutheran welcomes new director to Warner Place Program

Local/Region

JAMESTOWN — Lutheran’s Leadership Team has announced the promotion of Sandra Gilbert, BSN, RN, as the new Director for the Warner Place Medical-Model Adult Day Health Care Program. Warner Place, the region’s only medical-model adult day health care program, provides skilled nursing ...

Chamber Members: Sign up now to accept the Shoptauqua gift card

Business

The new Shoptauqua Gift Card program is catching on quickly, and we continue to build participation. Our membership has taken an active interest in this program, and for good reasons. First and foremost: it is a gift card. While we have operated a gift check program for many years, paper ...

Photo by Ann Belcher
Revitalize Dunkirk’s Bring Your Own Chair Sunset Watch was held at The Historic Dunkirk Lighthouse Sunday evening. Those in attendance chose to watch from the grounds, or took advantage of the discount tours, watched from atop the lighthouse and kayakers paddled across Lake Erie shoreline.

Summer’s end

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Friday marked the official last day of summer. It’s been a glorious end of the season. From the Historical Dunkirk Lighthouse grounds, recorded on the National Historical Record as the site of the first shots fired of The War of 1812, volunteers and area residents Sunday enjoyed one of ...

Samuel Saeli

Jury fails to bring verdict in Saeli case

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MAYVILLE — A jury deliberated nearly eight hours during a two-day span, but couldn’t unite to hand a verdict in the Samuel Saeli kidnapping case. A mistrial was granted by the Hon. Paul Wojtaszek just after 2 p.m. Friday following a note he received from the jury, which stated they ...

Haffa jury selection more than two months away

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MAYVILLE — With a mistrial granted last week, jury selection in the Justin Haffa attempted murder case won’t be for another two months. A pre-trial conference was held Friday morning in Mayville as District Attorney Patrick Swanson and Public Defender Ned Barone appeared before the ...

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A Dunkirk patrol car watches over dismissal at Dunkirk High School on Friday afternoon.

Police presence noticeable day after altercation

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OBSERVER Staff Report Friday afternoon’s dismissal at Dunkirk High School seemed fairly ordinary. There was one exception, however: added police presence. Officers and their vehicles could be seen in the morning and afternoon at the school after three Dunkirk High School students were ...

Borrello, Ferguson tackle NRG Plant in debate

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Editor’s Note: This article is the second part of the county executive debate coverage. George Borrello and Mike Ferguson, the Republican and Democratic county executive candidates, respectively, dug into issues such as fixing the economy, sanctuary cities and repowering the NRG plant in ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Rotary blood screening is today Participation in the 33rd annual Dunkirk-Fredonia Rotary Blood Screening & Community Health Fair is good for your health and our community. Brought to you by Brooks Memorial Hospital, TLC Health Network, Kaleida Health and Tim Hortons, this year’s ...

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Pictured are JCC Professor Traci Langworthy, left, and Dr. Shannon Risk of Niagara University.

Lecture on 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage set for today

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BEMUS POINT – The Chautauqua County Historical Society, in partnership with the Bemus Point Historical Society, will present a special lecture on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York state today at 10 a.m. at Bemus Point United Methodist Church (4954 Bemus-Ellery Road, ...

Sinclairville man facing drug charges

Local/Region

OBSERVER Staff Report SHERIDAN — A Sinclairville man is behind bars after being pulled over Thursday evening on an outstanding warrant and 20 grams of methampthetamine were found in his vehicle. Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies report the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and ...

Jamestown man sentenced in child porn

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BUFFALO — Acting U.S. James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Christopher Whitford, 46, of Jamestown, who was convicted of distribution of child pornography, was sentenced to 120 months in prison and 10 years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. Assistant U.S. ...

Investigation leads to fraud charges against construction owners

Local/Region

SHERIDAN — The owners of a Sheridan construction company are facing fraud charges following an investigation into a complaint on Aug. 28. New York State Police received the complaint and interviewed the complainants, who stated they entered into an agreement in May with Stanley Martucci ...

Douglas Essek

Essek seeks re-election in Fredonia

Local/Region

As a result of the recent Fredonia Republican Caucus endorsement, Village of Fredonia Board of Trustees incumbent Douglas Essek will appear on the Republican line for reelection Nov. 7. Last year in a press release he stated that “I firmly believe that if you have the ability and the ...

Lakewood woman injured in Ripley accident

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RIPLEY — A Lakewood woman sustained minor injuries after apparently falling asleep at the wheel this morning. Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident on Route 76 around 6:30 today. Upon arrival, deputies identified the operator as Tiffany M. Green, 35. ...

Quickbooks training for agricultural producers to be held

Business

JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program is excited to announce that they will be offering a workshop series entitled “QuickBooks Training for Agricultural Producers” throughout the month of October. “QuickBooks Training for Agricultural ...