Lake Erie Regional to hold Summer Growers’ Conference


PORTLAND — New federal regulations, re-emerging pests, advances in variable rate technology and depressed markets has made the production of grapes in the Lake Erie region of New York and Pennsylvania increasingly complex. To assist growers in working through the maze of constantly changing ...

Submitted Photo. Regional Solutions Commission Chairman George Borrello speaks to the review panel about the county’s MCEC grant application.

A pitch for savings

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ALBANY — Chautauqua County officials recently traveled to Albany to provide New York state officials with a presentation on the county’s submitted application for the final phase of the Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition (MCEC). The MCEC is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ...

Brandon White

Alleged murderer in more trouble

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COLLINS — A Gowanda man who is accused of killing another Gowanda male last week is facing additional charges. Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports detectives have charged Brandon White, 32, with third-degree assault, a class A misdemeanor, following the sheriff’s ongoing ...

Rebecca Farwell

Dunkirk hires new principal

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The Dunkirk Central School District held a special meeting on Thursday to first and foremost welcome the new middle school principal to the staff — Rebecca Farwell. Farwell grew up in Fredonia, and even worked for the Dunkirk school system from 1994-96, but life took her to a number of ...

OBSERVER Photo by Jimmy McCarthy. County Executive Vince Horrigan discusses why he’s proposing to give $100,000 to the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance during Thursday’s Audit and Control Committee meeting.

Legislators OK funding to alliance for urgent lake needs

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MAYVILLE — Conditions seen on Chautauqua Lake this year could be an indicator of what’s yet to come this summer season. With abundant weed growth and the Chautauqua Lake Association’s tight budget, County Executive Vince Horrigan came before the Audit and Control Committee on Thursday ...

Community notebook — July 21

Community Notebook

Ribbon cutting at Cross Roads Market On Saturday, there will be a ribbon cutting at Cross Roads Farm and Craft Market, 6017 Sherman Westfield Road, Westfield, at 1 p.m. to celebrate the 20th anniversary and grand opening. The festivities run from 12-4 p.m., with entertainment by Kool Toonz ...

Area police — July 21

Area police

Dunkirk Police ¯ Timothy Kelly, 38, of Fredonia, was charged Monday with fourth-degree grand larceny. ¯ Edriese Walker, 27, of Dunkirk, was charged Tuesday with first-degree criminal contempt. ¯ Chastity Martinez-Diaz, 25, of Dunkirk, was charged Tuesday with second-degree ...

Access Channel 5 announces programming for July 22-28


Access Channel 5 has announced its programming for the week of July 22-28. This week’s Chautauqua lecture is Jonathan Shay, “Moral Injury in War,” at 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Chautauqua Sunrise, hosted by Doc Hamels, will feature Jon Weston from Panama Rocks as his guest. The program airs ...

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 Creek. Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies allege that on July 14, the ...

OBSERVER Photo by Andrew David Kuczkowski
No, it's not shade that is darkening the south side of the pictured building, 21 Jamestown St., Gowanda. That wall is the result of an ongoing arson case from Tuesday's fire in the village that caused the building to be a total loss, around $200,000.

Arson in Gowanda

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GOWANDA — An arsonist attacked again in the village of Gowanda as two businesses located at 21 Jamestown St. were ruled as a total loss, around $200,000 of damage, due to Tuesday’s fire. “When I got there … there was heavy smoke and fire on the corner of the building,” Gowanda ...

Brooks down to two locations, receives $17 million

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The Brooks Memorial Hospital Board of Directors is in the final stages of choosing a new location for the Dunkirk-based hospital and recently received more good news for the project. In a press release sent to the OBSERVER Wednesday, Kaleida Health, Brooks’ affiliate, reported the board ...


CLA harvester temporarily capsized on Chautauqua Lake

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LAKEWOOD — Chautauqua Lake Association Executive Director, Douglas Conroe, has reported that at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday, a lake vegetation harvester encountered rough water and capsized off the Lakewood shoreline while being towed back to the Chautauqua Lake Association headquarters for ...

Veterans to be honored during ‘Dunkirk’ movie premiere

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The movie “Dunkirk” is premiering at the Movie Plex 59 Friday at 4:30 p.m. and the theater will be honoring veterans with free popcorn and beverages for the showing. At 4 p.m. the Color Guard will be at the movie theater, located at 10520 Bennett Road, Dunkirk, to greet those in ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Revitalize Dunkirk to meet Thursday The monthly meeting of Revitalize Dunkirk will be held today at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator, 214 Central Ave., Dunkirk. The planned speaker is Tiffany Yerico, local economic development coordinator at the Northern Chautauqua Community ...

Area Police

Area police

Westfield Police Department ¯ Philip J. Cunningham, 27, of Fredonia was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and operating in violation of restrictions on July 8. At about 10 p.m., Westfield Police checked a vehicle at a closed business on Route 20 in the town of Westfield. The ...

Art in Park planned for Olean


OLEAN — Regional artists and artisans will be exhibiting and selling their work at the 68th annual Art in the Park on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at War Vets Park in Olean. Art in the Park is presented by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council simultaneously with the Taste of Olean, which ...

Red Cross seeks volunteers to help install smoke alarms


The American Red Cross is seeking people to volunteer their time and help save lives at the "Sound the Alarm" home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event between Sept. 23 and Oct. 15. "Sound the Alarm in Western and Central New York and be part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to ...

Second annual Glow Your Mind 5K held


JAMESTOWN — Earlier this month, the second annual Glow Your Mind 5K Run was held at the Northwest Arena in Jamestown. The race put a new spin on an outdoor run by offering participating runners and walkers a nighttime glow run through Jamestown. The Glow Your Mind 5K was put on through ...

GPS technology being used in vineyards


PORTLAND — Kevin Martin, from the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program (Penn State University), is currently creating baseline economic data to provide regional grape growers with commercialization strategies for spatial vineyard management. Baseline economic data will be used to measure the ...