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Lake Erie Bird Club to meet Monday

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The Lake Erie Bird Club will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at BOCES, Fredonia-Stockton Road, Fredonia. The group will devote part of the evening to an open discussion by club members of their experiences with, and tips for, winter bird feeding. A few topics: kinds of food and styles of feeders that ...

State police begin DWI crackdown

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The New York State Police will join the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season. State Police and local law enforcement agencies will participate in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which started Thursday and runs ...

Cassadaga man leads cops on high-speed motorcycle chase

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STOCKTON — A Cassadaga man is facing a slew of charges in three different townships after leading police on a high-speed chase Friday night. On Friday, at approximately 10:16 p.m., Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies attempted to stop a motorcycle in the town of Stockton for an observed ...

RIVALRY: Seeing orange in Dunkirk

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OBSERVER Photo by Justin Goetz The Fredonia faithful turned out in Dunkirk to cheer the boys basketball team on to victory Friday. The Hillbillies defeated the Dunkirk Marauders 59-30.

Officials hear complaints about sound, flickering

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ARKWRIGHT — A large number of Arkwright residents attended this week’s town board meeting, as the entire room seemed to be waiting anxiously to hear the results of the wind turbine sound test. Residents have been demanding further testing, some vehemently opposed to the very existence of ...

Turbines help reduce taxes, fund a new town hall

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ARKWRIGHT — The newest budget reports out of Arkwright officials indicate that taxes will be lowered and property owners will benefit in the long run from the wind turbines project. “We approved the budget that will reduce town tax by 8.5 percent,” said Supervisor Fred Norton, at the ...

Goodell, Young oppose pay hikes

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Both state legislature representatives for Chautauqua County are against the proposed increase in salary for state lawmakers. Earlier this month, a state Committee on Legislative and Executive Compensation voted to raise the pay for state legislators for the first time in 20 years. A 61 ...

Erie 2 BOCES awarded $500,000 grant

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On Friday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $4.2 million in funding from the first round of the Western New York Workforce Development Challenge has been awarded to six western New York not-for-profit organizations. Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES was among those awarded and received a ...

Fredonia hires Nate Aldrich as development consultant

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The Fredonia Village Board hired Nate Aldrich as an economic development consultant at its latest meeting. Aldrich will make $25,000 on the one-year agreement. The contract starts Jan. 1 and can be extended a year if both the village and Aldrich agree to it. Aldrich also contracts to be ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Beware of new phone scam According to a local resident, there is a new phone scam throughout the area. The caller, who has been associated with phone number 205-336-2980, claims that the person answering the phone has won a BMW and $5 million, but asks the answerer to put up two percent of ...

Area Police

Area police

Portland pair charged in marijuana possession A pair of Portland residents are facing charges after a traffic stop Thursday morning. Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle in the town of Pomfret for a traffic infraction just before 6 a.m. at Route 20 and Farel Road. ...

Fredonia students, faculty protest proposed program cuts

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On Thursday at 11 a.m., more than 70 SUNY Fredonia students and faculty gathered outside the Rockefeller Arts Center in a silent protest against the proposed cuts to 20 degree programs announced as part of the Procedures for Emergency Program Reduction/Elimination plan in November. “We ...

City man sentenced in drug sales

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A Dunkirk man will be behind bars for six years for his role in possessing and selling opioid medications and methamphetamine. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Thursday that Anthony Dloniak, 40, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute U-47700, a synthetic opioid ...

Officer in shooting was wearing camera; victim from out of county

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The officer involved in Monday’s shooting of a male in distress with a knife was wearing a body camera at the time of the incident, Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers announced in a press release Thursday afternoon. Patrolman Nathan Scriven, a 15-year member with full-time experience with the ...

St. Gianna’s mission is labor of love

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Great gifts do not come only at Christmastime. Many are delivered daily, especially at the Brooks Memorial Hospital maternity unit in Dunkirk in the form of newborn babies. Often, those bundles of joy arrive to thrilled parents and family members. But sometimes, life gets in the way for those ...

Both propositions pass for Gowanda capital project

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GOWANDA — On Thursday, district residents voted on the Gowanda Central School capital project, which included a two-proposition contingency proposal. Superintendent Dr. Robert Anderson was pleased to report both a high voter turn-out and the fact that both propositions passed. According to ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

No Revitalize Dunkirk meeting this month Per the organization’s usual practice, there will be NO Revitalize Dunkirk meeting Dec. 20. The next Revitalize Dunkirk meeting will be held Jan. 17 at the Fredonia Technology Incubator, 214 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Seeking lights on display The ...

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Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ¯ POMFRET — On Monday at around 11:20 p.m., deputies came across a two-vehicle property damage accident on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret. One of the drivers, identified as Andrea Tarnowski, 60, of Fredonia allegedly entered Route 60 from Straight ...

Chautauqua Lake Central School Honor Roll First Quarter

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Chautauqua Lake Central School District has announced its honor roll students for the first quarter of the 2018-19 school year. The students listed below are recognized for their outstanding academic achievements during the ten-week period. High honor roll students are those with a grade point ...

Dash for Cash fund-raiser continues

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The annual Holiday Dash for Cash fund-raiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County is continuing. With a grand prize of $2,500, a limited number of $50 tickets are now available for sale. In addition to the grand prize will be two prizes of $500, two prizes of $250 as ...