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Westfield Fire Department releases July report

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The Fire Department of Westfield responded to 57 calls for service during the month of July 2018. Of those calls, 46 were for emergency medical services (EMS), with 21 of those calls being within the Village of Westfield and 11 of them within the Town of Westfield. The Fire Department also ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Boat races draw crowds to city

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Thousands of onlookers made Dunkirk a destination this afternoon. In preparation for Sunday's Grand Prix boat races, a number of preliminary events were taking place on the waterfront. Here is a schedule of events for the two days: TODAY Boat test trials from noon to 4 p.m. Music The ...

City kicks off Grand Prix in style

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Cloudy skies that threatened rain did nothing to dissuade the crowds that gathered along Central Avenue on Friday for the community parade that kicked off this weekend’s Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix Power Boat Racing. The parade began at 5 p.m. on Sixth Street and traveled down Central ...

Father Joe continues Italy hike with rest day in LaVerna

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Making his way in Italy, Father Joe Porpiglia hiked an impressive amount of miles through the countryside and neighboring villages. On Aug. 10 he chose to take a rest day and enjoy one of the holiest sites on the trail. “Decided to make a rest day in LaVerna where St Francis received ...

Jackson, Campbell remember MLK Jr., mourn Franklin

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CHAUTAUQUA — The morning after Aretha Franklin, American singer and Queen of Soul, passed away, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Joan Brown Campbell visited Chautauqua Institution to remember Martin Luther King Jr. But before the pair began their scheduled lecture, Jackson honored Franklin’s ...

Jamestown man enters plea of not responsible

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OBSERVER Staff Report MAYVILLE — A Jamestown man’s plea of not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect after he killed a Jamestown man last summer has been accepted. Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson announced Friday that Brian Korzeniewski, 52, entered the ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

The community notebook is compiled by the OBSERVER staff. To send in an event or listing, e-mail us at editorial@observertoday or call us at 366-3000. St. Joseph’s Gowanda community meal planned for today St. Joseph’s Gowanda community meal will take place Saturday, Aug. 18 from 4 to 6 ...

Area police

Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ¯CASSADAGA — On Sunday at approximately 9:13 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a disorderly person on Smith Road in the town of Charlotte. After an investigation, it is alleged that Shawn A. Cavender, 49, of Smith Road had struck ...

New Horizons band fall semester begins Aug. 29

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What are your plans for the fall? Did you play an instrument many years ago? Did you ever want to learn how to play an instrument? Do you play an instrument now and want to continue to play and perform? Then, the New Horizons Band of Western New York is for you! The New Horizons Band of Western ...

A visit with the crew

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On Friday morning, residents of Dunkirk’s Chautauqua Nursing & Rehabilitation Center enjoyed a visit from one of the boats and its crew participating in this weekend’s Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix. Crew member Dave McIntyre (pictured far right) showed residents the 750 horsepower ...

Dunkirk Lighthouse one of 70 to be featured at state fair

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SYRACUSE — The Dunkirk Lighthouse is one of more than 70 lighthouses across New York State that still exist as working beacons, museums of America's maritime history, a hostel or overnight stay. All the existing lights in New York will be featured in a new "Path Through Maritime History: ...

Sherman man facing burglary, drug charges

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MAYVILLE — A Sherman man is facing burglary and drug charges after an incident last week. Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies report Brandon E Newby, 31, was charged with second-degree burglary, petit larceny, criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument and 3 counts of seventh-degree ...

Chautauqua Center holds annual event for back to school

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It was hard to miss the long line of families that spanned nearly two blocks of Central Avenue on Thursday for The Chautauqua Center’s Family Fun Day. This ever-growing annual event, which took place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Salvation Army Church, included a backpack/school supplies give-away, ...

District attorney again discusses budget with legislative committee

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For the second consecutive month, members of a Chautauqua County legislative committee discussed the proposed budget increase for the district attorney’s office. On Wednesday, Patrick Swanson, county district attorney, again discussed his request to have the DA Office’s budget increased ...

Arrest made in Robo Mart robbery

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A Dunkirk man has been arrested in an armed robbery that took place in the city last year. Dunkirk Police announced that Andre McQuiggan, 22, was arrested Thursday on a Chautauqua County Court arrest warrant signed by Honorable David W. Foley for the felony charge of second-degree robbery. ...

City prepares for busy Grand Prix weekend

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Anyone looking to make a last minute reservation this weekend for the Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix is going to have a hard time finding a hotel with any vacancies. Nearly every hotel in Dunkirk and Fredonia is booked solid all weekend for the three-day event. Power boat racers from all over ...

County leads way in closed-door actions

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Former Fredonia village attorney Sam Drayo recently brought to light an accepted practice by elected officials that is full of pitfalls for constituents. During one of last month’s contentious Village Board meetings, Drayo criticized the practice of holding caucuses. Normally, these sessions ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Dunkirk Historical Society Museum open Saturday The Dunkirk Historical Society Museum, located at 513 Washington Ave., will be open to the public Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Area Police

Area police

Gowanda Police Department ¯ On July 29 at around midnight, a 17 year old Hamburg resident was stopped by patrol for an inadequate license plate light. Patrol observed there were four passengers in the vehicle which is in violation of a junior operator license, as is the time frame which has ...