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Highway dedicated in honor of Celoron native killed in Iraq

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LAKEWOOD — There is a sign that hangs in the Lakewood American Legion Post 1286 that reads, “All gave some. Some gave all.” That phrase was never more appropriate than on Friday when the legion hosted the Sgt. James “J.C.” Matteson Memorial Highway sign dedication ceremony. The ...

Third day of Jamestown murder trial completed

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MAYVILLE — While it wasn’t yet entered into evidence, the firearm David F. Waggoner allegedly used to shoot William J. Michishima on July 24 was identified during court proceedings Friday. Michishima, 30, was pronounced dead last July after being flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa, after ...

Statewide, WNY had most fake ID seizures in 2018

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When it comes to busting young people for fake identitication, Western New York leads the way. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced recently that New York’s efforts to deter underage drinking resulted in a record number of fake identification seizures in 2018. The year-round Operation ...

Young to be part of Chamber event

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OBSERVER Staff Report The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has announced that both Assemblyman Andrew Goodell and recently retired State Sen. Catharine Young will be speakers for the chamber’s annual State Legislative Breakfast on Friday, April 12. Chamber President and CEO Todd ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

No loose leaf collection in Fredonia The village of Fredonia is currently not picking up loose leaves. A schedule for bagged leaves and bundled brush will be announced prior to pickup. Fredonia Food Pantry open today Today, March 16, the Fredonia Food Pantry will be open from 10 a.m. until ...

Area police

Area police

Male accused of shooting gun in residence ARKWRIGHT — On Wednesday at around 8:20 p.m., deputies were called to a residence in the Town of Arkwright for report of a male subject actively discharging a firearm in a residence. Upon further investigation, deputies determined that Elliott ...

Grant assists in translation

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The Child Advocacy program recently received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to translate brochures, and informational materials from English into Spanish. CAP’s mission is to end child abuse in Chautauqua County. When abuse occurs, CAP coordinates a community response ...

Moniuszko Social Club supports Hospice

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The Moniuszko Social Club again made a generous financial contribution to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care on Feb. 12. This year’s contribution of $2,000 brings the Club’s total support for the agency to $22,735. “The generosity of the Monuiszko Social Club each year allows us to ...

Accuplacer testing underway for LPN programs

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The first step to being enrolled in an LPN program is to apply for and pass an Accuplacer exam. The Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES Workforce Development LPN program is currently scheduling Accuplacer exams at three locations across Chautauqua and Erie counties. Applicants who pass the ...

Spirit of Gowanda winners are announced

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GOWANDA — The Gowanda Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce this year’s Spirit of Gowanda winners. An awards dinner in their honor will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Loyal Order of Moose, Gowanda Lodge 1382, 201 Aldrich St. The Business Award will be presented to M. W. ...

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Conference set

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GERRY — The Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. Alzheimer’s Services third annual Community Caregiver Conference is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22. Registration is at 8:30 am. Various vendors that will be in attendance include: the county Office of the Aging, Tanglewood, WillCare, ...

Motorcyclist charged after throwing object, abandoning bike

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STOCKTON — A Jamestown man was charged by deputies after abandoning his motorcycle and throwing an object at a vehicle on Route 60 Saturday morning. At approximately 7:20 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a male subject walking Southbound who was suspected of driving under the ...

National loan repayment program available for veterinarians

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New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball Friday reminded qualified veterinarians who are willing to provide veterinary services for livestock in the underserved areas of Delaware, Sullivan, Otsego and Cattaraugus counties that they can now apply for the 2019 Veterinary Medicine ...

Young to be part of chamber event in April

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The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has announced that both Assemblyman Andrew Goodell and recently retired State Sen. Catharine Young will be speakers for the chamber’s annual State Legislative Breakfast, Friday, April 12. Chamber President and CEO Todd Tranum said, “We are very ...

Heenan to run for city mayor

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“Yes I’m running for mayor,” Shaun Heenan stated to the OBSERVER Thursday. “I’ve been endorsed by the Republican and Conservative parties. We’re just getting the endorsements and the petitions done, I haven’t drawn up a formal statement yet, but yes.” The Third Ward Councilman ...

Detective takes stand in Jamestown murder trial

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MAYVILLE — "I heard arguing and then a, not a pop, but a bang," said Kimberly Johnston recalling the events of July 24, 2018, when she took the stand to testify in David F. Waggoner's second-degree murder trial. Waggoner, 54, is accused of shooting William J. Michishima, 30, at 114 ...

Dunkirk School Board member stepping down

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Adam Reisenweber is moving on. The Dunkirk School Board member will be leaving at the end of the school year in June, as his family is moving into a different school district. “It’s not personal, we’re just not going to be in the district anymore,” Reisenweber stated to the ...

Numerous positions, far too many visions

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How many elected positions does it take to run Chautauqua County every year? Far too many. For the coming November elections — in the county, cities, towns and villages — around 200 seats are up for grabs. Those posts include legislators, treasurers, trustees, clerks, judges, supervisors ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Literacy Volunteers book sale underway Looking for a good book to read? 21 East Bookstore has an eclectic selection of used books. Enjoy a good book and support a worthy cause. The LVCC Bookstore is located at 21 E. Second St., Dunkirk and is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to ...

Area Police

Area police

Dunkirk Police Department ¯ On March 6 Jorge M. Negron-Velazquez, of Dunkirk was charged with second-degree harassment, first-degree criminal contempt and resisting arrest. ¯ On March 6 Aaron Chilldres, 38, of Silver Creek was charged with operating a vehicle without an interlock ...