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Recent incidents at Dunkirk High School has parents and administrators looking to bring in a resource officer.

School Safety

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It was during a November school day that parent Deven Freitas said his son was confronted by another student inside the Dunkirk High School. Both were in the hallway as class was in session when the student pulled a knife and swiped it at Freitas’ son. While he told the OBSERVER his son ...

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Dr. Ziya Arnavut, Department chair of Computer Sciences at SUNY Fredonia with recent graduate and soon to be programmer for Microsoft in Dallas, Texas, Taylor Roesler. Many are predicting the FCC will vote in favor of abolishing net neutrality on Thursday, something the large internet service providers (Comcase, AT&T, Verizon, et. al.) have been pushing for.

World wide web dilemma

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What do Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Uber, Netflix, Airbnb and eBay all have in common? At least a couple of things. One, they started from nothing and evolved to be internet giants, as ubiquitous as the weather. Two, they are part of the Internet Association (IA), staunch ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Fredonia announces leaf pick-up The village of Fredonia has announced the following leaf pick-up schedule, weather pending. Section 1, Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 11-12: Ahrens Place, Birchwood Drive, Bryant Place, Carol Avenue, Central Avenue, Cottage Street, Clinton Street, Day Street, Forbes ...

Area police

Area police

North Collins Village Police In the month of November, officers were on duty for 130 hours. In that time, village police responded to 49 calls, including: four court details, two assists to other police departments, two assists to emergency services, two alarms. Also, one for all of the ...

Putting our best foot forward

Local/Region

The holiday shopping season often brings new customers into our stores, restaurants, attractions, and service businesses. As the winter tourism season is also getting underway in Chautauqua County, one of our key goals is to keep our new friends and customers coming back, and one of the best ...

Dunkirk Middle School Honor & Merit Rol

Local/Region

lThe following students have been commended for academic achievement at the Dunkirk Middle School for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year: Honor roll 6th Grade Lisbell Andino Robles, Hazel Bache, Riana Barnard, Gabriel Bistrisky, Marencia Bohn, Brianna Casey, Felicity ...

Southwestern tops Chautauqua Lake in Bowl contest

Local/Region

JAMESTOWN — Southwestern High School defeated Chautauqua Lake Central School 62-32 in a recent Media One High School Bowl match at Jamestown Community College. In another match, Westfield Academy & Central School defeated Frewsburg Central School 90-41. Elisabeth Meyer of Southwestern ...

Mayor Landis honors Fredonia eagle scout Tuggy

Local/Region

Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis honored Joshua John Tuggy for his ability to earn the rank of an eagle scout on Friday. Landis noted that Tuggy was a member of the Boy Scouts of America since July 2012 as well as being a part of the Order of the Arrow and achieved the quartermaster in his ...

Car accident sends three to Hamot

Local/Region

CHAUTAUQUA — At approximately 5:45 p.m. Friday, deputies responded to Route 430 in the Town of Chautauqua for a Motor vehicle accident with personal injury. After an investigation, it was found that Larry Houser, who was operating a Jeep Wrangler, was headed northbound on Route 430. John ...

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Globus Relief recognizes Dunkirk’s efforts

Local/Region

Dunkirk native Tammy Barreca-Will, philanthropist with Globus Relief, shakes hands with city of Dunkirk Special Events Coordinator Hector Rosas after a proclamation declaring Dec. 5, 2017 Globus Relief Day in the city of Dunkirk by Mayor Willie Rosas (left) was read during a Common Council ...

Franklin Monjarrez

Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. announces new executive director

Business

The Board of Directors at Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. has announced the selection of Franklin Monjarrez as the agency’s new executive director. Monjarrez will replace Roberta Keller, who is retiring in January 2018 after leading the community action agency for 20 years. Board Chairperson ...

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The village of North Collins was lit up on Friday as the parade marched through.

Celebrating Santa

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NORTH COLLINS – “This is Christmas.” Lynn DiVincenzo said that while looking over to kids screaming, jumping and playing on a snow pile during the North Collins Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. The town clerk could only smile as she earlier said that this was her goal, to ...

Nursing home facility to close in Dunkirk

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OBSERVER Staff Report Symphony Living at Dunkirk, the former St. Vincent Home in Dunkirk, is expected to close in early January. Formerly owned by Catholic Health, the assisted living facility was sold with St. Francis of Williamsville, a 142-bed skilled nursing/subacute care facility and ...

“I think the budget will be manageable, but there are some big variables out there.”
State Assemblyman Andy Goodell

Goodell says budget shortfall depends on variety of factors

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How big the deficit is for next year’s state budget depends on many variables, according to Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown For next year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has projected a $4 billion deficit. However, that does not assume that the state maintains the 2 percent spending cap, which ...

Superintendent raises concern over tax bill effects

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SILVER CREEK — Silver Creek School Superintendent Todd Crandall raised concerns recently about how the new tax bill could negatively impact the district, should it be made into law. “There are huge concerns,” Crandall said during a recent school board meeting. “If this goes ...

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Pictured from left: Todd Tranum, President/CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Dyane Noves of Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County, Dr. Minda Rae Amiran.

County Chamber honors Dr. Amiran

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OBSERVER Staff Report The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce presented its 2017 Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award to Dr. Minda Rae Amiran, professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Fredonia, during its annual meeting on Friday at the Clarion Hotel in Dunkirk. As an ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Planning Board to hold workshop for Athenex project The Dunkirk Town Planning Board will hold a workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Town Hall located at 4737 Willow Road. The purpose of the workshop is to continue review on the Athenex Project. Santa Claus coming to ...