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How to be a friend: A dementia-friendly community approach

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Editor’s note: The following is reprinted from Friday’s edition. By DANA CORWIN NY Connects NY Connects is the Aging and Disability Resource Center for Chautauqua County. You can find a NY Connects in every county in New York State. If you have a long term community care need, we can ...

Walk With Ease coming to Silver Creek

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A national walking program is coming to Silver Creek this fall. Walk With Ease is a program for anyone with arthritis and/or other similar conditions who could benefit from a regular walking program. The program was created by the Arthritis Foundation with studies done by the Thurston Arthritis ...

DA announces distracted driving program for county seniors, juniors

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District Attorney Patrick Swanson announced dates for a program on distracted driving for all 19 public schools that pull students from Chautauqua County. On Sept. 18 and 19, Jacy Good and Steve Johnson from ‘Hang Up and Drive’ will be presenting their message at the Reg Lenna Center for ...

Tractor trailer involved in accident on Route 5

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A tractor trailer was involved in a property damage accident on Route 5 in the town of Pomfret Saturday evening. Witnesses at the scene claim a tractor trailer attempted to pass another tractor trailer heading west on Route 5 when the vehicle apparently went off the road to avoid an accident, ...

Resurrected: Festival begins revival of Cockaigne Ski Resort

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CHERRY CREEK — It’s been seven years since a fire devastated the Cockaigne Ski Resort. Due to the efforts of Chief Executive Officer and owner, Rex Butcher, owner Issac Gratto, and owner Adam Pirtz, Cockaigne Ski Resort is nearing its long awaited revival in December. Ahead of this revival ...

Tracy Mitrano Meet and Greet set

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SILVER CREEK — On Monday, Sept. 24 at the Firehouse on the Lake, 23 Jackson St. in Silver Creek, come have a dinner and meet Tracy Mitrano, candidate for Congress. She is running against Tom Reed in the NY 23rd congressional district Tracy is a highly qualified candidate. She is a ...

Squishing to victory

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SILVER CREEK — The Festival of Grapes returned to Northern Chautauqua County for its 51st year with a squish on Friday, and with its return, a historic moment unfolded. For the first time in the United States’ longest-running festival, a three-way tie saw everyone as winners in one of its ...

Clymer teacher charged with possessing child porn

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OBSERVER Staff Report U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that Scott Aikens, 60, of Clymer, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession of child pornography. The charge carries a mandatory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Special ...

Cassadaga Valley school bus accident results in no injuries

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OBSERVER Staff Report ARKWRIGHT — On Friday morning at 6:55 a.m. on Bard Road in the town of Arkwright, a Cassadaga Valley Central School bus was struck by a vehicle, which resulted in a minor accident. According to a statement released by Superintendent of Schools Chuck Leichner, “In ...

Former Fredonia priest placed on administrative leave

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OBSERVER Staff Report A retired priest who previously served in Fredonia is under investigation. Bishop Richard J. Malone announced that after receiving an abuse complaint against Father John J. Sardina, he placed him on administrative leave as an investigation continues. “This ...

Community notebook

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Sunday Family Breakfast set for Sunday Forest Lodge #166 F & A.M. will be holding its monthly Sunday Family Breakfast on Sept. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This all-you-can-eat breakfast will consist of eggs made to order, pancakes or French toast, sausages, fruit cocktail, toast, ...

Jamestown man indicted on child pornography charges

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U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Matthew Bailer, 33, of Jamestown, with receipt and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a ...

Inmate accused of throwing urine on corrections officer

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MAYVILLE — On Tuesday, David Santiago Jr., 18, of Jamestown was charged with aggravated harassment of an employee by an inmate. While incarcerated at the Chautauqua County Jail on Sept. 7, Santiago threw urine on a correction officer. He was arraigned in the town of Chautauqua Court and ...

Silver Creek man arrested twice in one night

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SILVER CREEK — Early Friday morning, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies responded to two separate incidents of altercations involving Tyrone L. Harrison, 52, of Silver Creek. At 1:26 a.m. on Friday, deputies responded to a call of an altercation occurring at 26 Howard St. in the ...

Kennedy man accused of driving drunk to DWI class

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ASHVILLE — On Wednesday at 6:10 p.m., Dwayne A. Smith, 50, of Kennedy was arrested for DWI and other charges after he was found to be under the influence of alcohol during the prescreening before his court-ordered DWI/Cellphone Victim Impact class at the Ashville BOCES. Victim Impact is ...

Audubon taking bird seed orders through Sept. 27

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JAMESTOWN — With fall just around the corner, now is the time to stock up on birdseed to be sure your feathered friends visit your home throughout the winter. Thursday, Sept. 27, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for ordering bird seed and related treats from Audubon Community Nature Center’s ...

Minor injuries reported in morning bus accident

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ARKWRIGHT — A Cassadaga Valley bus was involved in a minor accident this morning on Bard Road in the town of Arkwright. State Police report that two students sustained "very minor injuries" and were transported to Chautauqua-UMPC Hospital in Jamestown. More information will be released as it ...

In Catholic turmoil, priest keeps upbeat spirit

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Right before the 11 a.m. Mass on Sept. 2 at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Dunkirk, the unexpected heavy rainfall let up. Rays of sunlight began to enter the sanctuary through the cupola above. It was a moment that did not go unnoticed by the Rev. Daniel Walsh, pastor. In welcoming the ...