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Chautauqua Leadership Network Celebrates 25 Years Chautauqua Leadership Network will be celebrating its 25th anniversary of training and developing community leaders. The celebration will take place at 21 Brix in Ripley this Saturday. The event will be from 7-10 p.m. There will be a “Best ...

Area Police

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Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ≤ GERRY — Christopher A. Cross, 34, of Warren, Pa., was charged Tuesday with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and speed in zone. At about 2 a.m., deputies stopped Cross in his vehicle on Route 60 for speeding. A brief ...

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The Fredonia Presbyterian Church is seeking small packages of personal health supplies that are of incredible value to someone who is stranded in a shelter.

Fredonia Presbyterian Church collecting hygiene kits

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The Fredonia Presbyterian Church is collecting hygiene kits to be delivered to victims of the recent hurricanes. Hygiene kits are small packages of personal health supplies that are of incredible value to someone who is stranded in a shelter. Simple things like a washcloth and towel, soap, ...

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Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas, left, visits Northern Chautauqua Catholic School and first-year Principal Jenny Tilaro, right.

Rosas welcomes new Catholic School principal

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City of Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas and new Northern Chautauqua Catholic School (NCCS) Principal Jenny Tilaro are working together to promote youth education and provide support to the Hispanic community in Dunkirk and the local region. Mayor Rosas personally welcomed Tilaro to Dunkirk at ...

NYSUT endorses Gallant in 2018 for Congress

Local/Region

ALBANY — New York State United Teachers announced its unanimous endorsement of Rick Gallant, a veteran public school teacher and coach, in his bid for New York’s 23rd congressional seat. Gallant, whose endorsement was issued by NYSUT’s Board of Directors, has worked in the ...

WMH Auxiliary annual meeting Sept. 26

Local/Region

Westfield Memorial Hospital Regional Auxiliary will hold its annual meeting next Tuesday at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Lakeshore Assembly of God Church at 252 E. Main St., Westfield. Dinner will be provided by the Auxiliary Board members. The business meeting will include election ...

Grape Discovery Center to hold 4th Annual Blessing of the Grapes

Local/Region

The Grape Discovery Center will hold its Fourth Annual Blessing of the Grapes this Saturday. Reverend Virgina Carr, of St. Peters Episcopal Church in Westfield, will begin the service at 1 p.m. sharp on the Steve Baran Memorial Patio. A reception will follow the service where 13 years of the ...

The Resource Center to hold Arts and Crafts Show today, Friday

Local/Region

The Resource Center Day Program will hold an arts and crafts show today and Friday featuring items made by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event will be held in TRC’s facility at 186 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk. The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and ...

New online campus calendar makes it easy to find events at Fredonia

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The Department of Marketing and Communications at the State University of New York at Fredonia has established a new, robust online campus calendar for the university website. “Events @ Fredonia” is live at http://events.fredonia.edu. A year of planning, set-up, and configuration has ...

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A Carly’s Club fundraiser will take place this Saturday at Rookies on the Lake from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Internationally known musicians Sarah McLachlan (top left), Lady Antebellum (above) and Kelsea Ballerini (top right) will have autographed guitars that will be part of a number of raffles.  Pictured with the musicians is Rick Kozlowski, coordinator for the Gifts of Love and Hope.

Join the club

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There are some big names taking part in a fundraiser for Carly’s Club in Dunkirk this Saturday. Rick Kozlowski, coordinator for the Gifts of Love and Hope, said the event will take place from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Rookies on the Lake on Lake Shore Drive. One hundred percent of the proceeds go ...

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Prosecution believes kidnapping was sexually motivated

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MAYVILLE — Along with a kidnapping allegation, prosecutors are also pursuing a sexually-motivated felony against Samuel Saeli, the Dunkirk man who allegedly abducted a 13-year-old boy last year. Prosecutors believe Saeli kidnapped the boy for sexual gratification, and they say there’s ...

Gowanda to host drug prevention training

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GOWANDA — Gowanda Central School District is taking action against opioids. The district will host an overdose prevention training on Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, which is open to the public, with the goal of being prepared for the possibility of an overdose. “At ...

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Pictured from left, First Ward Councilman Don Williams Jr., Second Ward councilman Marty Bamonto, Third Ward Councilman Adelino Gonzalez and Fourth Ward Councilwoman Stacy Szukala discuss the LED lighting project at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting.

Dunkirk to lead with LEDs

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The future will be brighter in the city of Dunkirk, at least literally. The LED lighting project brought to the Finance Committee last week was approved in a 4-1 vote by the Common Council Tuesday. Members who attended the committee meeting expressed their support for the project. However, ...

Community notebook — Sept. 20

Community Notebook

Sonia Perry Pearl benefit set for Saturday A benefit for Sonia Perry Pearl is being held this Saturday from 2-7 p.m. at the Dunkirk Conference Grounds. Tickets for the lasagna dinner are $20 at the door. Live music provided along with beer, wine and hotdogs. Many large gift basket will be ...

Area police — Sept. 20

Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ¯ MINA — Charges have been filed in an accident that occurred earlier this month. At approximately 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3 deputies responded to a personal injury accident on Sulphur Springs Road. After an investigation, it was determined that a ...

Submitted Photo: Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas holds a $10,000 check from Purina with Purina Plant Manager, Ron Bowers, left, and Monica Kemp, dog park advocate. They are joined by members of the Purina staff and Development Director Rebecca Yanus.

City of Dunkirk gears up for a new dog park

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The city of Dunkirk announced the official signing of the lease agreement for the city’s first dog park. After great deliberation, the city passed a resolution to locate the dog park on private property that was generously offered to the city through a $1 per year lease agreement. The ...

Dunkirk High School Learn to Swim registration set for Friday

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Dunkirk High School Pool announces Learn To Swim session as follows: Classes for the following age groups: Guppies (beginners), Minnows, Fish, Sharks and Dolphins (advanced) The swimming classes will take place on Saturday mornings, in three sessions, beginning on Oct. 7, ending on Dec. ...

Horrigan to unveil county budget Sept. 27

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MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan will provide his 2018 Tentative Budget Presentation to the Chautauqua County Legislature on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. The presentation will be during the full County Legislature meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Legislative ...