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Cassadaga Village Board approves budget

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CASSADAGA — Another year, another lowered tax rate in the village of Cassadaga. During the Cassadaga Village Board voted on and passed the 2017-2018 budget. According to village clerk Roxanne Astry, the tax rate will be decreased $0.24 per thousand dollars of assessed value, with the new ...

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Pictured are new Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care Team members Music Therapist Shelby Hester  (left) and Johnna Grice, RN.

Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care welcomes new staff

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Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care is pleased to announce the recent addition of two new hospice team members. Johnna Grice, RN has joined as a nurse case manager and Shelby Hester has been hired as a Music Therapist. Grice is a 1998 graduate of Jamestown High School and 2010 graduate of ...

Steve Stephens, after being pursued by Pennsylvania State Police, committed  suicide.

Man sought in Facebook murder found dead in Erie

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The man who randomly killed a Cleveland retiree and posted video of the crime on Facebook shot himself to death on Tuesday in Pennsylvania, police said. Pennsylvania State Police said Steve Stephens was spotted Tuesday morning in Erie County, in the state's northwest corner. ...

East Otto man facing manslaughter charge in accident

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EAST OTTO — A January accident has led to charges of second-degree manslaughter for a 30-year-old town resident. Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies today reported the arrest of Andrew Armbruster who was the driver during a fatal automobile accident in which passenger, Grace E. Armbruster, ...

Above, Nolan Potter sits on his great-grandma’s lap.  He holds pussy willows and wears a chicken hat, but he’s not exactly sure he wants to learn the “birdie dance.”

Happy Dyngus Day

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Buffalo, New York is the self-proclaimed “Dyngus Day Capital of the World,” but Monday, Dunkirk’s Kosciuszko Club threw a party to rival it. Dyngus Day, also known as Smigus-Dyngus or lany poniedzialek (Wet Monday), is a Polish holiday celebrated the day after Easter. Traditionally, ...

Waterline opposition heard in Westfield

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WESTFIELD — Residents along Route 20 West, from Munson Road to Walker Road West, presented a signed petition to the Town Board opposing a potential water line expansion project. The petition was submitted at the monthly Town Board meeting. Twenty residents oppose and three favor a water ...

Registered voters in two major parties the same

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A dead even tie. That’s the only way that describes the total number of active voters in two of the major political parties in Chautauqua County as of April 1. Per state election law, county election boards must set its official enrollment totals by party on the first day of April. This ...

Steve Stephens, after being pursued by Pennsylvania State Police, committed  suicide.

Area on alert for suspected killer from Cleveland

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Authorities in several states, including New York, were on the lookout for a behavioral health case manager who posted a gruesome Facebook video of himself randomly shooting a Cleveland retiree who was collecting discarded cans. Cleveland police allege 37-year-old Steve Stephens shot a ...

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New York State Police ¯ ELLERY — William Kozuch, 49, of Erie, PA, was charged on Friday with Driving While Intoxicated. Kozuch was pulled over on I-86 in Ellery for speeding, and after failing several standard field sobriety tests, Kozuch was placed under arrest. Kozuch was transported ...

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News of Dyngus Day spreads to OBSERVER

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OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino Bruce Tarnowski stopped by the OBSERVER Monday morning. Dressed in suit and tie, hat and wig, he honked his horn and waggled pussy willows as he wished everyone a happy Dyngus Day. Tarnowski was joined by an entourage in the Polish colors of red and white to ...

Crews respond to garage fire early Monday

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BROCTON — Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 8142 Route 380 near Brocton early Monday morning. Arriving on the scene around 3 a.m., Brocton Fire Chief Phil Gerace said the garage was beyond repair, but his crew, along with Portland and Stockton fire departments, did a good ...

Student Business Competition finals slated for Wednesday

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The Fredonia Technology Incubator (FTI) of the State University of New York at Fredonia will host the finals of its second annual Student Business Competition powered by AT&T on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Seven student businesses have been chosen and representatives will present their business ...

This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Police shows Steve Stephens. Cleveland police said they are searching for Stephens, a homicide suspect, who recorded himself shooting another man and then posed the video on Facebook on Sunday.

Area on alert for suspected killer from Cleveland

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities in several states, including New York, were on the lookout for a behavioral health case manager who posted gruesome Facebook video of himself randomly shooting a Cleveland retiree who was collecting discarded cans. Cleveland police allege 37-year-old Steve ...

Jamestown police investigate Easter shooting

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JAMESTOWN — The Jamestown Police Department is investigating an alleged shooting incident that occurred within city limits Sunday afternoon. According to police, several calls were received by the department from residents along Strong Street shortly after 3 p.m. regarding a shooting in the ...

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Construction continues and is on schedule at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater. Pictured is the back-of-house area, where finishing work is currently being completed.

Franklin to open at Chautauqua Institution

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The first performer to grace the stage at the new Amphitheater this summer will be none other than Aretha Franklin. Jordan Steves, Chautauqua Institution interim vice president of Marketing and Communications and director of Communications, said the institution is honored to welcome Franklin ...

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Pictured is Jeff Passafaro, Dunkirk Town attorney, as he discusses funding options for the newly purchased snowplow for the town, which should be arriving in September.

Pomfret makes truck payment decision

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After months of deliberation, the town of Pomfret has finally decided how it’s going to pay for the recent purchase of a truck that will replace one of the many trucks in Pomfret’s garage that are in dire need of repairs or replacement. According to Town Attorney Jeff Passafaro, the town ...

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Pictured is a blueprint of the building that will house the Gowanda Ambulance.

Gowanda raising money for ambulance’s new home

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GOWANDA — And the gauntlet is thrown. An anonymous donor has put area residents on the clock, donating $5,000 to help raise money toward a building for the Gowanda Ambulance. However, what the residents could do is match that $5,000 and the donor would top it once again with another ...