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Karen Swierski, Executive Director for Buffalo’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation discusses World Diabetes day. Below, the globe lights at Dunkirk city hall are shining blue in commemoration of World Diabetes Day.

Blue for World Diabetes Day

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Dunkirk City Mayor Willie Rosas commemorated World Diabetes Day by “turning City Hall blue” Tuesday. The large globe lights in front of city hall will radiate blue in honor of the 1.25 million Americans and their families and caregivers affected by Type 1 diabetes. It is estimated that ...

Reed announces $1.3 million grant for Portland

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PORTLAND — On Tuesday, Congressman Tom Reed announced rural development loans and grants of over $1.3 million to the town of Portland. The funds will improve water service infrastructure to area residents and businesses, spurring economic opportunity as part of the larger Northern Chautauqua ...

CCIDA signs project agreement with Athenex

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The County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) Project Agreement with Athenex, Inc. has been signed and the project continues to move forward. The CCIDA will facilitate real property tax and sales tax abatements to incentivize the development and job creation. Last year, ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Sunday Family Breakfast set for Nov. 19 The next Sunday Family Breakfast will be held Sunday, Nov. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Forest Lodge No. 166 at 321 East Main St., Fredonia. This will be a special breakfast as Pomfret Town Historian Todd Langworthy will be in attendance ...

Area police

Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office DUNKIRK — Daniel M. Strong Jr., 22, of Dunkirk was arrested Tuesday for fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property — a felony and petit larceny. Deputies had received a complaint in October of a crime that was committed at 3901 Vineyard ...

Ashville woman injured in fall wins case against state

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Special to the OBSERVER Jamestown attorney, John I. LaMancuso, of Lewis & Lewis, P.C., obtained a liability verdict on behalf of Ashville resident Rebecca Frye in a personal injury lawsuit against the state of New York. Frye was seriously injured in a fall at the Prendergast Boat ...

Incubator to host Hispanic networking event today

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The Fredonia Technology Incubator will host a Hispanic entrepreneurial networking event, designed to engage with local Hispanic entrepreneurs, provide an opportunity to network with other business owners and learn about entrepreneurial support and services provided by the incubator, today, Nov. ...

Dunkirk Chamber appreciation dinner set for Thursday

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The Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce annual appreciation dinner will be Thursday at Manning’s Fireside Manor Restaurant, 5377 West Lake Road, Dunkirk. Guest speakers will be Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas and Rebecca Yanus, director of Economic Development. This event is sponsored by: ...

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On Monday, the Fredonia Village Board approved to set a public hearing regarding village sign restriction changes. The public hearing is set for Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Trustees' Room, located on the second floor.

Fredonia sets public hearing to update sign code

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A revision to Fredonia’s zoning law is looking to bring equality to all signs. On Monday, village trustees approved to set a public hearing for the Nov. 27 meeting on amendments to sign restrictions within Chapter 297. One language change is found within Section 16.7, and it reads that any ...

Arkwright chops highway chief’s salary, OKs budget

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ARKWRIGHT — The Arkwright town budget was approved Monday with few changes. Overall, the real property taxes will go up 21-cents per thousand, from $11.69 to $11.90, and the fire tax will go up 3-cents per thousand, from $1.56 to $1.59. The budget stayed below the 2 percent property tax ...

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Donald Butler, Panama school board president, announces the result of the Panama-Clymer advisory referendum Monday night. Panama residents passed the straw vote, but Clymer overwhelmingly rejected it.

Panama-Clymer school merger rejected

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PANAMA — The subject of a potential merger between two Chautauqua County school districts remains a divisive one. On Monday, an advisory referendum — also known as a straw vote — undertaken by the Panama and Clymer districts as to the feasibility of consolidating the districts had ...

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Officials break ground on work at Point Gratiot Park in Dunkirk. Pictured from left is Deputy Director of Development Edward J. Hayes, Legislator Bob Bankoski, Development Director Rebecca Yanus, Mayor Willie Rosas, Legislator and Sen. Catharine Young's representative Kevin Muldowney, Second Ward Councilman Marty Bamonto, LaBella Project Manager Ed Schober and project contractor Ryan Doyle from Perry Construction Group of Erie, Pa.

On ‘Point’

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Point Gratiot Park is a jewel of the Dunkirk community and Monday officials moved forward with making sure it shines. The project to put roofs on pavilions, improve electrical service to allow for live music and bring bathrooms into Americans with Disabilities Act compliance was set into ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Public hearing on the city budget Wednesday The Dunkirk Common Council will hold a public hearing on the 2018 budget Wednesday at 4 p.m. in city hall. Revitalize Dunkirk meeting Thursday The November meeting of Revitalize Dunkirk will be held on Thursday, November 16 at the SUNY Fredonia ...

Area police

Area police

Portland man charged in assault PORTLAND — A 46-year-old man is facing assault charges after an incident early Saturday evening. Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies report Dennis Campbell had allegedly assaulted and choked another person during a dispute around 5:40 p.m. Campbell was ...

Fall is time for people to get flu shots

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Residents are strongly encouraged to receive this year’s influenza (“flu”) vaccine as soon as possible in order to build up antibodies to the influenza viruses. County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and Erie County Commissioner of Health, Dr. Gale Burstein, led the way recently by ...

Forestville Middle/High School announces honor rolls

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FORESTVILLE — The following students have been commended for academic achievement at the Forestville Middle/High School for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year: Twelfth Grade High Honor Roll Ashlee Bailey, Julia Burgos, Cecelia Egan, Hannah Fetterick, Benjamin Gould, Alyssa ...

Chautauqua Institution welcomes new trustees

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CHAUTAUQUA — Chautauqua community members Michael D. Metzger and Marnette Perry have begun their four-year terms of service on the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees. The pair replaces longtime trustees Laura Pembridge Currie and Ron Kilpatrick, who depart after reaching their term ...

Stark reality: two charged after running on Bills’ field

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ORCHARD PARK — Two individuals, one in clothing and one without, were charged during Sunday’s Buffalo Bills game after they entered the field. Tristan Lambright, 29 of Cheektowaga, was arrested after jumping from the stands onto the field naked. Lambright is charged with misdemeanor ...