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Beavers: a peculiar animal that can change its habitat

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There was an odd scraping sound coming from the creek that was twenty feet from where I was standing. The noise was unmistakable, but impossible to describe. It sounded like a cross between chewing and the harsh grate of a rusty metal file. That description made no sense to most people, but the ...

Chamber to host Small Business Week open houses

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The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will kick off its 2019 spring membership drive with a pair of Small Business Appreciation Open House events. On Monday, May 6, the Chamber invites you to stop in for a light lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at either of its offices: in the JCC North ...

Community Bank N.A. announces district manager promotion

Business

Gowanda — Community Bank N.A. is pleased to announce the promotion of Ralph Swanson to district manager of the banks’ west market. He brings to the position more than 35 years of experience in the financial industry. In his new role, Swanson will oversee six Community Bank N.A. branches ...

Brooks Obstetrics receives Fisher Price donation

Business

The Obstetrics Department at Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. is honored to receive a generous donation of three infant swings from Fisher Price in East Aurora, NY. According to Katie Tomkiewicz, RN, OB nurse manager, “Infant swings can be a valuable asset when mom needs help soothing a ...

Church celebrates Good Friday

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While many local churches re-enact the birth of Christ through living nativities and church pageants at Christmas time, few commemorate Christ’s death in the same way. However, Christian Worship Center of Fredonia did just that on Friday through their “Passion Walk” down Central Avenue, ...

Head-on collision on Rt. 60

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OBSERVER Photo by Gregory Bacon. There was a two-vehicle head-on collision on Route 60, Fredonia, in front of the Kwik Fill gas station around 11:45 a.m. Friday. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Both the Fredonia Police and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office responded to the ...

Alstar workers seek pay raise

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Employees of Alstar EMS, the largest provider of emergency services in Chautauqua County, are hoping to receive an increase in pay as contract talks with the company have stalled. In an effort to get their points across, workers are tentatively scheduled to take part in an informational ...

Water meter issues dominate Hanover meeting

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HANOVER — Residents of the hamlet of Forestville voiced a number of complaints regarding the water bills and meters at the recent Hanover Town Board. In a workshop before the meeting, Superintendent of Wastewater and Sewer Rob Wisekirker gave a presentation on improving meter-reading ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Fredonia Food Pantry open today On Saturday, April 20, The Fredonia Food Pantry will be open from 10 a.m. until noon at Fredonia Presbyterian Church at 219 Central Ave. The pantry serves the needs of residents of Fredonia, area code 14063, Pomfret, Sheridan and Laona. All guests receive one ...

Area police and courts

Area police

Chautauqua County Court MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson announced the following recent pleas and sentences in Chautauqua County Court: ¯ James Caloren, 37, of Jamestown, was sentenced on Jan. 10, by Acting Chautauqua County Court Judge John Lamancuso on one ...

Dairy princesses prepare for pageant with potluck paint night

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County is pleased to announce the upcoming Dairy Princess Pageant to be held on Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bemus Point United Methodist Church, in conjunction with the Dairy of Distinction Awards Program. Candidates for dairy princess must be ...

Anderson-Lee Library to host special storytime with guest readers

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SILVER CREEK — Anderson-Lee Library will hold a special story time to celebrate the Month of the Young Child on Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. Families of young children are invited to attend and hear stories from guest readers Jeff Hornburg, village of Silver Creek mayor, and Virginia Miller, ...

4,000 students learn about agriculture and farmers markets

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program is dedicated to providing opportunities for the public to interact with our local agriculture industry. In celebration of National Agriculture Week (March 18-22), area elementary students were able to participate in the ...

Girl Scouts help clean up community

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On Saturday, April 6 more than 50 Girl Scouts ages 5-14 from the Tri-County Service Unit (which consists of Silver Creek, Forestville, Sheridan, Irving, Gowanda, and North Collins) joined together for a spring clean-up for the community. With rakes, gloves, and garbage bags, donated from Home ...

Local VFW leaders to move up

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It will be a big year ahead for two VFW members from the area. In June, New York VFW Senior Vice Commander Tom Todaro (Jamestown) and National VFW Senior Vice Commander William “Doc” Schmitz (Dunkirk) will move up. Tom Todaro to Commander of the Department of New York VFW and Doc Schmitz to ...

Town of Ellery does not sign lake pact

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ELLERY — “We’re not going to change our mind.” With those words, Ellery Town Supervisor Arden Johnson cemented the fact that his municipality will be the only group not to sign onto the countywide Memorandum of Agreement for the Chautauqua Lake Weed Management Consensus Strategy, ...

Area schools, officials remember Columbine tragedy

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On April 20, 1999, school safety changed forever. Inside Columbine High School, 15 people were dead and 20 others were wounded after two armed students carried out a shooting spree that ended with the duo taking their own lives. The events would change families, students and the country ...

KeyBank and First Niagara Foundation donate $25,000 to FeedMore WNY

Business

KeyBank and First Niagara Foundation donate $25,000 in merger to feed more in Western New York. In recognition of the recent merger between The Food Bank of Western New York and Meals on Wheels for Western New York, KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, is awarding a ...