Submitted Photo. Erie County Legislator John J. Mills, right, presents a check to Collins Library Director Abigail Barten-McGowan.

Collins Library fundraiser sets new record


COLLINS — Erie County Legislator John J. Mills is pleased to announce that his annual Hot Dog Roast Fundraiser has once again raised much-needed funding for the Collins Library. He presented the donation to Library Director Abigail Barten-McGowan during a presentation held July 11. “I ...

Benefit gala on ‘expression’ set for Jackson Center


MAYVILLE – The Robert H. Jackson Center will host “The Priceless Art of Free Expression”, a benefit gala to support the Jackson Center’s mission and programs, on Sunday, Aug. 6 in Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center, 215 W. Lake Road. The gala begins at 5 p.m. with an ...

Fire destroys Westfield barn, minor damages to home


A fire in the town of Westfield on Monday led to the total loss of a barn, and very minor damage to a single-family residence — but, fortunately, no injuries. At about 6 p.m., Westfield Fire Department was notified of a barn fire at 8532 Hardscrabble Road, where they arrived to find a barn ...

Horrigan intends to sign law to establish energy loan program


MAYVILLE —The framework to an energy loan program will be established in Chautauqua County. In moving the county to a Clean Energy Community designation, County Executive Vince Horrigan said during a Monday public hearing that he intends to sign a law to allow state financing for energy ...

Gas prices leveling out nationwide


The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is now $2.25 per gallon, down 1 cent from last week. A year ago, the price was $2.22. The New York state average is $2.41 per gallon, down a penny from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.38. AAA Western and Central New ...

Union contract back up for a vote


The Firemen’s Local 616 contract is back on the agenda for tonight’s Common Council meeting. The four-year contract, which expired at the end of 2016, was tabled at last week’s meeting. At that time, council members were hoping to be provided with additional financial information in ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino. The ALDI grocery store in Dunkirk will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for its newly remodeled building.

ALDI reopens Dunkirk store with a fresh look


Beginning Wednesday, ALDI, one of America’s favorite grocery stores, will offer grocery shoppers a fresh experience as it reopens its Buffalo-area store, located at 3878 Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk. The Dunkirk store is part of the aggressive $1.6 billion investment plan ALDI recently ...

OBSERVER Photo by Damian Sebouhian. At Chadwick Bay Industrial Park in Sheridan, three parcels are up for sale.

Primed for business

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More than 10 available properties are primed for business development in Chautauqua County. They vary in acreage and utilities, and many do not have buildings located on the parcels, which means investors and developers have the ability to construct what they want. Properties are listed on ...

“If we get
someone who day-in and
day-out worked narcotics cases, you will see more consistent, more severe and more efficient results.” Patrick Swanson, Chautauqua County district attorney

DA wants narcotics prosecutor

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MAYVILLE — Seeing the same drug dealers appear in the news is an all-too-frustrating routine, and begs the question, what, if anything, can stop these criminals from returning to the streets? For Patrick Swanson, Chautauqua County district attorney, an important part of the solution is ...

OBSERVER Photo by Tonja Dodd. Johnathan Courtis of Lakewood shows off two Oz books he purchased at the Westfield Antiques Show Sunday in Eason Hall.

Longest-running antiques show continues in area

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WESTFIELD — Westfield has hosted the nation’s longest-running antiques show. Twenty-four antiques dealers sold their wares at the 79th annual Westfield Antiques Show & Sale in Eason Hall Saturday and Sunday. Westfield’s own historic building, Eason Hall has been the site for all ...

Dale Drive project in Cassadaga is moving forward

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The Chautauqua County Planning Board was excited to announce that funding had been approved for the Dale Drive project. “The Dale Drive TAP application funding was approved unanimously by the Legislature at the June meeting,” said Pat Gooch, board liaison. “I believe it was signed by ...

Terry Brown, PVCS cook manager

Pine Valley School District to see its meal prices increase

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SOUTH DAYTON — The Pine Valley Central School District has decided to increase meal costs by 20 cents across the board. This comes after a stipulation was included in the most recent budget saying that the cafeteria fund was no longer going to be contributed to from the general fund. This ...

Area Police

Area police

Passenger seriously hurt in Mina crash MINA — A motor vehicle accident on Sunday led to serious injuries for a passenger, and a number of charges for the driver, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported. At about 3 a.m., deputies responded to a personal-injury motor vehicle ...

Larry Barmore

Barmore seeking second term as Chautauqua County clerk


Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore has announced he will be seeking re-election to a second term as county clerk. Barmore, a former legislator who was elected to three terms in the county Legislature, was a business owner for more than 40 years prior to being elected county clerk in ...

Students gain insight into health care


JAMESTOWN — Eight pre-med students recently began an eight-week summer with Chautauqua Works Workforce Development Board’s Healthcare Career Advantage Talent Pipeline Development Program, gaining insight into the medical field. Based at UPMC Chautauqua WCA and other area health-care ...

Rebecca Ruiz, 2017 Dunkirk shooting. Facing a second-degree murder charge

On the rise?

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It may have been a tragic case of mistaken identity. On the night of July 6, Rebecca Ruiz allegedly saw a man in the yard through her back door at 141 Lake Shore Drive E. in the city of Dunkirk. A little while later, her 21-year-old boyfriend, Julian Duman, was lying unresponsive ...

Cold storage to locate on city brownfield

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It looks like the lawsuit that prevented a developer from locating in one neighborhood in the city of Dunkirk has not prevented it from setting sights on another. Neighbors rallied against Great Lake Cold Storage building a freezer facility for Fieldbrook Foods on the empty lot between ...