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Playground effort picks up steam in Evans

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ANGOLA — A playground effort received some additional help from the Evans Town Board. At last week’s meeting, members approved the donation of two seasonal boat passes for 2018 and 2019. The boat passes were donated to the Party in the Playground fundraiser. This fundraiser is for ...

Apply for a passport at the Westfield Post Offices today

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If international summer travel is in your plans, getting to a Post Office to begin the passport application process should be on your to-do list. Once again, the Post Offices of Western NY are hosting passport events with extra appointment times and additional staff to assist. Customers can ...

Day highlights importance of preserving bees, other pollinators

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ELLICOTT — From the approximately 50 members of the Chautauqua County Beekeepers Association Inc. to the world at large, people are rejoicing in the shared appreciation of bees and other pollinators that make many food products from crops to honey possible for consumers. Last year, the ...

More funds sought for city revitalization

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Success was seen last year as the city of Dunkirk received $2.5 million from the state for downtown revitalization projects. This year, the city’s hoping to obtain additional funding — specifically the $10 million grand prize — to pursue more economic growth. City officials are sending ...

North Collins police head gives commencement to police grads

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BATAVIA — It was a 20-plus year reunion, just Rich Cooper was on the podium speaking instead of being the eager listener on the other side. Cooper, the head administrator at North Collins Police Department and officer at Gowanda Police, gave the commencement speech at the Rural Police ...

Gowanda playgrounds to expand at Gateway Park

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GOWANDA — The Gowanda Area Redevelopment Corporation, or GARC, has decided on the play structure it will add to Gateway Park. The park, which was finished in 2016, replaced a former glue factory then landfill to beautify the area near Palmer Street. Sean Christopher of GARC presented the two ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

The community notebook is compiled by the OBSERVER staff. To send in an event or listing, e-mail us at editorial@observertoday or call us at 366-3000. Charlotte Town Clerk’s Office closed today The Charlotte Town Clerk’s Office is closed today. There is a drop box at the Community ...

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Ripley senior flees scene, resists arrest RIPLEY — Deputies pulled over a vehicle Friday evening for allegedly speeding on Route 76. The driver, Robert N. Best, 77, of Ripley, parked his vehicle on private property during the stop. After receiving the initial citation for the infraction, ...

Fire hall construction completed recently in North Collins

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NORTH COLLINS — Construction is been complete on the North Collins Fire Hall, which gives it a new facade and easier fire truck accessibility. “We had to replace the three (garage) doors in front and plus some of the brick and everything,” North Collins Village Mayor Vincent George ...

Gillibrand pushes for feasibility study on Chautauqua Lake

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is charging ahead in the fight against harmful algal blooms in Chautauqua Lake. Gillibrand, D-NY, announced she is urging her fellow Environment and Public Works Committee members to authorize a Chautauqua Lake Feasibility Study as part of the Water Resources ...

Changes could increase testing

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Legislation approved recently in the state Assembly would remove state English and math exams from being included in teacher and principal evaluations — but it could lead to more days of testing. The Assembly voted 133-1 to pass A. 10475 to eliminate the mandate that state-created or ...

SUNY Fredonia enrollment on the rise

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Incoming student numbers are rising for the State University of New York at Fredonia as the next school year will likely break a record. The fall 2017 semester saw the second-largest incoming class in the State University of New York at Fredonia’s history. While the numbers will fluctuate ...

SUNY Fredonia graduates over 1,300; speeches focus on persistence

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Some do it in 1,460 days, while others take a quicker or slower route. Some start when they are about 18, while others may start when they’re 58. However the more than 1,300 students did it, they all graduated the State University of New York at Fredonia and earned their respective degree ...

Man in photo ‘not that type of person’

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ARKWRIGHT — For the last four days, Jake Szumigala has been defined by a picture that appeared on Page 1 of the Wednesday OBSERVER. It showed him within inches of another town resident with a look of anger, pointing his finger at the individual. He wants everyone to know, even Harold Ross ...

JCC holds 68th commencement ceremony

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It’s May, meaning commencement season is in full swing for colleges. Jamestown Community College graduated its Class of 2018 with associates and bachelors degrees Saturday morning in its 68th commencement. In total, 475 spring 2018 graduates, 165 December 2017 graduates and 36 summer 2017 ...

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Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ¯Marjorie C. Bailey, 61, Westfield, was charged with driving while intoxicated and DWI per se on Saturday. At 3:03 a.m., sheriff’s deputies investigated a suspicious situation on the Barcelona Pier in the town of Westfield. The investigation ...

Cattaraugus, Chautauqua counties SUNY Fredonia graduates

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Fredonia President Virginia S. Horvath announced the following students who are spring 2018 candidates for degrees. The students, their hometowns and degrees are as follows: Chautauqua County Bemus Point, NY 14712 Miranda R. Hitchcock, Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies Emily ...

School Three Reading Bike Winners

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This year, students at Dunkirk’s School Three once again took part in a Reading Incentive Program to encourage reading, which was designed with the help of John Bogardus and a group of retired teachers, as well as members of Harvest Chapel Church. The teachers worked very hard to raise money ...