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Vaccines matter in health care, alliance says

Local/Region

The Western New York Public Health Alliance is a not-for-profit organization comprised of the Public Health Directors and other community public health leaders from the eight counties of western New York. Their mission is to support collaboration across the region to further public health ...

Sheridan postpones public hearing

Local/Region

SHERIDAN — Decisions about Local Law No. 1 of 2017 will have to wait in the town of Sheridan. A public hearing on the law, which has to do with the placement and installation of solar panels and solar power systems, was scheduled for Thursday before the town board’s regular monthly ...

Wineries draw crowd at Chamber’s Grape Expectations

Wineries draw crowd at Chamber’s Grape Expectations

Business

The Clarion Hotel and Conference Center played host to the annual Dunkirk and Fredonia Chamber of Commerce “Grape Expectations” fund raising event on Friday. The event is the primary fundraising event to benefit local high school students planning on attending college and successfully ...

Lily Dale Assembly members stand with their $10,000 check to help fund a butterfly habitat.

Community connection

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The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation held its Spring 2017 community grant awards open house earlier this week at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator in the city of Dunkirk, as grateful grant winners showed up to mingle, pick up their checks and pose for photos. Twenty-eight ...

OBSERVER File Photo. When a man was pinned by a tree in his yard on April 12 in the city, no one was able to anticipate yet another problem — the inability to understand the Spanish-speaking resident.

Hablas espanol? City wants Spanish-speaking firefighter

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When a man ended up being pinned by a tree that he was trying to cut down in his yard on April 12 in the city of Dunkirk, no one could anticipate that there’d be more problems than the obvious, at the time, that would arise. According to Third Ward Councilman Adelino Gonzalez Jr., the man ...

Jessica Wisniewski (left) with County Executive Vince Horrigan.

Fredonia woman named new county HR director

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MAYVILLE — A new county human resources director has been selected. Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan announced Friday his selection of Jessica Wisniewski as the one to succeed outgoing director Joseph Porpiglia. The county executive’s appointment is subject to the County ...

OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox. The Hanover Boat Launch.

Hanover gets 2nd $75K dredging grant

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HANOVER — Getting money back for a bill that’s already been paid may sound like a fantasy, but that’s exactly what’s happening in the town of Hanover concerning last spring’s Cattaraugus Creek dredging project. Dean Marine & Excavating, out of the Detroit, Michigan area, did ...

Trustee ‘appalled’ by money throwing

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The Fredonia Village Board is in agreement that it will not tolerate the throwing of any items during its meetings. At a recent meeting, Trustee Phyllis Jones brought up an incident last month in which a resident threw a $20 bill at the board as part of a heated argument involving the Barker ...

Area police

Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ¯ GERRY — Jessica L. Zenns, 36, of Jamestown, was charged with several offenses Thursday at about 5:20 p.m. According to reports, deputies stopped her vehicle on Route 60 for moving from the lane unsafely. Further investigation allegedly revealed that ...

Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary rummage sale today

Local/Region

CASSADAGA — The Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary held its regular meeting Tuesday, May 9, with 12 members attending. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Auxiliary preamble, and a moment of silence for our fallen soldiers. In the absence of Chaplain Paula Pattison, opening ...

Cherry Creek water voted best tasting in Chautauqua County

Local/Region

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler congratulates the village of Cherry Creek for being the winner of the 24th annual Water Tasting Contest held at Chautauqua Mall on May 13. The village draws its water from groundwater wells and ...

Town of Sheridan makes hires, donations

Local/Region

SHERIDAN — The town of Sheridan took care of business Thursday, and that involved welcoming employees and deciding on donations. Highway Superintendent Jeffrey Feinen announced that he had hired Doug Gula as the town’s new equipment operator. “I had ... about 30 applicants (for the ...

Forestville Villagewide Yard Sale slated for June 10

Local/Region

FORESTVILLE — Forestville residents — have you been hoarding or just have too much stuff? Time to clean out that garage, dig through your closets, check out the attic or anywhere else you’ve been storing all that stuff that you just don’t use anymore. This is your chance to get some ...

Comedy Center secures $5M in capital funding

Local/Region

JAMESTOWN — The National Comedy Center, the first national-scale, non-profit cultural institution and visitor experience dedicated to comedy, has secured all funding for its capital budget with the closing of a Federal New Markets Tax Credit transaction that provided the project with ...

Lakeshore Humane Society recognized by county clerk

Local/Region

The Lakeshore Humane Society received the most votes in the month of March in the Chautauqua County Clerk’s office Dress Down to Lift Up charity fund drive, which features 12 local charitable organizations. The organizations with the most votes at the end of the year will receive monetary ...

Westfield Farmers’ Market opening next week

Local/Region

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market opens for its 11th season on Saturday, May 27. The outdoor market takes place in the village of Westfield at the intersection of Routess 394 and 20 in Moore Park, minutes from Thruway Exit 60 (Westfield). The market offers fresh, ...

Cocaine, crack seized in Jamestown drug raid

Local/Region

JAMESTOWN — Police raided a Sampson Street home Friday morning, charging two residents and seizing nearly 160 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine. At 5:25 a.m., investigators from the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, New York State Police CNET and agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement ...