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Pictured are the award winners from the Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet last week. The lifetime achievement award went to Dick Golden, and Domus Fare owners with chefs Dennis Colt Jr. and Isaac Borgstrom receiving the Business Persons of the Year. Melanie Mann received the Spirit of Fredonia award. Partners in Kind, led by founder Melissa Pietrkiewicz, was awarded the Service to Humanity award. The Community Service Award went to Lakeshore Humane Society and the Retailer of the Year award went to Greg Giambone and Concord Pharmacy.

Fredonia’s finest

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The Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Awards Banquet last week at the Beaver Club, honoring six recipients with various awards including Dick Golden with the Lifetime Achievement award. Community members, officials and families of the award winners packed the ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Silver Creek Village Board to hold workshop today The Silver Creek Village Board will hold a workshop today at 4 p.m. in the Village Board Room. Fredonia School Board of Education to meet Tuesday The Fredonia Board of Education will meet Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. in the High ...

Area Police

Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ¯After responding to a report of a vehicle stuck in a yard at a location on Brigham Road Wednesday, deputies found the driver Bruce T. Dejesus, 41, of Dunkirk, to be impaired by drugs. Dejesus was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and ...

Eric Schlich

School lecturer gets prize for short-story collection

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“Quantum Convention & Other Stories,” the first book written by Eric Schlich, lecturer of Creative Writing in the State University of New York at Fredonia Department of English, was awarded the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction at the University of North Texas. Ms. Porter ...

Dunkirk school district hires technology coordinator

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The Dunkirk school board held a special meeting recently, passing three resolutions, including appointing Jeremy Dobek, of Dunkirk, to the position of technology director. Dobek will begin his six-month probationary period on Thursday with an annual salary of $65,000. The probationary ...

JCC starting SPREE program for single parents

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Single Parents Reaching Education to Employment (SPREE), an initiative made possible through the Empire State Poverty Initiative (ESPRI) and the WNY Women’s Foundation, is under way at Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus. SPREE, a program based on the WNY Women’s ...

North Collins Village Police activity for January

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North Collins Village Police Department had police officers on duty for 127 hours in the month of January. Officers responded to 54 various requests including: four court details, two traffic arrests, two assists to emergency medical services, a suspicious vehicle, one assist person, one alarm, ...

Preparations are being made to host the 31st annual February celebration at Mayville’s Lakeside Park, which this year will be held Feb. 16-18.

Mayville prepares for 31st Presidents Day Weekend Festival

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MAYVILLE — If everything goes as planned, visitors from near and far will see another ice castle at this year’s Presidents Day Weekend celebration in Mayville. Preparations are being made by the village to host its 31st annual February celebration at Lakeside Park, which this year will be ...

Carroll landfill battle appeal upheld

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ROCHESTER — The company seeking to expand a landfill in the town of Carroll can continue as a party to the challenge of a 2007 town of Carroll law regulating landfills in the town. A Chautauqua County Supreme Court decision allowing Sealand Waste LLC to intervene as a plaintiff in ...

Cathy Young

Young issues letter to DEC opposing landfill

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Citing her “extreme opposition to the landfill expansion proposed by Sealand Waste,” in the town of Carroll, state Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean has sent a letter to the regional office of the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation urging the agency to reject the pending ...

Fire Chief Michael Edwards recalled 2017 as one for the books for four major incidents: A man pinned by a tree on April 12, above, the fire at the old school at 151 King Street on Aug. 2

On call

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Several major incidents and some needed upgrades marked 2017 for the Dunkirk Fire Department. While the total number of calls was down from 2016 with 2,050 total calls, firefighters were kept busy with 67 more transports and 55 more overlapping calls. Those numbers clocked in at 734 and ...

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The intersection at Central Avenue and Lake Shore Drive will get a face lift after the city of Dunkirk received a $50,000 grant.

Dunkirk receives $50K to improve intersection

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Everything is connected when it comes to Dunkirk’s recent grant funding. Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas announced recently that the city received a $50,000 grant award that will build on its other plans. “The $50,000 grant is very exciting news. It really came unexpectedly. Planning and ...

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Pictured is the lot where Revere Inn used to stand. The county wants to give the space back to the village.

Silver Creek mayor has concerns about Revere Inn land

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SILVER CREEK — Chautauqua County wants to give the site of the former Revere Inn to the village, but officials aren’t quite so excited. Mayor Jeffrey Hornburg informed the board of trustees during a recent meeting that the county wants to hand over control of the site where the old ...

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The Dunkirk Development Department has recently mailed letters looking for sponsorships in hopes of bringing the Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix, which is an international speed boat racing series, to the city this summer.

City gears for boat race event

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OBSERVER Staff Report Without the return of the air show this year, city of Dunkirk officials are looking toward another major event anchor for the summer — and have reached out to organizations and businesses to help with sponsorships. According to a letter from the Dunkirk Development ...

Tompkins County Progressives endorse Golden for Congress

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ELMIRA — The Tompkins County Progressive Committee, a group of more than 100 grass-roots activists, voted to endorse Ian Golden for Congress in New York’s 23rd District. The endorsement comes on the heels of public endorsements from their sister organizations: Progressive Action Network ...

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Public officials continue Puerto Rico relief effort

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Dunkirk City Clerk Edwin Ramos joined Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and other officials Saturday, Feb. 3, at a rally in Buffalo to encourage the federal government to do more to restore Puerto Rico to normalcy after hurricanes ravaged the island this fall. The event, held at the Belle Center, was ...

Youngerman Center to offer head/stroke injury support sessions

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A new round of support group meetings for stroke and head injury survivors and their family members will be held at the Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders at the State University of New York at Fredonia, beginning in late February. A typical group meeting includes ...

Workforce & the Governor’s Budget

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces a challenging budget year with a projected $4.4 billion dollar deficit in 2018. As with all budget proposals there are components that are concerning to the business community and there are items included in the budget that we find encouraging. A core focus of our ...

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4-Hers prepare to serve 700 guests at the 2017 4-H Green Tie Affair. The event will be held Feb. 25.

Limited tickets available for Have a Heart 4-H Green Tie Affair

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MAYVILLE — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program still has pre-sale tickets available for its Sixth Annual Have a Heart for 4-H Green Tie Affair benefit dinner on Sunday, Feb. 25. Tickets for this fun event are still available for $25. Tickets ...