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Standoff ends without violence; man arrested

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A Sunday morning standoff in Pomfret ended without violence. Gary T. Ortolano, 57, was arrested for fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon after negotiations with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team. “On Sunday June 6th at approximately 7:43 a.m. Chautauqua County ...

Humane Society sets new festival, dog walk

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Let your inner flower child bloom at Woofstock! The 15th annual Pat McGee Memorial Dog Walk and new Woofstock Festival will be held on Saturday at the Lakeshore Humane Society Adoption Center and grounds. This event is named in honor of the late New York State Senator Pat McGee, who worked to ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation board meeting set for Wednesday The Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation (CCLBC) will hold its monthly board meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 12 at the Jamestown Airport, in the Main Terminal Conference Room A. These meetings of the CCLBC are ...

Area police

Area police

Gowanda Police Department ¯ On May 30, at around 7:40 p.m., a vehicle was stopped on Allen and Seneca Streets for a stop sign violation. During the stop, a computer check found that the driver, Reid W. Gunnerson, 32, of Dunkirk allegedly had a suspended license. It was also purportedly ...

Local organization honors retiree

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The Chautauqua County Foreign Language Teachers Association presented a plaque to Patricia Martin of Sherman Central School who is retiring this year. The CCFLTA awards a $250 annual scholarship to graduating students who plan to further their education in language studies. Pictured left to ...

The Chautauqua Center to open Jamestown location

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JAMESTOWN — On June 17, The Chautauqua Center (TCC) will open its doors to primary care, behavioral health and substance abuse patients at its new site, located at 107 Institute Street in Jamestown. The new building is near the intersection of Harrison and Institute streets in downtown ...

Library sets computer classes

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Basic Computers: Today, 11 a.m. to 12:30p.m. I-Phone Basics: June 12, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Exploring the Library Edition of Ancestry: June 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m. I-Pad & Tablet Basics: June 14, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Digital Photography: June 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Exploring the ...

Giglio introduces bill to extend parole hearing gap

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Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda), Assembly Republican Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) and several of their peers held a press conference recently to introduce legislation extending the period between parole hearings from two to five years. The bill is colloquially titled ...

Fredonia police thank Beaver Club for trailer

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The Fredonia Police Department would like to thank The Fredonia Beaver Club for its recent donation of a message board/speed monitoring trailer. The trailer can be used for multiple purposes such as posting warning messages or monitoring the speed of vehicles. Pictured above from left to right ...

Dunkirk Lighthouse now open

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The Dunkirk Lighthouse has opened for the season. Hours of operation are Sunday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for June, opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the months of July and August. Admission tickets to tour the house and tower are $10 per person, $8 for seniors (55 and older), veterans, ...

League of Women Voters plans ‘Meet the Candidates’

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The League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County invites the public to meet and question Republican primary candidates for Chautauqua County Legislature Dunkirk District 1 and the New York State Senate District 57 vacancy at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 17 in the courtroom in City Hall. Running for ...

Sinclairville library announces summertime musical jam sessions

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SINCLAIRVILLE — The Sinclairville Free Library invites the public to participate in musical jam sessions on the following dates and times: Thursday, June 20 from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, July 11 from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 25 from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, August 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. and ...

Civic Calendar

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Cassadaga Monday — Cassadaga Valley Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., middle/high school multi-purpose room Dayton Wednesday — Dayton Town Board, 7 p.m., town hall Dunkirk Tuesday — Common Council Personnel Committee, 4 p.m., city hall Thursday — Dunkirk Board of ...

BINGHAMTON BOUND: Bulldogs win Far West

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OBSERVER Photo by Braden Carmen The Brocton Bulldogs are heading to binghamton to compete in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D Final Four following their 6-4 victory over Honeoye on Saturday in the Far West Regional game in Batavia. For ...

Addiction symptoms inflict newborns

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While newborn babies cannot inherently be born with an addiction if mothers use drugs during pregnancy they can, however, develop neonatal abstinence syndrome or NAS, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Chautauqua County is no exception. “It’s definitely been a documented ...

Dunkirk native publishes book for new teachers

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BEMUS POINT — According to recent data from New York State United Teachers, a state-wide union with nearly 300,000 members, New York will experience a teacher shortage in the near future, and many parts of the state have already experienced this shortage. Reasons for the shortage range from ...

Festivals dominate Dunkirk Saturday

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Festivals abound in the first truly summer day in the city of Dunkirk on Saturday. The weather didn’t disappoint anyone’s day as people clamored to get to The Great Lakes Experience, taking place at Memorial Park; the first Community Street Fair, hosted by Rural Ministry and NCCS and the ...

Essek appears to be mayoral challenger

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Fredonia Trustee Douglas Essek is apparently running for village mayor. The Republican wants to unseat Democrat Mayor Athanasia Landis. An advertisement that appeared in a booklet for a Conservative Party dinner on Thursday in Celoron asks people to vote for him on the Conservative line ...