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Gerace to appear on ‘City Speaks’

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Sheriff Joe Gerace will be the featured guest on this week’s “City Speaks” show to be aired on Spectrum 1301 at 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. starting today, daily. Future guests will include other state, county and local officials. If you would like to be a guest on “City Speaks,” please ...

Region under flood watch through Friday

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Western New York is under a flood watch beginning this afternoon and running through Friday. According to the National Weather Service, widespread rain will develop today and continue through tonight and into early Friday across all of Western New York, with the heaviest rain expected to ...

Question 3

District 23 debate

The issue of jobs continues to be a major topic for this district. However, unemployment in the district is at its lowest rate in years and businesses say they cannot find workers to fill open positions. How do we cope with this issue? http://extras.observertoday.com/ads/Question3.mp3

Question 4

District 23 debate

How do you plan to work in a bipartisan spirit as the country continues to be so politically divided? http://extras.observertoday.com/ads/Question4.mp3

Bedbugs lead to debate relocation

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A bedbug incident with a prisoner led to a debate getting moved from Dunkirk City Hall Tuesday night. “A subject was arrested (Tuesday) and brought into court with an arraignment, it appears he did have bedbugs,” Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas said. “We did bring a crew in and the DPW ...

Each candidate accuses other of extremism during debate

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U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, and Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano squared off in a debate last week at The Post-Journal while criticizing each other for being too extreme on either side of the political spectrum. As a co-chair and founder of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group consisting ...

Local area announces Halloween hours for today

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Once again the streets will fill with monsters, ghouls and Disney characters of all kinds as October draws to a close. Before we all partake of turkey and stuffing next month, various city, town and village officials have outlined their hours and events for trick-or-treaters and their families ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Training planned for Saturday The Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Training is scheduled for Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the YWCA of Westfield, 56 S. Portage St. The Stewards of Children program educates adults to prevent, recognize ...

Van goes through small creek

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OBSERVER Photo by Gregory Bacon The driver of a full-size van was OK after in an accident Tuesday afternoon. Police said his vehicle went off Chapin Road, Silver Creek, in and out of a creek and stopped just short of hitting a telephone pole.

Old-fashioned Barn Dance dedicated to a cause this month

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The barn dance on Friday is a special medical fund-raiser dance. Virginia Seekings is a college age woman who has been in serious medical trouble since April. Her story was featured on the front page of the Dunkirk Observer on Sept. 3, 2018. In short, food poisoning turned into gastroenteritis, ...

Minor injuries reported in Monday’s Route 5 crash

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SHERIDAN — Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies responded Route 5 and Harrington Road in the town of Sheridan on Monday for a motor vehicle accident with injury. After an investigation, it was found that a vehicle being operated westbound by Alex D. Wirfel, 18, of Hamburg, had traveled into ...

Thrifty Kitty Christmas Store opening Thursday

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WESTFIELD — Westfield Stray Cat Rescue announces the Thrifty Kitty Christmas Store will be opening Thursday at 10 a.m. The Thrifty Kitty Christmas Store is located at 19 Elm St., Westfield, next to the Main Diner. Plan to stop in and be prepared to be amazed at the beautiful and varied ...

Halloween and harvest-themed homes

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Going out tonight for Halloween? Here are some spooky or harvest-themed houses noted by readers, in local neighborhoods. Cassadaga Pennington Place, John Sipos Dunkirk 526 Franklin Ave. 528 Franklin Ave., Glen, Chloe, Faith and Grace 108 King St., Sandy Lombardo 46 Market St., ...

No injuries in Route 5 crash

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There were no injuries in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in the East Town of Dunkirk. Around 1 p.m., State Police and firefighters responded to an accident on Route 5. A pick-up truck rear-ended a car that was turning into a driveway. Although the car was heavily damaged, the driver ...

Seneca Nation receives near $1M grant from HUD

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IRVING — On Monday afternoon, representatives of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) presented a grant of $996,441 to the Seneca Nation of Indians to help income challenged families within their community. The grants that comprise this lump-sum amount are part of the ...

Update: Minor injuries in Route 5 crash

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Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies responded Route 5 and Harrington Road in the town of Sheridan on Monday for a motor vehicle accident with injury. After an investigation, it was found that a vehicle being operated westbound by Alex D. Wirfel, 18, of Hamburg, had traveled into the path of a ...

‘60 Minutes’ report on diocese lauded, criticized

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A sexual abuse survivor from the Diocese of Buffalo is hailing the “60 Minutes” report that aired Sunday night on the CBS network news magazine. Matt Golden, who sued the Diocese of Buffalo in August claiming the diocese and Bishop Richard J. Malone created and exposed the public to ...