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End of an era

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SILVER CREEK — After nearly 20 years of remaining vacant and falling into disrepair, the old Revere Inn has been demolished, to eventually make space for the future. A demolition team from H.H. Rauh used a Hyundai excavator, propped up on a mound of sand, to take down the building from front ...

Publisher’s notebook: Keeping the faith at Salvation Army

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Even when looking over one of the bleakest of spreadsheets, Lt. Samantha Lockard never loses her optimism. As leader of the Salvation Army location in Dunkirk, she remains upbeat in driving the mission of the agency she represents while making sure as many as possible are being ...

Dunkirk to hold portrait dedication ceremony

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The portraits of several city judges will be hung on Monday. In the typical Courtroom scene in movies and television shows, it is common for the camera to pan through the Courtroom and the judge’s bench. Typically there are a number of portraits displayed on the walls of past Judges. These ...

A systematic change

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A proposal by Dunkirk Schools’ Superintendent Dr. James Tracy is aiming to place grade levels in the same building. Tracy told board of education members on Thursday that the idea came up when he first interviewed for the job as teachers were expressing their wish to have grade levels ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Fredonia to hold special meeting Monday There will be a special meeting held on Monday, Dec. 18 immediately following the scheduled workshop at 6:30 p.m. to discuss any business that may come before the board. County Soil & Water Conservation District to hold meeting The ...

Area police

Area police

POLAND — Deputies stopped a vehicle driven by Melissa M Faulkner on Dec. 9 at around 12:47 a.m. for observed traffic violations on Route 394 in the town of Poland. Upon investigation, Faulkner was alleged to have been intoxicated. Faulkner was taken into custody and charged with fail to ...

Two charged with drug possession in South Dayton

Local/Region

SOUTH DAYTON — Two residents are facing seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charges stemming from an incident on Sunday morning. New York State Police at Collins this morning reported the arrest of Bret M. Smith, 27 of South Dayton and Layna R. Jimerson, 28, after ...

National Grid promotes staffer to regional manager

Business

BUFFALO — Ken Kujawa has been promoted to the position of Western New York regional manager at National Grid. Kujawa manages a team that serves as primary contacts for the company's largest customers and key stakeholders in a 10-county area that includes Western New York. He also plays a ...

Residents speak out against sewer rate hike

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A rate increase for users within the Portland-Pomfret-Dunkirk Sewer District wasn’t well received among the few residents who came out for a public hearing on Monday. “I was very, very shocked you’re going to increase rates,” Jack Griswold told board members. Between the district’s ...

Area cemetery to be part of Wreaths Across America

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Special to the OBSERVER National nonprofit Wreaths Across America has announced that Forest Hill Cemetery in Fredonia, at 55 Lambert Ave., will be joining in the effort to support the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, as an official location for 2017. This is the first year that the ...

County projects receive record REDC funding

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Chautauqua County has received a record amount of project funding grants through the state’s foremost economic development program. On Wednesday, state officials announced the 2017 Regional Economic Development Council program awards, with Chautauqua County receiving a record $9,57,641 in ...

Richard Frey, 10-year city mayor, dies

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Richard Frey, former Dunkirk mayor, died Wednesday morning in Brooks Memorial Hospital. The 10-year leader was one of the city’s biggest boosters while serving in office — and was key to a number of development initiative, including the Boardwalk, the Chadwick Bay Lofts and the Tim Hortons ...

LETTERS TO SANTA: Time to write

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The Fredonia-Pomfret Recreation Department is teaming up with the Fredonia Post Office and Santa Claus again to accept letters for Christmas. Letters can be deposited in the Fredonia Post Office Lobby in a special receptacle marked “Letters to Santa” during normal business hours. To assure ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Town of Stockton Planning Board plans Town-wide Community Christmas Lighting Contest The Town of Stockton Planning Board Town-wide Community Christmas Lighting Contest, including the village of Cassadaga, will take place this month, with contest judging at 6 p.m., on or after Dec. ...

Cuomo proposes banning all guns from domestic abusers

Local/Region

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the first proposal of the 2018 State of the State: remove all firearms from those who commit domestic violence crimes. Given the inextricable link between domestic violence and lethal gun violence, this legislation will require all domestic violence crime ...

Two charged with drug possession in South Dayton

Local/Region

SOUTH DAYTON — Two residents are facing seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charges stemming from an incident on Sunday morning. New York State Police at Collins this morning reported the arrest of Bret M. Smith, 27 of South Dayton and Layna R. Jimerson, 28, after ...

Former Dunkirk Mayor Frey dies

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Former Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey has died. The 10-year mayor was one of the city's biggest boosters while serving in office — and was key to a number of development iniatives, including the Boardwalk, the Chadwick Bay Lofts and the Tim Hortons location near the waterfront. He also was the ...

Fredonia revisits SRO topic

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Discussions over a possible school resource officer are beginning between Fredonia Schools’ Superintendent Jeffrey Sortisio and Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers. The school has gone without a resource officer for a few years, and an agreement couldn’t be made between the village and ...