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BUSINESS STOP: Students visit Athenex

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High school students from PTECH and Dunkirk recently toured the Athenex facilities in Clarence and at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. PTECH science teacher Julie Sek and Dunkirk science faculty Soffian Adam and Kim Lotter accompanied the students. The tour was coordinated by the College ...

Kayakers rescued on Chautauqua Lake

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CHAUTAUQUA — Water rescue crews were called Tuesday to Chautauqua Lake, near Prendergast Point, for a report of a kayaker in distress. Firefighters from Bemus Point, Chautauqua and Dewittville were called to the area of Magnolia Road around 3:10 p.m. after someone called 911 to report a ...

Board discusses options for mitigating illegal dumping

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Until the yard at the Eagle Street site in Fredonia is secured, it will remain closed for lawn waste disposal, said Streets Superintendent Perry Mitchell during Tuesday’s board workshop. Mayor Athanasia Landis had brought the topic to the board, explaining that she has been receiving ...

Congressman talks compromise on DACA

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Last week, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, signed the discharge petition, which went against Republican party leadership, in an attempt to get the “Dreamers” debate to the House floor. On Tuesday during Reed’s weekly conference call with regional media outlets, the congressman discussed ...

Gillibrand, Schumer support study of Chautauqua Lake

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand are bringing the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 to the Senate this year that includes a provision impacting Chautauqua Lake. A provision in the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 seeks funding to authorize a ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

The community notebook is compiled by the OBSERVER staff. To send in an event or listing, e-mail us at editorial@observertoday or call us at 366-3000. Healing Mass planned for May 30 There will be a Healing Mass on Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Church, 1032 Central Ave., ...

Area police

Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ¯ HANOVER — On Monday at about 6:40 p.m. deputies witnessed a vehicle commit a traffic violation on Alleghany Road in the town of Hanover. Upon stopping the driver,s identified as Kevin A. Ford, 27, of Buffalo, was operating his vehicle while ...

Boating Safety Class to be held June 9

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LAKEWOOD — The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Dunkirk Flotilla 34 will be offering the ‘About Boating Safety’ class on Saturday, June 9th at the Lakewood NY American Legion. This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety ...

Birding program set for June 16

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Ever wonder about those birds at your feeder? Or the other critters that might be snagging a bite as well? Join nature enthusiast Judy Callahan as she leads an exciting hike through Lake Erie State Park. Discover the birds and other critters enjoying a bite at the backyard bird feeder! The ...

Morning Busti fire ruled accidental

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BUSTI — A fire Tuesday morning in the town of Busti was ruled accidental, the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team said. The garage fire at 735 Hunt Road was reported at 7:53 a.m. Sheriff Joe Gerace came across the blaze as the homeowner, John Luciano, was calling 911. Luciano and ...

Veteran honored for 50 years of service

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The Son’s of American Legion Squad 59 made a special presentation to Post 59 Member and Vietnam Era Veteran Ron Bouquin at their Memorial Day Ceremonies on Monday, May 28. Veteran Bouquin was honored for his 50 years of continuous service to the Veterans for placing Memorial Day Flags at ...

Local veterans share what Memorial Day means to them

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Memorial Day is unique from all other national holidays because every year is different. Every year there are more fallen soldiers to mourn, to remember, to honor, to add their names onto monuments of stone. “More than 1.1 million deaths have occurred in service to this country,” said Dr. ...

Patriotism worn proudly in Portland

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PORTLAND — Traveling through Brocton and Portland, it’s easy to see the residents’ and businesses’ love for their country. American flags line the village streets. Local grape farms decorated with American flags. Red, white and blue can be seen everywhere, especially on a day ...

Memorial Day service held in village of Cassadaga

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CASSADAGA — The annual Memorial Day service was held in the village of Cassadaga on Monday at the Cassadaga Cemetery. Memorial Day was established following the Civil War in 1868 by General John A. Logan’s General Order No. 11. General Logan set a date to remember those veterans who ...

Proposal on hold to change outdoor fire code

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A proposal to amend city code regarding outdoor fires was taken off the agenda during a recent Common Council meeting. The sponsor of the resolution says more research and input is needed before any decision is made. As of now, outdoor fires are prohibited in the city unless residents get ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Village board to hold workshop The Silver Creek village board of trustees will be holding a workshop on Thursday at 9 a.m. in the village board room. Forestville Yard Sales set for June 9 The Forestville Community Yard Sales will be held on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ...

Area police

Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office FRENCH CREEK — While investigating an incident at a residence on Route 474 just after midnight Monday, deputies fount that Kevin G. Hoitink, 49, of Clymer, was allegedly operating an ATV in the roadway in an intoxicated state. Hoitink was charged with ...

RTPI to discuss weeds, other threats to Chautauqua Lake

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Floating just above and below the water’s surface, many aquatic plants exist within Chautauqua Lake. To a boater’s dismay, many of these “weeds” form thick mats and create a tangled mess within a boat’s propellers. Some of these plants are natural, while many of them were introduced ...