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Submitted Photo: The Western New York Chamber Orchestra opens its 2017-2018 concert season with “Musical Portraits” today at 4 p.m. in King Concert Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus, highlighted by Father Sean Duggan.

WNY Chamber Orchestra opens 2017-2018 season today

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The Western New York Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of New York City based conductor Glen Cortese, opens its 2017-2018 concert season with “Musical Portraits” today at 4 p.m. in King Concert Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus. The Orchestra is the professional ensemble-in-residence at ...

Submitted Photo: Mark Damon, left, of the CLFA presents Doug Conroe, right, of the CLA with a $7,000 donation for on-going lake cleanup efforts.

Chautauqua Lake fishing association donates $7,000 to CLA

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LAKEWOOD — The Chautauqua Lake Association recently accepted a $7,000 donation from the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association. The funds will be used toward on-going lake cleanup efforts. “We are pleased to again be able to support the CLA. Their essential work keeps Chautauqua Lake ...

Police: Gowanda teen continues attacks on station

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OBSERVER Staff Report For every month since March, a 17-year-old female juvenile has been on the Gowanda Police radar due to the alleged actions she takes against the department. This month’s charges are third-degree criminal tampering, second-degree criminal contempt and a warrant arrest, ...

Chautauqua County Office for the Aging receives $276k grant

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OBSERVER Staff Report MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging has announced that it was awarded a grant of $276,539 from Senior Service America, Inc. Almost 90 percent of this grant — originally from the U.S. Department of Labor — will provide temporary employment ...

Stockton Town Court receives $17,000 JCAP grant

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STOCKTON — Many improvements were recently made to the Stockton Town Court as well as the Stockton Library building due to a $17,451.50 grant from the New York State Justice Court Assistance Program. The grant was applied for by Stockton Town Justice Mark Cunningham, and the approval letter ...

Mindfulness Practice: Enhancing Self-care & Client Outcomes

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Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) is offering an educational session for community members and professionals entitled “Mindfulness Practice: Enhancing Self-care & Client Outcomes.” Elaine K. Hammond, LMSW will present this session on Friday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. ...

Local agriculture is an economic driver

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Chautauqua County has a diverse agricultural base as well as a long and proud history of farming. There are several remarkable statistics associated with agriculture in Chautauqua County. Did you know that Chautauqua County ranks No. 1 in New York State for number of farms at over 1,500, or ...

Regional fund for women established

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The formation and launch of the Allegany-Cattaraugus-Chautauqua Fund for Women (ACC-FFW), a fund managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, has been announced. The fund, unique to the tri-county area, has been established to provide financial assistance, and open doors for women ...

Local early intervention coordinating council to meet

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Mayville — The Chautauqua County Department of Health announces that the next meeting of the Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council (LEICC) has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 9-11 a.m. at the Hall R. Clothier Building, second floor, 7 N. Erie St., Mayville. The LEICC is made ...

Mitrano plans run for 23rd Congressional District

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Tracy Mitrano has announced her campaign for New York’s 23rd Congressional District. “After eight weeks of exploring a campaign for the congressional 23rd district seat, I have decided to file for candidacy with the Federal Election Commission. I would like to share my thinking with all ...

Roslin Smith

SUNY professor to receive award at regional conference

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Roslin Smith, assistant professor of Communication at the State University of New York at Fredonia, will receive a second Broadcast Education Association (BEA) award this year at the organization’s Super Regional Conference, to be held Sept. 21-23 at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, ...

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From left, Lilly Carlson, Khloe Karnes and Kimberly Bauer ready themselves during one of the heats at the Welch’s grape stomping competition Friday, the first day of the 50th annual Festival of Grapes, in Silver Creek.

A ‘grape’ milestone

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SILVER CREEK — Not many festivals run for 50 consecutive years. In fact, only one in New York state has accomplished such a feat. That festival? The Festival of Grapes. Lori Cornell, representative of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, lauded that fact Friday during the opening ceremony of ...

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Lower Russell Joy Park in Fredonia boasts a new playground after an apparent arson resulted in the loss of the previous one.

New playground replaces burned one in Fredonia

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A new playground in the village of Fredonia has risen from the ashes of its predecessor — quite literally. Lower Russell Joy Park boasts a play area once again after the previous one burned down in an apparent arson. Fredonia-Pomfret Recreation Director Thomas Battaglia noted the new setup ...

Photo by Katrina Fuller: U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, visited Kiantone Independent Fire Department on Saturday morning to give an update and answer questions from the audience.

Congressman hears from south county

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KIANTONE — While the meeting hall was different, the message of Rep. Tom Reed’s constituents was the same on Saturday morning. In his third town hall meeting in the immediate area, Reed, R-Corning, was faced with questions and outbursts about health care, consideration of Deferred ...

Dig begins for gas well proof in Fredonia

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The shovels met dirt on Friday in a goal to prove that Fredonia, New York was the first gas well in the United States and possibly the first-ever petroleum well. Mark and Michelle Twichell, with the assistance of the University at Buffalo’s Department of Archaeology and National Fuel ...

Longtime member of Fire Service named County EMS Director

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MAYVILLE — A longtime member of the local fire service has been named director of the Chautauqua County Emergency Services Office. County Executive Vince Horrigan announced Friday in Mayville that John Griffith, a Falconer native, will serve as the next director following Julius ...

Notebook — Sept. 16

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Silver Creek Republicans endorse candidates SILVER CREEK — The Village of Silver Creek Republican Caucus announced its endorsements for the Nov. 7 village elections. Jeffrey Hornburg was endorsed for the two-year term as village mayor. He is already serving a two-year term as village ...

Area police — Sept. 16

Area police

Lockout takes place at Lake Shore schools ANGOLA — Friday at approximately 10 a.m., the Evans Police requested the Lake Shore Senior High School, Middle School, J. T. Waugh Elementary School, A. J. Schmidt Elementary School, W. T. Hoag Educational Building, and Erie 2 BOCES Carrier Center ...

Man charged in Silver Creek burglary

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SILVER CREEK — An East Concord resident has been charged in a village burglary. Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies responded to Lincoln Avenue early this morning to an apparent Friday incident. Through an investigation, it was found that Jordan A. Pagan of Vaughn Street did enter and ...