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IN MEMORY: Plaque honors lake, city booster

OBSERVER Photo Officers of the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club and family members of the late James T. Nichols were in attendance for a ceremony to pay tribute to the longtime chairman of the city Harbor Commission and past president of the Conservation Club. Nichols was lauded by those ...

Gerry rodeo prize purse sets record

GERRY — “One of our most successful rodeos in recent years” is how officials of the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department responded to their 74th consecutive PRCA rodeo that concluded on Saturday night with nearly 3,000 fans in attendance, bringing the total for the four performances to ...

DHS/CMHS/FHS alumni golf winners

Submitted Photo Winners of the ninth annual Dunkirk Cardinal Mindszenty and Fredonia High Schools Alumni Golf Tournament at Shorewood Country Club on Friday were Chuck Civiletto, Kevin Kaszuba, Dave DeRider and Adam Gornikiwicz. (Not pictured is Gornikiwicz.)

We have a winner!

The 14th annual Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club walleye Derby is in the books and there were a lot of familiar faces receiving awards on Sunday. One of the nicest things about this years derby was the weather. It was a complete opposite compared to last year. All three days were fishable ...

It actually happened!

There exists a phenomenon among people that whenever parting ways we always feel the need to say things like, “We should get dinner together sometime.” While it’s possible there are actual intentions behind the words, it’s usually just being polite and that aforementioned dinner is ...

Courageous Corinne

SILVER CREEK — Every time kickboxer Corinne Skeels fights, she remembers her husband. Army veteran Sgt. Scott Skeels was a radio communications specialist who served in Afghanistan, Iraq and all over the United States. He’s the reason she got serious about kickboxing and got involved with ...

Dunkirk’s NCCC Walleye Derby to conclude today

Saturday was hot, and so was the competition in the 14th annual Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club annual walleye derby. Weatherwise, the day was mostly sunny and bright, with NO shade to be found anywhere on the offshore waters of Lake Erie. It was a good thing that there was a steady ...

Don’t rush to judge the Bills’ offseason moves

As training camps wrap up and the Hall of Fame game has already passed, Bills fans can finally feel the excitement that a new football season brings. This year, however, is a little different than most. The Buffalo Bills — for the first time in nearly 20 years — come into a season with ...

Another day on the course

It’s not necessarily about Marauders or Monarchs or Hillbillies at the annual DHS/CMHS/FHS Alumni Golf Tournament, held Friday at Shorewood Country Club. It’s about old friends. There was plenty of hugging, handshaking and back-slapping as more than 140 golfers showed up from all around ...

Successful first day of 14th annual NCCC Walleye Derby

The first day of the 14th annual Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Walleye Derby was a big success. Out of 100 teams, 90 boats chose to weigh in walleye. 2018 is another banner year for catching walleye in Lake Erie wherever you fish, but finding trophy sized walleye in the eight pound ...

Walleye Derby today

The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will be presenting its 14th annual Walleye Derby today, Saturday and Sunday. It is similar to other walleye derbies, but it still retains its unique personality. The derby kicks off at 6 a.m. this morning and registered contestants can weigh in their ...

Dunkirk native coaching in Babe Ruth WS

JAMESTOWN — For a group of teenagers arriving in the area from Northern Fairfax County, Virginia today, Jamestown is a long way from home. For manager Dave Gould, stepping foot on the campus of Jamestown Community College will be like being in his back yard. The 64-year-old grew up in ...

WMH Foundation’s winning raffle ticket linked to founding father

WESTFIELD — Friday the 13th turned out to be a lucky day for Westfield Memorial Hospital (WMH), for the WMH Foundation, and the grand prize winner of its 26th Annual Golf Tournament Raffle. Peggy Beckman of Westfield was thrilled to learn the news that she is now the owner of a brand new ...

Johnson camp All-Star

Submitted Photo Michael Johnson, a junior point guard from Westfield Academy and Central School, was recently named an All-Star at the prestigious Keystone State Invitational Basketball Camp held at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. The Keystone State Invitational ...

Some success for FHS

Fredonia High School has been a powerhouse on the diamond in both baseball and softball in recent years. Coming into the 2018 season, Vince Gullo’s Hillbillies baseball team had captured a New York State record seven straight Class B1 titles, while the Lady ‘Billies were coming off a ...

Babe Ruth World Series opens Friday

JAMESTOWN — The Babe Ruth 16-18 Year Old World Series has released its schedule of events. This is the 17th time Jamestown has been selected to host a World Series tournament since 1980. There are many great things and events happening with the result of years of planning and the ...

Walleye fishing looking fine for derby

The Con Club’s three day Walleye Derby is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so most anglers are keeping information quiet. All the major walleye fishing areas have reported fish, including Barcelona, Dunkirk, Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point. The trick will be to find “trophy sized” ...

Lauer won’t return as FHS boys hoops coach

Greg Lauer is stepping down from his position as Fredonia High School boys basketball varsity head coach. After 10 seasons in charge of the Hillbillies basketball program, Lauer will step back from coaching to focus on his duties as the Fredonia school district’s athletic director — a ...

Future bright for DHS

The Dunkirk High School baseball and softball teams each had moments to remember from the 2018 season. The baseball team has a lot of young, growing talent on the roster, signaling Dunkirk will definitely be competitive in future years. As for the softball team, the Lady Marauders competed ...

AnJo Bombers place 2nd at tourney

Submitted Photo This past weekend the AnJo Bombers 14U took second place out of 20 teams in the 11th Annual New Era Cap Classic held in Buffalo, New York. The team features local stand-outs Nate Johnson of Southwestern, Philip Messina of Dunkirk and Gabe Schrader and Matt Lotter of Fredonia. ...