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Community News

4-H meat auction going online

The 2020 4-H Meat Animal Sale will be an online-only auction beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16, and ending at 6 p.m. Friday, July 17. Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua has contracted with Peterson Auction to host the auction. Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua staff and ...

Blood drives set throughout Chautauqua County

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several blood drives will be held in the ...

SCCS facilitating ‘Adopt a Class of 2020 Black Knight’ project

SILVER CREEK – The Parent Teacher Student Association of Silver Creek Central School District is facilitating the “Adopt a Class of 2020 Black Knight” project to show the senior class some love as they graduate amid a pandemic. Community members are invited to make a gift basket for ...

AREA FORECAST

Today — Partly sunny with a chance of showers in the morning, then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Warm with highs ranging from the upper 70s on the hilltops to the lower 80s in the valleys. Light winds, becoming southwest around 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Tonight — Partly cloudy. ...

Gowanda receives $300,000 grant from EPA

GOWANDA — The United State Environmental Protection Agency announced $3 million in Brownfields Grants for communities across New York, with one local community included, Gowanda. The purpose of the grant is to assess and clean up contaminated properties under the agency’s Brownfields ...

City of Dunkirk announces business grant program

Mayor Wilfred Rosas has announced the city of Dunkirk’s “Back to Business Small Grant Program.” This program is intended to help businesses in the City of Dunkirk keep their employees on payroll and stay afloat during these times of economic hardship due to the impacts of COVID-19. ...

Cancellations

Editor’s note: Organizations that are still meeting are invited to contact the OBSERVER for publication. Below are canceled events. Tuesday, May 26 Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) meeting at the Union Hall on Fourth Street, Dunkirk has been canceled. Tuesday, June ...

Solemn notes of ‘Taps’ spark Memorial Day memories

I fell in love with the trumpet the first time I heard “Taps” played. I was 7 or 8, standing in Western Park, Little Falls, attending the annual Memorial Day festivities. More on “Taps” later. Bowing to the “everyone had to take an instrument” pressure of the times, my ever ...

SPECIAL SALUTES: Fredonia legion places flags

Submitted Photo Legionaries and Sons of the American Legion Squadron from Post 59, 156 E. Main Street, Fredonia placed flags in honor of our Veterans for Memorial Day at St. Joseph’s and St. Anthony’s cemeteries in Fredonia on Tuesday. Forest Hill was also done later in the week. With the ...

Celebrating our freedom

Memorial Day 2020 may be celebrated differently than in years past. We should celebrate our freedoms, celebrate the men and women who have died for these freedoms and celebrate those who continue to serve to protect and honor our freedoms. This year we all have the time to genuinely think ...

Third death in Cattaraugus; 74 cases reported in Chautauqua

A 91-year-old woman is the third person in Cattaraugus County to die from COVID-19-related causes. The Cattaraugus County Health Department said in a news release on its website that the woman was a 91-year-old woman who developed sudden respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her ...

Some ‘dairy’ good news

By CAREY SKELTON MS MPH RDN CDN/Consulting Registered Dietitian The novel coronavirus has caused a ripple effect in the way we look at and think about food. We are relying more on non-perishable foods since foods such as fruits, vegetables, and dairy have shorter shelf life as we limit the ...

Cancellations

Editor’s note: Organizations that are still meeting are invited to contact the OBSERVER for publication. Below are canceled events. Saturday, May 23 Cassadaga Library annual walk-a-thon cancelled Monday, May 25 J. Carter Knapp Forestville American Legion Memorial Day parade and ...

Fredonia announces brush clean up

The Village of Fredonia will continue picking up limbs and yard waste through Thursday, May 21. Collection will begin at 7 a.m. and continue until every village street within the scheduled section has been completed. Bags and brush are collected separately by different crews. All items for ...

County distributes hundreds of tree and shrub orders

Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District distributed over 400 tree and shrub orders in April and May of 2020 undeterred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike any year before, tree and shrub customers remained in their vehicles while district employees hand delivered tree and shrub ...

Access Chautauqua lists upcoming programs

Chautauqua Institution President Michael Hill’s 2020 Chautauqua Program announcement will air at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. “Chautauqua Sunrise,” hosted by Doc Hamels, will have guest Greg Carlson, Director of the Chautauqua County Veteran Services. The program is aired and streamed on Facebook ...

Westfield Academy and Central School releases third quarter honor roll

MERIT ROLL Students earning an average of 85.00-89.499% are awarded recognition by having their names placed on the Merit Roll. The following middle school students make up the Merit Roll for the third marking period of the school year 2019-2020. Sixth Grade: Wesley Barger, Nathan Betts, ...

Cancellations

Editor’s note: Organizations that are still meeting are invited to contact the OBSERVER for publication. Below are cancelled events. Sunday, May 17 Northern Chautauqua County Club Associates meeting scheduled at the Silver Creek Overseas Veterans Post is cancelled. Forest Lodge #166 ...