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Cultivating pride: BLOOM project brings color, beautifies Forestville

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This past spring, the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation announced a new community project geared to “acknowledge those who make our community BLOOM with vibrancy, beauty and color!” That project was logically called BLOOM, Two local groups, Fredonia Garden Club and Imagine ...

Pumpkin cake is cozy option as dessert

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If you’re looking for a fall flavored dessert that tastes cozy and warm but doesn’t make you feel like you’ve just eaten a feast, this here is your dessert. This is a cake that tastes like being curled up by a fire but won’t weigh you down. It’s light and fluffy, and actually tastes ...

Fredonia State faculty member receives award

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Szu-Han Kay Chen, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at the State University of New York at Fredonia, received the 2019 Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The award is intended to ...

Purple power

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SILVER CREEK — The sun ushered in a picture perfect weekend for the 52nd Annual Festival of Grapes. The first night officially opened at 5 p.m. with a rededication of Silver Creek’s historic fountain in the park. Louis Pelletter, deputy supervisor for the town of Hanover, gave a short ...

Heenan says council left out of boat contract

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The Race World Offshore (RWO) contract between the city of Dunkirk and the organization was recently shared with the OBSERVER. In it, Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas signed the agreement with RWO President Larry Bleil. However, the contract was never put through the city council as per the city of ...

Design plans unveiled for Route 60 project

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A $4 million Route 60 project that will include the addition of passing lanes in the towns of Gerry and Charlotte was unveiled to the public this week during a hearing at Cassadaga Valley Central School. Local officials say they hope the new lanes will alleviate traffic congestion and make ...

Brooks in ‘waiting’ mode before build

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As of today, the long countdown continues in what was expected to be much quicker process. On March 4, 2016, New York state and Brooks Memorial Hospital announced $57 million in funding for a new state-of-the-art health-care facility for the north county region. That was 1,296 days ...

Senecas, state near Thruway deal for repairs

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OBSERVER Staff Report New York state officials say crews are ready to get to work once a deal gets reached with the Seneca Nations of Indians to repair a three-mile stretch of dangerous road on the Thruway. A spokesman from New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, in a call to the ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Dunkirk Walk to End Alzheimer’s today Dunkirk Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place today, Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon at Point Gratiot Park NY-5 and Point Drive W., Dunkirk. The ceremony starts at 10, and the walk gets underway by 10:10 a.m. Join in fighting for the first survivor of ...

Area police

Area police

Jamestown man pleads guilty to being a felon in possession of a gun BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that Willie C. Graham 38, of Jamestown, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. ...

Blessing of the grapes

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Submitted Photo Blessing of the grapes took place on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Silver Creek. Father Dan Fiebelkorn led a prayer of gratitude for the bountiful grape crop and for the safety of those who harvest the grapes. Grape growers of the parish brought in ...

Mini job fair added to Activities Night at Fredonia

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A bonus mini job fair, Network on the Go, was added to the always popular State University of New York at Fredonia student Activities Night held recently in the Dods Hall Grove. “This was a great opportunity for students to talk informally to employers about internships, part-time jobs and ...

Nagasaki University students studying at JCC

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Submitted Photo Students and an accompanying professor from Nagasaki University, Japan are in residence at Jamestown Community College through September 21. While at JCC, the 12 visiting students are taking an intensive, non-credit English immersion course; visiting workplaces including ...

Keeping students in ‘ready to learn’ mode

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ANGOLA — Dr. Darryl Tonemah, an American Indian health psychologist, was the keynote speaker at Lake Shore Central School District’s Staff Opening Day program, speaking to all district employees about how stress affects the brain, behavior and learning. One compelling story he told was ...

Sinclairville library plans program

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Submitted Photo The Sinclairville Free Library invites community members ages 12 and up to a free paper folding instructional class in creating paper butterflies. The class will be led by volunteer Florence Seekings on Monday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. All supplies will be provided at no cost. ...

First Queen of Grapes Pageant held in Silver Creek

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SILVER CREEK — On Saturday Sept. 15 at a local grape farm in Silver Creek the first Queen Of Grapes Pageant was held. The Queen Of Grapes Pageant was created out of love for our beautiful grape belt region, the Festival of Grapes, and its past pageant. The Queen Of Grapes Pageant is a ...

Schumer, Gillibrand announce over $70,000 for Safety Village

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $70,107 in federal funding for Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village, Inc. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant ...