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Hefner lauds support, calls for new hospital

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Dennis Hefner, outgoing interim president of the State University of New York at Fredonia, is sending a message of thanks and support to the northern Chautauqua County region. In a letter to the OBSERVER, Hefner notes the university is beginning a “FREDStrong” campaign in regard to the ...

Cassadaga Wind facing $70 million lawsuit

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According to Trireme Energy, construction on the Cassadaga Wind project is too little, too late. A recent complaint filed with the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York by Trireme Energy Holdings alleges that Innogy, former parent company of Cassadaga Wind, LLC, intentionally ...

Some supplies in high demand due to coronavirus pandemic

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The economic disruption of COVID-19 has only become more apparent for contractors, builders and suppliers in Western New York this summer. With many building projects and contracting jobs poised to ramp up to full speed after phased reopening, increased prices and demand for treated lumber ...

Pitch made for Amazon distribution center

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Grand Island’s loss may become Chautauqua County’s gain. The county, according to a report by Buffalo Business First, is one of several other potential sites Amazon is looking at for its proposed “megaproject,” a regional distribution center that when completed would be one of the ...

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Community Notebook

Dunkirk School Board to hold parent meetings The Dunkirk Board of Education will hold a series of parent meetings through Facebook live to discuss the reopening plans of the district. All meetings are being held on Aug. 18 and will run at various times throughout the day. The first is from ...

Reed: Senate’s adjournment ‘completely unacceptable’

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U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, called the Senate’s decision to adjourn until September without brokering a coronavirus relief package and stimulus plan “completely unacceptable” during a visit to the James Prendergast Library on Friday morning. Reed, who represents New York’s 23rd ...

Reopening guidance for indoor gyms expected next week

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State officials are set to release long-awaited reopening guidelines for indoor gyms. During a conference call, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the information should be made available Monday. No firm date for gyms to reopen has been announced. Erica Dix, who with her husband own and operate ...

Audubon 2020 Nature Photography Contest closes Aug. 31

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Photographers have until the end of the month to take a fresh picture or choose one from their collection to enter the 2020 Nature Photography Contest presented by Audubon Community Nature Center. Monday, Aug. 31, is the deadline for submitting a photograph that could win $200. Cash prizes ...

2020 Census is important for the entire county

Business

With just under 56% of the census completed in Chautauqua County to date, it remains crucial for everyone to redouble their efforts to get everyone counted. The census is a constitutionally required count of the U. S. population. It is that count that determines our representation in Congress, ...

Dairy leaders say to end bloc voting

Business

National Farmers Organization dairy leaders say it’s time for the elimination of bloc voting by co-ops, when it comes to Federal Milk Marketing Order hearings. Currently, only dairy farmers who are independent and not members of cooperatives may cast individual ballots. “I believe dairy ...

Ribbon cut on new Dunkirk office

Business

Chautauqua Physical & Occupational Therapy held a ribbon cutting at its new Dunkirk location on Friday. Branching out from their Mayville and Jamestown offices, Chautauqua Physical & Occupational Therapy now has an office in Dunkirk, at 51 E. Third St. Dr. Patrick Green, owner and ...

Jamestown schools announce ‘modifications’ for reopening

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JAMESTOWN -- The Jamestown Public Schools District released several modifications late Friday to its reopening plan that includes specifics about the learning model that will be used to begin the 2020-21 school year. The modifications were framed by survey feedback from over 2,500 parents, ...

Wendel: ‘Awesome news’ Amazon potentially eyeing county

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Could Grand Island's loss be Chautauqua County's gain? The county, according to a report by Buffalo Business First, is one of several other potential sites Amazon is looking at for its proposed "megaproject," a regional distribution center that when completed would be one of the largest in the ...

Officials: Walmart second entrance closure not a safety hazard

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With the current COVID-19 pandemic, the local Walmart has had to address certain changes to their store and one of those is the closure of the second large door near the pharmacy. “With the enforcement of masks and other safety measures needing to be taken the company mandated that the ...

Cuomo’s control is still front and center

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Behind home plate of the Toronto Blue Jays’ games at Sahlen’s Field in Buffalo sits a cardboard cutout of New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Viewers to the broadcasts cannot miss him. Cuomo’s image is the only one decked out in a tie and sportscoat while being surrounded by other ...

Silver Creek library turns page in reopening

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SILVER CREEK — The Anderson-Lee Library in Silver Creek has reopened for limited hours and days. Tyler Annis, library director, said he was pleased to make the announcement this week. “Our first day open to the public was a busy one. The amount of patrons coming into the library ...

Phase 2 of Barker Common project presented

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The village of Fredonia is looking at possibly implementing some crosswalk enhancements as part of phase two of its Barker Common park project. “These will allow pedestrians to cross more at 90 degree angles,” Joy Kuebler, landscape architect for the project, said during a Fredonia ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Dunkirk School Board to hold parent meetings The Dunkirk City School Board will hold a series of parent meetings through Facebook live to discuss the reopening plans of the district. The meetings will be held Monday, Aug. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to ...

Area police

Area police

Two injured in Hanover accident HANOVER — A two-car motor vehicle accident on Alleghany Road late Wednesday led to two individuals being transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk with injuries. Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident at 9:30 p.m. A third ...

State to offer guidance Monday on reopening gyms

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that owners of gyms in New York state should be receiving reopening guidance next week. During a conference call, Cuomo said the information to reopen gyms will be made available on Monday. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, in a message posted to Twitter, confirmed the ...