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Jamestown man drowns in Westfield

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OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — A Jamestown man lost his life while swimming in Barcelona Harbor. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday around 4:25 p.m., deputies and the Westfield Police Department responded to the report of a possible drowning at Barcelona ...

Shakespeare on the Lake to celebrate third season

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One of the most powerful and influential works of literature of all time, “Hamlet,” William Shakespeare’s timeless family drama, will come to life on the shores of Lake Erie on Wednesday, opening the third season of Shakespeare on the Lake. “For our first summer, we did just one show: ...

COUNTY RELAY: Runners arrive in city

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Friday afternoon "Laurel-thon" runners were welcomed in Washington Park as they carried the Laurel Run flags. The relay started in Jamestown around 6 a.m. and the last leg of the relay arrived in Dunkirk around 1 p.m. Today, Laurel Run celebrations continue in Silver Creek with opening ...

Astronaut lands at Chautauqua

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CHAUTAUQUA — Scott Kelly said the experience of an “orbital perspective” changed his life after spending 500 days in space. Kelly, a retired astronaut, has been to space four different times, once on a six-month mission and another for a year from 2015 to 2016. Upon return from the ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Fifth annual kickball tournament set for Sunday, July 21 The 5th Annual One Small Kick kickball tournament to benefit the foundation for Prader Willis Syndrome will take place on Sunday, July 21 at Silver Creek Central School, 1 Dickinson St. Sign in begins at 9 a.m., with games beginning at ...

Area police

Area police

Medical emergency causes crash HANOVER — On Friday at about 3:45 p.m. Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a single car motor vehicle accident on Route 5 near Dollar General in the town of Hanover. Upon investigation at the scene it was determined that a 64-year-old male ...

Dunkirk Fire Department releases June numbers

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The Dunkirk Fire Department for the month of June responded to 196 calls with 84 patient transports. Four calls were related to fires, 165 rescue and emergency medical service, three hazardous condition calls, five service calls, two good intent calls, 14 false alarms and three special incident ...

CIAO announces annual meeting and picnic

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CIAO Board of Directors are sad to announce that Secretary, Lori Detenbeck and her husband, Ralph Blasting will be moving to Canada by the end of the month. Lori and Ralph have contributed to many successful adventures, especially the murder mystery, “Murder at the Beaver,” which Ralph ...

An enduring legacy

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Recently, a Certificate of Continuous Membership of 50 years was presented to Dick Henry and John Leatherbarrow by Commander Don Richards of the American Legion, Hanover Memorial Post No. 148 in Silver Creek.

Expansion of medication treatment for inmates likely

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An expansion of medication assisted treatment in jails and prison is likely coming in New York state. Legislation approved at the end of the state Legislature’s session will expand access to treatment of medications that treat substance abuse by making them covered by Medicaid available ...

Pronto Mart Brings Fresh Produce to the City

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Jamestown, NY - Pronto Mart is a locally owned corner store at 708 East Second Street in Jamestown, New York. It is a popular place for many locals in Jamestown making it the perfect location to become a healthy retailer. Pronto Mart has partnered with Chautauqua County Health Network under the ...

Infants center of attention at County Fair parade

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With just eight participants, the Chautauqua County Fair Baby Parade was a bit smaller than usual; however, eight judging categories meant that every baby was a winner on Thursday. The parade, which is open to all babies under the age of two, took place at the Arthur R. Maytum Family ...

Fancy footwork adds boost to annual Run

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Fredonia High School senior Jake Skinner is more than just an all-star football athlete. If you have seen him in action locally on Friday nights, you know he has quick feet. Those were definitely on display during the morning of July 9 on Vineyard Drive in front of the Tim Hortons in Dunkirk. ...

Westfield superintendent Davison makes retirement official

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WESTFIELD — The Westfield Academy and Central School District will soon be looking for its next superintendent. Westfield Academy and Central School Superintendent David Davison officially announced his intention to retire at the end of the year during the regular meeting of the board of ...

City official comments on bird deaths

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Broken dumpster lids and a gravel roof seem to be a few of the causes for the growing number of seagulls populating the Save-a-lot plaza. At Tuesday’s workshop for the Common Council meeting, Director of Public Works Randy Woodbury shared information that he had received from the Department ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Enrollment Day set for Tuesday at Silver Creek Elementary Registration for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 academic year is underway at Silver Creek Elementary School, with a special Enrollment Day slated Tuesday, July 23. District residents with children who will be 4 ...

Area police

Area police

Evans Police Department ¯ On July 5, a victim reported to Evans Police that his mailbox, as well as two neighbors’ on Versailles Plank Road, was damaged sometime in the early morning. The damage appears to have been done with a baseball bat. The victim is seeking no further police action, ...

Westfield discusses capital projects, other school projects

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WESTFIELD — The Westfield School is moving ahead with its construction projects. During the recent school board meeting, board member Brenda Backus updated the board on plans for future capital projects. The committee met a number of time with the architectural firm and construction ...

Westfield-Mayville Rotary highlights its youth services

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Honoring 37 outstanding area high school students for their many achievements, offering $2,800 in scholarships to eight deserving high school graduating seniors, developing the leadership skills of four young adults, and fostering the spirit of volunteerism with a local high school service ...

County Libertarian Party announces endorsements

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The Chautauqua County Libertarian Party held their monthly meeting recently at the See-Zurh House in Bemus Point with the primary purpose of nominating candidates. Over the past few months, the party has interviewed several candidates. The meeting was called to order by Chair Andrew Martin ...