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Portion of historic Fredonia fountain taken

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The Fredonia Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in solving the larceny and criminal mischief regarding the historic fountain located in West Barker Common. The top portion of the fountain was removed by two subjects at approximately 2:20 a.m. on Thursday. The subjects came ...

Roll of Honor a tribute to residents who served

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SILVER CREEK —A replica of The Roll of Honor was presented to the Samuel Cimino Post 6472 at the Veterans Day celebration by village Historian Louis F. Pelletter. The Roll of Honor was a tribute to the Silver Creek-area men and women who served in World War II The original board was 8 by ...

Gowanda OKs Native American grad attire

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OBSERVER Staff Report GOWANDA — Gowanda High School senior Tia Thompson has made a difference in how graduations will look and take place in this district starting this summer. On Wednesday evening, the Board of Education unanimously approved a proposal that would allow graduates the ...

Police looking for city resident

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The Dunkirk Police Department is attempting to locate a city of Dunkirk resident. The police are trying to find Anne Guziec, 54. A press release issued by the police department Thursday night states: “Approximately two days ago, Anne is believed to have been walking her dog, a brown and ...

Hefner’s leadership lifts campus spirits

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Upon making his return to the State University of New York at Fredonia in the summer, Interim President Dr. Dennis Hefner was tasked with assisting the institution in three key areas: building enrollment, helping with the budget and identifying a new president. It was not long before another ...

Grant assists ending Seneca Nation ‘digital divide’

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IRVING — The Seneca Nation is taking an important step toward closing the digital divide on the Cattaraugus Territory with a major investment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nation leaders were joined by USDA officials Thursday to announce a $4.3 million grant through the USDA’s ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Fall Concert is Sunday On Sunday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m., the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Fall Concert will feature the advanced youth orchestra of the organization. The Chamber Symphony Orchestra performs a varied program under the direction of ...

Wroblewski gets SUNY Fredonia’s Poummit Secretarial Award

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Alicia Wroblewski, who has been received two promotions in a dozen years at the State University of New York at Fredonia, can add another feather to her cap: the Poummit Secretarial Award. Since becoming an Agency Program Aide in the Office of Residence Life in 2014, Ms. Wroblewski has taken ...

New tank expands Co-Op

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Submitted Photo Growers Co-op is committed to the local grape industry and this tank farm project allows us to expand for the first time in many years. This $3.5 million new tank project adds 1 million gallons of storage capacity to Growers Co-op. It represents about 750 acres of Concord ...

Fredonia art grad gets grant for French residency

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SUNY Fredonia alumna and artist Cecilia Ivy Price has received a grant of 1500 Euros to paint and study during a one month residency at the Chateau D’Orquevaux in the French region of Champagne-Ardenne in January. Due to the personal expense required, she may not be able to attend the ...

Donation conserves 113 acres of forest

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ELLERY — A 113-acre woodland has been donated to the Foundation for Sustainable Forests, a land trust based out of Northwest Pennsylvania. The property was donated by Chautauqua residents Ted and Deborah First, who want to see the property forever protected as a healthy, working ...

Audubon Remembers event Saturday looks to past and future

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JAMESTOWN — All are invited to join Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) in celebrating and honoring the people who have connected the community to nature. Audubon Remembers, an opportunity to both remember the past and plant for the future, is Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ...

Chautauqua Opportunities gets anti-homelessness grant

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The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance recently announced $16.4 million in annual funding for 64 non-profit organizations and local government entities throughout the state to assist individuals and families at risk of becoming homeless or those experiencing ...

Westfield Memorial Hospital doing lung cancer screenings

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WESTFIELD —- Westfield Memorial Hospital (WMH), part of the Allegheny Health Network, is now utilizing low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans to screen people at high-risk for lung cancer, even when they're not experiencing symptoms. WMH is the only American College of Radiology-designed ...

Public’s help sought in rash of Ripley thefts

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RIPLEY — A number of burglaries during the months of October and November has led to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department to request assistance from the public. Sheriff’s officials are asking residents who have information regarding the incidents to call the department’s WeTip ...

Town of Dunkirk gets loan, grant for water project

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Rep. Tom Reed announced a $117,000 grant and a $116,000 loan for the Town of Dunkirk on Thursday. The funds will be used to improve the water distribution system in the Bennett Road water district. This project will improve water service to 44 residential users and 13 non-residential users ...

Troopers locate teen for questioning in fatal Allegany Co. fire

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CLARKSVILLE — New York State Police located 17-year-old William Larson Jr. early Thursday evening and will question him over a fatal Thursday morning structure fire in this Allegany County town. Troopers responded to a fire at 8472 Courtney Hollow around 12:45 a.m. The fire was contained ...

‘Wizard of Oz’ starts tonight

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Submitted Photo Fredonia Middle School will present its eighth annual musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” on at 7 p.m. today and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday in the district auditorium. All tickets are $5. Reserved tickets are available at tinyurl.com/fcsdmusic. More than 100 Fredonia Middle School ...

County Health Board backs 1.5-mile setback for turbines

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MAYVILLE — After two years of listening to concerns on wind turbine installation, the Chautauqua County Board of Health said it plans to submit letters to all local municipalities detailing its recommendation. The announcement came during a board meeting Thursday in Mayville. In the letter, ...

17-year-old charged in murder, manslaughter after fire

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CLARKSVILLE -- State Police this morning announced they have charged William J. Larson Jr., 17, on two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree manslaughter, a class B felony. The charges come in the wake of an early Thursday morning fire in this Allegany County town ...