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Dunkirk JROTC group improves park

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The Dunkirk High School JROTC recently cleaned and prepared Washington Park for the local community to enjoy while learning the park’s history. The Junior Reserve Officer Training Course has an annual requirement for the students to create a service-learning project that involves students ...

Foundation awards $119,091 in grants

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The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is pleased to announce grant awards from their 2021 Spring Community Benefit Grants Program. The program awards grants biannually to organizations seeking funds to improve and strengthen the northern Chautauqua County region. NCCF’s Board of ...

Old friends make seasonal return

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Springtime is like a reunion with longtime friends. Friends that have you haven’t seen in awhile. But when you meet up again it brings joy to see their faces, hear their voices. It doesn’t matter how much time has passed. You can pick up where you left off. These spring friends are the ...

Missing the fair

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To the disappointment of many across the county, the Chautauqua County Fair has been canceled for the second year in a row. For some, the official announcement was surprising due to the amount of other local fairs, including the New York State Fair, which at this moment are still set to occur ...

Pomfret board takes no shine to solar effort

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The Pomfret Town Board set a public hearing for a proposed solar energy farm — and board members made clear that they are not inclined to approve the project. “I’m not anti-solar at all,” town Supervisor Dan Pacos said. “But to my mind, it’s too close to a residential ...

Schools await word on updated CDC guidelines

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The decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ease mask-wearing and social distancing requirements for fully vaccinated people likely won’t change how schools operate for the remainder of the year. District officials in Chautauqua County on Friday said mask use and ...

State aid fuels growth in school budgets

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School spending in Chautauqua County is continuing its inexorable climb thanks to the generosity of New York state’s government. The total cost of school budgets that will be up for public approval Tuesday has increased from $454,560,323 in 2020-21 to $467,890,575 in 2021-22, an increase ...

Fredonia Fire makes call for ‘new help’

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As David Hazelton brought up to the Brocton Village Board during April’s meeting, the age of the Brocton Volunteer Fire Department is rising, while recruitment of new members is dropping. This is not an isolated incident to Brocton, as Fire Departments all across Chautauqua County and the ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Coming up ... FRIDAY, MAY 21 ¯ Blessed Mary Angela Holy Name Society indoor rummage sale — The Blessed Mary Angela Holy Name Society will host an indoor flea market from 9 a.m. to noon at the Parish Social Center, 324 Townsend St., Dunkirk. Masks MUST be worn. Social distancing will be ...

Area police

Area police

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ¯ ELLERY — Kenneth Walker, 36, of Jamestown, was charged with driving while intoxicated, DWI per se, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and no stopping/standing/parking on highway. Deputies were called at 4:45 a.m. Thursday to a suspicious ...

LERGP announces audio only podcasts of ‘Between the Vines’

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The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program has introduced audio-only podcasts of its ongoing video series, “Between the Vines.” Program officials have been producing a video blog for a few years now. The vlogs are intended to be a timely and easily accessed source of information and research ...

Slowly but surely

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OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford Work by NRG Energy Inc. continued Friday on the removal of two smokestacks from its now shuttered Dunkirk site. “NRG is removing the two smaller stacks at the Dunkirk Power Plant as a precaution,” Dave Schrader, company spokesman, said earlier this week. ...

Gillibrand lobbies to reduce prescription drug prices

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York and a member of the Senate Aging Committee, stood at the Health Association of Niagara County Inc. (HANCI) in Niagara Falls recently to call for a package of three bills to help reduce the cost of prescription drugs, and help ensure that everyone can ...

Voting propositions for state Constitution on November ballot

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Voters will have the opportunity to approve two voting-related changes to the state Constitution in November. The state Assembly recently passed two pieces of legislation, A.502 and A.4431, to join the state Senate in passing the bills for the second time, which places them on the ballot in ...

Hagen seeking re-election for WACS seat

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WESTFIELD — Westfield resident Phyllis Hagen is announcing her bid for re-election to the Westfield Academy and Central School Board of Education. “I have had the privilege of working for you and our children as a Board member for 21 years. I currently serve as the Board’s Vice ...

Westfield school presents proposed budget

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WESTFIELD — The Westfield Academy and Central School Board of Education members approved a proposed 2021-22 budget at their regular meeting on April 12 that includes a smaller tax levy increase than had originally been projected. Board members voted to approve the $16,993,953 budget as ...

Man injured in Friday crash

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OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford Rescue workers speak to a man Friday afternoon who was just involved in a one-vehicle rollover accident on Fredonia Stockton Road, near the Hahn Road intersection. The man suffered facial injuries but appeared conscious as he was pulled out of the vehicle. He ...

Chamber offers an opportunity to reach new customers

Business

Has your business considered pop-up retail? Pop-up shops are generally designed to be temporary locations offering goods for sale for a limited time only. Now, the Chamber of Commerce is working with a group of partners to create a different type of pop-up: one that would provide a year-round ...