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Planning Board meets Jan. 28

PORTLAND — The town Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Town Hall. The Planning Board is still taking letters of interest for an opening on the board. You must be a resident of Brocton-Portland. Please send letters to the Town Clerk, 87 W. Main St. Brocton.

Brocton Preceptor Beta Epsilon Chapter meets

Members of the Brocton Preceptor Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on Tuesday evening, Jan. 14 at the home of Lois Smith for their first meeting of the 2020 year. Smith also served as Co-Hostess. President Nancy Furman presided over the meeting. Margie Boltz, Vice President, noted ...

CRCF makes $1.6 million in grants

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019, staying true to its mission of “growing good” by awarding a new record total in grants - over $1.6 million for local, state and national nonprofits and charitable causes. Grants made from funds at CRCF in ...

AARP Driver Safety class registration needed begins in February

An AARP Driver Safety class is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 3 and Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Masonic Lodge, 321 E. Main St., Fredonia from 1 to 4 p.m. both days. Attendance is required both days and the cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Anyone 18 and older with a valid NYS drivers ...

Candidates sought for Working Families Party

The Working Families Party will be holding interviews for this year’s elections. Candidates can go to the web site at workingfamilies.org and fill out the party’s questionnaire. Then prospective candidates should contact Bob Dando at robedi127@gmail.com or 680-3988 to schedule an ...

Chautauqua County SAL make donation

Chautauqua County Sons of the American Legion, and The Lakewood Legion and its Auxiliary joined together this holiday season and donated $400 to our men and women veterans who use the VA facility in Buffalo. The County Sons Commander, Dennis Bouquin, Lakewood Commander, Peter Ochocki, and ...

Gowanda to participate in Empire State Winter Games torch relay

GOWANDA — For the second consecutive year, Gowanda Central School District is participating in the torch relay for the Empire State Winter Games. Student representatives at all three schools will participate Monday, Jan. 27. There are two torches that pass through various locations in New ...

Leadership Cattaraugus scholarship application deadline Jan. 31

The deadline for Leadership Cattaraugus scholarship applications has been extended to January 31. Scholarship applicants must also apply for admission to the 2020 Leadership Cattaraugus class at www.leadershipcattaraugus.org by February 14. The application is available at ...

Trinity Masterworks begins rehearsal for spring concert

This Sunday at 6 p.m., Trinity Masterworks Choir will begin rehearsals for their Spring Concert (April 4) featuring “The Sunrise Mass” by Norwegian- born composer, Ola Gjeilo. “The Sunrise Mass” was commissioned by two choirs in Norway and was premiered in 2008. It is scored for double ...

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo opens 2020 scholarship applications

BUFFALO — The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo scholarship application process for the 2020 - 2021 academic year is now open. Applications are due by May 1, 2020, and must be submitted online. All students, including Say Yes Buffalo applicants and scholars, that meet the following ...

Natasha Farny to perform with Schenectady Symphony Orchestra

Submitted Photo Dr. Natasha Farny of the School of Music at the State University of New York at Fredonia will perform Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33, his famous cello concerto, with the Schenectady Symphony on Sunday at 3 p.m., conducted by Glen Cortese. The concert, in ...

DUNKIRK DEMO: House knocked down

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford A condemned, asbestos-contaminated house at the corner of Ruggles and Talcott streets in the city of Dunkirk was torn down Wednesday. Due to the presence of asbestos, workers wore “hazmat” suits, googles and face masks and kept a constant stream of water on ...

Open house set for Ahira Hall library director

BROCTON — The town of Portland Ahira Hall Memorial Library, located in Brocton, invites patrons, friends, neighbors, and the public to an open house during open hours from 1 to 5 p.m. This month marks the library director’s 10-year anniversary. Julie Putcher has served the library and ...

Suit filed against woman convicted in hit-and-run

MAYVILLE — A lawsuit has been filed against a Busti woman sentenced to prison for manslaughter stemming from an April 2018 hit-and-run incident in Randolph that killed a Chautauqua County man. Marylou Johnson, 74, was named in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in state Supreme Court in Chautauqua ...

Longtime Busti town board member joins county Legislature

MAYVILLE — A longtime member of the Busti Town Board is the new representative for District 10 on the Chautauqua County Legislature. On Wednesday, the county Legislature approved the nomination of Kenneth Lawton, R-Busti, to be the new representative for District 10. Lawton had served on ...

Miss America Nia Franklin to give talk, class at Fredonia

Nia Franklin, the 2019 Miss America who’s also an accomplished composer, classically trained opera singer and promoter of the arts, will lead a master class and give a lecture at the State University of New York at Fredonia on Tuesday. “We’re so excited to have Nia Franklin come to ...

Gowanda man charged after city vehicle pursuit

A 21-year-old Gowanda man is facing charges after a vehicle pursuit in the city of Dunkirk on Tuesday evening around 7:15. City police said Wednesday that Ethan AJ McHale was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal ...

Classical guitarist sets recital

Music that has resonated throughout his teaching career at the State University of New York at Fredonia will be performed by SUNY Distinguished Professor James Piorkowski on Friday at 8 p.m., at Rosch Recital Hall. Piorkowski, a classical guitarist in the School of Music since 1983, will ...

Torch caused fire that destroyed Jamestown home

JAMESTOWN — A fire that destroyed a home early Monday was caused by an unattended torch, the Jamestown Fire Department announced. The blaze was reported around 6:40 a.m. at 614 Spring St. in Jamestown. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire and smoke on the first and second floors. Flames ...

Bemus Point man charged in threats, damages

ELLERY — An altercation Wednesday afternoon led to charges against a Bemus Point resident. Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies responded to an address on Belleview Road around 1:10 p.m. in the town. After an investigation, Timothy J. Bethlehem, 50, made verbal threats to an individual and ...