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DFT continues partnership with Resideo Home Security

For decades, DFT Security has been bringing Western New York homeowners comfort by maintaining a reputation as home security experts. Through innovation, outstanding customer service and solid reliability, residents around the area have come to rely on DFT Security to protect the most valuable ...

Blessing of the grapes

Submitted Photo Blessing of the grapes took place on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Silver Creek. Father Dan Fiebelkorn led a prayer of gratitude for the bountiful grape crop and for the safety of those who harvest the grapes. Grape growers of the parish brought in ...

Westfield now offers screenings for those at risk for lung cancer

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 ...

Mini job fair added to Activities Night at Fredonia

A bonus mini job fair, Network on the Go, was added to the always popular State University of New York at Fredonia student Activities Night held recently in the Dods Hall Grove. “This was a great opportunity for students to talk informally to employers about internships, part-time jobs and ...

Nagasaki University students studying at JCC

Submitted Photo Students and an accompanying professor from Nagasaki University, Japan are in residence at Jamestown Community College through September 21. While at JCC, the 12 visiting students are taking an intensive, non-credit English immersion course; visiting workplaces including ...

Keeping students in ‘ready to learn’ mode

ANGOLA — Dr. Darryl Tonemah, an American Indian health psychologist, was the keynote speaker at Lake Shore Central School District’s Staff Opening Day program, speaking to all district employees about how stress affects the brain, behavior and learning. One compelling story he told was ...

Sinclairville library plans program

Submitted Photo The Sinclairville Free Library invites community members ages 12 and up to a free paper folding instructional class in creating paper butterflies. The class will be led by volunteer Florence Seekings on Monday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. All supplies will be provided at no cost. ...

First Queen of Grapes Pageant held in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK — On Saturday Sept. 15 at a local grape farm in Silver Creek the first Queen Of Grapes Pageant was held. The Queen Of Grapes Pageant was created out of love for our beautiful grape belt region, the Festival of Grapes, and its past pageant. The Queen Of Grapes Pageant is a ...

Schumer, Gillibrand announce over $70,000 for Safety Village

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $70,107 in federal funding for Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village, Inc. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant ...

Reed released from hospital, has case of pneumonia

OBSERVER Staff Report U.S. Rep. Tom Reed will be taking it easy for the weekend. After collapsing before a television interview in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, the congressman indicated he has pneumonia. Reed issued this statement Friday morning: “Thank you to everyone for their ...

Presidential Primary date set for April 28

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation setting New York’s next presidential primary for April 28, 2020 — but that won’t be the last of the state’s tinkering with primary elections. The state Assembly passed the legislation, 142-6, with both Assemblymen Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, ...

Commander visits Silver Creek VFW

Submitted Photo On Sept. 14, Silver Creek VFW Post 6472 Samuel Cimino was proud to host the New York State VFW Commander’s Homecoming. Guests of honor VFW National Commander-in-Chief William “Doc” Schmitz and New York State Commander Tom Todaro were joined by 200 guests from across the ...

Woman accused of driving while impaired with suspended license

A Fredonia woman has been charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. State Police at Fredonia reported that troopers responded to a 911 call about a possible intoxicated driver traveling northbound on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret ...

Community Spirit Parade in Gowanda Thursday

GOWANDA — Homecoming weekend will kick off with a night of fun in the village being planned by the Gowanda Boosters Club. The sixth annual Community Spirit Parade is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26, at 5:30 p.m. and the theme this year is “Carnival.” Local residents are encouraged to ...

Reed collapses, said to be in good condition

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, collapsed Thursday afternoon before a television appearance in Washington, D.C., according to multiple news reports. The incident happened at 1:30 p.m. Reed was reportedly unconscious for 30 seconds after falling to the ground. Will Reinert, from Tom Reed’s ...

Troopers PBA endorses Rosas

The Police Benevolent Association of the New York State Troopers, Inc. has announced the endorsement of Wilfred Rosas for re-election as mayor of the city of Dunkirk. The PBA issued this statement: “During his tenure as mayor, Rosas has worked to revitalize as well as to bring jobs and ...

Reed released from hospital, has case of pneumonia

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed will be taking it easy for the weekend. After collapsing before a television interview in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, the congressman indicated he has pneumonia. Reed issued this statement earlier this morning: "Thank you to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. After ...

Warren man charged in rape, abuse

ASHVILLE — A Warren, Pa., man is facing first-degree rape and sexual abuse charges that date back to 2017. An investigation was conducted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division into a report of a suspicious situation. Through the investigation, it was found ...

Alvin Wilson announced as 2019 Grape Grower of the Year

SILVER CREEK — Alvin Wilson has been announced at the 2019 Grape Grower of the Year for the Silver Creek Festival of Grapes festival. A lifelong resident of Silver Creek, Wilson has been living on the same family grape farm, located on Hanover Road for 88 years and has been running the ...