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Meal distribution available daily at Dunkirk City School District

Families in the Dunkirk City School District no longer have to worry about their children going hungry throughout the day. All students in the district are eligible to receive free, nutritious breakfast and lunch meals each day, including Saturday and Sunday, as long as school is in ...

The Resource Center’s employee wellness program earns national accolades

The Resource Center’s employee wellness program has again earned national accolades. For the fifth straight year, The Resource Center was named one of the “Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America” by Springbuk, a health analytics company that has conducted the annual Healthiest Employers ...

Westfield Democrats name slate of candidates for March

WESTFIELD — Westfield Democratic Committee held their Democratic Caucus to nominate candidates to fill positions in village government on Jan. 21. The current Mayor, Michael VandeVelde, was nominated to serve another two-year term. Jeffrey Thomas was nominated for another four-year term as ...

Access Chautauqua Programming announced for the week

Access Chautauqua Programming for January 23-29: The Turner Winter Series on Access Chautauqua features Rolland Kidder speaking about the World War II Memorial at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Chautauqua Sunrise, hosted by Doc Hamels, will have state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown. The ...

Learning adjustments continue at Fredonia

Fredonia Central School will continue to adjust how students participate in school as COVID-19 cases fluctuate within the district. Fredonia Middle School allowed with in-person instruction and a hybrid model last week, according to Dr. Brad Zilliox’s first superintendent report at ...

County weighing options for scheduling properties for auction

Chautauqua County is trying to decide what to do about property owners who have not paid their taxes for the last three years, and who otherwise would have had their properties go to auction. During the legislature’s Audit and Control Committee meeting, Todd Button, deputy director of ...

Pair charged following multiple thefts from Westfield business

WESTFIELD — Two men are facing larceny charges for allegedly stealing merchandise from a Westfield store over the course of two months. The Westfield Police Department announced the arrests this week of 33-year-old Aaron C. Espersen of Portland and 31-year-old Mathew J. Mulville of ...

Train fire handled by Fredonia Fire Department

OBSERVER Photo by Jo Ward A train fire involving a CSX train was handled by the Fredonia Fire Department and the Fredonia Police Department Thursday evening. There were no known injuries at the time.

Redistricting process may change — again

The state’s Independent Redistricting Commission approved by voters may never see the light of day. Voters approved a constitutional amendment to the way New York handles redistricting back in 2014 after a dysfunctional redrawing of Congressional district lines that ended up being drawn by ...

Semi mishap in Sheridan

Photo by Kelly Plucinski A tractor-trailer mishap, likely caused by the weather, created problems on Route 20 in Sheridan late Tuesday.

Buffalo man charged in attempted robbery

A Buffalo man who stated he had a gun and sought money from a Dollar General clerk was quickly taken into custody Wednesday morning. Lester L. Santiago, 18, was being held for arraignment in Jamestown City Court on a third-degree attempted robbery charge. Officers were called around ...

County 4-H celebrates youth achievement at awards night

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program celebrated a unique 4-H year at its annual Awards Night held recently at the Falcon’s Nest in Falconer. Despite the challenges 4-H youth and volunteers faced by the coronavirus pandemic, Chautauqua County ...

Cuomo to implement partial uninsurance pay

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has come up with a new way to offer a partial unemployment claim that Republicans in the state Legislature may agree with. Legislation to be submitted with the Executive Budget will permanently enact a partial unemployment program to incentivize unemployed New Yorkers to ...

Borrello: Ballot Request Bill done hastily

The state Senate has approved legislation that would allow applications for absentee ballots to be received by county elections boards earlier than 30 days before an election. S.631, sponsored by Sen. Julia Salazar, D-Brooklyn, was approved Monday in a 43-20 party line vote. It has been ...

Silver Creek prepares for COVID zones

SILVER CREEK — In a Facebook Live broadcast this month, Silver Creek Superintendent Todd Crandall, school nurse Jennifer Johnson, and school medical provider Dr. Steven Barnes, announced the plan for testing if state Gov. Andrew Cuomo moves Silver Creek and the surrounding area into a yellow, ...

Turtles are Audubon’s creature feature

The Audubon Community Nature Center is presenting a new program to introduce kids and families to their critters. On the last Wednesday of the month, one or two of Audubon’s animals will be spotlighted in Audubon’s after-school Creature Feature. Turtles will be the stars on Jan. 27 from ...

Farming accident requires medical helicopter

OBSERVER Photo A reported farming accident is believed to have resulted in serious injuries Friday afternoon. Volunteer firefighters from Brocton and Portland were called to Route 20 around 1:30 p.m. A medical helicopter was summoned to the scene, and landed at nearby Brocton Central School. ...

Mayor seeks re-election, other incumbents are not in Westfield

WESTFIELD — Village Mayor Michael VandeVelde has announced his intention to run for re-election in March. “I have been humbled and encouraged by the number of people urging me to run for another term,” he said. “I am proud of what has been accomplished over the past eight years ...

Access Chautauqua announces its upcoming programming

Chautauqua Lecture Series 2019 features THE Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton “The Dream Still Lives: 50 Years after Martin Luther King, Jr.” at 1 and 7 p.m. Chautauqua Sunrise, hosted by Doc Hamels, will have Michelle Henry, Chautauqua County historian, discussing indigent veteral burial ...