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‘Imagine Your Story’ journaling planned

The Sinclairville Free Library invites youth ages 8 and up to participate in the library’s journaling program to record their stories as part of this year’s “Imagine Your Story” summer reading program. This journaling program will begin with a virtual meeting on the Zoom platform on ...

Pavilion dedication planned at Audubon

As a child, Stephanie Frucella loved to come to Audubon Community Nature Center with her family to walk the trails and discover wildlife, flowers and the beauty of nature. She grew up to become a fourth grade teacher who shared her passion for nature and strived daily to make a difference in ...

SUNY Fredonia planning for ‘safe semester’ in fall

This has been a summer like no other at the State University of New York at Fredonia, as the campus community has been meeting, planning and preparing for the return of students for the fall 2020 semester. “We have been intentional in our collaboration to make sure students are returning to ...

Beef farm business summary helps calculate cost of production

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s SWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program is working with area farms through the extension’s Beef Farm Business Summary program. Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Cornell Cooperative Extension farm business management specialist, helps farms collect and analyze ...

JCC a Tree Campus again

The Arbor Day Foundation has designated Jamestown Community College a Tree Campus Higher Education institution for the 11th consecutive year. Tree Campus Higher Education is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus ...

Missing Lake Erie swimmer located, rescued

A swimmer who went missing for more than 30 minutes in Lake Erie, was found and rescued on Sunday afternoon by emergency crews near Point Gratiot. The major search began when the swimmer reportedly went missing around 3:20 p.m. According to scanner reports, the subject was seen near the cliffs ...

Chickens, loud speaker applications part of city council meeting

Do you have chickens and live in the city of Dunkirk? City officials want to let you know, that’s a no-no. During this week’s City Council meeting, Fourth Ward Councilwoman Nancy Nichols noted a Middle Road resident went outside her house at 6 a.m. and saw seven chickens on her property ...

Access Chautauqua announces schedule

Chautauqua People, hosted by John Viehe, will have guest Donna Dolson, horn player with the Chautauqua Symphony and lecturer at the State University at Fredonia, at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. this week on Access Chautauqua. Chautauqua Sunrise, hosted by Doc Hamels, will have guest Carrie Skelton ...

Gillibrand proposes extension to pandemic EBT benefits

FALCONER — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, cited a need for children across the country not to go hungry amid the COVID-19 pandemic during a visit to the FeedMore WNY Distribution Center on Friday morning, announcing her intention to extend Pandemic EBT and expand Supplemental Nutrition ...

Efforts underway to control rabies in Chautauqua County

As part of the ongoing effort to reduce the presence of the rabies virus in wildlife, New York state will once again take part in a nationally coordinated effort to halt the spread of raccoon rabies in 15 states. Chautauqua County is one of 15 counties in the state where field evaluations of ...

Cassadaga basketball court gets upgrade

Cassadaga Beach's basketball court recently got an upgrade. Black Gold Paving and Sealing Co. donated all material and labor to provide special color asphalt sealer to the court. The Village of Cassadaga Department of Public Works painted the lines for both basketball and pickleball. A village ...

Reyda named Bemus Point superintendent

The Bemus Point Central School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Joe Reyda as superintendent at its meeting on Tuesday, concluding an extended search for the position. On March 16, the board appointed Michelle Spasiano, a former Franklinville Central School District ...

JCC ready for residential students

JAMESTOWN — Jamestown Community College is preparing to welcome more than 200 students to its residence halls later this month. The move-in schedule will be conducted from August 20-22 to provide maximum social distancing and enhanced safety protocols for students and their families in ...

DEC seeks swimming pool owners for survey of invasive beetle

State DEC officials are asking New York’s swimming pool owners to participate in the DEC’s annual Asian Longhorned Beetle Swimming Pool Survey during August. During late summer, Asian longhorned beetles emerge as adults and are most active outside of their host trees. The goal of the ...

Buffalo businesses file federal suit over closed gentleman’s clubs

A federal lawsuit by several Buffalo-area businesses makes familiar arguments against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s business-limiting executive orders as well as a novel claim — that the governor is violating the First Amendment freedom of expression of exotic dangers by keeping gentleman’s clubs ...

Williams running for Seneca Nation president

John Adlai Williams Jr. is running for Seneca Nation president. Williams is serving in his second four-year term as a member of the Seneca Nation Council. A resident of the Cattaraugus Territory, Williams will be running at the Seneca Party Caucus and seeks to then advance to the ...

Despite cancellation, Gerry Rodeo remains special for area couple

After 75 consecutive years, the Gerry Rodeo will not take place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The major fundraiser for the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department will be missed by many, especially Mr. and Mrs. Francis Finch Jr. of Randolph who have attended 50 of the last 52 years. ...

Jamestown man sentenced in drug case with firearm

A Jamestown man convicted of possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possessing of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime has been sentenced to more than 12 years in state prison. Kyle Kamholtz, 33, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. ...

Jamestown man pleads guilty in meth distribution case

A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine distribution charge, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. Jacob Komenda, 24, entered the plea conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, 5 grams or more of methamphetamine before U.S. District Judge Richard J. ...

Mishap on Eagle Street

OBSERVER Photo Fredonia police were called to an accident Wednesday afternoon around 3:45 p.m. on Eagle Street involving a vehicle that struck a pole. The accident happened between Gillis and Green streets. No other information was available, however, Fredonia Fire Department was alerted to ...