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Gerace to appear on ‘City Speaks’

Sheriff Joe Gerace will be the featured guest on this week’s “City Speaks” show to be aired on Spectrum 1301 at 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. starting today, daily. Future guests will include other state, county and local officials. If you would like to be a guest on “City Speaks,” please ...

Region under flood watch through Friday

Western New York is under a flood watch beginning this afternoon and running through Friday. According to the National Weather Service, widespread rain will develop today and continue through tonight and into early Friday across all of Western New York, with the heaviest rain expected to ...

Van goes through small creek

OBSERVER Photo by Gregory Bacon The driver of a full-size van was OK after in an accident Tuesday afternoon. Police said his vehicle went off Chapin Road, Silver Creek, in and out of a creek and stopped just short of hitting a telephone pole.

Old-fashioned Barn Dance dedicated to a cause this month

The barn dance on Friday is a special medical fund-raiser dance. Virginia Seekings is a college age woman who has been in serious medical trouble since April. Her story was featured on the front page of the Dunkirk Observer on Sept. 3, 2018. In short, food poisoning turned into gastroenteritis, ...

Minor injuries reported in Monday’s Route 5 crash

SHERIDAN — Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies responded Route 5 and Harrington Road in the town of Sheridan on Monday for a motor vehicle accident with injury. After an investigation, it was found that a vehicle being operated westbound by Alex D. Wirfel, 18, of Hamburg, had traveled into ...

Thrifty Kitty Christmas Store opening Thursday

WESTFIELD — Westfield Stray Cat Rescue announces the Thrifty Kitty Christmas Store will be opening Thursday at 10 a.m. The Thrifty Kitty Christmas Store is located at 19 Elm St., Westfield, next to the Main Diner. Plan to stop in and be prepared to be amazed at the beautiful and varied ...

Halloween and harvest-themed homes

Going out tonight for Halloween? Here are some spooky or harvest-themed houses noted by readers, in local neighborhoods. Cassadaga Pennington Place, John Sipos Dunkirk 526 Franklin Ave. 528 Franklin Ave., Glen, Chloe, Faith and Grace 108 King St., Sandy Lombardo 46 Market St., ...

No injuries in Route 5 crash

There were no injuries in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in the East Town of Dunkirk. Around 1 p.m., State Police and firefighters responded to an accident on Route 5. A pick-up truck rear-ended a car that was turning into a driveway. Although the car was heavily damaged, the driver ...

Update: Minor injuries in Route 5 crash

Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies responded Route 5 and Harrington Road in the town of Sheridan on Monday for a motor vehicle accident with injury. After an investigation, it was found that a vehicle being operated westbound by Alex D. Wirfel, 18, of Hamburg, had traveled into the path of a ...

Rotary donates to Historical Society

John Paul Wolfe (left), Chautauqua County Historical Society Board Trustee and McClurg Museum Curator, accepts an $800 donation check from Patty Benton, Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville Community Service Chair. This Rotary Club's gift will help to buy new tables for the Historical Society to ...

DeJoe announces candidacy for Portland judge

PORTLAND — Thomas DeJoe has been endorsed by the Democratic, Working Families and Green Parties for Town of Portland Judge. He also has received the Independence Party endorsement by winning their primary. He is a Fredonia High School graduate (1961). Tom proudly served his country in the ...

JCC OTA students presenting Wellness Fair

JAMESTOWN — Last fall Jamestown Community College (JCC) Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students presented a Healthy Habits Wellness Fair at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA). The event was such a success that a new cadre of students is busy planning a repeat of ...

Dunkirk labor endorses Gerace for sheriff

The Dunkirk Labor Council has endorsed Sheriff Joseph Gerace for another term. Douglas Stock, president, said, “One of the reasons he was chosen is his strong record of bringing new innovative programs and grants, designed to help the people of Chautauqua County in numerous ways and no cost ...

No propositions in Chautauqua County for Election Day

Election Commissioners Norman P. Green and Brian C. Abram remind voters that there will be no need to flip the ballot on Nov. 6, as there are no propositions this year to be voted on. “There is a post being circulated on the Internet that remind New York State voters to vote both sides of ...

Angola Library Annual fall dinner Saturday

ANGOLA — The Angola Public Library is sponsoring the annual Fall Harvest Dinner at 6:30 on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Evans Center Fire Hall, Route 5 in the Town of Evans. The menu features a traditional turkey dinner catered by Cala’s Kitchen, with desserts provided by members of Evans Book ...

Dunkirk Police offer Halloween safety advice

Halloween can be a very fun holiday for everyone especially kids, to make the holiday a treat instead of a trick please follow these safety tips: Halloween Costumes ¯ Check that the costumes are flame retardant. ¯Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls and other bumps in the ...

Fundraisers assist Sinclairville fire victims

SINCLAIRVILLE — A Facebook fundraiser is trying to help a family that lost everything in a fire last weekend. The Stein family home at 7025 Rood Road, where David and Jamie Stein lived with their three children, burned down. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No one was ...

Area women take precautionary steps against breast cancer

Tricia Drake is pictured giving a massage during The Chautauqua Center’s second annual MAMMO-Grammys event on Thursday at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center. According to Alicia Ekstrom, recruiter/marketing specialist, 25 women received a mammogram at no cost, and many more attended the ...

Chadwick Bay Women hear from state representative

The NYS Women, Inc. Chadwick Bay Chapter held its monthly meeting in the Dunkirk Free Library. This month’s guest speaker was Robin Bridson. Robin is very involved with New York State Women on a state level as president elect and on a local level as a member of the Mohawk Valley Chapter ...

Westfield man charged with harassment, endangering

WESTFIELD — An 18-year-old village man is facing second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child charges after an incident that occurred in July. Village police reported this morning they were contacted in September regarding Joseph B. Trippe of 90 Academy St. The complaint ...