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Multiple illnesses tied to Jamestown fast-food restaurant

MAYVILLE — The New York State Department of Health, working collaboratively with the Chautauqua County Health Department, is investigating reports of multiple illnesses potentially associated with the McDonald’s at 2803 N. Main Street Extension in Jamestown. Twenty-two individuals reported ...

Mayor Rosas expresses gratitude for boat race

“There are not enough words of gratitude to express the appreciation that I feel for last weekend’s Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix 2018 Power Boat Race and the many residents and visitors who attended,” Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas said. The Race World Offshore Grand Prix Racing event ...

Collins woman charged with drug possession

OBSERVER Staff Report CONCORD — A vehicle found on the shoulder of Route 219 has led to drug charges for a Collins woman. Erie County sheriff’s deputies report 38-year-old Nicole Jachim was found around 7 p.m. Tuesday. A deputy stopped to check on the status of a vehicle on the ...

Lily Dale Women’s Day Event

Lily Dale is celebrating its history with the Women’s Suffrage Movement this Sunday, with its Women’s Day Event. The events began last year with the 100th anniversary of NYS women getting the right to vote, and will continue through 2020 and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th ...

Dunkirk legislator hails powerboat races as success

JAMESTOWN — The powerboats that raced on Lake Erie along the shoreline of Dunkirk have been hailed a huge success. County Legislator Robert Bankoski, D-Dunkirk, said Wednesday the Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix held last weekend that featured powerboats from the Race World Offshore racing ...

DA, state reps call commission redundant, costly

A bill signed this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that will create a commission to investigate complaints of misconduct by local prosecutors and their assistants is receiving plenty of scorn from state district attorneys and local lawmakers. Among those against the creation of the State Commission ...

Liberty Partnerships Program holds camp

Jamestown Community College’s Liberty Partnerships Program welcomed middle and high school students from Jamestown, Dunkirk and Salamanca to camp experiences earlier this summer. Eighteen high school students participated in the four-day overnight “Making Positive Choices” program in ...

Collins woman charged with drug possession

CONCORD — A vehicle found on the shoulder of Route 219 has led to drug charges for a Collins woman. Erie County sheriff's deputies report 38-year-old Nicole Jachim was found around 7 p.m. Tuesday. A deputy stopped to check on the status of a vehicle on the shoulder of the highwa and ...

Mitrano wants analysis of NRG site

OBSERVER Staff Report Tracy Mitrano, the Democratic opponent to incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom Reed in the 23rd Congressional district, is not certain on how to proceed with the future of the Dunkirk power-generation station. “I know that there have been various efforts,” she said about the ...

Many Activities at Audubon’s Monarch Butterfly Festival, Saturday

JAMESTOWN — The magic of live butterflies makes their exhibits major attractions at botanical gardens and tourist destinations. You can experience an indoor butterfly garden and many more delights at Audubon Community Nature Center’s (ACNC) Monarch Butterfly Festival this ...

Tour of Homes planned for Sept. 8 in Dunkirk

Have you heard about the American Foursquare architectural style sometimes called the “Prairie Box” that was popular from the 1890s into the 1930s? Did you know that you could order your house style, it would arrive in a boxcar with a book of directions, pre-cut parts and numbered for ...

Dressed to impress

Baby Katalina Szukala was dressed to impress as a sailor for her first boat race in Dunkirk Sunday afternoon.

Coming attractions

Today Dunkirk Farmers’ Market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dunkirk Senior Center , 45 Cliffstar Court. Offering fresh fruits, vegetables and preserves, free-range beef, pork, rabbit, chicken, eggs, baked goods, hot and frozen pierogi. Grape Discovery Center “Wine With Us Wednesdays” 4 ...

Fredonia Farm Festival celebrates golden anniversary this weekend

The Fredonia Farm Festival wants to make a big splash this weekend for its 50th anniversary event. “We tried to go over the top this year because it’s the 50th,” said Mark Mackey, festival chairman, earlier this week. “We might have succeeded, we might not have. We’ll see how the ...

Pennsylvania man charged after vehicle goes off road

CHERRY CREEK — A Pennsylvania man has been charged with drinking and driving after his vehicle went off a state road. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, on Sunday at around 6:15 p.m. deputies were dispatched to a call of a vehicle off the roadway on Route 83 in the town ...

HOPE Chautauqua Coalition community event set

The HOPE Chautauqua Coalition, a diverse group of community partners has been working together to plan a free community event open to the public. The event will be held today from 3-7:30 p.m. at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, Floral Hall “Celebrating Success” of all of the positive ...

Jamestown man charged with Aug. 14 stabbing in Baker Park

JAMESTOWN — Jamestown police have charged Askia J. Faison, 22, of Jamestown with first-degree assault in relation to a stabbing at 2:10 p.m. Aug. 14 at Baker Park, 402 W. Fourth St., Jamestown. Police report Faison and another person had an argument and were fighting when the stabbing ...

Pennsylvania man in stolen vehicle charged

HANOVER — A Pennsylvania man is in jail after being stopped this morning for a number of traffic violations. Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies report William E. Sinagra, 20, of Crafton, Pa., was stopped after 1:10 a.m. The vehicle operated by Sinagra had been previously reported stolen. ...

Mitrano seeks study for future use of NRG

Tracy Mitrano, the Democratic opponent to incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom Reed in the 23rd Congressional district, is not certain on how to proceed with the future of the Dunkirk power-generation station. "I know that there have been various efforts," she said about the site along the waterfront. "I ...

Polar Bear ‘Chicken’ swim for charity set for Thursday

Not everyone is as brave as the winter Polar Bears. On Thursday, a group-swim for charity takes place at Cabana Sam’s in Sunset Bay. As a follow-up to the 16th Annual Silver Creek Polar Bear Swim for Charity, the swim is geared toward those too chicken to swim in January. Various factors, ...