Local/Region

IDA board meeting to be held Sept. 24

In accordance with the New York State Open Meetings Law, we are hereby notifying the local media of a board meeting of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) Board of Directors. The meeting will be held at the Fredonia Technology Incubator, 214 Central Ave., Dunkirk, NY, ...

Westfield senior citizens hold August meeting

WESTFIELD — Twenty two members were present for a dish to pass supper at YWCA on Aug. 8. Shirley Kolpien shared a funny joke. The meeting was opened by President Pat Sciarrino with a prayer. Members recited the “Pledge of Allegiance”. The secretary’s report was read and accepted. The ...

Motorcycle strikes car on Second Street

OBSERVER Photo by Jo Ward Dunkirk police and fire officials responded to an accident on the corner of Second and Mullet Streets on Monday night. A single rider on a motorcycle hit a parked SUV. According to witnesses the rider was attempting to avoid an animal and lost control. The rider was ...

NYS Women Inc. Chadwick Bay Chapter announces events

The NYS Women Inc. Chadwick Bay Chapter is pleased to announce the following events: Halloween Winery Tour and the Getaway Weekend. A costume would be appropriate for this day of fun. The $35 price includes wine tasting at three wineries ($15) and the cost of the bus ($20). On Oct. 26, the ...

Finance-related classes for adults planned in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK — The Community Education division of Silver Creek Central School District is offering a few finance-related sessions for area adults via its fall 2019 programming. All these courses will be led by Brett Komm, a wealth manager with Cetera Investors, and held in the high school ...

Barcelona beach cleanup Saturday

WESTFIELD — On Saturday, Sept. 14, beginning at 1 p.m., Greystone Nature Preserve in conjunction with the Cassadaga Job Corps Center will be cleaning up the beach at Barcelona for the annual Beach Sweep. This event is sponsored by the Center for Marine Conservation and entails volunteers ...

Opera House to present next history lecture Thursday

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present “Land Riot!” as the sixth talk in its 2019 Chautauqua County History Lecture Series on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. Historian Dick Waite will give the illustrated lecture, which replaces the previously scheduled “History of Findley Lake,” ...

Bill eases access to out-of-state data of firearms buyers

Police officers will have easier access to out-of-state records for those who try to buy a firearm in New York state. The legislation (S.2438/A.1213) passed the state Assembly, 143-1, with both Assemblymen Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, and Joe Giglio, R-Gowanda, voting in favor on the Assembly ...

9/11 remembrance planned

MAYVILLE — The local American Legion and the Chautauqua County Veterans Council will be holding a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at noon in front of the Chautauqua County Courthouse, 1 N. Erie St. in Mayville. The program is to honor and remember the over 3,000 ...

DOT plans hearing on Route 60 work, added lanes

SINCLAIRVILLE — The New York state Department of Transportation will host a public information meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. about a proposed paving project scheduled to begin next spring on state Route 60 in the towns of Charlotte, Gerry and Stockton, and villages of ...

City police make arrest in Friday assault

City police have made an arrest in an assault that allegedly occurred in front of School 7 on Friday morning. Scanner reports indicated Dunkirk Fire Department arrived at the 348 Lake Shore Drive West location finding a man covered in blood. He was transported by the Dunkirk Fire Department to ...

Civic calendar

Brocton Monday — Brocton Board of Trustees special meeting, 4:30 p.m., village hall Cassadaga Monday — Cassadaga Valley Board of Education regular meeting, 7 p.m., middle-high school multipurpose room Wednesday — Cassadaga Valley Board of Educaton special meeting, 7 p.m., Board of ...

Ballroom dancing classes resume

Starting today and continuing with the eighth season, Ballroom Dancing Classes will begin once again at the Collage Performing Arts Center, located at 214 Eagle St. in Fredonia. Fall is nearly upon us and it is time to be thinking of ways to keep active as the usual summer projects and ...

SUNY Fredonia professor’s movie shown at festival

SUNY Fredonia professor Mike Igoe has produced a video that was shown at a Las Vegas film festival this weekend. It was part of the Silver State Film Festival. The Marx Brothers and the Story of Freedonia Marxonia tells the tale of the village of Fredonia’s dispute with Paramount Pictures ...

Abuse case lawsuit tied to city parish filed

A former student at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School in Dunkirk claims she was sexually abused by a Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church pastor starting at the age of 5. In a Child Victims Act lawsuit filed Monday in state Supreme Court in Erie County, the plaintiff, referred to as PB-5 Doe, ...

Women’s event brings interest, lessons

More than 35 vendors and five presenters were part of the OBSERVER’s Wonderful World of Women event, which was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. One of the presentations focused on how to tell if children are using drugs or vaping. Melanie Witkowski, executive director of Prevention ...

Dunkirk man facing drug, weapon charge

SILVER CREEK -- A Dunkirk man has been charged after a vehicle stop this morning. Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies report a vehicle was pulled over for a traffic infraction around 2:20 this morning in the area of Howard Street and Lake Avenue. A passenger in the vehicle was identified as ...

Study explores feasibility of new hops and grains processing facility

Special to the OBSERVER MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has announced that the comprehensive study and plan to explore the feasibility of a hops and grains processing facility in the County has been completed. The study, which was released in August 2019, was ...

Workplace Sexual Harassment Compliance Deadline is October 9

In 2019 alone, New York State has implemented at least a dozen new regulations focused on employee interactions in the workplace. While we work with The Business Council of New York State and Manufacturers Alliance of New York to advocate against stringent requirements that hamper businesses, ...

Rehearsals to begin for Trinity Masterworks Fall Concert

Do you remember singing in choral groups in high school and college and nothing since, other than in the shower or humming along with the radio? Well, now you have an opportunity to reconnect with your singing self. Become part of the ever growing Trinity Masterworks Choir, now in its fourth ...