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Griffith to retire from county post in March

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel announced Friday that John Griffith, county Office of Emergency Services director, will retire March 1. Griffith first began his career with the county in April 2012 as a deputy dire coordinator where he provided leadership and support to the ...

Afternoon fire quickly doused

OBSERVER Photo A garage fire at 11193 Farmingdale Road in Sheridan was quickly extinguished Friday afternoon. The cause was unknown at the time and there were no injuries reported. Responding agencies included West Town Dunkirk Fire Department, East Town Dunkirk Fire Department, Sheridan ...

Nature Sanctuary receives $25,000 grant

The Nature Sanctuary Society of Western New York Inc. has received a $25,000 grant from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. The funding will be used to support program implementation of nine specific national Land Trust ...

Foster Parents Open House scheduled

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services Home Finding Team will offer a foster parent open house on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 6 to 7 p.m. and a second session from 7 to 8 p.m. The sessions will take place virtually via Zoom. During the event, attendees will ...

Problem Solvers Caucus releases principles on election security

The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus has released its principles on election security and the Electoral College. According to the caucus’ statement: “We are committed to combating attempts to undermine the will of the American people as expressed through the legitimate results of a ...

Heritage resident Helen Merrill celebrates 101st birthday

Helen Merrill, a resident at The Village in Gerry, celebrated two very memorable milestones: her 101st birthday and being one of the first Heritage residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, a traditional party was not possible, but The Village staff ...

Taking shape: Pizza shop gets creative as Bills fever grips area

The Buffalo Bills fever gripping Western New York has found its way into every nook and cranny, including your local pizza shop. Coppola’s Pizzaria in Bemus Point will be helping fans get into the spirit for Saturday’s playoff game with its signature Bills-shaped pie, which has become ...

Cuomo calls for the legalization of recreational marijuana

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for the legalization and regulation of marijuana for recreational use by adults, his third attempt in as many years to get the drug fully legalized in the state. Cuomo, a Democrat, announced his proposal Wednesday as part of his upcoming State of the State agenda ...

Rangers rescue kayakers stranded in creek

PERSIA — Over the weekend, the state Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers were notified of a pair of stranded kayakers on Cattaraugus Creek. The two men had been paddling in high water conditions when one paddler flipped and lost his kayak around 11 a.m. Saturday. The ...

Hanlon announces candidacy for state Supreme Court

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County resident Grace Hanlon on Monday announced her candidacy for justice in the New York State Supreme Court Eighth Judicial District. A confidential law clerk to Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley, Hanlon previously ran for the post on the state Supreme ...

Spreading cheer

Silver Creek Samuel Cimino VFW Post 6472 Auxiliary recently adopted a veteran family for Christmas with presents and holiday cheer. The post would like to thank all veterans for their service and sacrifice at this holiday season, especially for those away from home.

State to let drivers pay their traffic fines in installments

Paying down debt is a popular New Year’s resolution. The road to success will soon get easier for New York drivers with traffic tickets. A bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Dec. 31 will permit drivers to set up payment plans if they can’t afford an entire fine in a lump ...

Sampling of private water wells in Mayville completed

MAYVILLE — In response to the village of Mayville’s drinking water emergency, the Chautauqua County Health Department, New York State Department of Health and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation teamed up to sample private drinking water wells within a 1-mile radius of ...

Chagnon to continue as Chautauqua County Legislature chairman

With the coronavirus in full swing, county officials have decided to keep their current legislative leadership structure in place. During the legislature’s organizational meeting Monday, which was held via Zoom and shared on Facebook, Pierre Chagnon, R-Bemus Point, was unanimously selected ...

Assembly bill causes a stir over the weekend

Legislation that stands little chance of ever reaching Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk caused quite a stir over the weekend. A.416 has been sponsored by Assemblyman Nick Perry, D-Brooklyn, since 2015 when an Ebola outbreak in Africa brought an Ebola case to New York City. The physician was part ...

Access Chautauqua announces its programming

The Chautauqua Lecture Series 2019 features Tarana J. Burke at 1 and 7 p.m. Chautauqua Sunrise, hosted by Doc Hamels, will have Dr. MaryAnn Spanos, Chautauqua County Office for the Aging director. The program is aired and streamed on Facebook live at 9 a.m. Saturday then repeats at 2 and 8 ...

Go to Sweden virtually at Audubon with Mark Baldwin

Three and a half years ago, naturalist and Jamestown native Mark Baldwin moved to the shores of Malaren, Sweden’s third-largest freshwater lake, near Stockholm, Sweden. He has been exploring the forests and fields of the area ever since. On Friday, Jan. 8, from 11 a.m. to noon, Baldwin ...

Farm labor overtime is unchanged despite lobbying on both sides

After much lobbying from both sides, a state Labor Department wage board has chosen to make no changes to overtime rules for farm workers in the coming year. The decision was made late Thursday. The Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act, passed in 2019, granted year-round and seasonal ...

Wendel sworn into office in private ceremony

Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel was sworn into office during a private ceremony Friday with his family by his side. A former legislator and legislature chairman, Wendel, R-Lakewood, carried 72% of the vote in the Nov. 3 special election to fill the final year of George Borrello’s term ...