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Veterans, active service members entrepreneurial lunch set

The Fredonia Technology Incubator welcomes veterans and active service members to its monthly entrepreneurial networking lunch. The guest speaker will be Cindy Reidy, project coordinator for the Joseph P. Dwyer program of Chautauqua. The lunch will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 ...

County leaders say Lack of child care hurting workforce

By DENNIS PHILLIPS editorial@observertoday.com MAYVILLE — Workforce development in the county is being impeded by the lack of quality child care. That is why the Chautauqua County Child Care Workforce Development Initiative has been started, said Beth Starks, Jamestown Community ...

John T. Murray Veteran Day services

Submitted Photo The John T. Murray Post 1017 held Veteran Day services at the post. Cub Scout pack 206 attended. First row: Zane Perry; Blake Hasse; Sebastian Diaz; Cash Pachol; Shawn Piglowski. Second row: Emma Fitzgerald; Judi Perry; Brenda Drummond; Pat Rabb, Auxiliary President; Robin ...

Sherman to vote to reduce number of town justices

SHERMAN — Approximately 35 Sherman area residents attended a special informational meeting in the school auditorium to discuss the proposition to reduce the number of town justices from two to one by eliminating the position of James Van Volkenburg. At its Sept. 5 meeting, the town board ...

Students visit Greystone

Submitted Photo Pictured above with professor Dr. Christine Jarvis on the far right, 20 SUNY Fredonia students from Dr. Jarvis' Environmental Literature class celebrate the planting of four trees. Each tree was planted in honor of an environmental author whom the students had studied. The ...

Silver Creek elementary students enjoy Halloween celebration

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Key Club has traditionally offered a Halloween Party for elementary-age children for many years. Three years ago, the Key Club expanded this event by collaborating with the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) of Silver Creek Central School District to add ...

NOTION ABOUT MOTION

Dunkirk School 5 participated in the nationally acclaimed Math & Movement program to teach children and parents about the kinesthetic learning style. Bringing the program all the way from Ithaca, the president of the program, Suzanne Kuntz, and her team reached out to the schools in ...

JCC receives grant to study feasibility of new workforce programs

JAMESTOWN —Jamestown Community College has received a $90,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to conduct a feasibility study on potential new academic and workforce programs. The programs – identified as opportunities to train individuals for viable job growth in emerging, ...

Panetta Institute honors Reed for service, bipartisanship

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, accepted an award from the Leon Panetta Institute last weekend honoring his years of public service and bipartisan spirit while representing both the American people and his own constituents. Panetta is an American politician who has served in several different ...

Brocton bans commercial solar energy systems

OBSERVER Staff Report BROCTON — The village Board of Trustees passed its own version of Portland’s ban on commercial solar energy systems at its November meeting. The law was passed unanimously after a public hearing where no one spoke. It allows for small-scale solar panel arrays, such ...

Entrepreneurial workshop Monday at incubator

The Fredonia Technology Incubator continues its Entrepreneurial Education Program with guest speaker Devon Goffman. This seminar is designed to assist entrepreneurs in creating their own business and creating their own success. The workshop will be held Monday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at ...

Laona holds parade

Submitted Photo The 38th annual Laona Halloween parade was held on Oct. 26. It was a a small but a nice parade. There were games set up inside the building to play. Refreshments were served, prizes given out for costumes and fun was had by all. Thank you to Lindy and Greg Stranahan for all ...

Valley Historical Society hears presentation on historical speeches

CASSADAGA — Members and guests of the Valley Historical Society met at the Cassadaga American Legion for a presentation on historical speeches. Larry Barmore, society president, welcomed all to the gathering, and led the group in the Lord's Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Secretary ...

Post 1280 hosts Veterans’ Day dinner, recognition

CASSADAGA — On Veterans’ Day Monday, the Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280 held a special dinner and recognition program at their hall on Maple Avenue in the village. Past Commander Bruce Kaus was the master of ceremony, and welcomed all to the event. Chaplain Diane K. Shaw gave the ...

Quilters’ Guild sets holiday dinner

Westfield Quilters’ Guild will hold their annual holiday dinner at the Westfield YWCA on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. Dinner is potluck with drinks provided. This is an exciting month for the guild as it distributes all of the comfort quilts made throughout the year. Shown here are Guild ...

Music, dance, cuisine to take spotlight at SUNY Fredonia’s Global Banquet

A variety of cultures from around the world that are part of the State University of New York at Fredonia campus will be in the spotlight at the fifth annual Global Banquet, hosted by International Student Services and the International Club, on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m., in the Williams ...

Westfield man charged in altercation

PORTLAND — A physical altercation on Friday morning has led to charges against a Westfield man. At about 9:32 a.m., Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies responded to an incident that occurred at the Finley Road residence in the town. An investigation of the incident revealed that David ...

City high school locked down after fight

Dunkirk High School was placed in a lockdown due to a fight this morning. According to the district's Facebook page, the lockdown was lifted this afternoon. Here was the message from the district: "As we want our community to be informed about our schools, we would like to share with you ...