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Dental office gets new name

MAYVILLE — Mayville Dental Arts is now Chautauqua Lake Dental. Dr. Erin Pender and staff announced the change of business name to patients last month and a new sign was installed by Chautauqua Sign Co.. The name change pays homage to Chautauqua Lake and is also meant to reflect ...

Sinclairville Elementary moves to remote model for week

Starting Monday, Sinclairville Elementary School will move to a remote model of learning. On Sunday, Cassadaga Valley Central Schools Superintendent Chuck Leichner announced a pupil who was at the school on Friday has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was in close contact with “a ...

Catt. Co. Sheriff’s Office introduces new K-9

LITTLE VALLEY — The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office has welcomed its newest member to the force — K-9 Silas, a 14-month-old Labrador retriever. Silas began working with the Sheriff’s Office in December 2020 with partner, Deputy Kale Luce. The pair is a certified Law Enforcement ...

Rollover accident in Cassadaga

OBSERVER Photo County emergency responders, including the Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies, responded to a rollover accident on Route 60 early Sunday afternoon. The accident occurred near the Cassadaga Tim Hortons and the extent of injuries in the crash were unknown.

Nursing home citation notification bill proposed

State Sen. James Skoufis, D-Newburgh, wants to make it easier for those placing a loved one into a residential health care facility to find information about complaints, citations and enforcement actions against the facility. Skoufis recently introduced S.3185 in the state Senate to require ...

Westfield eyeing FEMA grant for new fire truck

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Village Board is considering a resolution allowing the fire department to apply for a $625,000 2020-21 FEMA grant to replace a 1996 E291 Pumper-Tanker fire engine. The tanker is currently the oldest engine left in the Westfield Fire Department, and has been in ...

Man tied to 2019 armed robbery indicted

MAYVILLE — A man connected to the June 2019 armed robbery of a West Ellicott convenience store has been indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury. Luis Gonzalez, 27, pleaded not guilty during arraignment Jan. 22 to charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree robbery (displaying a ...

Valentine’s Day houseplant sale

Those looking for an alternative to roses and chocolate for their sweetheart on Valentine’s Day can support the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua’s spider plant fundraiser. Purchase a spider plant festooned with tissue and a red ribbon for $10 a plant. Spider ...

Special meeting source of controversy

A question of what can and cannot be discussed, as well as what should be discussed at a special meeting was a topic broached by the Fredonia Village Board at a special meeting last month. The Jan. 29 meeting was called for the purpose of discussing repairs to the village hall elevator, but ...

Ripley reviews proposed capital project

RIPLEY — Ripley Central School District Board of Education members received a presentation on a proposed 2020-21 capital project from Tim Mertzlufft, senior project manager for Gordon Jones Associates, at their recent meeting. The initial building project cost is $3.2 million,, however the ...

New York State aid proposal creates ‘fiscal cliffs’

Dr. Kevin Whitaker can see the fiscal cliff for school districts coming — and he’s not the only one. Whitaker recently touched on the issues Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2021-22 state budget presents for school districts. As Whitaker said a couple of weeks ago, the news for ...

Child Care Council participates in campaign

Staff members of the Chautauqua Child Care Council of Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. recently joined more than 500 other attendees from across New York State for the “Save New York Child Care Campaign 2021” virtual event. The event kicked off upcoming virtual Advocacy Days on Feb. 9 and ...

Parenting classes set

“Active Parenting” for parents of children between the ages of 5 and 12 being offered from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 24, March 3 and 10 through Zoom video meeting software. The training is offered through a grant from the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and a partnership ...

Westfield eyeing FEMA grant for new fire truck

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Village Board is considering a resolution allowing the fire department to apply for a $625,000 2020-21 FEMA grant to replace a 1996 E291 Pumper-Tanker fire engine. The tanker is currently the oldest engine left in the Westfield Fire Department, and has been in ...

Man tied to 2019 armed robbery indicted

MAYVILLE — A man connected to the June 2019 armed robbery of a West Ellicott convenience store has been indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury. Luis Gonzalez, 27, pleaded not guilty during arraignment Jan. 22 to charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree robbery (displaying a ...

Nursing home citation notification bill proposed

State Sen. James Skoufis, D-Newburgh, wants to make it easier for those placing a loved one into a residential health care facility to find information about complaints, citations and enforcement actions against the facility. Skoufis recently introduced S.3185 in the state Senate to require ...

Six being assisted after city blaze

Two adults and four children who were living at 437 S. Roberts Road in Dunkirk are being assisted by the American Red Cross after a blaze damaged their home Thursday morning. Chief Michael Edwards reports the Dunkirk Fire Department responded to a car fire in a driveway at 5:08 a.m. Upon ...

Goodell: Make automatic voter registration available in more areas

If there is going to be automatic voter registration in New York state, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell and a smattering of his Republican colleagues want to see additional state agencies enrolling voters. The state Assembly last week passed A.2574, sponsored by Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, ...

Police agencies earn of increased scams

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, and local police agencies, report having seen an increase in scams targeted at local residents. The latest round of scams involve asking residents to send out large amounts of gift cards. The caller often advises that they are with law enforcement or ...

Snowmobiles collide injuring youth

CONEWANGO — A snowmobile collision involving four juveniles led to one being taken to UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown and another being transported to Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. Cattaraugus County sheriff’s deputies reported on Tuesday that they and Emergency Medical Services ...