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Car fire on Thruway

Area fire departments on Friday battled a car fire near the Dunkirk-Fredonia exit of the New York state Thruway on Friday night. The call came in before 7 and crews were on the scene for more than an hour. The vehicle was headed in the westbound direction. Fredonia Fire Department was one of ...

Jackson Center accepting applications for 2021 teacher fellow week

The Robert H. Jackson Center is calling all educators to design creative ways to educate students on the legacy of Robert H. Jackson. For the week of July 19-23, instructors will work with the Jackson Center Archives and local institutions to create educational experiences through the ...

Fredonia lifts order on water

The conserve water order in Fredonia was lifted Friday around noon following two main breaks on Thursday in the village. “Earlier this morning before noon both water main breaks were fixed, we waited until the second one was done. They’re both repaired and the conserve request is now ...

Jamestown man pleads guilty to child porn

A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. on announced the plea Friday, which was made by 50-year-old James Tracy before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer. Tracy has a prior conviction for aggravated sexual abuse, sexual ...

Home destroyed in overnight fire

FORESTVILLE — A home was destroyed by a fire reported around midnight. Volunteer firefighters from 16 departments were called to 9171 Ball Hill Road between Forestville and South Dayton for the blaze. Firefighting efforts were made difficult due to frigid temperatures — with wind chills ...

Route 60 garage destroyed in afternoon blaze

SINCLAIRVILLE — A coal stove in close proximity to wood building material reportedly sparked a large fire that destroyed a multi-story garage Friday afternoon. Crews were alerted to the blaze at 6906 Route 60, south of Luce Road, near Sinclairville around 2 p.m. Officials on scene reported ...

Access Chautauqua Programming for January 30 to February 5

Chautauqua Sunrise, hosted by Doc Hamels, will have Randy Anderson from the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame aired and streamed on Facebook live at 9 a.m. Saturday. The show repeats at 2 and 8 p.m. Fresh Perspectives, hosted by Gail Erb, will feature Trish Dragoo and Heather Gregory, Cornell ...

ShopLocalCHQ continues growth: Gears up for Valentine’s Day

By TODD J. TRANUM President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier The holiday season may be over, but the ShopLocalCHQ.com marketplace continues its work selling Chautauqua county goods and ...

Fredonia suffers multiple water main breaks

A large water main break in front of Tuscany on Route 20 was creating havoc in the village of Fredonia Thursday. “Our crews are isolating the break and they’re working on getting a crew over there as we speak,” Fredonia Mayor Doug Essek told the OBSERVER. The break happened around 3 ...

Winter weather advisory will remain in effect

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties until 10 a.m. Friday. According to the National Weather Service in Buffalo, lake effect snow and blowing snow is expected. Some areas could see between 3 and 5 inches of accumulation in addition to winds ...

Fredonia nears decision on return to schools

Fredonia’s Board of Education will discuss a return to in-person learning after a discussion at a committee meeting tonight. District Superintendent Bradley Zilliox wouldn’t give an exact timeline yet, but gave an outline of what in person would look like across different grade levels. ...

Gas pipeline to be installed on Seymour Street in Fredonia

P&H Gas LLC located on Webster Road in Fredonia is putting in a new gas line on Seymour Street in the village this year. At a recent meeting of the Pomfret Town Board the board granted a right of way to the company to install two two-inch low pressure pipeline appurtenant equipment. The ...

County Legislature OKs property sale to expand Dunkirk freezer

Chautauqua County officials have approved a property sale in the city of Dunkirk which will permit an existing city business to expand. In 2018, Roberts Road Freezer, LLC purchased about 10 acres of land from the county to build a 100,000 foot freezer. The company, which was at time was ...

Green appears to say good-bye to legislature

Chautauqua County Democratic Election Commissioner Norman P. Green, appeared to say farewell, even though he remains in his current position. Green said during Wednesday’s meeting that he was told last February by Legislator Chuck Nazzaro, D-Jamestown, that the Democrats on the legislature ...

Borrello effort to curb Cuomo’s executive power fails

State Sen. George Borrello’s effort to end Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers on Tuesday failed in the state Senate. Senators were debating S.2733, which would reduce the number of signatures candidates must collect for designating petitions by 70% in the 2021 election cycle. Borrello ...

Solar array project eyed near Jamestown airport

JAMESTOWN — A New York-based company is eyeing 50 acres of land in the town of Ellicott to place solar panels in two arrays. The project, sought on 96 total acres on two adjoining parcels of land near the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport on North Main Street Extension, is currently in ...

COVID-19 adding to challenges at Red Cross

The American Red Cross typically has a tough time keeping the blood supply strong during the winter months when inclement weather and seasonal illnesses can impact donors. The COVID-19 pandemic adds another challenge in keeping the blood supply strong. The Red Cross is asking healthy ...

Annual Boys State event to be virtual this summer

New York American Legion Boys’ State takes place virtually this year from June 27 to July 1. James Casey, department adjutant, made the announcement after a recent Boys’ State Board of Directors meeting. “The program will be online for two hours in the morning and two hours in the ...

Reed announces $75,000 for RSVP

The Chautauqua County RSVP program has received a $75,000 grant to support a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the Chautauqua County community. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) program is hosted and sponsored by Lutheran Jamestown. “We care about supporting the ...

New York Farm Bureau releases 2021 state legislative priorities

The New York Farm Bureau has released its 2021 state legislative priorities that address the needs and challenges of the state’s agricultural community in New York, especially following a difficult year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic still weighs heavily on all New Yorkers. The ...