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Jamestown police’s German shepherd named after late Dunkirk resident

JAMESTOWN — An eight-year veteran and highly decorated member of the Jamestown Police Department recently made his last collar, while a new hire is starting to grow into his. K-9 Mitchell, a German shepherd who received the prestigious Police Cross and Medal of Valor after being wounded in ...

Lake Shore schools’ project nears end of first phase

Special to the OBSERVER ANGOLA — One of the things a school district capital construction project can do is ensure building integrity. As expected, large-scale roof, electrical and plumbing systems all get renovated, repaired or replaced. But a project can also redesign the way a school ...

Power price surged in heat wave

Temperatures were not the only thing soaring during last week’s uncomfortable heat wave. Electricity prices to Western New York were also sizzling. On Thursday, as the thermometer in Western New York neared 90 degrees around 2:30 p.m., power costs to the region were at jaw-dropping numbers. ...

Fredonia’s trustees alter format of meetings

Meeting times for the Fredonia Village Board of Trustees has been changed. The board recently voted unanimously to include its workshops within the regular meeting agendas. The workshops had been scheduled separately, to begin one hour before the meeting, even though the workshops do not ...

Last night of Chautauqua County Fair features demo derby

On the last night of the Chautauqua County Fair, the best of the best are in the demolition derby finals, from the most experienced drivers, to the next wave of up and comers. The main event and final heat of the night, the Pro Stock Large, also featured the strangest occurence. Cory Near and ...

Britz slams ‘recent attack’ by Landis

Fredonia Trustee Roger Britz fired off a response to what he called “a recent assassination of my character” by Mayor Athanasia Landis, during his report at the July 15 Village Board meeting. “I was attacked as a result of my investigation on an illegal purchase of a vehicle. In the ...

Cassadaga Beach seeks grants as activity picks up

CASSADAGA — With summer in full swing, things have been getting busy down at Cassadaga Beach, including the recent announcement of three new grant applications. Deputy Mayor Cindy Flaherty gave an update on the grants, as well as the beach in general, at a recent Cassadaga Village Board ...

Council narrowly passes law on walk-in resolutions

A local law in the city of Dunkirk requiring all walk-in resolutions to be approved or disapproved for discussion before being tabled was passed 3-2 at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, with the two ‘nay’ votes belonging to Second Ward Councilman Marty Bamonto and Fourth Ward Councilman ...

Former resident recalls special newspaper

“MOONDAY” was the front-page dateline for Monday July 21, 1969’s edition of what was then the Dunkirk Evening Observer. It featured a large blue illustration of the event — almost unheard of for the black-and-white papers of the day — and was a giant broadsheet in keeping with print ...

Laurel Run encompasses love

SILVER CREEK – Johanna Cortes had a special motivation on Saturday as she had her running clothes on and her daughter, Virginia Seekings, right there with her. The pair were at the 23rd annual Laurel Run with many other racers that meandered around the village for the run. Laurel Run is an ...

Reducing violators’ public assistance creates controversy

Legislation that would make it harder for public assistance to be reduced or decreased as a sanction for violating the program’s rules has passed the state Legislature. A.2455A/S.3840A is awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s review and possible signature. It passed the state Assembly 94-50 with ...

Swastika suit dropped, flags still up

HANOVER — A lawsuit aimed at taking down offensive Nazi flags at a Hanover Road address has been dropped. Cathy Kaicher, the woman who initiated the lawsuit proceedings, informed the Hanover Town Board of her intentions. “I’m going to be dropping the lawsuit,” Kaicher stated. ...

Goodell accused of racist language

Several times in his floor debate over a bill to change the state’s public assistance system, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, used phrases like “real world” or “working world.” At least one member of the Assembly thought Goodell’s choice of words was tinged with racism ...

Jamestown man drowns in Westfield

OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — A Jamestown man lost his life while swimming in Barcelona Harbor. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday around 4:25 p.m., deputies and the Westfield Police Department responded to the report of a possible drowning at Barcelona ...

Shakespeare on the Lake to celebrate third season

One of the most powerful and influential works of literature of all time, “Hamlet,” William Shakespeare’s timeless family drama, will come to life on the shores of Lake Erie on Wednesday, opening the third season of Shakespeare on the Lake. “For our first summer, we did just one show: ...

COUNTY RELAY: Runners arrive in city

Friday afternoon "Laurel-thon" runners were welcomed in Washington Park as they carried the Laurel Run flags. The relay started in Jamestown around 6 a.m. and the last leg of the relay arrived in Dunkirk around 1 p.m. Today, Laurel Run celebrations continue in Silver Creek with opening ...

Astronaut lands at Chautauqua

CHAUTAUQUA — Scott Kelly said the experience of an “orbital perspective” changed his life after spending 500 days in space. Kelly, a retired astronaut, has been to space four different times, once on a six-month mission and another for a year from 2015 to 2016. Upon return from the ...

Infants center of attention at County Fair parade

With just eight participants, the Chautauqua County Fair Baby Parade was a bit smaller than usual; however, eight judging categories meant that every baby was a winner on Thursday. The parade, which is open to all babies under the age of two, took place at the Arthur R. Maytum Family ...

Fancy footwork adds boost to annual Run

Fredonia High School senior Jake Skinner is more than just an all-star football athlete. If you have seen him in action locally on Friday nights, you know he has quick feet. Those were definitely on display during the morning of July 9 on Vineyard Drive in front of the Tim Hortons in Dunkirk. ...

Westfield superintendent Davison makes retirement official

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Academy and Central School District will soon be looking for its next superintendent. Westfield Academy and Central School Superintendent David Davison officially announced his intention to retire at the end of the year during the regular meeting of the board of ...