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American Bully Kennel Club holding show today in Dunkirk

Dunkirk will be seeing more bulldogs this weekend as the American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC) will host its second annual dog show at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds once more. The show features the array of bulldog breeds including American, French and English Bulldogs just to name a ...

County keeps eye on rising Lake Erie levels

MAYVILLE —The Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services is monitoring the high levels of Lake Erie as it continues to rise. John Griffith, Director of Emergency Services, reports that Lake Erie is at levels 30 inches above the long term average level for the month of May. The ...

Grand marshal named for Memorial Day in city

Dunkirk resident and Korean War veteran Edward W. Long Jr. has been named grand marshal of this year’s city Memorial Day services and parade. Long, who served in the 159th Field Artillery with the U.S. Army, was stationed in Korea for 11 months from in 1951 and 1952. He will be honored at ...

Open container tops during ‘Not Fred Fest’

Open container violations and unlawful possession of alcohol by people under 21 dominated the list of charges made by the Fredonia Police Department during “Not Fred Fest” 2019. The OBSERVER took a look at the 99 arrest reports provided by Chief Bradley Meyers for the period from midnight ...

Silver Creek fundraiser fights towards a cure

SILVER CREEK — They clipped. They shaved. They braided. They even sang. And when the third annual Goin' Bald for Bucks event at Silver Creek Central School District concluded Friday (May 17, 2019), students and staff went home with drastic new hair-do's and the satisfaction of knowing their ...

City chief notes ‘new tips’ in fatal stabbing

More than one week after a fatal stabbing of a city teenager, residents continue to seek information regarding the horrific events that transpired on Lincoln Avenue. So far, however, there has been little released by the Dunkirk Police Department. In a statement to the OBSERVER this week, ...

Dunkirk Town Board talks roads, roofs, development

Between the results of the town board’s annual road tour, multiple project updates and 14 new building permits, summer looks primed to get very busy for the Town of Dunkirk. The road tour results were discussed by Highway Superintendent Jeffrey Feinen during his report. “There’s a ...

Music, arts set tone for safe environment

Dunkirk High School’s cafeteria had undergone a transformation. On a recent Friday afternoon earlier this month, it was no longer just a place for students to grab a bite to eat at breakfast or lunch. Instead, the room was filled with artists, educators, musicians, parents and about 35 ...

‘Safe environment’ sought in city schools

Dunkirk Teachers Association (DTA) representatives called on city school administrators at Wednesday’s Board of Education workshop, to “provide students and staff a safe school environment free of violence and intimidation.” The advisory, sent to the OBSERVER by the teachers’ union, ...

Cassadaga celebrates ‘Poppy Days’

CASSADAGA — Village board members declared May 24 through Memorial Day as “Poppy Days” in the village of Cassadaga at the latest board meeting Wednesday. A presentation on the significance and symbolism of poppies was given by Poppy Chairwoman Carol Baker during the public comment ...

URGENT CARE COMING: Development begins

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford As seen here Wednesday afternoon, crews have started clearing the land for the Well Now urgent care center coming to Vineyard Drive in the town of Dunkirk. “The code enforcement officer is working with the urgent care development team to start work, and the ...

County Legislature unanimously approves funding for herbicides

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature has unanimously approved funding $30,000 for herbicide application in Burtis Bay. On Wednesday, the legislature approved the resolution during its regular monthly meeting. The governing body also approved $35,000 to go toward funding the ...

Memorial service set for stabbing victim

A memorial service for Jefrena C. Brown, the 15-year-old girl who died in a stabbing incident, will take place on Wednesday. According to a notice on Page A2 from the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, Jefrena died on May 16 in Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. The service will be at 1 p.m. ...

Teachers to call for ‘safe environment’ at city schools

Dunkirk Teachers Association representatives plan to be at today’s school board workshop to demand the city school district "provide students and staff a safe school environment free of violence and intimidation." Dunkirk's school board meets today at 5:30 p.m. in the large instruction room ...

School budgets approved

Creating a balanced budget that plans for future expenses, maintains programming and demonstrates good stewardship of tax payer dollars is no mean feat. At times, school districts fail to gain voters’ approval and must go back to the drawing board to create a new budget. This, however, was ...

Red House approved for special use permit

CASSADAGA — Red House has officially been approved for a special use permit, following a hearing held by the village Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday. The information was confirmed Tuesday by Village Clerk Roxanne Astry in a phone call with the OBSERVER. “The ZBA vote was 3-2 in ...

Heenan questions use of executive session

Dunkirk’s new ladder truck was put on hold for another two weeks on Tuesday. The resolution, authorizing the issuance of a sale of bonds to finance the Dunkirk Fire Department’s new truck, was pulled for further financial information-gathering at the city’s Common Council meeting. “It ...

Teacher, students work trash pickup into exercise routine

Over the past several months a viral social media campaign called “trashtag” has gained traction on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Inspired by other activist movements such as the Ice Bucket Challenge, this campaign centers around trash management and environmental ...

Fredonia taking new look at rental law

Fredonia officials are taking another look at a law regulating housing rentals in the village. Rejected by the Board of Trustees in October amid a community uproar, the law was mainly intended to create a registry of landlords and renters to assist emergency services and code ...