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SBR visits Fredonia businesses

Submitted Photo Small Business Revolution co-host Amanda Brinkman and series Director Matt Maylor discussed visiting 21 businesses in Fredonia this week in a video posted on Facebook. Brinkman noted they are in the process of selecting the final seven businesses. To see the entire video, ...

Young still boosting county in Cornell role

Hardly no one saw it coming one year ago. Then state Sen. Catharine Young stunned her constituents and this region with the announcement that she was stepping down from the post she had held for about 14 years. Almost everyone here and throughout District 57 never questioned how good we had ...

Expand benefits to Vietnam vets, Schumer says

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, during a stop in Dunkirk on Thursday morning, called on two federal agencies to work to expand health-care benefits to the more than 240,000 New Yorkers who served in the Vietnam War. Standing at Memorial Park in Dunkirk with Vietnam-era veterans as well as those ...

Schumer addresses threat, notes faith in police

OBSERVER Staff Report With the cold breeze coming off Lake Erie and the short notice regarding the announcement by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, the crowd was sparse on Thursday morning at Memorial Park in Dunkirk. Law enforcement from the city, however, was in full alert. Just one day before, ...

Victim in Clymer accident dies

OBSERVER Staff Report CLYMER — A person injured in a Feb. 13 auto accident died Thursday. David S. Bensink, 69, of Wattsburg, Pa., died at UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa. from injuries he sustained in the accident, according to a Thursday night press release issued by the Chautauqua County ...

No changes expected locally in Boy Scouts bankruptcy

Officials do not expect that the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy filing will have a significant impact on the day-to-day operations of local scouting troops and activities. In a statement, Allegany Highlands Council Scout Executive Nate Thorton addressed the relationship between regional ...

Schumer calls for added assistance to Vietnam vets

Standing at Memorial Park in Dunkirk, flanked by Vietnam-era veterans as well as those from other wars, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer this morning called on the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Veterans Affairs, to stop playing games with the health and well-being of upstate ...

IRVING BLAZE: Business damaged in fire

Photo by Dan Kohler A number of area fire departments responded to a fire inside the Prestige Motors location on Routes 5 and 20 in Irving. The call came in before 11 a.m. today with Silver Creek, Forestville, Irving, Sunset Bay and Hanover departments responding. Chautauqua County Emergency ...

Growers to NY: Limit taxes if pot is legalized

The New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association is asking New York state to limit licensing requirements and taxes if New York state legalizes marijuana this year. Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, created a light moment during the joint legislative budget hearing on economic ...

Dunkirk town official: Hotel project ‘closed’

As far as Town of Dunkirk Zoning-Code Enforcement Officer Ryan Mourer is concerned, a Hampton Inn hotel project approved for Vineyard Drive is dead. “I have heard absolutely nothing about the hotel for going on six months,” he told the Dunkirk Town Board at its February meeting. Lake ...

Silver Creek EMS squad begins billing

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Emergency Squad has been approved to commence billing for services. By unanimous vote, the Village Board approved by resolution earlier this month as well as the creation of the Village of Silver Creek EMS Department, which allows the squad to begin billing ...

Land Bank acquiring former Brocton diner

Once a mainstay in the village of Brocton, the Green Arch Restaurant has been vacant for nearly two years, but the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation is hopeful about finding a buyer soon. During their February meeting at the Fredonia Technology Incubator, the Land Bank board of ...

Active investigation

OBSERVER Staff Report COLLINS — Authorities are seeking assistance after a 7-year-old child was shot while sleeping in his bed. At approximately 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, Erie County sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence on Main Street in the town of Collins for shots fired. Officers ...

Fenner House presentation cancelled

A presentation on the Fenner House scheduled for Thursday is not going to happen. Event organizer Mark Twichell wanted it to take place as part of SUNY Fredonia’s Civic Engagement Night, set for 7 to 9 p.m. that evening at the Williams Center. The college’s press release on the night ...

County DMV issues ‘less than 20’ licenses under Green Light Law

MAYVILLE — Nineteen New York state driver’s licenses have been issued to undocumented immigrants in Chautauqua County. The new state law that allowed for undocumented immigrants to apply for a state driver’s license went into effect Dec. 14, 2019. The new law, known as the Green Light ...

Small Business Revolution narrows list

Now that Fredonia has won the $500,000 competition, the Small Business Revolution has the grueling task of choosing what seven businesses it will be working with and spotlighting. Deluxe’s show Small Business Revolution has left quite a mark on Fredonia already, without even filming the ...

Mayville man pleads guilty in 2008 homicide case

A Mayville man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in connection to a decade-old homicide case. Rance “Randy” Freeman Jr. entered the plea to the class B felony on Thursday in Chautauqua County Court before Judge Susan M. Eagan. Freeman had been indicted in November 2018 on ...

COMING DOWN: Brocton site a hazard

OBSERVER Photo by Natasha Matteliano Less than a month after the village of Brocton purchased the properties at 10 E. Main St. through 14 E. Main St., the site is beginning to come down. In these photos taken over the weekend, the back portion at 10 E. Main is starting to collapse. The ...

Rallying for Roy

For nearly 50 years, Roy White has been a familiar face at Mancuso Service Center, where he’s worked as a gas attendant since high school. However, many have noticed White’s absence from the pumps for the past month — an unusual sight, as “he very rarely called in sick,” according to ...

UPDATE: Fenner House presentation canceled

A presentation regarding the Fenner House will not be taking place on Thursday after all. In a post made on the OBSERVER site, Mark Twichell said the event has been canceled. The event had been listed on the university’s calendar for Thursday night at the Williams Center before today. ...