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Dunkirk JROTC group improves park

The Dunkirk High School JROTC recently cleaned and prepared Washington Park for the local community to enjoy while learning the park’s history. The Junior Reserve Officer Training Course has an annual requirement for the students to create a service-learning project that involves students ...

Getting crafty in late May: Hub Crawl event showcases works, artists

Editor’s note: This is the second of a series. OBSERVER Staff Report North Shore Arts Alliance works on behalf of artists in Chautauqua County. The organization is home to artists representing painting, photography, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, wood, and mixed media. The ...

Foundation awards $119,091 in grants

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is pleased to announce grant awards from their 2021 Spring Community Benefit Grants Program. The program awards grants biannually to organizations seeking funds to improve and strengthen the northern Chautauqua County region. NCCF’s Board of ...

Old friends make seasonal return

Springtime is like a reunion with longtime friends. Friends that have you haven’t seen in awhile. But when you meet up again it brings joy to see their faces, hear their voices. It doesn’t matter how much time has passed. You can pick up where you left off. These spring friends are the ...

Missing the fair

To the disappointment of many across the county, the Chautauqua County Fair has been canceled for the second year in a row. For some, the official announcement was surprising due to the amount of other local fairs, including the New York State Fair, which at this moment are still set to occur ...

Pomfret board takes no shine to solar effort

The Pomfret Town Board set a public hearing for a proposed solar energy farm — and board members made clear that they are not inclined to approve the project. “I’m not anti-solar at all,” town Supervisor Dan Pacos said. “But to my mind, it’s too close to a residential ...

Schools await word on updated CDC guidelines

The decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ease mask-wearing and social distancing requirements for fully vaccinated people likely won’t change how schools operate for the remainder of the year. District officials in Chautauqua County on Friday said mask use and ...

State aid fuels growth in school budgets

School spending in Chautauqua County is continuing its inexorable climb thanks to the generosity of New York state’s government. The total cost of school budgets that will be up for public approval Tuesday has increased from $454,560,323 in 2020-21 to $467,890,575 in 2021-22, an increase ...

Fredonia Fire makes call for ‘new help’

As David Hazelton brought up to the Brocton Village Board during April’s meeting, the age of the Brocton Volunteer Fire Department is rising, while recruitment of new members is dropping. This is not an isolated incident to Brocton, as Fire Departments all across Chautauqua County and the ...

Planting hope

WESTFIELD — Westfield Memorial Hospital held a special dedication Thursday morning to honor the nurses, doctors, and staff who have been providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as those that have lost their lives. That dedication was made in the form of a birch tree, which ...

School votes about more than budget

Northern Chautauqua Catholic School in Dunkirk has been somewhat of an unsung hero throughout this trying academic year across our region. With public districts struggling last summer and early on in the fall to come up with a plan to bring students back to in-person learning during the ...

City seeks reimbursement for marina cleanup

The city of Dunkirk is suing a slew of defendants in State Supreme Court to recover the cost of removing two petroleum tanks near the pier. The suit, filed by Buffalo attorneys Colligan Law LLC on April 21 in Buffalo, names Metal Craft Co., Ryan Marine Services, Donald J. Ryan, Richard W. ...

SUNY Fredonia graduates savor in-person ‘stage walks’

It was staged in a different venue without packed crowds that the coronavirus had eliminated from in-person events everywhere, but that didn’t deter SUNY Fredonia from creating a memorable in-person Commencement experience to celebrate the achievements of members of the Class of ...

Cuomo ‘reviewing’ new CDC guidance on face masks

More than 45,000 residents of Chautauqua County may soon have the option to stop wearing face masks in most places if they choose to do so. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks ...

Mayville July 4th parade canceled, fireworks still scheduled

MAYVILLE — The annual Fourth of July parade in Mayville has been canceled for the second year in a row. During the Mayville Village Board meeting Tuesday, Mayor Ken Shearer announced the planning committee has determined they need to cancel the parade due to COVID-19 concerns. But even ...

Lawsuit filed in 2020 landfill death

A lawsuit has been filed against Chautauqua County following the death of a Portland man at the county landfill last year. On Aug. 3, 56-year-old Scott M. Deming, who was described as an independent contractor, was standing behind a large pile of garbage and debris that he had just dumped at ...

Impeachment, investigations stall nursing home probe

A state Senate probe of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes is taking a back seat to the Assembly’s impeachment inquiry for Cuomo. Sen. Rachel May, D-Syracuse, made the statement in response to a question by Sen. Sue Serino, R-Hyde Park, in regard to a statement in ...

Permit approved for pet day care, boarding business

Fredonia’s Zoning Board of Appeals recently approved, with conditions, a special use permit for a pet training, day care and boarding business at 9620 Farel Road near Route 20. James Oakes sought the permit for a 100-by 60-foot pole barn, with a parking area for eight to 10 cars and a garage ...

Motorcycle group emphasizes safety as bikes hit the road

Few things match the thrill and alluring sense of freedom that come from motorcycles. However, such freedom comes with responsibility, for both riders and the motorists around them. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, several thousand people die each year ...

‘Testament’ to equality

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation announced today that it has a newly created fund, The Juneteenth Endowment Fund. “After 25 years of work, we are so excited to have the seeds of permanent funding and support planted with the creation of the Juneteenth Endowment Fund at the ...