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Legislature recognizes 13-year-old for life-saving action

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature has recognized a 13-year-old Dunkirk resident for her life-saving actions. Robert Bankoski, D-Dunkirk, Kevin Muldowney, R-Dunkirk, and Lisa Vanstrom, R-Jamestown, presented Hannah Rosing with proclamations for her lifesaving action in November ...

Staff assails ‘crisis’ at Lakeshore

Lakeshore Hospital’s future path may be known after a Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council this morning. In the meantime, some staff and members of the Service Employees International Union 1199 are voicing a critical tone about the employee downsizing that has already taken place. ...

Mayville man jailed after pair of home invasions

FILLMORE — A 31-year-old Mayville man is facing a host of charges, including kidnapping and robbery, following two home invasions that took place Wednesday in Allegany County. Mark A. Sarama was arraigned in Hume Town Court and sent to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash ...

New fixed based operator named for county airports

MAYVILLE — There is a new fixed based operator for the two county airports. During the Chautauqua County Legislature meeting, county lawmakers approved contracts with Centric Aviation to be the new fixed-based operator for both the Dunkirk and Jamestown airports. The resolutions were ...

Hometown spirit missing in petty politics

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul glanced around the large meeting room in the State University of New York at Fredonia incubator right before her regional State of the State presentation last week. She was surrounded by a number of new names and faces who have emerged in leadership roles in northern ...

Town matriarch celebrates century of service

Neighborhoods surrounding the town of Dunkirk have telephone access, running water, a fire station, and electricity because Irene Rozumalski and other residents spent decades petitioning and volunteering to help develop the community on the shores of Lake Erie. The Dunkirk region has plenty ...

Fredonia awaits major announcement

On Tuesday at 8 p.m., the community will find out if Fredonia is the winner of the Small Business Revolution Competition at the live stream event at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House and Performing Arts Center. On Wednesday, Todd Tranum, president and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of ...

Westfield church named in Child Victims Act suit

MAYVILLE — The First Presbyterian Church of Westfield and Presbyterian Church USA have been named in a Child Victims Act lawsuit. The eight-page lawsuit was filed Tuesday in state Supreme Court in Chautauqua County on behalf of a Westfield man who claims he was abused by a church leader ...

Benefit to support Dunkirk fire victim

Just five days into the new year, Dunkirk resident Cindy McGrath was forced from her Mullet Street home when a fire started in her living room and spread throughout the house. Though Dunkirk Fire Department members were able to save the home, it is not yet habitable, and McGrath and her pets ...

Gowanda man charged in city pursuit, crash

A 21-year-old Gowanda man is facing charges after a vehicle pursuit in the city of Dunkirk on Tuesday evening around 7:15. City police today said Ethan AJ McHale was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal ...

Council overrides Rosas veto

Following a lengthy executive session, the Dunkirk Common Council voted unanimously Tuesday to override Mayor Wilfred Rosas’ veto against the termination of two city employees. The individuals being removed are Executive Assistant Vicki Westling and Human Resources Director David Campola. ...

Vote winner to be revealed at Opera House event

OBSERVER Staff Report With the voting completed, when will everyone find out if Fredonia was the No. 1 community? At 8 p.m. Tuesday, there will be a Small Business Revolution Competition Live Stream Event at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House and Performing Arts Center. Doors will open at 7 p.m. ...

Borrello blasts Cuomo’s Medicaid stance

The rising costs of Medicaid is on the shoulders of New York state, not local officials who have little say in who can join the program. That’s according to state Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, who criticized portions of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2021 fiscal budget proposal released on ...

Cuomo budget looks to rein in Medicaid

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $178 billion state budget proposal Tuesday that hinges on a plan to launch a team tasked with reining in the nation’s largest Medicaid program. The new Medicaid Redesign Team will be asked to find ways to trim $2.5 billion in ...

Juneteenth Committee hosts 40th annual MLK luncheon

“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve,” said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in one of his final speeches. “You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by ...

Fire destroys Stockton home Sunday

STOCKTON — Fire agencies from across northern Chautauqua County came out in frigid conditions to battle a house fire at 7334 Route 380 on Sunday evening. Crews were called around 8:30 after smoke was showing in the back of the structure. Departments responding included: Brocton Fire, ...

On top: Fredonia needs one last push

It comes down to today. The Small Business Revolution has announced Fredonia, through Monday afternoon, remained in first place in the contest to win a $500,000 revitalization. Voting ends at 11 p.m. today. Monday’s voting update was announced before 2 p.m. In the Facebook post, Small ...

Tracy Mitrano talks health care in city

Last night, Tracy Mitrano, candidate for Congress 2020, made an appearance in Dunkirk, the first of her “5 Stops in 5 Days” campaign on healthcare listening. In the press release for the campaign, Mitrano said, “I am excited to travel across the region to listen to the stories from ...

Brocton buying, demolishing Main St. building after years of controversy

BROCTON — The village is buying the building that houses Cave’s Deli and will have it torn down. Brocton’s Board of Trustees held an executive session before its regular session board meeting on Wednesday to discuss the matter, taking 30 minutes to discuss the pros and cons. Then, at ...

As predicted, county jail population falls

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Jail population is down as predicted by many local officials in 2019. Captain Jim Crowell of the Chautauqua County Jail informed members of the Community Justice Coordinating Council that the population of the jail was down about 100 inmates compared to its ...