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Parade replaces rally for cancer victim

SILVER CREEK — Benefit on parade. On Saturday, the Silver Creek Fire Department took their benefit on the road as a parade was held for Ron Griewisch. Griewisch, an active member of the Silver Creek Fire Department as the sergeant-at-arms and president of the Silver Creek Fire Department ...

Fenner House demolition plans scrapped for now

It appears the Fenner House will remain standing at 178 Central Ave. in the village. In an email sent to faculty and staff last week, State University of New York at Fredonia Interim President Dennis Hefner said demolition is no longer the course officials will be going. Instead, funds from ...

Fredonia’s Hefner shares legislative priorities

During the most recent meeting of the College Council, which occurred before the college was moved online for the year, Interim President Dennis Hefner shared an update on the impact of the state budget on SUNY Fredonia. “We have flat operating dollars — no change from last year — which ...

County’s positive cases go up to 18

Five more positive coronavirus cases were reported in Chautauqua County on Saturday and Sunday. The Chautauqua County Health Department reported these cases involve a male in his 30s, a male in his 70s, and three females in their 50s. The latest cases, according to the county map, come from ...

What to know for animal care in this time of crisis

A word from one veterinarian about COVID-19. 1. Although there have been two dogs and one cat that have tested weak positive for SARS-Cov-2 virus particles, there is no evidence that cats and dogs can spread the virus to humans or to other pets. There is also no evidence suggesting that ...

Westfield Memorial Hospital associate says goodbye after 46 years

WESTFIELD — Westfield Memorial Hospital said a final goodbye to one of their most loved employees Thursday afternoon. Susie Gambino recently left her position as Purchasing Clerk at Westfield Memorial Hospital after 46 years. “I have enjoyed working at our community hospital,” Gambino ...

Lots of support, smiles seen at Green Tie Affair

Special to the OBSERVER MAYYVILLE — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program would like to thank the community for their support of the eighth Annual 4-H Green Tie Affair. Over 550 members of the community gathered at the Chautauqua Suites on Feb. ...

Cattaraugus County reports ninth positive case

Another positive coronavirus case was confirmed on Sunday by the Cattaraugus County Health Department. The reporting laboratory was Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany. A female resident who lives in the southeastern part of the county with no significant travel history was tested for COVID-19 on ...

Four new cases revealed in county; tally at 18

Four more positive coronavirus cases have been reported in Chautauqua County. These cases involve a male in his 30s, a male in his 70s, and two females in their 50s. The new cases, according to the county map, come from the north and eastern portion of the county. North county cases are now ...

Brooks mandates masks for patients, staff

Brooks–TLC Hospital System has announced that it has implemented universal masking for all staff and patients entering the hospital or the Gowanda Primary Care/Urgent Care Center. Brooks-TLC moved to universal masking as an additional precaution to protect workers from exposure to ...

Holy week begins

For Family Church Fredonia, next Sunday would have been the first Easter celebrated in their recently remodeled building at 19 Church St. For over a year, the building was closed due to the May 2018 steeple fire, but in September, Pastor Michael Lokietek and Associate Pastor Scott Wise welcomed ...

County sees 2 deaths and 43 other drug overdoses

OBSERVER Staff Report The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is warning residents that there has been a spike in overdoses in the past month, and that may be a sign that a strong batch of heroin is in the area. From March 29 to Tuesday alone, there were two fatal ...

One more case as five recover from virus

MAYVILLE — Five people confirmed to have had the coronavirus have “fully recovered” in Chautauqua County. That was the positive news shared Friday by County Executive PJ Wendel during a press conference in Mayville. “It’s a pretty good statistic to show,” Wendel said of the ...

100 years young

Maybe it’s extra virgin olive oil or decades of daily walks. Maybe it’s working until the age of 83. Or maybe, as one doctor suggested, it’s “just good genes.” Westfield native Mamie Criscione isn’t exactly sure what the secret is to her long life and good health, but on Sunday, ...

Elections keep getting pushed back

A number of local and state elections that were to take place this spring have been delayed. Originally, villages that hold elections in March were set for March 18. In Chautauqua County that included Westfield and Sinclairville. All other villages in the county moved their votes to ...

County announces 14th positive case

A 14th positive case has been reported by Chautauqua County on Saturday. This case involves a female in her 50s and from the north county. Of the 14 confirmed positive cases in Chautauqua County: · Five people have recovered and were released from mandatory quarantine; · Eight are ...

City woman with first positive county case tells of struggles, recovery

Ronni Thompson first noticed something was amiss in early March when she couldn’t clear her throat. She was painting her living room inside her Dunkirk home, so she figured the dust was causing some irritation. Three days later, her world went hazy. “I was just withering in pain,” said ...

City mayor closes playgrounds

Special to the OBSERVER Following the lead of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas has instructed the closure of all city playground facilities during the safest-method responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city’s parks remain open for now, but all must adhere to social ...

Area needs urgency in preparing for the worst

Seven weeks before the United States of America began to take the coronavirus seriously, it was becoming a major topic in one Fredonia household. Dr. Athanasia Landis and her husband, Andrew — also a doctor — were taking notice of the events occurring in China and Italy. COVID-19 was no ...

Positive cases rise to 12; Cattaraugus has 8

Chautauqua County has a total of 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with two new confirmed cases reported Thursday. These cases involve a man in his 60s and a woman in her 20s. According to the new map unveiled by the county on Wednesday, the two cases come in the north county portion. There are ...