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Parkland survivor shares advice with SUNY Fredonia students

“College campuses are the root of change,” said activist and advocate Cameron Kasky to a packed King Concert Hall on Wednesday afternoon. An 18-year-old freshman at Columbia University, Kasky has much in common with the SUNY Fredonia students who attended his presentation “Be the Change: ...

Rolled over and back up

Photos by Michal J. Geary Dunkirk police and fire department officials were at Main and Newton streets near the Fieldbrook Foods facility Wednesday afternoon after a rollover accident involving a truck. Witnesses say the tanker portion of the truck was not full when it came loose from the ...

Wait time for ambulance service to leave hospital under discussion

MAYVILLE — Most emergency services personnel are more worried about how long it takes to transport a patient to a hospital during an emergency. However, because the wait time for an available transport for someone leaving the hospital is becoming so long, a new problem has arisen for public ...

Mexican living in Dunkirk sentenced on child pornography charge

BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that David Flores-Torres, 26, a citizen of Mexico living in Dunkirk, who was convicted of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison and 30 years supervised release by U.S. ...

WELL UNDERWAY: Urgent care nears

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford The new WellNow Urgent care Center under construction in the town of Dunkirk, pictured Tuesday evening, looks on track to open sometime in October. “They’re hammered down pretty well on this thing,” said Ryan Mourer, the town’s code enforcement officer, ...

Server scare prompts emergency purchase

HANOVER — Due to ongoing computer server malfunctions, the Hanover Town Board approved an emergency purchase of a new server and set-up in the amount of $4,474 at the latest meeting of the board. Town Treasurer Elmar Kiefer informed the board of the issue during the board’s workshop ...

Basketball hoops in streets targeted by Brocton

BROCTON — A village resident complained to the Village Board recently that she was singled out for having a basketball hoop in the street, while other people were allowed to have them. Officials denied that she was getting targeted exclusively. Susan Conklin said she received a letter from ...

Dunkirk Senior Center expansion starting

A year after being announced, the Senior Center project is finally underway. Located on Cliffstar Court, the Dunkirk Senior Center is open to elderly citizens who wish to socialize and take part in a range of activities. In summer of 2018 the state, through the Dormitory Authority of the State ...

Buoys to help find causes of algal blooms

Scientists from Bowling Green State University have been on the lake in recent weeks sampling water at the mouths of seven tributary streams and four locations in the lake. Later in September, the scientists, with the help of the Chautauqua Lake Partnership, will deploy two sensors — one each ...

Officials see good chance ferry will be ready in 2020

STOW — Sea Lion Project Ltd. officials believe there is a good chance the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry could return to action on Chautauqua Lake next year. Chris Flanders, Sea Lion Project Ltd. secretary, recently updated progress on the ferry. With much of the work previously required by the ...

Common Council eyes changes at city barns

Brush and grass collection at the city of Dunkirk’s Department of Public Works barns is looking to be tightened up. A resolution is on the docket at today’s Common Council meeting regarding this, and states that the current administration is seeking an intermunicipal solution to the ...

Portland completes Brocton court transition

PORTLAND — A major transition for the town court is complete.. Vera Hustead, Ripley town justice, announced the official dissolution of the village court in Brocton last week. Cases once filed there have been transferred to the town. Hustead hailed the work of town court clerk Lisa Gugino ...

Chamber moving Dunkirk office downtown

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is planning on relocating its Dunkirk office to the downtown area. On Monday, the Chamber noted in a news release it has moved its Jamestown office to 300 North Main St. and will be moving to a downtown Dunkirk location the first of next year. The ...

State and Senecas trade blame over Thruway

The blame game is in full effect over the status of a three-mile stretch of road on the New York State Thruway. Both the Seneca Nation of Indians and the Thruway Authority took turns blaming each other for the lack of work on the damaged stretch of highway. Matthew J. Driscoll, executive ...

Run reaches finish line

OBSERVER Staff Report BROCTON — For six years, the Darren Manzella-Lapeira Memorial Run has raised more than $86,000. “We set a goal, and feel that we have now achieved it,” said Nancy and Mike Manzella, parents of Darren, following the most recent event held in July. Following this ...

Cassadaga board discusses complaint policy

CASSADAGA — Discussion on how to handle complaints in the village was a topic of interest at the latest meeting of the Cassadaga Village Board. Mayor Bill Astry brought up the notion of employing written complaints during his mayoral updates. “It appears to me that we have complaints ...

DA Swanson makes case for more staff and funding

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson is asking state legislators for funding to help implement state-mandated changes to discovery set to take effect Jan. 1. Swanson joined several district attorneys from around the state at a seven-hour state Senate Codes ...

Fredonia passes rental property code changes

After years of debate, and a “no” vote on a previous version last October, Fredonia’s Board of Trustees finally passed a law Sept. 9 changing the village’s code on rental housing. The unanimous vote, with no discussion, contrasted sharply with the events of 2018, when the prospect of ...

Former scout works with current troop to improve welcome signs

Growing up Justin O’Brien was a member of Cassadaga Boy Scout Troop 219. For his Eagle Scout project, he decided to purchase, install and landscape two “Welcome to Cassadaga” signs, one on each side of the village. He raised the money needed and worked hard to make this a reality and the ...

Fantastic fall flavor is back in season

It’s pumpkin season! OK, some of you may be rolling your eyes at me right now. If you’re one of those people who thinks it’s too early for fall, then move along. If you allow that kind of negativity into your life, then I have nothing to offer you. I’m just kidding! Although I am very ...