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New Brooks site in Fredonia still in the works

New York’s government is drowning in red. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, without federal assistance, the state is staring at a $16 billion deficit due in part to the coronavirus. That, apparently has not hurt future plans for the Brooks-TLC Hospital System. According to the state Health ...

Family Health Medical Services constructing Westfield site

WESTFIELD — Family Health Medical Services is constructing a new building in Westfield. The office should be open by early 2021. Dr. Robert Berke is the lead doctor associated with the new building. Along with over 15 other providers, Berke has patients in both his Mayville and Jamestown ...

Dunkirk appoints new staff

At a special meeting, nine new teachers, a new principal, a new High School Cyber/APEX Coordinator, and teachers of record monitors for the High School Cyber/APEX program. The new High School Principal will be JulieAnn Hoerner, Lancaster. Hoerner possesses Permanent School District ...

Paving returns as Chautauqua County back to full staff

Chautauqua County residents may see more work on area roads being done locally. That’s because the county is back to its full workforce. “Our target date was Aug. 3 to bring our furloughed employed back and we have done that,” said County Executive PJ Wendel during a telephone ...

Jamestown man killed in one-vehicle crash

A Jamestown man was killed in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday. A passing motorist around 5 a.m. spotted lights off the road to the eastbound on-ramp to Interstate 86 at North Main Street Ext. A trooper located a 2003 Pontiac Vibe on its side with one person inside. The driver, later ...

A ‘Demand’ for equality

I love the United States of America because of the promise and hope of equality and freedom. I love America so much that I laid my life on the line as I enlisted and served in the USMC during the Vietnam War. Ironically, members of my family fought and died in every war dating back to the ...

When the show doesn’t go on

Although New York City entered the final phase of reopening on Monday, many New Yorkers’ lives are still on hold, as the city’s restaurants, bars and entertainment venues remain closed indefinitely. Thirty-one-year-old Michael Valvo is one of thousands of “New York City expatriates” ...

Fredonia Central School announces scholarship, award winners

The Fredonia Central School District held a virtual presentation of the annual Academic Awards Night program, the Student Awards program, and the Sports Awards program which were released on the High School website on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. A brief description of each ceremony and the winners ...

Fundraising effort set to benefit police

Fred’s Food Service Co. in Fredonia is spearheading a combined Dunkirk and Fredonia Police Stag to be held in September, raising money for both departments. Fred’s has catered the largest fundraising events for both the Fredonia and Dunkirk Police Departments for years now. The Fredonia ...

Cuomo says schools can reopen in New York state

New York schools can bring children back to classrooms for the start of the school year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, citing success in battling the coronavirus in the state that once was the U.S. heart of the pandemic. The Democratic governor’s decision clears the way for schools in ...

$18M in loans, funds keeps stability at Brooks

It was already an inauspicious start to the new year for the Brooks-TLC Hospital System in Dunkirk. About one month before the new year, the health-care institution had announced it was closing the Lakeshore Hospital facility in Irving. Though that campus went through a tumultuous time ...

Arrest made in Pomfret crash that killed child

A monthslong investigation into a crash that killed a 7-year-old girl has netted charges for a Lakewood man. The New York State Police identified Nicholas P. Mineweaser, 24, as the driver involved in the Feb. 24 multi-vehicle collision on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret. Emmaline ...

After beating COVID-19, a simple plea

In late March, I was sick for about two weeks with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. I am Natasha Matteliano, a reporter and photographer for the Dunkirk OBSERVER. Up until I became sick, I was covering the global pandemic locally for about a week. MY EXPERIENCE On Sunday, March 22, I knew ...

Lakewood man charged for crash that killed 7-year-old

A Lakewood man has been charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while ability impaired by drugs for a crash that killed a 7-year-old girl in February. The New York State Police announced the charges Friday to 24-year-old Nicholas P. Mineweaser. Police have been ...

Raising the roof with county home sales

Chautauqua County’s declining population has been well documented in recent years by this newspaper. During the 1970s, the numbers peaked at 147,000. Fifty years later, however, an exodus has been evident. According to the most recent U.S. Census projections, about 127,000 people reside ...

3 new COVID-19 cases reported; 21 cases still active

OBSERVER Staff Report The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday detailed the perils of spreading COVID-19 by attending gatherings while not feeling well. In a news release, the county Health Department detailed the “real-life scenario” in which one ...

Westfield man indicted on rape charges

A Westfield man accused of raping a woman in May has been indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury. Joseph Trippe was arraigned Monday in Chautauqua County Court on charges of first-degree rape, third-degree rape and second-degree burglary. The indictment was returned last week, a court ...

Investigations of landfill accident continues

Chautauqua County officials are waiting to see the results of investigations before making any decisions if changes need to be made at the county landfill regarding safety. On Monday, Scott M. Deming, 56, of Westfield was killed at the landfill. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Deming, ...

Pair sell lemonade for a good cause

Gil Capitano and Jayce Parker spent their Wednesday afternoon, in Dunkirk, selling homemade lemonade for a great cause. Lemonade is simple to make. There are three ingredients: lemons, water, and sugar. Simply stir them all together to make a lovely, refreshing drink. The young boys’ idea ...

District throws flag on use of field

Parents and students were caught paying to play football on the turf field on Dunkirk School property, it was revealed at the Dunkirk City School board meeting. On Friday, a parent was found to have been charging students and other teens to play a game of football on the turf field. “It ...