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Power boats year two

The Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix was a point of pride discussed at the city of Dunkirk’s Common Council meeting on Tuesday. Many accolades were given to police and fire groups from throughout Chautauqua County, Dunkirk’s DPW, festivals and special events staff and volunteers by city ...

Bobsiene, president, resigns from Fredonia School Board

The Fredonia School Board of Education no longer has a president. Michael Bobseine, who was not present at the meeting Tuesday, reportedly submitted his letter of resignation Aug. 13 and the board motioned to approve the letter as part of new business. Under new business on the regular ...

Rental law changes sent to Fredonia trustees

By M.J. STAFFORD mstafford@observertoday.com After its fifth revision, proposed changes to Fredonia’s code for residential rental properties got approved by the village Planning Board Tuesday. The matter now goes to the Fredonia Board of Trustees for a final vote. The board voted ...

Legislation would make officer harassment a Class E felony

Legislation has been introduced in the state Senate that would make harassment of police officers a Class E felony. S.6641 was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Chris Jacobs, R-Buffalo. It would amend the state Penal Law to create a first-degree standard for menacing a police or peace officer ...

Gathering of the Clans runs Friday and Saturday

MAYVILLE — There will be gaming, crafting and pipin’ along the shore of Lake Chautauqua once again as the 14th annual Jamestown Regional Celtic Festival and Gathering of the Clans takes place at the Mayville Lakeside Park on Friday and Saturday. Currently, six pipe bands are expected for ...

Attorney defends DHA work, decisions

Richard Morrisroe, newly named attorney for the Dunkirk Housing Authority, writes in a commentary included in today’s edition that despite recent OBSERVER coverage of events at the agency that “the sky is not falling.” His comments come in response to two months of turmoil at the ...

County to host hops, grains study meeting

MAYVILLE — More information will be released this week on the possibility of growing hops in Chautauqua County. At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, George Borrello, county executive, and key project partners will be discussing the findings of the recent hops and grains processing facility study in the ...

Fredonia hires new firefighter

The Fredonia Board of Trustees hired Daniel Berg as a firefighter in a special meeting Monday. The meeting was scheduled so Berg could be hired in time to attend the next firefighting academy for the area, which starts Sept. 3. Fire Chief Ryan Walker told the trustees at their previous ...

Stormy weather clears for Great Lakes Grand Prix

In the face of poor weather to start the day on Saturday, the weekend managed to finish on a bright note. Sunday afternoon was bright and sunny making for a great finish to the second annual Great Lakes Grand Prix in Dunkirk. After Sunday’s competition, the racers and fans gathered in ...

Historic markers dedicated in Mayville

MAYVILLE — Two new historic markers were recently dedicated in the village of Mayville. The signs honor both the former commercial lake ice harvesting and shipping industry, and former railroads that dominated transportation in the region. The push for the recognition was, in part, due to ...

Suit filed over Silver Creek school incident

SILVER CREEK — A lawsuit has been filed with the Chautauqua County Supreme Court regarding an incident at Silver Creek Elementary School in 2018. The lawsuit, Kathy M. Restivo vs. Silver Creek Central School district and Board of Education of the Silver Creek Central School district, comes ...

Fredonia getting more than 1,300 new students

More than 1,300 undergraduate students will begin the next chapter in their educational journey a SUNY Fredonia when the 2019-2020 academic year begins on Monday, Aug. 26. “We are excited to welcome a dynamic incoming class of over 1,300 talented undergraduate students from 19 states and 12 ...

Former attorney, mayor clash over Fredonia charter

Under the administration of Mayor Athanasia Landis, the village of Fredonia has regularly ignored both its own charter and state law, former village attorney Samuel Drayo Jr. charged during a statement he read at last week’s Board of Trustees meeting. Landis hit back, using her report time ...

Only rains slow speed of boats

Before the racers could get in the water to face off against one another, they had to first take on a bigger opponent — Mother Nature. Saturday's festivities got off to a slower start due to the unexpected inclimate weather conditions, but that didn't stop everyone from having a great ...

Movie filmed at lighthouse ready to shine

Fredonia native Gregory Lamberson has announced the world premiere of his latest movie, “Widow’s Point,” at his Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival on Saturday. The movie, which has already garnered the attention of Variety Magazine and Entertainment Weekly, was filmed in just 15 days ...

Cockaigne sets sights on winter

CHERRY CREEK — A Chautauqua County ski resort that has been closed the last eight years will reopen to skiers later this year. Cockaigne Resort will be open skiing later this year for the first time since a fire destroyed the Austrian pavilion lodge on Jan. 24, 2011, said Jason Spain, Lynn ...

Boat trial runs delayed by rains, still on for afternoon

Today's weather has not cooperated for the test run of the Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix. As of noon today, some rains and a minor thunderstorm delayed some of the happenings, but the event is still on at the Dunkirk Pier. Here is the schedule, not taking into account the weather ...

Parade kicks off weekend of boat races on Lake Erie

With only four of the competing boats being able to make it to Friday's parade, the City of Dunkirk managed a great crowd to kick off the second annual Great Lakes Grand Prix. Talk of the crowd was the worry that the only boats in the competition were the four that appeared in the parade, but ...

Dale Drive work nears completion

CASSADAGA — With summer coming to a close, summer construction projects throughout Chautauqua County are also finally coming to an end. The Dale Drive project in the village is one such undertaking, and looks to be ending soon, according to Mayor Bill Astry at the latest meeting of the ...

Gravel pit plan causes stir in Cherry Creek

CHERRY CREEK — A standing-room only crowd greeted Town Board members to voice their disapproval concerning a proposed gravel pit on Kent Street in the hamlet. Residents had become aware of the situation after signs of activity began to be seen at the site and a poster stating the ...