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SRO aims to create bonds, prevent events like fall 2017

Speaking from experience, Dunkirk Superintendent Dr. James Tracy knows that a school resource officer, or SRO, has more of an impact than patrolling through the hallways of the district. Tracy came to Dunkirk in May 2016 and in his previous district, Girard, Pennsylvania, he saw the in-school ...

Overall school spending up $10M in 2018-19

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide their small portion of a big chunk of spending during the annual mid-May school budget vote and school board election. According to data from the state Comptroller’s Office 2018-19 School Property Tax Report Cards, overall spending for area ...

For the birds

OBSERVER Staff Report The late spring and continued snowy weather this year has been a challenge for many of the migrating waterfowl on their way north for the coming summer months. The birds affected by the wintry weather included grebes, loons, and mergansers. In late April, many of these ...

CASSADAGA BLAZE: Fire at former greenhouse

A fire broke out around 6:15 a.m. Friday at 153 Maple Avenue, Cassadaga. A garage-type building that was part of the former Cassadaga Greenhouses caught fire, creating heavy smoke that could be seen across Cassadaga Lakes. Along with Cassadaga, firefighters from Stockton, Sinclairville, ...

With Spectrum going digital, calls and concerns arise

Spectrum customers who don’t have a set-top box connected to their televisions are seeing nothing but snow on their screens. It’s due to the recent conversion by the cable company from analog to all-digital that initiated last week in the city. Televisions with cable boxes shouldn’t ...

Poloncarz presents Eden-North Collins district merger

NORTH COLLINS — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz pitched the concept of consolidating Eden and North Collins school districts without impacting each of their respective buildings other than having only one superintendent, one director of finance and other administrative positions. The ...

Senior housing possible for old Silver Creek High School building

County Executive George Borrello, along with Silver Creek Mayor Jeffrey Hornburg and Trustee Warren Kelly toured the old Silver Creek High School building earlier this week. Borrello commented on his Facebook page about the experience: “Region 9 Housing Corp, out of New Jersey is an ...

Tough to stand out in Democratic crowd

MAYVILLE — Perhaps, in his closing statement, candidate Ian Golden summed up one of the greatest challenges facing the five Democratic candidates who are vying for a shot at challenging the incumbent from Corning in the state’s 23rd Congressional district race this November. “I can tell ...

Students, professionals meet up at Annual STEM Wars event

Chautauqua County’s manufacturing industry is hiring, and, thankfully, there is a strong contingent of area students who are learning the skills necessary to earn gainful employment in their own backyard. Nearly 900 students from every Chautauqua County school district, including some ...

Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Today, the Friday before Mothers Day, marks the continued tradition of honoring the other half of the military: the spouses. With Military Spouse Appreciation Day, the spouses of troops are honored for their sacrifices and contributions to military. According to an article on Military.com, ...

ONE WIN AWAY: Fredonia has league title in sight

The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies find themselves vying for the CCAA West 1 league championship after defeating Dunkirk, 8-3, Wednesday. See story on Page B1. Fredonia now hosts Chautauqua Lake on Friday, with the winner taking home the league championship.

Potential opponents to Reed take stage

MAYVILLE — Five Democratic candidates looking to unseat Republican incumbent Tom Reed took center stage Wednesday evening inside Chautauqua Lake High School. The forum held by the League of Women Voters allowed the public to hear the candidates and examine their platforms. Democrats will ...

Fredonia police release ‘Not Fred Fest’ incident and arrest report

The Fredonia Police Department reported a total of 273 incidents and 77 arrests during the five-day period of “Not Fred Fest,” which occurred between Thursday, May 3 and the subsequent Monday. The most arrests were for open container at 57, with unlawful possession of alcohol — person ...

Fire in back of garbage truck at Fredonia transfer station

With a firefighter hoisted on top of the cab of a garbage truck at around noon Wednesday, water was filling in the back of the trash-filled container. At the Fredonia Transfer Station, smoke was clouding out of the vehicle and the truck resorted to dumping its trash onto the ground. From ...

WNYREDC presents ‘A strategy for prosperity’

The State University of New York at Fredonia hosted a Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) public meeting Tuesday featuring presentations on economic development initiatives for 2018. Michael Ball, WNYREDC executive director, presented an overview of Gov. Andrew ...

Buffalo man sentenced to 15 years in jail after killing Gowanda man

OBSERVER Staff Report BUFFALO — Daryl Bland, 23, of Buffalo, was sentenced Tuesday to a determinate 15 years in prison plus five years post-release supervision in the fatal shooting of a Gowanda man, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced. On Oct. 26, 2016 at about 12:50 ...

Forestville ready for school budget vote

FORESTVILLE — Voters in the Forestville school district will be voting next week on the proposed 2018-19 school budget, a proposed capital improvement project, a transportation proposition of one bus and a four-seat board of education member election. The proposed budget, approved by the ...

Reconfiguration talks continue

After today, all Dunkirk schools involved in reconfiguration talks will have been visited by Superintendent Dr. James Tracy and school board members. Initial discussions with the four elementary schools are complete. Tracy and board members will meet with stakeholders from the middle school ...

Eagle Energy Day teaches students outside lessons

NORTH COLLINS — North Collins’ Eagle Energy Day, set for this Friday, will take volunteer students out into the village and provide community service. North Collins Superintendent Scott Taylor sees this program as an educational experience. “I think it’s just a great service ...