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Time may have come for flex hours in city

A resolution authorizing alternative hours for City Hall employees, which was tabled at the Nov. 6 Common Council meeting, could be voted on this evening. The topic was discussed at the Personnel Committee meeting last week. “It’s worked out very well,” city Treasurer Mark Woods said. ...

City man wanted on firearm warrant nabbed

A city man who was wanted on an outstanding warrant of second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon and loaded firearm was nabbed by Dunkirk officers on Sunday morning after a vehicle pursuit. City police report at about 11:30 a.m., officers attempted to perform a traffic stop on a ...

Village Hall conditions eyed

When your village does business in a 19th century building, structural conditions and updates are a natural topic of discussion. That was the case this week on two separate fronts for the Fredonia Village Board. During a workshop prior to the board’s meeting, Mayor Athanasia Landis handed ...

City home heavily damaged in blaze

OBSERVER Staff Report An early Sunday morning fire on West Fourth Street left a dog dead and heavily damaged the first floor of a residence. Dunkirk firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire at 32 W. Fourth St. at 1:32 a.m. Upon arrival fire crews found fire burning on the ...

Girl Scouts express uniqueness in recruitment push

“We call it fun with a purpose.” Those were the words of Girl Scouts of Western New York CEO Judy Cranston, who talked about the successful marketing initiative called the Girl Scout Difference Campaign that has helped recruit new members and volunteers and express the skill-based ...

College planning dining hall upgrades

Darin Schultz, executive director of the Faculty Student Association (FSA), provided the college council with an update on planned renovations to multiple dining facilities on campus at a recent meeting. Anticipated changes include upgrades to the Centre Point dining facility and an interesting ...

County: Let Airbnb collect bed taxes

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County might be getting into the bed and breakfast business. Well, not exactly, but county officials are proposing to change the local law dealing with the collection of occupancy tax to allow Airbnb to collect the revenue for the county. This week, Kitty Crow, ...

Mom angry about autistic son’s treatment

Tina Dingledy said her autistic son was shamed recently at a downtown Fredonia business, and wants to use the incident to raise awareness about the often-poor treatment of people with autism. In correspondence and a phone interview with the OBSERVER, Dingledy detailed the incident involving ...

Gowanda making plans for $2.5 million grant

GOWANDA — In October of 2017, the village of Gowanda was one of four municipalities in the state to receive a $2.5 million Smart Growth grant from Empire State Development (ESD). The grant’s primary function is to fund existing infrastructure and to support placemaking, walkable communities ...

Taking a ‘hit’

Area businesses are expecting to take a big hit when the FDA’s new restrictions take effect. Although many are shocked at the restrictions being placed on e-cigarette sales, which include restricting them to a closed off area of a store and the sale of certain flavors, it’s the ban on the ...

Taking a ‘hit’

Soon e-cigarette products will be a bit more difficult to access, especially for minors, which many area superintendents are pleased to hear. On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration announced that e-cigarette products can only be sold in specialty stores with age-restricted entry or in ...

HI, SANTA! Holiday weekend in Westfield

After arriving in Westfield on a grape picker on Friday night, Santa and Mrs. Claus made their way to the Westfield YWCA to meet children and families as part of this weekend’s Christmas in the Village Pictured here with Santa and Mrs. Claus is Meredith Freeman, age 4, daughter of Tyler and ...

Cassadaga man pleads guilty to child porn charges

BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that Daniel Villafane-Lozada, 23, of Cassadaga, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in ...

Panel talks county education challenges

From attendance issues to staffing shortages, panelists at a recent United University Professions Fredonia Chapter meeting recently discussed the challenges that Chautauqua County educators are facing. The eight panelists who met at SUNY Fredonia explored these issues and also discussed ways in ...

Salvation Army in desperate need of kettle volunteers

Major John Merchant with the Salvation Army of Jamestown spent the first day of the Red Kettle campaign — the annual fundraiser that helps a range of local programs and services — interviewing applicants due to a critical lack of volunteers. Though the drive officially kicked off ...

Lake groups respond to Burtis Bay fish kill

CELORON — Mike Newell of 10 Chautauqua Place waded through weed-infested waters filled with dead fish that had suffocated due to a lack of oxygen and being forced to the surface by a biomass blown in by winds nearly two weeks ago. He used a pitchfork to turn over some of the weeds to reveal ...

Panel at college considers regional job dilemma

Ziya Arnavut, Ph.D., president of the United University Professions Fredonia chapter recently hosted a panel discussion on jobs and training at SUNY Fredonia. “I hope this panel can give us some possible solutions that we can work with to do something good for our population, because we want ...

Albany won’t look fondly on county votes

While on the campaign trail in Dunkirk last month, state Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said all the right things in urging voters to back two Democratic candidates. In her typical upbeat style, she handed out compliments to everyone in the room of the Steelworkers Union Hall, including Dunkirk Mayor ...

Wood pallet maker shuts, site for sale

After more than 30 years in the business, a local plant that makes wood pallets and more has closed its doors. Great Lakes Specialties, located on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret, is no longer open. The business shut down around the first of this month. The building and business is up for ...

Dunkirk man sentenced for selling coke

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Thursday that Fred Santiago, 30, of Dunkirk, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, five kilograms or more of cocaine, was sentenced to serve 5 years and 10 months in prison by Chief U.S. District ...