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Gowanda Moose Lodge to ‘Raise the Roof’

GOWANDA — While recent high temperatures may have some looking forward to cooler months ahead, members of the Gowanda Loyal Order of the Moose No. 1832 are hoping to prolong the fair weather as long as possible. Recently completed renovations to the lodge are now threatened by a collapsing ...

FHS alumna wins jewelry designer award

Design, structure and beauty go into creating any notable piece of art. Whether it be a painting, a film, a photo or a building, these components shape the world around us. One such artist is Kathleen Sleigh, who has pursued her art, in various forms, throughout her life. Sleigh, previously ...

Colleges ahead of state initiative in fighting hunger

The State University of New York at Fredonia and Jamestown Community College are ahead of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s deadline for the 2018 “No Student Goes Hungry Program.” Cuomo recently announced all New York state public colleges at SUNY and the City University of New York will have ...

MUSIC TIME: Red, White and Blues starts

OBSERVER Photo by Mary Heyl Big Tone rocked Liberty Food and Spirits on Friday night during Fredonia's Red, White & Blues Festival. Pictured from left to right are band members Willie Fuentes, guitar and vocals; drummer Randy VanWey; Kevin Way, keyboard; and Keith Medley, guitar and ...

Gowanda discusses audit, swears in officers

GOWANDA — The Annual Financial Review for the village of Gowanda has been completed, and the numbers were staggering. Mayor David Smith read them off at the village board meeting that took place in August to a packed room. “Three years ago, the village of Gowanda was borrowing $300,000 ...

Rooms open for guests as officials cut the ribbon

CELORON — The Chautauqua Harbor Hotel is open, welcoming guests to the region along Chautauqua Lake, and it won’t stop doing that as a year-round resort. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was hosted to commemorate the achievement of hundreds of contractors and the leaders who helped it come to ...

No ‘squabbling’ with district’s team effort

PORTLAND — Pomfret town Supervisor Don Steger, in his exuberance, did not need a microphone. A podium had been set up for the speakers as part of the “Turn on the Tap” event that took place Wednesday morning in front of the blue water tower off Route 5. He shrugged off the audio — and ...

Board turns down zoning change in light of Red House spat

CASSADAGA — An initiative to change village zoning law to allow for a historical site event venue zoning designation is dead for now. Trustee Cindy Flaherty was working with state and county planners on a proposal for a change to local law to create the category. She told the village board ...

CVCS cited for fund balance management

SINCLAIRVILLE — New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released audits this week for five school districts in the state, one of which was Cassadaga Valley Central School. The local school was cited for financial management, as “district officials did not properly manage fund balance ...

North County Water District officially online

PORTLAND — Wednesday was an important day for Chautauqua County, as following decades of development and talks, the North Chautauqua County Water District (NCCWD) officially was brought online. “This has been a building process,” Don Steger, Pomfret town supervisor and chairman of the ...

More spending on the way for county capital projects

JAMESTOWN — Chautauqua County will be spending more money than usual on capital projects in 2019 because of a change in their accounting method. On Wednesday, the Chautauqua County Planning Board heard about the $4 million in the tentative 2019 budget for 27 capital projects. Kathleen ...

NCCS off to a strong start

On Tuesday, Northern Chautauqua Catholic School welcomed 96 students through its doors for the new school year. For Principal Jenny Tilaro, there is even more to celebrate this year, as the school surpassed its summer fundraising goal and is now able to introduce a new program to further its ...

Beloved gnome family missing from Williams Street

Friday was a sad day for the residents of Williams Street, who awoke to discover that the gnome family that once occupied a well-known natural landmark, a hollow elm tree, was missing. These gnomes and the tree they called home were no ordinary garden fixtures. Rather, they marked a ...

Sheridan resident to keep home

SHERIDAN — Just six weeks ago, Sheridan resident David Blodgett along with his teenage son were facing homelessness after their home was sold at the county tax auction due to unpaid taxes. Blodgett, who manages significant mental health problems, overcame numerous challenges including ...

Back to school

Refreshed from summer vacation, many area students began their first day of the new school year on Tuesday. According to Dunkirk City School District Superintendent Dr. James Tracy, who visited several buildings throughout the morning, “Everything has been running smoothly, like we never ...

Pomfret code officer serving as temporary city inspector

A village trustee and town code enforcement officer is serving temporarily within Dunkirk city’s Building and Zoning Office amid the ongoing matter involving Allan Zurawski. Warren Kelly was in attendance for Common Council’s workshop session and meeting Tuesday inside City Hall. Kelly ...

WNY Public Health Alliance expresses concern regarding turbines

OBSERVER Staff Report Newly constructed wind turbines in the hills of Arkwright as well as other potential projects have caught the attention of the Western New York Public Health Alliance. On Tuesday the alliance released a letter sent to the Public Service Commission regarding wind turbines ...

THEY’RE BACK: First day of school underway in area

Pupils and students across the region — as well as educators — marked a return to classes this morning. Children were dressed their best for the first day and greeted with smiles from teachers and administrators. Parents also were involved as well. Many took photos of their children ...

IDA won’t reconsider PILOT for Ball HIll project

WESTFIELD — A payment in lieu of tax agreement won’t be reconsidered despite changes to wind turbine heights within the Ball Hill Wind Energy Project in the town of Villenova. Mark Geise, Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency chief executive officer, said Tuesday there’s been ...

Events director, councilman exchange jabs over boardwalk

Conversation during last week’s Economic Development Committee meeting over the Dunkirk Boardwalk Market saw some tense exchanges between a city councilman and the festivals and special events coordinator. Shaun Heenan, third ward representative who’s chairman of the committee, initiated ...