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City Council budget vote set for today

The Dunkirk Common Council will meet today with the city’s 2020 budget adoption highlighting the agenda. The plan, which includes no raises in the property tax or water and wastewater fees, would set the city budget at an all-time high of $24,671,628, up from 2019’s $23,686,106 spending ...

Ready for TV

Fredonia, get ready for your close-up. That was the message from the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce’s Ann Eckman, who attended the village board’s meeting Monday to whip up support for the upcoming visit from the “Small Business Revolution” team. As reported by the OBSERVER, Fredonia ...

Lakeview donates boots for children

Special to the OBSERVER BROCTON — During October, the Lakeview Correctional Facility in Brocton graciously and generously offered to assist Westfield’s Union Relief by purchasing winter boots for 60 Westfield children who might not have otherwise had winter boots to keep their feet warm ...

Mayville Food Pantry helps area residents

MAYVILLE — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is asking the community to give. The Mayville Food Pantry is requesting donations of time and materials to help those in need. The pantry is a ministry of St. Paul’s and includes a walk-through design that allows recipients to choose what is needed ...

Dunkirk JROTC cadets work on Camp Gross ‘Senses Walk’ nature trail

Dunkirk High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp. (JROTC) cadets ventured out to Camp Gross this fall to once again expand on their “Senses Walk.” The first walk, which started in 2005, was formed in collaboration with the Lion’s Club, which provided the initial financing. ...

Shipwrecked destroyer found in deep sea has city connection

There is a Dunkirk connection to the deepest sunken shipwreck ever discovered in the Philippine Sea. The wreck of the U.S. World War II destroyer was found in late October resting at a depth of 20,406 feet by experts on the Research Vessel Petrel. Reports indicated explorers used an undersea ...

Housing Authority chief touts tenant communication

More progress is being seen in regard to the Dunkirk Housing Authority, courtesy of its new director. Elizabeth Cardona, who took the helm of the agency after a summer of tumult, has moved quickly to quell concerns of residents regarding minor issues in the buildings to major concerns, ...

Filling an area need: Empty Bowls takes place Dec. 7

Special to the OBSERVER Did you notice? Empty Bowls this year is at the Wheelock Primary School! The Empty Bowls Project serves to help end hunger for at least some that are nutritionally challenged in our community. Select handmade, one-of-a-kind bowls created by local artists who wish to ...

School 7 announces Students of the Month

Submitted photo Dunkirk’s School 7 Students of the Month for November were recently announced. From left, first row: Blyss Orazio, Saniyah Jackson, Jallysha Amador Rios, Priscilla Bautista, Johnsua Davila Gonzalez, Sophia Monroig Second row: Hannah Kuras, Kameron Keppel, Berenice Salazar, ...

No need to get too worked up at holidays

Let’s be honest. Even in the best of circumstances, this time of year can be hard on our hearts. But does it need to be this way? What, as the song goes, does it take to “let your heart be light?” People experience more emotional stress around the holidays due to family situations, ...

Pumpkin recipe is a bread winner

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, some people give up on pumpkin. I am not one of those people. Sure, it’s more of a fall flavor than a winter flavor, but it’s not officially winter yet! There’s still plenty of time for pumpkin goodness. For Thanksgiving, I made a pumpkin gingerbread ...

Shooting injures man in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN -- A man remains in stable condition, and Jamestown police are seeking potential witnesses, following a shooting early Saturday. Police were called to the Bullfrog Hotel Bar and Grill, 1414 E. Second St., at 1:20 a.m. A bartender at the scene secured the weapon. Police told The ...

From Westfield, with love

WESTFIELD — For years, Barb and Jerry Kittle have watched the lighting of the Tree of Hope at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center on television. “We have 300 evergreen trees here,” said Barb Kittle of the couple’s 40 acres located in the town of Westfield. “We thought, ‘Maybe ...

Fredonia making push for Small Business Revolution TV visit

OBSERVER Staff Report Village of Fredonia officials are working to rally support from residents and businesses for mid December when members of the Small Business Revolution team will be visiting the community. Fredonia is one of 10 communities to be considered for the The Small Business ...

ADAMS looks ahead to year three

“It has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future,” said William Murtagh, the first keeper of the National Register of Historic Places. Such is the conversation that the board of directors of the ...

Point Gratiot sees green improvements

Point Gratiot is seeing new development this month, as the city will spend at least the next two weeks installing a rain garden. With a joint grant achieved by the city from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the ...

Team of four provides vision services for two counties

Functioning with a team of only four women, the Chautauqua Blind Association provides vision rehabilitation services across Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. With such a small group, the organization’s employees find themselves with busy schedules. “It’s quite the feat, I mean ...

Region still too comfortable in decline

Municipal leaders rarely have a vision for the future. Instead, elected officials just hope to maintain on what they have from year to year. That is always an issue when the budgets are proposed. Everything is tight. There usually is no room for additional spending. Obviously, it is because ...

TURKEY DAY TREAT: Bills devour Cowboys

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen devours a turkey leg during a postgame interview Thursday. Allen shined as the Bills moved to 9-3 on the season with a 26-15 victory in Dallas over the Cowboys. See page B1 of today's paper for a game story and Carmen’s Column.