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Sinclairville Elementary student dies in crash

A Sinclairville Elementary student died in a tragic accident Monday afternoon. According to the State Police in Fredonia, around 4:10 p.m., troopers and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation out of State Police in Fredonia responded to Route 60 in the town of Pomfret for a three-vehicle ...

Forestville woman pleads guilty to scamming bank customers

BUFFALO — Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn has announced that 35-year-old Breanna Rohauer of Forestville pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to six counts of third-degree grand larceny, class "D" felonies, and one count of fourth-degree grand ...

Federal law is changing focus of foster care

MAYVILLE — A new federal law is changing the focus of foster care in Chautauqua County. On Wednesday, Leanna Luka-Conley, county Adult, Children and Family Services deputy commissioner, discussed the Family First Prevention Services Act with the Chautauqua County Legislature Human Services ...

Fredonia plans details for SBR rally

Fredonia is putting the final touches on its “Small Business Revolution” rally. Reimbursement for the organizers, however, will have to wait. The rally will dominate most of downtown Fredonia for the afternoon of March 6. Organizers of Fredonia’s victorious effort to get the show to ...

Child dies in crash

A young child died in a tragic accident this afternoon. According to State Police in Fredonia, around 4:20 p.m. a four door red sedan was traveling north on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret when the driver attempted to make a left hand turn into Priviteria's parking lot. The vehicle was ...

Benefit for ailing Dunkirk woman planned Saturday

Life has not been easy for 20-year-old Dontazzia Grayson, who has faced numerous health challenges since having a stroke at the age of 13. “She was in the hospital for about a month, and doctors didn’t know why she had a stroke at such a young age,” her mother, Jennifer Mitchell, told the ...

Forestville getting more Farm to School funds

FORESTVILLE — Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that $1.5 million was awarded to 16 Farm-to-School projects to benefit more than 120,000 students in 144 school districts. Forestville Superintendent Renee Garrett was excited to share the news that her district received $100,000 in ...

Dems back Morrisroe for county executive

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Democratic Committee unanimously endorsed Dunkirk City Attorney Richard J. Morrisroe, 45, as its candidate on the Nov. 3rd countywide ballot for Chautauqua County Executive. When not serving as Dunkirk City Attorney, Morrisroe, also has a general law practice ...

Scout proposes Fredonia trail work

Life Scout Matthew Brown wants to fix a nagging problem at Russell Joy Park for his Eagle Scout service project. Brown proposed to the Fredonia Board of Trustees the creation of a walking trail from the park’s parking lot off Hamlet Street to a bridge just inside the woods. Covering a ...

City sues for marina cleanup compensation

The city of Dunkirk recently filed a lawsuit against MC Docks LLC, Ryan Marine Services, Donald J. Ryan, Richard W. Ryan, Huntington Bancshares Inc., Lake City Ice & Fuel, Chadwick Bay Marina Holdings Inc., Chadwick Bay Marina LLC and Chadwick Bay Marina LP in regards to a petroleum ...

Fund-raiser provides appetite for dinner theater

Special to the OBSERVER On Saturday, Feb. 29, a dinner theater fund-raising evening will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua meeting house at 222 Temple St. in Fredonia. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will start the evening at 4:30 p.m., followed by a hearty ...

Recipe spices up traditional rice

One of our favorite things to eat in this house is tacos. A favorite of the young, and a favorite of the old. Something that is guaranteed to be eaten when I make it, which as a mom, that makes for an easy dinner decision. I’m all for getting our kids to branch out and try new things, but ...

Quilt boosts efforts of Imagine Forestville

Special to the OBSERVER One of the most difficult challenges for any organization is fund-raising. As a newly established nogt-for-profit community group dedicated to the preservation, prosperity and well-being of the community of Forestville, Imagine Forestville faced that difficult challenge ...

School 7 January Students of the Month

Submitted Photo The students shown were named School 7’s Students of the Month for the Month of January. First Row: Erick Burgos Rivera, Dereck Ortiz-Morales, Aubrey Kuras, Emersyn Krzanowicz, Chloe Snader, Isaac Ibach. Second Row: Ismael Santiago, Eriel Burgos, Aalana Tate, Nevaeh Jusino, ...

Gowanda residents hear about flood mitigation project

GOWANDA — If all goes according to plan, Gowanda should be completely protected from floods in less than five years. The US Army Corps of Engineers paid a visit to the Historic Hollywood Theatre on Thursday to present the $6.7 million flood mitigation project. At the public hearing, Mayor ...

Brooks-TLC seeks support after closure

More challenging decisions regarding health care in the northern Chautauqua County region may be coming in future months, according to officials with the Brooks-TLC Hospital System. In a letter to the OBSERVER, Mary E. LaRowe, president and chief executive officer, and Christopher Lanski, ...

Dunkirk, Sheridan towns to meet about EMS stoppage

The Dunkirk and Fredonia fire departments are not going to provide emergency medical services (EMS) in the towns of Dunkirk and Sheridan after May 1. The town boards for Dunkirk and Sheridan are set to meet Monday with emergency services officials to figure out their next steps. Officials at ...

Deluxe announces selections for Small Business Revolution

The seven businesses that will be featured on television on Hulu and Amazon Prime have been announced. Late Friday afternoon, Deluxe, a Trusted Business Technology company, announced the businesses chosen to be featured in Season 5 of its award-winning series, Small Business Revolution. The ...

Seven selected for Small Business Revolution

The seven businesses that will be featured on Hulu and Amazon Prime television have been announced. Late this afternoon, Deluxe, a Trusted Business Technology company, announced the businesses chosen to be featured in Season 5 of its award-winning series, Small Business Revolution. The ...

SBR visits Fredonia businesses

Submitted Photo Small Business Revolution co-host Amanda Brinkman and series Director Matt Maylor discussed visiting 21 businesses in Fredonia this week in a video posted on Facebook. Brinkman noted they are in the process of selecting the final seven businesses. To see the entire video, ...