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Quattrone touts collaboration of task force in first six months

James Quattrone has accomplished the largest goal he set out to fulfill during his first six months in office. Quattrone, in his first term as Chautauqua County sheriff, said his first and most important goal was to have the Southern Tier Drug Task Force and Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force ...

New Veterans statue debuts in North Collins

NORTH COLLINS — Herbert Cook stood over his brick with astonishment at the North Collins Veterans’ Tribute after Saturday’s unveiling. The tribute is a massive star that is filled with bricks, which commemorate those who served, and each point of the star is a different branch of the ...

Sinclairville residents to vote on dissolution

SINCLAIRVILLE — The future of the village is in the hands of its residents. Aug. 13, the residents will be asked if they want to keep or dissolve the village as a municipality. Last week, an informational meeting took place at Park United Methodist Church in Sinclairville, where Wade ...

On the water

On a sunny, yet windy afternoon, a small group gathered, nonchalantly, at a table in the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club in Dunkirk to discuss the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The initiative helps to do things such as maintain fisheries in the Great Lakes, which has been crucial ...

Rural Democrats against Farm Bill

Democrats representing rural areas of New York state have come out against the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act. The officers and board of the Democratic Rural Conference of New York state passed a resolution opposing passage of the act as it is currently constituted. The Farmworkers ...

Village gets update on projects

SILVER CREEK — Construction and repair projects continue to be a hot topic in the village. Mayor Jeffrey Hornburg provided an update on progress repairing the sidewalk in front of Food King, which was warped by a water break during the spring. “Hopefully ... we’re going to get concrete ...

Silver Creek second graders celebrate Heroes Day

SILVER CREEK — What is a hero? Second graders at Silver Creek Elementary School recently pondered this question for the third annual Celebration of Heroes, and their answers were impressive and sweet. Interestingly, super heroes, professional athletes and pop stars did not make the list for ...

Lack of representation ‘a real issue’ in county

"It's been a real problem," is how state Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown, responded to how the vacancy in the 57th state Senate District has impacted Chautauqua County for most of the current legislative session. The 2019 state Legislative session will end Wednesday, June 19. Since ...

Conservatives, U.S. keep adjusting to Trump

CELORON — It is a dramatically different political landscape when compared to the last presidential election. Democrats and Republicans in the summer of 2016 were struggling privately and publicly when it came to throwing support behind their party’s candidate. Both Hillary Clinton and ...

Two members step down from Dunkirk Board of Education

Two people have left the Dunkirk Board of Education following Thursday’s meeting — student representative Olivia Yerico Piazza and board member Adam Reisenweber. Reisenweber announced his resignation at the regular board meeting in March, effective June 30. His movement out of the ...

Village Planning Board OKs Brooks-TLC site

Fredonia is getting a hospital. The Brooks-TLC Hospital System site plan for a 100,000-square-foot facility, in what is now a vineyard off East Main Street, was approved by the village Planning Board unanimously Wednesday. The board also approved a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) ...

Habitat for Humanity dedicates house in Silver Creek

Special to the OBSERVER SILVER CREEK — Saturday, June 8, was a glorious day for the proud new homeowners of 29 Norton St., Silver Creek. It was warm, sunny and the newly seeded yard was filled with many volunteers who worked on the house, some new neighbors, several members of the Board of ...

Breaking ground for Hometown Heroes

MAYVILLE — Hometown heroes will soon be honored at the Mayville Cemetery after ground was broke yesterday on a new memorial. "We have come a long way and with the ground breaking comes the hope of securing the additional funds needed to complete this project," said Thomas Jordan, Chautauqua ...

Gowanda welcomes new board members, policy changes

GOWANDA — At their first meeting since the successful passage of the school budget, the Gowanda Board of Education welcomed new members and looked forward to updates and changes to the elementary and middle/high school family/student handbooks. Superintendent Dr. Robert Anderson thanked ...

Fredonia teachers blast communication issues

Fredonia Teachers Association (FTA) President Michelle Greenough blasted what her organization views as a lack of communication with Fredonia school district administrators during Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting. The driving issue: a plan by BOCES to move to Fredonia, from ...

E-Z Self Storage looks to expand

SILVER CREEK — Business for one local storage facility has been so good this past year that they’re looking to add a second building to the grounds. E-Z Self Storage came to the town board in May with plans to add a second building to the lot. Randy Feinen of E-Z Self Storage spoke to ...

Slaton Park dedication set for Friday

Special to the OBSERVER New pocket parks have been developed on three small Department of Transportation parcels along Maple Avenue at Sixth Street between Jussie’s Barber Shop and Mary’s Deli. A group of residents from 600 Main Street organized by Skeeter Tower began efforts to beautify ...

Chautauqua Institution explores opera with area schools

Language should not be a barrier to friendship, at least that’s the message from the Chautauqua Opera Company to local elementary students. The Chautauqua Institution’s Opera Young Artists again are trekking the region to bring unique performances to younger students with its “Opera ...

Gowanda board seeks new grants to fix ‘craters’

GOWANDA — After a weekend of excitement at The Happening in Gowanda, where many local residents once again gathered at the Gowanda Municipal Parking Lot, some may’ve noticed the deteriorating condition of the lot during their time there. At the latest village board meeting in May, Mayor ...

Council discusses city clean-up efforts

Building and Zoning Code Enforcement Officer Glenn Christner took some time at Dunkirk’s last Common Council meeting to explain the steps taken to get an overgrown lawn in the city mowed. “If I receive a report or complaint of tall grass in need of cutting, I first go out and look at ...