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$18 million condo project gets loan

An $18 million condominium project will receive financial assistance from the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. On Tuesday, the IDA board approved a $450,000 Al Tech Revolving Loan Fund at 4% interest for 20 years for The Lodge At Chautauqua Lake project during its regular ...

Reed calls for Thruway inquiry

BUFFALO — U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-Corning) and Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello had an appointment with U.S. Attorney J.P. Kennedy Tuesday in Buffalo to discuss issues surrounding the five-mile stretch of road running through the Seneca Nation Reservation near Irving. ...

Home destroyed in blaze

OBSERVER Staff Report DEWITTVILLE — Two adults and two children escaped injury after their home caught fire late Sunday. The cause of the blaze at 5728 Centralia-Hartfield Road has not been determined. Volunteer firefighters from several area departments were called at about 11:20 p.m. ...

Woman sentenced in crash that killed man

OBSERVER Staff Report BUFFALO — A Collins woman is headed to prison after she killed a man in an automobile accident while under the influence of drugs. Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Monday that 26-year-old Allyson Rollek has been sentenced by Erie County Court ...

Two arrested in alleged robbery

OBSERVER Staff Report Two men are in custody after an alleged armed robbery in Dunkirk Sunday night. According to a Dunkirk Police Department press release, officers responded to an armed robbery call at a Washington Avenue residence at about 10:40 p.m. Sunday. Officers were told a gun was ...

Fredonia tables laws; Drayo spars with trustees

The Fredonia Board of Trustees tabled two laws for public hearings Monday — a measure that would make changes to the code for rental properties and a move to remove all mentions of the former village administrator position from Fredonia’s laws. The two items will both go to a vote at the ...

County Planning Board supports hangar funds grant

A grant for the revitalization of a Jamestown Airport hangar was the topic of discussion at the August Chautauqua County Planning Board meeting. Planning Board member Brad Bentley presented to the board on behalf of the project, looking for their approval to make an additional ...

Farm Festival delivers the goods

FREDONIA — The 51st annual Fredonia Farm Festival took place over the weekend, where vendors and a “Lil’ Farmer’s Tent” graced the streets of downtown Fredonia with all the wonders of the farmland. Events began Thursday at dusk with a free movie in the park, where “Ralph Breaks the ...

Overdose Response Initiative targets dealers of deadly drugs

Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson and U.S Attorney James P. Kennedy. Jr. recently announced the creation of the Overdose Response Initiative (ORI). Modeled after similar initiatives across the state and country, this program aims to examine overdose deaths in an effort to ...

Pelletter: Seek input on school, Hanford Bay

SILVER CREEK — An idea for a multi-municipal area development meeting in the northernmost part of Chautauqua County was proposed by Hanover Deputy Supervisor Louis Pelletter at the latest meeting of the Silver Creek Village Board. “Some of the Hanford Bay Planning Board members, one in ...

Athenex builders, NCCF raise $65,000 for organizations

Dunkirk’s non-profit community is benefiting from a golf tournament held last week at Shorewood Country Club. The Athenex Construction Team and the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation teamed up for the Divots for Dunkirk Golf Tournament. Dunkirk charitable organizations will benefit ...

Ohio bailed on race after its third year

You could make a case that Mentor, Ohio, abandoned ship when it came to the Great Lakes Grand Prix boat race. In the spring, city officials made the decision to not hold the event this summer at Headlands Beach State Park. The Mentor event was featured on the CBS Sports Network’s coverage ...

Jazz series tuning up for new season

To Nick Weiser, artistic director of Jazz at Domus Fare, jazz is a music meant to be made for and with other people; it is a social music that is engaged with and energized by the audience, who is as essential to jazz musicians as a live audience is to a comedian. Hardly random or ...

New surveillance radar tower is up and running

There’s a new white-painted tower drawing curiosity on the grounds of Fredonia’s wastewater treatment plant on Route 5. It’s a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol radar tower. “The Fredonia tower completes the radar coverage of the eastern portion of Lake Erie and will link with the ...

Expanded edition begins Saturday

OBSERVER Staff Report Coming Saturday, OBSERVER readers will receive the first of the paper’s enhanced weekend edition. The Sunday OBSERVER will be delivered to homes on Saturdays while remaining available throughout the weekend in stores and vending machines. The product will include our ...

BOCES not coming to Fredonia campus

The Fredonia Central School District will not be housing Board of Cooperative Educational Services students on its main campus. In an agreement ratified in July by a unanimous vote of the Board of Education, BOCES will continue to lease space at the Wheelock school. The organization is ...

CLOSE CALL: Truck loses brakes on Route 83

Submitted Photos There were no serious injuries after a tanker truck went through the Intersection of Routes 83 and 60 in the town of Pomfret on Friday morning. According to state police, around 11:40 a.m. Wendy Robbins, 49, was operating a 1997 GMC tanker truck on Route 83 when she lost her ...

Trustee sounds off on business, Red House

CASSADAGA — Trustee Theresa Seibert, who hasn’t attended a village board meeting since the first week of June this summer, stormed out of the latest meeting of the Cassadaga Village Board this week following a tense confrontation with Mayor Bill Astry and several other members of the ...

Unique Car Show set for Sunday at Point Gratiot

For those in the area with a hot rod or a sick hog they want to show off to the world, a local event sponsored by the Unique Car Club will give one the opportunity to do just that. The Car and Bike Show, presented by the Unique Car Club, will take place at the Large Pavilion at Point Gratiot ...

Apology sought for terminated code enforcement officer

Former city of Dunkirk Building Inspector, Allan Zurawski was a topic of discussion during the privilege of the floor portion of the last Dunkirk’s Common Council meeting. “It has been a year now since the huge front page press release regarding our building inspector being labeled as ...