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DEC warning: Bears like bird feeders

On average, a black bear must consume up to 15,000 to 20,000 calories a day, according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Clocking in at roughly 12,000 calories, a typical bird feeder is a dangerously tempting treat — one that bird lovers should not dismiss. The DEC ...

STEL house changes address, life for Dunkirk family

Today, wheelchair-friendly ramps, push-button doors and accessible restrooms are fixtures in nearly all public places, thanks to the Americans With Disabilities Act, which requires businesses and public facilities to provide reasonable access and accommodations for everyone. But what is one to ...

Friends recall Dunkirk native after sudden passing

Whether as a member of the Jamestown Police Department or in retirement, Stephen Promber always craved movement. And when he took on a project, be it helping those battling addiction while a member of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force or starting up a business with his brother after leaving ...

Drug charges placed a week after gun charges

OBSERVER Staff Report Three individuals are facing drug charges in the city of Dunkirk — two of which were arrested last week on gun charges. Dunkirk Police and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office state that for the past several months, members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug ...

Five years later, boy at center of Buckets for Brett doing well

SOUTH DAYTON — The annual March Madness event at Pine Valley High School last Sunday was once again a success, raising money for a good cause and bringing the community together. With the fifth year milestone passed, the journey of March Madness has been one of hope and resilience, going back ...

Second show is one week away

In one week, the second Lake Erie Outdoor & Fishing Show will take place on the waterfront in the city of Dunkirk. Title presenter of the event is the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, while one of the sponsors, the Clarion Marina Hotel & Conference Center, will host ...

Hanover officials hear from Imagine Forestville

HANOVER — Things are looking up for the group Imagine Forestville, as a new grant sponsorship was approved in pursuit of the former village’s historic designation. Members turned out in record numbers to the latest Hanover Town Board workshop and meeting, where the hamlet of Forestville’s ...

Gowanda principal shares bullying protocol

GOWANDA — Bullying, though nothing new, has certainly taken on new forms, as Gowanda Middle School Principal Todd Miklas knows all too well. At a recent board of education meeting, Miklas explained that while school bus bullying is a problem, cyber bullying — regardless of where or when it ...

Mortgage holder buys White Inn

MAYVILLE — The Staten Island real estate funding company that holds the White Inn’s mortgage bought the shuttered Fredonia institution at a tax foreclosure sale Friday. Josh Grunzweig of JG Funding purchased the property for $799,000 at the sale, held inside the Chautauqua County ...

Officials continue search for Hideaway Bay developer

SILVER CREEK — Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. officials are still looking for developers for the former Hideaway Bay location. Gina Paradis, land bank executive director, said the land bank board discussed the former restaurant property at its recent meeting. She said since the land bank ...

Three charged in drug sales, possession in city

Three individuals are facing drug charges in the city of Dunkirk. Dunkirk police and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department report that for the past several months, members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug task Force have been conducting an investigation into the sale and ...

Bank manager retires from rewarding career

This morning, Pattie Halas pulled into the Key Bank parking lot on the corner of Fourth Street and Washington Avenue for her last day as Dunkirk Key Bank vice president and branch manager. For the past 24 years of her 30-year career with Key Bank, Halas has been serving the community at the ...

Jamestown man found guilty of murder

MAYVILLE — “I can breathe now.” Those were the words of William J. Michishima’s mother, Jessie Michishima, after a jury convicted David F. Waggoner of second-degree murder for the July 2018 death of her son. “I thank God for (Chautauqua County District Attorney) Patrick Swanson. ...

City councilmen disagree on law needs of council

A little used section from the Dunkirk City Code, Department of Law, that does not exist in the Dunkirk City Charter, per se, was approved earlier this month. At the Dunkirk Common Council meeting that evening, First Ward Councilman Don Williams sponsored a resolution authorizing the ...

Belated thanks boosts veterans’ morale

Vietnam veteran John Miga remembers coming home to what appeared to be an ungrateful United States after serving his country. Miga, a Dunkirk resident who currently serves as the Eighth District Commander of the American Legion, reflected on those moments from the 1970s during Wednesday’s ...

Jamestown man found guilty of second-degree murder

MAYVILLE — A Jamestown man accused of shooting and killing another city resident during an argument last July has been found guilty of second-degree murder. The verdict was read aloud this morning, a day after receiving instructions by Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley. The trial ...

Local Vietnam War era veterans honored in Dunkirk

Since 2017, March 29 has been celebrated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day, and on Wednesday, more than 30 local veterans were honored for their service at the Dunkirk VA Clinic, one of three recognition ceremonies taking place this week in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. Terry ...

Fredonia student competing in state geographic bee

Fifth grader Ray Dai, a Fredonia Middle School student, is not only representing his school, but the entire western New York region as he competes in the National Geographic GeoBee state level competition in Albany on Friday. Sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the GeoBee includes ...

Legislature approves hops/barley funding for feasibility study

MAYVILLE — Step one in possibly growing a new agricultural crop in Chautauqua County was taken by the Chautauqua County Legislature. On Wednesday, the legislature approved funding $20,000 toward a feasibility study to determine the possibility of growing hops/barley locally. Last week, Mark ...

Stabbing incident occurs in Sinclairville

SINCLAIRVILLE — A Wednesday afternoon stabbing in the village of Sinclairville has two Jamestown residents facing criminal mischief charges. On Wednesday, at approximately 12:43 p.m., deputies responded to Kent Street in the village of Sinclairville for a report of a stabbing victim. Upon ...