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Basketball hoops in streets targeted by Brocton

BROCTON — A village resident complained to the Village Board recently that she was singled out for having a basketball hoop in the street, while other people were allowed to have them. Officials denied that she was getting targeted exclusively. Susan Conklin said she received a letter from ...

Dunkirk Senior Center expansion starting

A year after being announced, the Senior Center project is finally underway. Located on Cliffstar Court, the Dunkirk Senior Center is open to elderly citizens who wish to socialize and take part in a range of activities. In summer of 2018 the state, through the Dormitory Authority of the State ...

Buoys to help find causes of algal blooms

Scientists from Bowling Green State University have been on the lake in recent weeks sampling water at the mouths of seven tributary streams and four locations in the lake. Later in September, the scientists, with the help of the Chautauqua Lake Partnership, will deploy two sensors — one each ...

Officials see good chance ferry will be ready in 2020

STOW — Sea Lion Project Ltd. officials believe there is a good chance the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry could return to action on Chautauqua Lake next year. Chris Flanders, Sea Lion Project Ltd. secretary, recently updated progress on the ferry. With much of the work previously required by the ...

Common Council eyes changes at city barns

Brush and grass collection at the city of Dunkirk’s Department of Public Works barns is looking to be tightened up. A resolution is on the docket at today’s Common Council meeting regarding this, and states that the current administration is seeking an intermunicipal solution to the ...

Portland completes Brocton court transition

PORTLAND — A major transition for the town court is complete.. Vera Hustead, Ripley town justice, announced the official dissolution of the village court in Brocton last week. Cases once filed there have been transferred to the town. Hustead hailed the work of town court clerk Lisa Gugino ...

Chamber moving Dunkirk office downtown

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is planning on relocating its Dunkirk office to the downtown area. On Monday, the Chamber noted in a news release it has moved its Jamestown office to 300 North Main St. and will be moving to a downtown Dunkirk location the first of next year. The ...

State and Senecas trade blame over Thruway

The blame game is in full effect over the status of a three-mile stretch of road on the New York State Thruway. Both the Seneca Nation of Indians and the Thruway Authority took turns blaming each other for the lack of work on the damaged stretch of highway. Matthew J. Driscoll, executive ...

Run reaches finish line

OBSERVER Staff Report BROCTON — For six years, the Darren Manzella-Lapeira Memorial Run has raised more than $86,000. “We set a goal, and feel that we have now achieved it,” said Nancy and Mike Manzella, parents of Darren, following the most recent event held in July. Following this ...

Cassadaga board discusses complaint policy

CASSADAGA — Discussion on how to handle complaints in the village was a topic of interest at the latest meeting of the Cassadaga Village Board. Mayor Bill Astry brought up the notion of employing written complaints during his mayoral updates. “It appears to me that we have complaints ...

DA Swanson makes case for more staff and funding

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson is asking state legislators for funding to help implement state-mandated changes to discovery set to take effect Jan. 1. Swanson joined several district attorneys from around the state at a seven-hour state Senate Codes ...

Fredonia passes rental property code changes

After years of debate, and a “no” vote on a previous version last October, Fredonia’s Board of Trustees finally passed a law Sept. 9 changing the village’s code on rental housing. The unanimous vote, with no discussion, contrasted sharply with the events of 2018, when the prospect of ...

Former scout works with current troop to improve welcome signs

Growing up Justin O’Brien was a member of Cassadaga Boy Scout Troop 219. For his Eagle Scout project, he decided to purchase, install and landscape two “Welcome to Cassadaga” signs, one on each side of the village. He raised the money needed and worked hard to make this a reality and the ...

Fantastic fall flavor is back in season

It’s pumpkin season! OK, some of you may be rolling your eyes at me right now. If you’re one of those people who thinks it’s too early for fall, then move along. If you allow that kind of negativity into your life, then I have nothing to offer you. I’m just kidding! Although I am very ...

1954 Class of Fredonia High School marks 65th reunion

Members of the Fredonia High School class of 1954 met for a two day reunion at Manning’s Fireside Manor at the end of August. On Friday evening, 14 classmates and their spouses gathered for a fish fry. On Saturday evening, the group was joined by more people at 6 p.m. for a sit-down dinner, ...

Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club donates to Westfield Elementary

Submitted Photo Patty Benton, center, Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club Community Service chair, presented a $350 donation check from the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville to Westfield Elementary School STAR (Sharing The Art of Reading) Program Committee Members Daneille Boughton, left, and Emily ...

Forestville Superintendent enjoying her ‘other’ residence

For Forestville Superintendent Renee Garrett, a project that began as an idea one summer vacation evolved into a two-year hobby that she can now call home. In between her school and family responsibilities, Garrett built a “tiny house,” thereby joining the nationwide housing movement that ...

Dayton man to close vegetable stand in dispute with town

DAYTON — Dayton farmer Raymond Troutman made quite the scene at the latest meeting of the Dayton Town Board this week, following his claims that the town of Dayton has been harassing him via the town’s code enforcement laws. Things began when Dan Martonis of the Cattaraugus County ...

Demolition nears for college’s Fenner House

It appears the historic Fenner House’s days are numbered in Fredonia. On Friday afternoon, State University of New York at Fredonia Interim President Dennis Hefner delivered a letter to the State University Construction Fund to begin the process of razing the building on the property at 178 ...

‘Close’ community squares off on turbines

PORTLAND — For 29 years, Anita Calcaterra lived in Jamestown due to her husband’s job with the school district there. Once he retired, she made a plea to him to return to her hometown. He agreed. In 2010, the couple found a home on Munson Road. Calcaterra was living her dream of ...