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County health director issues warning on vaping

MAYVILLE — In light of advisories issued by New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and warnings from the CDC, Christine Schuyler, Chautauqua County Director of Health and Human Services, is urging all residents of Chautauqua County to stop using all vape products until the ...

Villenova residents bash plan to end planning board

VILLENOVA — The fate of Villenova’s planning board is still in limbo following Wednesday’s standing room only meeting. A rather large crowd for such a small space gathered and voiced their concerns over the potential loss the town. “New York town law allows, but does not require ...

Borrello again criticizes Cuomo on casino revenue

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is continuing his criticism of state Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the situation between the state and Seneca Nations of Indians. On Thursday, he issued a statement noting how the governor’s lack of action has led to an unnecessary death in the ...

County officials worry about bail reform ‘unknown’

MAYVILLE — The conversation and concerns around bail reform statewide continued locally. The Community Justice Coordinating Council, comprised of county officials from various departments, met this week in Mayville to discuss ongoing criminal justice related topics. Concerns regarding the ...

Theories offered on found gravestone

For Sharen Trembath, the phone started ringing at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. Callers, who saw the article in the OBSERVER or online, were offering advice and ideas on why the gravestone could have been possibly found on the shores of Lake Erie near Angola. Through correspondence with a man ...

Area’s profile appeals to wind developers

PORTLAND — Motorists driving along Route 20 are beginning to see lawn signs regarding a divisive issue that has become highly talked about in this town: the prospect of wind turbines. This is far from anything new to the north county region. Around 15 years ago, the towns of Westfield and ...

Remembering 9/11

On Wednesday morning, a crowd of nearly 70 Dunkirk residents, city officials, police officers and fire department members gathered at the fire department headquarters on Eagle Street for the annual remembrance ceremony that marked 18 years since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. “We ...

Park appointed as Villenova town supervisor

VILLENOVA — A familiar face is returning to her former position as town supervisor. Richard Ardillo, supervisor for the town of Villenova, submitted his resignation in a letter on Aug. 31. The letter was shared at the regular town board meeting Wednesday. In it Ardillo states “in the ...

Trial date set in Dunkirk stabbing death

A tentative trial date of Jan. 7 has been set for Ashlyann M. Lopez-Lopez, 26, of Dunkirk for the alleged stabbing death of 15-year-old Jefrena Brown. The OBSERVER spoke with Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson and was told that a conference with the court was scheduled this ...

Consultants selected for NRG redevelopment study

Bergman Associates from Buffalo has been chosen to move forward as consultants on the NRG Redevelopment Alternative and Feasibility Study, according to an announcement made by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed on Wednesday. The study will look at all facets of the project and determine at least three ...

South county crashes claim two lives

NORTH HARMONY — Two separate rollover crashes claimed the lives of two drivers in the town of North Harmony on Wednesday. The crashes kept first responders — including volunteer firefighters, Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies and fire police — busy for most of the morning and early ...

‘A will to succeed’

Ten excited young people marched into the Dunkirk High School Auditorium Tuesday and left with smiles on their faces as they walked out graduates. Prior to the regular meeting of the Dunkirk Board of Education, a small ceremony was held to honor a group of kids who graduated from high school ...

Tombstone found near Evans along beach

OBSERVER Staff Report Normally, a beach cleanup involves the usual suspects: Trash, plastics, some tires as well as plenty of driftwood. But last Friday, a group cleaning near Evans with Sharen Trembath, Lake Erie Coordinator of the Great Lakes Beach Sweep, retrieved an item never found ...

Planning board votes down wind project referral

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Planning Board had to repeat an action it took last year. On Tuesday, the planning board voted to disapprove the town of Villenova’s zoning referral for the Ball Hill Wind Energy project. In July 2018, the planning board also disapproved of the town’s ...

Fredonia board hears of Wheelock updates

Student safety remains a top priority in the Fredonia Central School district, as several new updates to Wheelock Primary School were the focus of the latest meeting of the district’s board of education. The board approved two change orders for the 2017 capital project, both involving the ...

DOT sets hearing on Route 60 project

Special to the OBSERVER SINCLAIRVILLE — The New York state Department of Transportation will host a public information meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. about a proposed paving project scheduled to begin next spring on state Route 60 in the towns of Charlotte, Gerry and ...

Fredonia board removes administrator references

After hearing some criticism about it, the Fredonia Board of Trustees voted 3-2 at its Monday meeting to remove all references to a village administrator from the village code. The trustees who voted for the law removing the language, as well as Mayor Athanasia Landis, all made statements in ...

Local scoutmaster, Highlands Council named in suit

The Allegheny Highlands Council Inc. Boy Scouts of America, Donald C. Shriver of Lakewood and the Boy Scouts of America Inc., Irving, Texas, are being sued in state Supreme Court in Chautauqua County. According to the lawsuit, which was filed Friday, the plaintiff is the parent and natural ...

Dunkirk parish tied to abuse case

A former student at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic School in Dunkirk claims she was sexually abused by a Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church pastor starting at the age of 5. In a Child Victims Act lawsuit filed Monday in state Supreme Court in Erie County, the plaintiff, referred to as PB-5 Doe, ...

Dale Drive shoulder paving project done

CASSADAGA — The Village of Cassadaga and the civic group, Citizens for a Better Cassadaga (CBC), are happy to announce the much-anticipated shoulder paving of Dale Drive has been completed. This project, over two years in planning and development, was funded by a New York State grant and ...