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Training life savers

A new, state-of-the-art health care training facility is preparing to serve as a pillar of support for the Greater Chautauqua area. The Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES Health Careers Academy and Training Center will open its doors to health care professionals on July 22 at the LoGuidice ...

Man’s SAFE Act charges dismissed

OBSERVER Staff Report MAYVILLE — On Monday, Judge Stephen W. Cass of the Chautauqua County Court dismissed charges against Benjamin Wassell of Silver Creek. Wassell received multiple charges related to the sale of rifles and ammunition shortly after the New York Secure Ammunition and ...

Family Church to get new steeple this week

Progress has continued at Family Church Fredonia following the May 4, 2018 fire, and Wednesday will bring a significant addition to the building. At approximately 8 a.m., contractors will be installing the new steeple atop the tower, one of the final steps in the restoration ...

Gowanda woman leaves meth in police vehicle

OBSERVER Staff Report GOWANDA — A village woman, who allegedly attempted to hide a bag of methamphetamine in May in a police vehicle, is facing drug charges. Gowanda police assisted the Erie County Sheriff’s Department with a traffic stop on Aldrich Street. Erin O’Connor, 31, was a ...

Scholarship in memory of boy, 13, awarded to CLCS senior

Standing in front of Chautauqua Lake Central School’s Class of 2019, Aimee Rowe repeated one key piece of advice, always pursue kindness. For the last nine months, Rowe, her family and her friends have been spreading the importance of kindness following the tragic death of her 13-year old ...

Fredonia Grange names 2019 Service Award recipient

The 2019 Grange Service award was presented to Joseph Kwiatkowski by Mark Mackey, Grange president. Kwiatkowski has served as secretary, barn dance organizer and caller, and community sing-along director. The above activities include members, friends and guests of all ages and are considered ...

Sortisio addresses BOCES partnership

Fredonia Central Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Sortisio provided an update on the proposed Board of Cooperative Educational Services partnership for the district. “We are convening a team to review the opportunity presented to renew our partnership to BOCES,” he said. “We’re going ...

Street Rods Harbor Cruise brings a roar to the shore

The annual Lake Shore Street Rods Harbor Cruise brought a roar to the shores of Point Gratiot Park Sunday afternoon with over 700 unique vehicles in attendance, showing off both the power of steel and horsepower alike. The annual classic car show brings in a number of visitors from both ...

Dispute between Hanover neighbors continues as lawsuit looms due to swastika

HANOVER — A lawsuit over an offensive flag on display at an address on Hanover Road remains ongoing as the case prepares to head to court. The lawsuit stems from a series of disagreements between two neighbors, all of whom show no signs of letting up, and culminating into the pathetic marvel ...

Mishap on pier brings lawsuit

A lawsuit filed last month in state Supreme Court in chautauqua County in Mayville is seeking damages for health-care costs after an injury occurred in August during a Music on the Pier event. Dunkirk resident Judith Bohn names the city of Dunkirk in her filing due to an injury she suffered ...

Book illustrations draw on relationships

BROCTON — Few books have such a lasting impact as those read in childhood. While it may be difficult to recall the characters, author or plot details of a novel read six months ago, most people can recall — in surprising detail — their favorite books from childhood. From endearing ...

Where sex offenders don’t socially register

Sex offenders do not have to register Facebook accounts under state Correction Law Section 168, according to a recent New York State Court of Appeals ruling. At issue in the People v. Arthur W. Ellis Jr., decided late last week, is a clause in the state law that requires sex offenders to ...

Lights, sights from above

Dunkirk’s Fourth of July once again drew a crowd to the waterfront for music, food and fireworks. In the photo above, taken by Sandra Sheridan, shows fireworks above the Third Street train overpass on Central Avenue. At left is a photo submitted by Keith Crowelll of Memorial Park from the sky ...

Literacy Volunteers moving to Fredonia

Special to the OBSERVER Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County is moving their bookstore and tutoring rooms to 10 and 12 Park Place in Fredonia. The organization has outgrown their current location in Dunkirk and this new location will provide more space and visibility. Literacy ...

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Village sign gets an upgrade

Pictured is the newly painted and restructured “Welcome to Cassadaga” sign coming into the village on Route 60 South. Earlier this week, Cassadaga Boy Scouts and former Eagle Scout Justin O’Brien gathered to help relandscape the sign on display coming into the village from Route 60. The ...

Landis wants to end ‘wait’ in meetings

Call it Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis’ “Nobody wants to wait for 45 minutes” proposal. Landis made that statement at Monday’s Board of Trustees workshop in regard to the board’s work schedule. Currently, the board holds its workshops every other Monday, with its regular ...

Gowanda, Dollar General to meet

GOWANDA — The village continues to move forward in talks with Dollar General, with the company now seeking a meeting with the village board, according to attorney Deb Chadsey. “I received a call from Dollar General’s counsel and had a very long conversation with him,” Chadsey said ...

League of Women Voters fights for Equal Rights Amendment

The approval of just one more state is all that is needed to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment and more, thereby providing citizens with the highest and broadest protection against sex discrimination. Known as the Equal Rights Amendment ...

Michigan city has right idea with waters

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — This community of nearly 11,000 residents has a lot in common with our similar-sized city of Dunkirk. Located on the eastern shore of a Great Lake, it was once a bustling manufacturing and industrial corridor. And, it knows just how crippling lake-effect snows can ...

Silver Creek fountain work moves ahead

SILVER CREEK — The village fountain continued to be the hot topic at the Village Board’s meeting this week as the board approved the purchase of a lighting system and waterproof junction box, along with all installation hardware, from RingTru Fountain Spray Rings at a cost of $1,379. ...