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New president named for SUNY Fredonia

Stephen Kolison, Jr., Ph.D., has been named the President of the State University of New York at Fredonia. Kolison currently serves as Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Indianapolis, which he has held since April of 2017. In his current role, he has planned new degree ...

Fredonia graduates overcome adversity

Fredonia's class of 2020 persevered and overcame adversity, graduating with their high school diplomas on Sunday afternoon. The ceremony was held at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, where a stage was set up, and chairs in front of it for the students. Families were behind the students in ...

‘Remarkable’ Dunkirk class cheered, celebrated

It was truly a landmark year for the class of 2020. Throughout the U.S., classes have dealt with new forms of graduation unseen in modern times, including drive-through graduation and virtual graduation. Luckily for the seniors at Dunkirk High School due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifting some ...

Group outlines ‘Complete Streets’ idea in Cassadaga

CASSADAGA — One-way streets, crosswalks and sidewalks could all improve the quality of life and safety of residents. Peter George, of the board for Citizens for a Better Cassadaga (CBC), recently visited the Cassadaga Village Board. He shared many ideas on how to improve the well-being of ...

Portland solar project expected to begin this year

PORTLAND — Abundant Solar Power, Inc. (Abundant) is one step closer to constructing a 2.5 Megawatt Alternating Current (AC) solar array project in Portland following approval of incentives by the Board of Directors of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) at its ...

NATURAL SETTING IN OUR BACK YARD

With our region slowly reopening, Western New Yorkers are hungry to get outside. For those who are searching for the serenity of a spectacular forest off the beaten path, where they can practice social distancing and enjoy nature, what better place is there than the College Lodge Forest near ...

Revitalize planting seeds of hope in city

Most of the community knows that Dunkirk’s brightly colored, downtown hanging flowers are a project initiated by Revitalize Dunkirk and paid for by hundreds of generous donors through the fundraising efforts of its Beautification Committee. Few may realize that the committee’s 20 active ...

Commentary: ‘Absurd’ actions delaying treatment

For those of you in the Dunkirk-Fredonia-Jamestown area who have read this column for two and a half years, I’m pretty positive that you’ve read my opinion on Methadone treatment and the clinic that we still don’t have. Three and a half years ago, OASAS (Office of Alcohol and Substance ...

West Point grad has ties to Dunkirk

WEST POINT — Cadet Kevin J. Dupuis, son of Mary and Michael Dupuis of Friendswood, Texas, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday, June 13. Kevin is the grandson of Natalie and Jerome Gavin of Dunkirk, New York. 2LT Dupuis graduated from Friendswood High School in 2016. While ...

Weiss Hardware to shut doors in August

Weiss Hardware in Dunkirk has truly stood the test of time. The business, started in 1932 by former Dunkirk Mayor Paul Weiss, has weathered 15 presidents, a world war and the rise and fall of buildings around it. Now after a masterful 88 years, their doors will shut for good in ...

Music on the Pier may move to park

Take note, Music on the Pier fans. If the city of Dunkirk is going to have concerts on Thursday evenings this summer, those events are not likely to take place at the usual location. Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas told the OBSERVER this week he is looking at possibly moving Music on the Pier ...

Local grad finishes med school, moves on to residency

Kaitlyn Crossan was a three-sport athlete at Dunkirk High School and the class of 2011 valedictorian. She earned the Younghans-Mirabell Scholarship to the State University of New York at Fredonia where she studied biology. She was a Chancellor’s award winner in their class of 2015 and ...

Field of dreams for Gowanda grads

GOWANDA — Despite a senior year that was abruptly abbreviated in March due to a worldwide pandemic, the Class of 2020 at Gowanda High School was able to cling to tradition for commencement and, with it, a sense of normalcy. Conferral of degrees at Hillis Field took place over five days ...

Silver Creek graduates cross the finish line

SILVER CREEK — Graduates of 2020 crossed the stage — track — Friday, earning their high school diplomas. Only half of the class graduated Friday; the other half scheduled to walk on Sunday. The administration split up the ceremony into four parts, by last name, so each of the graduates ...

Methadone clinic coming to Dunkirk

A methadone clinic has been approved for Northern Chautauqua County. During the Chautauqua County Board of Health meeting, Christine Schuyler, public health director, said Acacia Network has been approved to provide services in the Dunkirk area. She didn’t know the address, but ...

Gym owners wait for green light to reopen

Gym owners in the Dunkirk and Fredonia area are looking forward to reopening, though when that might be remains unclear. Ross Conti, owner of Darwin’s Health Club at 47 Water St., said his business — like many gyms across New York state — remains “blowing in the wind” after Gov. ...

Cassadaga Beach opening Saturday, a mark of summer

CASSADAGA — The Cassadaga Beach is opening on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The true mark of summer in Cassadaga is when the beach opens, which is happening this weekend. The lifeguards are going through orientation soon to be prepared for the swimmers. The Department of Public Works will be ...

Area senior classes get signature moment

WARREN, Pa. — This was no ordinary commencement ceremony. How could it be? Three weeks ago tonight, members of the Warren High School Class of 2020 traveled by car across the Kinzua Dam. At the mid-point, each graduate dressed in gown and cap was able to get out of their vehicle to receive ...

Solid as a rock

A rock solid effort by the Class of 2020 is apparent in the heart of downtown Fredonia. Earlier this month, five residents took the time last week to create a beautiful rock garden in celebration of the Fredonia High School graduating class. Displayed in front of M&T Bank at Main ...