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‘A real impact’

As the weather begins to get nicer, people are looking for more opportunities to get outside the house. And thanks to Sheila Hahn and the Dunkirk-Fredonia Rotary, some of those destinations, especially in Dunkirk, are a little bit nicer. Over the weekend, Hahn and the Rotary, along with ...

Fredonia’s budget approval reveals rift

Monday evening’s special meeting, which was televised only through the Fredonia Public Access Channel, said it all. When it came to the final approval of the 2021-22 village of Fredonia budget, Mayor Douglas Essek was on the outside looking in. Seated in village hall were the five trustees ...

Decision due in May on new city schools model

Dunkirk City Schools seems prepared to “get going” with a significant consolidation plan next month. Board members, during a Tuesday workshop held via Zoom, were unified in moving forward with an option that calls for splitting students up into developmental stages that include the ...

Westfield gets insight into Empire Project

WESTFIELD — AES Solar held a public webinar further detailing the Empire Solar Project, which has been in development in Westfield since 2019. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the AES company to the local community, and provide information, updates, and give the community the next ...

Town officials defend revaluation, explain options

MAYVILLE — Residents in the town of Chautauqua who feel their property is assessed too high will need to go before the Board of Assessment Review on Grievance Day to formally challenge the assessment. More than 100 people attended a special Chautauqua Town Board meeting Monday to discuss ...

Sky-high turnout boosts fire company

SINCLAIRVILLE — Proof that community support remains strong in the village was evident Sunday. The Sinclairville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 hosted a chicken barbecue fundraiser, an event typically organized more for the public looking for good food at a cheap price. According to Myron ...

State Supreme Court to rule soon in commissioner court case

A decision in state Supreme Court is expected to be made in the next couple of weeks on who will be the next Democratic Election Commissioner for Chautauqua County. On Monday morning, Hon. Lynn W. Keane, judge for the state Supreme Court Eighth Judicial District, heard arguments in the matter ...

In-person rates rising in Silver Creek schools

SILVER CREEK — As New York state Guidance continues to change in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Silver Creek Superintendent Todd Crandall continues to welcome students back to school at a pretty good rate. “Starting on Monday, May 3, approximately 86 percent of the elementary students ...

Dunkirk Public Works Director Randy Woodbury logs in on tree tidings

Dunkirk’s Department of Public Works director says there was “no wrong doing” by any city official or workers regarding the 2019 removal of a tree from a plot of land that is now privately owned. In a commentary piece published on Page A4 today, Randy J. Woodbury says he stands by his ...

Police issue warning on gatherings in village

Fredonia police are issuing a warning to residents and college students: parties and large gatherings will be facing scrutiny in the coming weeks. Philip Maslak, department police chief, noted in a news item to local media on Monday that state Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order regarding ...

City native marks 100 years today

A former Dunkirk resident is celebrating a significant birthday today. Mary Lynch Cummings was born at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk on April 26, 1921, to James and Helena Lynch. She graduated from Dunkirk High School in 1938 and received her teaching degree from New York State ...

Scholarships remember siblings lost to COVID-19

High school students in northern Chautauqua County and Gowanda High School who are considering employment in education or a closely related field can now apply for two new scholarships that are being offered in honor of Beatrice and Leon Price, respectively, both Dunkirk residents who recently ...

City weighs restrictions for dog park

Serious incidents at the city’s dog park could lead to some residents and pets being banned from the location on Main Street Extension. Last week, Third Ward Councilman James Stoyle questioned the issue involving a black and white husky mix named Vader and a black lab mix named Corvus that ...

Break, COVID-19 ‘not kind’ to Gowanda schools

GOWANDA — Superintendent Dr. Robert Anderson gave an update on the reopening of the school to students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As it stood last week, 125 students or staff at Gowanda are isolated or in quarantine due to COVID-19, while three sports teams, including varsity ...

Part-time firefighters to stay on in Fredonia

Part-time firefighters currently employed by the village of Fredonia will stay on, but the future of those positions should any of them leave is up in the air. “All three of the part-timers were initially full time employees and they continue to work part time,” acting Fire Chief Kurt ...

IN MEMORY: Falcon Club donates to Lakeshore

Dunkirk Falcons Club Director Jim Hofer presents Lakeshore Humane Society President Susan Styborski with a check while officers, club and Mikula family members look on. Pictured from left are: Dick Kern, Dee Dee Earle, Jim Sarzyniak, Styborski, Jim Hofer, Beth Hofer, John Bogulski, Linda ...

BLOOM project set to blossom again

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF), like many other groups, is slowly seeing a return to “normal.” After 2020 saw the pause of many programs, 2021 promises their return. One of the programs to look forward to in the coming months is NCCF’s BLOOM Front Yard Garden ...

Area student earns Ohio State honors

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jacob Lesch of Fredonia has been named a 2021 distinguished senior at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). “The Distinguished Senior Award is the most prestigious undergraduate award in CFAES, recognizing the top ...

Polish remedies focus of book

Hippocrene Books, Inc. announces the release of a new book written by Dunkirk resident and graduate of Dunkirk High School Class of 1966, titled “Polish Herbs, Flowers and Folk Medicine. Revised edition.” Taking the reader on a historical tour of herbs and flowers used in Poland ...

Brocton’s top students for April are announced

BROCTON — Brocton Central School officials have named the middle and high school Students of the Month for April. Nathyn Rodriguez was selected by the Brocton Middle School faculty and staff as Student of the Month for April 2021. Nathyn is currently an eighth-grader at Brocton and ...