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Bob Woodward talks truth and Trump

JAMESTOWN — In the midst of “a governing crisis in this country” on the cusp of a presidential election, Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward had one question for the crowd of 500 at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Sunday: “Have we forgotten the lessons of ...

Proposed solar power project won’t go into Brocton

BROCTON — A proposed solar power project has pulled out of the village — and officials are looking at a moratorium on solar farms, similar to the one recently passed in the town of Portland. At its workshop Wednesday, the Brocton Board of Trustees asked Village Attorney Peter Clark to ...

City schools look to boost technology

Dunkirk City School District Technology Coordinator Jeremy Dobek gave a presentation at a public hearing preceding the board’s workshop earlier this month where he broke down how funds would be used from the New York state Smart Schools Bond Act, a $2 billion initiative put forth by state ...

FUN IN THE SUN: Dunkirk Beach Bash

OBSERVER Photo by Anthony Dolce World renowned sand sculptor Dan Belcher carves out Greek god Poseidon at the Main Street beach on Saturday as the city of Dunkirk celebrates its annual Beach Bash.

New weekend edition set for Aug. 31

A new chapter for the OBSERVER and its readers begins at the end of this month. Starting Aug. 31, the OBSERVER will debut an enhanced weekend edition with everything you look forward to in both your Saturday and Sunday newspapers. The expanded edition will be delivered to home-delivery ...

Sinclairville dissolution vote Tuesday

SINCLAIRVILLE — Sinclairville’s future as an official government is in the hands of its citizens. The vote on whether to dissolve the village of Sinclairville will take place Tuesday, August 13 from noon to 9 p.m. at the Sinclairville Village Hall, located at 8 Lester Street. ...

Former Housing Authority director calls criticism ‘unfair’

The former executive director of the Dunkirk Housing Authority is responding to a number of critical statements and practices that were discussed a board meeting on July 16. Rachel Braidich, in a prepared statement to the OBSERVER, outlined those items that came from residents and were not ...

‘Father Baker’ adoptee locates family, advocates for new law

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series. Part one was published in Saturday’s OBSERVER. Kristin Marsh Shepard was adopted as an infant and spent almost 20 years searching for her biological parents. She recently located both with the help of post-adoption search and support ...

‘Father Baker’ adoptee finds family, roots in Fredonia

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series. Kristin Marsh Shepard was adopted as an infant and spent almost 20 years searching for her biological parents to understand who she is and where she came from. A SUNY Fredonia alumna, Shepherd discovered that she has more ties to the ...

Dollar General addresses village about Gowanda location

GOWANDA — After months of waiting to hear directly from the horse’s mouth, Dollar General delivered a presentation to the village regarding their intentions to build a new store at a workshop preceding the latest village board meeting in July. Village Attorney Deb Chadsey led the ...

Heenan questions city on equipment purchase

The city of Dunkirk is now the proud owners of a weed harvester which they purchased in an 80/20 split with marina owner Charles Pringle. This bit of news didn’t sit well with Third Ward Councilman Shaun Heenan when it was announced at the Finance Committee meeting last month and he brought ...

Pa. teen drowns near Ripley

OBSERVER Staff Report RIPLEY — A Waterford, Pa., man has been confirmed as the drowning victim on Thursday evening near the Ripley Beach area. Around 6 p.m., the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Westfield Police and numerous fire departments and first responders responded to the area ...

Pier ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Monday

Dunkirk’s improved pier is just about ready to be unveiled to the public. On Monday at 10 a.m., a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place and feature city and state officials. The project-supported by funding from the Smart Growth Community Fund, a Buffalo Billion II initiative-provides ...

EERIE SIGHT: Storm clouds roll in

This photo, which was submitted to the OBSERVER by Paula Arntz, was taken around 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Dunkirk. It shows the storm which quickly rolled in from Lake Erie, creating a heavy downpour.

Negative spin builds against lake turbines

Right before the summer season officially began along the lakefront, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed made a stop at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club in Dunkirk. Though the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was a key part of his agenda, he also wanted feedback from the charterboat captains who were ...

‘A Quiet Place 2’ lands at Barcelona

BARCELONA — Get ready for the silver screen, Barcelona Harbor. The Westfield Town Board on Wednesday approved a location agreement with Paramount Pictures for use of the harbor, pier and "nearby streets and locations" to film portions of "A Quiet Place 2." Set to release in March 2020, the ...

UPDATE: 19-year-old drowns near Ripley

RIPLEY — A Waterford, Pa., man has been confirmed as the drowning victim on Thursday evening near the Ripley Beach area. Around 6 p.m., the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, Westfield Police and numerous fire departments and first responders responded to the area for the report of a male ...

Brocton, county officials discuss water leak

BROCTON — Village and county officials agree that teamwork helped soften the effects of a July 30 water leak that caused boil-water and conservation orders to be issued for the village and the town of Portland “The leak was actually not findable by eyesight,” Mayor Richard Frost said ...

‘Quiet Place 2’ to film at Barcelona

BARCELONA — Get ready for the silver screen, Barcelona Harbor. The Westfield Town Board on Wednesday approved a location agreement with Paramount Pictures for use of the harbor, pier and “nearby streets and locations” to film portions of “A Quiet Place 2.” Set to release in March ...

RO Foundation to celebrate 10th anniversary of fundraiser

Not everyone is prepared for the cost of unexpected emergencies that involve traveling to and from hospitals near and far. Rising gasoline prices, long-term hotel stays and meals can add up quickly, “And it’s even tougher when you have a mortgage and bills waiting for you at home,” added ...