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Walkability study to be conducted in Ripley

RIPLEY — A walkability study will soon be conducted in the town of Ripley by the Chautauqua County Health Network, board members learned at their regular May meeting. The Chautauqua County Health Network, whose purpose is to identify and promote healthy lifestyles, will conduct the study ...

Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps holds awards banquet

The Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) awards program is held every year to celebrate any cadet who excels at academic excellence, leadership potential, extracurricular activities, excellence in competition, contribution to unit goals and outstanding service, and this batch of ...

Hazelton Memorial 5K returning to city in July

A 14-year member of the city of Dunkirk Police Department, Officer Matthew Hazelton is remembered for his hard work and devotion to his community and his family, who lost him to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on Aug. 6, 2017. Last year, the support and generosity of the Dunkirk Police ...

Iconic Massey Organ ready for season

CHAUTAUQUA — After an internal fire put Chautauqua Institution’s Massey Memorial Organ out of commission last year, concerns grew regarding the extent of the damage. Now, eight months later, the 1907 organ is ready to go for the upcoming 2019 season. Last August, a fire occurred inside ...

County 10th in state for living off Social Security

Chautauqua County ranks 10th among New York’s 62 boroughs and counties in a new nationwide study on the best places to live on Social Security. The fifth annual report by SmartAsset, a New York City-based financial advising firm, assigns a “Social Security Goes Furthest Index” number to ...

Gowanda bike festival arrives as theater nears restoration

GOWANDA – Though the faceless Hollywood Theater was in the midst of its restoration, it shined bright in the center of the Hollywood Happening on Saturday. The weekend-long motorcycle festival, which benefits the theater, brought thousands into the village to attend live music, shop at ...

Area veteran recalls camaraderie in Vietnam

SHERIDAN — Sheridan resident Joe White, 75, doesn’t always like to recall memories of his soldier days during the Vietnam War, but when he does, the most poignant moments reveal moral lessons of old. Having served in the U.S. Army from 1962-89, including a voluntarily extended 18-month ...

Amid ‘challenges,’ SUNY restructuring has critics

Beginning this summer, five joint task forces approved by SUNY Fredonia’s University Senate will begin a process that fewer than a dozen universities nationwide have undertaken: the restructuring of Academic Affairs into a new organizational model of multiple schools instead of traditional ...

North Collins history center, museum open to public

NORTH COLLINS — Eight grades of students with one teacher all packed into one room. Schooling from the mid-1800s to mid-1900s were much different than what today’s education system entails. North Collins’ one-room Schoolhouse No. 8, at 2101 School St., North Collins, still stands as ...

Maker Faire promotes creativity

Dunkirk Elementary School 3 found itself the host of cardboard robots and castles as well as plastic clothing fashions and wooden jewelry boxes earlier this week as it hosted its first ever Science Technology Engineering and Math — STEM — Maker Faire. “This year, 2018-19, Dunkirk City ...

Kennel Club event causes fairgrounds to go to the dogs

Today, more than 500 dogs will be competing at the Southern Tier Area Cluster Dog Show, which takes place today and Sunday at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. “It’s a great family event,” said Dawn Frew of Eden, who has been showing and breeding ...

Food truck issue is still on front burner

Fredonia officials want to make changes to a recently enacted food truck law, amid fears the measure is discouraging traveling cooks from coming to town. The resolution mandates a one-time license fee of $500 per year, with the same price paid no matter how many times the truck actually shows ...

Forestville, Gowanda care centers combine

Special to the OBSERVER GOWANDA — Starting July 1, the Forestville Primary Care Center located at 10988 Bennett State Road and Gowanda Urgent Care & Medical Center will combine operations to one single location at 34 Commercial St. In a news release issued today, the Brooks-TLC ...

County stays mum on turbine dilemma

They are already too tall to ignore in Arkwright. Villenova’s turbines will someday sky even higher while the towns of Charlotte and Hanover will soon be having additional towers erected for the wind-energy business. Is this what we, as Chautauqua County and Western New York residents, want ...

Family services meeting adoption needs

G.A. Family Services has more than 100 foster children who have been placed in caring homes of foster parents. May is National Foster Care Month and Kara Kloss, G.A. Family Services family resources coordinator, said they need to find foster parents to care for a foster child every ...

Village fountain nears completion

SILVER CREEK — One of the village’s reconstruction projects looks to be nearing the final steps this week, as Mayor Jeffrey Hornburg and the board unanimously approved the purchase order for Colley’s Pools & Spas to install AquaBright lining over the existing surface of the village ...

NEW PROJECT: Next STEL Project ready

Work began Thursday on the demolition of 120 Maple Ave. in the city of Dunkirk for the next construction in the STEL housing project. So far the property, close to the intersection with West Talcott Street, has been completely knocked down.

City stabbing suspect in custody

OBSERVER Staff Report The person wanted in connection to the May 15 stabbing of a 15-year-old Dunkirk girl is now in police custody. Ashlyann M. Lopez-Lopez, 26, was taken into custody Wednesday by City of Dunkirk Police around 5 p.m. on a warrant that was issued by City Court Judge John ...

Special Olympics has record-setting year

It was a record-setting year for the annual Northern Chautauqua County Special Olympics, which took place on Wednesday at SUNY Fredonia. Now in its 31st year, the event was attended by 430 athletes and over 100 teachers, volunteers and supporters who packed Steele Hall’s gymnasium for a full ...

Water line, wastewater project moves ahead in Hanover

HANOVER — Two major town projects have made further development, according to GHD Engineer Paul McGarvey, who updated the town board on the plant improvements at the latest meeting in May. “Phase 4 of the wastewater treatment plant improvements is wrapping up,” McGarvey began. “We ...