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County upset Dunkirk Aviation won’t remove its underground tanks

Chautauqua County is being forced to pay for the removal of underground fuel tanks at the Dunkirk airport and officials are not happy about it. During the Chautauqua County Legislature Public Facility Committee meeting this week, Brad Bentley, the director of Public Facilities, discussed ...

Public hearing scheduled for proposed noise ordinance

HANOVER — The Hanover Town Board will hold a public hearing today on a proposed noise ordinance following ongoing complaints over the use of propane cannons. The public hearing will precede the board’s regular monthly meeting. Since last year, Hanover has been plagued with occasional, ...

Birdhouses take flight in Forestville

Imagine Forestville is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the richy historic hamlet of Forestville. Currently the group is participating in a unique fundraiser of selling homemade wooden birdhouses of various sizes and styles that can be ...

Lighthouse spins story of care, spirit at Westfield hospital

WESTFIELD — Amid the darkness of civil unrest and the coronavirus pandemic gripping our nation and the world, stands a beautiful lighthouse as a beacon of hope for those who need it most. Seen in front of Westfield Memorial Hospital, the lighthouse features the initials WMH along with the ...

SCOUT’S HONOR

While Boy Scout camps and other scouting activities are canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local Boy Scout Troop 267 is making the most of their time at home during quarantine. The troop is staying connected through Zoom. Weekly Patrol Leader Council meetings and Troop Meetings, merit ...

Bike use increases as result of pandemic

A lifelong bicycling enthusiast, Rich Goodman said he is excited by the recent uptick in bike sales across the country. Many have turned to cycling as means of getting around and exercising — two components Goodman believe are important in communities such as Dunkirk. So much so, he ...

Committee talks budget cuts due to pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Chautauqua County Planning and Economic Development and Industrial Development Agency to reduce its spending plan for this current year. During this week’s Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting, Mark Geise, the chief executive officer of ...

Fredonia looking at options regarding missing cherub

The cherub that tops the historic fountain on the west side of Barker Common was stolen last November and still no leads have turned up regarding its whereabouts. At the Fredonia Village Board meeting this week, a discussion was had over what to do next involving replacement if the original ...

Brocton building slated for demolition

BROCTON — The building that once held Cave’s and other shops over the years is slated to be demolished in July. “We have an engineer checking it out now,” Brocton Mayor Richard Frost said. “We’re hoping to have it torn down by mid-July. Other than that there are no updates on the ...

Toes in the sand

SUNSET BAY — The summer getaway in Sunset Bay is all set up for the season, with hundreds of beach-goers already starting to take advantage. Cabana Sam’s and the Sunset Bay Beach are up and running, of course, with new protocols because of the pandemic. The restaurant has been open ...

Accident reported at new Fredonia roundabout

An accident was reported Thursday at the roundabout in Fredonia. According to a street employee at the scene, a vehicle pulled out in front of a motorcyclist, causing him to react quickly, throwing the bike down. The man suffered a leg injury. Responding agencies were the New York State police ...

County seeks lost CARTS funds

Chautauqua County is looking to accept a grant for reimbursement for lost ridership for the Chautauqua Area Rural Transit System during COVID-19 and a second grant which will help rebrand CARTS to county residents. The two resolutions were approved by both the county’s Public Facilities ...

Stress levels remain high for downtowns

JAMESTOWN — Downtowns are nowhere near the hub of activity they were some four decades ago. Longtimers here have lamented that fact for many years. Brooklyn Square, a community gathering place for shopping and food filled with energy, was one of those casualties. In the 1970s, the federally ...

Salvation Army continues food giveaways

The Salvation Army in Dunkirk continues to give food away to those in need. A food giveaway is coming up on Tuesday. Over 10,000 pounds of food has been given away from the Salvation Army food pantry since COVID-19 made its presence known in the country. Thousands of pounds are given away at ...

Entertain a solution

SILVER CREEK — An effort to potentially bring a dog park to Silver Creek was discussed by the Village Board at a meeting this week. Caroline Mullen, president of the Hanover Little League, suggested the dog park when she talked with the board — which met via Zoom. Once or twice a year, ...

Bad vibes intensify

Dunkirk’s top councilman is losing all patience when it comes to dealing with the city’s chief executive. “I have zero respect for that mayor,” Councilman-at-large Paul VanDenVouver told the OBSERVER on Wednesday, a day after a heated Dunkirk Common Council meeting. “He thinks ...

SUNY Fredonia prepares plan for possible reopening

Interim President Dennis Hefner has put forth a proposal to Albany in regards to the possible reopening of the SUNY Fredonia campus this fall. “Members of the campus, including faculty, staff, students and administrators, have been working diligently on a plan for safely reopening for fall ...

Annual Laurel Memorial Run/Walk goes virtual

“Together we can keep the distance, to go the distance.” With that saying as their rallying slogan, organizers of the 24th annual Laurel Memorial Run/Walk are proceeding with this year’s events, though the pandemic is forcing changes in how things will be done. The Laurel Memorial ...

Adapting to everything

As restaurants begin to open to 50% capacity in Phase Three there was an array of feelings on what they have gone through since the shut down in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Amy O’Connell, manager of Fred’s, said everything went really well since the shutdown. “Take out has ...