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Sheridan VFW Auxiliary marks 30 years

Special to the OBSERVER SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Memorial Post 6390 Auxiliary celebrated the 30th anniversary of its charter on Saturday night, Nov. 9, along with the recognition of veterans, in the banquet room at the post. Five charter members were present and received white rose corsages ...

Gingerbread cake brings taste of holidays

’Tis the season for pumpkin, gingerbread, and all the other wonderful classic holiday flavors that make you feel as though you’ve gone home to Grandma’s house for the weekend. Those flavors that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Yes, we talk about this often, especially when it ...

Finishing touches added to Family Church

Just in time for the Christmas season, Fredonia Family Church is putting the finishing touches on their recently restored building, where the congregation has been gathering since it officially reopened on Sept. 1. On Tuesday, one of the last exterior finishing touches was completed: the ...

Thieves take piece of village history

It did not take Robert Booth long to notice Thursday that something was missing from the top of the West Barker Common historic fountain. Booth, who is a sculptor and restored both historic fountains in 1991, reported to Fredonia village officials during that day the 3-foot cherub, which is ...

Tree ornaments are ‘gift,’ message

WESTFIELD — In the 1930s, Grace Hopper stretched the boundaries for women by earning a PhD in mathematics and pioneering computer programming that was crucial to the Allied cause in World War II. She retired as a Navy rear admiral in 1986 at age 79. On Oct. 29, 2012, 15-year-old Malala ...

Breakwalls in city need reinforcement

During the recent Common Council meeting, Mayor Wilfred Rosas called upon Department of Public Works Director Randy Woodbury to report on the condition of the city’s harborfront walls. Woodbury explained that he, along with Fiscal Affairs Officer Marsha Beach and Director of Planning and ...

Portion of historic Fredonia fountain taken

The Fredonia Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in solving the larceny and criminal mischief regarding the historic fountain located in West Barker Common. The top portion of the fountain was removed by two subjects at approximately 2:20 a.m. on Thursday. The subjects came ...

Roll of Honor a tribute to residents who served

SILVER CREEK —A replica of The Roll of Honor was presented to the Samuel Cimino Post 6472 at the Veterans Day celebration by village Historian Louis F. Pelletter. The Roll of Honor was a tribute to the Silver Creek-area men and women who served in World War II The original board was 8 by ...

Gowanda OKs Native American grad attire

OBSERVER Staff Report GOWANDA — Gowanda High School senior Tia Thompson has made a difference in how graduations will look and take place in this district starting this summer. On Wednesday evening, the Board of Education unanimously approved a proposal that would allow graduates the ...

Police looking for city resident

The Dunkirk Police Department is attempting to locate a city of Dunkirk resident. The police are trying to find Anne Guziec, 54. A press release issued by the police department Thursday night states: “Approximately two days ago, Anne is believed to have been walking her dog, a brown and ...

Hefner’s leadership lifts campus spirits

Upon making his return to the State University of New York at Fredonia in the summer, Interim President Dr. Dennis Hefner was tasked with assisting the institution in three key areas: building enrollment, helping with the budget and identifying a new president. It was not long before another ...

Grant assists ending Seneca Nation ‘digital divide’

IRVING — The Seneca Nation is taking an important step toward closing the digital divide on the Cattaraugus Territory with a major investment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nation leaders were joined by USDA officials Thursday to announce a $4.3 million grant through the USDA’s ...

Legislature OKs agreement with largest county bargaining unit

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature has reached a retroactive contract agreement with its largest bargaining unit. On Wednesday, the legislature unanimously approved a new four-year contract agreement with the Civil Service Employees Association Unit 6300. The contract is ...

Rural Ministry ready for Thanksgiving

In preparation of distributing their Thanksgiving baskets, several groups helped Rural Ministry meet the need. St. Anthony’s Church in Fredonia, collected more than 800 pounds of food during the weekend to help Rural Ministry with their Thanksgiving baskets. “This year we had 87 ...

Westfield to celebrate Christmas this weekend

Special to the OBSERVER WESTFIELD — Christmas is coming early! Christmas in the Village of Westfield — A Dickens Holiday 2019 will take place this weekend, on Nov. 22, 23 and 24. With the village dressed in Christmas finery, this three-day family event marks the beginning of the ...

Fredonia starts water, sewer capital project funds

Fredonia’s Board of Trustees approved capital reserve funds for village water and sewer projects. Village Treasurer James Sedota has sought the funds since soon after he took his position in 2018. He advocated them as a fiscally smart way of allocating millions of dollars of unexpended fund ...

Gowanda OKs Native American attire at commencement

GOWANDA — Gowanda High School senior Tia Thompson has made a difference in how graduations will look and take place in this district starting this summer. On Wednesday evening, the Board of Education unanimously approved a proposal that would allow graduates the option to wear traditional ...

Student proposes Native American dress for graduation

GOWANDA — Gowanda High School Senior Tia Thompson may be the first woman in her family to receive her diploma while wearing her traditional Native American dress. Gowanda High School Principal Rebecca Moraites introduced Thompson to the Gowanda Board of Education at the beginning of their ...

Interviews ahead for Brocton-Portland code enforcer

BROCTON — Village trustees encouraged Town of Portland Supervisor Dan Schrantz to move forward with getting a shared full-time code enforcement officer for the two municipalities. Schrantz sounded a bit discouraged about the process when he visited the Board of Trustees meeting earlier this ...

Urgent care center opening Thursday

The new urgent care facility on Vineyard Drive is opening Thursday. Dunkirk Town Supervisor Richard Purol said at Tuesday’s town board meeting that there will be a ribbon cutting that day for WellNow Urgent Care. The company’s website lists its Dunkirk location as “Accepting new ...