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Governments stay flexible during crisis

City Hall in Dunkirk and Village Hall in Fredonia are still open for the time being. As other municipalities around the area continue to shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic these two governments continue to function for the most important necessities their residents need. “City Hall is ...

Dental offices told to cut hours

Until recently, all New York healthcare providers have been considered “essential” and exempt from bans or closures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, since Tuesday, dental offices all over the state have temporarily closed for all but emergency procedures. On Monday, the ...

City student returns to U.S. from Italy

It has been quite a trip and experience for Dunkirk resident and student Kamaron Hillman. In August, she was featured in an OBSERVER article before her trip as an exchange student to Italy. She arrived to the country in early September and sent updates on her trip to this newspaper, which ...

Gowanda teachers helping during pandemic

GOWANDA — It was a relatively smooth day for the Gowanda Central School District, despite the extenuating circumstances. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gowanda and every other school district in the Western New York region has been forced into an extended break from in-person instruction. ...

Working plumber turns 90 today

WESTFIELD — As a young man, Westfield resident Charlie Chapman probably never dreamed that in his 80s, he’d need to show his driver’s license to prove his age. But according to his wife, Sheila, it’s not until Charlie shows his license that people actually believe he’s older than 70. ...

Area officials urge use of Lakeshore facility

With COVID-19 continuing to spread and state Gov. Andrew Cuomo targeting a potential need for additional hospital beds, state Sen. George Borrello and his legislative colleagues, Assemblymen Joseph Giglio and Andy Goodell, made an official request to the governor urging the state to utilize ...

Area officials urge use of Lakeshore facility

With COVID-19 continuing to spread and state Gov. Andrew Cuomo targeting a potential need for additional hospital beds, state Sen. George Borrello and his legislative colleagues, Assemblymen Joseph Giglio and Andy Goodell, made an official request to the governor urging the state to utilize ...

Reed talks cooperation, praises leadership

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed acknowledged on Tuesday our region and country are in a “unique time.” Reed, District 23 representative in New York state, said the national emergency declaration by President Donald Trump has freed up additional resources and enabled more money to flow in support of the ...

Dunkirk, Fredonia students grab assignments for long break

Fredonia High School had a different feel to it on what would otherwise be a normal afternoon. Cars filled the parking lot as students and parents arrived at the school to prepare for the end of the school year in an abnormal fashion. Dunkirk High School and all its elementary schools were in ...

Faith community gathers to address virus worries

JAMESTOWN — It’s not the first time the faith community in Chautauqua County has gathered to help those in need, but it was the first time the spiritual leaders came together to prepare for the coronavirus. On Tuesday, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located at 10 N. Main St., hosted a ...

Orange Bowl, building renovations eyed

An architectural firm retained by the Fredonia Central School District has started work on long-term planning for renovating district buildings. Young & Wright Architectural workers, including partner-in-charge Shawn Wright, spoke to the Fredonia Board of Education March 3 about their ...

Reopening Lakeshore proposed by local officials

Due to the briefing from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday, local officials are looking into using Lakeshore Hospital as an extra medical facility. Cuomo issued an Executive Order allowing the state to increase hospital capacity to prepare the state’s healthcare system to handle the potential ...

New York state bans visitors from nursing homes

In a press conference Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York state nursing homes can only allow “medically necessary” visits due to the fact that older adults are most susceptible to contracting the coronavirus. The ban officially went into effect at 5 p.m. on Friday. Since ...

Gowanda board OKs girls lacrosse fundraising

GOWANDA — While Gowanda’s girls lacrosse program has been in place since 2015, the program did not have its own fundraising account, a need students identified and brought to board members’ attention March 4. Five middle/high school students approached the board to seek their approval ...

Dunkirk, Fredonia declare states of emergency; city cancels meetings

In a letter received by the OBSERVER Monday afternoon, the city of Dunkirk has canceled all remaining meetings for the month of March including; Personnel Committee, Safety Committee, Economic Development, Finance Committee and Department of Public Works. In addition, Monday’s Common ...

Brooks-TLC issues statement on precautions being taken

Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. has activated its emergency preparedness team and is in frequent contact with the New York State Department of Health and Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human services on this public health crisis. "In an effort focused on prevention and the health ...

NY closing movie theaters, gyms, casinos starting tonight

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced a regional approach to combatting the novel coronavirus — or COVID-19 — throughout the tri-state area. These uniform standards will limit crowd capacity for social and ...

Officials say it’s time to ‘hunker down’

MAYVILLE — A state of emergency declaration Sunday afternoon and a recommendation from top Chautauqua County officials prompted schools to announce their closure for at least a month as concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus continue. No cases of the virus have been confirmed ...

Districts across area are halted by virus

Chautauqua County school leaders have mapped out a timeline regarding district closures. All districts will be closing to students on Wednesday with some shutting their doors to students as early as today. Most of the decisions came immediately after Chautauqua County declared a state of ...

‘Rely on experts,’ SUNY biology professor says

A State University of New York at Fredonia biology professor says the coronavirus poses a “significant threat to our community.” Ted Lee, in a statement to the OBSERVER over the weekend, said residents need to focus on what could happen and how best to prepare even though there are no ...