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Wonderful World of Women event set for Saturday

OBSERVER Staff Report Dunkirk’s Clarion Hotel Marina & Conference Center will host the OBSERVER’s first Wonderful World of Women event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Along with 35 vendors being in attendance there will be five presentations made during the event. Starting at 10:15 ...

Barcelona Harbor shines as film production commences

BARCELONA — Movie buffs and curious onlookers got a behind-the-scenes glimpse of “A Quiet Place 2,” which began filming Tuesday night at Barcelona Harbor. A crowd began gathering along Route 5 hours before cameras started rolling for the science fiction horror sequel. Many took pictures ...

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivor to visit Fredonia

Activist and advocate Cameron Kasky will be the 2019-2020 Maytum Convocation Lecturer and Williams Visiting Professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia. His presentation, “Be the Change: Tools for a Movement” will be given in King Concert Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 3 ...

Location still in question for proposed methadone clinic

Several sites have been looked at, but no final decisions have been made for a location of a proposed methadone in the city of Dunkirk. The idea of a methadone clinic was discussed this week during the city’s Common Council meeting. “It would not be a smart idea that the Dunkirk ...

Fieldbrook Foods plans $100 million project

The Wells expansion project is progressing nicely at Fieldbrook Foods in the city of Dunkirk, according to Mayor Wilfred Rosas. “The Wells and Fieldbrook project is continuing to move forward,” Rosas stated at the city’s Common Council meeting Tuesday. “We continue to work with them, ...

IN SESSION: Some schools underway

Tuesday was the first day of school for Payton and Joseph Allessi at Cassadaga Valley Central School. Payton is in 10th grade and Joseph is in second.

Crews set up for filming of ‘A Quiet Place: Part II’

BARCELONA — Filming for “A Quiet Place: Part II” appears to be gearing up, as crew could be seen moving things around at the Barcelona Harbor Tuesday evening. An industrial fan, several boats and several cranes with lights, as well as standalone spotlights, were in place around the ...

Progress made on Ripley gateway plans

RIPLEY — Plans for a grander scale gateway into New York state and Chautauqua County are making headway. A study is being done to determining the feasibility of establishing a gateway and commerce center. The center will also result in the development of a conceptual plan that reveals the ...

Fredonia hires new development adviser

The economic development adviser Fredonia hired just a few months ago is already moving on, and the Board of Trustees hired a replacement to finish out his contract term Aug. 26. Travis Gordon, from Buffalo consulting firm Urban Vantage, will replace Nate Aldrich. According to Village ...

Master of fitness

BRADLEY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Conn. — Master Sgt. Mitchell Smardz, 103rd Airlift Wing loadmaster, is no stranger to living a healthy lifestyle; working out is just one of the reasons why he wakes up every morning. When he had the opportunity to become a Master Fitness Trainer for the ...

Board learns of data breach, new initiative

A recent acceptance into a regional initiative from Harvard University and a data breach involving school software were the topics of discussion from Director of Instruction Joseph Reyda at the latest meeting of the Fredonia Central School district board of education. “I would like to ...

William Smock hired as P-TECH principal

Special to the OBSERVER New faces and a fifth cohort of students entering the P-TECH STEM College & Career Academy will do so along with a new principal for the 2019-20 school year. William Smock has assumed the role as P-TECH principal. The former Dunkirk City Schools administrator ...

New event coming to Fredonia

Fredonia’s getting a new downtown event. The Farm to Table Community Dinner was approved by the village Board of Trustees at a recent meeting. It will take place Saturday, Sept. 28 in Barker Common from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is a collaboration between the Fredonia Chamber of ...

Robert R. Palmer

Robert R. Palmer age 86 of Wardtown Rd. passed away Tuesday morning August 26, 2019 at home surrounded by family.Born in Blasdell NY the son of Richard J. and Elisa M. (Kahler) Palmer.Richard was an Army Veteran serving during the Korean War.He married the former Carole E. Wilson April 2, 1966 ...

A new kind of work

Jessica Johnston has built quite the unique career for herself over the last few years. Her claim to fame? An Instagram influencer. In today’s times, that is quite literally a job, and she does well at it. Her followers watch her photos for travel pics. She promotes everything from hotels ...

New streetlights coming to Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK — The village is inching ever closer to having new LED lights installed by NYSEG, according to Mayor Jeffrey Hornburg at the latest meeting of the village board. “I had an opportunity to talk with Mark Stifter from NYSEG,” Hornburg began in his comments to the village. ...

Red, White & Blues coming up

Festivals Fredonia, Inc., a not-for-profit organization run by volunteers, will be hosting its annual Red, White & Blues Festival that takes place in Fredonia the weekend after Labor Day. This two-day music event, sponsored by Fredonia Beaver Club and Three Chord Bourbon, takes place ...

Ex-undersheriff finds perfect job at college

Long before last year’s November election, then-Undersheriff Charles Holder, who was sitting in Brazil’s Craft Beer and Wine Lounge as voting results poured in, knew he’d be moving on to something new — something rejuvenating. Holder, who served under former Chautauqua County Sheriff ...

Local cadets participate in Civil Air Patrol Encampment

Four young men from Dunkirk Civil Air Patrol Squadron NY-351 recently participated in Civil Air Patrol Encampment at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, NY. Encampment, an annual, week-long event that brings more than 150 first time cadets together from all across the state, inspires ...