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Creativity can be an engine for county

Talk about having an identity crisis. When many residents in Western New York hear the term Capital Region, the first thing they may think about is Albany and state politics. That is not how Maureen Sager, executive director of the Alliance for the Creative Economy, would want us or anyone ...

Wave of success continues for Great Lakes Experience

Get ready to celebrate our waterfront on Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the sixth Great Lakes Experience will take place in Memorial Park in the city of Dunkirk. This year’s event is part of the Spring Festival, which takes place at the park. “This special event targets all members ...

Borrello calls for focus on lake maintenance

MAYVILLE — County Executive George Borrello spoke to members of the Chautauqua Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency, a committee tasked with the possible formation of a taxing district for Chautauqua Lake, and told them to focus on in-lake needs. "If we truly want to continue what we ...

ROCK THE NIGHT AWAY: Music on the Pier returns

OBSERVER Photo by Jo Ward Music on the Pier is back and still going strong. Hundreds gathered in Memorial Park Thursday to usher in the summer season with headline band SFO — A Journey Tribute, out of Nashville, TN. The six-member band moved through hits such as “Faithfully,” “Anyway ...

Local WWII vets recall historic battle

June 6, 1944: D-Day, one of the most impactful military endeavors in the costliest war in world history. World War II still lives on in the memories of veterans, and 75 years later, visions of D-Day still flash in the minds of area residents. Ray Davis Jr., a 97-year-old veteran and Dunkirk ...

Cassadaga mayoral meeting set for Friday

CASSADAGA — A special meeting of the village board will be held this Friday at 5 p.m. regarding the vacant mayoral position in the village. Village Clerk Roxanne Astry made the announcement during her comments to the board. “Terry Seibert could not make it to this meeting, she’s ...

Recalling area heroes who fought at Normandy 75 years ago

Earlier this week, one of Fredonia’s most popular residents reached out to the OBSERVER to recall a memory of World War II. Charles St. George was at the Battle of Iwo Jima while serving on the USS Alaska and happened to see the ship his brother was stationed on passing through. He asked ...

Hearing held for city stabbing suspect

The fate of the perpetrator in the May stabbing death of 15-year-old Jefrena Brown is likely to rest in the hands of the grand jury. A preliminary hearing for Ashlyann M. Lopez-Lopez, held this week, brought before Judge John Kuzdale in Dunkirk City Court to rule whether there was enough ...

Work on Prospect Street begins

PERRYSBURG — Construction has officially begun on Prospect Street in the town as of June 3, according to a press release from Perrysburg Town Supervisor Jennifer Dabolt. In the release, Dabolt noted the tentative schedule for the construction, as well as other helpful information. ...

Floating stage delivered to new Mayville home

MAYVILLE — The floating stage for the Chautauqua Lake Pops by the Shore summer concert series made its grand entrance Wednesday. Despite a brief delay due to the weather, the stage was towed by two boats to its new summer home in the village of Mayville. The concert series will operate ...

Councilman, resident spar over section improved in ’11

A section of the pier was a point of contention at Dunkirk’s Common Council meeting Tuesday. Fourth Ward Councilman Mike Civiletto brought up statements made by Nancy Nichols at the last council meeting. The comments were made in regards to a portion of the pier that was improved upon by ...

Busti woman pleads guilty to manslaughter

OBSERVER Staff Report LITTLE VALLEY — A Busti woman has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of a man found in Cattaraugus County last year. The plea on behalf of 74-year-old Marylou Johnson was made Monday in Cattaraugus County Court in Little Valley, the District ...

Summer Wind, docks in need of repairs

CELORON — An iconic cruiser of Chautauqua Lake will need repairs before the start of the season later this month. The Summer Wind, which has called Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron home since July 1998, sustained damage Saturday when a series of storms moved through Chautauqua ...

Fredonia board approves short-term food truck licenses

Food trucks that want to set up shop in Fredonia will now have an option for a short-term license. The village Board of Trustees voted 3-1 on Monday to alter the food truck code it passed just last year. Food trucks can now apply for a $50 permit that will let them set up shop for one day, at ...

Meeting closed over potential JCC land buy

Closing the meeting to the public first, the Chautauqua County Planning Board talked about the potential acquisition of land for Jamestown Community College soccer fields at Tuesday’s meeting in Dunkirk. JCC’s president, Daniel DeMarte, began his presentation about the plan by asking if ...

Buzz around Cassadaga Beach

CASSADAGA — With summer fast approaching, the village has been hard at work aiming to get Cassadaga Beach open for the public. Trustee Cindy Flaherty began her report with some unfortunate news regarding the village triathalon. “We had 30 students from Maple Avenue Academy come and rake ...

Vote coming on altered Brooks proposal

The Fredonia Planning Board is tentatively set to vote next week on an altered Brooks-TLC Hospital System proposal for an East Main Street facility, changed to include a second entrance on Route 60. According to notices on the village website that were also sent to the OBSERVER, the board ...

Jobs grow in NYS; numbers less than national rate

Private sector job growth is growing in New York state, but the rate of growth is less than the national rate and job growth is still lagging in the state’s rural areas compared to the New York City area. The April jobs report, released recently by the state Labor Department, did provide ...

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 ...