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Seventh county resident dies from COVID-19

Another Chautauqua County resident, who was diagnosed with COVID-19, has passed away. On Tuesday, the Chautauqua County Health Department announced the seventh death. The woman was in her 70s and had underlying health conditions. Despite extensive treatment, she was unable to overcome the ...

VanDenVouver kicks Rosas out of meeting

Councilman-at-large Paul VanDenVouver asked Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas to leave the Dunkirk Common Council meeting Tuesday evening following two arguments. The first disagreement took place between First Ward Councilman Don Williams and Rosas when “Williams was addressing City Attorney ...

Officials assess wall along Lake Erie in Dunkirk

Local, state, and federal officials met on Tuesday to discuss the dangerous situation with the railing wall on Lakefront Boulevard in Dunkirk. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning; state Senator George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay; state Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown; and Dunkirk Mayor Willie ...

Boy and Girl Scouts adapt during the pandemic

With children all across the country forced home from schools and away from their friends as a result of COVID-19, scouting organizations have been presented with a unique challenge — how to remain connected without being permitted to meet. For generations, members of the Boys Scouts and ...

Misconduct issue grows in Gowanda

GOWANDA — Accusations of cover-ups and secrecy resulted in yet another tense Gowanda School Board meeting this month. Strong feelings were expressed regarding the special meeting held May 14, when Gowanda school board members David Barnes and Janet Vogtli were charged with official ...

School districts adjust plans for graduation

Despite a last-minute change in guidelines, local school districts are planning to utilize as much of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mandate that outdoor graduations could be held with a maximum of 150 people as possible. Last Sunday’s news of the 150-person limit was welcome news to administrators ...

Small steps bring nice donation

A veteran who walked all the streets of four villages has raised $4,200 for the Chautauqua County Veterans Endowment Fund. In April, Jon Espersen started walking all the streets of Fredonia to raise money for the Veterans Association. He ended up walking the streets of two more villages to ...

NCCS celebrates kindergarten graduates

Just like the first year of college or a new job, a child’s first year of formal schooling is an incredible learning experience full of new adventures and “firsts.” For many, kindergarten is their first experience of all-day school, riding a bus, eating in a cafeteria, and interacting ...

Small Business Revolution treks on

On Jan. 29, Fredonia gathered inside and out of the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, where Amanda Brinkman ran out on stage, signifying that Fredonia had won. The show continues production through the pandemic. According to the director of marketing partnerships, Julie Gordon, two weeks prior to ...

SUNY Fredonia in final stages of president search

The State University of New York at Fredonia is in the final stages of appointing a new president. It is now up to the board of trustees of the college to decide which of the three candidates will be the new president of the Fredonia campus. Members of the SUNY Fredonia College Council are ...

Fredonia Farmers Market seeing increased sales

The Fredonia Farmers Market has seen sales skyrocketing the last few weeks, to the point that they are practically selling out before 11:30 a.m. “It has been rapid as far as sales,” Anneliese Bruegel, market manager shared. “I don’t expect it to continue, it’s good, but not so much ...

OUR LAST MAJOR PANDEMIC

By Oct. 12, 1918, more than 600 residents of Dunkirk were already infected with the influenza virus, often referred to as Spanish Influenza or the grippe. Cases in nearby Fredonia numbered in the hundreds, as well. Brooks Memorial Hospital, in the former Horatio G. Brooks mansion on Central ...

Dairy farms bring boost to area economies

The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program is excited to celebrate June Dairy Month by sharing information about the economic importance and conscientious management of dairy farms in the region. There are more than 680 dairy farms in the Southwest New York Region, ...

Death of inmate in Brocton facility under investigation

BROCTON — The death of an inmate in the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Facility is being investigated by the state Department of Corrections. In a release to the OBSERVER, the department noted: “While it is standard protocol to not comment on an ongoing investigation, the Department is ...

A trip around Catt. County

SALAMANCA — One county, seven days, 266 miles: that’s Cattaraugus County resident Bradley Poole’s running goal for July 5 through 11. Perhaps the only thing more remarkable than such a trek is the fact that the person embarking on it is still alive and healthy today. When Poole was ...

Dunkirk finalizes graduation plans

Dunkirk High School has decided on graduation for the Class of 2020. According to a news release issued Friday, the annual commencement ceremony will be Saturday, June 27, on the turf of Karl Hoeppner Field beginning at 10:30 a.m. The event will be simulcast to parents and families by Cable ...

Local reps back transparency, vote against 50-A repeal

All three of elected representatives who represent Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties voted against a repeal of legislation that shields police officers’ personnel records from public scrutiny. The bill is among the legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday after their passage ...

Lights removed at Fredonia roundabout intersection

Although a lot of work still needs to be done, the roundabout in Fredonia is quickly taking shape. Thursday afternoon, the state Department of Transportation removed the traffic lights. Now, unless they’re stopped by construction workers, drivers will only use the yield signs there when ...