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Geise presents IDA’s 2019 ‘report card’

Almost 200 new jobs and more than 650 were retained in Chautauqua County because of work done by the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency to assist local businesses in 2019. On Tuesday, Mark Geise, IDA CEO, presented a year-end “Report Card” to the IDA board of work done last ...

#myfredonia: What’s next

The winner of the Small Business Revolution, the village of Fredonia will be featured on season five of the Deluxe original series, which airs on Hulu and Amazon Prime. “The critical thing right now is for Fredonia businesses to go to votemyfredonia.com and access the application to receive ...

Part of Mixer Road closed in Forestville

FORESTVILLE — A portion of Mixer Road in Forestville will be closed until further notice. There was a special meeting called this week for the town of Hanover to discuss the emergency closure of Mixer Road in Forestville. The road is being closed due to the loss of the bank on Mixer Road ...

After 24 years, Dunkirk’s A Cab apparently closing

After 24 years of service, A Cab will officially be closing their doors as of Saturday, unless the company can be sold. In an email received from Jason Durward, owner of A Cab, he said the decision had to be made due to declining ridership, rising wages and other costs and ride shares, such ...

UPDATE: Borrello, Goodell to join union in Lakeshore conference

IRVING — State Sen. George Borrello and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell will be on hand Friday afternoon for a press conference that calls on the Brooks-TLC Hospital System board of directors to put a halt to closure plans at the Irving facility. Their call may be coming too late. As of Thursday ...

WE WON!

Fredonia was announced as winner of the “Small Business Revolution” competition, winning $500,000 to revitalize seven businesses in the community. With America voting on the top five towns, Fredonia was the top town throughout the whole week given to vote, according to “SBR” on its ...

Reed promotes bill to aid ID theft victims

The representative for New York’s 23rd Congressional District is supporting a new bipartisan bill to assist victims of identity theft when contacting the Social Security Administration. On Tuesday, Tom Reed, R-Corning, discussed the bill during his weekly conference call with regional ...

Unemployment on the rise in county

Special to the OBSERVER The unemployment rate in Chautauqua County has increased over the course of a year, according to preliminary information released Tuesday by the New York State Department of Labor. The local unemployment rate was 5.3% in December 2019, up from 4.8% in December ...

#myfredonia: OH WHAT A NIGHT!!

It's official: Fredonia will be getting plenty of TV time during Season 5 of the Small Business Revolution. In front of more than 450 people in the Fredonia Opera House and Performing Arts Center and another 150 outside the facility, the village is in full celebration mode. The crowd erupted ...

Empire State Winter Games torch relay kicks off in Gowanda

GOWANDA — On Monday, one of the torches for the Empire State Winter Games started its path in Gowanda. The 2020 Empire State Winter Games is a multi-day sports event hosted in New York’s Adirondacks from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. In its 40th year, the games will bring together athletes from ...

Dunkirk native returning to perform at SUNY Fredonia

At just 28 years old, Brandon James Butorovich’s acting career has taken him to New York City and beyond, and this week, he returns to his home town to star in TheaterWorksUSA’s production of “Dog Man: The Musical” at SUNY Fredonia. Butorovich was born in Dunkirk to Fredonia High ...

Rental registry proposed in State Senate

Registering rental properties has been a hot topic for more than a decade in Chautauqua County. County officials and landlords may not have much of a say in the matter if state Sen. Brian Kavanaugh, D-New York City, has anything to say about it. Kavanaugh recently proposed legislation ...

Department head meetings lead to divide in Fredonia

A resolution was put forth at the Fredonia Village Board’s workshop Monday in regards to department head meetings. Apparently there had been an issue with the meetings possibly being held after normal work hours for village employees which is normally 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mayor Doug Essek said ...

Twichell: Save Fenner House

Community activist Mark Twichell presented some ideas on how to save the Fenner House at the Jan. 13 Fredonia Board of Trustees meeting. “I would ask that the potential loss of a historic property in the village of Fredonia be treated with the same amount of respect and consideration as any ...

City seeks funds for retaining wall

Last week, members of the Dunkirk Department of Public Works met with representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the New York State Emergency Management Association and the New York State Division of Emergency Services about reimbursement for repairs to the destroyed railing of ...

Deer-scaring cannons make sleepless nights for Hanover neighbors

HANOVER  — Residents are pushing for a noise ordinance to be passed by the board to put an end to their sleepless nights during grape season. During September and October of 2019, a grape farmer in Hanover installed propane cannons on his farm, one on Holmes Road and another on Hanford ...

Jarzynski directing Gowanda Thespian Society for last time

Special to the OBSERVER GOWANDA — When the cast of “Our Town” takes the stage at Gowanda High School at the end of January, it will be the last time the Thespian Society members do so under the direction of John Jarzynski, longtime English teacher. Mr. Jarzynski is retiring at the end ...

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS IN ITALY

Now that the holiday season is over and I am back in school, I have decided to write about Christmas and the New Year in Italy. I’ll begin with the last day of school, which was Dec. 22. The night before, I baked chocolate chip cookies for the class (they loved them), not knowing that ...

EYES UPON THE EAGLES

Along Lake Erie and through our northern Chautauqua communities, bald eagles can be found near our waters and the skies above. This bird, to the right, was spotted in Arkwright — one of four seen on Bard Road. The photo was submitted by Rebecca Bishop of Cassadaga.