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Dunkirk woman calls for city landlord registry

Concerned citizen Jeanette Delgado brought up the idea of a city-wide landlord registry at Dunkirk’s Common Council meeting Tuesday. “Fredonia does have a landlord registry, unfortunately Dunkirk still does not,” Delgado pointed out. “It causes an issue when it comes to retaining ...

Oh, say can you see

At an average resale market price of about $6,000 each, tickets to Super Bowl LIV were unattainable for most fans this year. However, U.S. Army Sgt. Kilian Abers, a native of Leon, not only scored tickets to the big game but was actually a part of the most important pre-game event: The singing ...

Orange Bowl getting a new scoreboard

The Orange Bowl is getting a new scoreboard. The Fredonia Beaver Club donated $18,900 to the school district for a new scoreboard at the home of Fredonia High School’s football teams on West Main Street. The Fredonia Board of Education accepted the donation at its recent meeting. At 18 ...

Lakeshore closed, officials upset

Louis Pelletter, Silver Creek Historian and Hanover Deputy Supervisor, shared his passionate feelings about Lakeshore Hospital’s closing at the Silver Creek board meeting on Monday. The historian began with saying how families in the community built the hospital to be there for the ...

County Officials unclear about governor’s Medicaid plans

New York state county officials are still unclear how potential changes by state officials to Medicaid will impact their budgets. Last week, the New York State Associations of Counties (NYSAC) held its annual legislative conference in Albany, inviting leaders from every county in the state to ...

Barn fire in Cherry Creek

Several volunteer firefighters were summoned Sunday night to a fire that broke out in a barn. The blaze at 1710 Thornton Road in Cherry Creek was reported sometime around 6 p.m. First responders from multiple surrounding departments were called to the scene.

EARLY SPRING!

Dunkirk Dave did not see his shadow Sunday morning — which means an early spring! Dunkirk Dave is the second-longest prognosticating groundhog. Over the years, 52 to be exact, Bob Will has been organizing the Groundhog Day event in Dunkirk. He says that Dave is right 93% of the time, so ...

Fredonia resident questions Bashaw appointment

Helen Ihasz, a concerned resident, spoke at the recent Fredonia Village Board meeting. Her issue was with the appointment of EvaDawn Bashaw as a village trustee. “I’m confused by the process that was used to appoint EvaDawn Bashaw to the village board on Jan. 13,” Ihasz began. “I ...

Gowanda board rejects letter opposing vaccine mandate

IRVING — While the first school board meeting of 2020 began with new changes to the board, the first half of the meeting was spent discussing old business from December that has become a sensitive topic among some district residents. The beginning of the meeting, which took place off site ...

Cassadaga Winter Fest debuting new events

Special to the OBSERVER CASSADAGA — The Citizens for a Better Cassadaga is pleased to announce its fourth annual Winter Festival, which will take place (with or without snow) on Feb, 8 and 9. There are activities for the brave, the chicken and everyone in between. There will be Winter Fest ...

Schaeffer’s term limit idea rejected in Pomfret

Term limits aren’t coming to the Pomfret Town Board anytime soon, judging by the chilly response to a comment from board member Christopher Schaeffer at the group’s January meeting. “Term limits are something we ought to think about,” said Schaeffer. He said he already had had ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Dunkirk Dave predicts early spring

Dunkirk Dave predicts a short winter for the third year in a row. He came out of his house and didn't see his shadow, so he was not scared. He enjoyed his pumpkin pie as a treat for his special day.

Paying some respects at forgotten cemetery

Citizens everywhere should adhere to and be guided by this very simple but important principle — all cemeteries should be respected and protected. Sometimes this principle is ignored. Such was the case with the West Irving Cemetery, located on Routes 5 and 20 in the Sunset Bay area of ...

Scout’s honor brings upgrades to city library

Special to the OBSERVER Earlier this month, Alex Cooley earned his Eagle Scout rank from Troop 267 at the Fredonia American Legion Post 59 in Fredonia. The master of ceremonies for the Eagle Scout Court of Honor was Cynthia Smith, Committee Chairman of Troop 267. Senior Patrol Leader TJ ...

Dunkirk School 5 Students of the Month

Submitted photo At a recent morning assembly, Dunkirk Elementary School 5 honored its Students of the Month for November. Principal Mr. Dave Boyda presented certificates to the students. A special recognition was given to Matthew Riedesel who was honored at a recent Board of Education ...

Lakeshore ER closing

IRVING — As Silver Creek Fire Department Chief Brandyn Griewisch spoke at a podium positioned in front of Lakeshore Hospital, one worker scurried quickly behind him to hand out copies of a new document she had just received while inside the facility. It announced the abrupt closing of the ...

Economy and savings, important topics for State of the City address

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas covered a lot of ground at his annual State of the City address Friday, delving into 2019 achievements as well as 2020 plans. A big focus was on the economy and the savings and revenues the city is gaining. “The new policies and procedures implemented when I ...

Study says Chautauqua among most affordable retirement counties

Chautauqua County is the second-most affordable county in New York for retirement, according to a new study by a firm that reviews financial advisors. SmartAsset’s study uses five factors for the ranking: Property tax, cost of living, Social Security income, 401 (k) statistics and pension ...

Miss America 2019 shares music, experience at SUNY Fredonia

SUNY Fredonia students and community members recently enjoyed the rare opportunity to meet with and learn from an innovative composer and classically-trained opera singer, who also happens to be Miss America 2019. On Tuesday, Nia Imani Franklin led a master class and gave a lecture on campus to ...

Lakeshore emergency room closing Sunday; rally blasts administration

IRVING — As Silver Creek Fire Department Chief Brandyn Griewisch spoke at a podium positioned in front of Lakeshore Hospital, one worker scurried quickly behind him to hand out copies of a new document she had just received while inside the facility. It announced the closing of the Lakeshore ...