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Chautauqua Leadership Network 2019 graduates celebrated

Submitted Photo Chautauqua Leadership Network welcomed the newest members from their 2019 class in a graduation ceremony on January 23, 2020 at Southern Tier Distillery. Each year Chautauqua Leadership Network conducts a yearlong leadership training program for individuals who live and/or ...

New trends, difficulties face farmers in the area

Here’s some food for thought: 87% of U.S. agriculture products sold are produced on family farms or ranches. Recently, the League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County held a forum regarding this issue. “No Farms, No Food. Getting the Dirt on Farming in Chautauqua County” included three ...

Welcome Ty and Amanda

Celebrating “Small Business Revolution” co-hosts Ty Pennington and Amanda Brinkman, hundreds of local residents rallied downtown to welcome them to the village of Fredonia Friday night. Amanda Brinkman is the Chief Brand and Communications Officer at Deluxe Corporation and creator, ...

Neither Chautauqua County nor NY getting 5 cents bag fee

Even though the county has opted out of charging stores five cents a bag, some stores have implemented the fee. “Cities and counties are authorized to adopt a five-cent paper carry-out bag reduction fee. This means that in these areas, a consumer will be charged 5 cents for each paper ...

SUNY Fredonia doubling down on retention efforts

Last year, 16% of SUNY Fredonia students left and did not return after the fall semester, but Dr. Cedric Howard and his team in the Division of Enrollment and Student Services are working hard to close this gap. At the recent meeting of the College Council, Howard, vice president for student ...

Concerns raised over expansion of governor’s powers

State Assemblymen Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, rarely finds himself in agreement with New York City-area Assemblymen Richard Gottfried and Charles Barron. But, on Monday, there were Goodell, Gottfried and Barron disagreeing — for similar reasons — with emergency legislation to spend $40 ...

Community Reader Day held at School 5

Dunkirk Elementary School 5 took part in Community Reader Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Thursday. At the school, lots of community members, teachers, community leaders and even police officers read to students from grades kindergarten through fifth. This event was part of Read Across ...

The Art Market to celebrate grand opening

If it feels like creativity is surging in downtown Fredonia, that’s because it is. In the words of Ted Sharon, owner of Main Street Studios, “This is such a great time to be alive and a great time to celebrate artists both locally, nationally and eventually internationally.” This is ...

Ex-congressman Houghton dies at 93

A man who represented Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties in Congress for parts of three different decades has passed away. Amory “Amo” Houghton Jr., led Corning Glass Works for nearly 20 years and later served nine terms as a member of Congress, died Wednesday in Corning. He was ...

Personal grudges stall important city issues

Everyone was seemingly getting along on Jan. 31 in Dunkirk City Hall. Council members Donald Williams Jr., Martin Bamonto, J.J. Stoyle and Nancy Nichols were in attendance and applauding Mayor Wilfred Rosas during his State of the City address. Rosas, for his part, highlighted a number of ...

County plans for Coronavirus Disease

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services officials reinforce that the risk for infection by COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) is currently low in Chautauqua County and in New York State, despite the confirmation of three cases in the New York City area. “Our ...

Five SUNY Fredonia students in Italy ordered to return to U.S.

A handful of SUNY Fredonia students who are currently studying overseas have been ordered to return home. On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the State University of New York’s and the City University of New York’s study abroad programs in China, Italy, Japan, Iran and South ...

Westfield natives describe destruction from storms

Westfield native Lee Davies and his wife Lori were enjoying spending their first winter south after purchasing half of a duplex at the StoneBridge development near Lebanon, Tenn. The placid setting was shattered in terrifying fashion early Tuesday when a series of tornadoes struck the area, ...

City resident: Many employees are related to officials

Relatives of people in city government was a hot issue during the public portion of Dunkirk’s Common Council meeting Tuesday. City resident Jeanette Delgado spoke earnestly about payroll of city employees related to Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas. The information was brought up at the ...

Let the ‘Revolution’ begin

OBSERVER Staff Report Lights. Camera. Action! Fredonia get ready for the spotlight. Crews from the “Small Business Revolution” came to town on Monday to begin working with the seven shops that will be featured in Season Five of the series. On the first day, show co-host Amanda Brinkman ...

Cuomo authorizes funding hike as NY coronavirus grows

OBSERVER Staff Report Effects of the coronavirus are moving closer to the local area. On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law a $40 million emergency management authorization for New York State’s novel coronavirus response. This appropriation will allow the state to hire ...

Brocton, Land Bank partnering to remove blight

MAYVILLE — Village of Brocton and Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. officials will be working together to demolish two blighted properties and renovate a third. The Chautauqua County Legislature approved last week a resolution to give Brocton officials 10 E. Main St. so it can be demolished ...

Charter proposals could alter city government

The Dunkirk City Charter may see some changes. At the city’s Common Council meeting Tuesday, two new resolutions for law changes were on the docket. First was one to reintroduce the appointive officer removal section in the charter that allows the Council to remove any mayoral appointed ...

Woman pleads guilty to health care agency theft

OBSERVER Staff Report BUFFALO — A Westfield woman pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court to charges of wire fraud and filing a false tax return. Alicia Raynor, 42, entered the plea Tuesday before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra Jr. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in ...

Fredonia project summarized

The Fredonia school district’s capital project, finishing up after three years of work, was summarized by Superintendent Jeff Sortisio at the recent Board of Education meeting. “We really nailed it with the bids,” he said. “To be fully transparent, maybe our original estimates were a ...