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Village Inn full of holiday spirit

The Edwards Waterhouse Inn at 71 Central Ave. in Fredonia has a long history, as would be expected of a home built in the 1800s. The original house was built in 1850 by Francis S. Edwards, a U.S. Congressman. After Dr. John Waterhouse took possession, a massive addition, plus a third floor and ...

The gift of giving

Special to the OBSERVER SILVER CREEK — For the past two decades, Silver Creek Middle School teacher Jessica Kardashian has been coordinating an annual community project sponsored by the Lake View Community Association where she brings together local Boy Scouts to assemble baskets for ...

Fredonia family holding out hope for stolen Santa

The front yard of Jane Osborne’s Chestnut Street home is missing something — someone, rather — very special this holiday season. On Thursday, Dec. 5, her family’s four-feet tall plastic Santa disappeared from their front yard and has not been returned. This particular Santa is no ...

Professor rejected to be Dunkirk assistant principal sues college

The State University at Fredonia is being sued by a professor the university said couldn’t accept a position as Dunkirk High School’s assistant principal. Attorneys for Laura Geraci, an associate professor in SUNY Fredonia’s College of Education, have filed an Article 78 proceeding in ...

Former priest at Sinclairville church accused of sex abuse

A former priest at the St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Sinclairville is the subject of a Child Victims Act lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Erie County. The unnamed plaintiff alleges that Fr. Gerald Jasinski sexually assaulted, raped and committed battery against the child ...

PATRIOTIC SALUTE: In memory in city

OBSERVER Photo by Mary Heyl A bucket truck of BECC Electric hangs the U.S. flag over Eagle Street in Dunkirk on Monday morning. The special salute was before the funeral service for Edward W. Long Jr., who died on Wednesday morning in Fredonia. Besides serving in the U.S. Army in the Korean ...

THAT’S A WRAP: Children get gifts

OBSERVER Photo by Natasha Matteliano More than 100 children had Christmas come early Friday. Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County were treated to a visit from Santa Claus as well as plenty of gifts at the club’s annual Christmas party. The event was held at the ...

More regulations coming for reverse mortgage companies

Actor Tom Selleck can be seen on television telling senior citizens that reverse mortgages are a safe way to borrow money. New York state doesn’t agree with the company paying Selleck. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed A.5626/S.4407 into law last week to impose greater regulations on reverse ...

Fredonia will boost signage at troublesome intersection

After several crashes in recent years, Fredonia is going to boost warning signage at the intesection of Center and Risley streets while officials mull over further protection for the home at the intersection. Department of Public Works head Tony Gugino gave the details to the Board of ...

Hanover weighs solar panel issues

HANOVER — Solar panels appear to be a hot topic throughout municipalities in northern Chautauqua County. At the recent Hanover Town Board meeting, the zoning law for Sheridan was discussed. Apparently the current law was given to Thomas Gould, zoning and building inspector, to revise and ...

Santa Sheriff brings Christmas to families

Armed with carts and detailed shopping lists, 11 Cattaraugus County Sheriff deputies took to the aisles of Walmart on a special mission, to deliver Christmas to needy area families. Since 2012 the Santa Sheriff Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation has supported the program ...

TASTE OF ITALY

I think, being in Italy, that it’s about time to write an article all about the food! First, I will describe what I eat on a normal day and then note some differences between America and Italy’s food and what Italians think of our food! Breakfast is at 7 a.m. for me on weekdays because of ...

‘Revolution’ brings boost to region

As many local residents know, our beautiful little village is currently in the running for the number one spot of a show called, “Small Business Revolution,” a show that picks a well deserving town, and then showcases them for a season. Representatives from a company called Deluxe go out ...

Gift of reading, learning lasts a lifetime

Special to the OBSERVER The best gift you can give this season is knowledge, love, understanding, and nurture for your children, family and community. The Dunkirk Public Library, in partnership with the local CREATE Project, can help you deliver the perfect gift to everyone on you list. ...

Westfield-Mayville Rotary Names Three December Scholars

Three high school seniors were honored as “Scholars of the Month” by the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville during its Dec. 10 meeting at the Lakeshore Assembly of God Church in Westfield. The honorees and their respective high schools were Abigail Warner of Westfield Academy and Central ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Boys & Girls Club celebrates Christmas

More than 100 children had Christmas come early Friday. Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County were treated to a visit from Santa Claus as well as plenty of gifts at the club's annual Christmas party. The event was held at the club's headquarters at 704 Central Ave. ...

Gingerbread meets creativity

BOCES students gingerbread houses in the culinary program led by Dave Caccamise puts boxed gingerbread house kits to shame. These past three weeks, the juniors and seniors have been diligently working on a community favorite project — their annual gingerbread house building competition. The ...

Cockaigne seeks to re-open in January

CHERRY CREEK — No date has been set yet, but Cockaigne Resort will open for skiing once again in the new year. Jason Spain, Cockaigne general manager, said despite the long history of Cockaigne, which opened in 1966, state officials are classifying the resort as a new installation because ...

Substation work to cost $20 million

A multi-million project is coming to Dunkirk, strictly for the maintenance of electric distribution. For the last 60 years, an electric substation has stood at 106 Point Drive North in the city of Dunkirk and as time has gone by, the equipment is coming to the end of its usable lifespan. ...

Cattaraugus, Erie awarded regional economic grant funds

While Chautauqua County received state funding for 16 projects, including nearly $3 million for a vacant warehouse on Talcott Street, it was far from the only county to get financial assistance. On Thursday it was announced the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) ...