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Fredonia eyes temporary police chief

Fredonia appears set to appoint a temporary police chief soon after Bradley Meyers retires on Jan. 3, 2020. The village Board of Trustees debated what it will do with the top cop spot Monday. The trustees agreed with Meyers, who stated the board should hire a new full-time police officer upon ...

Officials to discuss hospital closing today

OBSERVER Staff Report IRVING — A press conference is scheduled to take place later this morning to address the closing of Lakeshore Hospital. Coined “Keep Care Alive,” the press conference will address the loss of jobs, a timeline and the devastating impact of the TLC Lakeshore ...

Hospital union makes call to ‘Keep Care Alive’

IRVING — A press conference is scheduled to take place Tuesday morning to address the closing of Lakeshore Hospital. Coined "Keep Care Alive," the press conference will address the loss of jobs, a timeline and the devastating impact of the TLC Lakeshore closure, which is set to take place on ...

The finest cut

FORESTVILLE — One hour, 25 haircuts and $6,500 later, Forestville Elementary students once again proved that spirit, effort and determination are what matter most in their annual Bald for Bucks and Locks of Love event. Reading teacher Jennifer Dunn and fourth grade teacher Katherine Gorczyca ...

Opioid Court expands to Dunkirk today

OBSERVER Staff Report Starting today, the first Opioid Court south of Buffalo is now operational. As part of the City Court in Dunkirk, the new Opioid Court provides specialized services to Chautauqua County area residents suffering from addiction to opioids, a class of drug that includes ...

Auditor: Fredonia finances look fine

The village of Fredonia’s latest audit found its financial situation in good shape. Denise Velosky, of Johnson Mackowiak and Associates, gave a presentation about the audit at the Dec. 2 Board of Trustees meeting. “Our overall opinion ... is an unmodified opinion, which means it is a ...

Developer outlines plans for travel center

RIPLEY — The Ripley Town Planning Board heard a proposal last week to build a travel center on Interstate 90 at the first exit coming into New York state from the west. Rick Shuffield, vice president of real estate and development for the Love’s Corporation, outlined plans for a center to ...

Surroundings here are pretty wild

Chautauuqa County is full of buildings and bridges, excellent colleges, shopping malls and a system of highways to get us around. For the most part it is these structures that make up our everyday lives. But there is another area of Chautauqua County that remains rather wild and primitive. ...

Season’s Needings

FORESTVILLE — On Dec. 6, the Feast day of St. Nicholas, a day that celebrates the third-century saint who sold all his possessions and gave his money to the poor, a local 4-H Club, the Fredonia Star Riders, was counting on the generosity of the community to help the needy in their community. ...

Irving native Kyle Tarrant retires from Marines

Lt. Col. Kyle Tarrant announced his retirement from the United States Marine Corps in a recent ceremony at the Pentagon. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on June 15, 1992 and officially retired Dec. 1. Tarrant was born in Irving and graduated from Silver Creek Central High School in ...

Athenex outer structure complete

Athenex’s general construction is about complete, with the city of Dunkirk and its surrounding areas excited to see the long awaited employer begin production at its new Western New York facility. “We moved to the area to construct the Athenex project and quickly found a community that ...

Battery Point Villas construction to begin in spring

Special to the OBSERVER It appears a major Dunkirk development is on track for construction in the spring. Mark Geise, deputy county executive for Economic Development and Chief Executive Officer of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, together with Erie Land Development, ...

Westfield hears concerns about required vaccinations

WESTFIELD — Concerned parents are drawing attention to a proposed New York State law that would require children to receive the HPV vaccine before they could attend public school or daycare, Westfield Academy and Central School Board of Education members learned at a recent supplemental ...

Gowanda parents speak out on proposed vaccine mandates

GOWANDA — Known as the cervical cancer prevention drug, Gardasil, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, was approved by the FDA in 2006 and has since been administered to millions of boys and girls as young as 11 years old. Giving a child the vaccine, which is believed to be most effective ...

Barmore asks state to delay Green Light Law

Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore is one of 27 county clerks calling on the state to delay the Green Light Law until next October. In a news release issued Friday afternoon, Barmore said the state’s training for clerks offices was inadequate to ensure the integrity of the identification ...

Revolution team ‘impressed’ by visit

The “Small Business Revolution” representatives have left Fredonia — but apparently it left quite an impression on them. Erica Adams, who was joined by Julie Gordon in a fact-finding visit, told the OBSERVER, “We made it to about 40 businesses (Thursday). We were impressed with how ...

Battery Point Villas construction to begin in spring

It appears a major Dunkirk development is on track for construction in the spring. Mark Geise, deputy county dxecutive for Economic Development and Chief Executive Officer of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, together with Erie Land Development, LLC, announced this ...

Even at holidays, many living on a thread

Along Central Avenue, from about Sixth Street in Dunkirk to near the campus entrance in Fredonia are two sections of rope that resemble a clothesline. In between, are plastic bags that contain a hat, gloves or socks for winter, lotion and a message of hope and love to whoever needs these ...

Westfield votes ‘yes’ on $5.2M school project

WESTFIELD — Westfield Academy and Central residents have approved the capital improvement project that Westfield Superintendent David Davison proposed in November. The votes came in at 9 p.m. Thursday with totals of 216 voters for the project budget and 22 voters against the budget. The ...

With honors

The New York State Police has introduced its newest four-legged member. K-9 Kara is scheduled to begin training in early January in Cooperstown with handler Jason Cresanti of the State Police barracks in Jamestown. The 18-month-old Dutch Shepherd is named in memory of Trooper Gary Kubasiak, ...