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Class system upsets Fredonia parents

Concerned middle school parents packed the Fredonia Board of Education meeting this week, worried that changes to student scheduling include separating high-achieving students into their own classes. The separation of students by academic ability is called tracking, and the system came under ...

Man dies in tractor accident

An individual died today in an apparent tractor accident. Around 4:10 p.m. members of the Fredonia and Cassadaga fire departments, along with the Chautauqua County responded to 9208 Rt. 60 in the town of Pomfret for a report of a subject trapped under a tractor. Upon arrival it was discovered ...

Chamber of Commerce holds annual banquet

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet Thursday night honoring those who have dedicated their time and passion to their communities and the county as a whole. This year’s recipients have a lot to be proud of. “They’re honoring me because I do a lot of ...

City council candidates participate in debate

It’s a full ticket this year for Common Council seats in the city. With the exception of Second Ward, all the other seats are contested. At the League of Women Voters Meet the Candidates debate this week, eight people took center stage and hashed out their skills and thoughts over issues ...

St. George’s commitment ‘larger than life’

Gramps would have been proud. As Dr. Joshua Bald began the eulogy on Monday morning during a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony’s Church in Fredonia for Charles St. George, he recalled some advice from that respected man when it came to addressing a crowd and giving speeches. “Go from ...

Opioids driving up county costs

In a two-week period, Chautauqua County saw 10 babies test positive for opioids in a two-week span in mid-September. The statistic came up as part of a discussion of new and ongoing child and maternal health programs in Chautauqua County. A new program, paid for with a federal grant through ...

Fourth-graders spread kindness and charity, bottle cap by bottle cap

ANGOLA — “You’re beautiful.” “You’re good as gold.” “You’re as bright as a rainbow.” “You’re as young as cotton candy.” What kind words and what a kind way to start — or end — a day. At the Kind Kids Compliments store run by J.T. Waugh fourth graders, you can ...

Adjustments made to proposed county budget

MAYVILLE — The tax levy and rate will both increase after 2020 budget adjustments were approved by the Chautauqua County Legislature Audit and Control Committee. On Wednesday, the committee approved to increase the tax levy to $64,228,957, an increase of $2,317,810, or 3.7%. According to ...

Villenova dissolves planning board

VILLENOVA — Wednesday saw the final dissolution of Villenova’s planning board, in trend that’s growing more popular in small towns and villages around the region. “There is no requirement that a town have a planning board,” Town Supervisor Yvonne Park began. “If the planning ...

Heenan, Rosas debate city spending

At the League of Women Voters Meet the Candidate event Tuesday, mayoral candidates Wilfred Rosas and Shaun Heenan discussed several issues presented by the public. When asked about Heenan’s campaign slogan of “protecting our future” Heenan stated that he’s making a reference to a ...

Rosas, Heenan participate in mayoral debate

Races are heating up as the area nears election time, now only a few weeks out. “The city is on a path to what I feel is a large fiscal crisis,” Republican candidate for mayor for the City of Dunkirk Shaun Heenan began at the League of Women Voters Meet the Candidates forum Tuesday, ...

United Way, Job Corps and School #4 honor International Day of Peace

Special to the OBSERVER Something special is bound to happen when you bring older kids together with younger kids, especially when those older kids are taking on a mentoring or modeling role for the little ones. In recognition of International Day of Peace students from the Cassadaga Job ...

Cassadaga adopts policy, reviews laws

CASSADAGA — The Cassadaga Village Board examined several local laws at their latest meeting, while considering if one specific law should be repealed at a future meeting. “The amendment was made to local law #1 of 1986 last meeting, which has to do with the New York State uniform fire ...

State bill requires municipalities to maintain their websites

Legislation introduced recently in the state Senate would make it state law for municipalities to maintain websites. S.4908, sponsored by Sen. James Skoufis, D-Newburgh, would amend the state’s General Municipal Law by adding a new article titled “Municipal Websites.” The legislation ...

Health Board considers turbine regulation

Members of the Chautauqua County Board of Health are considering stepping up Health Department regulation of industrial wind turbines. At its most recent meeting, Health Board members discussed three potential actions. The first is a moratorium on construction of industrial wind turbines ...

More action sought regarding e-cigarettes

Board of Health want to see New York state go further in its efforts to limit e-cigarettes. Chautauqua County legislators on Sept. 25 declined to endorse a resolution of support for state legislation banning flavored e-cigarettes. Before that meeting, Board of Health members gave support to ...

Brocton OKs several school positions

BROCTON — The Brocton Central School district Board of Education approved several individuals for tenure at the latest meeting of the Brocton Board of Education. The board approved April Tye for a tenured position in the elementary special education area, effective Nov. 18. The board also ...

Sedota pushes for Fredonia reserve funds

Fredonia Treasurer James Sedota advanced his proposals for village capital reserve funds at Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting. Sedota gave board members documents outlining his plans for water and sewer capital reserve funds, but he offered no dollar figures Monday. “Everything will be ...

United Way issues appeal for winter coats

Special to the OBSERVER Winter and the cold weather are quickly approaching. The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County is appealing to all community members in the area to check their closets for forgotten clothes and winter coats, especially those for children. After last year’s ...

Jamestown man charged in fatal shooting

Special to the OBSERVER SHERMAN — A Jamestown man has been charged with first-degree manslaughter following a shooting early Sunday that killed a Mayville man. Police took 25-year-old Julio E. Montanez of Charles Street into custody after responding at 1:36 a.m. to the area of 114 W. Main ...