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Hospital closure request getting attention Thursday

A meeting later this week could determine the timeline of the pending closure of Lakeshore Hospital in Irving. As of today, both the emergency room, which received a full renovation within the last five years and the behavioral disorders health unit, which was continuing to treat at least 15 ...

Prosecution rests in Lopez murder trial

MAYVILLE — The prosecution rested its case Tuesday in the Ashlyanne Lopez-Lopez murder trial. Lopez, of Dunkirk, is facing second-degree manslaughter charges following the stabbing death of 15-year-old Jefrena Brown. The trial, which began Friday, continued Tuesday in Chautauqua County ...

FREDONIA REACHES FINAL FIVE!

One more round. During a rally at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House & Performing Arts Center, the village became a Top Five finalist in the Small Business Revolution series to win $500,000. The doors opened at 6:30 a.m. The results were celebrated by a crowd of about 250. Streamed live, ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Fredonia has a week to win it!

Fredonia is a Top 5 finalist in the Small Business Revolution contest for $500,000 toward business revitalization efforts. Here are some of the scenes from this morning at the Opera House. OBSERVER Photos by Natasha Matteliano. Here's the article from earlier ...

Fredonia appoints new trustee, police chief

Fredonia’s Board of Trustees filled its vacancy and hired a provisional police chief for the village during a lengthy, often testy session Monday night. EvaDawn Bashaw, a former village trustee, was appointed to fill the position that Douglas Essek vacated when he was elected mayor. As for ...

Gustavus Adolphus Family Services closing in February

JAMESTOWN — Only 18 of at least 60 students remain at the soon-to-be closed Gustavus Adolphus Family Services Learning Center. Tom Holt, GA Family Services president and CEO, said the anticipated closure of the Learning Center and the Residential Treatment Center is set for Feb. ...

Ripley fitness room gets upgrade

RIPLEY — “The fitness room is up and running,” Ripley Central School board of education members learned from Superintendent William Caldwell at their recent school board meeting. The RCS fitness room, which is supervised by town volunteers and gives town residents the opportunity to ...

Officials seek meeting with Truck-Lite

Several elected officials say they have been reaching out to Truck-Lite following the company’s announcement last week it tentatively planned to cease production at its manufacturing facility in Falconer by the end of the year. Officials who have attempted to contact Truck-Lite for a ...

Annual Polar Bear Swim held

Silver Creek’s Firehouse was filled with excited on-lookers on Sunday, waiting for the courageous folks to jump in the freezing lake. With Lake Erie being at a chilly 37 degrees, the air at 32 degrees and the “Feels Like” at 21 degrees, it was an extemely bitter-cold afternoon for lake ...

New legislature leads to changes in committees

MAYVILLE — With a new Chautauqua County Legislature chairman and new legislators, there are new committee assignments for 2020. Last week, Pierre Chagnon, R-Bemus Point, was elected during the annual organizational meeting to be the Chautauqua County Legislature chairman. As a result, he ...

City planner summarizes progress of projects

Projects in the city of Dunkirk have been progressing well throughout 2019 and heading into 2020. At last month’s economic development meeting, Rebecca Wurster, director of planning and development, along with her team, reviewed the current grant contract agreements timelines and where they ...

Building that housed Hideaway Bay burns down Saturday morning

SILVER CREEK — Chautauqua County fire investigators were on the scene around 9:30 Saturday morning to determine what caused a former restaurant to be destroyed in a blaze that began before 7:30. Fire crews from Silver Creek, Dunkirk, Sunset Bay, Hanover, Evans, the county Emergency ...

PHOTO GALLERY: 19th annual Polar Bear Swim

Participants of the Polar Bear Swim for charity in Silver Creek experienced the icy lake temperatures this afternoon. OBSERVER Photos by Natasha Matteliano.

Special salute: Never forgetting those who served

Special to the OBSERVER The Dunkirk Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol participated in Wreaths Across America for the third year at Forest Hill Cemetery. The service started exactly at noon Dec. 14 as the local church bells sounded. More than 1,400 locations across 50 states ...

School 4 December Students of the Month announced

Submitted photo Front Left to Right: Dylan Neallard, Isabella Piede, Jayxander Borrero, Madison Baker, Ketzaly Medina-Montalvo, Jacob Kramer Back Left to Right: Kaden Hamon, Monica Casey, Kevin Lopez, Kiana Jessie, Illuminada Espinoza Gonzalez, Julian Gens

Historic suffragist had ties to county, Dunkirk

COMPILED BY THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY In November, the League of Women Voters of New York held a centennial celebration at the Buffalo History Museum. One of the suffragists featured in the exhibition was Elnora Monroe Babcock, a local woman from Dunkirk. She is the ...

Chicken, vegetable dish is tasty, healthy

It’s the time of year where many of us have made resolutions, and we’re looking for ways to stick to them. Your resolution may include better health, which essentially comes down to nutrition and lifestyle. You may be trying to keep a cleaner house. Maybe your new lifestyle is about ...

Hideaway Bay location destroyed in morning fire

SILVER CREEK — Chautauqua County fire investigators were on the scene around 9:30 this morning to determine what caused a former restaurant to be destroyed in a blaze that began before 7:30. Fire crews from Silver Creek, Dunkirk, Sunset Bay, Hanover, Evans, the county Emergency Services, ...

Thruway Authority discusses changes coming this year for toll boths

The Thruway Authority is modernizing its 570-mile transportation system by converting to cashless tolling, a $355.3 million project. THE PLAN According to the Thruway Authority, cashless tolling reduces congestion, improves traffic flow, is better for the environment, and allows for non-stop ...

Fredonia man pays off school lunch debt

A Fredonia resident has decided to pay all outstanding lunch balances. During this week’s Fredonia Board of Education meeting, it was announced that Pravin Patel has made a donation to the whole district. In honor of his granddaughter Alina Patel-Chhabria’s first birthday, Patel ...