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PHOTO GALLERY: Boat races draw crowds to city

Thousands of onlookers made Dunkirk a destination this afternoon. In preparation for Sunday's Grand Prix boat races, a number of preliminary events were taking place on the waterfront. Here is a schedule of events for the two days: TODAY Boat test trials from noon to 4 p.m. Music The ...

City kicks off Grand Prix in style

Cloudy skies that threatened rain did nothing to dissuade the crowds that gathered along Central Avenue on Friday for the community parade that kicked off this weekend’s Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix Power Boat Racing. The parade began at 5 p.m. on Sixth Street and traveled down Central ...

Father Joe continues Italy hike with rest day in LaVerna

Making his way in Italy, Father Joe Porpiglia hiked an impressive amount of miles through the countryside and neighboring villages. On Aug. 10 he chose to take a rest day and enjoy one of the holiest sites on the trail. “Decided to make a rest day in LaVerna where St Francis received ...

Jackson, Campbell remember MLK Jr., mourn Franklin

CHAUTAUQUA — The morning after Aretha Franklin, American singer and Queen of Soul, passed away, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Joan Brown Campbell visited Chautauqua Institution to remember Martin Luther King Jr. But before the pair began their scheduled lecture, Jackson honored Franklin’s ...

Jamestown man enters plea of not responsible

OBSERVER Staff Report MAYVILLE — A Jamestown man’s plea of not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect after he killed a Jamestown man last summer has been accepted. Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson announced Friday that Brian Korzeniewski, 52, entered the ...

Chautauqua Center holds annual event for back to school

It was hard to miss the long line of families that spanned nearly two blocks of Central Avenue on Thursday for The Chautauqua Center’s Family Fun Day. This ever-growing annual event, which took place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Salvation Army Church, included a backpack/school supplies give-away, ...

District attorney again discusses budget with legislative committee

For the second consecutive month, members of a Chautauqua County legislative committee discussed the proposed budget increase for the district attorney’s office. On Wednesday, Patrick Swanson, county district attorney, again discussed his request to have the DA Office’s budget increased ...

Arrest made in Robo Mart robbery

A Dunkirk man has been arrested in an armed robbery that took place in the city last year. Dunkirk Police announced that Andre McQuiggan, 22, was arrested Thursday on a Chautauqua County Court arrest warrant signed by Honorable David W. Foley for the felony charge of second-degree robbery. ...

City prepares for busy Grand Prix weekend

Anyone looking to make a last minute reservation this weekend for the Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix is going to have a hard time finding a hotel with any vacancies. Nearly every hotel in Dunkirk and Fredonia is booked solid all weekend for the three-day event. Power boat racers from all over ...

County leads way in closed-door actions

Former Fredonia village attorney Sam Drayo recently brought to light an accepted practice by elected officials that is full of pitfalls for constituents. During one of last month’s contentious Village Board meetings, Drayo criticized the practice of holding caucuses. Normally, these sessions ...

Early-morning raid

OBSERVER Staff Report Three Dunkirk residents and one Fredonia man are in custody after a Wednesday morning drug bust at 527 S. Roberts Road in Dunkirk. Dunkirk Police and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant that had been issued earlier by city of Dunkirk ...

Dunkirk ready for annual Beach Bash

This weekend, Dunkirk will be hosting its 11th Annual Beach Bash in conjunction with the Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix racing event. The three-day, over-arching event, will feature live bands and defending World Champion Sand Sculptor Dan Belcher, as he builds three different designs along ...

Silver Creek exploring options for fountain repair

SILVER CREEK — The vehicle charging stations are up and running. All that’s left now is the posting of the signage. This improvement, which satisfies the New York State Clean Energy Communities Program, aided the village in obtaining a $5,000 grant. While that is good news, the fountain ...

ARRIVAL: The first boat is in Dunkirk

The first boat has arrived in Dunkirk for the Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix Power Boat Racing, set for this weekend. More boats are expected to arrive today, with a parade set for Friday and action on the water to take place Saturday and Sunday.

Four charged in Dunkirk drug bust

Three Dunkirk residents and one Fredonia man are in custody after a morning drug bust at 527 S. Roberts Road in Dunkirk. Dunkirk Police and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant that had been issued earlier by city of Dunkirk Court Judge John Kuzdale. The ...

Herbicide questions

Chautauqua Institution has filed a lawsuit against the town of Ellery and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for not providing a “comprehensive study” on the use of herbicides on Chautauqua Lake, a move the institution has described as adverse to the long-term ...

Priest with local ties accused of sex abuse

ERIE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania state grand jury report released Tuesday listed a number of priests within the Erie Catholic Diocese for alleged sexual abuse against children over the decades. One of the names found on that list has local ties. Father Chester Gawronski, a 1968 graduate of ...

Fredonia Board of Education interviews four candidates

The Fredonia Board of Education interviewed four candidates for its open position in an executive session at a Monday night special meeting. The four candidates — Lisa Powell Fortna, Julie LaGrow, Andrew Ludwig and Richard St. George — wrote statements that were read to the public by Board ...

Pickleball Association to initiate new courts in city

The fastest growing sport in the country is definitely catching on in Dunkirk. The Northern Chautauqua Pickleball Association is pleased to welcome pickleball players and potential players to the new courts at Wright Park this Saturday during Beach Bash weekend. From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, ...