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Fredonia begins process of filling positions

The Fredonia Village Board moved a bit closer to filling the hole left by the sudden departure of administrator Richard St. George at its Monday workshop and regular meeting. The board hired former village administrator Jim Sedota to handle purchase orders this week, at a fee of $200. It also ...

Motorcyclist dies in accident

CHERRY CREEK — A motorcyclist was killed in an accident Sunday night. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, at about 6:45 p.m. Paul W. Diaz of Cherry Creek, was traveling on Farrington Hollow Road in the town of Cherry Creek when his motorcycle struck a vehicle backing out ...

Board discusses possible marijuana legalization

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Board of Health recently discussed how the New York State Health Department officially backs the legalization of marijuana after much deliberations and studies conducted on the costs and benefits of making the drug legal and more attainable. As a recent ...

County Board discusses dangerous food trend ‘Dragon’s Breath’

MAYVILLE — While no local cases of Dragon’s Breath-related injuries were reported, the Chautauqua County Board of Health recently discussed how the food fad may extend into more rural areas. During its quarterly meeting, the health board discussed various health concerns, including that ...

Gowanda capital improvement project a contentious subject

GOWANDA — The proposed capital improvement project for Gowanda Central School, which was initially voted down in May, was back on the table at a recent board of education meeting. Heated discussion among board members indicated that the proposed $31 million project may be facing a lot of ...

Finances on seniors’ minds

FORESTVILLE — Preparing graduating seniors for “the real world,” is not a task that the Forestville Central School board of education takes lightly. Each year between January and March, two or three board members meet with one graduating senior at a time for an exit interview to hear ...

Boat race festivities begin this week

From jet skis and pontoons to fish and speed boats, the shores of Lake Erie in Dunkirk attract a variety of watercraft during the warm season. But come later this week, the waters will welcome boats more fast and furious in nature — and unlike anything the city waterfront has ever ...

FREDONIA MAYOR SAYS IT’S TIME TO MOVE AHEAD

For the last two months, the village of Fredonia has been in “chaos,” according to Mayor Athanasia Landis, right. Today, in a commentary piece, the mayor discusses the long list of problems facing the administration as well as the recent resignation of a longtime administrator. “We are ...

Hanover town board to consider wind park amendments

HANOVER — On Monday at 7:30 p.m., the Hanover town board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting, which will be preceded by a workshop at 6:30 p.m. According to Town Supervisor Todd Johnson, the Ball Hill wind park vote is on the agenda at what is likely to be a very well-attended meeting, ...

Author, comic with area ties releases new book

From working as a paper boy for the Jamestown Post-Journal, to making a living as a stand-up comic, to rubbing elbows with Hollywood celebrities, to settling down in the coast of Maine, Johnny Remick has truly been “Here, There, and All Over the Place...” And everywhere he’s gone, he’s ...

CVCS capital improvement project underway

SINCLAIRVILLE — Cassadaga Valley Central School faculty and students will be enjoying several significant improvements when they return to school on Sept. 4. The capital improvement project for both the middle/high school and Sinclairville Elementary School is well underway this summer, and ...

Dunkirk’s finest

On Friday afternoon, Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas and Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano unveiled a plaque in memory of K9 Officer Matthew Hazelton, who passed away after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on Aug. 6, 2017. The plaque is located in front of the Dunkirk Police ...

Gowanda/Cattaraugus priest’s Italy trek underway

Gowanda’s Father Joe Porpiglia’s first week of his trek across Italy went very well, though he said it was hot he seemed to have a lot of fun. On day one he started out in Florence and ended in Pontassieve; it was a 14-mile hike of mostly flat land. “I loved the sanctuary (light) in ...

Yo-Yo Ma returns to Chautauqua Institution

CHAUTAUQUA — “Culture turns them into us.” Yo-Yo Ma, world-renowned classical cellist and 19-time Grammy Award winner, said those words on his return to Chautauqua Institution where he delivered a lecture that was combined with a musical performance and optimism for culture. Michael ...

Restaurant attempting to break world wing-serving record

BEMUS POINT — It’s not every day an organization attempts to break a world record in Chautauqua County, but the Village Casino intends to do just that by serving 40,000 chicken wings in 24 hours. The official Guinness Book of World Records attempt has been approved, and Event Coordinator ...

Unknown vehicle knocks over telephone pole

At approximately 2:45 p.m. Friday afternoon, a vehicle struck a telephone pole along Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk, near Shorewood Country Club. According to emergency responders at the scene, an unidentified vehicle struck the pole causing it to collapse onto the road, then fled the scene. ...

Webb family celebrates future Mayville Lodge’s progress

MAYVILLE — A luxury condominium resort is on its way to the village along the Chautauqua Lake shore, and more details were shared at a press conference for The Lodge at Chautauqua Lake on Thursday. Various dignitaries including County Executive George Borrello and village Mayor Marty Bova ...

Reed: Up to the people to determine Collins’ fate

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, said ultimately it will be up to the people to determine the future of U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins, R- Clarence, as far as being a Congressman. During his weekly conference call with regional media, Reed said Thursday it is up to Collins and his family to ...

Superintendent excited to bring on SRO

With City Council’s approval Monday, Dunkirk Schools’ Superintendent Dr. James Tracy publicly announced Thursday the district will bring on Steve Zentz as its school resource officer. Two candidates applied for the SRO position, and Tracy said Police Chief Dave Ortolano let the school ...

It’s easy to get hooked on Lake Erie

Surrounded by storm clouds above Lake Erie, Dances with Fish charter Capt. Ron Duliba went to work. Charged with overseeing a crew of novices — with the exception of Jeff Jondle of the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs — the Forestville resident was not fazed by the weather or ...