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Gowanda playgrounds to expand at Gateway Park

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Area Redevelopment Corporation, or GARC, has decided on the play structure it will add to Gateway Park. The park, which was finished in 2016, replaced a former glue factory then landfill to beautify the area near Palmer Street. Sean Christopher of GARC presented the two ...

Changes could increase testing

Legislation approved recently in the state Assembly would remove state English and math exams from being included in teacher and principal evaluations — but it could lead to more days of testing. The Assembly voted 133-1 to pass A. 10475 to eliminate the mandate that state-created or ...

SUNY Fredonia enrollment on the rise

Incoming student numbers are rising for the State University of New York at Fredonia as the next school year will likely break a record. The fall 2017 semester saw the second-largest incoming class in the State University of New York at Fredonia’s history. While the numbers will fluctuate ...

SUNY Fredonia graduates over 1,300; speeches focus on persistence

Some do it in 1,460 days, while others take a quicker or slower route. Some start when they are about 18, while others may start when they’re 58. However the more than 1,300 students did it, they all graduated the State University of New York at Fredonia and earned their respective degree ...

Man in photo ‘not that type of person’

ARKWRIGHT — For the last four days, Jake Szumigala has been defined by a picture that appeared on Page 1 of the Wednesday OBSERVER. It showed him within inches of another town resident with a look of anger, pointing his finger at the individual. He wants everyone to know, even Harold Ross ...

JCC holds 68th commencement ceremony

It’s May, meaning commencement season is in full swing for colleges. Jamestown Community College graduated its Class of 2018 with associates and bachelors degrees Saturday morning in its 68th commencement. In total, 475 spring 2018 graduates, 165 December 2017 graduates and 36 summer 2017 ...

Dayton finds out some funds in red but still gives raises

DAYTON — The financial numbers brought questions to the town board, employees and residents as some fund balances were in the negative, while others were in the black in May’s town board meeting. Meanwhile on the day the town board presented the third-party audit’s findings, two ...

Silver Creek second graders share those they admire

SILVER CREEK — Second graders can do many things. Those, around 7-year-old, students can make your day or “surprise” you in countless ways. In Silver Creek on Friday, the second-grade teachers held their second annual Real-Life Heroes event, where their students made presentations to ...

Wanted Dunkirk man nabbed allegedly with drugs

A Dunkirk resident, who had an arrest warrant issued by Jamestown court, is in additional hot water after being witnessed by the Fredonia Police Department in the area of Walmart on Bennett Road. Officers observed the suspect, Merle Smith, 36, of 532 Deer St., as he was entering his vehicle ...

Schools eye options after budget votes fail

As the results from Tuesday’s elections were revealed, Clymer, Ripley, Westfield and Gowanda school districts were without a budget. All four communities failed to support the respective school’s 2018-19 proposed budgets. Each district will present a new budget in June and a vote will be ...

Rehearing results in minor change to Cassadaga project certificate

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Siting Board) convened for a rehearing Tuesday in Albany and reaffirmed its decision to allow Cassadaga Wind LLC to build and operate a wind farm in Chautauqua County. The Siting Board released a 28-page document ...

Route 5 crash results in death to 91-year-old

A 91-year-old male who was airlifted via Starflight on Thursday died after colliding with a Chevy truck on Route 5 in the town of Pomfret near Van Buren Road. Emergency responders from local agencies were called to the scene before 2 p.m. for a two-car accident between a maroon Lincoln and a ...

Three charged in narcotics investigation

Investigation into possible drug activity led to a slew of charges against two Dunkirk residents and one Silver Creek resident on Wednesday. Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say they responded to 8 Henry St. in Silver Creek for a report of drug activity. Following an investigation, ...

$6 million announced for COI Head Start programs

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $5,680,993 in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs at Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc on Thursday. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and ...

Public education losing its affordability

State University of New York at Fredonia President Virginia Horvath remembers when a higher education at a public institution was affordable for just about everyone. When she was student at the State University at Buffalo, the tuition was $300 a semester. Horvath was quick to note in her ...

Tense situation

OBSERVER Staff Report Officers from Fredonia, Dunkirk, the FBI and the county sheriff's department were on Eagle Street Wednesday morning. A brief standoff Saturday morning in the village of Fredonia had area law-enforcement officers on alert around 9 a.m. The Fredonia Police Department had ...

Gowanda woman charged in making meth

OBSERVER Staff Report GOWANDA — A 38-year-old village woman has been charged in manufacturing methamphetamine after a search of a residence at 20 Frederick St. Sara L. Seeley faces third-degree unlawful manufacturing of meth, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, and ...

Reed shifts focus to mental health awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which was the focus of Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, telephone conference call with regional media outlets Wednesday. Reed said, in his opinion, that for many years mental health was not a priority when it comes to overall health care in the country. However, ...

Motorist transported to UPMC Hamot following Route 5 crash

OBSERVER Staff Report SHERIDAN — A Jamestown woman was airlifted to the hospital Wednesday after her car veered off Route 5 in the town of Sheridan and hit a tree-lined area near Harrington Road. New York State Police, along with Sheridan Fire and Chautauqua County EMS, responded to the ...