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Proposed ban of plastic bags finds support locally

A proposed statewide ban on plastic bags has drawn questions as well as support from local officials and community members. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a statewide ban on plastic shopping bags this week, which would ban the use of single-use plastic carryout bags at any point of sale. However, ...

DPW director: Waterline saved in efficient time

The waterline issue that occurred last month in the city of Dunkirk that led to a boil water advisory lasted only 52 hours, thanks to a diver who was able to patch the pipe at 1 a.m., according to DPW Director Randy Woodbury. At the Department of Public Works Committee meeting on Wednesday, ...

Police release name of person found in Portland

PORTLAND — New York State Police say they are treating the death of a man found off Route 20 in the town of Portland last week as "suspicious." The announcement comes after 47-year-old Brian Heyden was identified as the man found Saturday near Corell Creek across from the town park. A ...

School safety

Fredonia Superintendent Jeffrey A. Sortisio updated the school board on his school resource officer, or SRO, findings. The board, with its budgeted $40,000 for the upcoming year, found out it’s numbers limit who it can hire as it aspires to get not only a security presence, but one who can be ...

Funds on the way for city road repairs

While the winter season showed no mercy on the city’s roads and streets, some much needed funds are on the way to allow for repairs. City Public Works Director Randy Woodbury informed the Finance Committee last week that the approved state budget includes funding through the Consolidated ...

Animal abuse registry to go before legislature

MAYVILLE — After a few alterations were made, a proposed Animal Abuse Registry is expected to be acted upon during tonight’s legislature meeting. The proposed law was tabled last month after some concerns with the law’s language were raised. However, Legislator Pierre Chagnon, R-Bemus ...

IDA announces departures, additions to board and organization

The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency is adding new members while saying goodbye to others within its board and organization. The Tuesday meeting of the IDA Board of Directors was the last one for Cory Duckworth, Jamestown Community College president who’s served five-years ...

Dunkirk mother concerned after child left after field trip

A concerned mother attended the Dunkirk Board of Education meeting, stressing awareness that another child doesn’t get forgotten like hers — after she was forgotten after a field trip. Stephanie Kubera stood at the meeting saying her daughter excelled in elementary school and middle ...

Dunkirk robotics takes eyes, ears in school board meeting

“Dillon” had a unique presence at the Dunkirk Board of Education meeting last Tuesday. He drew the eyes of everyone in the room and boasted his large claws and interesting use of a shoestring and duct tape. And he’s a robot. The Dunkirk Marauders Robotics FTC No. 13945 team demonstrated ...

Fredonia budget passes with no tax increase

Fredonia trustees passed a $10.1 million budget Monday evening — one that details no increase in the property tax rate. With the mayor’s $10.4 million budget proposal in hand, the village board through various budget meetings managed to trim just over $330,000 from an operating deficit ...

Westfield man dies after being hit by car

OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — A 65-year-old man has died after being hit by a vehicle on East Main Street in the village. Westfield police report Thomas M. Baideme, who was not using a crosswalk, was hit by a vehicle exiting the McDonald’s parking lot and heading westbound around ...

Seneca Nation businessman to go before State’s highest court

A Seneca Nation business owner will have his day before New York state's highest court on Wednesday to make his case that the state's taxes on cigarettes are illegal. The New York State Court of Appeals will hear White v. Schneiderman, in which Eric White, a member of the Seneca Nation, and ...

Body in Randolph identified as Busti man

OBSERVER Staff Report RANDOLPH — The male body found on Swanson Hill Road on Saturday in the town of Randolph has been identified as Wilfredo Rodriguez-Colon, 48, of Busti, state police reported. The body was found around 5:15 p.m. by someone who called police. The State Police Bureau ...

Autopsy scheduled after man found dead in Portland

PORTLAND — New York State Police said Sunday afternoon that an autopsy is scheduled on a man who was found dead in the town of Portland on Saturday. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation out of State Police in Jamestown responded to a report of a found unidentified male body off Route 20 ...

County jobs could be impacted by tariff talks

Roughly 1,077, or 2.3 percent, of the jobs in Chautauqua County could conceivably be impacted by ongoing discussions of tariff changes between the United States and China. The war of words over tariffs began when President Donald Trump approved possible 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of ...

Gowanda awarded for computer science program

BUFFALO — The Gowanda Central School District is receiving an award for its work in giving Gowanda students education in the computer science field. Teacher and Jamestown Community College professor Jim Reeves was in attendance at Buffalo State College for the award on April 10 as he ...

Westfield man dies after being hit by car

WESTFIELD — A 65-year-old man has died after being hit by a vehicle on East Main Street in the village. Westfield police report Thomas M. Baideme, who was not using a crosswalk, was hit by a vehicle exiting the McDonald's parking lot and heading westbound around 9:50 p.m. Sunday. Baideme was ...

Police: Body of man found in Randolph

RANDOLPH — New York State Police said the body of a man was discovered on Swanson Hill Road in the town of Randolph on Saturday. The body was found around 5:15 p.m. by someone who called police. The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded and is investigating the ...

Lake Erie Outdoor & Fishing Show ‘well-received’

Droves of people entered the Clarion Hotel Marina & Conference Center to educate, shop and enjoy the first-ever Lake Erie Outdoor and Fishing Show on Saturday. More than 700 people attended the event with many vendors and patrons giving positive reviews to the packed festivity. “Very, ...