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SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: A different way to graduate

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About 1,200 students graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia in one of the quietest ceremonies ever held by the institution. There were no cheers, tears or hats thrown in the air. But the event was held -- as we have become accustomed to in the past months due to the ...

Campfire mishap injures man

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Fredonia Fire Department on Saturday said it responded to an incident where a man had fallen into a campfire on Temple Street in the village around 9:30 p.m. The first call regarding the incident was referred to as a panic attack. The individual had second- and third-degree burns and had to be ...

Forestville man charged with DWI after crash

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SHERIDAN -- A Forestville man is facing driving while intoxicated charges after a crash on South Roberts Road late Saturday afternoon. State Police at Fredonia charged Ronald L. McKillip, 44, after investigating a one-car accident before 7 p.m. Troopers observed McKillip, exhibiting obvious ...

South Dayton man’s vehicle theft drives charges

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LITTLE VALLEY -- A South Dayton man is facing charges after taking a vehicle from here to a Westfield auto dealership. Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies report Benjamin W. Burroughs, 24, of 7985 Kellogg Hill Road, took a 2020 black Dodge Ram from a driveway on Fair Oak Street around 2:30 ...

Three new cases today; county blames gatherings for spike

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It has been an unfortunate two days for Chautauqua County in terms of new coronavirus cases. On Sunday, the county Health Department announced three new cases, two young adult males and one female in her 50s. That takes the number of confirmed cases to 53 -- with seven in the last two days. ...

Police probing stabbing in Fredonia

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Police and EMS personnel were called to a Fredonia apartment complex this afternoon following a reported stabbing. A male was said to have a hand laceration in an incident reported around 3:20 p.m. at 100 Brigham Road. Fredonia police, firefighters and Alstar EMS responded to the scene. ...

Historic planes fly over Dunkirk

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A cloudy morning nearly prevented a historic airplane from visiting Northern Chautauqua County. The National Wartime Museum was scheduled to fly over the local area around 10:20 a.m. today, however some poor weather delayed their visit until Saturday afternoon. But as the sun came out, the NWM ...

NCCS honors grads

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For 2020 graduates, this year’s milestone celebration will most likely look very different from the usual format. While the tradition of walking across a stage in a cap and gown may be unlikely or impossible this year, that doesn’t mean local schools such as Northern Chautauqua Catholic ...

Sortisio resigns as Fredonia school chief

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OBSERVER Staff Report The Fredonia Central School district is looking for a new superintendent. Jeffrey Sortisio, who was hired by the district in June 2017, has resigned to take the top position in the Eden Central Schools. “Congratulations to Mr. Sortisio,” said school board President ...

2 on Gowanda School Board facing misconduct charges

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GOWANDA — During a Zoom meeting last month two school board members were heard cursing and appeared to be advocating laying off teachers because of the pandemic. This caused an uproar in the community, causing a petition for their removal. The community may get its wish. On Thursday, the ...

Brooks relocation to Fredonia still the plan

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A new Brooks Memorial Hospital is still planned in Fredonia, two village officials said during the village board meeting. Parent company Brooks-TLC was apparently in deep financial trouble even before the economic disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, and closed Lakeshore Hospital in Irving ...

Counties look to create subregion in reopening push

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MAYVILLE — Three counties in the Western New York region want to create a subregion for reopening the economy. Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel discussed Friday during his weekly press conference how officials from Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties have requested that the ...

PLL provides hope for Williams’ lacrosse season

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Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, there is no telling exactly when things will return to normal. With the health and safety of individuals of paramount concern, many professional sports leagues were forced to pause their seasons and are scrambling for options on how to return. Though a return ...

Dunkirk-Fredonia flyover now scheduled for 4:30 this afternoon

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This morning's scheduled flyover of Dunkirk-Fredoina by The National Warplace Museum was delayed due to weather concerns earlier. The planes were supposed to be over county skies around 10:20 a.m. Instead, the planes headed toward the Buffalo-Niagara Falls region. "Right now, it appears we ...

BUDGETS Getting spoiled in good times

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There is not much time for Boards of Education — and the public — to soak in the coming school budget votes that take place in June. It’s a changing situation, but one thing is certain: districts are desperate. Just like every other aspect of our community, lifestyle and economy, school ...

People’s column

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Bashaw brings village down Editor, OBSERVER: Fredonia’s three majority trustees have not changed. James Lynden, Kara Christina and now EvaDawn Bashaw — who was not elected but put in the trustee post — continue to make poor choices. Bashaw just happened to be in the audience the ...

Reopening guidelines need local input

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Over the past couple of weeks the people of this country, and this area, have been put in front of an impossible, and in my opinion totally made up, dilemma. Either stay safe and deal with an almost certain economic catastrophe, or open up the economy and face serious illness and possible ...

Gowanda’s ‘Happening’ not happening

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OBSERVER Staff Report For more than 20 years, hundreds motorcycles have ascended into Gowanda in late May/early June for an annual celebration involving music, games and more. This year, however, the event, which at one time was called “Hollywood Happening” and was later rebranded “The ...

Seven finalists named for 2020 Chautauqua Prize

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CHAUTAUQUA — Chautauqua Institution is pleased to announce seven exceptional books as the 2020 finalists for The Chautauqua Prize, now in its ninth year: “Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey,” by Mikhal Dekel (W.W. Norton) “What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness ...