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17-year-old charged in murder, manslaughter after fire

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CLARKSVILLE -- State Police this morning announced they have charged William J. Larson Jr., 17, on two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree manslaughter, a class B felony. The charges come in the wake of an early Thursday morning fire in this Allegany County town ...

Fredonia a finalist for ‘Small Business Revolution’ series

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Fredonia has made it to the top 10 for season five of the "Small Business Revolution." After reviewing thousands of nominations from across the country, a team from the "Small Business Revolution" selected the village of Fredonia to move forward as a contender in the next season of the Small ...

Legislature OKs agreement with largest county bargaining unit

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MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature has reached a retroactive contract agreement with its largest bargaining unit. On Wednesday, the legislature unanimously approved a new four-year contract agreement with the Civil Service Employees Association Unit 6300. The contract is ...

Rural Ministry ready for Thanksgiving

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In preparation of distributing their Thanksgiving baskets, several groups helped Rural Ministry meet the need. St. Anthony’s Church in Fredonia, collected more than 800 pounds of food during the weekend to help Rural Ministry with their Thanksgiving baskets. “This year we had 87 ...

Westfield to celebrate Christmas this weekend

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Special to the OBSERVER WESTFIELD — Christmas is coming early! Christmas in the Village of Westfield — A Dickens Holiday 2019 will take place this weekend, on Nov. 22, 23 and 24. With the village dressed in Christmas finery, this three-day family event marks the beginning of the ...

Fredonia starts water, sewer capital project funds

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Fredonia’s Board of Trustees approved capital reserve funds for village water and sewer projects. Village Treasurer James Sedota has sought the funds since soon after he took his position in 2018. He advocated them as a fiscally smart way of allocating millions of dollars of unexpended fund ...

Gowanda OKs Native American attire at commencement

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GOWANDA — Gowanda High School senior Tia Thompson has made a difference in how graduations will look and take place in this district starting this summer. On Wednesday evening, the Board of Education unanimously approved a proposal that would allow graduates the option to wear traditional ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Versailles Community Association fall bazaar Saturday The Versailles Community Association will host its annual fall bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center at 11703 Main St., Versailles. It’s a great place to find those special holiday gifts. Gowanda High School ...

Area police

Area police

New York State Police at Jamestown ¯FALCONER — A Lakewood man who has a history of driving violations is facing new charges after being pulled over on Tuesday. State Police in Jamestown charged Corey Reichardt, 27, with second-degree criminal impersonation, second-degree obstructing ...

Community news

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Brocton Preceptor Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi The ladies of the Brocton Preceptor Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on Tuesday evening, Nov. 12 at Grace and Abe’s Restaurant in Westfield for dinner, a short meeting and social hour. The Social Committee announced plans ...

Filling the Gap announces grant recipients

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JAMESTOWN — Filling the Gap, Inc., has announced its 2019 grants, awarding $93,065 to support people with disabilities and other socioeconomic challenges. Filling the Gap is a Jamestown-based not-for-profit that works with The Resource Center (TRC) and other organizations to support ...

Proposed bill requires firearm training

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Legislation has been introduced in the state Legislature that would prohibit police officers from carrying or using a firearm unless they complete a training course. Sen. Jamaal Bailey, D-Bronx, recently introduced S.6540A, which would amend the state General Municipal Law to require police ...

Ripley gets grant for new snowplow

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RIPLEY — U.S. Rep. Tom Reed on Wednesday announced a loan of $150,000 and a grant of $50,000 for the town of Ripley. The funds will be used to purchase a new snowplow truck that will help maintain the 88 lane-miles of town road during the winter. The grant was announced by USDA Rural ...

Gowanda Middle School releases first quarter honor rolls

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GOWANDA — Gowanda Middle School has released its high honor, honor and merit rolls for the first quarter of the 2019-2020 academic year. Congratulations to all the Panthers in grades 5 through 8 who achieved a spot on the rolls. HIGH HONOR ROLL (95-100 grade point average) Grade 5: Kyan ...

NCCF accepting environmental grant applications

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The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is accepting grant applications to the Northern Chautauqua Environmental Fund. Applications are due Jan. 10 by 4 p.m. NCCF established this fund in 1999 to bring attention to local environmental issues, particularly those related to Lake Erie and ...

Historical Society president to appear on City Speaks

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City Speaks will be joined this week by Jim Hurtgen, President of the Dunkirk Historical Society. Jim will fill us in on the upcoming events scheduled for members and guests of the Museum. Please join City Speaks to learn more about some of the fun and exciting happenings taking place at the ...

New Dunkirk VA Clinic ceremony today

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Veterans and their families are invited to attend the official ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new Dunkirk VA Clinic. The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. today with light refreshments, tours and VA health care enrollment opportunity until 3 p.m. at the clinic’s new location, 1170 ...

17-year-old now in State Police custody

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CLARKSVILLE -- New York State Police have 17-year-old William Larson Jr. in custody as of early this evening. Police will be questioning him after two people died in a structure fire in this Allegany County town early this morning. Troopers responded to a fire at 8472 Courtney Hallow around ...