News

New policy announced regarding birth announcements

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OBSERVER Staff Report Due to changes at Brooks Memorial Hospital, the OBSERVER is announcing a new policy regarding birth announcements. Effective Jan. 1, Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc., Brooks campus, will end the practice of offering local newspapers the names of patients admitted and ...

Next minimum wage bump to take effect Monday

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Minimum wage increases across New York state will go into effect Monday, which includes a 70 cent increase from $10.40 to $11.10 for all New York state workers outside of New York City, Long Island and Westchester. This wage increase for Chautauqua County workers and other New York residents ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Dunkirk lists garbage pickup schedule Dunkirk City Hall will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 for New Year’s Day. As per the 2018 curbside collection schedule, rubbish in the Tuesday collection zone (District B) will be picked up on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Rubbish in the Wednesday ...

Gerace says proposed NY handgun law isn’t practical

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Outgoing Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace thinks a newly proposed handgun bill from State Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn, will not provide enough benefits considering how social media checks on those applying for a handgun permit in New York will affect residents’ privacy and cause larger ...

Ripley students finding success with math program

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RIPLEY — Ripley Central School elementary students, especially those in the sixth grade, have demonstrated a leap in math fluency since they began taking part in the Reflex Math program, board of education members learned at their regular meeting Dec. 19. “Student automaticity with math ...

JCC approves program proposal

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JAMESTOWN — The Jamestown Community College board of trustees recently authorized college officials to move forward with a proposed tourism and hospitality certificate program. The proposal, which was reviewed by the college’s faculty, has been forwarded to the State University of New ...

County land bank board discusses $2 million grant, future budgets

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The news financially is good for the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. for the next couple years. However, there is still an unknown about sustained funding from the state for the organization in subsequent years. Recently, the county land bank board held its regular monthly meeting where ...

Fredonia highlights completion of projects

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Through the efforts of Mayor Athanasia Landis and Department of Public Works Supervisor Tony Gugino, several long awaited public works projects have recently been completed, the village noted in a press release to the OBSERVER. The Eagle Street facility has been cleaned and organized. The ...

Rural Ministry volunteers serve on Christmas

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Over 50 meals were served by Rural Ministry’s volunteers who spent the day preparing, serving and cleaning up the Friendly Kitchen’s holiday meal on Christmas Day. “What a blessing to this community,” said Executive Director Kathleen Peterson.

Chautauqua Lake Watershed Alliance gets $1.5M in grants

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The Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance announced it was successful in bringing in more than $1.5 million for the majority of its consolidated funding application submissions for projects concerning the watershed and Chautauqua Lake. New York State’s Regional Economic ...

CLCS alumni speak on transition to college, military

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MAYVILLE — Each winter recent alumni of Chautauqua Lake Central School return to speak with current juniors and seniors about their experiences starting college or entering the military. In the Recent Alumni Discussion (“RAD”), several 2018 graduates talked about what they faced as ...

Focus points established for 2019

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Stephen Covey, an educator, entrepreneur and author of several books on leadership and setting goals, wrote in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “begin with the end in mind.” Taking the step to “begin with the end in mind” helps us be clear on our vision. This applies not only to ...

Building hope with LEGOs

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Students at Chautauqua Lake Secondary School, led by the Junior Student Council, recently collected over 200 pounds of new and used LEGOs to support a drive initiated by eighth grader Drake McKane and his family. The building toys were distributed to patients at Oishei Children’s Hospital ...

Donations sought following fire

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BROCTON — After a fire destroyed their home the morning after Christmas, the Brigham family has begun to accept donations to rebuild their lives after the tragedy that took the lives of their three dogs and one cat and burned all of their possessions. A Facebook fundraiser was established ...

Cassadaga gets new attorney

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CASSADAGA — New beginnings seemed to be the unspoken theme at the year-end village of Cassadaga Board meeting. A series of new updates were discussed and introduced, as well as a new hire for board itself. Attorney Joe Calimeri from Wright, Wright, and Hampton Law Firm in Jamestown was ...

Town judge resigns after state ethics complaint

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HARMONY — The longtime town justice in Harmony has resigned following an ethics complaint filed by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. The commission charged that for more than three years, Justice Bruce Scolton missed monthly reporting and depositing deadlines of court funds ...

Pomfret OKs fire protection pact

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It’s official: The town of Pomfret will have fire and emergency protection from the Fredonia Fire Department for three more years. The Pomfret Town Board ratified the agreement by a 4-0 vote during a special meeting Thursday. Councilman Christopher Schaeffer was not present. The Fredonia ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Line dancing to ring in the New Year On Tuesday, Jan. 1 beginning at 1 p.m., the Dunkirk Memorial American Legion Post 62, 211 Central Ave., will be hosting line dancing to celebrate the New Year. The event is open to line dancers of all levels. A $10 donation is suggested, with lunch ...

Area Police

Area police

Silver Creek man charged in stabbing SILVER CREEK — A Silver Creek man has been charged with first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon after a report of a stabbing in the village of Silver Creek Monday night. Chautauqua County Sheriff deputies say an ...