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Demolition nears for college’s Fenner House

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It appears the historic Fenner House’s days are numbered in Fredonia. On Friday afternoon, State University of New York at Fredonia Interim President Dennis Hefner delivered a letter to the State University Construction Fund to begin the process of razing the building on the property at 178 ...

‘Close’ community squares off on turbines

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PORTLAND — For 29 years, Anita Calcaterra lived in Jamestown due to her husband’s job with the school district there. Once he retired, she made a plea to him to return to her hometown. He agreed. In 2010, the couple found a home on Munson Road. Calcaterra was living her dream of ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Beef on Weck dinner to be served The Sinclairville History Fair committee will hold a Beef on Weck dinner at the Sinclairville fire hall on today, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. The dinner will include a beef sandwich with macaroni salad along with pickle, brownie and drink. A dinner will be $7 and ...

Area police

Area police

Police: Man drove drunk to meeting on dangers of DWI ASHVILLE — A Williamsville man attending a Victim Impact Panel for those convicted of any driving while intoxicated-related offense is facing charges after sheriff’s deputies say he showed up after consuming alcohol. David J. Coffed, ...

Chautauqua County health director issues warning on vaping

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MAYVILLE — In light of advisories issued by New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and warnings from the CDC, Christine Schuyler, Chautauqua County Director of Health and Human Services, is urging all residents of Chautauqua County to stop using all vape products until the ...

Festival of Grapes nears

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SILVER CREEK — This year’s 52nd annual Festival of Grapes is set for Sept. 20-22 in Silver Creek. The Festival of Grapes committees are busy making plans and are looking forward to another wonderful celebration of the grape agriculture in our region. Many traditional events are being ...

Northern Chautauqua County region prepares for Census 2020

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The nation’s Decennial Census is still a few months away but local organizations and governments will be coming together to learn more about Census 2020 and to begin discussing ways to ensure that all people residing in our area get counted. The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County has ...

Religion news

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Free community meal today The Trinity United Church of Christ, 30 Erie Ave., Gowanda, will host a free community meal on Saturday, Sept. 14. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., with serving from 4 to 6 p.m. Handicapped access is on Erie Avenue. This month’s menu is pork medallions, mashed potatoes, ...

Computer classes for adults kick off Monday in Silver Creek

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SILVER CREEK — Are you hoping to improve your tech prowess? David Nowak, an instructor with the Community Education division of Silver Creek Central School District, is offering several computer classes for adults via the fall 2019 session beginning Monday, Sept. 16. Please note: All classes ...

Final Evening in the Garden set

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JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County Master Gardeners present the final Evening in the Garden on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Demonstration Garden, Frank Bratt Agriculture Center, 3542 Turner Road, Jamestown. As the gardening season winds down, the topics for the ...

Grandmother keeps player’s legacy alive

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OBSERVER Staff Report An area high school football player’s legacy continues to be remembered in the community. Sept. 13 marked the sixth anniversary of the date Damon Janes, 16, was injured in a football game while playing with the Westfield-Brocton team. Three days later, on Sept. 16, ...

Two facing drug charges, another nabbed for DWI

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GERRY -- A 25-year-old Sinclarville woman is facing drug charges after a traffic violation on Wednesday. New York State Police at Jamestown charged Stevie Provorse with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after she was pulled over on Route 60 in Gerry for a traffic ...

Group health insurance open enrollment starts now

Business

By TODD J. TRANUM President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier In the health insurance realm it is open enrollment season again, with a few minor changes this year. Resulting from the expansion ...

County health director issues warning on vaping

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MAYVILLE — In light of advisories issued by New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and warnings from the CDC, Christine Schuyler, Chautauqua County Director of Health and Human Services, is urging all residents of Chautauqua County to stop using all vape products until the ...

Villenova residents bash plan to end planning board

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VILLENOVA — The fate of Villenova’s planning board is still in limbo following Wednesday’s standing room only meeting. A rather large crowd for such a small space gathered and voiced their concerns over the potential loss the town. “New York town law allows, but does not require ...

Borrello again criticizes Cuomo on casino revenue

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Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is continuing his criticism of state Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the situation between the state and Seneca Nations of Indians. On Thursday, he issued a statement noting how the governor’s lack of action has led to an unnecessary death in the ...

County officials worry about bail reform ‘unknown’

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MAYVILLE — The conversation and concerns around bail reform statewide continued locally. The Community Justice Coordinating Council, comprised of county officials from various departments, met this week in Mayville to discuss ongoing criminal justice related topics. Concerns regarding the ...

Theories offered on found gravestone

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For Sharen Trembath, the phone started ringing at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. Callers, who saw the article in the OBSERVER or online, were offering advice and ideas on why the gravestone could have been possibly found on the shores of Lake Erie near Angola. Through correspondence with a man ...

Area’s profile appeals to wind developers

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PORTLAND — Motorists driving along Route 20 are beginning to see lawn signs regarding a divisive issue that has become highly talked about in this town: the prospect of wind turbines. This is far from anything new to the north county region. Around 15 years ago, the towns of Westfield and ...