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League counters Williams’ remarks on debate

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Members of the League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County are offering a clarification regarding recent comments about a potential debate for the First Ward Common Council Democratic Primary. Incumbent Don Williams Jr., in an interview with the OBSERVER last week, stated he would not debate ...

‘Prudent choice’ means no fair again

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For the second straight summer, the COVID-19 crisis has forced the canceling of the Chautauqua County Fair while impacting one of its greatest participants. In a message posted to Facebook on Tuesday morning, the fair board said, “Due to the continued COVID–19 situation, its impact on ...

Blighted property in Fredonia set to come down

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A house at 67 Seymour St. in Fredonia is coming down by order of the Village Board, after code enforcement declared the property blighted. The board unanimously approved Monday a measure to dispose of waste from the demolition using municipal landfill credits. The credits come from a shared ...

Meaux officially takes city development post

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Jill Meaux became full-time director of planning and development for the city of Dunkirk at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting. The council tabled a motion to name Meaux, acting director since Jan. 11, to the position permanently at the April 20 meeting. Tuesday, the five members unanimously ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Meet the Board of Education Candidates Night set GOWANDA — The Kiwanis Club of Gowanda will host a Meet the Board of Education Candidates Night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, remotely via Zoom. Questions can be submitted to msfeerneza@gcslearn.org by May 3 to be presented by the moderator ...

Area police

Area police

Silver Creek woman charged in assault on officer A Silver Creek woman is facing charges of assault against a Buffalo police officer after allegedly striking him with a bullhorn Saturday morning. Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Tuesday that 21-year-old Savannah E. Karcz ...

Blue Jays shuffling back to Buffalo starting June 1

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BUFFALO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are returning to their home away from home, Buffalo, starting in June. And this time, they'll have a limited number of fans in attendance. Forced from Canada by that government's coronavirus travel restrictions, the Blue Jays posted a note on their ...

More water project spending OK’d in Fredonia

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Fredonia village trustees approved two field orders and two change orders related to the ongoing water system project. Trustee James Lynden criticized the field orders, stating, “These should have been included in the first cost, but in the spirit of keeping this project moving, I vote ...

Chlorine incident leads to Silver Creek evacuation

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SILVER CREEK — Despite a Tuesday afternoon evacuation, Silver Creek Central Schools are planning to be open Wednesday after an accidental chlorine incident that occurred in the pool filtration area during routine maintenance. In a notice to parents, the district reported Superintendent Todd ...

COVID hospitalizations, active cases flat locally

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The number of Chautauqua County residents with COVID-19 inside the hospital remained flat, as did active cases and those in quarantine. According to information released Tuesday by the county Health Department, there were 10 hospitalizations, 112 active cases and 370 in quarantine. The ...

Young to address JCC graduates at virtual commencement

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Catharine Young, executive director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech and a former New York state senator representing Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, will present the keynote address during Jamestown Community College’s virtual ...

No apparent injuries in two-vehicle crash

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There were no apparent injuries in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday at the intersection of Shumla and Bard Roads in the town of Pomfret, about a mile from Cassadaga. Fredonia and Cassadaga fire departments, along with deputies from the Sheriff's Office responded to the crash which occurred ...

Fredonia man charged in grand larceny, robbery

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An incident late Monday on Howard Street has led to charges against a Fredonia man. Fredonia police report that around 11:22 p.m., Philip Whitfield, 28, of 100 Howard St., allegedly confronted two males walking on the same village street. After some demands, a struggle ensued and one of the ...

Borrello calls for Health Department guidance for county fairs

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State Sen. George Borrello is strongly urging immediate action by New York State Department of Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, to release guidance that will allow county fairs to open for their 2021 season. In a letter to Zucker, Borrello questioned why guidance was issued for the New ...

Jamestown woman indicted on narcotics charges

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A federal grand jury has indicted a Jamestown woman on narcotics charges. Antasia Babcock, 28, is charged with narcotics conspiracy, possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine, maintaining a premises for drug use and distribution, and possessing with intent to distribute ...

Mayville residents asked to cut water usage by 50%

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The village of Mayville is asking residents to cut their water usage in half for the next week. On May 11, the Mayville Water Department is installing a permanent water pump in its new well. This pump replacement will take approximately 10 hours to complete which means the village will be ...

Cassadaga eyes speed bumps for busy avenue

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CASSADAGA — Originally brought to the Village Board in June of 2020, the potential reconfiguration of Park Avenue in Cassadaga to a one-way street has been shelved in favor of a different alternative: speed bumps. Peter George of the Citizens for a Better Cassadaga had originally pitched ...

Antique tractor event plows forward Saturday

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STOCKTON — The Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association will hold its annual plow day Saturday beginning about 8 a.m. at Route 380 and Pierson Road. Antique tractors and plows will be demonstrating plowing in the surrounding fields. The event will continue throughout the morning and ...

Man dies after train strikes vehicle

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The New York State Police is continuing its investigation into a crash involving a train that killed a 63-year-old Dunkirk man late Monday morning. The collision between a CSX train hauling three tankers and a pickup truck occurred on Temple Road, between Route 5 and Willow Road, in the town ...