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Shakespeare Club hears paper: 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature

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The 12th meeting of the Fredonia Shakespeare Club was held on January 23rd hosted by Mrs. Judi Woods. President Lucille Richardson welcomed 13 members. Ms. Priscilla Bernatz read the minutes from the January 16th meeting. The minutes were approved as written. The Club’s area of study this ...

Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County schedule

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The Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) has released its schedule. All groups are free and take place at the MHA, Gateway Center rear, 31 Water St., Door 14, Jamestown. To learn more, call 661-9044 or visit MHAChautauqua.org or facebook.com/MHAChautauqua. The MHA in ...

Appeal filed in superintendent’s 2012 murder

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The appeal of a second-degree murder conviction for a former Virginia resident who shot and killed the Clymer Central School superintendent in September 2012 will be decided by the Fourth Department Appellate Division. Rochester appeals attorney Donald Thompson spoke Tuesday on behalf of ...

Silver Creek Central School pinata project

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Submitted Photos Mr. Albert VanDette's Spanish IV and V classes completed their annual pinata project this year. This has been an ongoing tradition for many years for the students who elect to take the upper level Spanish classes. The students and staff look forward to seeing the finished ...

CDBG funds focus of upcoming revitalize Dunkirk meeting

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Revitalize Dunkirk’s monthly meeting will take place Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Conference Room, Fredonia Technology Incubator, 214 Central Ave, Dunkirk. Join us as we welcome guest speaker Jill Meaux, Dunkirk’s Community Development Block Grant administrator. Come learn about the ...

Man gets belligerent with council, asked to leave

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A Dunkirk resident came with a complaint but was asked to leave after he starting yelling at the latest Common Council meeting. Greco Lane resident Tom Logan spoke during the privilege of the floor section of the Dunkirk Common Council meeting on Tuesday. He spoke mostly of his complaint ...

Blaze in Irving quelled by area departments

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A number of area fire departments responded to a fire inside the Prestige Motors location on Routes 5 and 20 in Irving. The call came in before 11 a.m. today with Silver Creek, Forestville, Irving, Sunset Bay and Hanover departments responding. Chautauqua County Emergency Medical Services also ...

COMING DOWN: Brocton site a hazard

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OBSERVER Photo by Natasha Matteliano Less than a month after the village of Brocton purchased the properties at 10 E. Main St. through 14 E. Main St., the site is beginning to come down. In these photos taken over the weekend, the back portion at 10 E. Main is starting to collapse. The ...

Rallying for Roy

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For nearly 50 years, Roy White has been a familiar face at Mancuso Service Center, where he’s worked as a gas attendant since high school. However, many have noticed White’s absence from the pumps for the past month — an unusual sight, as “he very rarely called in sick,” according to ...

UPDATE: Fenner House presentation canceled

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A presentation regarding the Fenner House will not be taking place on Thursday after all. In a post made on the OBSERVER site, Mark Twichell said the event has been canceled. The event had been listed on the university’s calendar for Thursday night at the Williams Center before today. ...

Black Knights go green on Valentine’s Day

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SILVER CREEK — As shoppers in New York prepare for the elimination of plastic bags – which will be banned from distribution by anyone required to collect state sales tax starting March 1 – one local school district is focusing on helping its community prepare for a new normal. Silver ...

Dunkirk council may remove charter section

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Dunkirk Common Council is considering a removal of the section of the City Charter that grants the council the ability to remove mayoral appointed officials. A resolution sponsored by the entire Common Council states that “certain provisions of the charter are required to undergo a process ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Jamestown Community Third Friday Dance planned The Jamestown Community Third Friday Dance will be on Friday, Feb 21 at 7 p.m. at Tree of Life Lutheran Church, 825 Forest Ave., Jamestown. Live music will be provided by Viol Habits and call is Joe Kwiatkowski. No experience or partner ...

Area police

Area police

Warrant check leads to arrest of Fredonia man A Fredonia man was taken into custody on Monday morning after a warrant check. Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies, with assistance from the Fredonia Police Department, conducted a warrant check at a residence on Brigham Road in the village ...

Heritage administrator earns high ranking

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GERRY — Cheryl A. Farr, administrator at The Green, a Heritage rehabilitation and skilled nursing community in Greenhurst, recently earned the title of Health Services Executive from the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards. Farr has served in the ministry of ...

Grant money available for Concord vineyards

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PORTLAND — If you have (or know someone that has) a vineyard that resembles the one pictured here, we might be able to help. The Vineyard Improvement Program has been made available to land owners and growers to remove Concord vineyards and then replace them with an agricultural commodity ...

In review: ‘Birds of Prey’ packs girl power punch

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While the title of this review could refer to the fact that “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey.” formally “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” finished atop the box office last weekend, but it is merely describing that, so far, it is my favorite movie of ...

Class on growing berries set for March 12 in Jamestown

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JAMESTOWN — An Intro to Growing Berries will take place Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m. at the JCC Carnahan Center; Room 120, 525 Falconer St. The instructor is Esther Kibbe and the coordinator is Lisa Kempisty. Cost is $5 a person. This CCE Chautauqua L.E.A.F. (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) ...

HCA honors longtime board member Bowen

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GOWANDA — After 25 years of volunteer service with Healthy Community Alliance (HCA), Jeffrey Bowen was recognized at the Annual Meeting of the organization on February 6. Staff and board members joined together to congratulate Bowen on his retirement from the HCA Board of Directors and thank ...

Cooperative Extension Winter Updates planned

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Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Program (SWNYDLFC) is excited to host a series of Winter Updates in East Aurora, Jamestown, Ellicottville, Belmont, and Hornell. These events will offer timely and helpful information to dairy, livestock, ...