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Tractor Supply in Westfield holds grand opening

Business

WESTFIELD — Judging from the response of both shoppers and employees, there’s been nothing as welcome in Westfield as the new Tractor Supply Company store since the visit from Abraham Lincoln in 1861. “We’ve had tons of people,” said team leader Vince Cordell. “Everybody I talk to ...

Student proposes Native American dress for graduation

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GOWANDA — Gowanda High School Senior Tia Thompson may be the first woman in her family to receive her diploma while wearing her traditional Native American dress. Gowanda High School Principal Rebecca Moraites introduced Thompson to the Gowanda Board of Education at the beginning of their ...

Interviews ahead for Brocton-Portland code enforcer

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BROCTON — Village trustees encouraged Town of Portland Supervisor Dan Schrantz to move forward with getting a shared full-time code enforcement officer for the two municipalities. Schrantz sounded a bit discouraged about the process when he visited the Board of Trustees meeting earlier this ...

Urgent care center opening Thursday

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The new urgent care facility on Vineyard Drive is opening Thursday. Dunkirk Town Supervisor Richard Purol said at Tuesday’s town board meeting that there will be a ribbon cutting that day for WellNow Urgent Care. The company’s website lists its Dunkirk location as “Accepting new ...

Resolutions address report, grant application

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The Dunkirk Common Council unanimously approved the three resolutions on its agenda Tuesday. First up was the approval of the city’s fiscal year 2018 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). The CAPER provided $858,115 in funding to the city. According to 97-2019, ...

Looking for answers

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A full house of interested senior citizens met Tuesday afternoon at the Dunkirk Senior Center to hear about a proposal to expand the facility. The work, which has yet to clarified or put into architect drawings, would be funded by a grant of $750,000 from the Dormitory Authority of the State of ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Chautauqua County Board of Health sets meeting The Chautauqua County Board of Health will hold its meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. in the HRC Building, 4th Floor Conference Room, 7 N. Erie St. in Mayville. Anyone seeking further information or wishing to attend this meeting should ...

Area police

Area police

Arrest made in high-speed chase MINA — A high-speed chase that began on Mann Road and ended in Pennsylvania led to charges against a North East man. Deputies observed the Brett M. Bisbee, 27, of Station Road, operating his vehicle at a high rate of speed around 2 Tuesday morning. Upon ...

MB’s Creative Brush now open

Local/Region

Submitted Photo Mary Beth Meredith cut the ribbon on her new business MB's Creative Brush, 2010 South Maple Street, Ashville, recently. MB's Creative Brush is a Do-It-Yourself workshop where you can paint and create your own custom made sign. To learn more, call Mary Beth at (716)763-1171. ...

Gowanda hosting blood drive

Local/Region

The Student Council at Gowanda High School is facilitating a Connect Life blood drive Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the auditorium at Gowanda High School, 10674 Prospect St. This event is open to the public for those age 16 and older. Current students need a permission slip. Donors ...

‘Seance’ author part of Friday Lily Dale event

Local/Region

LILY DALE — Lily Dale Assembly is having a very special book release for photographer Shannon Taggart for her new book “Seance.” It features work collected over the last 14 years. Taggart is a Buffalo, native and came to Lily Dale to take a look at modern Spiritualism and specifically ...

Cassadaga Job Corps announces information sessions and tours

Local/Region

CASSADAGA — Cassadaga Job Corps Academy will host tours and information sessions for interested applicants and their families on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. Cassadaga Job Corps Academy offers no-cost career training in the healthcare, construction, and security industries as well as ...

Holly Tour takes place Sunday in Westfield

Local/Region

WESTFIELD — Westfield Women’s Organization is pleased to announce the 31st Holly Tour of Homes. The tour will be held in conjunction with the Village of Westfield’s Victorian Christmas activities and is a wonderful way to get you into the holiday spirit! This year’s tour will be from ...

Dayton election results not finalized

Local/Region

OBSERVER Staff Report The Cattaraugus County Board of Elections is currently tabulating the absentee ballot votes for the town of Dayton election. The vote was not completed as of Tuesday, but is expected to be finalized early Wednesday.

2020 budget in Evans gets approved

Local/Region

ANGOLA — The 2020 budget was approved unanimously by the Town Board earlier this month. Recently, only one person had questions regarding this $19.3 million spending plan. Once those questions were answered by the Town Board, that particular town resident said he approved of what the ...

Literacy Volunteers offers space, seeks assistance

Local/Region

Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County would like to be a venue for musical groups or individuals, speakers, and authors. Book, sewing, scrapbooking clubs are also welcomed to use our space. The bookstore is at 12 Park Place in Fredonia and is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to ...

Vet celebrates 100th birthday

Local/Region

Submitted Photo On Veterans Day William Reardon celebrated his 100th Birthday at a luncheon at the First Ward Falcon Club hosted by current and retired members of the Dunkirk Professional Firefighters Local 616 along with Mr. Reardon’s Son Bill and longtime friend Dan Dubiel a retired ...

Sherman to continue with two judges

Local/Region

SHERMAN — The decision has been made. The Sherman area will continue to have two judges, despite a resolution by the town board to reduce the number of town justices from two to one. Sherman area residents took part in a special vote from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Approximately 170 people ...

Fredonia police chief resigning

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Fredonia’s longtime police chief, Bradley Meyers, is resigning. At Monday’s meeting, the village Board of Trustees accepted the resignation letter of Meyers, effective Jan. 3. He is retiring from full-time work, but has accepted a position as a part-time investigator for the Chautauqua ...

Settling the races

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MAYVILLE — After two weeks of waiting, Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas officially earned a second four-year term in office. Rosas, a Democrat, and Republican-opponent Shaun Heenan were present for the official counting of absentee ballots and affidavit ballots inside the Chautauqua County Board ...