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Westfield man charged in altercation

Local/Region

PORTLAND — A physical altercation on Friday morning has led to charges against a Westfield man. At about 9:32 a.m., Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies responded to an incident that occurred at the Finley Road residence in the town. An investigation of the incident revealed that David ...

City high school locked down after fight

Local/Region

Dunkirk High School was placed in a lockdown due to a fight this morning. According to the district's Facebook page, the lockdown was lifted this afternoon. Here was the message from the district: "As we want our community to be informed about our schools, we would like to share with you ...

Challenge gets food pantry shelves stocked

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Fredonia’s community food drive once again had residents and businesses show more than a ton of support. According to Cynthia Wickwire Lundquist, pastor of the Fredonia Presbyterian Church, more than 4,800 pounds of food were collected. “For 2019, we, the members of the Fredonia ...

County Executive transition slated for end of year

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MAYVILLE — George Borrello’s transition from the office of Chautauqua County executive to state senator should be completed by the end of the year. On Election Day, Borrello defeated Austin Morgan to win the special election for the 57th State Senate District. Because it was a special ...

Pomfret officials pass budget, debate water

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The Pomfret Town Board passed a 2020 budget and continued its long-running discussion about Phase II of the town water project Wednesday evening. The budget passed unanimously, without discussion. It keeps the tax rate the same for village of Fredonia residents but decreases it by two cents ...

Details released in Thruway crash

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PORTLAND — State Police have released the details involving a state Thruway Authority plow truck accident. On Tuesday, at approximately 12:30 p.m., troopers responded to a serious personal injury accident at mile marker 480, eastbound on I-90 in the town of Portland. A preliminary ...

Competitive housing market to boost Land Bank properties

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Thanks to a shrinking market and higher demand, the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation has had very little trouble selling its properties to new owners. On Wednesday at the Fredonia Technology Incubator, members of the Land Bank’s board of directors gathered for their monthly meeting. ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Portland Town Board meeting tonight The board meeting time for the Portland has changed to 6:45 p.m. tonight. Special Hanover Town Board meeting Friday A special Hanover Town Board meeting will take place Friday, Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hanover Town Hall for the purpose of setting ...

Area police

Area police

Hunter rescued from tree stand RANDOLPH — A hunter stranded in a tree stand was rescued to safety earlier this month. The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation reports that on Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m., Forest Ranger Bob Rogers responded to a rescue for an individual hanging ...

Western New York pair aim to add to Buffalo entertainment scene

Local/Region

Producers Bob Rusch and John Patrick Patti have announced the formation of Buffalo’s newest addition to its theater scene: First Look Buffalo Stage Productions. The pair’s mission statement: If it ain’t new in Buffalo, we don’t produce it! In a news release issued this week, Rusch ...

Scouts host spaghetti dinner

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Submitted Photo Troop 219 and Pack 219 Scouts are pictured with Den leader Michele Myers (far right) and veterans Larry Downey and VFW Post Commander Cynthia Mullen, who were at the Cassadaga American Legion where the Cub and Boy Scouts hosted the annual spaghetti dinner for all.

Blood drive set for Saturday in Westfield

Local/Region

WESTFIELD — The Community Blood Bank will host its first blood drive at a local business. Look for Gus the Bus in the parking lot of Tractor Supply on Nichols Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. All donors will be automatically entered to win a $100 grocery gift card to a store of your ...

Brooks honors long-time employees

Business

Dedicated employees, compassionate care providers, and committed patient advocates were recognized for their significant tenure at a recent employee service recognition ceremony at the Clarion Hotel in Dunkirk. More than 100 employees with five-year increments up to 45 years of service ...

Wintry accident

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OBSERVER Staff Report PORTLAND — A crash between a New York State Department of Transportation plow truck and tractor-trailer briefly forced the closure of the eastbound lane of Interstate 90. Firefighters and the New York State Police were called Tuesday to the interstate, between the ...

Audit shows 2018 surplus for DLDC

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Festivals income and sponsorships in 2018 brought in a total of $296,708. The expenses to run those programs were a bit more totaling $296,895. But in the end, the Dunkirk Local Development Corp. finished in the black by $4,515 last year. Those numbers were announced during an audit of the ...

Pine Valley approves capital project vote

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OBSERVER Staff Report SOUTH DAYTON — Residents in the Pine Valley School District have approved their proposed Capital Improvement Project on Tuesday. The unofficial result was 146 yes and 45 no. The Capital Improvement Project is designed to address important repairs, renovations and ...

Dunkirk state champs lauded at school board

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Dunkirk’s champions have their rings. The state title-winning Lady Marauders girls bowling team attended their school district’s board of education meeting Tuesday to show off the bling. They received a standing ovation from board and crowd alike. “The ride after the championship was ...