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Sheridan Town Hall closed Sheridan Town Hall is closed to the public. The Town Clerk will be available, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-3 by phone only. The Town Assessor and Code Enforcement officer will be available by phone only. Bill payments may be mailed or placed in the drop boxes ...

Area police

Area police

State Police at Jamestown HARMONY — An Ashville woman has been charged with driving while intoxicated. According to state police, troopers responded to the Ashville area to check the welfare of a female driver that was reported to be acting erratically Tuesday. Troopers located the ...

Cancellations

Coronavirus coverage

Editor’s note: The OBSERVER is not running the community calendar without confirmation of events. Organizations that are still meeting are invited to contact the OBSERVER and we will again run the calendar as events are confirmed. Closed until further notice The 1891 Fredonia Opera House ...

Resources available for Alzheimer’s

Coronavirus coverage

While the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of millions in this country and around the world, the novel coronavirus presents unique challenges for more than 400,000 New York State residents living with dementia and their care partners. Most notably, public health strategies aimed at ...

Dunkirk to switch to spring parking rules beginning Sunday

Local/Region

Police Chief David Ortolano has announced spring and summer parking regulations will be taking effect in Dunkirk for alternate and overnight parking with the following changes. Overnight Parking: Overnight Parking regulations on the main streets such as Central Avenue, Lakeshore Drive, ...

CRCF Community Fund grant applications due April 21

Local/Region

OLEAN — Applications for grants from the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation’s Community Fund are due April 21. The Community Fund is an unrestricted fund that makes grants to support initiatives, special projects or efforts that support making the Cattaraugus County region a better ...

NCCF BLOOM Garden Recognition Program announces 2020 communities

Local/Region

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) is excited to announce that four communities will be participating in the second Annual BLOOM Garden Recognition Program. The villages of Cassadaga, Lily Dale, Silver Creek, and Forestville will be acknowledging and celebrating the work of ...

CCIDA makes loans to county businesses for working capital

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In response to the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it is having on businesses throughout Chautauqua County, the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) is providing low-interest loans not to exceed $10,000 to businesses throughout Chautauqua County. This emergency funding, ...

Roundabout construction picks up

Local/Region

Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Routes 60 and 20 in Fredonia is increasing. On Thursday, cones blocked the southbound right lane on Route 60 from Walmart to the intersection. This morning, workers had cut the power to the traffic signal light and were directing traffic.

Playgrounds in Fredonia now closed

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Fredonia village police announced this morning it has closed all playgrounds until further notice. "The closures will assist in stopping the spread of the coronavirus," said village Police Chief Phil Maslak. "As always the Fredonia Police Department prides itself in protecting all of our ...

Board, foundation to supply meals to Westfield hospital workers

Local/Region

WESTFIELD -- Board members for Westfield Memorial Hospital and the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation have donated to underwrite meals for employees working at the hospital during the COVID-19 crisis. They have partnered with The Parkview Restaurant, which is preparing and delivering the ...

UPDATE: Cuomo backtracks on ventilators for downstate

Local/Region

State Gov. Andrew Cuomo this afternoon said he would issue an Executive Order allowing the state to redistribute ventilators and personal protective equipment, or PPE, from institutions that don't currently need them and redeploy the equipment to other hospitals with the highest need. As of 4 ...

Five recover from COVID-19 in county; one more case

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Five people who have tested positive for the coronavirus have recovered, Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel announced during a news conference today in Mayville. One new positive case, a male in his 30s, was also announced. According to the county’s map, it is in the northern portion of ...

Exchange student returns to Budapest

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made a severe impact on several things happening in the community, and the world overall. In some cases, the effects on domestic and foreign communities are intertwined. One of those cases is with Vilmos Futo, also called Willy, who was attending Fredonia High School ...

Child care still available for essential employees

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Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, Chautauqua County was considered a “child care desert.” Now more than ever, quality child care for New York’s essential workforce is in high demand, as parents of school-aged children have suddenly found themselves in a difficult position due to the ...

Two area wineries now producing hand sanitizer

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Some area wineries are switching things up to make hand sanitizer. As posted on the new website for Mazza Five & 20 Spirits, “Alcohol is more important than ever — but not in the way you might think! Some of the same processes and ingredients that we employ in the production of our ...