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Hefner tapped as interim SUNY Fredonia president

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A familiar face will be returning to lead the State University of New York at Fredonia. Beginning on July 1, Dr. Dennis Hefner will be the interim president of the university, the SUNY Board of Trustees announced this afternoon. Hefner, who retired in 2012, has a distinguished record of ...

Officials continue to spar over Brocton building

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BROCTON — The years-long saga of 10-14 East Main St. still has an unclear climax. “The county is in the process of negotiating to get this building taken down at the lowest cost to the village of Brocton,” said Peter Clark, village attorney, in response to residents’ questions about ...

Essek running for Fredonia mayor

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As a result of the recent Fredonia Republican Caucus endorsement, Village of Fredonia Trustee Douglas Essek is announcing he is running for mayor of Fredonia and he will appear on the Republican line of the ballot for the Nov. 5 election. According to a press release sent to the OBSERVER ...

County Clerk: DMV will not alter how licenses are issued

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editorial@observertoday.com MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore said he will not allow local DMV offices to alter the way it issues driver’s licenses. The decree, in effect, will likely limit immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally obtain New York state driver’s ...

Assembly OKs Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act

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An updated Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act has been passed after by the state Assembly. During floor votes on Tuesday, Assemblyman Joe Giglio, R-Gowanda, voted against the legislation. State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, voted no and explained his concerns on the Assembly ...

County Legislature debate heats up

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Monday evening saw Republican candidates debate to represent their party in the general election for two positions; Chautauqua County Legislature Dunkirk District 1 and New York State Senate District 57. The candidates running for the county legislature position are Ron Hall and incumbent ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Sheridan Historical Center open house and program The Sheridan Historical Center will be open to visitors on Monday, June 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the upstairs and first floor collection rooms will be available for viewing. At 7 p.m., Frank Schneider will present a free lecture and PowerPoint ...

Area Police

Area police

New York State Police ≤ ELLERY — On June 17, troopers pulled over a vehicle on I-86 for speeding. While speaking to the driver, Jerry Brewington, 36, of Jackson, MI, troopers allegedly smelled marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle. A search of Brewington and his vehicle revealed a ...

Art on display

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The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present Van Gogh & Japan, a special cinematic exploration of how the revered artist was influenced by Japanese art today at 7 p.m., as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series. Though Vincent Van Gogh never actually visited Japan, it is the ...

Dunkirk-Fredonia Rotary plans 55th Fly-In Breakfast

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The Rotary Club of Dunkirk-Fredonia has announced that the 55th Annual Fly-In Breakfast will be held on Sunday, July 7 from 8.a.m. to noon at the Chautauqua County Airport / Dunkirk at 3389 Middle Road in Dunkirk. The annual event is a well-established tradition in the community and draws ...

Western New York connection

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, right, was in Dunkirk on Wednesday evening to honor city Mayor Wilfred Rosas. The honors occurred at the Chautauqua County Democratic Committee banquet at the Clarion Hotel, Marina & Conference Center. Rosas is the state’s first elected Hispanic mayor. Brown’s ...

JCC trustees approve 2019-20 budget with tuition hike

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Jamestown Community College’s 2019-20 budget has been approved by the college’s board of trustees. The new $33,600,250 budget is the first created under the administration of Daniel T. DeMarte, who became the college’s president on July 30, 2018. JCC’s new fiscal year begins ...

Presentations to revisit moon walk

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Where were you on July 20 of 1969? There are people who weren’t born yet, others who were still in school, others were involved with the Vietnam conflict and others were working towards a career. On this date, 50 years ago, one of the most historic events occurred. The first humans ...

‘City Speaks’ returns to Dunkirk Lighthouse

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“City Speaks” will return to the Dunkirk Lighthouse this week to complete the tour of the Veteran’s Museum. The first tour was met with great excitement, and the anticipation for this week’s wrap up of the tour has been overwhelming; the “City Speaks” team is delighted to bring ...

Members sought for Fredonia cable board

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Fredonia Trustee Kara Christina has put out a call for residents to join the village’s Cable Advisory Board. People who want to join should send a letter of interest to Christina, or Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis, at Fredonia Village Hall, 9-11 Church Street, Fredonia, NY 14063.

RTPI’s feature summer exhibit now open

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RTPI’s galleries will attract outdoor, nature, and art enthusiasts alike as they present stunning original works and artifacts from the collection of the Ned Smith Center for Nature & Art for the summer season. On view from May 18 through Sept. 22, this diverse exhibition includes be more ...

53rd annual Conservation Field Days held

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MAPLE SPRINGS — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program held Conservation Field Days at the Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center on Route 430 in Bemus Point. Chautauqua County 4-H welcomed nearly 650 area fifth graders from 13 schools. Youth visited ...