OBSERVER wins three AP awards

The New York State Associated Press Association has recognized the Dunkirk OBSERVER with three awards for its work in covering the region over the past year.

A second-place spot news award was received by Greg Fox, staff writer, for his article on the Tri-Church Parish in Brocton fire on Nov. 3. Fox, a Silver Creek native, is a graduate of the University of Ro-chester and joined the OBSERVER in May.

Katie Atkins, now the OBSERVER county government reporter, also won second place for brightest headline for “All fired up: Fuse lit between Cannon and Ball” in a race for the Arkwright Town Board last November between Chris Cannon and incumbent Lawrence Ball.

Staff members Fox, Gib Snyder, Greg Bacon and John D’Agostino were recognized for second place in spot news presentation for the front page on Dec. 16. Headlined “City’s big day!” the front page showcased the announcement by state Gov. Andrew Cuomo that NRG Energy Inc. would be repowered.

The OBSERVER won awards in the under 15,000 circulation category.

The Post-Journal in Jamestown also won two awards in the 15,000 to 45,000 circulation category. It won third place for its non-spot news coverage of a visit by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts while Scott Kindberg won second place in sports for a story on Jamestown-area men postponing a golf trip of a lifetime until a cancer-stricken friend could join them.