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The Fredonia Presbyterian Church is seeking small packages of personal health supplies that are of incredible value to someone who is stranded in a shelter.

Fredonia Presbyterian Church collecting hygiene kits

The Fredonia Presbyterian Church is collecting hygiene kits to be delivered to victims of the recent hurricanes. Hygiene kits are small packages of personal health supplies that are of incredible value to someone who is stranded in a shelter. Simple things like a washcloth and towel, soap, ...

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Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas, left, visits Northern Chautauqua Catholic School and first-year Principal Jenny Tilaro, right.

Rosas welcomes new Catholic School principal

City of Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas and new Northern Chautauqua Catholic School (NCCS) Principal Jenny Tilaro are working together to promote youth education and provide support to the Hispanic community in Dunkirk and the local region. Mayor Rosas personally welcomed Tilaro to Dunkirk at ...

NYSUT endorses Gallant in 2018 for Congress

ALBANY — New York State United Teachers announced its unanimous endorsement of Rick Gallant, a veteran public school teacher and coach, in his bid for New York’s 23rd congressional seat. Gallant, whose endorsement was issued by NYSUT’s Board of Directors, has worked in the ...

WMH Auxiliary annual meeting Sept. 26

Westfield Memorial Hospital Regional Auxiliary will hold its annual meeting next Tuesday at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Lakeshore Assembly of God Church at 252 E. Main St., Westfield. Dinner will be provided by the Auxiliary Board members. The business meeting will include election ...

Grape Discovery Center to hold 4th Annual Blessing of the Grapes

The Grape Discovery Center will hold its Fourth Annual Blessing of the Grapes this Saturday. Reverend Virgina Carr, of St. Peters Episcopal Church in Westfield, will begin the service at 1 p.m. sharp on the Steve Baran Memorial Patio. A reception will follow the service where 13 years of the ...

The Resource Center to hold Arts and Crafts Show today, Friday

The Resource Center Day Program will hold an arts and crafts show today and Friday featuring items made by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event will be held in TRC’s facility at 186 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk. The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and ...

Submitted Photo: Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas holds a $10,000 check from Purina with Purina Plant Manager, Ron Bowers, left, and Monica Kemp, dog park advocate. They are joined by members of the Purina staff and Development Director Rebecca Yanus.

City of Dunkirk gears up for a new dog park

The city of Dunkirk announced the official signing of the lease agreement for the city’s first dog park. After great deliberation, the city passed a resolution to locate the dog park on private property that was generously offered to the city through a $1 per year lease agreement. The ...

Dunkirk High School Learn to Swim registration set for Friday

Dunkirk High School Pool announces Learn To Swim session as follows: Classes for the following age groups: Guppies (beginners), Minnows, Fish, Sharks and Dolphins (advanced) The swimming classes will take place on Saturday mornings, in three sessions, beginning on Oct. 7, ending on Dec. ...

Horrigan to unveil county budget Sept. 27

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan will provide his 2018 Tentative Budget Presentation to the Chautauqua County Legislature on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. The presentation will be during the full County Legislature meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Legislative ...

Contracts, revisions on Common Council agenda

Several contracts and revisions are on the agenda for tonight’s Common Council meeting. As part of the city’s wastewater treatment plant upgrades, council members will vote on resolutions 85 and 86 to accept the electrical and general contracts necessary for installation of the bar ...

fall near forestville

Fall near Forestville

OBSERVER Photo by Vicki Notaro A festive fall scene greets drivers and passengers on Route 39 as they approach Forestville from the south.

Election inspector measure to ensure fairness, protect voters

ALBANY - Governor Cuomo has signed Senator Catharine Young’s (R,C,I- 57th District) bill into law that would permit the practice of split shifts for election inspectors who work at the polls on Election Day. “Our Election Day polls represent the front lines of our democratic process, ...

Submitted Photo: The Western New York Chamber Orchestra opens its 2017-2018 concert season with “Musical Portraits” today at 4 p.m. in King Concert Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus, highlighted by Father Sean Duggan.

WNY Chamber Orchestra opens 2017-2018 season today

The Western New York Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of New York City based conductor Glen Cortese, opens its 2017-2018 concert season with “Musical Portraits” today at 4 p.m. in King Concert Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus. The Orchestra is the professional ensemble-in-residence at ...

Submitted Photo: Mark Damon, left, of the CLFA presents Doug Conroe, right, of the CLA with a $7,000 donation for on-going lake cleanup efforts.

Chautauqua Lake fishing association donates $7,000 to CLA

LAKEWOOD — The Chautauqua Lake Association recently accepted a $7,000 donation from the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association. The funds will be used toward on-going lake cleanup efforts. “We are pleased to again be able to support the CLA. Their essential work keeps Chautauqua Lake ...

Police: Gowanda teen continues attacks on station

OBSERVER Staff Report For every month since March, a 17-year-old female juvenile has been on the Gowanda Police radar due to the alleged actions she takes against the department. This month’s charges are third-degree criminal tampering, second-degree criminal contempt and a warrant arrest, ...