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Renovate vs. relocate: Residents protest to keep Brooks in Dunkirk

A rally to save Brooks Memorial Hospital in the city of Dunkirk commenced Friday afternoon on the sidewalk along Central Avenue. The rally, organized by Don Williams and Frank Beach, started taking shape Feb. 9, and throughout the week members of the public were invited to join others at the Steelwo


Kenmore trucker treated after rig rolls over in Chautauqua County

Shawn E. Mellot, 52, of Shepard Avenue, Kenmore, was treated at the scene for a head injury after his tractor-trailer truck rolled over about 6 a.m. Saturday on Route 380 in the Town of Kiantone, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported.


Winter Weather Advisory for Western New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Western New York will see another dose of winter weather Sunday evening and into Monday. A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect at 4 p.m. Sunday for the Southern Tier, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties.


New sign piques interest in Irving

IRVING — A new development sign on a plot of land between the Seneca Nation and Hanover has been put up, twice in fact, after winds destroyed the first over the windy weekend. The sign in question is across the street from the Irving Post Office on Routes 5 and 20 and simply reads: “Seneca Nation Fu


Fredonia Fire plans classes with new equipment

The Fredonia Fire Department is looking to recruit a new, crack force of life-saving first responders. They want you to be in it. Using newly acquired, highly realistic dummies for teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques, along with an automated external defibrillator (AED) trainer,


One man dies in single-vehicle accident in Chautauqua County

GERRY, N.Y. — One man died in a single-vehicle accident on Gerry-Ellington Road on Friday morning, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. The passenger, 43-year-old Paul R. Newell of Steamburg, N.Y., was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff's office officials said he had been partiall


Man in upstate New York gets life without parole for killing 2, wounding 1

WATERLOO, N.Y. — A man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend and a man, as well as wounding a second woman in an upstate New York village.


Water line work begins Monday in city on Route 60

Construction on a water line replacement will begin Monday on Maple Avenue, also Route 60, between Sixth and Seventh streets in Dunkirk. As a result of the construction portions of the northbound lane of Route 60 between Sixth and Seventh streets will be closed and traffic lanes will be shifted to t


DEC Officer Saves Bald Eagle in Upstate New York

Some may complain, but New York during the winter is absolutely beautiful and has some perks. One of those perks is being able to take a front seat to nature. From the end of December through February New Yorkers are watching for eagle migration. Here in the Hudson Valley, Bowdoin Park is a popular


Fredonia students share presentation to board

OBSERVER Photo by Jo Ward. Tess Corell, Joseph Cerrie Jr. and Trevor Napoli gave presentations at the Fredonia Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening. The students were directed to do an interview on a family member.


Second indictment handed out in NY drive-by shooting

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY, N.Y. — Chautauqua County Grand Jury has handed up a second indictment in a drive-by shooting at 2:48 a.m. Jan. 30. Corey M. Johnson, 19, has been indicted for three counts of attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault. One person was seriously injured after being struc


Ball Hill Wind hearing may draw crowd

SILVER CREEK — The maximum capacity of the Silver Creek Central School auditorium is 768. Will it be enough room to accommodate everyone in attendance at the Ball Hill Wind Energy public statement hearing on Wednesday?


Cahill says 'time has come' to legalize marijuana in New York state

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Assemblyman Kevin Cahill says some his own family members who suffered from advanced cancer didn’t use marijuana to relieve pain because it was illegal. “I have had other members of my family who said that, in spite of the fact that it was illegal, they would use it — and sure enoug


Sheridan Memorial VFW Post No. 6390’s chicken barbecue fundraiser

The Sheridan Memorial VFW Post No. 6390’s chicken barbecue fundraiser is this Sunday from noon until 3 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $10 or $11 at the door. The Post is located at 2556 Route 20, Silver Creek (near Sheridan). With questions, call 672-6011.


Cattaraugus County man killed in Friday morning crash

TOWN OF GERRY, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office announced one man is dead and another was seriously injured in a Friday morning crash in the Town of Gerry.


Arkwright Woman Burned, Treated, Investigation Is Pending

ARKWRIGHT — A 42-year-old woman was burned under unknown circumstances near the Arkwright Hills Campground on Thursday. The woman was transported to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of third degree burns that covered more than 70 percent of her body.


Volunteers Needed for 2019 New York State Seed to Supper course

HELP WANTED! Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County and The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition are excited to announce the launch of their 2019 New York State Seed to Supper course. Throughout this 5-week class, new gardeners will learn the ins and outs of vegetable gardening—on a bud


Program puts affordable educational spin on home parties

JAMESTOWN — Selling products at home parties dates back to the 1940’s. It’s a genius plan: giving friends an excuse to get together, while they learn and potentially gain useful products for daily living. The caveat often is the price of the items for sale, which may be more expensive than comparabl


STEM Wars brings manufacturers, schools together on March 14

On March 14th manufacturers and schools from throughout the region will come together for STEM Wars. STEM Wars provides students an opportunity to showcase their science, technology, engineering and math talents and projects. STEM wars features a variety of competitions and an opportunity for studen


(9 AM) Semi Rollover Closes Peck Settlement Road

KIANTONE — A tractor-trailer driver suffered only minor injuries following a rollover crash early Saturday. Volunteer firefighters from Kiantone and Falconer as well as Chautauqua County EMS were called around 6:10 a.m. to the rollover at 1706 Peck Settle Road. The driver was assisted out of the cab