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Going International

BEMUS POINT — Twenty-two members of the Thule Lodge No. 127 Swedish Folk Dance Team spent 11 days on a dream trip come true to Sweden. “Without regular practice and the grants from local foundations it would not have been possible,” organizer Don Sandy said. The members who ...

Borrello: Busy First Year As County Executive

Visiting more than 100 businesses, creating a county-wide economic development alliance and bringing together a task force to curtail the opioid crisis are just a few initiatives started by County Executive George Borrello during his first year in office. Borrello told The Post-Journal he ...

Villenova Town Board, Wind Company Facing Lawsuit

VILLENOVA — What appeared to be a done deal is now the subject of a lawsuit. On Aug. 8, members of the Villenova Town Board voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the Ball Hill Wind Energy Project, which would allow the 29 planned turbines to reach a maximum — and unprecedented — ...

Most Teen Drug Use Is Down, But Officials Fret Vaping Boom

NEW YORK — Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use. It was the largest single-year increase in the survey’s 44-year history, far ...

The Money Trail

Adhering to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push for education funding transparency, Jamestown Public Schools and Dunkirk City Schools submitted reports displaying how general funding is divided among various buildings within both districts. The reporting is now required by the New York State Division ...

Ruling’s Costs Add Up Quickly

Last month, the Jamestown City Council approved appealing a decision made by the arbitration panel awarding Jamestown Police Department employees a retroactive 2 percent salary increase for 2016 and 2017. The approved resolution stated the council appealed the ruling because it was in ...

Finding Kindness At Fletcher

A part of a monthly game, kindergarten students entered Kara Benson’s classroom noticing the toy elf hidden on a snowman decoration on the door — but with the activity they were also learning kindness. The “Elf on the Shelf” traditional Christmas game has been incorporated ...

Lawmaker Pay Concerns

Both state Legislature representatives for Chautauqua County are against the proposed increase in salary for state lawmakers. Earlier this month, a state Committee on Legislative and Executive Compensation voted to raise the pay for state legislators for the first time in 20 years. A 61 ...

Reg Lenna Center For Arts Renovations Complete

“Let’s All Go to the Lobby” is a famous commercial jingle that plays in theaters prior to a movie to advertise concessions, but now it might be a new way for Jamestown area residents to mention why they should visit the newly renovated Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. During the ...

Thursday Protest

On Thursday at 11 a.m., more than 70 SUNY Fredonia students and faculty gathered outside the Rockefeller Arts Center in a silent protest against the proposed cuts to 20 degree programs announced as part of the Procedures for Emergency Program Reduction/Elimination plan in November. “We ...

Criminal Mischief Spree In City Causes $30K In Damage

A criminal mischief spree in late November reportedly caused more than $30,000 in damage to numerous homes, businesses and vehicles in Jamestown. A city man and three male youths are now facing a host of felonies following an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department. On Thursday, ...

Natural Gas Development At Landfill Discussed

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature’s Audit and Control Committee discussed various proposed resolutions, including one concerning the potential renewable natural gas development at the county landfill. The idea was approved by the committee, and once the proposed resolution comes ...

Officer Involved In Fatal Fredonia Shooting Identified By Chief

The officer involved in Monday’s shooting of a male in distress with a knife was wearing a body camera at the time of the incident, Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers announced in a press release Thursday afternoon. Patrolman Nathan Scriven, a 15-year member with full-time experience with ...

‘Super’ Thoughtful

LAKEWOOD — Christmas came early — as it has for the last 15 years in Lakewood. Doug Peterson, founder and vice president of Southern Tier Supply, is a member of the Chautauqua County Highway Association and through his connections with the highway superintendents the annual Toys For ...

Agreement Halts Panel To Probe Misconduct

An agreement between New York and district attorneys across the state has likely halted a measure that would have created an independent body to investigate complaints of misconduct by local prosecutors and their assistants. The District Attorneys Association of the State of New York sued ...

Longtime Carroll Highway Superintendent Recognized

FREWSBURG — Carroll Town Highway Superintendent Tom Allison was officially recognized for his services as he officially announced his retirement, effective Dec. 30. However, he won’t be gone long as he will be reappointed to his position for the upcoming year, so the vacancy will be ...

Dust Collector Doused

FALCONER — A fire inside a dust collector was doused at a Falconer business Tuesday morning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyiVqrbuLOQ Charles Piazza, chief of the Falconer Fire Department, was at home when he heard an explosion around 11:30 a.m. and saw flames coming from one of the ...

Officer’s Attorney Says ‘Situation Unraveled’ Quickly

FREDONIA — An attorney representing a Fredonia police officer who shot an adult male says the “whole situation unraveled in under a minute.” In an interview Tuesday afternoon with Tom H. Burton, the OBSERVER learned the subject was not the only individual in the home and was covered in ...

Small City Schools Await Aid Decision

A revised court decision has yet to be handed down more than a year after the Appellate Division, Third Department, reversed a 2016 decision dismissing the court case Maisto et al v. State of New York, or commonly referred to as the “Small Cities Schools Lawsuit” involving Jamestown ...

Area Toys For Tots In Need Of Late-Season Donations

The local Marine Toys for Tots campaign is in need of some late-season donations. For the 18th straight year, The Resource Center is coordinating the Toys for Tots drive in Chautauqua County. Assisting in operating the campaign again this year are Chautauqua Connections Inc. and the Chautauqua ...