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Over budget project causes board to ask questions

December 29, 2015 SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Village Board recently considered two change orders to its inflow and infiltration project, but only one of those caught the eye of one board member. more »»

Gowanda talks tech initiative

December 29, 2015 GOWANDA — Com-puter labs may go the way of the dinosaur. more »»

Pomfret eyeballing need for red light in Laona

December 29, 2015 Motorists traveling in Laona may someday notice a lack of a blinking red light at the intersection of Webster and Porter roads. more »»

More foster homes needed

December 29, 2015 A majority of the 50 to 76 foster care homes in Chautauqua County are either full or on hold, leaving home-finding case workers looking for more families to accept childre. more »»

Villenova Supervisor calls it a career after 31-plus years

December 29, 2015 VILLENOVA — Monday’s Villenova Town Board meeting was a celebration of sorts. more »»

Number of middle-class households declining

December 28, 2015 MAYVILLE — The number of middle-class households in Chautauqua County is slightly declining, while the number of top earners gradually rises, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. more »»

Town seeks help for building teardown

December 28, 2015 BROCTON — An existing burn property in the town of Portland may be the latest property to be demolished by way of funding through the Office of the Attorney General’s Land Bank funding opportunitie. more »»

County government possibilities

December 28, 2015 Editor’s note: This is the third of a four-part series with County Legislator Keith Ahlstrom who is leaving office at the end of the mont. more »»

Student ready for Mission of Peace

December 28, 2015 WESTFIELD — A Westfield youth is setting out today on what promises to be the journey of a lifetime. more »»

Outgoing Fredonia mayor defines successes, challenges

December 27, 2015 With only a few days left in his term, Fredonia Mayor Stephen Keefe can claim an eventful time in offic. more »»

Keefe, Landis working toward smooth transition

December 27, 2015 Fredonia’s incoming mayor is a relative newcomer to the political scene, so to bring herself up to speed, she is learning how to govern the village straight from the horse’s mouth. more »»

Making finances work for Chautauqua County a challenge

December 27, 2015 Editor’s note: This is the second of a four-part series with County Legislator Keith Ahlstrom who is leaving office at the end of the month. more »»


December 27, 2015 Approval for the Northern Chautauqua Regional Water District is the OBSERVER’s top local story of 2015. more »»

Barn-style Bethlehem

December 26, 2015 RIPLEY — The horses, goats, sheep, llamas, cats and dogs of the Double D.A.B. Riding Stable in Ripley made room in their barn on Christmas Eve for a group of special visitors. more »»

Suspect in fatal in custody; police mum

December 26, 2015 A man wanted in connection with a fatal accident in the city of Dunkirk was reportedly taken into custody the day of the incident, though police have more or less remained tight-lipped about the... more »»

Keith Ahlstrom calls end to political career — for now

December 26, 2015 It’s been nine months since he retired as fire chief in the city of Dunkirk and in a few days, Keith Ahlstrom will end an 18-year tenure as a Chautauqua County legislator representing part of the... more »»

County sees slight increase in commute times

December 26, 2015 The options of working close to home are becoming slimmer for Americans living in cities and suburbs, according to Brookings Institution researchers and U.S. Census Bureau dat. more »»

Despite wild weather, successful harvest reported

December 26, 2015 Despite the extremes of weather this year, growers reported a successful harvest across Chautauqua Count. more »»

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2015 Merry Christmas... more »»



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