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UNDER CONTROL: Firefighters tackle blaze

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Several fire companies tackled what appeared to be an electrical fire at a Route 83 residence in the town of Villenova on Wednesday. An electrical cord on the side of the building flared up. Smoke was also seen coming from the front of the residence. The fire was reported at around 3:15 p.m.

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Tops Markets LLC announced that it would voluntarily file for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in order to implement its plan for financial restructuring.

Tops to remain open as bankruptcy looms

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Tops Markets LLC announced that it will be pursuing a financial restructuring in order to eliminate a substantial portion of debt from its balance sheet. The company made the announcement Wednesday, several days after reports came about that the company would be filing for bankruptcy and ...

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Rich Nassar, vice president of operations for Athenex, says the project is still on track for a mid-2020 completion date during Wednesday’s Dunkirk Town Planning Board meeting at Jamestown Community College’s North County Campus.

The last hurdle

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Site plans for Athenex are heading to the Dunkirk Town Board — the last hurdle before work begins. The town’s planning board recommended approval of the biopharmaceutical company’s site plan to the town with a few conditions during a Wednesday meeting. Securing entrance and utility ...

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Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello speaks Wednesday during a meeting of the Community Justice Council.

Borrello proposes taskforce to combat opioid ‘epidemic’

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MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello announced a new program to combat opioid use in the region at a Community Justice Council meeting Wednesday. The anti—drug program, the Countywide Alliance for Enforcement and Rehabilitation (CAER), is a taskforce the county ...

Fredonia native killed in crash to be recognized in film

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A Fredonia native who died in a car crash will be recognized in the credits of a new major film set to be released next month. “The Last Movie Star,” directed by Adam Rifkin and starring Burt Reynolds, Chevy Chase and Ariel Winter, will pay respect to Hannah Eimers, 17, who died in ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Reed staff to hold remote office hours in Dunkirk today Congressman Tom Reed’s staff will hold remote office hours in Dunkirk today from 2-3 p.m. The meeting will be in the Mayor’s Conference Room at the Dunkirk City Hall, 342 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Staff will be available to answer ...

Area Police

Area police

Gowanda Police ≤ Michael Winkler, 28, of Sherman Avenue, North Collins, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, inadequate license plate lights, unlawful possession of marijuana and obstructing governmental administration on Thursday. At 12:30 a.m., ...

Fredonia newest institutional member of Fulbright Association

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The State University of New York at Fredonia is the newest institutional member of the Fulbright Association, joining over 200 U.S. colleges and universities. It is the third SUNY campus, along with SUNY Buffalo State and Oswego, to become a member of the official U.S. alumni organization of ...

Solarize events scheduled for county residents

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Solar Chautauqua is offering reduced pricing for affordable solar panel installations to Chautauqua County residents and businesses. They provide information on State and Federal solar tax credits, help you select the solar energy system that’s right for your home, and offer a variety of ...

Pennsylvania woman dies in accident, state police say

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New York State Police say a 20-year-old woman from Pennsylvania died in the Tuesday evening crash on Interstate 90 in the town of Portland near the Westfield exit. The crash involved two vehicles and a semi hauling diesel. Four others were injured in the crash that happened just after 7 p.m. ...

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Mitrano meets Northern Chautauqua County

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23rd Congressional District Democratic candidate Tracy Mitrano, far right, visited the Clarion Hotel Wednesday night. Supporters traveled from as far Westfield and Cattaraugus to hear Mitrano talk on net neutrality, cyber security and Russian election meddling at SUNY Fredonia before following ...

Access Channel 5 programming set for Feb. 24 to March 2

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“Defenders of Freedom” shares the first hand experiences of WWII veterans in the Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania areas. Hosted and filmed at the Jackson Center in Jamestown, the project is a collaborative effort between the Center, the United Veterans Council, Chautauqua ...

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A three-vehicle accident on the I-90 eastbound Tuesday night led to one fatality and four injuries.

Crash claims one life

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PORTLAND — A crash on Interstate 90 in the town of Portland left one dead and four injured Tuesday evening, according to a fire official. The incident involving two vehicles and one oil tanker occurred on I-90 eastbound near the Matthews Road overpass. The semi and one vehicle were located ...

Eagle

BIRD WATCHING: An eye for eagles

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Dunkirk photographer Brian Hobbs sent this photo of a bald eagle soaring over Lake Erie recently. He said the eagle is one of two that have made Dunkirk home. On the day he took the photo behind Bart’s Cove, he said he could see 10 bald eagles on a thawing lake.

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Local union members attended Tuesday’s Common Council meeting to show their support for the responsible bidder law.

Dunkirk passes responsible bidder law

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A crowd gathered at the Dunkirk Common Council meeting Tuesday to show their support for a new bidding measure. At the last meeting, Council tabled Resolution 25 for a public hearing. No one spoke at the hearing Tuesday, but during the public comment period, Dave Wilkinson, IBEW business ...

U.S. Rep Tom Reed

Reed reaffirms support for gun rights, Second Amendment

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U.S. Rep. Tom Reed said he is in full support of Second Amendment rights and does not believe a ban on the AR-15 rifle is the answer. In a call with reporters Tuesday morning, Reed said Congress should do what is necessary to keep mass shootings, such as the recent shooting in a Parkland, ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Silver Creek School Board of Education Meeting The Silver Creek Central School Board of Education will meet Feb. 27 at 6 p.m., in the Board of Education Room. This is a time change from their regular start time of 7 p.m. No workshop will be held. Pine Valley cancels school board ...

Area Police

Area police

State Police at Collins ¯ GOWANDA — Kelly Luke, 46, of Gowanda was taken into custody Feb. 13 at 8 a.m. for a parole violation after a home visit by officers. After reviewing his movements from his ankle bracelet, Luke had allegedly violated the conditions of his parole the night before. ...