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HI, SANTA! Holiday weekend in Westfield

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After arriving in Westfield on a grape picker on Friday night, Santa and Mrs. Claus made their way to the Westfield YWCA to meet children and families as part of this weekend’s Christmas in the Village Pictured here with Santa and Mrs. Claus is Meredith Freeman, age 4, daughter of Tyler and ...

Cassadaga man pleads guilty to child porn charges

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BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that Daniel Villafane-Lozada, 23, of Cassadaga, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in ...

Panel talks county education challenges

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From attendance issues to staffing shortages, panelists at a recent United University Professions Fredonia Chapter meeting recently discussed the challenges that Chautauqua County educators are facing. The eight panelists who met at SUNY Fredonia explored these issues and also discussed ways in ...

Salvation Army in desperate need of kettle volunteers

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Major John Merchant with the Salvation Army of Jamestown spent the first day of the Red Kettle campaign — the annual fundraiser that helps a range of local programs and services — interviewing applicants due to a critical lack of volunteers. Though the drive officially kicked off ...

Lake groups respond to Burtis Bay fish kill

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CELORON — Mike Newell of 10 Chautauqua Place waded through weed-infested waters filled with dead fish that had suffocated due to a lack of oxygen and being forced to the surface by a biomass blown in by winds nearly two weeks ago. He used a pitchfork to turn over some of the weeds to reveal ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Fall Bazaar today Versailles Community Hall is sponsoring a fall bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be available. The hall is handicapped accessible. Amateur radio license class starts Sunday The Pioneer, Radio, Operators, Society and Cattaraugus County amateur ...

Area police

Area police

Westfield Police Department ¯ On Tuesday at around 3:15 p.m. police stopped a vehicle on East Main Street in Westfield for an alleged unregistered motor vehicle. The driver was identified as Shawn R. Conway, 40, of Ripley. Investigation found that Conway’s license was reportedly suspended ...

‘A Dickens Holiday’ ongoing in Westfield

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WESTFIELD — “A Dickens Holiday” started Friday and continues this weekend. Westfield is adorned in Victorian Christmas finery, with shops and restaurants decorated for Christmas. There will be a window decorating contest with village shops open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Punch card promotions will ...

What’s New Fair today

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The 63rd annual What’s New Fair, sponsored by the American Assocication of University Women Jamestown Branch, will take place today from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hamilton Center at Jamestown Community College. Since 1955, AAUW has raised over $400,000 for ...

Rural Ministry sets application times

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Chautauqua County Rural Ministry will be accepting applications for Christmas food baskets and gifts from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 5 and 6. These are the only dates applications will be accepted. Those applying need to bring: proof of income; proof of residency and Social Security cards for ...

Drivers warned: November is peak deer crash month

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While any animal on the road is dangerous, deer are most often the cause of collisions. Opening Day of shotgun deer hunting season is today in most areas in Western and Central New York, which will stir the deer population. This is also the height of deer mating season across the region. AAA ...

Westfield PD gets grant from Mason

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WESTFIELD — The Westfield Police Department is pleased to announce it has received a $1,020 grant from Scott Mason, of Mason’s Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield. These funds will be used to purchase a new portable computer and software to be used for educational programs with ...

Area schools benefit from $500,000 in school safety grants

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Two grants will improve safety and enhance violence prevention efforts in schools served by Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaragus BOCES. School district leaders from 27 school districts supported a shared service to secure funds that benefit students at schools throughout the region. Secured by the ...

Passport event this morning at Fredonia Post Office

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Traveling for the holidays? The time to apply for your passport is now! The Fredonia and Salamanca Post Offices are hosting passport events with extra appointment times and additional staff to assist. Customers can schedule a passport appointment online at http://www.usps.com/scheduler or ...

Boat lift donated to county Sheriff’s Office

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The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank “Rock WNY” for their donation of a boat lift this past summer season. Rock WNY provided a 2017 Shore Station Hydraulic 7,000 lbs. boat lift for the Sheriff’s Office Marine Division to use for their newest patrol boat at Long Point State Park ...

JCC Career Advantage Program adds degree

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Jamestown Community College’s Career Advantage program will include a health information technology degree, beginning in fall 2019. Students in the health information technology degree program develop skills for careers in healthcare documentation/medical transcription, medical coding, ...

NCCF awards grants to 17 local charitable organizations

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The Board of Directors at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation recently awarded $93,311 in grants to 17 local charitable organizations. The Community Grants Program (CGP) is a biannual program that awards grants to local nonprofits seeking funding for projects that address northern ...

Cassadaga veterans remember

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On Nov. 11, 1918, one hundred years ago, the Armistice was signed in France between the Allied Nations and Germany, on a railroad car. This Armistice was for the cessation of hostilities to the end “the war to end all wars.” It was known as the signing of the Armistice on the eleventh hour ...

Panel at college considers regional job dilemma

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Ziya Arnavut, Ph.D., president of the United University Professions Fredonia chapter recently hosted a panel discussion on jobs and training at SUNY Fredonia. “I hope this panel can give us some possible solutions that we can work with to do something good for our population, because we want ...