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Farm outlook: scarce labor, higher wages

New York state farm operators can expect a tight labor market and rising wages in the year ahead, in addition to continued pandemic precautions, debate over immigration reform and potential changes to overtime pay, according to a Cornell agriculture expert. “Ag labor is going to remain ...

Chautauqua Center is hosting children’s events

The Chautauqua Center is hosting events for children in February. Nibbles of Knowledge streams live on Facebook Thursday at 1 p.m. Families are invited to include their children and join guest host Linda Cecchetti from The Salvation Army Anew Center for a special story time. Cecchetti has ...

Brickman to ‘Share The Love’ in virtual events

Jim Brickman, Grammy-nominated songwriter and performer, will continue to entertain fans in February with “Share The Love” LIVE Virtually. A portion of each ticket purchased to the live online event will benefit the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. Fans and their families can enjoy this ...

Westfield-Mayville Rotary tees up golf simulator as program topic

Did you ever wish that you could play rounds of golf at famous courses like Pebble Beach, Oakmont or St. Andrews? What about being able to practice your golf skills indoors during Chautauqua County winters? Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club members learned about how the two new golf simulators at ...

Boy Scout Sunday going virtual

The Allegheny Highlands Council of the Boy Scouts of America will take part in the Scout Sunday observance, beginning at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Scout Sunday celebrates the twelfth point of the Scout Law, “A Scout is Reverent,” and traditionally is observed annually on the first Sunday of ...

Little Explorers can learn about camouflage

Whether a winter day is a snow-covered wonderland or bare and brown, animals have ways to keep out of sight. The blending into their surroundings that many animals do is known as camouflage. Adults and the 3-8 year old child(ren) in their life can learn about “Camouflage” at Audubon ...

Village Hall elevator in need of repairs

Going up in Fredonia did not get voted down. A special meeting held by the Fredonia Board of Trustees last week centered on the repair to the elevator in village hall, which has been out of service for around six weeks. “The timeline is really kind of crucial. We’ve heard from the courts ...

Audubon to host safe paint ‘n’ fun event

Beginner to advanced artists can participate in a socially distant Paint n’ Fun Art Night at Audubon Community Nature Center on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Emily Rechin will be the instructor. Rechin was a seasonal nature educator at Audubon and has experience painting with ...

County launches COVID Heroes recognition program

Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel and the COVID-19 Response Team recently launched COVID-19 Heroes, a recognition program to highlight the outstanding work of people working on the frontlines of the coronavirus fight in the county. “Early in the pandemic, we recognized many local ...

Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary meets

CASSADAGA — Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary Unit 1280 met recently with eight senior members attending and all officers present. Guidelines were followed according to the governor’s protocol; masks were worn, social distancing was observed, and sanitizer was available. President Lauren ...

Community notebook

Willow Mission is open Monday The Willow Mission, 601 Washington Ave., Dunkirk, will be open Monday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for winter coats and winter accessories. Those attending should use the Sixth Street door and wear a mask. Only one person will be admitted at a time.

Community notebook

Active Parenting of Teens meets in February Active Parenting of Teens will be held in three two-hour sessions via Zoom from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 4, 11 and 18. To register, call 780-2721 or 664-3608, ext. 226 or email Kathleen J. Colby, director of parenting, at kjcolby@preventionworks.us. The ...

Stockton begins 200th year

STOCKTON — The final meeting of the year of the Town Board was recently held at the end of December, which concluded 199 years of service residents. The first meeting on Jan. 12 marked the beginning of the 200th year for the town board, which first met in April 1821. At the time of the ...

Audubon breaks ground for new wildlife habitat

The Audubon Community Nature Center celebrated National Bird Day on Jan. 5 with an informal groundbreaking ceremony for the Pamela A. Westrom Wildlife Habitat. For almost two decades, Audubon has been home to Liberty, a non-releasable Bald Eagle that was rescued in Washington state. Every ...

Drive-up spaghetti dinner fundraiser set

The Audubon Community Nature Center is presenting a drive-up spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 23. The meal includes a plentiful helping of spaghetti with red sauce and meatballs, a side salad, sliced bread, and a homemade cookie. A vegetarian option is also available that does ...

Access Chautauqua Programming announced

This week’s Access Chautauqua Programing is as follows: The Chautauqua Lecture Series 2019 features Bill Moyers: The Other Face of Power, at 1 and 7 p.m. Chautauqua Sunrise, hosted by Doc Hamels, will have the Chautauqua Sunrise crew with a lookback at 2020 and predictions and ...

MAST planning webinar for business relief

The newly-approved congressional COVID-19 relief package includes significant economic stimulus programs that could impact business owners and their employees across the Southern Tier. The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier is currently working with the Small Business Development ...

Rails to Trails Christmas Eve event set

WESTFIELD — Chautauqua Rails to Trails will commemorate the Christmas Eve 1872 train crash that killed 21 people at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Prospect Station trailhead at the intersection of Prospect Station, Fish and Barnes roads. The address is 6830 Barnes Road, Westfield. Jim Fincher, ...

Winter Solstice bonfire at Audubon Monday

JAMESTOWN — The longest night of the year gives way to increasing light on the winter solstice. Celebrate a return to light and new beginnings on Monday, Dec. 21, at the Audubon Community Nature Center’s Winter Solstice Bonfire from 4:30 to 6 p.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m., and drop in anytime ...