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Family misses seeing mom, 95, in facility

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Melinda Bell of Fredonia has seen her 95-year-old mother Mary Sorci twice since COVID began and she’s had enough. Sorci, who lives at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk for the last few years, suffers from dementia, but loves her home and the people in it. However, ...

Primary looms for Fredonia seat

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In one more sign the county’s Democratic party is far from unified, a primary will take place in June regarding the District 4 seat for the Chautauqua County Legislature. Susan Parker, a nurse, social worker and mother of three, has recently announced plans to run a campaign. “There are ...

Gowanda optimistic about all returning

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GOWANDA — Students at Gowanda Central School continue to return to class. During an April 5 conference call, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that updated guidance will come to schools in the coming weeks. This has been an anticipated announcement, as Gowanda continues to return different grade ...

Businesses hit with unemployment insurance hikes

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New York businesses will be paying more into the state’s unemployment insurance fund in 2020 than they did in 2021. According to Bloomberg News, 2020 unemployment insurance tax rates ranged from 0.6% to 7.9%. This year, they will range from 2.1% to 9.9%, according to the state Labor ...

County DMVs have smooth reopening

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After more than a year, the Chautauqua County Department of Motor Vehicles is once again accepting walk-ins. Monday was the first day since the COVID-19 pandemic began that residents didn’t need to make an appointment. “We’re doing both appointments and walk-ins. By ‘walk in’ that ...

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Portland fire commissioners to meet PORTLAND — Due to the rescheduling of the Portland Fire Departments April meeting, the Board of Commissioners of the Portland Fire District will be holding its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Masks and proper social distancing are still ...

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Area police

JAMESTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT ¯ Angel Figueroa, no age, of Jamestown, was charged with second-degree criminal contempt and second-degree unlawful imprisonment. Officers responded at 4:10 a.m. Sunday to Barrett Avenue for a domestic incident. There was a confirmed stay away order of protection ...

Free tax program wrapping up season

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While the IRS has extended the tax season until May 17 local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance providers will be closing their sites at the end of April. The VITA program provides free income tax preparation to most taxpayers earning less than $60,000 per year, through the generosity of local ...

COVID forces cancellation of Scandinavian Folk Festival

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The 2021 Scandanavian Folk Festival has been canceled by organizers. The next festival is scheduled for July 2022. Continued COVID-19 restrictions for large group gatherings and required quarantine for international travelers have prompted the decision. Thirty-two guest performers from ...

Bach event canceled, Fredonia Opera House run moved

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The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center announced the impact of the continued COVID crisis on two annual events – the 1891 Run and the Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival. The 1891 Run, a 5K Walk/Run usually held in late April, has been rescheduled for July 18-31. The Bach ...

State updates guidance on graduation ceremonies

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New York state has updated its guidance on graduation ceremonies for schools, colleges and universities. The update takes effect May 1, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, and includes indoor and outdoor graduation and commencement ceremonies. “We’re once again approaching the end of the academic ...

COVID hospitalizations start to show increase in county

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Chautauqua County hospitalization have increased, according to the most recent COVID-19 numbers announced by the Health Department. As of Monday, there were 20 new cases with 165 active. Those hospitalized increased from seven on Sunday to 12 on Monday. In all, there have been 8,540 total ...

State Police plan car-seat installation session in Fredonia

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The New York State Police are sponsoring a free child passenger safety fitting station where certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be on hand to install or inspect your child car seats. The event will be on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be held at the State ...

Website helps residents find vaccine appointments

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Western New Yorkers now have a new way to find appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. Todd Tranum, president and chief executive officer at the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, said Vaccine Hound was put together by the State University at Buffalo and is being supported by volunteers as ...

Infinity Dance to participate in village cleanup

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Infinity Dance Academy is cleaning up the downtown Fredonia area on Saturday as a thank you to the community that helped them stay afloat throughout the pandemic. The idea came when studio owner Emily King was out for a walk with her 7-year-old stepdaughter, Lilly Harris and noticed garbage ...

Pomfret blaze destroys barn Saturday night

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Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department fire investigators are looking into the cause of a Saturday evening barn fire that destroyed the structure and then started a blaze in the grass and woods nearby in Pomfret. Fredonia Fire Department, Dunkirk Fire Department and several other companies ...

All council seats contested in Dunkirk

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Ten individuals are running for positions in Dunkirk for this election season. Petitions have been filed for all four wards and the councilman-at-large seat. For councilman-at-large, the Republican candidate will be David Damico with the Democratic nominee being Nick Weiser. First Ward is ...

Kendra’s Law changes removed from budget

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Strengthening Kendra’s Law is one of the few areas Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Sen. George Borrello can find common ground. Unfortunately for Borrello, Cuomo and his fellow Democrats were unable to find common ground on proposals to strengthen Kendra’s Law, with legislative Democrats ...

Region makes push for rural Broadband

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Over the past several years, the state government, in conjunction with the service providers in the area, have made a large push to expand Broadband access to rural parts of the county. While the need to expand access had been rising over the last few years as more technology moved online, the ...

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Community Notebook

CVCS board meets tonight SINCLAIRVILLE — The Cassadaga Valley Central School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the middle-high school multi-purpose room for a budget work session. Social distancing will be enforced.