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Staff sought to aid Health Department

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The Chautauqua County Legislature is being asked to help the county’s public health workers, who are being stretched to the limit. During a meeting this week of the county Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee, Christine Schuyler, county public health director and ...

November events at Anderson-Lee Library set

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SILVER CREEK — The Anderson-Lee Library, 43 Main St., Silver Creek, will hold several November events. The library is open to the public Monday and Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library is ...

Empty Bowls project goes on despite COVID-19

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Empty Bowls is entering its 28th year, and Marv Bjurlin is preparing hundreds of bowls to share at the annual community event. Empty Bowls started in Michigan where a group of students made bowls and served soup to faculty workers. Their teacher wanted them to give back to the community and ...

Reed says he, family ‘threatened’ at home

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U.S. Rep. Tom Reed and his family were apparently targeted Friday by vandals. In a statement, to media, the District 23 representative from Corning released this statement: “Today, my family and I were threatened at our home in Corning. “The cowards used a dead animal and a brick with a ...

FEMA funding to assist in seawall project

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U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday announced $579,453 in FEMA funding will be provided for the city of Dunkirk to begin construction on the Lakefront Boulevard Seawall, which was severely damaged in last year’s Halloween storms. The senators said ...

Right ‘at home’

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CASSADAGA — Mark and Tonia Wilson have been a positive influence everywhere they’ve been, and they’ve now started to make their mark in Cassadaga. When they first met in kindergarten, the couple never thought they would end up where they are today. Mark and Tonia Wilson have seen all ...

CHRIC offering assistance to first time homebuyers in county

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The Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation has received another round of funding for a 2020 Homeownership in the City of Dunkirk Program for first time homebuyers. “Making you a homeowner is our business,” said Mayra Agosto-Fred, CHRIC’s homeownership program ...

Area police

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WESTFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT ¯ Jessica L. Coddington, 29, of Westfield, was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal of breath test, open container in vehicle and aggravated DWI with a BAC of 0.18 or higher. Officers were called at 12:19 a.m. Friday to Route 5 for a report of a vehicle ...

Remaining Opera House events have been postponed

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FREDONIA – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center has postponed the remaining two live performance events scheduled for 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Opera House likely will be closed for events for the remainder of 2020. Postponed events include: ¯ Solo ...

Cardinale, Goodell spar over police reforms

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Editor’s note: This is the third of a four-part debate between candidates for New York State Assembly. Both Christina Cardinale and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell agree that the law enforcement profession finds itself in a precarious situation and that state funding for law enforcement should ...

Early voting kicks off across county

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OBSERVER Staff Report Registered voters in Chautauqua County can now vote early at any of the three designated early voting sites: at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood; county Fairground in Dunkirk; or at the Board of Elections in Mayville. The early voting period runs now through Sunday, ...

Dunkirk boys soccer slated to return Oct. 28 after quarantine

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The Dunkirk boys soccer team has experienced a bit of a trying season this year as one of their teammates tested positive for the coronavirus. “The whole team has to quarantine,” said Dunkirk Athletic Director Al Gens this week. “It began Monday and we are missing five games that ...

Access Chautauqua announces schedule

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Chautauqua Sunrise, hosted by Doc Hamels, will have Jessica Dayton of the Chautauqua Children’s Safety and Education Village. The program is aired and streamed on Facebook live at 9 a.m. Saturday, then repeats at 2 and 8 p.m. Fresh Perspectives, hosted by Gail Erb, features Patty Benton ...

County: 12 COVID cases tied to north county private event

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At least 12 cases of COVID-19 reported this week by the Chautauqua County Department of Health have been linked to a private event in the north county. In an update Friday, the department said it is still investigating the cluster of cases, but did not provide specifics — other than to say ...

NCCF is accepting applications for its COVID-19 relief

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The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is accepting applications for its COVID-19 Relief, Recovery and Reimagine Grants through Nov. 15. To date, the foundation has awarded grants that support recovery efforts, provided needed resources to restructure programs and procedures, and ...

Area spike being probed

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A cluster of cases in the north county is being investigated by the Department of Health. In a news release issued on Thursday afternoon, officials said they were investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 cases as the result of a private event. “We’ve detected over the last week that they ...

Reed machine tests Mitrano’s mettle

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Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano was shaken as she appeared on a Zoom meeting with Southern Tier media on Monday afternoon. It was earlier that same morning, incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom Reed and members of his campaign team singled out the challenger while winning an endorsement from the ...