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Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Development ­ 2020 in review

Since October of 2020, I have been communicating with the public through this article on the first weekend of every month about all of the great things going on throughout Chautauqua County as they relate to economic development. These commentaries may include discussions about specific ...

The Chamber is in business for small business

Our local economy relies on a variety of businesses to flourish, and small independent retailers, restaurants, and service industries are a key part of that success. The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has always been committed to promoting the Shop Local movement and stepped up those ...

General surgeon joins Lake Erie Medical Services

Lake Erie Medical Services, P.C. has announced Abdul R. Shahzad, MD, FACS, FCCWS, CWS, as the newest member of the expanding physician practice as general surgeon. Beginning immediately, Dr. Shahzad will see patients in the Dunkirk office located at 419 Central Ave. With a clinical focus in ...

Community Bank N.A. donates to local pantries and food banks

February marks National Canned Food Month and for the past three years, Community Bank N.A. has supported local pantries and food banks by hosting food drives at each of its branches. Last year, Community Bank collected 12,290 canned food items and the bank has continued to participate in ...

Outgoing COI board member honored

In September 2020, the Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. Board of Directors accepted the resignation of longtime board member Anthony Raffa. Raffa was dedicated to the organization, having been appointed to the board in 1975 during his tenure as a Chautauqua County legislator. A well-known ...

Working together breeds success

By Todd J. Tranum President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier As the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce begins a new decade of service to the business community, we continue to work on ...

HOPE plans virtual 5K run in May

HOPE Chautauqua, an initiative of Prevention Works, is announcing its first Virtual 5k Run. Run or walk the 5K (3.1 miles) with us any time throughout the month of May, whenever, wherever, and at your own pace. We highly encourage you to use the free IT’S YOUR RACE (IYR) Virtual app. It ...

Brooks-TLC Hospital System announces Tallett’s retirement

Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. has announced the retirement of John R. Tallett, MD, longtime hospital medical director and president of Lake Erie Medical Services, P.C. A well-known obstetrics and gynecology specialist in Chautauqua county, Dr. Tallett has served the health care needs of ...

Area winery places in New York wine competition

A Chautauqua County winery is one of 25 winners in the 2021 New York Wine Classic. The Johnson Estate’s 2018 estate grown Traminette is winner in the Best Traminette category in the competition. The New York Wine Classic is organized by the New York Wine & Grape ...

American Rescue Plan includes provisions for business

Small businesses are in line for additional assistance under the new American Rescue Plan Act approved this past week and signed by President Biden. The measure contains an additional $7.25 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, which offers forgivable loans to small businesses that have ...

Interest refund announced by Northern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union

The Board of Directors of The Northern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union announces an interest refund. The Northern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union is a non-profit credit union that serves employees and families of the Silver Creek and Forestville school districts. The credit union has worked ...

CCIDA and CREDC make lemonade in 2020

By MARK GEISE Deputy County Executive for Economic Development and COP of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency Since October, I have been communicating with the public through this article about all of the great things going on throughout Chautauqua County as they relate to ...

COVID restrictions change – safety protocols remain priority

By TODD J. TRANUM President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier As more and more New Yorkers are being vaccinated for COVID-19, the state is loosening some restrictions on public gatherings and ...

Central Station marks five years in Dunkirk

March 1 will mark the fifth anniversary of new ownership of Central Station Restaurant in Dunkirk. A fixture in downtown Dunkirk for over 25 years, Central Station Restaurant was purchased in 2016 by Robert Contiguglia and Kathleen Dennison, former owners of The White Inn in Fredonia. Their ...

Dunkirk welcomes newest downtown store

The city of Dunkirk welcomed its newest downtown business — S&T Redemption, 417 Central Ave. Owners Tommy Roque and Stacy Elmore, along with their partner, Luis Pupo, recently held a grand opening celebration. The new businesses owners are excited to offer this service to the residents ...

Going over COVID vaccine myths and reality

By TODD J. TRANUM President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier While we await more accessibility to the COVID 19 vaccine it is important that we take this time to prepare. An important part of ...

Chautauqua County still facing financial challenges

Even though it appears Chautauqua County has finished up 2020 in the black, there are still plenty of financial challenges in this upcoming year. During Wednesday’s legislature meeting, County Executive PJ Wendel shared that preliminary reports show the county finished 2020 with $4.5 ...

SUNY streamlines process to waive application fees

ALBANY — State University of New York applicants from low-income backgrounds can automatically have their college application fees waived, SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced Monday. Beginning March 1, students who financially qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs, whose ...