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Unemployment rate falls to 13.3%, US adds 2.5M jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 13.3% in May from 14.7%, and 2.5 million jobs were added — a surprisingly positive reading in the midst of a recession that has paralyzed the economy in the wake of the viral pandemic. The May job gain suggests that businesses have ...

2 new COVID cases reported; 99 in total

Two new cases of the coronavirus were reported Friday, bringing the total locally to 99. The Chautauqua County Department of Health said 22 cases remain active to date, with 269 county residents either in quarantine/isolation, no one hospitalized, 71 recoveries, six fatalities and 4,463 ...

Edicts: Crossing line during pandemic

Local and state officials reveling in their power to enforce dictates they claim are needed to battle the coronavirus pandemic may well have felt a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upheld their authority. In a way, it did. But look more closely at the ruling: It came in an emergency appeal ...

People’s column

Grades don’t off full picture Editor, OBSERVER: Dunkirk OBSERVER gets an “F” for investigative reporting. A recent article (May 21) headlined, “County government boards praised, criticized for openness” could be disturbing unless you explored the facts surrounding Open ...

Fredonia roundabout project scheduled to finish in summer

The installation of a roundabout in Fredonia is continuing to take shape. Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Routes 20 and 60 began a little over a year ago. Last year much of the work focused on infrastructure, including relocating electric poles. In the fall, the state ...

Slow and ‘steady’ is prominent in primary

RUSSELL, Pa. — There was no stampede or long wait in lines this time around. As a spattering of voters waited to cast their ballot on Tuesday morning even before the primary began at 7 at the Russell Volunteer Fire Department polling site at 66 Perrigo Lane, this event was far from ...

UPMC: COVID-19 is less prevalent than it was a couple of weeks ago

There is good news about what medical professionals are learning each day about COVID-19. Dr. Donald Yealy, UPMC and University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine chairman, said 500 people have been fully treated and recovered from COVID-19 at UPMC facilities in Pennsylvania, ...

2 new COVID deaths reported in county

Two new COVID-19-related deaths were reported by the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services. In a statement Thursday, the county Health Department said the cases involved men in their 80s who reportedly had underlying health conditions. “Despite extensive treatment, they ...

Some stimulus payments coming on debit cards

Some eligible recipients of the economic impact payment are receiving their $1,200 on a debit card from Money Network Cardholder Services. Certified financial planner Joseph Gugino learned about this new way of receiving the economic impact payment this past weekend, when his in-laws received ...

Shortfall hits P-TECH program

The economic impact of COVID-19 is already taking a toll on local education programs, as administrators and school boards struggle to cope with funding shortfalls. The issue immediately hit students enrolled in the Career P-TECH Academy through BOCES, a competitive six-year commitment ...

Brooks resuming outpatient hours Saturday

Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. has announced, effective Saturday its outpatient laboratory and diagnostic imaging weekend hours will resume on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Dunkirk. According to Ken Morris, vice president of operations, “After the past number of weeks on pause, we ...

Saturday Dunkirk event to focus on faith, prayer

A gathering of faith and prayer will take place in Dunkirk on Saturday afternoon. Pastor Pablo Alvira of Assembly of Christian Churches said the gathering will begin at noon in the area of Eagle and Third streets. "All are welcome," he said. The event is not tied to the peaceful protest that ...

UPDATED: 2 New COVID-Related Deaths Reported

Two new COVID-19-related deaths were reported by the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services. In a statement Thursday, the county Health Department said the cases involved men in their 80s who reportedly had underlying health conditions. "Despite extensive treatment, they ...

Brooks resuming Saturday outpatient hours

Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. has announced, effective Saturday its outpatient laboratory and diagnostic imaging weekend hours will resume on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Dunkirk. According to Ken Morris, vice president of operations, “After the past number of weeks on pause, we ...

Lessons in joy

CHERRY CREEK — From a small farm on Water Street in Fredonia to the stages of Broadway, Cherry Creek resident John Joy has led a remarkable life. A veteran, a model and an actor, Joy’s dynamic career has had an indelible impact on those who have been fortunate enough to work with him. ...

Thruway Authority to resume cash toll collection tonight

The New York State Thruway Authority announced that cash toll collection will resume along the thruway's ticketed-system beginning Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. After this time, the emergency toll procedures that have been in place since March 22 will be suspended, and drivers will receive a toll ...

Annual Fourth Of July celebration in Mayville canceled

The Chautauqua County Fourth of July celebration in Mayville, including the annual parade and festival, have been canceled. In a news release, the committee that oversees the festivities said: "It is with heavy hearts that we have to cancel the July 4 parade and festivities at Mayville ...

City updates on small business loans and PPE

The small business loans program being sponsored by the city of Dunkirk is going well. “Right now we have 26 applications that have come in and we sent out roughly 50 plus to different local businesses within the past week,” Director of Planning and Development Rebecca Wurster stated at ...

Local salons and barbershops resume business

Equipped with masks, face shields and gloves, local salons and barbershops began welcoming patrons on Tuesday as the Western New York region transitioned into Phase Two of New York State’s reopening plan. With the transition, hair stylists and barbers were able to resume cutting and ...

Reed, Borrello push Rewarding American Workers Act

Two Western New York politicians went behind the counter Tuesday to try a different line of work. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, and George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, each donned Country Fair hats to make subs for customers at the County Fair located along Route 60 in Gerry. After interacting ...