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CULTURE Showing support for institutions

It will take some time for us all to get used to the “new normal” after the COVID-19 epidemic. One aspect of our lives that should not change — but could — is the variety of museums that educate and entertain us. Throughout the world, most museums had to close during the height of the ...

Trade agreement goes into effect officially

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, said Wednesday that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement has officially gone in to effect. Reed served as a member of Republican leadership’s USMCA team and advocated for the agreement because of its benefits for 23rd Congressional District workers and ...

Some starting to return to churches

Area churches are adjusting to new protocols in holding services, but are happy to allow their members back inside to worship in person. On Tuesday, churches are allowed to have 33% of their maximum capacity, raised from 25%. Blessed Mary Angela Parish, Family Church Fredonia, and First ...

Theater reopenings going in slow motion

WARREN, Pa. — For movie-goers south of the New York state border, the shows are starting to go on. As part of the reopening of Pennsylvania, lawmakers have given the green light for theaters to open with no more than 250 people in attendance. For Wendy McCain, executive director of the ...

No new cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County Thursday

There are no new cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County, according to the Chautauqua County Health Department, while the percentage of positive cases compared to tests given is now about 0.85%. Chautauqua County has had 131 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 15,262 negative tests. The county ...

SUNY Fredonia announces reopening plan

The State University of New York at Fredonia is preparing for the return of students, faculty and staff for the Fall 2020 semester, following SUNY’s approval of Fredonia’s reopening plan. “Western New York has just entered Phase 4 reopening for the regional economy, and even better, ...

Man charged with impersonating officer waives preliminary hearing

WARREN, Pa. — The Jamestown, N.Y. man charged with impersonating an officer an invoking COVID-19 to get out of work has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Christopher M. Hawkins, 46, 120 Fulton St., was charged by City of Warren police earlier this month. He faces two misdemeanor ...

Four new COVID-19 cases in county; eight active

Four new cases of COVID-19 have been announced Friday by the Chautauqua County Health Department. Those new cases are part of the eight that are currently active. The new cases include a male in his 20s and females in their 20s, 30s and 50s. There are 95 cases under quarantine/isolation ...

No New COVID-19 Cases In Chautauqua County

There are no new cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County, according to the Chautauqua County Health Department, while the percentage of positive cases compared to tests given is now about 0.85%. Chautauqua County has had 131 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 15,262 negative tests. The county ...

SUNY Fredonia approves reopening plan for fall

The State University of New York at Fredonia is preparing for the return of students, faculty and staff for the Fall 2020 semester, following SUNY's approval of Fredonia's reopening plan. "Western New York has just entered Phase 4 reopening for the regional economy, and even better, SUNY has ...

DMV launches online appointment system

The Chautauqua County Department of Motor Vehicles is launching an online appointment system on the County DMV website that can be accessed at, https://chqgov.com/county-clerk/Department-of-Motor-Vehicles. Anyone without Internet access should contact a relative or friend to make the ...

No new cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County today

The Chautauqua County Department of Health reports no new cases of COVID-19 today. The county's statistics are as follows: • Six active cases, continue to recover under orders of the Local Health Official per NYS Public Health Law; • 117 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by ...

SUNY Fredonia cancels plans for August commencement

The State University of New York at Fredonia has announced the rescheduled 2020 Commencement ceremony on Aug. 8 has been called off. "Unfortunately, because of restrictions proposed on large gatherings, we will not be able to proceed with the August date for Commencement 2020," Interim ...

Gov. Cuomo Adds 8 State To Quarantine List

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has added eight additional states to a list that requires travelers returning to New York to quarantine for 14 days. The newly-added states are California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee. The quarantine applies to any person arriving ...

DUNKIRK Park music is best choice for city

If Music on the Pier is going to happen this summer in Dunkirk, it will have to be in a different location. Last week, city Mayor Wilfred Rosas said options are being considered for different venues. “We’re looking at possibly Memorial Park or Point Gratiot for the rest of Music on the ...

Rodeo will not take place in Gerry this summer

GERRY – The Gerry Fire Department has voted to postpone their 76th annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo until Aug. 4 to 7 of next summer due to circumstances beyond their control caused by the coronavirus. Rodeo chairman Tom Atwell calls this the “toughest decision they have ...

Meals on Wheels volunteers desperately needed in Cattaraugus

The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is in immediate need of volunteers at several of our Senior Wellness and Nutrition sites. The agency notes if volunteers cannot be found, the program may have to reduce the number of days meal ...

Two new cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County today

The Chautauqua County Department of Health has announced two new cases of the coronavirus in the county, which include a male in his 20s and a female in her 40s. Chautauqua County statistics are as follows: • Eight active cases, continue to recover under orders of the Local Health ...

Fredonia graduates overcome adversity

Fredonia's class of 2020 persevered and overcame adversity, graduating with their high school diplomas on Sunday afternoon. The ceremony was held at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, where a stage was set up, and chairs in front of it for the students. Families were behind the students in ...

‘Remarkable’ Dunkirk class cheered, celebrated

It was truly a landmark year for the class of 2020. Throughout the U.S., classes have dealt with new forms of graduation unseen in modern times, including drive-through graduation and virtual graduation. Luckily for the seniors at Dunkirk High School due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifting some ...