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COVID hospitalizations start to show increase in county

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

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

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 ...

More than 800 county residents have received J&J vaccine

A total of 807 Chautauqua County residents have received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from the county Health Department. For now, that number will not be permitted to go up. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. on Tuesday recommended a “pause” in using the single-dose ...

Positivity COVID rate shows small rise in county

Rising positivity rates facing Western New York also are being seen in Chautauqua County. According to the Health Department, 86 new COVID-19 cases were reported from Friday to Sunday bringing the total number since the pandemic to 8,520. There are 159 active and seven hospitalizations while ...

Minor injury reported in city mishap

First-responders in the city of Dunkirk were at Central and Lucas avenues on Monday afternoon after a minor fender-bender was reported before 1 p.m. Monday. The driver of this vehicle complained of minor injuries and was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital.

COVID forces cancellation of Scandanavian Folk Festival

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 ...

Crews from Fredonia, Dunkirk battle evening blaze

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

Kickoff return, long run boost Hillbillies; Black Knights victorious

Long touchdown runs by Dom Gullo and Nick Whitfield in the second half led the Fredonia Hillbillies past Falconer-Cassadaga Valley, 12-10, in Falconer. After trailing 3-0 after a fairly uneventful first half, Gullo scored the first touchdown on the second-half kickoff. Whitfield added the ...

Unattended fire likely cause of blaze that destroyed cabin

BROCTON -- The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team has determined the cause of a fire that destroyed a cabin and heavily damaged a pickup truck Friday near Brocton. The blaze at 6026 Ellicott Road in the town of Portland was reported at 3:20 a.m. Everyone managed to get out of the ...

Opera House cancels Bach event, moves run

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center today 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 ...

Rates rise in region for vaccinations, COVID positivity

There is some good news and bad news when it comes to COVID-19 and Western New York. Through Saturday, nearly 30,000 Chautauqua County residents have received their second dose of the vaccine. Positivity rates in the region, however, are the highest in the state. According to Gov. Andrew ...

Reed ready for return, a focus on ‘recovery and renewal’

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed said Friday morning he is "slowly getting back to a schedule" but is ready to return to work once Congress comes back to session in Washington next week. In his first public comments since the middle of March, Reed said his final term as a representative will focus on ...

Several departments called to fire in Portland

BROCTON -- Several departments were summoned to a fire that broke out early Friday south of the village of Brocton. Firefighters were notified of the blaze at 6026 Ellicott Road at 3:20 a.m. Upon arrival, fire officials reported a fully engulfed structure. Everyone managed to get out of ...

Police identify woman killed by train

A 62-year-old Sherman woman has been identified as the person struck and killed by a train Thursday in the village of Westfield. An investigation into the accident remains ongoing, the Westfield Police Department said in a news release. County 911 dispatch had received word around 3:15 p.m. ...

Senators call for emergency dredging of Barcelona Harbor

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are calling on the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to direct available funding toward an emergency dredging of Barcelona Harbor in the town of Westfield. Citing recent storms that have washed sediment over the ...

Reed replaced as co-chair of Problem Solvers Caucus

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has been replaced as co-chairman of the 58-member Problem Solvers Caucus. The news was shared in a message posted by the caucus on Twitter. "Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) was elected the new Co-Chair of the bipartisan, 58-member-strong Problem Solvers Caucus. Tom Reed (R-NY) ...

NTSB to send investigator to scene of plane crash

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is sending an air safety investigator to the scene of a single-engine plane crash that killed one person and seriously injured another Wednesday afternoon in Cattaraugus County. The NTSB in a message posted to Twitter said the member would ...

Biden making new moves on guns, including naming ATF boss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, in his first gun control measures since taking office, announced a half-dozen executive actions Thursday aimed at addressing a proliferation of gun violence across the nation that he called an "epidemic and an international embarrassment." "It is ...

State approves funding for Westfield water system

The village of Westfield is slated to receive $2,360,794 in long-term interest free financing for the replacement of a water main, upgrades to an existing booster pump, and improvements to the water treatment plant, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday. The project was one of many approved ...