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Mayville cancels Fourth of July activities, fireworks possible

The Chautauqua County Fourth of July celebration in, 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 Lakeside Park ...

Outdoor dining at restaurants permitted starting today

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in Phase 2 of reopening effective today. Previously restaurants were limited to providing take-out or delivery services only, with full restaurant services not being able to open until Phase 3. “This is ...

Thruway Authority resumes cash toll collection

The New York State Thruway Authority announced that cash toll collection has resumed along the thruway’s ticketed-system. After this time, the emergency toll procedures that have been in place since March 22 will be suspended, and drivers will receive a toll ticket upon entry and be able ...

Fewer restrictions in Pennsylvania worry county business owner

JAMESTOWN — The owners of a local business not yet scheduled to resume operation under the state’s phased reopening guidelines are worried they might be losing customers to Pennsylvania where restrictions have been eased much quicker. Erica Dix, who with her husband David own and ...

Black bear sightings discussed by Busti

BUSTI — Busti Town Supervisor Jesse Robbins said he had received several calls about bears spotted in the area during a town board meeting on Monday night. Dawn Strother of Shadyside Road in Lakewood had just one such experience last week when a family of black bears showed interest in ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ripley to hold sixth grade graduation today

RIPLEY — Ripley Central School sixth grade students will participate in a graduation parade/ceremony today, board of education members learned at their meeting on May 27. Superintendent William Caldwell told board members that the graduates will take part in an automobile parade, ...

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 ...

Mitrano names Paula Younger new campaign manager

PENN YAN — Ithaca College administrator Paula E. F. Younger has been named campaign manager of Tracy Mitrano’s congressional campaign. She will begin her duties in June. Mitrano is running to represent New York’s 23rd congressional district. Younger will take a leave of absence from ...

Feedmore WNY is coming to Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek village board unanimously passed a motion on Monday at its board meeting to partner up with Feedmore WNY to set up a food drive right in Silver Creek. Mayor Jeffrey Hornburg brought the matter up to the board who thought it was a great idea. The food drive ...

Two new COVID-19 cases brings county number to 90

A male in his 60s and a female in her 70s are the two newest cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County. The Health Department, in its daily update, noted 15 of the 90 cases are active and 257 are under quarantine/isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored. Two people ...

Campgrounds adjust to summer of COVID-19

As the weather gets nicer, campgrounds — both seasonal and program-based — across the country are beginning to adjust to a summer operating in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. Hidden Valley Camping Area, a seasonal campground, is one of several sites locally that are working with the ...

Maruader Trotter 5k to go virtual on July 4

The Marauder Trotter 5k is going virtual this year. The annual race which takes place July 4 is changing things up in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement to the Dunkirk Common Council from Scott Mekus, event manager and DJ Wilson, race director, the Marauder Trotter will be open ...

Local assemblyman proposes limits to governor’s power

State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, wants to amend the state’s executive law to limit both the actions and duration of a governor’s emergency powers. A.10546 was introduced in the Assembly on Friday with a host of Republicans, including Assemblyman Joe Giglio, R-Gowanda, ...

WNY Region is expected to enter into Phase 2 today

The Western New York region is expected to enter Phase Two of reopening today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday during his daily briefing. “We expect that to happen,” Cuomo said. “We have the data that we’ve been tabulating during Phase One in Western New York. All the data looks ...

OBSERVER writer wins AP award

Dunkirk OBSERVER reporter Jo Ward has received honors from the Associated Press. Ward, who covers Dunkirk-Fredonia for the newspaper, won second place in the enterprise reporting category for her June 2019 article regarding "Mom finds no answers in possible sexual assault." Ward wrote about ...

Cassadaga Lake “ghost” ship

Photo courtesy of John Sipos In the middle lake of Cassadaga on the east side, is a natural creation which resembles a “ghost” ship. It survived the Cassadaga winter, and is facing the west. Boaters on the middle lake can take photographs of the creation.

Video of dog being struck sparks outrage

The State University of New York at Fredonia said it is aware of a video posted to social media over the weekend reportedly showing a student striking a dog several times. "The campus is aware of the incident, and is gathering information," Jeff Woodard, director of marketing and ...