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Community Bank N.A. supports renovations at YWCA Westfield

WESTFIELD — The Community Bank N.A. Westfield, branch March 10 presented YWCA Westfield with a $1,000 donation to support its Airbnb renovation campaign. Through Airbnb, YWCA Westfield offers lodging in the heart of downtown Westfield in a former turn-of-the-century living quarters for nurses ...

Temporary changes for the Master Gardener help desk

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County Master Gardener Help Desk will not be opening at JCC as expected for in-person assistance with gardening questions. Instead Master Gardeners can be reached for gardening help in two ways. Beginning immediately, you can call the Master Gardeners ...

Forestville announces honor roll

FORESTVILLE — Here is the honor roll for the second quarter for Forestville high and middle school students. Twelfth Grade High Honor Roll Nathaniel Bock, Samantha Brewster, Gavin Christian, Ashley Forbes, Sydney Frost, Trinity Gay, Phoebe Kingsfield, Dominic Logan, Dominique Meinzer, ...

Scouts visit Gowanda board

GOWANDA — Two scouts visited the Village Board in March before the coronavirus took hold on our region with questions for the board. “What do you like best about your job?” asked the first scout. “I like my job because I like to help and serve the people and I’ve been doing it for ...

Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce to study reuses for buildings

SILVER CREEK — The Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce is working to organize a committee to help catalogue empty business properties in order to help find new uses for the space. Hanover Community Chamber President Rick Klisiewicz noted there are approximately fifteen empty storefronts in ...

Mental Health Advocates of WNY creates community guide

Mental Health Advocates of WNY (MHA) has created a guide for mental health resources that are available in Western New York during this current COVID-19 public health crisis. The guide provides a list of resources, services and other useful information to help maintain good mental health that ...

Girl Scout cookies are out and about

Girls from Ripley Troop No. 20153 are among just a few girls selling cookies this year. Does 13,272 boxes of Girl Scout cookies sound like a lot? Now imagine unloading them, sorting them, and passing them on to girls from 16 troops in just an hour and a half! That is exactly what happened ...

Chautauqua Center lands federal funds for coronavirus care

OBSERVER Staff Report U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,226,049 in federal funding for Central and Western New York, the Capital Region, Rochester, Hudson Valley, and North Country. The funding was provided by the U.S. ...

Erie County comptroller issues scam warning

While health care professionals here at home and across the country are dealing with how to address the spread, containment, mitigation and treatment of coronavirus, sadly there are a number of scammers that will try to take advantage of the fears or concerns about the illness. As Erie ...

Cardinale to challenge Goodell for Assembly seat

Assemblyman Andrew Goodell will be facing competition in his bid for re-election this year for the 150th district. On Tuesday, the Chautauqua County Democratic Party announced that Christina Cardinale, a Jamestown sales and marketing professional, has been named as the candidate for the ...

Salvation Army food pantry during COVID-19

Regular hours will remain the same during the COVID-19 pandemic for the Salvation Army food pantry. The hours are as follows: ¯ Monday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ¯ Tuesday: Seniors only, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ¯ Wednesday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ¯ Thursday: Seniors only, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ¯ Friday: 9 a.m.-12 ...

Labor Department seeing surge in state claims

The New York State Department of Labor today announced that 369,025 initial Unemployment Insurance claims were filed for the week ending March 28, representing an increase of 288,516 claims from the 80,509 UI claims that were filed the previous week. Compared to last year, initial claims for ...

Despite rumors, there’s no travel ban

Rumors of a travel ban in place and that police are stopping non-essential motorists out for a ride appear to be just that — rumors. Both Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone and Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings said they have encountered the misinformation on social media and ...

Community colleges postpone commencement

The uncertainty generated by the COVID-19 pandemic has led the region’s six community colleges to postpone their in-person commencement ceremonies scheduled for May, 2020. The news was previously announced by the presidents of Erie, Finger Lakes, Genesee, Jamestown, Monroe and Niagara ...

Two new positive cases announced in county

Chautauqua County has a total of 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with two new confirmed cases reported today. These cases involve a man in his 60s and a woman in her 20s. According to the new map unveiled by the county on Wednesday, the two cases come in the north county portion. There are no ...

Eighth case reported in Cattaraugus County

Cattaraugus County Health Department was notified of its eighth confirmed case of COVID-19. The reporting laboratory was Quest Diagnostics Inc., Pittsburgh. A male resident who lives in the southeastern part of the county with no significant travel history was tested for COVID-19 on Monday in ...

JCC Liberty Partnership Program students make February visit to Albany

Four students and two staff from Jamestown Community College’s Liberty Partnerships Program participated in Advocacy Day in Albany on Feb. 12. The event, sponsored by the New York Student Aid Alliance, provided students the opportunity to share their experiences in the Liberty Partnerships ...

SAR members hear talk on Grenville, Roanoke

STOCKTON – Recently, members of the Chautauqua County Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution heard a talk by Doug Arters about Sir Richard Grenville and Roanoke Island, North Carolina. Grenville, an aristocrat and Naval commander under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, was ...

Fredonia postpones Commencement, plans for future event

The State University of New York at Fredonia has announced that, in the interest of public health and safety, the annual Commencement ceremonies traditionally held in May, will be postponed. “Given the need to protect the health of everyone, we have made the difficult decision to postpone ...

UPMC opens COVID-19 specimen collection site

JAMESTOWN — Beginning today, UPMC Chautauqua will begin directing patients who receive physician consultation and referral for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to an outpatient specimen collection site at Jones Health, 51 Glasgow Ave, Bldg. E. The hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 ...