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Cherry Creek to begin shortened concert series Thursday

CHERRY CREEK — The Cherry Creek Community Association Inc. has announced the beginning of a shortened “Gazebo Concert Series,” to begin Thursday evening in the Pavilion of the Cherry Creek Ballpark located on Main Street. All concerts of the 2020 season will be held in the ballpark ...

Tom Reed asks for SSA to review telephone service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson and Republican Leader Tom Reed have sent two letters to Social Security Administration Inspector General Gail S. Ennis asking for a review of SSA’s telephone service during the COVID-19 pandemic and ...

Gov. Cuomo signs bill to regulate oil, gas waste

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has quickly signed legislation to regulate waste from oil or natural gas in New York as hazardous waste instead of as industrial waste. The state Assembly passed A.2655 by a 110-31 vote on July 20 with both Assemblymen Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, and Joe Giglio, R-Gowanda, ...

County tax foreclosure redemption date extended to April 15

Chautauqua County residents who are behind on their property taxes will be given a little more time before their property is sold in an action. During a special meeting Monday, the county legislature unanimously agreed to extend the 2020 tax foreclosure redemption date from Aug. 7 to April ...

Future of the Thruway

OBSERVER Photo Crews from the New York state Thruway Authority work on the gantry at Exit 59 in Dunkirk in preparation for the cashless tolling system. The system was expected to be fully in place by the end of this year.

Dunkirk Public Library lists new books

The Dunkirk Public Library has listed its new August honor, memorial books: In honor of RITA “MRS. G” GESTWICKI — Cameron, A Dog’s promise. PET MEMORIAL In memory of ZELDA — Patterson, Dog diaries; Schulz, Gobble up, Snoopy. MEMORIALS In memory of PHILLIP BEGIER — Eruzione, ...

Silver Creek elementary offer choice on learning

SILVER CREEK – “We believe the best educational environment for students is in-person, especially for our youngest students,” said Silver Creek Elementary Principal Sterling Stearns during last week’s school board meeting. “But it’s important for us to learn from the spring ...

Red Cross has shortage on plasma

The American Red Cross has an emergency shortage of convalescent plasma, a potentially lifesaving treatment for patients with COVID-19. The Red Cross has seen demand for convalescent plasma more than double over the last month as the number of coronavirus cases increases across the U.S. ...

WCA Home seeks items for Second Chance sale Sept. 30

Have you been cleaning out closets during this unpreceded times? Are you looking for someplace to donate your items? The Friends of the WCA Home are looking to the community for donations of gently-used men and women’s clothing, purses, jewelry, and small trinkets. Please drop off ...

UPMC research findings could prevent cancers from recurring

Blocking a newly identified “immune memory checkpoint” in immune cells could improve immunotherapy and help prevent cancers from recurring, according to new findings in mice and human samples by researchers at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and the University of Pittsburgh School of ...

Dunkirk Common Council to discuss speed limit change

The Dunkirk Common Council is looking to lower the speed limit around Wright Park to 15 miles per hour. A resolution presented by Councilmen Don Williams, Marty Bamonto and James Stoyle and Councilwoman Nancy Nichols reads “in order to make the area around the city of Dunkirk basketball ...

State Sen. Borrello introduces Medicaid Bill in state Senate

State Sen. George Borrello has introduced legislation in the state Senate that would give counties a modicum of cost control over their Medicaid programs. S.8798 would allow counties to opt out of the county cost of medical assistance payments for any new Medicaid program enrollees or those ...

Early-season corn diseases: Northern Corn Leaf Blight

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s SWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program is working with Cornell University officials to prevent northern corn leaf blight. In 2019, northern corn leaf blight appeared throughout the Southwest New York region. This year, farmers might be faced with this ...

Five-hour driving courses now at a distance

Motor Vehicles Department-licensed driving schools can now conduct distance learning pre-licensing courses. Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, driving schools across the state have been unable to offer the pre-licensing course — also known as the five-hour course — to students. In ...

Reed introduces ‘Back to Work Child Care Grants Act of 2020’

Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, has introduced the “Back to Work Child Care Grants Act of 2020,” which will ensure child care providers across the country receive the federal support they need to continue servicing the working families of America. U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, along with Sen. ...

Audubon Little Explorers Learn about soil, rocks, mud at nature center

Parents and the three to eight-year-old child(ren) in their life can learn about the ground under their feet on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Audubon Community Nature Center. What is dirt made of, anyway? How did that rock get so smooth? During the outdoor lesson on “Soil, ...

Jamestown man sought for hindering in homicide case

A Jamestown man is being sought by police in connection to the stabbing death of a city resident earlier this month. Jason E. Talley Sr., 41, is facing a first-degree hindering prosecution charge as well as being wanted on a parole absconder violation. Capt. Robert Samuelson of the ...

‘Restore Mother Nature Bond Act’ postponed

The $3 billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act will not be seen on the ballot Nov. 3. Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week confirmed the state would postpone a voter referendum on the bond act — one piece of a larger $33 billion, five-year plan to fight climate change — until 2021. If authorized by ...

Robert H. Jackson Center celebrates 75th anniversary

The Robert H. Jackson Center will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the signing of the London Agreement and Charter and the establishment of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg with a free global webinar on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 9 a.m. “As Justice Jackson said in his opening ...