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UPMC: Fewer COVID patients in need of intensive care

A recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases both regionally and across the country is no surprise to UPMC officials. But even with the new cases, health experts are seeing fewer people hospitalized with the virus in need of ventilators and intensive care — and even those who die as a ...

Gov. signs SLAPP lawsuit bill

State legislators want to curb frivolous legislation that deter free speech, but Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, fears the legislation isn’t specific enough to achieve its goals without harmful side effects. The legislation amends the state Civil Rights Law to provide that court ...

Downstate Dem wants more prison inmates released due to COVID

At least one Democratic party lawmaker wants to give the state corrections commissioner the ability to release inmates from correctional facilities into home confinement. Assemblyman David Weprin, D-Fresh Meadows, recently introduced A.10957 in the state Assembly to amend the Correction Law. ...

Feedmore WNY purchases more than 80,000 pounds of surplus food

Feedmore WNY, the hunger relief organization serving Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties in Western New York, has now purchased more than 800,000 pounds of surplus milk and food through the Nourish New York program since the start of the emergency food program in May. This ...

Free educational program presented by Coast Guard

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is committed to boater education in support of the United States Coast Guard’s mission of recreational boater safety. Due to the COVID-19 virus, flotilla 34 has made a commitment to offer remote educational programs in our community. The Zoom platform ...

Gerry man charged with use of child in a sexual performance

GERRY — A Gerry man has been charged with two counts of using a child in a sexual performance, a class C felony. Michael Stravato, 52, was charged Wednesday and arraigned at the Chautauqua County Jail’s Centralized Arraignment Program. Stravato was released under supervision of ...

Lance Spicer honored by county legislature

The Chautauqua County Legislature presented Lance Spicer with a commendation for many years of dedication, service and commitment to Chautauqua County while serving with distinction as a board member of the South & Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts and a member of the Chautauqua County ...

Honors on Veterans Day

Submitted Photo Ripley resident retired Sgt. First Class James Tolbert receives the bronze star from Master Sergeant, ret. Robert McIntosh during Veterans Day ceremony in Ripley. On the left is Dave Bower, honor guard Ripley Veterans of Foreign Wars.

JCC Sets Music Therapy Presentation

The use of music therapy as a technique for healing, treatment, and health will be explored by Craig Stevens, founder and director of Mercyhurst University’s music therapy program, in events sponsored during December by Jamestown Community College. The presentations, free and open to the ...

Audubon Sets Turkey Trot

Area residents can run off some Thanksgiving excess at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Virtual Wild Turkey Trot Challenge. Audubon is setting up a marked 5k course, but participants can run the trot anywhere at any time from the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 21, until the Sunday ...

Lost hikers assisted out of Zoar Valley

Lost hikers in Zoar Valley were assisted this weekend by deputies with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and state forest rangers. In a news release, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said rangers were alerted at 6 p.m. Saturday to two lost hikers on the north side ...

Pop Up bookstore opens in Westfield

A group of local authors have gotten together to create a bookshop filled with their own titles and used books. The shop is called Genres and is at the YWCA in Westfield. The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. ...

Education department launches Parent Dashboard

The state Education Department has launched a Parent Dashboard to increase transparency and make information about school performance and other school-level data easier for parents and the public to access. The Parent Dashboard features a clean, simple design to better provide parents with ...

County Libertarian Party holds 6th annual convention

BEMUS POINT — The Chautauqua County Libertarian Party held its annual convention recently at the See-Zurh House in Bemus Point. Andrew Martin Kolstee, party chairman, called the convention to order. The following officers were elected for 2020-21: Andrew Martin Kolstee as chair and ...

Bashaw overtakes Sedota in Fredonia trustee race

EvaDawn Bashaw will apparently retain her seat on the Fredonia Village Board after initially trailing following last week’s general election. Absentee and provisional affidavit ballots were counted Tuesday by the Chautauqua County Board of Elections. Bashaw, who was appointed to the village ...

County seeks to lease light trucks instead of purchasing them

Chautauqua County has decided to continue renting certain vehicles and instead of owning them. During the county Legislature’s Public Facilities Committee meeting, lawmakers unanimously approved two resolutions for light duty trucks. Brad Bentley, county Department of Public Facilities ...

Coalition of county women host author

The Coalition of Chautauqua County Women and Girls announces its first virtual gathering featuring author Susan Straight. The event will be held on Wednesday at 4 p.m. via Zoom, in partnership with Chautauqua Institution. Susan Straight will discuss her critically acclaimed book In the ...

Cassadaga Auxiliary held its regular monthly meeting

Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary Unit 1280 held its regular monthly meeting at the legion post with 12 senior members at the meeting and five officers present. Guidelines were followed according to the governor’s protocol; masks were worn, social distancing was observed, and sanitizer was ...

Westfield school board presented on special education services

WESTFIELD — “What makes us different, unique, and fantastic,” said Westfield Academy and Central School CSE Chairperson Amy Webb, “is that we have all of these special education services in house.” Webb offered a presentation on the district’s special education services to board ...

State bills quietly signed into law

Quietly, more than 50 pieces of legislation were signed into law in October by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Many of the bills are local matters for communities throughout the state. A few, however, will have some statewide impact. Among them are the following: ¯ A.10464/S.8464A, legislation ...