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Fire leads to demolition of Fredonia property

A Fredonia property damaged by fire early Thursday had to be demolished. No injuries were reported after fire broke out at 14 Forest Place around 4:25 a.m. Firefighters from Fredonia, East Dunkirk and Sheridan assisted at the scene, along with Chautauqua County EMS. The fire originated in ...

Celebrate Christmas with the critters at the Audubon on Wednesday, Dec. 30

This holiday season Audubon Community Nature Center is celebrating Christmas with the Critters on Wednesday, Dec. 30. Those interested can sign up for the 10 a.m., 11 a.m., or noon time slots for an open house hour that is all about the animals. There will be live animals out and ready to ...

Cuomo signs Jonah Bichotte Cowan Law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed the Jonah Bichotte Cowan Law (S.8525A/A.2770C) to establish requirements for treatment when an expectant mother presents at a general hospital with concerns about being in pre-term labor. The law is named in memory of Jonah Bichotte Cowan, son of Brooklyn ...

‘Do Not Drink Water’ advisory lifted in Mayville

MAYVILLE — The “Do Not Drink” water advisory for the village of Mayville, in place since Dec. 10, was lifted in a notice released by officials Thursday. Water is now acceptable for drinking, food preparation and all household uses. Coordination between the village of Mayville, ...

Special appearance delights Silver Creek

The Silver Creek VFW Post 6472 held a drive-through visit with Santa since the annual Christmas Party for the children could not be held this year due to COVID-19. The post decided this would be one way the youth could still get to meet Santa. The kids had a great time along with the parents. ...

Drug deals, possession lead to charges for Fredonia man

A Fredonia man has pleaded guilty in federal court to drug charges. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Wednesday that Nathaniel Gates Jr., 47, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. to possessing with intent to distribute, and distributing, 28 grams or ...

Sheriff’s Office issues warning of pistol permit hoax

Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone is warning the public of a “hoax” involving the pistol permit office. In a statement Wednesday, the sheriff said, “The Sheriff’s Office Pistol Permit Office has received several complaints today that text messages are being sent to County ...

Special holiday delivery

Submitted Photo The Fredonia High School National Honor Society delivered more than 200 handmade Christmas Cards to the Chautauqua County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for its residents. Pictured is Honor Society President Madonina Gullo and Marketing and Discharge Coordinator Jonelle Frazier.

Fredonia High School announces honor roll for first quarter

The first quarter honor and merit roll has been announced by Fredonia High School. Twelfth Grade Honor Roll — Joshua Arch, Michael Berg, Dawson Bird, Charleigh Blair, Abbigail Cady, Jack Carlson, Marissa Cash, Tess Corell, Max Corsi, Grace Crino, Kyle Danler, Timothy Davis, Jack Forster, ...

Gowanda schools delays return again

GOWANDA — Concerns over community spread of COVID-19 has led the Gowanda Central School district to again delay a return of its hybrid model — this time until the middle of January. In a letter to the district community, Superintendent Dr. Robert Anderson notes positivity rates of 6% or ...

Sinclairville woman sentenced in drug distribution

Drug dealing has led to time served and two years supervised release for a Sinclairville woman. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Monday the sentencing by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara of Tracy Griffin, 38, who was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to ...

Winter Festival canceled for safety precautions

MAYVILLE — A decades-long tradition in Mayville will take a year off due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced Monday the cancellation of the 2021 Presidents’ Day Weekend Winter Festival, held ...

NCCF accepting letters of interest for grants

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation will accept Letters of Interest to the Community Benefit Grant program until March 1, 2021. Proposals must efficiently and effectively address identified community needs or encourage new opportunities. Letters seeking eligibility should include ...

Dunkirk Council overrides mayor’s vetoes

The Dunkirk Common Council chose to override Mayor Wilfred Rosas’ vetoes last week in regards to four lines in the 2021 proposed budget. First Ward Councilman Don Williams Jr. weighed in with his feelings on why the override is OK in the Council’s opinion. “We’re still in litigation ...

City board debates commercial kitchen request

El Cavair Capesino located at 39 W. Seventh St. is looking to set up a commercial kitchen within the home. This ran into some mixed and concerned sentiments at Dunkirk’s Planning Board last week. “What they’re doing is taking a residential and turning it into a partial commercial,” ...

Access Chautauqua Programming for Dec. 19-25

Chautauqua Updates — “Ripley, Beautiful Ripley” a glimpse of scenic Ripley — will air at 1:25 p.m. and 6:25 p.m. on Access Chautauqua this week. Another Chautauqua Updates production, “Borrello Exposes Cuomo’s Green New Deal” will air at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. State Sen. George ...

COI’s transitional program gets donation

Chautauqua Opportunities Inc.’s Transitional Independent Living Program recently received a donation from Chadwick Bay NYS Women Inc. Josiah Lamp, COI’s Housing and Community Development Division director, and Paula Schuk, program coordinator,, received 14 bags of Christmas gifts to be ...

Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary Unit 1280 holds meeting

CASSADAGA — Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary Unit 1280 held its regular monthly meeting at the legion post recently with 10 senior members attending. Six officers were present. Guidelines were followed according to the governor’s protocol; masks were worn, social distancing was observed, and ...

Chautauqua Talks Toastmasters holds meeting

Ned Lindstrom presented, “Power Pose Makes a Difference” at a recent Zoom meeting of Chautauqua Talks Toastmasters Club. Lindstrom expressed the effects of a person’s emotional state and posture can have more of an impact than the words chosen in a speech. Posture of a Power Pose can ...

Squadron 59 Sons of the American Legion Post 59 holds meeting

Squadron 59 Sons of the American Legion Post 59, located at 156 E. Main St. Fredonia, held its monthly meeting on Nov. 17. Members in attendance include Rod Dziduch, Larry Fiorella, Rick Holly, Rick MacDonald, Jim Wright and Doug McPherson. Excused were David Dengler, Tom Muldowney and Dave ...