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Chautauqua Institution eyes in-person return

CHAUTAUQUA — Chautauqua Institution has released a plan to present programming for in-person audiences during its 2021 summer assembly season, pending evolving guidance and regulations from state, federal and local government officials. The approach was approved by the Institution’s ...

Collins Seniors offer update on events

COLLINS — Collins Senior Center offered this note to the community this week. “To all our members, friends, and fellow travelers, we hope you have stayed safe and healthy through this difficult year. “We do not expect to have meetings until restrictions for the number of people ...

Legion donates to Veterans Van Fund

In recognition of the help received by providing the transportation of the Chautauqua County American Legion Boys State Delegates to the State University at Morrisville, the American Legion has made a donation to the Chautauqua County Veterans Van Fund. Commander Jim Lemanski, on behalf of ...

Increase in Hepatitis A cases seen in county

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Health Department has been following a recent rise in Hepatitis A cases in the county. So far in 2020, 19 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported. From 2017 to 2019, Chautauqua County experienced an average of one case of Hepatitis A per year. “When ...

Wrap up and shop locally

Whether you shop in person or online there has never been a better time to support small locally owned businesses. Now it is easier than ever to shop safely and still support small locally owned businesses. Visit ShopLocalCHQ.com – a new online marketplace that features more than 60 local ...

LVCC has gift baskets available

Waiting till the last minute to do your Christmas shopping? The Next Chapter Bookstore and a generous supporter can help! The Next Chapter Bookstore will be selling an array of filled gift baskets. This supporter of Literacy Volunteers put together over 25 gift baskets that range in price ...

County legislature OKs reconfiguring Luscombe Aircraft rent payment

A company at the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown has been given the OK to reconfigure its rent payments. During Wednesday’s legislature meeting, county lawmakers unanimously agreed to modify its lease with Luscombe Aircraft Corp. This will permit the company to increase its rent ...

‘Do not drink’ order continues as progress reported in Mayville

The Chautauqua County Health Department is reporting progress in the Mayville water health emergency. Last week, the health department issued a “Do not drink” order for residents who get their water from the Maville water system, including village residents and Chautauqua town ...

State minimum wage phase-in set to continue

The state’s $15 minimum wage phase-in will continue, with the next stage taking effect Dec. 31. The announcement comes after a statutorily required report by the Division of the Budget found the Upstate, Long Island and Westchester labor markets — where the minimum wage is scheduled to ...

Legislature OKs pay hike for high end managers

Chautauqua County managers who are on the high pay end will be getting a raise next year. On Wednesday, the county legislature voted 11 to 8 to give high end managers a 1.5% raise. Before Wednesday’s meeting, the local law was reviewed by both the Administrative Services and Audit ...

Dunkirk closes recycling center on Saturdays

The city of Dunkirk Department of Public Works announces that, in order to concentrate on winter work, the Lucas Avenue Recycling and Brush drop-off station will now be closed on Saturdays until April 1. The Brush and Recycling Facility will continue to be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday ...

United Way kicks off holiday event

The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County kicked off its third annual United Community Christmas event on Tuesday. This year’s event is very different than the past two years and features wreaths decorated by local businesses to help the United Way and compete for the chance to award ...

Sewer project completed under budget

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua Town Board was informed Monday that the Chautauqua Heights Pump Station and Force Main Project is on track to be completed well under budget. Mike Manning of Ramboll engineering updated the board on the status of the years-long project, which dates all the way ...

IDA loan to assist Rand Machine expansion project

FALCONER — The expansion of the former Rand Machine Products continues. On Tuesday, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development agency board approved loaning Premier Precision Machining, also known as Rand Machine Products, a $382,000 Al Tech loan during its monthly meeting. Carol ...

Late Jamestown priest again accused of abuse in lawsuit

A former priest previously accused of sexual assault has again been identified in a Child Victims Act lawsuit. The suit was filed last week in New York State Supreme Court in Chautauqua County. It alleges abuse by the Rev. John D. Lewandowski, who had previously been accused of abuse ...

Dewittville cell tower plan gets OK

MAYVILLE — Following a public hearing on Monday, the Chautauqua Town Board voted unanimously to move forward with the construction of a new telecommunications tower in Dewittville. The proposed 130-foot monopole tower will be constructed at 5392 E. Lake Road and accessed off Springbrook ...

Pine Valley Honor Rolls

SOUTH DAYTON — Pine Valley Central School has released the names of studdents who made the first quarter honor and merit rolls. HONOR ROLL 12th grade: Kaylee Astry, Kylie Bremiller, Sierra Brown, Sarah Crouse, Evan Frontuto, Cameron Hayes, Madisyn Herman, Jenna Jacchino, Madison Meabon, ...

Foundation approves $101,434 in COVID relief to agencies

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation recently approved additional COVID relief support of $101,434 to 16 nonprofit organizations that experienced critical program needs, reopening expenses, and required operational support due to revenue losses. Through this program, the following ...

County Department of Planning to leave Westfield office

Chautauqua County’s Department of Planning and Economic Development is looking to give up its office in Westfield. During the legislature’s Audit and Control Committee meeting, Mark Geise, the chief executive officer of the county Industrial Development Agency and the Director of the ...

Dunkirk priest optimistic over incoming bishop

The Rev. Daniel Walsh at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Dunkirk said he is looking forward to the appointment of a new bishop in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Washington, D.C., auxiliary Bishop Michael William Fisher was recently appointed by Pope Francis as the 15th bishop of the ...