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Family misses seeing mom, 95, in facility

Melinda Bell of Fredonia has seen her 95-year-old mother Mary Sorci twice since COVID began and she’s had enough. Sorci, who lives at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk for the last few years, suffers from dementia, but loves her home and the people in it. However, ...

Primary looms for Fredonia seat

In one more sign the county’s Democratic party is far from unified, a primary will take place in June regarding the District 4 seat for the Chautauqua County Legislature. Susan Parker, a nurse, social worker and mother of three, has recently announced plans to run a campaign. “There are ...

Gowanda optimistic about all returning

GOWANDA — Students at Gowanda Central School continue to return to class. During an April 5 conference call, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that updated guidance will come to schools in the coming weeks. This has been an anticipated announcement, as Gowanda continues to return different grade ...

Businesses hit with unemployment insurance hikes

New York businesses will be paying more into the state’s unemployment insurance fund in 2020 than they did in 2021. According to Bloomberg News, 2020 unemployment insurance tax rates ranged from 0.6% to 7.9%. This year, they will range from 2.1% to 9.9%, according to the state Labor ...

County DMVs have smooth reopening

After more than a year, the Chautauqua County Department of Motor Vehicles is once again accepting walk-ins. Monday was the first day since the COVID-19 pandemic began that residents didn’t need to make an appointment. “We’re doing both appointments and walk-ins. By ‘walk in’ that ...

Infinity Dance to participate in village cleanup

Infinity Dance Academy is cleaning up the downtown Fredonia area on Saturday as a thank you to the community that helped them stay afloat throughout the pandemic. The idea came when studio owner Emily King was out for a walk with her 7-year-old stepdaughter, Lilly Harris and noticed garbage ...

Pomfret blaze destroys barn Saturday night

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department fire investigators are looking into the cause of a Saturday evening barn fire that destroyed the structure and then started a blaze in the grass and woods nearby in Pomfret. Fredonia Fire Department, Dunkirk Fire Department and several other companies ...

All council seats contested in Dunkirk

Ten individuals are running for positions in Dunkirk for this election season. Petitions have been filed for all four wards and the councilman-at-large seat. For councilman-at-large, the Republican candidate will be David Damico with the Democratic nominee being Nick Weiser. First Ward is ...

Kendra’s Law changes removed from budget

Strengthening Kendra’s Law is one of the few areas Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Sen. George Borrello can find common ground. Unfortunately for Borrello, Cuomo and his fellow Democrats were unable to find common ground on proposals to strengthen Kendra’s Law, with legislative Democrats ...

Region makes push for rural Broadband

Over the past several years, the state government, in conjunction with the service providers in the area, have made a large push to expand Broadband access to rural parts of the county. While the need to expand access had been rising over the last few years as more technology moved online, the ...

Donations add warmth, adventure

At Campus and Community Children’s Center, the staff knows that children are natural explorers and discoverers who love to challenge themselves. They understand the significance of young learners having chances to learn in various settings. One of the best ways to allow for opportunities ...

SOMEWHERE ABOVE THE RAINBOW: An angelic sight

This rainbow photo taken from the back yard of Rosanne Cole of Dunkirk on March 26 came just before the rain. Cole noted at the peak of the colors there “looks like an angel figure in the clouds. ... Perfect as we entered Holy Week!” She also included this verse: “And God raised the Lord ...

Historian keeps making his mark in Cassadaga

CASSADAGA — John Sipos has served as the Cassadaga Village Historian for 16 years, being appointed in 2005. Sipos keeps historical records of the village which include research, sharing history, and maintaining records for the future. At a recent village board meeting, Sipos presented ...

Getting the dirt on mud

There are only a few things more indicative of early spring than mud. As the ground melts from its winter freeze, mud abounds. In more northern regions of New England and the Great Lakes, this time is unofficially called “Mud Season” as we make that sometimes sloppy transition between ...

Worldwide nursing career started at home

An atlas. It’s one of Cheri Foti’s most prized possessions — a visual memory of a career dedicated to serving her country and others across the globe. “I’ve highlighted each of the countries and continents I’ve been to,” Foti says. “I’ve been to over 21 countries and four ...

Organizations promote child abuse prevention

Since 1983, April has been known as National Child Abuse Prevention month, and local organizations are looking to use the month to bring awareness to the issue. Court Appointed Special Advocates of Chautauqua County is one of those organizations. By recruiting, training and supporting ...

Athenex is facing a class action lawsuit

Athenex is on track to refile its New Drug Application to the federal Food and Drug Administration for breast cancer treatment — but may have a legal challenge on its hands at the same time. First, the good news. Athenex Inc. officials recently announced that company officials ...

Police identify woman killed by train

WESTFIELD — Police have identified the person struck and killed by a train Thursday afternoon in the village as a 62-year-old Sherman woman. An investigation into the accident, which occurred at the CSX railroad tracks around 3:15 p.m., remains ongoing, the Westfield Police Department ...

U.S. Representative Tom Reed ready for return, ‘rebuilding’

It has been an emotional and trying start to this spring for U.S. Rep. Tom Reed. Less than one month ago, the Corning Republican, his family and staff were in shock after a report surfaced from The Washington Post on March 19 that linked the representative to sexual misconduct with a ...

Teen ‘a hero’ after city stabbing

Around 9:30 p.m. March 30, Javier Garcia, 16, and his friend, 14-year-old Camron Torres, were on their way to pick up pizza near Central Avenue in the city of Dunkirk when they ran into another 16-year-old. In an unplanned fight that ensued, Garcia was reportedly stabbed a total of three ...