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‘Unique gifts’ at home

State Sen. George Borrello has been touring small businesses since 2017 and still continues to this day, most recently visiting local shops on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, began his tours around the time he became county executive. “I wanted to ...

County reports 20th death in relation to COVID-19

Chautauqua County health officials reported yet another COVID-19-related fatality on Tuesday afternoon — the 20th death in the county from the coronavirus since March. No further information was released about the individual that died due to the format of the county Health Department’s ...

Effort started to contain COVID outbreak at county jail

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the Chautauqua County Health Department to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 cases at the Chautauqua County Jail. Four inmates with symptoms of COVID-19 tested positive Tuesday morning, prompting Health Department staff, which ...

In silence, council passes $24M budget at meeting

You could see what was happening at the Dunkirk Common Council meeting, but you could not hear it. Audio difficulties by the Dunkirk Access Channel led to a lack of transparency at the meeting where members unanimously passed changes to the $24 million budget for 2021.There were a total of 12 ...

Firefighters approved unanimously, with some dissent

The appointments of Timothy Winters and Ben Siracuse to the positions of fire lieutenant and provisional fire lieutenant for the village of Fredonia were approved unanimously by the board of trustees Monday. However two trustees, EvaDawn Bashaw and Roger Britz voted yes, but under protest. ...

New bishop eager for start in Buffalo

As tumult continues to shake the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, a new leader has been called upon to see the organization through the troubling times. Early Tuesday morning, Washington, D.C., Auxiliary Bishop Michael William Fisher was appointed by Pope Francis as the 15th bishop of the diocese ...

‘Miracle’ goes virtual

Festivals Fredonia’s annual “Miracle on Main Street” festival is set for Saturday. However it will look very different than years past due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and pandemic. With cases rising both locally and nationally, as well as the need to adhere to physical distancing ...

Council may decide on $24M budget tonight

The Dunkirk Common Council is expected to present its edited budget at a meeting its first meeting this month tonight. Among these changes include a $25,000 decrease in the law department head line, which has been a contentious issue. “I want to make sure that this budget doesn’t include ...

County enters month with snow warning

Chautauqua County is poised to enter December on a somewhat fitting note. The entire county, along with Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties, is under a winter storm warning in effect through Wednesday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service in Buffalo, the heaviest snowfall is ...

New cell tower is proposed in Dewittville

DEWITTVILLE — Chautauqua town officials are being asked to approve a new telecommunications tower. The Chautauqua Town Board has scheduled a public hearing to take place on Dec. 14 at 7:15 p.m. at the Chautauqua Town Hall, in the former school gym. The proposed cell tower is 130 feet ...

Chautauqua County reports 19th COVID death

The Chautauqua County Health Department announced on Monday that a resident in their 70s passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Health officials announced that 111 cases were reported from Nov. 26 to 29. Of them, 23 are in Jamestown; 16 are in Dunkirk; 15 are in Fredonia; eight are ...

Challenge delivers 3,500 pounds of food

It once again took a village — and then some. Officials from the Fredonia Presbyterian Church are expressing their appreciation to the community regarding the recent Feeding Fredonia Challenge, which is used to restock the shelves of Chautauqua County Rural Ministry reserves for the ...

Schuyler: County would ‘support’ schools with testing

Though Chautauqua County has not yet been designated as a microcluster zone — either yellow, orange or red — public health director Christine Schuyler said preparations are being made to help local school districts meet a potential on-site coronavirus testing requirement. In a recent ...

New PBA deal includes hikes, early retire incentives

The Police Benevolent Association contract recently approved by the Dunkirk Common Council includes salary increases starting next year and early retirement incentives. Police officers in the city will see a $750 lump payment this year. In 2021, there will be a 2% wage increase totaling ...

Greenhouse gas in food purchasing cuts proposed

New York’s food purchasing system could be going on a strict diet. State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, D-Bronx, has introduced S.9082 in the state Senate to requiring the Office of General Services, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Conservation, to establish a way to estimate ...

County nears 600 cases in November

As the month of November draws to a close, Chautauqua County is approaching 600 new cases of COVID-19 since Nov. 1 — the most for the region in any calendar month since a pandemic was declared in March. The county announced 23 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday and 19 additional ...

Rust In Peace: It’s the end of the road for toll booths

Travelers in the state of New York report a sudden mass die-off of hundreds of members of the species Telonium exactionum nummi — or toll booth — along the New York State Thruway. Researchers suspect that the booths suffered from an acute technological infection known as gantrification. ...

Delivery of gratitude: Sinclairville 76ers salute service of volunteer

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Sinclairville 76ers is the Meals on Wheels program for the Cassadaga Valley area. Hot meals are delivered three days a week in three vans on three different routes. The routes included Villenova, Cherry Creek, Conewanago Valley, Ellington, Sinclairville, Gerry, ...

Silver Creek library plans book give-away

Anderson-Lee Library, located at 43 Main Street in Silver Creek, has a wide variety of new books to give away to local children this holiday season. The books are suitable for ages birth to 20, are pre-wrapped, and have a removable note indicating the subject of the book. Anyone who would ...

Ellington Rod and Gun Club temporarily closes after fire

ELLINGTON — The Ellington Rod and Gun Club announced it will be closed until further notice after fire broke out at the property Saturday morning. Crews were called to the club, located at 1045 Hagerdon Hill Road, around 7:10 a.m. after a hunter in the area discovered the fire and called ...