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Spreading some sunshine: During pandemic, Cassadaga made events happen

CASSADAGA —At the beginning of the pandemic, the village was facing some of the same problems that many other localities in Chautauqua County did. They watched the rising numbers in the spring, the hospitalizations and the deaths that were so vividly portrayed in newspapers and on ...

Lakeview Correctional Facility staff donates boots to Westfield Union Relief

In December, the Lakeview Correctional Facility in Brocton donated 74 pair of winter boots to the Union Relief Association of Westfield which were then distributed to children in Westfield during Union Relief’s annual Christmas program. This is the second year that Lakeview has offered to ...

Nature’s big picture is one of perspective

Perspective. It is often what gives an excellent image the edge in a photo contest. It is a way to solve a problem, bridge a gap, or accept a difference. It gives rise to hindsight. Or it simply gives you a different way to see the world. Perspective is about seeing and understanding, it is ...

Westfield students honored as Scholars of the Month

Three Westfield Academy and Central School District high school students were named as Scholars of the Month by the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville. They were Matthew Schumaker for the month of September, Madeline Lancaster for October, and Elber Lopez Hernandez for November. Though the ...

Firefighters respond to call at Athenex facility

Area fire crews were on the scene earlier this afternoon at the Athenex plant in the town of Dunkirk. According to scanner reports, the call came in around 4:30 p.m. to the facility off Lake Shore Drive East for an electrical fire on the second floor. Crews were on the scene until 6:35 p.m. ...

Worries voiced over second cluster at Brocton facility

Since the afternoon of Dec. 30, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has not allowed visitation across the state -- including Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Brocton. This, however, has not slowed a recent COVID-19 surge among those being held in ...

Funeral homes impacted by uptick in COVID deaths

One served in the U.S. Army in the early 1950s before returning home and becoming a carpenter. Another worked on a farm in the summer months during her youth before helping others in public sector jobs. And yet another harbored a lifelong desire to become an “adequate golfer” — a ...

COVID deaths spike after county update

Before Thursday, Chautauqua County’s Health Department had been under-reporting the number of deaths tied to COVID-19 through no fault of their own. In its daily update Friday, the county noted that 75 people have died due to complications associated with the virus, adding 23 to the total. ...

Gowanda street signs highlight Bills fever

The newly found tradition of renaming streets and towns after Buffalo Bills players continues in Gowanda, with an extra touch on this one. This time, it’s two streets running adjacent to each other that have both been renamed by the community. The corner of Allen Street and Buffalo ...

Fire departments oppose South Ripley solar project

RIPLEY — Members of fire departments who frequently assist the Ripley Hose Co. have expressed their opposition to the proposed South Ripley Solar array project. Town Supervisor Doug Bowen read letters from the chiefs of North East Fire Department and Stanley Hose Company of Sherman, both of ...

Hochul shares state plan for economic recovery

New York’s second-in-command has hope for Chautauqua County, as well as the rest of New York, in its rebounding from COVID-19. On Friday, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was a guest speaker at the joint annual meeting of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturer’s Association ...

Pandemic does not slow P-TECH program

While the majority of area schools have been forced to make significant adjustments to distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, those attending Career P-TECH Academy through BOCES have had to absorb fewer changes. P-TECH, which boasts a student body of 100 drawn from 17 area school ...

COVID to limit Dunkirk Dave appearance

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of events and traditions to be put on hold in the last 10 month. One of the events joining that lengthy list is Dunkirk Dave’s yearly seasonal prediction. Dunkirk Dave is the second longest predicting groundhog in the world, and an iteration of Dunkirk ...

Rosas hopes to get vaccination clinic in city

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas has recently been in contact with county and state health officials in hopes of bringing a COVID-19 vaccination clinic to the city. “The city has been working with the Chautauqua County Health Department as well as the New York State Health Department to bring ...

Recent COVID-related deaths continue to climb

Another COVID-related death was reported Thursday by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. The death, which appears to be a person over the age of 90, marks five in the last week, 20 since the beginning of January and 52 to date. Of the deaths noted thus far during the pandemic, four ...

Reps walk tightrope on local logjams

GOWANDA — Big names gathered outside the Gowanda Correctional Facility just days before Christmas. Only 24 hours earlier, state Gov. Andrew Cuomo let the bomb drop that has the potential to change the pulse in this community for years to come: the prison was slated for closure. Republicans, ...

‘This is America’s day’

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises. Biden took the oath at a U.S. ...

Lake-effect band wreaks havoc on Dunkirk

A mild winter turned sour on Tuesday night when a lake effect snow band came in and dumped upward of 13 inches on the city of Dunkirk and the surrounding area. “It was lake effect snow at its worst and the band stayed right over Dunkirk,” Department of Public Works Director Randy Woodbury ...

County nears 6K total COVID cases

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County inched closer to 6,000 with 84 reported Wednesday. To date, 5,875 county residents were found to have the virus, with 489 cases currently considered active. The Chautauqua County Department of Health also recorded its 51st ...

Roberts Road Freezer eyes additional land purchase

The Roberts Road Freezer project may be expanding. During the Chautauqua County Legislature’s Public Facilities Committee meeting this week, members agreed to modify a resolution that would allow the company to purchase another 7.5 acres of land. In 2018, Roberts Road Freezer, LLC ...