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Sylvester Cleary earns state recognition

Sylvester Cleary has served the Forestville Central School District for the last several years as a member of the Board of Education, constantly advocating for the best possible education for the students. While people in the area know of Cleary’s dedication to the town where he’s lived for ...

Renewables bandwagon began in Arkwright

Former town Supervisor Frederic “Nick” Norton remembers the long grind associated with making green energy become a reality in Arkwright. Some of it was on the local end, but the larger struggle was really on the next level with New York state. That was a headache, to say the least. ...

Vaccination clinics booked within minutes

Within a matter of minutes both the State University of New York at Fredonia and Jamestown Community College vaccination clinics scheduled for the coming days were booked. On Thursday morning, the Chautauqua County Health Department listed the two sites. The first takes place Saturday at the ...

County child care advocate testifies about CARES Act allocation

A convoluted and arduous process has delayed state officials allocating a significant portion of $164 million in CARES Act funding for child care. Because of the problems during the first round of funding, how the state is going to handle distributing the next round of $469 million for child ...

City man indicted in ax assault case

A Dunkirk man who allegedly struck another person with an ax during a September incident in the city has been indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury. Brian Nowak, 34, pleaded not guilty during arraignment Feb. 11 in Chautauqua County Court. He was indicted Feb. 3 on a single charge, ...

Renting or repurposing

A shifting of students to different buildings is part of some consolidation considerations for the future by the Dunkirk City School District. Board members are looking at options for financial stability in the coming years, knowing a major deficit looms in 2023. By putting together an ...

Reed says county clinic site ‘highly likely’

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed said on Wednesday morning it is “highly likely” a mass vaccination clinic for COVID-19 will be coming to Chautauqua County in the near future. His comments came after a news report earlier this week that a planned location by the federal government here was rejected by ...

SUNY Fredonia, county team up for COVID clinic

A mass vaccination site run that will be overseen by the Chautauqua County Health Department is coming to the State University of New York at Fredonia. On Wednesday afternoon, the university announced it has entered into an agreement with the Health Department to utilize the Ice Arena complex ...

GOP effort to strip Cuomo’s executive power fizzles

Republicans’ bluster in the state Capitol on Monday fizzled as no arguments were made on the state Legislature floor to repeal Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive powers. The only opportunity to do so came during a debate over A.2037, legislation which requires the most recent rating of every ...

Wendel’s State of the County address focuses on pandemic, future

If you ask Chautauqua County’s top leader, the pandemic is merely an obstacle in the path to success. That was the prevailing message County Executive PJ Wendel gave Wednesday night during his State of the County address. Wendel’s 18 minute speech was given virtually during the ...

Getting in the games

Fredonia has always had a good scene for gaming. Being a college town lends itself to the proper demographic of games. This isn’t just limited to video games either, Fredonia and the surrounding area have a large population of those who enjoy tabletop games, from traditional board games ...

COVID stats continue to drop in county

As positive steps go, Chautauqua County continues to put its best foot forward in the ongoing march to combat COVID-19. As of Saturday, the county Health Department reported that slightly more than 12% of the eligible population had received their first of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine. That ...

State pushes back on vaccination site report

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is pushing back on the notion that the state somehow nixed a plan that would have established a COVID-19 vaccination center in Chautauqua County. Will Burns, first deputy press secretary, said the state is unaware of any such plan for a site, first ...

Opinions dished out in food-truck fee debate

Should the village of Fredonia not charge food trucks at all coming in for festivals for the year of 2021? That was the question posed by Trustee James Lynden at Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting. “We were just discussing how short the village is on funds and I do understand the ...

Work to begin on new Ripley travel center

RIPLEY — Construction is ready to begin in April for a new travel center in Ripley. At its monthly board meeting Tuesday, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency board of directors voted unanimously in favor of providing tax incentives for Love’s Travel Stop and Country ...

Despite challenges, Fredonia music program marches on

The Fredonia Central School District music program has done something that most other school programs in Chautauqua County have unfortunately been unable to do: Stay afloat. At a recent school board meeting, Fredonia band director Andy Bennett said that a lot of the districts in the area ...

Committee upset about Dunkirk PILOT agreement with Clarion

A 35-year-old Payment In Lieu Of Taxes agreement between the city of Dunkirk and the Clarion Hotel is upsetting some county legislators. During the legislature’s Audit and Control Committee, members failed to pass a resolution which would correct a property tax roll. According to the ...

GOP tries ‘hostile’ amendment to end Cuomo executive powers

New York’s Republicans are trying to get state Democrats to take action to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his emergency powers. Republicans in the Senate and Assembly plan to introduce hostile amendments on the Senate and Assembly floor to end Cuomo’s emergency authority. Republicans have ...

State quashes federal county vaccine site

New York state reportedly quashed a federal plan to put a vaccination center in Chautauqua County. NBC News reported early Monday morning that the Biden Administration had begun looking for sites for four small vaccination centers in New York state. Federal officials ranked the best spots ...

County eyes declining numbers of COVID cases

Chautauqua County is hoping it is beyond the “peak of cases” regarding COVID-19. Numbers released Monday — in addition to the last week — indicate that may be the case. The county Health Department recorded 51 new cases from Friday through Sunday, an average of 17 a day. In the past ...