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Senator: Colleges seeing interest in pot, hemp farming

Legalization of marijuana in New York state is leading to added interest in some colleges’ agricultural programs. During discussion earlier this week of a loan forgiveness program for young farmers by the state Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Liz Krueger, D-New York City, discuss the ...

WHALE of an effort

BARCELONA — Trash, tires and plastics were some of the debris that seven members of the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville and four volunteers collected along the Lake Erie Barcelona Beach area in Barcelona recently. Rotary District 7090, which includes Rotary clubs throughout Western New ...

Silver Creek VFW celebrates 75 years

SILVER CREEK — The VFW Post 6472 recently celebrated its 75th anniversary with a certificate received from the national VFW Headquarters. Here is some history on the naming on the Samuel Cimino post: “At 03.13 hours on 19 April 1943, the German submarine U-108 in the North Atlantic ...

Photo contest efforts must happen naturally

Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown, is now accepting submissions for its 2021 Nature Photography Contest. Categories are: ¯ Fauna — any wild animal. No photos of animals in captivity, such as pets, zoos, or rehab animals. ¯ Flora — all plants, fungi, lichens, etc. ¯ ...

Both large and small, rocks litter our landscape

Every Friday for the last few weeks, a couple of the kids attending ACNC’s Outdoor Classroom program have spent part of the afternoon hike collecting rocks. Audubon sits on a wetland and as such does not have an overabundance of large rocks, so the rocks they find are mostly those that have ...

Fredonia fire fund drive switches gears

As the months of May and June roll around, village of Fredonia and the town of Pomfret residents can typically expect members of the Fredonia Volunteer Fire Department to come around for their yearly fund drive. But last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fund drive was canceled entirely, ...

City has spark of hope for Fourth of July

Maybe the Fourth in Dunkirk will be a blast. In a resolution that will come before Common Council on Tuesday, the city is proposing paying Starfire Corp. $30,000 for the fireworks show for July 4 with a rain date of July 5. Mayor Wilfred Rosas said the resolution is to begin preparation for ...

Park incident puts Vader, owner in doghouse

As the Dunkirk Common Council considers the possibility of banning certain participants, a dog and owner who have found themselves profiled over the last few weeks are Vader, a shepherd and husky mix, and his owner, Gary Miller. Earlier in April, Miller and Vader had an incident occur at ...

Former Van Buren mini-mart sold

A former mini-mart and post office in Van Buren has been approved for sale after originally being sold three years ago. At its meeting this week, the Chautauqua County Legislature approved at tax foreclosure sale at 5310 Route 5 in the town of Pomfret. The property was sold for $2,750. Last ...

Before pandemic, Brooks-TLC was on life support

Brooks-TLC Hospital System Inc. in 2019 reported revenues of $62,474,978. While nearly three-quarters of that income — almost $48 million — came from patient services between the two facilities in Dunkirk and Irving, another quarter came from an entity that never needed to be treated or was ...

Pair of runs to benefit Cassadaga nonprofits

CASSADAGA — Tonia and Mark Wilson of Wilson Endurance Sports, in spite of the pandemic, are planning events for the upcoming future. This time, it’s back to back events on May 29 and 30, bringing some activity to Cassadaga for Memorial Day weekend with both helping benefit different ...

Silver Creek meeting to address mischief

SILVER CREEK — Recent reported incidents of vandalism in the village has led to a call for action that seeks the input of residents. On Monday, the village and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office have scheduled an informational town hall type meeting at 6 p.m. at the Village Ballpark ...

‘Outmigration’ is a bipartisan pickle

Hours after it became clear New York state was going to lose a Congressional seat due to the newly released U.S. Census numbers, the criticism came pouring in. Republicans, specifically those from the Western region, criticized Albany and its policies as the reason for the continued ...

Residents ‘not happy’ with Pomfret solar plans

A solar array being proposed on a five-parcel heavily wooded area on VanBuren Road near a village of Fredonia neighborhood created some friction during the Pomfret Town Board meeting this month. “We recognize that the east side of our project sits against a neighborhood in the village of ...

Borrello backs state land conservation

State Sen. George Borrello, seeing a tool in his fight against industrial wind turbines in undeveloped areas, is backing an effort to increase land conservation in New York state. S.6191 was passed Monday in the state Senate by a 54-8 vote with Borrello voting in favor. The Sunset Bay ...

Room to move

During his superintendent’s report at the Fredonia School Board of Education meeting earlier this month, Dr. Bradley Zilliox discussed the eventual possibility of reducing the social distance in classrooms to 3 feet, pending a handful of factors. “I know that everybody has heard about ...

City eyes flycar for mental health calls

As of Saturday, the 939 designation expires for the Brooks-TLC Hospital System in the city of Dunkirk. A 939 state designation allows a hospital or a facility to accept mental health patients. The facility cannot turn the individual away and it has to have the staff necessary to treat the ...

County approves sale of former Silver Creek School

It appears an eyesore in the village of Silver Creek is finally going to be addressed. On Wednesday, the Chautauqua County Legislature voted to sell the old Silver Creek School, located at 60 Main St. for $1 to Region Nine UAW Housing Corporation of New Brunswick, N.J. The sale is scheduled ...

Silver Creek Central School outlines end of year plans

SILVER CREEK — Silver Creek Central School district’s administrative team, led by Superintendent Todd Crandall, announced adjustments to the programs the school is holding the rest of the year, as well as updates to social distancing requirements. In the middle and high schools, Silver ...

Borrello says restaurant order repeal took 54 days too long

Those who want an alcoholic beverage in New York state no longer have to order food. The state Legislature on Wednesday approved resolutions to portions of a series of executive orders issued by the governor over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The votes came 54 days too late for state ...