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Veterans concerned over VA clinic changes

Thom Shagla is a veteran. A United States Marine, he served in the Vietnam War for 13 months and took part in the duration of the Tet Offensive. A half-century later, he lives with the medical repercussions of his service. “I’ve got neuropathy in both legs caused by Agent Orange, ...

Methadone clinic has support, discomfort

People battling addiction will soon have a place to go locally with a methadone clinic coming to the city of Dunkirk. Acacia Network will be moving into 303 Main St. and have also purchased 305 Main St. should expansion be needed. The facility will see over $1 million in renovation work and at ...

Waterfront businesses adjust to reopening

Businesses at the waterfront are happy to be open once more and people are enjoying it. “It’s nice to have the businesses open,” Holly Montalvo stated. “It’s a little uncomfortable having to wear the mask, but it’s better than not going out.” Demetri’s manager Vasilios ...

Safety urged during holiday weekend

Several beaches and other locations will be open this weekend for Independence Day. Staying safe is the number one priority, but beating the heat is also important — all while celebrating the birth of American independence. Though the Dunkirk fireworks show is cancelled for this year, due ...

Some starting to return to churches

Area churches are adjusting to new protocols in holding services, but are happy to allow their members back inside to worship in person. On Tuesday, churches are allowed to have 33% of their maximum capacity, raised from 25%. Blessed Mary Angela Parish, Family Church Fredonia, and First ...

Theater reopenings going in slow motion

WARREN, Pa. — For movie-goers south of the New York state border, the shows are starting to go on. As part of the reopening of Pennsylvania, lawmakers have given the green light for theaters to open with no more than 250 people in attendance. For Wendy McCain, executive director of the ...

Standoff ends in surrender

SILVER CREEK — There was some high drama in this village after the noon hour. Elm Street was closed and neighbors in the area were told to shelter in place as Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies were involved with a suspect wanted in an aggravated assault incident in Florida. After a ...

‘Hoping to rebuild’

WESTFIELD — The owners of the destroyed Kiss BBQ restaurant are hoping the community will help them rebuild their restaurant. Around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, fire crews from Westfield and Portland responded to the blaze at 7454 Route 20. The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation team ...

Drastic budget cuts loom in city

The city of Dunkirk’s 2021 budget could see decreases of 33% in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the loss of revenues from sales tax and elsewhere not much is know until the books are cracked open and each budget line gone over with a fine-toothed comb. “We’re projecting a ...

JCC Releases Schedule For Returning To Campus During The Fall Semester

The faculty, students and support staff of Jamestown Community College now have an approved schedule in place for the start of the 2020 fall semester, after months of planning on how best to deal with concerns of COVID-19. The full academic calendar can now be found at ...

Lily Dale loosens restrictions, won’t limit guests

LILY DALE — Lily Fale will not have a restricted number of guests this season. When the board set the number of visitors allowed in Lily Dale, the state was not even in Phase One of the four-phase plan. Now that the county is in Phase Four, the board has decided to be more lenient ...

UPDATE: Grease fire blamed for Westfield blaze

WESTFIELD — Chautauqua County Sheriff’s investigators say a grease fire is to blame for the blaze that occurred this afternoon at the KISS BBQ restaurant. Westfield and several area fire departments responded to the scene. The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation team conducted an ...

Thruway announces completion of roadway stretch

SILVER CREEK — The stretch of the New York State Thruway through the Seneca Nation is completely fixed, allowing the speed limit to return to normal, 65 mph. On Tuesday, the New York State Thruway Authority announced the completion of a major capital project to an approximately four-mile ...

Parks manager: Flying smaller planes safer during pandemic

A worldwide pandemic may be just what the doctor ordered to restore life to the Jamestown airport. Chautauqua County’s parks manager is asking the federal government to provide federal Essential Air Service funding to reopen Jamestown’s airport to commercial travelers because of the ...

National Comedy Center plans to reopen Friday

Those in need of a laugh will soon be in luck. The National Comedy Center announced Wednesday that they will reopen to the public on Friday, a measure made possible with Western New York’s transition into Phase Four of the state’s reopening plan on Tuesday which includes all low-risk ...

Booming sales

Firework sales are expected to climb, being that most local shows are now canceled due to COVID-19. Since Dunkirk has canceled its annual fireworks show for July 4, a lot of people seem more compelled to buy their own fireworks, sparklers, noisemakers and other popular pyrotechnics. At the ...

Judge Prince resigns from office

Judge David Prince turned in his resignation to the village of Fredonia Monday evening. In a letter to the Fredonia Board of Trustees Prince states “due to health issues I’m no longer able to fill the position.” He went on to thank the village for allowing him to serve and said that ...

Baskets with ‘love’

DAYTON — You know the old saying that “stressed” spelled backwards is “desserts”? Well, “The Master’s Plan” has been busy putting a cherry on top of an unusual graduation season with baskets of love made for 2020 graduates of Gowanda Central, Clymer Central, Pine Valley ...

New Fredonia president named

Stephen Kolison, Jr., Ph.D., has been named the president of the State University at Fredonia. The Board of Trustees held a meeting via Zoom on Monday announcing the end of Fredonia’s presidential search. “SUNY Fredonia led a stellar, rigorous search with system administration, and it is ...

Fredonia announces interim school chief

The Fredonia Central School District has named Dr. Colleen Taggerty as its interim superintendent starting Wednesday. “The Fredonia Central School District Board of Education is pleased to have Ms. Taggerty step into the leadership role until our superintendent search process is ...