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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 ...

Car show responds to city rejection

Members of the Lowriginal Car Club are upset that their show proposed for Point Gratiot in the city of Dunkirk was voted down by the Common Council last week without explanation. “They’re comparing us to other car clubs, because those clubs keep changing names,” member Joe Colon told ...

City eyeing jump to National Walleye Tour

The National Walleye Tour has begun listing dates for their upcoming derbies in 2021 and Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas is looking to possibly one of the spots coming up. “I think we have talked to those folks, but we haven’t solidified anything as of yet, but the city is definitely looking ...

SUNY Fredonia eyeing $1.9M in losses for year

The State University of New York at Fredonia is anticipating roughly a $1.9 million loss in the 2020-21 fiscal year, mostly due to additional costs of COVID-19. Costs of the virus between testing, cleaning and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is estimated to be about $1.3 million. ...

Farmworkers tax credit could double

Legislation has been introduced to double the state’s Farm Workforce Retention Credit from $600 to $1,200 next year — with a total price tag to state taxpayers of $50 million a year. A.3886 was introduced by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Binghamton, with several co-sponsors. The credit ...

County COVID tests show bump

Area COVID-19 test numbers have been increasing in recent weeks, according to information made available on the New York Forward dashboard. On most days since early October, individuals tested in Chautauqua County ranged between 1,000 and 1,600. However, since November, there have been some ...

FULL OF HEART: Adult care program celebrates Valentine’s Day

Dunkirk Adult Day Services Celebrated Valentine’s Day with some homemade treats. The participants and staff baked s’more brownies, double chocolate cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries, and ham and cheese sliders along with a fruit punch float. They participated in special activities ...

Biochemistry student builds strong foundation for geriatric medicine career

Christina Witters of Webster is getting an early start on pursuing a career in geriatric medicine by working as a nursing aide while progressing through the Early Acceptance program that the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) offers in conjunction with the State University at ...

SUNY announces fall Dean’s List

State University of New York at Fredonia President Stephen H. Kolison, Jr., Ph.D. announced that approximately 1,750 students have been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2020 semester. Dean’s List students have earned a grade point average of at least 3.30 or higher for that semester ...

Dunkirk graduate celebrated

Dunkirk High School celebrated the January 2021 graduation of Mark Allen Milliman Jr. Pictured are Michael Mansfield, district superintendent; Mark Allen Milliman Jr. and JulieAnn Hoerner, Dunkirk High School principal.

Westfield a finalist in We The People competition

WESTFIELD — Greg Birner, Westfield Academy and Central School’s Social Studies teacher, and his We the People Team have experienced unprecedented success this year by placing second at states with an invitation to nationals. Birner has been coaching We the People teams since 2007. To ...

‘The Little Hospital That Could’ is a success

WESTFIELD — Donors to the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation donated close to $280,000 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to support the foundation’s mission. With its partner, Allegheny Health Network, AHN-Westfield Memorial Hospital worked to be among the first in the area ...