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County confirms 2 Dunkirk students test positive for COVID-19

The Chautauqua County Department of Health said two students within the Dunkirk School District have tested positive for COVID-19. Christine Schuyler, county public health director, confirmed the two positive cases. The students have been attending school through distance learning only and ...

JCC sees decrease in enrollment amid COVID-19 pandemic

The president of Jamestown Community College said Thursday that the institution he leads has seen the same trend as other institutions in the State University of New York system — a decrease in enrollment. Daniel DeMarte, the college’s president since July 2018, said a recent head count ...

Virus complicates campaign for challengers

Incumbents, even those with interim in their title, maintain a tremendous amount of control regarding the narrative of the campaign season. Holding office gives those who serve us plenty of clout and connections to their constituents whether it be through the media or major events. For the ...

Raczka recognized for 40 years of service

Ron Raczka was recognized on Tuesday for his 40 years of service in the town of Dunkirk. Raczka served as a police officer and a court officer and Judge Christopher Penfold and Judge Robert Hubbard wanted to congratulate and thank him for that service. “I want to thank you personally ...

‘Steps to ensure accuracy’

Two positive COVID-19 cases tied to School 7 in Dunkirk were reported in error, school officials said Wednesday. Superintendent Michael Mansfield said “human error” in creating the report card sent to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard resulted in positive cases showing up for the ...

Fredonia on its own in water crisis

When it comes to the water crisis, it appears Fredonia is on its own. Earlier this week, the city of Dunkirk offered to assist the village due to high turbidity levels in its water. However, after a discussion with the Chautauqua Health Department, it has been determined the city could do very ...

Early grades to return to school Sept. 28 in city

The Dunkirk City School District is aiming to allow some students back to their buildings by the end of this month. “The health and safety of our students and staff is paramount,” Superintendent Mike Mansfield said at Tuesday’s school board meeting. “Therefore we need a strong remote ...

Legislation takes aim at President Trump

Several New York Democrats want to change state law so they can potentially charge President Donald Trump with crimes once his time in office is over. Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Astoria, has introduced S.8973, the “No Citizen Is Above The Law Act” to prevent the immunity of prosecution for ...

Families voice frustration over nursing home policies

Carol Tulipane of Silver Creek has not seen her sister, Nancy Savali, in months. Even window visits, she says, have been banned at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk. “My sister’s laptop died and I went down to drop a new one off,” Tulipane said. “Her ...

SUNY president meets with leaders in region

Stephen H. Kolison Jr., Ph.D., newly appointed president at the State University of New York at Fredonia, welcomed local elected officials to campus this week to introduce himself and look for opportunities for the campus to collaborate with the community. Kolison hosted Fredonia Mayor ...

Chautauqua Lake School has successful opening week

MAYVILLE – The head of one of the only schools in Chautauqua County to be going full time in person five days a week is reporting a strong opening week. Chautauqua Lake Central School Superintendent Josh Liddell said the first week of school has gone smoother than expected. “Throughout ...

Family displaced in morning blaze

BROCTON — A family was displaced by a fire that broke out early Tuesday. The blaze at 6037 Route 5, the New Horizons Mobile Home Park, was reported to Chautauqua County dispatch shortly after 7 a.m. Heavy smoke could be seen coming from the area before firefighters arrived. Volunteers ...

Cuomo says he won’t ban trick or treaters

Come Oct. 31, children across New York state may have the chance to satisfy their sweet tooths after all, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo — even in a world where masks are no longer just a costume item. In an interview with a Long Island television news station on Tuesday, Cuomo said that he ...

Blessing of the Grapes is set for today

SILVER CREEK — On Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. the third annual “Blessing of the Grapes” Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Silver Creek will take place. This is normally the first event of the week for Silver Creek’s Festival of Grapes, but the 2020 Festival of Grapes has ...

City plans to aid Fredonia with water

It appears the city of Dunkirk is willing to lend a hand and assist Fredonia in its most recent crisis that could last until next week. The boil water order and state of emergency, which went into effect Saturday, continues in the village of Fredonia. In the meantime, Director of Public Works ...

Ax assault lands city man in Jail

A Dunkirk man who police say struck another person in the head with an ax is in Chautauqua County Jail. Officers with the Dunkirk Police Department were alerted at about 2:35 p.m. Saturday of people “smashing out windows, going at each other” with an ax and bat on Central Avenue. ...

Beavers force county to shut down part of trail system

Blame those beavers and their dams. Part of the West Overland Trail from Stebbins Road to Mt. Pleasant in the Sherman/Panama area is closed due to beaver dams causing parts of the trail to be underwater. “The county has placed signs at the trail heads that say ‘trail closed,’ ...

Proposal made to improve overland trails

Chautauqua County has two major hiking trails, the East and West Overland trails. Combined, they extend to more than 40 miles throughout the county. However the trails need some improvements. Over the summer, Jacob Bodway, who is the president of the Western New York Mountain Biking ...

SUNY Fredonia students take practice outdoors

School of Music students are improvising when it comes to practicing. A choir at the State University of New York at Fredonia was seen practicing outside in the built in amphitheater. The scene can be seen in a video that was taken of them practicing. The music department in general is one of ...

Emergency declared over village water

The water situation has caused Fredonia Mayor Doug Essek to declare a state of emergency in the village. In a news release Saturday, the mayor issued the following statement: “The Village of Fredonia hereby declares a local state of emergency effective Saturday September 12, ...