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Raise your hands for better representation

Chautauqua County Legislator Lisa Vanstrom’s prayer, offered Wednesday night to begin the monthly Legislature meeting via Zoom, has gone unanswered in Mayville for the last five years. “Strengthen (local elected representatives) with the wisdom and the grace for the heavy burdens they carry ...

Let there be lights

GOWANDA — The new baseball and softball fields are now open. On Wednesday evening, the facilities were celebrated by members of the softball and baseball team, along with some parents and administration. Many thanks were given from students, including three who spoke that night. Abby ...

Developer defends Ripley solar project

The developer behind the proposed Ripley solar farm has begun fighting back, insisting the project is safe and will benefit Chautauqua County. The Chautauqua County Legislature at its meeting received written communication from Isaac Phillips, project developer for the South Ripley Solar ...

‘We felt powerless’

City residents Al and Kathy Kern watched helplessly as their beach home, near the Dunkirk Lighthouse, was overtaken by the powerful waves that were whipping after nearly 70 mph gusts on Lake Erie from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning. By the end of the two-day storm, the house was filled ...

Parts of Erie County enter the orange zone

In a move widely anticipated, parts of Western New York will see greater restrictions due to increasing cases of COVID-19. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that parts of Erie County, which were in the state’s designated “yellow zone,” will now go to orange. Parts of the county ...

Food distribution planned as Thanksgiving moves closer

Food distribution continues in Dunkirk, with extra food to be given out this week in preparation for Thanksgiving. Thanks to The Outpour Project and Erika Lopez, the organization is once again teaming up with the community and volunteers to distribute two trailers of food this Saturday. ...

Family disputes man’s cause of death

JAMESTOWN — Family members are expressing their sadness and frustration after the unexpected passing of a dedicated West Ellicott man who was “very well loved.” Patricia Webb of Mesa, Ariz., said the death of her stepfather, Robert G. Forsberg Sr., was due to an ailing heart — not ...

Cherry Creek native celebrates milestone birthday

CHERRY CREEK — A popular song from the 1960s talked about “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena.” Move over, Pasadena, there’s a lady from Cherry Creek that is about to join you in history. She is Martha Belle Hodges, and she will be celebrating 100 years of life on Saturday. She ...

As infections mount, county looks ahead

Chautauqua County has yet to see a major surge in COVID-19 patients throughout the pandemic. In fact, the highest number of hospitalizations due to the virus has never been greater than 25, which occurred in late October. That, however, has not put a local health care staff at ease. As ...

Vaccine is topic as 31 cases, death announced

A gentleman in his 90s became Chautauqua County’s 16th coronavirus-related death, county officials announced on Tuesday. In total, 31 new cases were reported to the county. Seven are in the Fredonia ZIP code, six are in the Jamestown area, three each in Dunkirk and Bemus Point, two each in ...

Letter wants Torres in post

A group of private citizens in Chautauqua County, primarily women, have joined together to support Luz Torres’ appointment as the Chautauqua County Democratic Election Commissioner. Torres, Dunkirk resident and a longtime deputy commissioner at the Chautauqua County Board of Elections, was ...

IDA OKs tax breaks for Hanover solar farm

A new solar farm is one step closer coming to northern Chautauqua County. On Tuesday, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency approved financial assistance to Hanover PV, LLC, including Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) agreement providing real property tax abatement, sales tax ...

Cleanup commencing throughout city

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas acknowledged the hard work of the city employees at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting following the massive wind storm Sunday. “Let me begin by publically thanking all of our staff across all of the departments,” Rosas said. “This weekend, as you know, we ...

Clean up, repairs continue after wind storm

Lakefront Boulevard has the look of a war zone in Dunkirk. Pieces of pavement as well as chunks of the retaining wall litter the road. With so much concrete debris, residents were doing their best to create a path to get vehicles out of driveways and along the road. It looked as though it was ...

Fredonia offers ‘deep appreciation’ for Roger Pacos

Fredonia Mayor Doug Essek is looking to dedicate the trustee’s room at Village Hall in Roger Pacos’ name. “I would like to ask the trustees’ thoughts on this to dedicate the trustee’s room and name it in his honor for his many years of dedication and service to the youth of our ...

County sees 24 new COVID cases Monday

Chautauqua County has 24 new COVID-19 cases, though hospitalizations are at seven countywide. The county had a total of 54 new cases Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with the majority coming from Jamestown (16). Fredonia had six of the new cases, Dunkirk and Bemus Point each had four of the new ...

Handsewn masks delivered to Gowanda Middle School

GOWANDA — The Quilters for Christ from the Gowanda Free Methodist Church donated 70 handsewn masks to the Gowanda Middle School faculty and staff. The Quilters for Christ group delivered the masks last week to the middle school, where some of the faculty got to try them on and pose for a ...

Gifts collected in Toys for Tots drive

Kirk’s Jewelers in Dunkirk is the drop-off location hot spot for Toys for Tots, according to several volunteers that were there over the weekend “Kirk’s has been a partner with Toys for Tots for several years, they’re a staple in our community,” volunteer Lauren Boyle said. ...

Senior Center in city reopens for exercise, events

Exercise and card games have returned to peoples’ lives as the Senior Center in Dunkirk has reopened to the public. Though things are fazing in slowly everyone is happy to be back, according to the rousing “happy” they whole room shouted after exercise Friday morning. The October ...

High winds blow through county

High winds arrived in Chautauqua County shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, downing trees and limbs and knocking out power to hundreds of customers. The National Weather Service expected winds to reach between 50 to 65 mph and originally expected to be confined to the north county. On Sunday ...