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Sen. Borrello a co-sponsor of Divide NY Plan

State Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, has signed on as a co-sponsor of legislation to amend the state constitution and split New York state into three zones. S. 5416 is sponsored in the state Senate by Sen. Robert Ortt, R-Lockport. In addition to Borrello, the legislation is now ...

Mayville considering text alert system for village residents

MAYVILLE – After a boil water order was delayed getting out for several hours last month, village officials are considering a new way to contact local residents in an emergency. During the recent Mayville Village Board meeting, Mayor Ken Shearer proposed a resolution to hire SlickText of ...

Downstate outages spur boatload of bills

Flushing Democrat Nily Rozic thinks New Yorkers shouldn’t have to pay for utility services they don’t actually receive due to an outage. Rozic recently introduced A.10896 in the state Assembly to amend the Public Service Law to require electric and gas corporations to provide a $100 a day ...

Reaching new heights at NCCS

For a close-knit family like Northern Chautauqua Catholic School, the closure of school due to COVID-19 was especially tough. While the beautiful brick building on Fourth and Washington streets was quiet during the final months of last school year, this summer it was a hub of activity, as ...

A day of firsts

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Fredonia’s 7th ExSTRINGavanza slated for Tuesday

The State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music is offering its annual ExSTRINGavanza on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The event is billed as a short concert filled with lighter fare and showpieces, performed by School of Music string faculty. Performers will include Kieran Hanlon (bass), ...

Never forget

Do you remember where you were on Sept. 11, 2001? That is often a question one is asked or someone ponders on the anniversary of when more than 3,000 Americans were killed by members of the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda, who hijacked four planes and crashed them into the World Trade ...

Neighbor gives his two cents on Dollar General project in Gowanda

GOWANDA — A village resident has expressed concern over Dollar General’s plan to demolish two homes across the street from him. Earlier this week in the Hollywood Theater, a scoping meeting was held to assess what needs to be addressed in the environmental impact statement done by the ...

Breast Cancer Support Group donates to Our House Campaign

The Breast Cancer Support Group of Jamestown made a $5,000 contribution to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care’s Our House Campaign to bring a hospice residence to Chautauqua County. The group also challenged other community organizations to support the Campaign. Following a recent ...

Active cases down in county

The two clusters of COVID-19 cases are trending in the right direction. On Friday during the Chautauqua County COVID-19 news conference, Christine Schuyler, county public health director, said of the 82 cases connected to Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk, only four are still active. She said of the ...

Dinner honors first responders in Westfield

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Ministerial Association held a dinner for first responders on Friday, the 19th anniversary of the tragic events on Sept. 11, 2001. The dinner was hosted for first responders including the fire department, police department and the hospital. Pastor Vinny Sanzo wanted ...

Petition for right of way sought by county

Chautauqua County has taken the next step in using eminent domain to obtain property in Dunkirk that would aid in the use of a cold storage facility utilized by a local ice cream manufacturer and for future development of some vacant percels. The county Industrial Development Agency on ...

Containing COVID

Jamestown Community College has no active cases of COVID-19 after beginning its fall semester on Aug. 24, but have five students in precautionary quarantine. “We have five students under quarantine in total,” said Dr. Kirk Young, vice president of student affairs. “Two of these are due ...

Chancellor on mission to corral cases

Entering the State University of New York at Fredonia from Central Avenue in the village during the recent holiday weekend brought a sense of serenity. It was a low-key day and few students could be seen out and about. But those who were appeared to be doing all the right things. Gatherings ...

Dunkirk classes begin remotely Monday

The Dunkirk City Schools will begin classes remotely on Monday, according to Superintendent Michael Mansfield. “We will do a full update at our Sept. 15 Board of Education meeting, but all students will return back in full remote session on Sept. 14,” Mansfield said. The hope of ...

Fredonia issues boil water order

The village of Fredonia has issued a boil water order under direction from the Chautauqua County Department of Health. In a news release, the village said a water sample taken Wednesday showed turbidity levels of 1.1 units, above the maximum allowable standard of 1.0. “Because of these high ...

‘This is our thank you’

Patty Valentine, along with volunteers, helped spread the love this week to local police officers in the community. Called “Operation: Back the Blue,” the campaign sought to deliver gift bags to the men and women that serve each day helping people. These bags were a token to show that ...

County IDA receives $10.5M grant

CELORON — The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency will be receiving a grant of $10.5 million to help small businesses rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, Anthony Foti, U.S. Department of Commerce intergovernmental affairs director, made the announcement at the ...

Disagreement on communication in village causes waves

According to Fredonia Mayor Doug Essek, the village needs a deputy clerk. According to Evadawn Bashaw, the position has already been advertised. At the Fredonia Village Board meeting held Tuesday, the fact that the position was already posted fell under fire. “So we advertise for a ...

Burned down Mayville Diner to be cleaned up

MAYVILLE — An eyesore in the village will soon be cleaned up. During this week’s Mayville Village Board meeting, J&J Abatement Services of Jamestown was approved to remove debris and restore the Mayville Diner property at 7 W. Chautauqua St. for a cost of $11,500. J&J Abatement ...