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Pomfret OKs ‘workable budget’

The Pomfret Town Board passed its 2021 budget in a 4-1 vote with Councilman Chris Schaeffer abstaining. “The proposed townwide rate for 2021 is $4.05 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, which is a 8 cents per $1,000 increase or 1.89%, well under the cap, and the outside the village rate is a ...

Lawmaker eyes yearly minimum wage hike

Among the bills that could receive consideration in the state Legislature next year is a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage each year according to the rate of inflation. State Sen. Jessica Ramos, D-East Elmhurst, recently introduced S.9085 in the state Senate to amend the state ...

November COVID-19 numbers keep rising

October was the worst month of the COVID-19 pandemic for Chautauqua County as 404 infections were recorded. Halfway through November, as numbers continue to spike, that figure looks as though it will be broken. Over the weekend, the Health Department announced 30 new cases — with 10 on ...

Fredonia boys win 1st Section VI soccer title in 35 years

ALLEGANY — All Jim Rush wanted was an opportunity. On Saturday night, the Fredonia boys soccer team rewarded its coach with something even better — a Section VI Class B-2 championship. Jack Carlson scored the only goal in the first half and the second-seeded Hillbillies claimed their ...

‘A way to honor them’: Memorial Tree Lane takes root at Greystone

A tree can be a symbol of a person’s lifetime and Greystone Nature Preserve believes that an individual’s legacy should not end after they have passed. Losing loved ones during these harsh times makes it especially hard to honor the transition and give them the goodbye they deserve. ...

Foundation aims to improve ‘quality of life’ in our region

Celebrating the impact of philanthropy and advancing its work is the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation’s focus for this year’s Community Foundation Week. The purpose of the week is to recognize the important work of community foundations and their collaborative and innovative ...

Bicycles, ribbons are part of Oktoberfest

School 3 in Dunkirk ended October in celebration of many events including Red Ribbon Week, Say No to Drugs, Color the school Pink in honor of Breast Awareness month, Hispanic Heritage Month, celebration of 200 participants on our morning announcements and Halloween. School 3 faculty and ...

Brocton Middle, High Schools honor top September students

BROCTON — Caleb Sprague was selected by the Brocton Middle School faculty and staff as Student of the Month for September 2020. Caleb is an eighth-grader and is the son of Ashley Lazarczyk and Eric Sprague of Brocton. Caleb is a member of the modified boys’ soccer team. He enjoys playing ...

Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation campaign underway

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation's 2020 Annual Campaign is now underway, according to Dr. Kathryn Bronstein, board president, and Patricia Gaughan DiPalma, executive director. Noting how the once-every-100-years pandemic has shown how essential a rural hospital is to ...

County officials discuss PILOT agreements for large solar projects

Should a proposed solar and battery storage project, which is projected to be the largest east of the Mississippi and would to be one of the top five property taxpayers in the county be given a break in taxes? That’s the question Chautauqua County officials are currently wrestling with. ...

County records 129 new cases of COVID-19 during week

The Chautauqua County Department of Health announced 17 new cases of COVD-19 on Friday afternoon, capping off a week in which 129 total new cases were announced. The county has confirmed 1,294 total cases since March. Of the new cases, one is in the Frewsburg are, three are in the ...

School leaders see academic slide in return

Going to school amid a global pandemic, for area school leaders, has been akin to a balancing act. “There’s this tug of war between health and safety protocols and instruction and learning,” Kevin Whitaker, Jamestown Public Schools superintendent, said. So far, those protocols have ...

Restaurant owner appreciates 30 years of support

After nearly 30 years in business, Demetri’s on the Lake is now under new management. Demetrios “Jamie” Tsirtsakis has decided to retire. He along with his wife of 30 years, Joy, are looking forward to doing whatever they want with their time. “I just want to say thanks to all the ...

New day for the Bay

SILVER CREEK — The potential redevelopment of the former Hideaway Bay site has been a longtime in the making, but it’s one step closer to reality. On Thursday, the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. announced the sale of the former Silver Creek lakeside restaurant site for $225,000 to ...

Schools on front lines with COVID, finances

SILVER CREEK — Surrounded by plastic dividers in a conference room while being 6 feet apart and wearing a facial covering, Superintendent Todd Crandall spoke with pride in the work done by his staff as students were entering the high school building on Monday. Coming through the front door in ...

‘Planning’ riles parents

Parents in Fredonia are still struggling to get their children back in school and taxpayers are unhappy with recent decisions made by the school board. At this week’s Board of Education meeting, many parents stood before the board for the same reason: to get their children back in school, ...

Five youth able to get out in Hanover blaze

FORESTVILLE — An excess buildup of dryer lint in an exhaust pipe is believed to have sparked a fire that destroyed a town of Hanover home and displaced a family this week. Investigators had been looking into the cause of the blaze reported around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at a two-story, single ...

Enforcing COVID-19 limits a dilemma

Enforcing new restrictions that include private residences to combat the spread of COVID-19 in New York state is a tall order to ask. And Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel is questioning how local governments are supposed to take on the responsibility with little or no direction from Gov. ...

Fredonia names next superintendent

Dr. Bradley Zilliox has been appointed the next superintendent of the Fredonia Central School District. “Mr. Zilliox presented to the board a plan to detail how he would get started in his role as superintendent, which is an entry plan,” said Brian Aldrich, Fredonia school board ...

Cuomo issues new COVID restrictions

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced a slew of new restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 in New York state. During a call with reporters, Cuomo said the state will begin limiting indoor gatherings at private residences to 10 people after allegedly tracing increases in ...