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Sweltering heat brings families to beach

Sweltering heat pummeled Western New York on Wednesday as families sought solace at the beach. “Yes I’m enjoying the weather, but we still got to be conscious,” Jody Gustafson said. A health care worker, Gustafson strives to remind people about the importance of social distancing, ...

City continues reduction of workforce

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas mentioned at the last Common Council meeting that the city is still operating at 50% staff in the building. “With this COVID-19 situation, as you know, we are still in a state of emergency per the orders of the governor,” Rosas said. “We cannot bring these ...

Traffic lights removed at roundabout intersection

Although a lot of work still needs to be done, the roundabout in Fredonia is quickly taking shape. Early this afternoon, the state Department of Transportation removed the traffic lights. Now, unless they're stopped by construction workers, drivers will only use the yield signs there when ...

Tax foreclosure auction may not happen this year

The Chautauqua County tax foreclosure auction might be canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. board discussed Wednesday the possibility that the auction, which was originally scheduled to take place Saturday, June 20, might not happen this ...

Fredonia High School graduation outlined

Fredonia High School graduates have been through a rough senior year, and like many senior classes throughout the country, their graduation ceremony was questionable at best. However, with the ability to now have 150 people allowed to gather outside, a door was opened, allowing them to ...

‘Accountability’ sought in Fredonia protest

People ages 1 to 83 picketed downtown Fredonia on Tuesday, supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Nigel Reynolds, junior musical theater major at the State University of New York at Fredonia, organized the protest because of his background as a person of color, according to him. “I came ...

No fireworks set for city skies on Fourth

The city of Dunkirk will not fire off any fireworks this year for Fourth of July. Many in the region were curious as to whether without the park gathering the fireworks would still be ignited. However Tuesday, Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas officially shared that there would be no celebration of ...

Dunkirk schools hosting food drive Saturday

The Dunkirk City School District is planning to host a food drive to benefit FeedMore WNY on Saturday. FeedMore WNY is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer dignity, hope and a brighter future by providing nutritious food, friendship and skills training to community members in ...

Board of Elections, schools working to prevent voter fraud

One of the largest fears of absentee ballot voting is the potential for voter fraud. The Chautauqua County Board of Elections and school district officials throughout the county are working their best to try and prevent voter fraud from occurring during the school budget vote and board ...

Dunkirk’s Spoke Folk continues to change lives

Dunkirk’s Spoke Folk and Richard Goodman continues to change lives in Tanzania, where they have now provided 32 girls with bicycles so they can attend secondary school. The second batch of bikes that Spoke Folk was able to purchase included 16 more, the same amount they bought the first ...

Churches eye reopening following new guidelines

“How can Christ turn people away from the church?” That’s a question currently being mulled by the Rev. Daniel Walsh, pastor at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Dunkirk. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday said churches, temples and mosques that are in Phase Two regions can reopen ...

All Chautauqua Nursing residents test negative

Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Temple Road in Dunkirk announced Monday that of its nearly 200 residents, all have tested negative for COVID-19. Residents were swabbed by staff RNs to determine the eradication results. In addition, as mandated, employees at the facility are ...

Due dates adjusted for mailing absentee ballots

An executive order will give residents additional time to mail their absentee ballots for school budgets and school board seats. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that will allow school districts to extend the deadline in which they can receive the ballots. In order for ballots to be ...

Schools making plans for graduation

Many area school districts are finalizing plans for graduation, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that outdoor graduations were allowed beginning June 26. Fredonia High School will be holding its 2020 graduation at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds on June 28 at 1:30 p.m. This information was ...

Peaceful city gathering calls for unity

“Welcome to America, the land of the free. But America is not living up to that name. America, please hear our cries, we want to live,” Gabrielle Hart, Black Lives Matter activist and Dunkirk High School senior, said. On Saturday, a demonstration was held in support of the Black Lives ...

Animal adoptions soar during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it a lot of negative feelings, worries and concerns, but on a more positive note it gave several something positive — a new home. Local animal shelters have been flooded with adoption requests the last few months and the happiness that has given the ...

Man seeks transfer to Brocton facility

A 21-year-old Suffolk County man is asking a Chautauqua County judge to help him begin his treatment at the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Facility after his transfer to the Brocton facility was delayed by COVID-19. Wayne Beavers pleaded guilty in October 2019 to one count of second-degree ...

Protesters look for reform at Dow Park

JAMESTOWN — Over 250 demonstrators gathered once again in Dow Park on Sunday looking for reform nearly two weeks after the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd. The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin had been charged with ...

Silver Creek nurse receives state honors

Silver Creek Central School District has announced that one of its staff has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 Excellence in School Nursing Award from the New York State Association of School Nurses. NYSASN recognizes school nurses in the empire state who excel in their practice of ...

Dunkirk resident earns medical degree from LECOM

ERIE, Pa. — Kaitlyn Alexandra Crossan of Dunkirk has received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and will undergo surgery/general residency training with McLaren Greater Lansing in Lansing, Michigan. Osteopathic medicine ...