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Pomfret’s proposed budget has tax hike

Unless town board members find things to cut, Pomfret residents can expect another tax hike in 2020. The board took its first look at the tentative 2020 town budget during a special meeting Wednesday. The spending plan would demand a townwide tax levy of $4.04 per $1,000 of assessed property, ...

County court faces busy docket of jury trials

MAYVILLE — It’s expected to be a busy end to the year in regards to jury trials in Chautauqua County Court. On the docket are several trials to be heard in front of Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley, and in one case, a Buffalo judge for a decade-old homicide case. Jury selection ...

Comments sought on Fredonia schools’ safety plan

Fredonia Central School is doing a state-mandated annual review of its district safety plan. District employees Amy Piper and Tim Kachelmeyer gave a presentation about the plan at the Fredonia board of education’s Sept. 24 meeting. They said the last significant revision of the plan was ...

Pine Valley celebrates School Breakfast Day

SOUTH DAYTON — Students at Pine Valley Central School celebrated New York State’s School Breakfast Day with locally-sourced foods. Every student received a free nutritious breakfast and had the chance to bond with teachers and classmates over the shared morning meal. The breakfast featured ...

Boy Scout Troop holds Court of Honor

Fredonia’s Boy Scout Troop 267, sponsored by American Legion Post #59 in Fredonia, held a Court of Honor on August 26. The Court of Honor ceremony began with the Advancement of Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Master of Ceremonies, Matt Brown, Life Scout. Chaplain Walt Sedlmayer ...

‘Sending this message’

Editor’s note: This article was written 15 years ago and is being reprinted as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month. I am writing this letter to the editor because I have a message that I want people to hear regarding “Breast Cancer Awareness.” I am amazed at the number of women that I ...

Silver Creek Elementary announces poster contest winners

Submitted photo Silver Creek Elementary School has announced the winners of the 2019 Grape Festival poster contest sponsored by the Silver Creek VFW. The coloring contest entries are on display in the window of People Incorporated located in the village park. Kindergarten: 1st place Randy ...

Roundabout work will continue through November, return in spring

If you’ve driven in the intersection of Routes 60 and 20 in Fredonia, you know one thing — it’s a mess. Construction of the roundabout began May 16, but according to Joseph Morrissey, the director of communications with the state Department of Transportation, they had to move certain ...

UPMC Chautauqua tried opening clinic, then state stepped in

The need or want of a methadone clinic in Chautauqua County has been a pressure point of contention, on both sides, throughout the region. Almost all agree that with the growing opioid epidemic and the prevalence of street drugs, laced with more dangerous chemicals than the drugs themselves, ...

State assisting Brooks in cash crunch

From 2012 to 2016, Brooks Memorial Hospital ran annual deficits that totaled nearly $12.7 million. Today, however, that cash crunch has become even more dire. In a communication with a Health Department official, it has become apparent New York state is helping keep the doors open at the ...

County Legislature still working on 2020 budget

MAYVILLE — County legislators are still working on potential changes to the 2020 tentative budget. On Friday, the Chautauqua County Legislature Audit and Control Committee met to discuss possible changes to the proposed spending plan after attending budget hearing held by the five other ...

Best-selling author shares story of Klansman ancestor

From the hate crime recently committed in El Paso, to the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, to the 2015 church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, “We are in a moment … that is like a return to or remembrance of things past,” said guest lecturer Edward Ball to ...

World War II vet, former Fredonia mayor St. George dies

One-time village of Fredonia mayor, World War II veteran and longtime business owner Charles St. George has died. An incomplete announcement is included in today’s edition with a full obituary to be included in the weekend edition. St. George served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Alaska where ...

Westfield board OKs site plan for medical building

WESTFIELD — The site plan review for 216 East Main Street, submitted by Family Health Services Inc. for a new medical office building in the village, special meeting of the village board took place Tuesday evening at Eason Hall. The end result was the approval of the site plan by the board. ...

Symptom of silence still prevalent at Brooks

It was an unusual voice mail message, but not unexpected. J. Gary Rhodes, former interim chief executive officer at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, was disappointed with our continuing coverage in 2014 about the mounting deficits and job layoffs at the institution in a changing health-care ...

Missing Korean War soldier coming back to Dunkirk

A Dunkirk hero who went missing during the Korean War will be coming home. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced this week that Army Sgt. Gerald B. Raeymacker, 21, and killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Aug. 9. In late 1950, Raeymacker was a member of Battery B, 57th ...

Village of Fredonia takes on Feeding Fredonia Challenge

The Fredonia Village Board of Trustees has endorsed the Feeding Fredonia Challenge and Mayor Athanasia Landis proclaimed Oct. 7 to 18 as Feed Fredonia Week. This support is an important statement that this food collection is an event that needs the involvement of the whole community to succeed. ...

Breast cancer survivor aims to spread awareness

SHERIDAN — John Smith is on a mission to raise awareness of male breast cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in males each year and that 500 men die from breast cancer annually. For men, about 1 in 833 will be ...

SUNY Fredonia president search updated

SUNY Fredonia is close to hiring a search firm that will find its new president, College Council Chairman Frank Pagano said Wednesday. “I can tell you it’s going well. .... We’re kind of working undercover,” Pagano told the council at its meeting Wednesday. He said he traveled to ...

City residents voice concerns on lack of methadone clinic

Many local residents voiced their concerns over the lack of a methadone clinic in the city at Dunkirk’s Common Council meeting Tuesday. Drug maintenance treatments require daily travel to Buffalo and with the onslaught of lake effect snow looming, those roads become treacherous, putting ...