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County reports 199 new cases from weekend

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Chautauqua County’s active coronavirus caseload increased by 19 over the weekend as the health department reported 199 new cases from Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Jamestown zip code broke its previous high in active cases over the weekend — 129 COVID-19 cases are active in the city ...

Brooks-TLC puts Lakeshore site up for sale

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IRVING — What’s the future for a former health care facility in northern Chautauqua County? No one is quite sure, but the Brooks-TLC Hospital System has put the campus up for sale. On Monday, the board of directors of Brooks-TLC announced it has engaged Pyramid Brokerage Co. of Buffalo, ...

Gowanda prison closing ‘terrible news’

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GOWANDA — Village Mayor David Smith on Monday afternoon called the impending closing of the Gowanda Correctional Facility “terrible news for the hundreds of local workers.” Smith, who said he participated in a Bible study with the prisoners there every Monday before the COVID-19 ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Winter storm watch A winter storm watch begins Thursday evening and lasts through Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Buffalo reported. The watch includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties. Total snow accumulations of more than 9 inches possible in ...

Area police

Area police

NEW YORK STATE POLICE ¯ KENNEDY — Shannon DeJesus, 34, of Jamestown, was charged with fourth-degreedwire criminal possession of stolen property and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. DeJesus was reportedly stopped Saturday on Route 394 in Kennedy for a traffic violation. An ...

County reports 26th COVID-related death, cases top 3,000

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It took until late October for Chautauqua County to reach the 1,000 mark in confirmed cases of COVID-19 during the pandemic. The county crossed 2,000 cases just over a month later in early December. The 3,000th mark took just two weeks. The county Health Department on Tuesday reported 65 ...

National Grid warns of phone scams

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With the holidays in full swing and the COVID-19 pandemic causing financial stress on many individuals, National Grid is alerting customers about recent reports of scams where imposters are promising refunds or discounts. Here's how scammers are trying to prey on customers: • customers ...

Vaccines in hand, Cuomo urges push at NY nursing homes

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ALBANY (AP) — New York expects to have received 930,000 coronavirus vaccine doses by the end of next week, a supply that should be used in an inoculation push at nursing homes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday. Cuomo told reporters he's asking healthcare providers to work through the ...

Sinclairville woman sentenced in drug distribution

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Drug dealing has led to time served and two years supervised release for a Sinclairville woman. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Monday the sentencing by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara of Tracy Griffin, 38, who was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to ...

Winter Festival canceled for safety precautions

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MAYVILLE — A decades-long tradition in Mayville will take a year off due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced Monday the cancellation of the 2021 Presidents’ Day Weekend Winter Festival, held ...

NCCF accepting letters of interest for grants

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The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation will accept Letters of Interest to the Community Benefit Grant program until March 1, 2021. Proposals must efficiently and effectively address identified community needs or encourage new opportunities. Letters seeking eligibility should include ...

Gowanda schools again delays return of hybrid students

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GOWANDA — Concerns over community spread of COVID-19 has led the Gowanda Central School district to again delay a return of its hybrid model -- this time until the middle of January. In a letter to the district community, Superintendent Dr. Robert Anderson notes positivity rates of 6% or ...

State officials call Gowanda closing ‘especially cruel’

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GOWANDA – In the wake of Monday’s announcement by the Gov. Andrew Cuomo administration that Gowanda Correctional Facility is one of three state prisons scheduled for imminent closure, a contingent of state legislators, including Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt, joined with local officials ...

Forestville grad to appear on ‘Forged in Fire’

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When people sit down to watch a sport, show, or movie, there are many of them who envision themselves in the thick of the plot or competition, often fantasizing about what it would be like to be in the place of the people on their screen. For Angola’s Kodie Brewster, that fantasy will become ...

Guiding lights: page offers map to displays

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With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, it may be a little more difficult for people to get into the holiday spirit this year, given that a lot of people’s Christmas traditions are put on hold. One tradition that Adam Dolce’s family, and many other families all over, partake in is ...

Hospitalizations hit highs; 2 more deaths

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New York state saw record coronavirus hospitalizations over the weekend, rising to levels last seen in May. The state noted that 6,208 were hospitalized as of Friday — the largest number in the state since May 15. That number had decreased to 6,185 as of Sunday afternoon. ...

Crews battle heavy smoke, house fire in Portland

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PORTLAND — Smoke filled Church Street on Saturday afternoon as volunteer fire departments from across northern Chautauqua County battled a house blaze. Around 3:15 p.m., crews were called to 8644 Church St. near Second Street for the blaze. The rear of the home was heavily damaged while ...

Pastors react to SCOTUS Ruling on Capacity

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Even as coronavirus cases continue to appear nationwide, a recent decision by the United States Supreme Court could place limits on New York state’s ability to place restrictions on places of worship, receiving mixed reactions from local faith leaders in Chautauqua County. In a 5-4 ...

COVID vaccine for undocumented immigrants proposed

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Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-New York City, wants the state to provide a COVID-19 vaccination at no cost to all New Yorkers — including those who aren’t U.S. citizens. Rosenthal recently introduced A.11175 in the state Assembly to require the state cover the cost of a COVID-19 ...

Annual winter festival in Mayville canceled

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MAYVILLE — The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced Monday the cancelation of the 2021 Presidents' Day Weekend Winter Festival, held annually since 1985 at Mayville Lakeside Park. The board and festival planning committee anticipate re-establishing ...