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Seneca Nation Health System reopening today

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The Seneca Nation announced this weekend that the Seneca Nation Health System will reopen for patient services today following a temporary closure. After a non-Seneca employee of the Health System tested positive for the COVID-19 virus last week, the Nation closed The Lionel R. John Health ...

Ellington home damaged by fire

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Photo by Dan Kohler Two residents were displaced when a fire broke out in the kitchen of their home at 676 E. Main St. in Ellington around 5:45 p.m. Saturday. Both people got out along with their pets. The blaze was extinguished due to the fire department being very close to the residence. No ...

Fire chars camper

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Photo by Dan Kohler Fire companies from Stockton, Brocton and Fredonia were called to a camper fire early Saturday morning at 5330 Route 380 in Stockton. The call came in just after 1 a.m. for the blaze, which was located near a house. The vehicle was destroyed in the fire.

Fuel prices continue drastic drops across region, nation

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Gas prices continue to see steep weekly declines -- and may drop to $1.25 to $1.50 per gallon by May nationally, analysts say. Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.13, down 13 cents since last week. One year ago, the price was $2.62. The New York State average is ...

County Veterans Service Agency modifies services, hours

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Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency is adjusting services to minimize exposure and potential spread of COVID-19 in accordance with the direction received from New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel, and the New ...

DMV offices to be open Tuesday

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Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore sent this statement to the OBSERVER on Monday regarding county Department of Motor Vehicles offices. "Starting Tuesday morning, the DMVs will reopen with a drop box out front to place materials," Barmore said. "The lobbies will be closed. Customers must ...

County foundations, United Ways announce launch of crisis funding

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Chautauqua County’s United Ways and Community Foundations announced today that pledges and donations totaling more than $750,000 have been secured from organizations, private foundations and corporate giving in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis as part of an emergency funding ...

City woman with COVID-19 was evaluated at Brooks

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The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services today confirmed that Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. had a positive COVID-19 result that came back on a patient who was evaluated at the hospital Emergency Department. Details of Brooks-TLC's first coronavirus case: • The ...

Protective masks donated by groups, business to Brooks-TLC

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Community organizations and businesses have stepped up to assist the Brooks-TLC Hospital System. In a news release issued this afternoon, the hospital offered its appreciation for the donation of health-grade masks from the groups. "On behalf of our front line health care workers at Brook-TLC ...

Agency’s assist for man’s best FRIEND

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WESTFIELD — Patty Benton, Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville board member, presented a program about the Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue during the meeting of the Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club at The Parkview in Westfield. Benton, a Westfield resident, chairs this Rotary group’s community ...

Region ready to launch COVID-19 Response Fund to assist in crisis

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A new fund is expected to be announced on Monday to assist with the economic crisis that has come in the last week due to the coronavirus. A coalition of Chautauqua County funders are set to announce the Chautauqua County Crisis Response Fund: COVID-19, which has been established through the ...

Dunkirk teachers send upbeat message

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In a Facebook post from the Dunkirk High School, teachers have sent out upbeat messages to students in this time when districts are closed until at least April 20. To view the video, click on the post below:

Seneca Nation reopening health facilities Monday

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The Seneca Nation announced this weekend that the Seneca Nation Health System will reopen for patient services on Monday following a temporary closure. After a non-Seneca employee of the Health System tested positive for the COVID-19 virus last week, the Nation closed The Lionel R. John ...

Brooks preparing for possible ‘surge’ in patients

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The Brooks-TLC Hospital System is working with the state Health Department and hospitals across the state in expectation that there will be a "surge" in need due to the coronavirus. Brooks-TLC, in a news release, said a major spike in positive coronavirus cases will result in sicker patients ...

Lakewood man charged after ride, threat

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ELLERY -- A Lakewood man is facing numerous charges after taking a ride in another person's vehicle and threatening an individual. Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies around 7:45 a.m. Sunday responded to an address on Fluvanna Townline Road for a complaint. Further investigation found that ...

Stores ravaged

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Walmart and Tops, once peaceful places to do weekly or bi-weekly grocery shopping are now destined to be ravaged and picked through by the public daily. For the first time in years, Walmarts across the nation are closing through the night. Their new hours, differing greatly from their 24-hour ...

New ways to worship

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Local churches are taking precautions to not spread COVID-19 in different ways, whether it be Facebook live, streaming video or private prayer sessions. Catholic churches in the area, like St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Dunkirk are following the policies released by the Diocese of Buffalo. ...

Former Fredonia woman can’t get out of Peru

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A woman who grew up in Fredonia is one of hundreds who are trying to get back to the mainland of the United States from Peru. In an email to the OBSERVER on Friday, 32-year-old Jessica Gee Nosworthy outlined her frustrations and concerns while being in the South American country. “I have ...

Fredonia marathon runners spread holiday cheer

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Marathon events all over the world have been canceled or postponed in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, but that hasn’t stopped Fredonia residents Jackie Correale and Jennifer Donato from lacing up their running shoes and hitting the streets. “This is the third holiday we’ve ...