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Legislators call for pause on Gowanda prison closing

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Members of the New York State Senate and Assembly on Friday called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to pause the closure of the Gowanda Correctional facility. State Sens. George Borrello and Patrick Gallivan, and Assemblyman Joseph ...

Middle-schoolers waiting to return at Fredonia

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Although the rollout to return to school for most grade levels of Fredonia High School are locked in, there does remain some question marks about grades six to eight. At this week’s school board meeting, Fredonia Superintendent Dr. Bradley Zilliox reiterated the plan for the surrounding grade ...

Return to school ‘No. 2 goal’ in Gowanda

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GOWANDA — There is still no timeline for a return to in-person learning at Gowanda Central School. Dr. Robert Anderson, superintendent, in a statement issued to the media stressed caution before brining students back to buildings. “Returning students to in-person instruction to the ...

Chautauqua County recognizes COVID-19 heroes

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Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel and the COVID-19 Response Team recently announced the second and third week of COVID-19 Hero nominations. Nominations are recognized in a video posted weekdays on the Chautauqua County Government Facebook page, and each nominee receives a personal note from ...

Central Station marks five years in Dunkirk

Business

March 1 will mark the fifth anniversary of new ownership of Central Station Restaurant in Dunkirk. A fixture in downtown Dunkirk for over 25 years, Central Station Restaurant was purchased in 2016 by Robert Contiguglia and Kathleen Dennison, former owners of The White Inn in Fredonia. Their ...

Dunkirk welcomes newest downtown store

Business

The city of Dunkirk welcomed its newest downtown business — S&T Redemption, 417 Central Ave. Owners Tommy Roque and Stacy Elmore, along with their partner, Luis Pupo, recently held a grand opening celebration. The new businesses owners are excited to offer this service to the residents ...

Going over COVID vaccine myths and reality

Business

By TODD J. TRANUM President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier While we await more accessibility to the COVID 19 vaccine it is important that we take this time to prepare. An important part of ...

Gerry man charged after altercation

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GERRY -- A town resident has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment after an incident late Friday. Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a report of a disorderly person inside a residence on Route 60 just before midnight. Upon ...

Sylvester Cleary earns state recognition

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Sylvester Cleary has served the Forestville Central School District for the last several years as a member of the Board of Education, constantly advocating for the best possible education for the students. While people in the area know of Cleary’s dedication to the town where he’s lived for ...

Renewables bandwagon began in Arkwright

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Former town Supervisor Frederic “Nick” Norton remembers the long grind associated with making green energy become a reality in Arkwright. Some of it was on the local end, but the larger struggle was really on the next level with New York state. That was a headache, to say the least. ...

Vaccination clinics booked within minutes

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Within a matter of minutes both the State University of New York at Fredonia and Jamestown Community College vaccination clinics scheduled for the coming days were booked. On Thursday morning, the Chautauqua County Health Department listed the two sites. The first takes place Saturday at the ...

County child care advocate testifies about CARES Act allocation

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A convoluted and arduous process has delayed state officials allocating a significant portion of $164 million in CARES Act funding for child care. Because of the problems during the first round of funding, how the state is going to handle distributing the next round of $469 million for child ...

City man indicted in ax assault case

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A Dunkirk man who allegedly struck another person with an ax during a September incident in the city has been indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury. Brian Nowak, 34, pleaded not guilty during arraignment Feb. 11 in Chautauqua County Court. He was indicted Feb. 3 on a single charge, ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Silver Creek Village Board meets Monday SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday and held by video or teleconference. Anyone interested in viewing the meeting is asked to contact the clerk’s office at 934-3240 for the meeting codes. Zoom meeting today for ...

Area police

Area police

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ¯ SHERIDAN — Gabrielle Wright, 18, was taken into custody Thursday in a vehicle on Route 39 in the town of Sheridan. Wright was wanted on a charge of second-degree burglary. She was turned over to the Chautauqua County Jail for arraignment. NEW YORK ...

Key county, statewide COVID stats dip

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Active COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and those in quarantine all dipped in numbers released Friday by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. Similar stats statewide also appear to be on the decline. There were currently 124 active cases in the county, a decline of 19; six people with ...

Three detained after Westfield home found with cash, drugs

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WESTFIELD — More than $13,000 in cash and a number of assorted drugs were located in a home Thursday morning by Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force officials leading to three men being in custody. Around 6:35 a.m., force members from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, its K-9 ...

Ripley moving to full in-person return at school

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RIPLEY — After a few “small blips” regarding student attendance, the Ripley Central School District is moving ahead with full in-person learning, board of education members learned at their meeting this month. “We are just trying to bring everyone back,” said Ripley Superintendent ...

Vineyard Drive pump station gets a test

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The village of Fredonia has been working on testing the Vineyard Drive pump station in the last month. Until recently, there were two issues with the Vineyard Drive pump station that have kept it from going online. One was a control panel that the village that has been installed, the other ...

Sheriff issues draft of police reform

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MAYVILLE — Sheriff James B. Quattrone of Chautauqua County has announced that his office’s draft Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Plan will be available on the web for public comment, and that he will be hosting streaming sessions on the plan over the next month. Comments should ...