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Labor Department seeing surge in state claims

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The New York State Department of Labor today announced that 369,025 initial Unemployment Insurance claims were filed for the week ending March 28, representing an increase of 288,516 claims from the 80,509 UI claims that were filed the previous week. Compared to last year, initial claims for ...

Despite rumors, there’s no travel ban

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Rumors of a travel ban in place and that police are stopping non-essential motorists out for a ride appear to be just that — rumors. Both Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone and Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings said they have encountered the misinformation on social media and ...

Community colleges postpone commencement

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The uncertainty generated by the COVID-19 pandemic has led the region’s six community colleges to postpone their in-person commencement ceremonies scheduled for May, 2020. The news was previously announced by the presidents of Erie, Finger Lakes, Genesee, Jamestown, Monroe and Niagara ...

Two new positive cases announced in county

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Chautauqua County has a total of 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with two new confirmed cases reported today. These cases involve a man in his 60s and a woman in her 20s. According to the new map unveiled by the county on Wednesday, the two cases come in the north county portion. There are no ...

Eighth case reported in Cattaraugus County

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Cattaraugus County Health Department was notified of its eighth confirmed case of COVID-19. The reporting laboratory was Quest Diagnostics Inc., Pittsburgh. A male resident who lives in the southeastern part of the county with no significant travel history was tested for COVID-19 on Monday in ...

Ventilators ‘adequate’ in county

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MAYVILLE — One of the most precious items in fighting the coronavirus for those individuals impacted most are ventilators. In the past week, state Gov. Andrew Cuomo has spotlighted the need for these accessories downstate — and across the nation. “I need 30,000 ventilators,” Cuomo ...

Area stores going through items quickly

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Though the big box grocery stores in the area were able to restock over the last couple weeks amidst the COVID-19 supply buyouts, that doesn’t mean the stores are still in stock. In fact, the big stores in the area still lack toilet paper and other essential supplies. Walmart, Tops, Home ...

Dunkirk might hold electronic council meetings

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You can still stop in to pay your water bill, or a parking ticket even, things have not changed much in the city of Dunkirk this week. According to Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas the staffing levels haven’t changed at City Hall and all non-essential workers are currently operating from home. ...

Fredonia bridge to be replaced

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The Matteson Street Bridge over the Canadaway Creek in the Village of Fredonia will be closed to traffic starting Monday, April 6 so that this bridge can be replaced. The bridge replacement is scheduled to last approximately eight months. As part of the bridge replacement, Matteson Street ...

Cases reach 10 in Chautauqua, 6 in Cattaraugus

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Two new positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported by the Chautauqua County Health Department. The individuals include: ¯ A man in his 80s, with no recent travel. ¯ A man in his 40s, with no recent travel. As of Tuesday, there are now 10 positive cases identified with 100 tests ...

Two have recovered from virus; county unveils map

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No new positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Chautauqua County as of Wednesday, county officials announced today. In addition, two individuals who did test positive have recovered from the illness and have been released from mandatory quarantine. Seven persons are continuing to ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Fredonia trustees set budget meetings The Board of Trustees of the Village of Fredonia has announced budget meetings with village department heads. The meetings will be held by teleconference and will be available for live public viewing on YouTube and on Fredonia Channel 1301. The meetings ...

Area police

Area police

Fredonia Police Department ¯ Allison Polito, 19, of North Chili, was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol and an open container violation March 8. ¯ Stephen Travis, 22, of Seneca, was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana March 8. ¯ Tyler Kroll, 19, of ...

Opera House extends closure

Coronavirus coverage

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center announced Tuesday that in light of recent state and federal mandates surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it will remain closed through April 30. All events and screenings scheduled between now and Apr. 30 are either cancelled outright or are ...

Cancellations

Coronavirus coverage

Editor's note: The OBSERVER is not running the community calendar without confirmation of events. Organizations that are still meeting are invited to contact the OBSERVER and we will again run the calendar as events are confirmed. Closed until further notice The 1891 Fredonia Opera House ...

Coronavirus takes a friend, fighter

Coronavirus coverage

On Sunday, March 8, Gary Wayne Ruff sat at a card table with Kelly Brown, Devin McDonald, Lyle Aney and myself, enjoying an afternoon game of poker. As usual, he never folded. And as usual, a good time was had by all. This past Thursday, March 26, he died from the coronavirus. He was 73. ...

SAR members hear talk on Grenville, Roanoke

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STOCKTON – Recently, members of the Chautauqua County Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution heard a talk by Doug Arters about Sir Richard Grenville and Roanoke Island, North Carolina. Grenville, an aristocrat and Naval commander under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, was ...

Fredonia postpones Commencement, plans for future event

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The State University of New York at Fredonia has announced that, in the interest of public health and safety, the annual Commencement ceremonies traditionally held in May, will be postponed. “Given the need to protect the health of everyone, we have made the difficult decision to postpone ...

UPMC opens COVID-19 specimen collection site

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JAMESTOWN — Beginning today, UPMC Chautauqua will begin directing patients who receive physician consultation and referral for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to an outpatient specimen collection site at Jones Health, 51 Glasgow Ave, Bldg. E. The hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 ...