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SUNY Fredonia announces reopening plan

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The State University of New York at Fredonia is preparing for the return of students, faculty and staff for the Fall 2020 semester, following SUNY’s approval of Fredonia’s reopening plan. “Western New York has just entered Phase 4 reopening for the regional economy, and even better, ...

Man charged with impersonating officer waives preliminary hearing

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WARREN, Pa. — The Jamestown, N.Y. man charged with impersonating an officer an invoking COVID-19 to get out of work has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Christopher M. Hawkins, 46, 120 Fulton St., was charged by City of Warren police earlier this month. He faces two misdemeanor ...

Trade agreement goes into effect officially

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U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, said Wednesday that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement has officially gone in to effect. Reed served as a member of Republican leadership’s USMCA team and advocated for the agreement because of its benefits for 23rd Congressional District workers and ...

Jamestown man charged after domestic dispute

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JAMESTOWN — A city man has been arrested in connection with a domestic dispute on Thursday afternoon. Jamestown police report Jose A. Rosario, 44, was charged with fourth-degree mischief, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana after officers ...

Cuomo announces funding to assist with COVID-19

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OBSERVER Staff Report State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced federal funding is being made available to county emergency management agencies to support COVID-19 planning and operational readiness. This grant opportunity provides an additional level of direct support to counties as New ...

Judge David Prince passes away days after resigning from Fredonia

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The Honorable David A Prince, a life-long resident of Fredonia has passed away at the age of 77. He was born Sept. 20, 1942, in Brooks Hospital, to the late Arthur F. and Charlotte (Schwertfager) Prince English. He passed away on Thursday. Judge Prince's resignation was accepted by the ...

‘Hoping to rebuild’

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WESTFIELD — The owners of the destroyed Kiss BBQ restaurant are hoping the community will help them rebuild their restaurant. Around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, fire crews from Westfield and Portland responded to the blaze at 7454 Route 20. The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation team ...

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One person killed in Route 5 crash EVANS — One person has died in a motor vehicle accident on Lake Street between Route 5 and Lake Shore Road. The Evans Police Department reports that two vehicles were involved in the accident with one of the vehicles leaving the road and striking a ...

Ripley teachers bid farewell to students with parade

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RIPLEY — People love parades... military parades, Mardi Gras parades, Easter parades, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and, perhaps, most of all, end-of- the-year teacher parades. At the end of a school year marked by uncertainty, social distancing and remote learning, some schools have ...

Drastic budget cuts loom in city

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The city of Dunkirk’s 2021 budget could see decreases of 33% in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the loss of revenues from sales tax and elsewhere not much is know until the books are cracked open and each budget line gone over with a fine-toothed comb. “We’re projecting a ...

Lily Dale loosens restrictions, won’t limit guests

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LILY DALE — Lily Fale will not have a restricted number of guests this season. When the board set the number of visitors allowed in Lily Dale, the state was not even in Phase One of the four-phase plan. Now that the county is in Phase Four, the board has decided to be more lenient ...

No New COVID-19 Cases In Chautauqua County

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There are no new cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County, according to the Chautauqua County Health Department, while the percentage of positive cases compared to tests given is now about 0.85%. Chautauqua County has had 131 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 15,262 negative tests. The county ...

SUNY Fredonia approves reopening plan for fall

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The State University of New York at Fredonia is preparing for the return of students, faculty and staff for the Fall 2020 semester, following SUNY's approval of Fredonia's reopening plan. "Western New York has just entered Phase 4 reopening for the regional economy, and even better, SUNY has ...

Dinner benefits Feedmore

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The Dunkirk Exempts Firemen’s Association Recently held a BBQ Burger Dinner to help support Feedmore WNY. The club in connection with the Dunkirk School District Made the presentation to Catherine Shick from Feedmore WNY in the amount of $700. Taking part in the picture are the ...

Dunkirk announces upcoming brush pickup

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The City of Dunkirk Public Works Department announces that brush pickup will begin on Monday in District A. District B will be picked up the week of July 13, district C will be picked up the week of July 20 and District D will be picked up the week of July 27. Brush must be at the curb by ...

SUNY Fredonia August commencement canceled

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The State University of New York at Fredonia has announced the rescheduled 2020 Commencement ceremony on Aug. 8 has been called off. “Unfortunately, because of restrictions proposed on large gatherings, we will not be able to proceed with the August date for Commencement 2020,” Interim ...

DMV taking online appointments

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The Chautauqua County Department of Motor Vehicles is launching an online appointment system on the County DMV website that can be accessed at, https://chqgov.com/county-clerk/Department-of-Motor-Vehicles. Anyone without Internet access should contact a relative or friend to make the ...

Dunkirk airport awarded federal funds

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The Chautauqua County Airport in Dunkirk has received federal funds, some of which is coming from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Today, Rep. Tom Reed announced $3,624,165 in aviation funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for airports across the district. ...

Ripley man charged in Cemetery Road burglary

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WESTFIELD -- A Ripley resident has been charged in a burglary on June 22. Michael S Smith, of 5666 Route 76, was charged and issued appearance ticket for fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and will be in Town of Westfield Court at a later date. His arrest comes after a ...