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Two recover from virus as county unveils map

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No new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County as of Wednesday, while two individuals who did test positive have recovered from the illness and have been released from mandatory quarantine. Seven persons are continuing to recover under mandatory quarantine as ordered by ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Pomfret doing business by mail, online Dog license renewals in Pomfret can be renewed online, put in the mail slot at the bottom left of Town Hall door or mailed. Water and sewer bill payments can be put in the mail slot as well, or mailed to: Town Hall, 9 Day St., Fredonia, NY 14063

Area police

Area police

New York State Police KENNEDY — On Wednesday, March 25, troopers arrested Jordan Stone, 21, of Kennedy, for Driving While Intoxicated. The troopers and Chautauqua County Sheriff Deputies responded to a residence in Kennedy for a report of a vehicle that struck a shed. Investigation ...

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 ...

City playground equipment closed during pandemic

Coronavirus coverage

Following the lead of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Wilfred Rosas has instructed the closure of all city playground facilities during the safest-method responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city's beautiful parks remain open for now, but all must adhere to social distancing and the other ...

Community Bank N.A. supports renovations at YWCA Westfield

Local/Region

WESTFIELD — The Community Bank N.A. Westfield, branch March 10 presented YWCA Westfield with a $1,000 donation to support its Airbnb renovation campaign. Through Airbnb, YWCA Westfield offers lodging in the heart of downtown Westfield in a former turn-of-the-century living quarters for nurses ...

Temporary changes for the Master Gardener help desk

Local/Region

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County Master Gardener Help Desk will not be opening at JCC as expected for in-person assistance with gardening questions. Instead Master Gardeners can be reached for gardening help in two ways. Beginning immediately, you can call the Master Gardeners ...

Forestville announces honor roll

Local/Region

FORESTVILLE — Here is the honor roll for the second quarter for Forestville high and middle school students. Twelfth Grade High Honor Roll Nathaniel Bock, Samantha Brewster, Gavin Christian, Ashley Forbes, Sydney Frost, Trinity Gay, Phoebe Kingsfield, Dominic Logan, Dominique Meinzer, ...

Scouts visit Gowanda board

Local/Region

GOWANDA — Two scouts visited the Village Board in March before the coronavirus took hold on our region with questions for the board. “What do you like best about your job?” asked the first scout. “I like my job because I like to help and serve the people and I’ve been doing it for ...

Mental Health Advocates of WNY creates community guide

Local/Region

Mental Health Advocates of WNY (MHA) has created a guide for mental health resources that are available in Western New York during this current COVID-19 public health crisis. The guide provides a list of resources, services and other useful information to help maintain good mental health that ...

Girl Scout cookies are out and about

Local/Region

Girls from Ripley Troop No. 20153 are among just a few girls selling cookies this year. Does 13,272 boxes of Girl Scout cookies sound like a lot? Now imagine unloading them, sorting them, and passing them on to girls from 16 troops in just an hour and a half! That is exactly what happened ...

Chautauqua Center lands federal funds for coronavirus care

Local/Region

OBSERVER Staff Report U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,226,049 in federal funding for Central and Western New York, the Capital Region, Rochester, Hudson Valley, and North Country. The funding was provided by the U.S. ...

Erie County comptroller issues scam warning

Local/Region

While health care professionals here at home and across the country are dealing with how to address the spread, containment, mitigation and treatment of coronavirus, sadly there are a number of scammers that will try to take advantage of the fears or concerns about the illness. As Erie ...

Cardinale to challenge Goodell for Assembly seat

Local/Region

Assemblyman Andrew Goodell will be facing competition in his bid for re-election this year for the 150th district. On Tuesday, the Chautauqua County Democratic Party announced that Christina Cardinale, a Jamestown sales and marketing professional, has been named as the candidate for the ...

Salvation Army food pantry during COVID-19

Local/Region

Regular hours will remain the same during the COVID-19 pandemic for the Salvation Army food pantry. The hours are as follows: ¯ Monday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ¯ Tuesday: Seniors only, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ¯ Wednesday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ¯ Thursday: Seniors only, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ¯ Friday: 9 a.m.-12 ...

Labor Department seeing surge in state claims

Local/Region

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

Local/Region

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

Local/Region

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 ...