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Newsmakers of the Month

Newsmaker of the month: Another COVID surge at wrong time

With more events moving to indoors due to cooler temperatures, it is not surprising the spread of COVID-19 is increasing again. Americans, even those here in Chautauqua County, have become wary of any news or updates regarding the virus. In a sense, we have become numb to this pandemic — ...

Newsmaker of the month: Setting a tone for public comment

Village of Fredonia officials approved an effort to enforce limits when it comes to a member of the audience speaking earlier this month. How much time can someone get on the floor? Three minutes if speaking for an individual; five minutes for a group. “It shouldn’t be at the discretion of ...

Newsmaker of the month: ‘An eye’ on worrisome fall spike

When death and silence surround you for more than a year, there is a strong chance you will consider the consequences of COVID-19. That is most definitely the case in New York City, where a seven-day positivity rate hovers right below the 2% margin. That’s the shining star of the Empire ...

Newsmaker of the month: Flaring COVID numbers putting area on notice

Something seems awfully familiar about the most recent COVID-19 outbreaks across the nation and in Chautauqua County. As the region transitions from what was an inconsistent summer to autumn, there are reasons to be concerned about the Delta variant of the virus. With a little more than 50% of ...

Newsmaker of the month: Popularity play backfires with Dunkirk grants

City residents or visitors to Dunkirk do not need a magnifying glass to see the deteriorating conditions that surround the north-county municipality. According to the U.S. Census, poverty rates are 24%. Frankly speaking, the need is great. So why in the world would the Dunkirk Common ...

Newsmaker of the month: Sense of safety buoys summer

Music by the lakes is a refreshing tune for many to kick off the summer months. My, how we have been waiting for something that was only two years ago a given. Once state Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the go-ahead to reopen New York state, area municipalities have moved quickly to give residents ...