Winter Storm Watch Starts Thursday
A winter storm watch begins Thursday evening and lasts through Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Buffalo reported. The watch includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties. Total snow accumulations of more than 9 inches possible in the most persistent lake snows. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. “Travel could be very difficult to impossible,” the weather service said. “The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. … Narrow bands of heavy snow could impact portions of the region. Localized travel problems will be possible.”
Offices To Observe Holiday
STOW — The North Harmony town offices will be closed Wednesday through Friday for the Christmas holiday. Offices will reopen on Monday.
Rails To Trails To Commemorate Accident
WESTFIELD — One of the many benefits of utilizing the trail system created and maintained by Chautauqua Rails to Trails is an appreciation of the county’s railroad history. A day that lives in infamy is Christmas Eve, 1872, when a Buffalo, Corry and Pittsburgh train went off the trestle, causing the passenger car to fall 25 feet, crash, and burn. Twenty-one lives were lost. Chautauqua Rails to Trails will again commemorate the tragedy at the site of the accident. Attendees will convene at the Prospect Station trailhead on Christmas Eve at 2 p.m. The trailhead is located at the intersection of Prospect Station, Fish and Barnes Roads. The address is 6830 Barnes Road, Westfield. President Jim Fincher will speak. Musician, CR2T board member and county legislator Bill Ward will perform his original composition, “Christmas Eve at Prospect Station.” Every trail lover is welcome. All COVID precautions will be observed and required. For more information call Jim at 665-3246 or refer to website chaurtt.org or Facebook.
The UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at UPMC Chautauqua radiology oncology practice located at 51 Glasgow Ave. closed on Friday and will no longer see patients. Patients may continue to receive care at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Erie at 2500 W. 12th St. Hillman is one of only three National Cancer Institutes (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in Pennsylvania and is one of the largest integrated community cancer networks in the United States. The closest non-UPMC radiation oncology center is Cancer Care of Western New York at 117 Foote Ave. in Jamestown. UPMC is committed to ensuring a seamless transition for each patient. Patients with questions about these changes and options should call UPMC at 664-8670.
VFD Members Deliver Presents
ASHVILLE — On Saturday, members of the Ashville Fire Department set out in their trucks to deliver presents to members of their community. Gift cards were bought for those recently impacted by a fire, baskets filled with food and blankets and one family received much-needed tablets for the children and a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Smoke detectors were part of the deliveries.