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State To Allow Small Religious Gatherings

New York will allow small religious gatherings starting Thursday as the state gradually loosens restrictions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Religious gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed statewide as long as participants wear masks and practice social distancing. The state also is allowing ...

Chautauqua County Fair Canceled For 2020

The 2020 iteration of the Chautauqua County Fair has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced early Tuesday. "The safety of the Chautauqua County Fair's visitors, participants and community is the highest priority in producing the annual fair," the organizers said. ...

County Officials Outline Plan For Reopening Economy

MAYVILLE -- Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel outlined what reopening will look like locally during a press conference Tuesday morning in Mayville. The Western New York region, which includes Chautauqua County, entered Phase One of reopening today as the coronavirus continues to grip the ...

Inmate Charged With Spitting In Face Of Jail Officer

MAYVILLE — An inmate who spit in the face of a corrections officer is facing charges, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department reported this morning. Deputies said the incident occurred around 1:20 p.m. Sunday at the Chautauqua County Jail. Alyssa Mistretta, 25, allegedly became ...

Appeals Court OKs June 23 NY Democratic Presidential Primary

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Democratic Party leadership gave up its attempt to cancel the state's June 23 presidential primary Tuesday after an appeals court rejected arguments that holding it during the coronavirus pandemic would endanger public safety. Douglas A. Kellner, co-chair of the ...

Boy Scout Councils Under Pressure To Share Abuse Costs

NEW YORK (AP) — Nine sex abuse lawsuits were filed Tuesday in New York against three Boy Scout local councils, signaling an escalation of efforts to pressure councils nationwide to pay a big share of an eventual settlement in the Scouts' bankruptcy proceedings. The lawsuits were filed ...

New York To Allow Small Memorial Day Ceremonies

New York will allow Memorial Day ceremonies with up to 10 people despite statewide lockdown rules, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. Ceremonies marking the Monday holiday with 10 or fewer people will be allowed by the state, but at the discretion of local governments, Cuomo said. Nonessential ...

Lakewood Cancels Fourth Of July Celebration

LAKEWOOD — The Lakewood Village Board has voted to cancel this year's Fourth of July celebration due to coronavirus concerns. The decision was made during a board meeting last week. The trustees had previously postponed making any financial decisions on its contract with Zambelli Fireworks, ...

No One Injured After Sailboat Flips

LAKEWOOD -- No one was injured Tuesday afternoon after a sailboat flipped over on Chautauqua Lake. Firefighters from Lakewood were called around 5:30 p.m. to the shore, near the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, after someone spotted the boat turning over. Kurt Hallberg, Lakewood fire chief, said ...

JPS: Last Day Of School June 10

Jamestown Public Schools' last day of school will be Wednesday, June 10, except Ring Elementary School, which had to close for a day in February due to cleaning from a broken drainpipe. Ring Elementary School's last day of school will be Thursday, June 11. Each school principal will notify ...

Schools Announce Last Days Of Instruction For Year

School officials across Chautauqua County have begun announcing their last days of instruction for the year. Since March, schools have turned to distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic — altering how teachers interact with students and impacting a host of activities including prom ...

Cuomo: WNY Region To Begin Reopening Tuesday

The Western New York region will enter Phase One of reopening Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at his daily press briefing in Buffalo. Cuomo said the region, which includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Erie and Niagara counties, will soon have the information on contact tracers, ...

Annual Gala Days Canceled In Frewsburg

The Frewsburg Fire Company Inc. said the annual Gala Days, which was scheduled for June 10-13, has been canceled. "It was a very hard decision to make, but the well-being of our attendees and vendors is our top priority," the department said in a statement. "After carefully considering ...

Moderna: Early Coronavirus Vaccine Results Are Encouraging

An experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers, its maker announced Monday. Study volunteers given either a low or medium dose of the vaccine by Cambridge, ...

No New Cases In County Day Before Reopening Begins

One day before Western New York reopens, Chautauqua County is reporting no new cases of the coronavirus. Of the 53 confirmed cases, 14 are active and 35 have recovered. There have been four deaths and 230 cases under quarantine and isolation. There have been 1,827 negative test results to ...

Class Of 2020 Enters A World In Crisis

Tyler Lyson watched his parents' financial collapse in the Great Recession, a decade ago. He vowed he'd find the security they never had: He would get a college degree. The 28-year-old won a full scholarship to the University of California-Berkeley and, on Monday, will become the first in his ...

WNY Region Meets All Hospitalization Metrics

The Western New York region has met all hospitalization metrics as part of guidelines needed to begin reopening. Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented up-to-date data Sunday, which showed the WNY region — which includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Erie and Niagara counties — was meeting six ...

3 New Cases Of Virus Confirmed; 53 In Total

MAYVILLE -- Three more cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Sunday, bringing the total in Chautauqua County to 53. Four additional cases were reported Saturday. The newest cases, the county Department of Health said, involve "two young adult males and one female in her 50s." In addition, ...

Heritage Ministries to Temporarily Halt Skilled Nursing Admissions

Heritage skilled nursing and rehabilitation communities in Chautauqua County said it will temporarily cease all admissions beginning next week in response to the New York state mandate that all nursing homes must regularly test its employees. The announcement was made Friday by Jeremy Rutter, ...

CDC Releases Reopening Guidance For Schools, Businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials have released some of their long-delayed guidance that schools, businesses and other organizations can use as states reopen from coronavirus shutdowns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted six one-page "decision tool" documents that use ...