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Work Underway

MAYVILLE — Work began Friday to clear debris left from the Mayville Diner that was destroyed in a fire late last year. J&J Abatement Services has been tapped by the Mayville Village Board to remove the debris at 7 W. Chautauqua St. in the village at a cost of $11,500. The Jamestown ...

Legislator Wants More Info Made Public

A 12-word change to the state Open Meetings Law could make it much easier for people to keep up with their local governments. Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, recently sponsored A.10983, which simply deletes the phrase “to the extent possible as determined by the agency or the ...

Council To Vote On Body Art Facilities

The Jamestown City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on an ordinance that will allow for the rezoning of body art facilities so they can operate downtown. The council will hold its monthly voting session at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the City Municipal Building, located at 200 E. Third St., ...

Brocton Woman Is Killed In 2-Vehicle Crash

A Brocton woman died of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said its investigation into the collision remained ongoing. Volunteer firefighters from Sheridan were called at about 2 p.m. to the intersection of South Roberts and ...

Celoron Park — Once A Major Destination

Did you know that the village of Celoron, on the southern tip of Chautauqua Lake, was once the site of a major amusement and entertainment park? Opened in 1894 as one of the Broadhead family’s many business interests, and said to be modeled after parks at Coney Island and Atlantic City, it ...

Boil Water Advisory Lifted For Lily Dale Customers

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services and the town of Pomfret announced Friday that the boil water order in effect since July 14 for customers in Lily Dale has been lifted. Water samples collected on Sept. 21, Sept. 22 and Sept. 23 show that the water is ...

SUNY Fredonia Students Honors For Performances

FREDONIA — Lauren Henning, bassoonist, and Allison Dana, oboist, have been chosen as winners of the State University at Fredonia School of Music’s Concerto Competition, which is held every year to select the “cream of the crop” among music students at SUNY Fredonia. The winners will ...

Thirst For Change Lacks In Water Crisis

Fredonia Trustee James Lynden began choking up. During an emotional 12-minute response defending an unstable, failing water system near the end of Monday evening’s Village Board meeting, Lynden kept referring to studies and costs involving the plant and reservoir that have been done within ...

No Injuries Reported In Interstate Crash

SHERMAN — No injuries were reported after a semi tractor-trailer struck a minivan being hauled by another vehicle late Wednesday. The New York State Police, along with Sherman volunteer firefighters, were called to the eastbound lane of Interstate 86 around 9:17 p.m. for the multi-vehicle ...

New Renter At Airport Is Approved

A new business has officially been given the green light to relocate to Chautauqua County’s airport location in West Ellicott. During Wednesday’s Chautauqua County Legislature meeting, lawmakers held a public hearing for Chase Aviation Company to lease office space at the Chautauqua ...

County IDA Loans To Assist ‘All Sectors’ In Business

The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency is providing details about its new $10.5 million revolving loan fund for industries affected by the pandemic. During Tuesday’s IDA’s meeting, board members officially accepted the revolving loan fund from the U.S. Department of Commerce ...

Mayville Considering Expanding Water Access

MAYVILLE — Village officials are pondering a proposal to extend utilities to an undeveloped section that could potentially allow construction of new houses. During a recent meeting of the Mayville Village Board, members tabled a resolution to extend storm drainage piping, electric ...

Coronavirus Forces Pumpkintown Weekend Fest To Cancel

A weekend craft festival that was to include vendors and helicopters in Busti has been abruptly canceled by organizers. In a Facebook post Thursday afternoon, Pumpkintown on Baker Street Extension, announced the nixing of the Harvest Craft Festival “with a heavy heart.” The post said the ...

Coldspring Town Board Holds Sept. Meeting

COLDSPRING — The Coldspring Town Board met Sept. 10. Supervisor Tina Hyde called the public meeting to order at 7 p.m. and members present included David Chapman, Wendell Craig Anderson and Timothy Plaskett. Minutes of the Aug. 13 meeting was presented to the town board to read and ...

Neighborhood Nice

Several community groups gathered to clean up the Forest Heights area Wednesday evening. The community cleanup was a partnership between Zion Covenant Church, city of Jamestown, Jamestown Renaissance Corp., Jamestown Public Schools teachers and Chautauqua County Land Bank. There were about ...

More Info Released About Hit-And-Run

New information has been released regarding a hit-and-run that left a man with leg injuries this week. The Jamestown Police Department on Wednesday said it is now looking for a dark-colored SUV — possibly a Honda CR-V or small cross-over vehicle — that struck a 61-year-old man as he was ...

Donahue Updates Board On Athletics, Screenings

Even three weeks into the school year, Southwestern Central School District Superintendent Maureen Donahue understands that the reality of education amid COVID-19 is not perfect. “I don’t ever want us to get too used to this and it’s not perfect,” she told members of the districts ...

Carroll Rodent Problem Is Resolved

FREWSBURG — It wasn’t the “Pied Piper” who lured away the rats in Frewsburg, but it was done by a collaboration of town officials, residents and a local pest control company. During the August meeting of the Carroll Town Board, an email was read about a rodent issue in the town. The ...

National Leaders Join Chautauqua Institution Board Of Trustees

CHAUTAUQUA — Chautauqua Institution’s Board of Trustees elected Dr. Helene D. Gayle and David Peckinpaugh to four-year terms of service at the body’s final meeting of the 2020 season on Aug. 29. The new trustee class officially begins its term on Oct. 1. Gayle, of Chicago, is president ...

County Health Officials Urge Rabies Prevention After Rabid Cat Found

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services said it has seen a recent increase in potential rabies exposure to county residents and visitors. Rabies is communicable to humans and almost always leads to death without prompt treatment. Exposure must be avoided. ...