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Getting The OK

The former Grace Chapel in the city of Jamestown is one step closer to becoming a dance studio The Jamestown Zoning Board of Appeals last week approved a use variance for Jaclyn Ferraro and Vicky Haskell, who want to transform the former church, located at 379 Buffalo St., into Dancing With ...

County Vaccination Clinic Is Cool

Steele Hall ice arena was transformed into a vaccination station on Saturday at the State University of New York at Fredonia. The venue was a county clinic during the day and served more than 200 residents. Another county clinic will take place Tuesday at Jamestown Community ...

Funds Approved To Assist The Lodge At Chautauqua Lake

A new development in the Mayville area is getting some financial assistance. During the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation, board members approved an agreement with Webb Hospitality Group, LLC. The agreement permits $450,000 from a Community Development Block Grant be used to ...

New York Farmworkers, Food Processing Plant Employees Await Vaccine

New York dairy processors and farms hope their workers will soon have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. The New York Farm Bureau and Northeast Dairy Foods Association are among the groups advocating for farmworkers and employees at dairy processing plants to be included in the priority 1B ...

SUNY Streamlines Process To Waive Application Fees

ALBANY — State University of New York applicants from low-income backgrounds can automatically have their college application fees waived, SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced Monday. Beginning March 1, students who financially qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs, whose ...

City Man Killed

An investigation remains ongoing after a 43-year-old Jamestown man was shot and killed at his home early Friday. No motive for the shooting, reported at 38 Peach St., was released by the Jamestown Police Department; however, the incident “appears to be targeted,” Capt. Robert Samuelson ...

Cockaigne To Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

CHERRY CREEK — Cockaigne officials will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony today at 11 a.m. with elected officials to celebrate the reopening of the ski resort. Jason Spain, Cockaigne Resort general manager, said the ribbon cutting ceremony will be “low key” because of the COVID-19 ...

Flower Shop Earmarks Donation

In a year plagued by COVID-19, one shining beacon came through for an organization in Chautauqua County — The Chautauqua Blind Association. A $10,000 donation by Deluxe and Salesforce was made on behalf of Fresh and Fancy Floral Designs in Fredonia. A winner for a spot in the Small Business ...

Key County, State COVID Stats Dip

Active COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and those in quarantine all dipped in numbers released Friday by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. Similar stats statewide also appear to be on the decline. There were currently 124 active cases in the county, a decline of 19; six people with ...

UPMC Revenue Increases 12% During 2020

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, UPMC’s health care system had successful financial results in 2020. On Friday, UPMC officials held an online news conference to discuss its financial results from last year. Edward Karlovich, UPMC executive vice president and chief financial officer, said ...

Whitaker Talks Former School Uses

The former Rogers Elementary School may have a new lease on life thanks to a proposed capital project in the Jamestown Public Schools district. Since the elementary school’s closure, it has housed the short-lived Success Academy and now houses the TEAM program. Dr. Kevin Whitaker, Jamestown ...

Renewables Bandwagon Began In Arkwright

Former town Supervisor Frederic “Nick” Norton remembers the long grind associated with making green energy become a reality in Arkwright. Some of it was on the local end, but the larger struggle was really on the next level with New York state. That was a headache, to say the least. ...

Dunkirk Man Indicted In Ax Assault Case

A Dunkirk man who allegedly struck another person with an ax during a September incident in the city has been indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury. Brian Nowak, 34, pleaded not guilty during arraignment Feb. 11 in Chautauqua County Court. He was indicted Feb. 3 on a single charge, ...

Ripley Moves To Full In-Person Return To School

RIPLEY — After a few “small blips” regarding student attendance, the Ripley Central School District is moving ahead with full in-person learning, board of education members learned at their meeting this month. “We are just trying to bring everyone back,” said Ripley Superintendent ...

Forestville Board Member Earns State Honor On Caucus

FORESTVILLE — Sylvester Cleary has served the Forestville Central School District for the last several years as a member of the Board of Education, constantly advocating for the best possible education for the students. While people in the area know of Cleary’s dedication to the town where ...

Masks Donated To Organizations

The Chautauqua Connections Children’s Coalition has worked with various organizations since the beginning of the pandemic in providing PPE for schools, child cares and various children’s organizations in the county. Items collected and distributed have been hand sanitizer and face masks for ...

Lake Grant Issued

LAKEWOOD — Village Mayor Randy Holcomb announced in his report to board members this week that the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance has issued a grant covering potential herbicide treatment of Chautauqua Lake in 2021. The village had approved submitting its application for ...

JURA To Continue Demolition Services For Land Bank

The Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency (JURA) will continue demolition services for the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. On Thursday, JURA held its first meeting of the year and approved continuing a contract with the land bank for demolition services for $850,000. Crystal Surdyk, city ...

SUNY, County Team Up For Clinic

A mass vaccination site run that will be overseen by the Chautauqua County Health Department is coming to the State University of New York at Fredonia. On Wednesday afternoon, the university announced it has entered into an agreement with the Health Department to utilize the Ice Arena complex ...

Retirement Leaves Sherman Without Town Justice

SHERMAN — A dispute which began in September of 2019 in the town of Sherman has finally reached its conclusion, leaving Sherman with no town justices. On Feb. 8, Town Justice James L. Van Volkenburg submitted his letter of resignation to the New York State Unified Court System, along with ...