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Behind The Counter

Two Western New York politicians went behind the counter Tuesday to try a different line of work. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, and George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, each donned Country Fair hats to make subs for customers at the County Fair located along Route 60 in Gerry. After interacting ...

Chautauqua Area Scholarship Program Canceled

An annual community staple has been canceled for only the second time in its 54 year history. The organizing committee for the Chautauqua Area Scholarship Program — previously known as Junior Miss and Distinguished Young Women — announced this week that the program would not be held due ...

Library Board OKs Temporary Policy For Reopening

As the James Prendergast Library plans to reopen, its board has passed a new temporary pandemic reopening policy. On Monday, the board held a special meeting online to approve the new policy. Annie Green, library executive director, said the new temporary policy will supersede the board’s ...

Upgrades At Lawson Park Are Planned

BUSTI — Lawson Park will see some welcome improvements this summer after the Busti Town Board discussed a pair of projects on Monday evening. Craig Rodgers, a professionally-sponsored disc golf player, made a presentation to the board with plans to add a 9-hole disc golf course to the ...

Police Probe Fire At City Park

The Jamestown Police Department is looking into a fire that damaged a batting cage at a city park. The damage at Bergman Park was discovered by city parks department staff Monday morning. The batting cage, specifically the netting and structural supports, was still smoldering upon discovery. In ...

JPS Student Pleads Board To Keep P-Tech Funding

Jamestown Public Schools District students in the advance manufacturing program known as P-TECH are the latest victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday during the district’s budget hearing that was held online, the only public speaker was Gavin Swanson, a Jamestown student in the P-TECH ...

Safe Micro-Grants Are Available To Help Nonprofits

The Chautauqua County Crisis Response Fund has made Safe Micro-Grants available to help nonprofits prepare to re-open and adapt services as needed to meet the requirements and recommendations of health and safety guidelines. In the first round of Safe Micro-Grants awards, 17 organizations ...

Chautauqua Center Receives Grant For Telehealth

A telehealth grant of $164,634 has been announced for The Chautauqua Center, which has locations in Dunkirk and Jamestown. The funding will provide for tablets, servers, desktop and laptop computers in order to provide remote diagnostic services and remote treatment for COVID-19 patients as ...

Grand Prize Winners Announced

The Harry the Hygiene Hour Scavenger Hunt announced Bella and Sofia Goshgarian as the grand prize winners at Lakewood’s Harley Park recently. Pictured, in front, from left, are Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist, Lakewood Mayor Randy Holcomb, Bella and Sofia Goshgarian, coordinator Rebecca Rosen ...

Pair Charged During Rally Near City Hall

Two area residents are facing charges following a verbal altercation that broke out Sunday evening during a rally near City Hall in Jamestown. Officers observed the “disturbance” among a crowd in the area of East Second and Pine Streets around 11:30 p.m. About 100 people turned up ...

Dems Eye Elimination Of Tipped Wages — Again

New York Senate Democrats are taking aim at the state’s tipped worker wage — again. Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, D-Bronx, introduced S.8406 on Friday to eliminate the sub-minimum wage for food service workers, service employees and other miscellaneous industry workers who receive tips. ...

Video Of Dog Being Struck Sparks Outrage

The State University of New York at Fredonia said it is aware of a video posted to social media over the weekend reportedly showing a student striking a dog several times. “The campus is aware of the incident, and is gathering information,” Jeff Woodard, director of marketing and ...

Region Is Expected To Enter Phase 2 Today

The Western New York region is expected to enter Phase Two of reopening today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday during his daily briefing. “We expect that to happen,” Cuomo said. “We have the data that we’ve been tabulating during Phase One in Western New York. All the data looks ...

Looking Back

Have you every wondered what happened to that quiet kid in the back corner of the classroom during high school or the math whiz kid of your class or the girl you had a crush on who moved away in your junior year? When a donation of a yearbook arrived at the Research Center of the Fenton ...

White Inn Sale Stopped By COVID-19

The White Inn in Fredonia has been an eye sore since spring arrived last month. Several complaints had been issued to the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency in regards to unkempt lawn that surrounds the property. According to Mark Geise, county IDA CEO, COVID-19 played a big ...

Fourth Virus-Related Death Reported In Cattaraugus County

A fourth COVID-19-related death was reported in Cattaraugus County. In a news release, the county Department of Health said the death involved a 71-year-old woman who “developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite aggressive medical treatment.” “We ...

Roger Tory Peterson CEO Plans Reopening

Arthur Pearson has had an unusual first two months on the job after being announced as the inaugural chief executive officer for the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History on March 16. The challenges of adapting to the COVID-19 outbreak and corresponding changes in programming ...

State District Attorneys Association Issues Statement On Floyd’s Death

Members of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York place "faith in laws" and "trust in police" following protests that have occurred in Buffalo and across the nation after the death of an unarmed George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. "The death of George Floyd has ...

Tensions High Over Protests Upstate, Downstate

The mayor in Rochester declared a state of emergency and a 9 p.m. curfew after demonstrators destroyed police cars, setting one on fire, and officers responded with tear gas canisters. Albany police used tear gas and rode horses in efforts to quell demonstrators throwing objects. In Buffalo, ...

Building A Profile

Thanks to ongoing cooperation between the Chautauqua Lake Partnership and researchers from Bowling Green State University, a wealth of new ecological information about Chautauqua Lake will be collected in 2020. Last year marked the first season of data collection from a pair of phosphorus ...