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Holiday Cheer

LAKEWOOD — Out of the fear that the continued spread of COVID-19 will create a darker holiday season than normal, one Lakewood resident approached the village board with an idea that would lighten up the forthcoming time of year. During the board’s work session on Tuesday, resident ...

Dozens Of Bills Sent To Gov. Cuomo’s Desk For Consideration

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been given 48 bills to consider as the Thanksgiving holiday nears. Receiving the most publicity throughout the year is A.4739/S.8817, which would prohibit the manufacture, sale, or distribution of food packages in which PFAS chemicals are present in any amount. ...

North County Pantries Are Stocked For Thanksgiving

Food pantries in the north county have been preparing for a Thanksgiving rush. The Chautauqua County Rural Ministry and the Westfield Community Kitchen have been preparing for the Thanksgiving need for food in the local communities for the past few weeks. From getting donations and buying ...

Safety Cited As ‘Downplayed’ Findley Lake Christmas Is Planned

FINDLEY LAKE — Yes, Virginia, there will be Christmas in the village in Findley Lake this year. No, it won’t be like other years. The annual event which so many people from around the area look forward to every year will be greatly reduced this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ...

Making Headway

DUNKIRK — Cleanup in the city of Dunkirk from the Nov. 15 wind storm is going well, according to Director of Public Works Randy Woodbury. “St. George is making a lot of headway on Lake Front Boulevard, they have the debris out of the roadway for the most part. We turned that road ...

Martoche Claims State Supreme Court Seat

BUFFALO — Judge Amy Martoche has claimed victory over Republican Gerald J. Greenan for a vacant state Supreme Court seat in the Eighth Judicial District in Western New York. Martoche, a Democrat, trailed Greenan when the polls closed on Nov. 3, but received enough support in absentee and ...

LV Man Faces Charges

BA Little Valley man has been charged by criminal complaint with production of child pornography and cyberstalking, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday. According to the complaint, 19-year-old Dyllan Barber initiated a conversation with a minor female victim in November 2019 on the ...

Library Board Passes Budget

Additional taxpayer funding is one reason the James Prendergast Library will be adding staff in 2021. Earlier this month, the library board approved the 2021 budget, which will include the addition of three employees to the staff. Annie Greene, library executive director, said the additional ...

BPU Receives $750,000 Clean Energy Grant

The “Manufacturing Clean Energy in the Southern Tier” proposal has led to the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities receiving a $750,000 state grant. On Monday, the BPU approved a resolution accepting the grant during its regular monthly board meeting. A news release states the BPU-led ...

Community Support

MAYVILLE — It’s been a tough year for the restaurant business and Webb’s Captain Table Restaurant has been no exception. But even as difficult as it has been, owner Ben Webb applauds the county officials, his staff and the local community for all of their support. Webb’s Captain Table ...

Man Dies, Son Injured In Ischua Four-Wheeler Mishap

ISCHUA — A horrific accident involving an all-terrain vehicle has led to the death of a 63-year-old man. Cattaraugus County sheriff’s deputies report the man and his son, 43, were operating the four-wheeler on their property at 5301 Miller Hill Road. Deputies said it appeared the dad, who ...

City Branding, Marketing Effort Continues

A new branding and marketing initiative for the city of Jamestown continues to move forward. The Jamestown Local Development Corp. discussed last week some examples of what the logo, font, themes and tagline might be for the new branding and marketing initiative. Crystal Surdyk, city ...

WACS Board Reviews Security Measures

WESTFIELD — Can Tenamore, Westfield Academy and Central School District’s technology coordinator and chief privacy officer, reviewed cybersecurity measures with the board of education at a recent meeting. Tenamore began by showing board members a news report detailing how schools have ...

Saranac Lake Cop Charged With False Info On Job Application

SARANAC LAKE — It’s not normal for a police officer to spend a night in jail, but that’s what happened to one of this village’s patrolmen Wednesday night. Travis MacDonald, 41, stands accused of giving false information about his disciplinary history to the Saranac Lake Police ...

#FREDstrong

FREDONIA — State University of New York at Fredonia students headed home during the past few weeks and will finish out the semester online. “Congratulations, Big Blue Family! We did it! You remained #FREDstrong, took care of each other, and kept your focus on your academic success this ...

Area Volunteer Crews Are Kept Busy With Morning Fires

Local volunteer firefighters were kept busy Friday morning after three separate fires broke out within a couple of hours. In Cattaraugus County, a fire was reported before 1 a.m. on a property along Route 62 in the town of Conewango. Crews from several volunteer departments — both in ...

Chadakoin Club — Organized Rowing On Chautauqua Lake

Did you know that the sport of rowing on Chautauqua Lake dates back to the 1880s with the formation of the Chadakoin Club in Greenhurst. Chief amongst the club’s activities were competitive races against the Chautauqua Sports Club based at Chautauqua Institution. Over the years, sailing ...

Teacher Saluted By Lawmakers

MAYVILLE — A Fredonia middle school teacher has been honored by county officials. During the Chautauqua County Legislature meeting this week, county lawmakers issued a commendation to Amanda Pacanowski. Legislator Christine Starks, D-Fredonia noted Pacanowski received the Outstanding ...

Falconer To Alter Annual Santa Parade

FALCONER — The Falconer Rotary and the village of Falconer have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s traditional Santa Claus parade. Instead, Santa Claus will be escorted by the Falconer Fire Department around the village on Saturday, Dec. 5, starting at 10 a.m. To view the ...

Ripley Eyes Project Cost Reduction

RIPLEY — At a time of rising costs and fiscal uncertainty, the town of Ripley is reviewing an opportunity to reduce the cost of its Sewer District 2 project by $150,000, council members learned at their recent meeting. Ripley supervisor Doug Bowen said, “we are working with JD Northrup ...