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Temporary Housing Assistance Down In The County

MAYVILLE — Temporary housing assistance in Chautauqua County has returned to levels seen in past years. On Wednesday, Christine Schuyler, county social services commissioner and public health director, Katie Geise, Workforce Investment Board executive director, and Diane Anderson, county ...

Carroll Town Board Urged To ‘Get Ahead Of The Game’

FREWSBURG—The Carroll Town Board has been advised to pursue future legislation regulating potential industrial wind turbine projects. Chautauqua County Health Board President Tom Erlandson addressed newly-elected Carroll Town Supervisor Russell Payne and those in attendance for a town ...

Hierarchy Changes May Be On Hold For Dems

A scheduled Chautauqua County Democratic Committee meeting for tonight, which was expected to be possibly become heated, has been put on ice for the time being. Norman Green, county Democratic Committee chair, said Wednesday afternoon the meeting was canceled. “It’s not unusual for us ...

Finalist Fredonia

FREDONIA — It is official. The Small Business Revolution announced Tuesday morning that Fredonia was one of the top five communities to move ahead as the potential winner of the $500,000 and a season of the show dedicated to the town. The rally at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House & ...

Wall Collapses At Downtown Building

City officials are investigating their options following a wall collapsed at a building located near the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. On Monday, Crystal Surdyk, city development director, said the back wall collapsed occurred at 115-119 W. Second St. on Dec. 26. She said the owner of the ...

Prosecution Rests Second Day Of Lopez Murder Trial

MAYVILLE — The prosecution rested its case Tuesday in the Ashlyanne Lopez-Lopez Dunkirk murder trial. Lopez of Dunkirk is facing second-degree manslaughter charges following the stabbing death of 15-year-old Jefrena Brown. The trial, which began Friday, continued Tuesday in Chautauqua ...

Valu Home Centers Closing Stores In Warren, Olean

WARREN, Pa. — Valu Home Centers is closing its Warren, Pa., store among three “underperforming locations,” the chain said on Tuesday. “As a result of changes in the retail industry, Valu Home Centers is refocusing resources towards its online platform and closing three ...

Issues Arise

The Jamestown City Council discussed options trying to alleviate parking problems at the county DMV location in the city, again. On Monday, Tom Nelson, Ward 6 councilman and Public Works Committee chairman, discussed the letter Larry Barmore, Chautauqua County clerk, sent city officials with a ...

Apartment Fire Cause Ruled Undetermined

A fire that destroyed a Conewango Valley apartment building in late December has been ruled undetermined. Capt. Rich Telford of the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team said officials believe the blaze, which broke out Dec. 30 at 5521 Route 62, began in an upstairs apartment. “Due to ...

City Man Remains Jailed After Robbery In Falconer

MAYVILLE — A city man remains in Chautauqua County Jail following the robbery of a Falconer convenience store last week. Andrew J. Piatz, 40, is being held on $100,000 bail on charges of petit larceny and third-degree robbery, a class D felony. The Ellicott Police Department said Piatz on ...

Lakewood Board Extends Agreement Between Fire Departments

LAKEWOOD—The Lakewood Board of Trustees voted to extend the cooperation agreement currently in place between the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department and the Busti Volunteer Fire Department. In its first session on Monday under newly-elected Mayor Randall Holcomb, the board reviewed and ...

‘Still Running’

Trouble always seemed to find Billy Hall Jr. Even during the precious final days and hours of his life, Hall seemed to be a magnet for run-ins with the law or minor disagreements with friends or family members, according to Kimberly Hall Curtis, his sister. But what happened in the early ...

‘Pasta For A Purpose’ Fundraiser Next Month

A fundraiser to help defray the costs of counseling by Family Service of the Chautauqua Region will be held on Friday, Feb. 14. “Pasta For A Purpose” will be held and includes a catered meal featuring pastas, meatballs, chicken parmesan, desserts and wine as well as ...

Community Foundations To Host Photo Contest

To celebrate the third year of Give Big CHQ, the region’s only 24-hour day of giving, the Chautauqua Region and Northern Chautauqua Community Foundations are hosting a photo contest. “We want to see what people love about Chautauqua County,” said Diane Hannum, NCCF executive director. ...

Lake Alliance Near Fundraising Goal, Hiring New Director

STOW — The Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance is near its fundraising goal and hiring a new executive director. On Thursday, the alliance held its monthly board meeting at the Stow Senior Center when it was announced that the organization that works in collaboration with ...

Down And Out

Power was restored to hundreds of homes throughout Chautauqua County after winds whipped through the region early Sunday. The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities said power was restored for all customers in Celoron by 8:30 a.m. Sunday after a 20- to 30-foot pine tree fell on lines on Jones ...

‘The Spirit Of Respect’

SALAMANCA — A meaningful piece of history has been officially restored to the Seneca Nation’s ownership. Nation leaders welcomed officials from the New York State Museum to Salamanca on Thursday afternoon to announce that a pipe tomahawk originally given to the respected Seneca leader ...

Back On Track

FINDLEY LAKE — Many writers have commented on the enduring relationship between train sets and Christmas, even though no one really knows how the pairing came to be. In the Dec. 10, 2018, issue of Smithsonian Magazine, Jennifer Nalewicki wrote: “Ever since Lionel introduced its first ...

Development Of Restaurant Continues For Land Bank

MAYVILLE — Interest has increased in the possible redevelopment of a former Silver Creek lakeside restaurant. Gina Paradis, Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. executive director, said a couple of developers have shown interest in the former Hidaway Bay property. “We’re trying to ...

Nonprofit Promotes Healthy Life Choices

Editor’s Note: This weekly column is part of an ongoing series in which various residents of the community share their United Way story and how United Way has personally impacted them. Last school year we received a referral from a school after a parent had reached out to them regarding ...