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City To Host Police Reform Stakeholder Meetings

City officials are seeking the opinions of city residents and business owners when it comes to potential police department reforms. This week city officials are hosting a series of online meetings with residents who want to chime in on the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention ...

State To Let Drivers Pay Traffic Fines In Installments

Paying down debt is a popular New Year’s resolution. The road to success will soon get easier for New York drivers with traffic tickets. A bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Dec. 31 will permit drivers to set up payment plans if they can’t afford an entire fine in a lump ...

Goal Reached To Purchase College Lodge Forest

The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Friends of the College Lodge Forest announced Tuesday that the community has matched the challenge gift, allowing it to reach the fundraising goal to preserve the College Lodge Forest. Located near Fredonia, the forest has served as a popular ...

Monday Mishap

BROCTON — Serious injuries were reported in a single-vehicle crash Monday afternoon. The Chautauqua County 911 dispatch center received a complaint for an erratic driver allegedly operating at an “extremely high rate of speed” on Route 5 near the town of Portland. Capt. Eric Balon ...

Farm Labor Overtime Is Unchanged

After much lobbying from both sides, a state Labor Department wage board has chosen to make no changes to overtime rules for farm workers in the coming year. The decision was made late Thursday. The Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act, passed in 2019, granted year-round and seasonal ...

Chagnon To Continue As Legislature Chairman

With the coronavirus in full swing, county officials have decided to keep their current legislative leadership structure in place. During the legislature’s organizational meeting Monday, which was held via Zoom and shared on Facebook, Pierre Chagnon, R-Bemus Point, was unanimously selected ...

Most City Workers Recover From COVID-19; Return To Jobs

Most of the city of Jamestown employees infected with COVID-19 have recovered and are back to work. On Monday, Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist made the announcement during the Jamestown City Council work session meeting. He said there are some, about a dozen, that are still on quarantine, but ...

Hanlon Announces Candidacy For State Supreme Court

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County resident Grace Hanlon on Monday announced her candidacy for justice in the New York State Supreme Court Eighth Judicial District. A confidential law clerk to Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley, Hanlon previously ran for the post on the state Supreme ...

Festivals Fredonia Looks To Get ‘Back In Action’

Festivals Fredonia is looking to get “back in action” come next year. “We plan on doing all of them,” said chairman Larry Fiorella. “They don’t start until June so hopefully most things will have changed by then. We’re really hoping that we don’t have to have any restrictions ...

Democrats Re-Nominate Green As Election Commissioner

Chautauqua County Democrats will re-nominate Norman P. Green to serve yet another four-year term as Democratic election commissioner after the nomination of his successor timed out before the County Legislature. County Democrats had chosen deputy commissioner Luz Torres to replace Green in ...

Chautauqua Quilt Guild Donates Pillows

The Chautauqua Region Quilt Guild made homemade pillow cases in fun prints and donated them to the Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys and Girls Club. Guild members and adult Club members donated the pillows to fill them. All youth members received a new pillow for Christmas. Pictured are some ...

Rosie The Riveter

WARREN, Pa. — Back in November, Betty Bishop was flown from her home to Florida to participate in the dedication of a restored P-63 Kingcobra — a World War II fighter aircraft. That trip was 75 year in the making. Bishop was a “Rosie the Riveter” who worked at the Bell Aircraft ...

No Immediate Plans For Tax Breaks For Ripley Solar Project

There are no plans to offer any tax breaks for the massive solar project proposed in South Ripley. During the recent Chautauqua County Legislature meeting, Mark Odell, a Republican legislator from Brocton and who is also a board member of the county Industrial Development Agency, said he has ...

Schmidt Inauguration Focuses Forward

Jason L. Schmidt was sworn into the office of Chautauqua County District Attorney on Friday with far less fanfare than any of his predecessors. The ceremony was held along the shores of Lake Erie without guests, speeches, or any of the traditional inauguration formalities. It lasted just a few ...

Wendel Sworn Into County Executive Seat Friday

Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel was sworn into office during a private ceremony Friday with his family by his side. A former legislator and legislature chairman, Wendel, R-Lakewood, carried 72% of the vote in the Nov. 3 special election to fill the final year of George Borrello’s term ...

Looking Back At The Steamboat Era On Chautauqua Lake

Did you know that Lakewood was a prime destination for vacation travelers during Chautauqua Lake’s resort hotel era that spanned the period from about the 1870s to the 1920s. One such hotel was The Kent House. Actually, there were two. The first Kent House was built in 1875 by Alba Kent along ...

City Commercial Building Destroyed In Fire

A single-story commercial building that housed two businesses in the city of Jamestown was destroyed after fire ripped through it New Year’s Eve. Crews were first alerted around 4:10 p.m. to reports of a propane tank explosion at the 255 Blackstone Ave. property. Upon arrival, Jamestown ...

Sweetest Sound

Every Sunday St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s 1957 Aeolian-Skinner organ brings an orchestra of sound into the church — leading voices to sing and hearts to soar. And yet, after 63 years of faithful service, certain essential elements are failing. After nearly a quarter century of use ...

Dunkirk Extends Remote Learning After Holiday

Concerns over rising COVID-19 numbers over the holiday has forced the largest city school district in the north county to move to a remote model for at least the first two weeks. In a post on its Facebook page, the district made the announcement. “Due to the ongoing rise in positive ...

New Yorkers Can Begin Using Sick Leave Today

New Yorkers can begin using sick leave benefits under the state’s nation-leading paid sick leave law starting today. The legislation, which was advanced in the governor’s 2020 State of the State address and enacted as part of the 2021 state budget, secures paid sick leave for workers at ...