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State Senator Introduces Mask Bill

State Sen. Todd Kaminsky thinks it needs to be made more clear that businesses can require patrons to wear masks. Kaminski, D-Rockville Center, introduced S.8559 in the state Senate to amend the state’s General Business Law to permit businesses, corporations, associations, entities, and ...

Ready To Define

In September, Southwestern High School principal Scott Cooper proposed a series of thoughts and goals for the Class of 2020. Among them was the question: “What will be your legacy? How will the Class of 2020 live on?” Almost nine months later, and amid an ongoing pandemic that shuttered ...

Safety Village Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

The Chautauqua Safety Village in Ashville has helped educate over 31,5000 children since it was opened to the public, and is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2020. The village first opened in 2010 thanks to a $1.76 million grant through the Transportation Enhancement Program, and does ...

To Mask Or Not To Mask: Local Doctors Weigh In

The United States has more COVID-19 infections than any other country. At the same time our country and county are at a point in this pandemic where people have “COVID fatigue” — we are tired of thinking of the constant risk, we are less patient with the uncertainty of the future, and ...

No One Injured In Blaze That Destroyed City Residence

No one was injured, but a multi-family property was destroyed by fire early Friday. Jamestown firefighters were called to the corner of West Eighth and Cherry streets around 12:25 a.m. for a report of a structure fire. According to Matthew Coon, Jamestown deputy fire chief, crews arrived ...

Applications Open For 2020 Claudette Sorel Piano Competition, Fellows Program

FREDONIA — The Claudette Sorel Piano Competition and Piano Fellows Program at the State University at Fredonia’s School of Music is open to pianists between the ages of 15 and 18. Now in its fifth year, competition organizers have designed the competition to be a positive and welcoming ...

Hitting The Sand

CASSADAGA — Cassadaga Beach is opening on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The true mark of summer in Cassadaga is when the beach opens, which is happening this weekend. The lifeguards are going through orientation soon to be prepared for the swimmers. The Department of Public Works will be ...

Audubon Nature Photography Contest Accepting Entries

The Audubon Community Nature Center is awarding cash prizes to winners of its 2020 Nature Photography Contest. A large, multi-colored sign in the front window of the nature center building reminds those who come to enjoy their many outdoor opportunities to “Stay safe, stay sane, and ...

Drugs, Cash Seized In City Traffic Stop

Drugs and cash were seized, and a Jamestown man charged, following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon. The Jamestown Police Department on Thursday announced the arrest of 45-year-old Blake D. Smith during a stop around 1:55 p.m. at Lakeview Avenue and Chestnut Street. Officers were ...

Carroll Lodge Names Students Of Month

The Carroll Lodge has announced its students of the month for May. They are Joe Mihaly and Lian Eng, both from Frewsburg. Submitted photos

Officials Disagree With Phase 4 Changes

Chautauqua County’s state representatives and County Executive PJ Wendel are expressing their disagreement with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s delayed Phase 4 reopening. Businesses had been hoping Gov. Andrew Cuomo would allow them to open their doors after a three-month shutdown bought on by the ...

Group Testing Could Screen Entire US, Research Suggests

ITHACA — A group testing approach proposed by a Cornell researcher, in which samples of COVID-19 tests are pooled and analyzed collectively, could potentially curtail the virus’s spread through weekly testing of every household in the U.S., a simulation showed. Assuming that 1% of ...

Cuomo: COVID Hospitalizations Drop Below 1,000

Total COVID-19-related hospitalizations have dropped below 1,000 for the first time since March 18, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. In a statement, the governor said 996 people were hospitalized as COVID-19 patients across the state. That is down from a peak of 18,825 hospitalizations April ...

Music Scholarship Created To Honor Persistence, Dedication Of Calabrese

In his youth, Carl Calabrese dreamed of learning to play the violin. His parents weren’t in agreement and suggested their son pursue a more profitable calling. Not one to be discouraged, Calabrese combined his love of art and music by creating his own path, one that included designing and ...

Senior Class Gets Its Signature Moment

WARREN, Pa. — This was no ordinary commencement ceremony. How could it be? Three weeks ago tonight, members of the Warren High School Class of 2020 traveled by car across the Kinzua Dam. At the mid-point, each graduate dressed in gown and cap was able to get out of their vehicle to receive ...

Walsh Graduates From West Virginia School Of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Jed Walsh graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in May. Walsh was vice president of the Class of 2020 and a member of the Student Doctor of the Year selection committee. Walsh earned a bachelor of science degree in ...

New HQ

A fourth generation business starting in 1944 celebrated the construction of its new headquarters Wednesday. The new 26,400-square-foot facility is consolidating the subsidiaries of Weaver Materiel Service Inc., Naco Truck Leasing and Stannard Properties LLC on a 5.5-acre parcel. ...

Lawmakers OK Firm To Collect Methane

Chautauqua County officials are moving ahead to have a private facility capture natural gas at the county landfill and resell it. On Wednesday, the legislature unanimously agreed to have Chautauqua Green Energy LLC, which is located in Erie, Pa., construct at its own expense a renewable gas ...

Sherman Eyes Land For Solar Array Project

SHERMAN — Members of the Sherman Village Board took the first step toward leasing 20 acres of land near the wastewater treatment plant to Solar Liberty for the installation of a 6.5 megawatt array. At their recent meeting, trustees passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Colleen Meeder to ...

Brooks To Ease Visitation Restrictions

Brooks Memorial Hospital announced Wednesday it will ease visitation restrictions starting next week. Previously, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all hospital visitations were suspended in March. “We realize the COVID restrictions have been difficult for patients’ families and we ...