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COVID-19 Leaves County, State Budgets Facing Problems

State revenues aren’t the only revenues that will be impacted by the state’s limitations of bars, restaurants and public venues. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli projects that the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will cost New York state between $4 and $7 billion in ...

Dedicated Decades

WESTFIELD — As a young man, Westfield resident Charlie Chapman probably never dreamed that in his 80s, he’d need to show his driver’s license to prove his age. But according to his wife, Sheila, it’s not until Charlie shows his license that people actually believe he’s older than ...

Committee Discusses Opposition To Energy Proposal

MAYVILLE — Some Chautauqua County Legislators are opposed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s attempt to speed up the process for renewable energy projects. On Wednesday, the Chautauqua County Legislature Planning and Economic Development Committee discussed a motion opposing Cuomo’s actions. Mark ...

Legislators Urge Cuomo To Utilize Lakeshore Hospital

With COVID-19 continuing to spread and Gov. Andrew Cuomo targeting a potential need for additional hospital beds, state Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, and his legislative colleagues, Assemblymen Joseph Giglio, R-Gowanda, and Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown, made an official request to Cuomo ...

JCC Makes The Transition To Online Learning

Jamestown Community College begins an online and digital life today. Ongoing restrictions announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo have impacted schools within the State University of New York and City University of New York systems including JCC and SUNY Fredonia. Cuomo ordered that all SUNY and CUNY ...

Individual Responsibilities

It’s not the first time the faith community in Chautauqua County has gathered to help those in need, but it was the first time the spiritual leaders came together to prepare for the coronavirus. On Tuesday, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located at 10 N. Main St., Jamestown, hosted a ...

Chrism Mass Canceled At St. Luke’s Church

A first-time pandemic has led to the cancellation of what was to be a first-time religious ceremony held in Jamestown. A Chrism Mass was scheduled be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church later this month. However, because of the coronavirus, the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe will no longer be ...

Reed Meeting Local Elected, Health Care Officials

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, is meeting with local elected officials, health care personnel and first responders to ensure the lines of communication are open during the novel coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday during a conference call with regional media, Reed said he is communicating ...

Area Listing Of Events Impacted By Virus

The following is a list of events, organizations and business that have announced changes, postponements or cancellations due to concerns over the coronavirus: ¯ Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist said Tuesday he is suspending all ticketing and meter operations for on-street parking in downtown ...

‘Taking Every Step’

LAKEWOOD — An investigation into vandalism at the Richard O. Hartley Park and Packard Estates is ongoing. Lakewood Mayor Randy Holcomb said Monday that the Lakewood-Busti Police Department and Chief John Bentley are still in the process of gathering information about the vandalism, which ...

Land Bank Releases Report

“A year of collaboration,” is how the executive director for the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. summarized 2019. On Wednesday, the land bank held its annual meeting, with Gina Paradis, land bank executive director, presenting the 2019 Annual Report to the board. On Friday, Paradis told ...

Kennedy Fire Department Celebrates 95 Years

KENNEDY — The Kennedy Fire Department recently held its annual banquet, taking special note that 2020 will mark 95 years of service to the community. Master of Ceremonies Ed Hoene and Chief Keith Bean, with help from representatives of local fire departments and government officials, ...

Campaign Finance Changes Ruled Unconstitutional

All of the changes created by the state’s Public Finance Commission have been ruled unconstitutional by a state Supreme Court justice in Niagara County. On Thursday, Judge Ralph A. Boniello III ruled that the state Legislature improperly gave the commission lawmaking power when it was ...

‘Indian Troubles’

Mary Jane was born in the town of Chautauqua in 1846. She was the eldest of five children born to Rodman and Mary Ann. Not much is known of her childhood. She married Almon in 1866 and they lived in the town of Chautauqua where Almon leased some farm land. He had been born in Fluvanna in ...

Area Woman Shares Her Life’s Adventures

The birth of Mary Ann Marker Carlson took place in Jamestown General Hospital on March 3, 1930. Truman and Ursula Marker moved their family to 13 Walnut Street when their daughter was two years old. Mary Ann remained there until she married and where her mother stayed until the end of her ...

Farm Fresh Receives Waiver On Plastic Bags

At least one local store still has plastic bags available for customer grocery purchases. Farm Fresh Foods, located at 703 W. Third St., Jamestown, has been given a wavier to continue using plastic grocery bags until April 1. Dan Brown, Farm Fresh Foods owner, said he still has 80,000 ...

Suit Alleges Abuse At Randolph Facility In Early 1990s

New Directions Youth and Family Services, the not-for-profit parent company of the Randolph Children’s Home, Cattaraugus County and 10 unnamed defendants have been sued by a former resident of the Randolph Children’s Home for abuse alleged to have happened in 1989 and 1990. The ...

Local Doctor Trailblazing Field With New Tech

There is a reason that physicians from all across the country are packing up their things and making the trip to Jamestown. They want to learn from the best. In the opinion of many respected doctors and their staffs, the best are Dr. Peter Walter and his peers at Western New York Urology ...

New Horizons

Thirteen years ago, Southwestern Elementary School looked to promote cultures around the world for its third-grade level. Friday, a new group of students continued the annual Southwestern Multicultural Fair. Karen Ohl, third grade teacher, said that while the event has grown over the years, ...

Jamestown Church To Look For Preservation Specialist

Officials at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church are looking for a preservation specialist to assist with upcoming renovations at the 126-year old church. The Rev. Luke Fodor of St. Luke’s said church officials are looking for the preservation specialist via a public legal notice. Once selected, ...