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Audubon Volunteers Give Back While Maintaining Social Distance

Volunteers recently maintained social distancing while responding to Audubon Community Nature Center’s call for help. The annual spring roadside clean-up is usually part of a major Volunteer Day. To comply with COVID-19 restrictions, this year Audubon sought households to do it as a ...

House Destroyed

Daniel Dolan said he awoke late Tuesday to yelling from a neighbor. That man, Dolan said, likely saved the lives of him and his family after a fire swept through his 43 Adams St. home in Jamestown. “As we were coming down our stairwell, the whole front of our house was completely ...

Bag Ban Enforcement Postponed

The state Department of Conservation has pushed back enforcement of its plastic bag ban until June 15. It is the third time the ban’s enforcement has been delayed in the wake of a lawsuit by New York business owners and then the COVID-19 pandemic. At least one member of the state ...

WellNow Locations Offer Virus, Antibody Testing

WellNow Urgent Care said it has begun COVID-19 and antibody testing at its Jamestown and Lakewood locations. The molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and blood antibody serology tests are available seven days a week with no appointments needed. “Bringing both types of COVID-19 testing ...

Decision On County Fair Expected Soon

DUNKIRK — This past year the New York State Fair broke its attendance record for the fourth consecutive year. That streak will likely come to an end this summer as Gov. Andrew Cuomo alluded to the possibility of its canceling if the state is not completely opened back up. While Cuomo’s ...

Lily Dale Eyes Options As Opening Nears

By Natasha Matteliano nmatteliano@observertoday.com LILY DALE — On Lily Dale’s website, the board of directors released a letter to the public about their plans to open and alternate plans in case they can’t open. The letter wishes for public safety and good health during the ...

Wondering On ‘Wow’

City of Jamestown officials are waiting for direction from the state on how to spend about $300,000 in Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding. One of the programs associated with the $10 million in state funding allocated to Jamestown to revitalize its downtown was the Fund for Downtown ...

Village Elections Set For Fall; Schools To Be In June

Schools will hold elections next month, while village elections will be delayed until early fall. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued an executive order last week delaying school board elections and budget votes statewide until Tuesday, June 9. The school board elections and budget votes will all be ...

Chase Involving Ambulance Ends Near Fredonia

For the second time this year, an ambulance was on the run in the village of Fredonia. The stolen vehicle was stopped after a short chase that led to the Plaza 59 parking lot off Route 60 just after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Officials said the ambulance was first spotted in Fredonia, where a village ...

Snellings: No Mechanism To Enforce Mask Mandate

A question many might be asking during the coronavirus outbreak is, “When do I have to wear a mask while out in public?” During a work session meeting of the Jamestown City Council on Monday, Tamu Graham-Reinhardt, At-Large councilwoman, asked Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings ...

Study: How Officials Pitch Isolation Affects Compliance

A recently released study indicates governments’ ability to manage expectations is an important factor in peoples’ decision to comply with social distancing and self-isolation measures. A National Bureau of Economic Research paper published on April 7 surveyed roughly 900 Italian ...

Monday Mishap

At least one person was transported to UPMC Chautauqua following a crash Monday afternoon in the city of Jamestown. Members of the Falconer Fire Department came across the crash involving an SUV on Foote Avenue at the railroad viaduct. Jamestown firefighters, police and Chautauqua County EMS ...

Man Who Wiped Head On Officer Charged

LAKEWOOD — A Jamestown man who reportedly stole a backpack from Walmart is also facing charges he intentionally wiped his forehead on an officer’s arm. The incident took place Saturday around 3:50 p.m. after members of the Lakewood-Busti Police Department were summoned to Walmart in ...

Conviction For City Man Upheld

The Fourth Department Appellate Division in Rochester has upheld a July 2016 conviction against a Jamestown man who burglarized the same Fredonia apartment twice in five years. The unanimous ruling by the justices was announced Friday. Marcus A. Norman, 51, appealed his conviction to the ...

City To Reopen Yard Waste Collection Site

The city of Jamestown and the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities announced a plan Friday to open the yard waste collection site, in response to citizen requests. The site will be manned by city Department of Public Works employees and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays thru ...

Sundquist Doubts State Will Reopen Soon

The reopening of the city of Jamestown following the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak might not be happening any time soon. On Monday during the Jamestown City Council work session meeting, Eddie Sundquist, Jamestown mayor, said, according to the criteria detailed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, ...

Similar Experience

As the Class of 2020 faces a very different end of school and graduation than the many classes before them, this will be a look at another class that had a similar experience but a different outcome. We have been reminded over the past few weeks that there was a global pandemic in 1918 ...

Sherman, Westfield Superintendents Talk Possible State Aid Cuts

Area superintendents, whose districts rely heavily on state aid to meet their budgets, are responding to the possibility of cuts in state aid in the coming months. The state budget froze aid to school districts and gave Robert Mujica, the state budget director, the authority to propose ...

Frewsburg School Officials: No Borrowing Needed Yet

FREWSBURG — Frewsburg Central School officials have come to a general agreement on a 2020-21 budget, but the plan is on hold until pending possible state aid cuts. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said in past weeks that state aid cuts are possible if the state doesn’t receive additional federal ...

Clymer May Need Short-Term Borrowing Later This Year

CLYMER — Clymer Central School officials may have to borrow money to cover a possible state aid shortfall. The district expects to receive a state aid check in June and August to close out the 2019-20 state budget’s state aid. Aid from the 2020-21 state budget begins with a small ...