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‘A Banner Year’

Chautauqua Lake was visited by an increased number of boaters in 2020, in particular kayakers looking to enjoy the outdoors in a safe way during the COVID-10 pandemic. Efforts to prevent the spread of invasive species into local waterways ramped up along with traffic, thanks to continued ...

Red Cross Assisting Following Afternoon Fire

The Red Cross was assisting three adults displaced by a fire that broke out early Tuesday afternoon in the city of Jamestown. Fire was reported around 12:15 p.m. inside the basement of 33 Myrtle St., between Newland and Columbia avenues. Jamestown firefighters, who assisted the three ...

Two COVID Deaths Noted; Rise Seen At BOCES

Two more virus-related deaths, and 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, were reported Tuesday by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. After going nearly a month without a new death associated with the virus, the county has recorded four since Friday. The ages break down as follows: four ...

Borrello Wants To See Unemployment Fraud Figures

State Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, wants to know how many confirmed and suspected cases of unemployment fraud have happened in New York state over the past year. Borrello noted a Sept. 13 Albany Times Union report showing the state Labor Department suspended certain verification ...

Survey Results Show Support For Lake District

Board members of the Chautauqua Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency were optimistic Tuesday after reviewing the results of a survey which gathered community input on a potential Chautauqua Lake District. Matthew Bourke, junior planner with the Chautauqua County department of planning ...

Local Midwife Recognized For Career Helping Others

Debra Arndt, a local midwife, enjoyed a long and eventful career before retiring last June. Arndt was originally from North Carolina and graduated with an associate degree from a community college there in 1975. She later moved to Osewgo where she began her career in obstetrics, or ...

Officials Hope Efforts Keep Truck-Lite In County

FALCONER — Local officials are awaiting word on whether year-long efforts to keep a longtime company in Chautauqua County pay off. Mark Geise, chief executive officer of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, confirmed Monday that Truck-Lite has been looking at possibly ...

Poll: Voters Have Mixed Views Of Cuomo

A recent Siena College poll shows more than 50% of New York residents view Gov. Andrew Cuomo unfavorably — but they also don't want the governor to resign and approve of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest Siena College Research Institute monthly poll released Monday show ...

New Variants May Be Cause Of Higher COVID Cases In WNY

Officials believe the new COVID-19 variants may be the cause of the increase of deaths and positive cases in Western New York. From Friday to Sunday, the Chautauqua County Health Department reported 93 new coronavirus cases and two additional deaths. The two individuals who passed away were ...

Jamestown Police Department Welcomes New Officer

One could make the case that Akeem Frett becoming an officer with the Jamestown Police Department is simply a career-minded journey coming full circle. Born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Frett looked up to his stepfather, a police officer, before coming to New York where he studied ...

Legislators Introduce Travel Ban Bills

Last year, talk of COVID-19 travel bans were all the rage across the country. As the nation struggles to return to normalcy in its second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York state Legislature has returned to a bit of normalcy with two bills proposing travel bans on state employees to ...

Whitaker: District Weathered The COVID-19 Storm

Two months ago, Dr. Kevin Whitaker did not think the Jamestown Public Schools District would be adding anything new to the district in the 2021-22 school year. Millions of additional dollars in federal aid and the promise of millions more in state aid have changed that. The 2021-22 budget ...

Half Of US Adults Have Received At Least One COVID-19 Shot

WASHINGTON — Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 shot, the government announced Sunday, marking another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign but leaving more work to do to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their sleeves. Almost ...

Collector Preserves The ‘Good Old Days’

It appears that Tony Sanfilippo is living the dream. The Busti man is married, has four children, eight grandchildren, two dogs and is surrounded by one of his beloved hobbies. The key player in the dream is Chris, Sanfilippo's very understanding wife, who has willingly allowed him to fill ...

Mixed Reviews: Curfew On Bars And Restaurants Extended

Although restaurants and officials across the state have called for the lifting of curfew restrictions, local reactions to the new midnight curfew are mixed. Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday that restaurants are now able to stay open until midnight. This is part of an ease of COVID restrictions ...

The Good, Bad And Ugly Of Recycling In Chautauqua County

Chautauqua County residents, like most Americans, are good at recycling and bad at recycling. They’re good in that many residents make an effort to recycle parts of their trash instead of having it all end up in a cell at the county landfill. They’re bad in that sometimes they dispose of ...

COVID Cases Keep Climbing In County

Chautauqua County is now on the radar of the Centers of Disease Control for the recent increase in COVID-19 cases. On Friday, the county Health Department reported an additional 33 cases Thursday — with 213 being active — as the seven-day positivity rate was reported at 2.1%. It has been a ...

Marijuana Legalization Proposed In Pa. State House

Several Democrats in the state House of Representatives are backing legislation to legalize marijuana and sell through the existing state store system. House Bill 1180 was introduced Thursday by Rep. David Delloso, D-Ridley Park, and referred to the House Liquor Control Committee. In addition ...

Local Woman, Overcoming COVID-19, Turns 104

Ruth Anderson, who recently turned 104 years old, attributes her long life to positivity and happiness. On April 10, Anderson her birthday at the Hultquist Place assisted living program on the Lutheran campus in Jamestown. Anderson was able to celebrate in the company of other Hultquist ...

Demolition To Clear Way For Future Travel Site

RIPLEY — A longtime empty motel and restaurant are finally being demolished to make way for a new travel center near I-90. Demolition began this week on the former Colonial Squire Motel and Restaurant in the town of Ripley. The buildings are being knocked down to make way for the new ...