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‘Safe And Fed’

As Thanksgiving and the holiday season arrive amid the first global pandemic in a century, local service leaders are preparing to continue helping those in need as safely as possible. Originally intending to host guests in their dining room at 50% capacity, Bonny Scott-Sleight, St. Susan ...

Surge Leaves Hospitalizations At Highest Point In Region

A continuing surge in COVID-19 cases has the county’s major health-care facilities taking notice and calling on residents to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. With hospitalization numbers at 13, according to the Chautauqua County Health Department through Monday, no ...

2 New Deaths Related To COVID Are Reported

Two people in their 70s died due to complications associated with COVID-19, the Chautauqua County Department of Health reported Tuesday. The deaths were the 18th recorded to date and come as 29 new cases were announced, far surpassing October’s numbers. “Our sincere condolences go out to ...

County Unemployment Highest Among Rural Counties

Chautauqua County’s 7% October unemployment and number of jobs lost over the past year are the highest among rural counties in the state. The only counties with a higher October unemployment rate are Westchester (7%), Bronx (17.5%), Kings (13.3%), New York (10.3%), Richmond (10.8%) and ...

Hollyloft Owners To Retire, Close Business Christmas Eve

After 42 years of helping area bikers and skiers find the perfect equipment for their adventures, Hollyloft Ski & Bike owners Les and Cheryl Johnson believe the time has come to close up shop. The Johnsons announced Monday that they will be retiring from their 600 Fairmount Ave. business, ...

Council Eliminating Proposed Health Insurance Change In 2021 Budget

The proposed health insurance change for Medicare-eligible city retirees may not be included in the 2021 budget. On Monday, the Jamestown City Council held a special budget meeting to work toward a finalizing next year’s spending plan, which the group is slated to vote on next week. Kim ...

COVID-19 Increase Is From Family Spread

MAYVILLE — Family spread remains one of the largest culprits of COVID-19 cases within Chautauqua County. Those who fail to comply with orders that seek to stem that spread as cases surge in Western New York could face fines. Christine Schuyler, county public health director, discussed a ...

Attorney General’s Office Sues Buffalo Catholic Diocese

BUFFALO — New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and two former church leaders, alleging they covered up allegations of sexual misconduct and misused charitable assets by supporting predatory priests who were allowed to retire or go on ...

Three Years After Wife’s Death, Billquist Continues To Give Back

The cold mix of rain and snow didn’t bother Jamie Billquist on this Sunday morning. Dressed in a turkey costume and a smile — albeit covered by a mask — there was no other way he could have imagined spending this day in particular than by helping others. “Today is a good day — ...

County Nears 1,500 Total COVID Cases; Adds 47 Over Weekend

Chautauqua County is closing in on 1,500 total cases of COVID-19 since March, the county Health Department announced over the weekend. The county announced 26 new cases on Saturday and another 21 on Sunday, bringing the one-week total to 168 cases — or an average of 24 per day. Because the ...

State To Study Volunteer Fire Department Staffing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation for state agencies to make recommendations to the governor and state Legislature to better recruit and retain volunteer firefighters. A.9779/S.7589 was sponsored by Assemblyman Fred Thiele, I-Sag Harbor, and Sen. James Gaughran, D-Syosset, and passed ...

Trump’s Legal Team Cried Vote Fraud, But Courts Found None

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As they frantically searched for ways to salvage President Donald Trump’s failed reelection bid, his campaign pursued a dizzying game of legal hopscotch across six states that centered on the biggest prize of all: Pennsylvania. The strategy may have played well in ...

Local Tree Farm Offers A Variety Of Holiday Joys

There's a new business in the area that has opened just in time for some area residents to have Christmas fun while choosing their tree and/or shopping for gifts. John and Mallory Coan of Coan's Dusty Acres at 1199 Frew Run Road in Frewsburg have made their tree farm into a special ...

Address To The World

Julia Craighill did not know her maternal grandfather, the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson. He passed away three years before she was born. But through her parents, she learned of the indelible mark the Spring Creek, Pa., native and Jamestown resident left on the legal ...

Variance For Women And Children’s Shelter Denied

A proposal that would have set the groundwork to turn the former Dibert Home in West Ellicott into a women and children’s rescue shelter has been nixed due to the town’s zoning law. Representatives from the UCAN City Mission and the current owner of the property at 484 Fairmount Ave. went ...

County COVID Positivity Rate Remains Low

As the state’s Erie County yellow zone microcluster border creeps further south, Chautauqua County continues to report the lowest seven-day COVID-19 test positivity rate in Western New York. According to results reported to the state Health Department through Wednesday, the latest day ...

Criminal Justice Reformers Cheer Multiple Election Victories

NEW YORK (AP) — Almost six months after the death of George Floyd, criminal justice reform advocates are cheering the election of a handful of progressive prosecutors, the passage of ballot initiatives designed to ease mass incarceration and the decriminalization of drugs in several ...

Different Restrictions

With parts of Erie County entering a yellow or orange zone on Friday — with schools to follow on Monday — some details are starting to emerge as to how that might affect those who travel to and from Chautauqua County for essential purposes: namely those in education. The zone ...

Developer Defends Ripley Solar Project

The developer behind the proposed Ripley solar farm has begun fighting back, insisting the project is safe and will benefit Chautauqua County. The Chautauqua County Legislature at its meeting received written communication from Isaac Phillips, project developer for the South Ripley Solar ...

Sheriff: Limiting Private Gatherings ‘Unenforceable’

An executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo limiting the number of people at private residences, heightened with Thanksgiving approaching, is largely unenforceable, Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone said. The order limits non-essential private residential gatherings to 10 people or fewer, ...