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VanRensselaer Recognized For Honoring Veteran

Walter L Bunn was a hero but no one knew that. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, earning numerous citations for his bravery. He survived five years in the Army, including the combat years and he returned home to Western New York where he assimilated back into society becoming a private ...

Some Memorial Day Services Go Online

In most places across America, there may not be mass gatherings with hats off or hands saluted this Memorial Day. There also may not be a sea of red, white and blue marking the grave stones that stretch for miles across hillsides. But despite the restrictions that the COVID-19 pandemic has ...

A New Normal

WARREN, Pa. — When Allegheny Outfitters re-opened on May 9, owner Piper VanOrd admitted both she and her team had their reservations about how best to proceed. With patrons from approximately 48 states visiting her outdoors store and planning summer excursions through her kayak and canoe ...

‘Public Health Crisis’

The coronavirus is not the only public health crisis local officials are grappling with this year. The one, however, may have a connection to the other. The Chautauqua County Board of Health met this week via Zoom and discussed what has been an uptick in the number of reported drug ...

10 New Cases Of COVID-19 Reported

Chautauqua County officials announced on Friday a one-day record high of 10 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases of the virus is 70 in the county, which is an increase of 20 new cases since last Saturday, County Executive PJ Wendel said during his weekly press briefing. There ...

‘Conflicting Interests’

A New York City Democrat is pushing state legislation to protect privacy rights during COVID-19 contact tracing procedures. Assemblyman Ron Kim, D-Flushing, recently introduced A.10462 in the Assembly to establish protocols for COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and immunity certification, ...

Schuyler: ‘Proud’ Of Staff During Pandemic

MAYVILLE — Efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic have been a 24/7 battle for local health officials. Christine Schuyler, public health director, provided an update on the coronavirus Thursday evening during a meeting of the Chautauqua County Board of Health. “I’m very proud of our ...

Bedrock Of Iconic Bakery Will Be Missed

Older generations can attest that there was a time when family-run Swedish bakeries in Jamestown were the rule, not the exception. Over the years those cherished establishments were winnowed away, along with many other corner stores and shops, by corporate chains and supermarkets. In ...

Prendergast Library Board Discusses Reopening Plan

James Prendergast Library officials have created a plan to reopen the facility. On Thursday, the library board held an online meeting, discussing the plan to reopen the library, which has been closed since March 15. Annie Greene, library executive director, said next week she is going into ...

Fun In The Sand

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced recently that beaches would be allowed to reopen Friday as part of an initial easing of COVID-19 restrictions. The order states that capacity must be limited to no more than 50% of normal, prohibits group activities and requires picnic areas and playgrounds to ...

‘Pandemic Budget’ Includes Layoffs, Cuts At JPS

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an additional $2.9 million budget hole for the Jamestown Public Schools District. That hole will not be filled with a local property tax increase, but rather it will be filled with a myriad of program cuts, job eliminations and a hiatus on field trips. ...

Senator Calls For Monthly State Budget Updates

School districts and local governments are waiting for updates on the state’s financial condition to better plan their own yearly spending plans. State Sen. Jennifer Metzger, D-Middletown, has introduced legislation in the state Senate the would require Robert Mujica, the state’s ...

Poll Says Americans Harbor Strong Fear Of New Infections

DES MOINES, Iowa — Strong concern about a second wave of coronavirus infections is reinforcing widespread opposition among Americans to reopening public places, a new poll finds, even as many state leaders step up efforts to return to life before the pandemic. Yet support for public ...

Paying Special Tribute

Memorial Day will look just a little different this year for members of the Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280 Honor Guard. For years, the group has visited about a dozen cemeteries in the Cassadaga Valley area each Memorial Day to honor military personnel who died while serving in the ...

County Officials: Vigilance Is Still Needed During Reopening

As the reopening of Western New York starts, Chautauqua County officials are expressing to residents that vigilance is still needed. County officials on Tuesday discussed Phase One reopening of Western New York, which includes the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and ...

Blue Star Mothers To Host Memorial Day Drive-In Service

Thanks to the efforts of the Blue Star Mothers Lake Erie, local residents will have the opportunity to safely attend a Memorial Day service and pay their respects to the nation’s veterans. On Monday at 1 p.m., area leaders and organizers from Blue Star Mothers will host a drive-in ...

Chautauqua County Fair Canceled For This Year

A longtime tradition in Chautauqua County has been postponed due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19. Dave Wilson, Chautauqua County Fair Board president, announced Tuesday morning that this year’s event has been canceled. He said the difficult decision was made out of caution for the ...

‘In This Together’

In what has been a “long, painful period” amid the coronavirus pandemic, the first glimmer of hope to kick starting a largely stunted economy will begin today. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made it official Monday during his daily press briefing at Roswell Park Cancer Center in Buffalo: the ...

Area Businesses Are Preparing For A New Normal

Local businesses including manufacturers, construction companies and retail providers are preparing to get back to work today as Western New York begins the first part of a phased reopening plan to lift some coronavirus restrictions. A number of different state and local resources and ...

JCC Officials: Drop Expected In Enrollment

It’s a mixed bag when it comes to recruiting for Jamestown Community College during the coronavirus pandemic. Daniel DeMarte, JCC president, and Kirk Young, JCC student affairs vice president, said first-year student enrollment is up at this point of the year compared to past years. ...