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Family Connection

Vera Walker was just a few years old when the Great Depression took grip of the United States, and eventually the world. Money was hard to come by, and simple staples of everyday life seemed like luxuries. While men either struggled to find work or hung on to existing jobs, most women ...

WNY Region Meets Hospitalization Metrics For Reopening

The Western New York region has met all hospitalization metrics as part of guidelines needed to begin reopening. Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented up-to-date data Sunday, which showed the WNY region — which includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Erie and Niagara counties — was meeting ...

Alliance Group Outlines Lake Strategy

“Collaboration is an absolute key of the alliance, it’s what we are trying to do all the time.” Those were the words Thursday of Vince Horrigan, interim Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance director, when briefing board members and the public on lake maintenance ...

US, European Leaders Weigh Reopening Risks Without A Vaccine

NEW YORK (AP) — On a weekend when many pandemic-weary people emerged from weeks of lockdown, leaders in the U.S. and Europe weighed the risks and rewards of lifting COVID-19 restrictions knowing that a vaccine could take years to develop. In separate stark warnings, two major European ...

WNY Region Meets All Hospitalization Metrics

The Western New York region has met all hospitalization metrics as part of guidelines needed to begin reopening. Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented up-to-date data Sunday, which showed the WNY region — which includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Erie and Niagara counties — was meeting six ...

Coming To Grips

When Dana Williams arrives at Jamestown High School in the morning, there’s usually a lot of activity. The lunchroom has occupants eating breakfast, the halls are filled with students waiting outside their lockers and the parking lot off Foote Avenue becomes crowded with cars as the clock ...

JPS To Announce End Of School Year Date

The Jamestown Public Schools District will likely make an announcement Monday on which day instruction will officially end for the school year. Dr. Bret Apthorpe, district superintendent, said during his Facebook Live discussion Friday that he hopes an official end date can bring some ...

Mayor, County Exec Disagree On Reopening Approach

Both Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist and Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel are “honored” to be members of the Western New York Regional Control Room, even though they have different views about the reopening of the county. As part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York Forward plan for ...

Counties Look To Create Subregion In Economic Reopening Push

MAYVILLE — Three counties in the Western New York region want to create a subregion for reopening the economy. Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel discussed Friday during his weekly press conference how officials from Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties have requested that ...

On The Front Line

Shameka Batchelor works the night shift. A registered nurse, her days consist of going into work while most of the world is going to sleep. That role has been magnified since the outbreak of COVID-19 as her eight-hour shifts have turned into 12-hour shifts. By the time she wakes up the ...

Employee At Area Nursing Facility Tests Positive For COVID-19

WESTFIELD — An employee at a local senior living facility is confirmed to have recently tested positive for the coronavirus. A spokesman for Absolut Care of Westfield said the employee, who was not identified by name or where they worked within the facility, was put into quarantine in ...

County Sees State Of Emergency Extended

Of the benchmarks needed to reopen some businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, the Western New York region is going in the wrong direction — even if just for the moment. The region, comprised of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Erie and Niagara counties, has met four of the seven ...

City Man Jailed After Drugs, Money Seized Wednesday

A Jamestown man was jailed this week after several searches turned up more than 100 grams of fentanyl likely to have been sold “within a couple days” along with tens of thousands of dollars. Police took 57-year-old Alfredo R. Diaz into custody following a traffic stop Wednesday around ...

Looking To Rebuild

Chris Haller and his family were camping late on May 2 when his daughter received word of a nearby house fire. That blaze, at 2924 Busti Stillwater Road, just happened to be the family’s home. “My heart just fell to my feet,” Haller remembered as his family rushed home, located only a ...

Clymer Approves Prettiest Of Ugly Budget Options

CLYMER — Clymer Central School officials are moving ahead with the prettiest of three ugly budget scenarios. The budget approved by the board on Monday includes a 0.83% tax levy increase, which is less than the state’s tax cap, and retains a 4.6% district surplus. The approved budget ...

Cigarette Tax Hike Proposed For New York State

Cigarette taxes in New York state could increased by another $1.89 a pack to $6.24 a pack under legislation introduced Monday in the state Assembly. A.10418, sponsored by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-New York City, has been referred to the Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee. The ...

Poll Shows A Partisan Split Over Virus-Era Religious Freedom

NEW YORK (AP) — As the nation’s houses of worship weigh how and when to resume in-person gatherings while coronavirus stay-at-home orders ease in some areas, a new poll points to a partisan divide over whether restricting those services violates religious freedom. Questions about whether ...

‘Just Breathtaking’

https://youtu.be/MpBGf0bWVv8 The planes — three F-35s in perfect formation — were nothing more than a few dots on the horizon Tuesday afternoon. But within seconds the aircrafts zoomed over Chautauqua Lake, an homage to front line workers and high school seniors during the COVID-19 ...

First County Child Tests Positive For COVID-19

A child living in the western portion of the county has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, the Chautauqua County Health Department said Tuesday. There are now 44 confirmed cases, with eight being active, in the county. Thirty-two people have recovered and 131 cases are under quarantine ...

GOP: Time To End Cuomo’s Emergency Powers

Republicans in the state Assembly want to end Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s expanded emergency powers granted by the legislature back in March. On Saturday, Will Barclay, R-Fulton and Assembly minority leader, said it is time for the state to return to established state government operations, ...