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Fun In The Sun

Temperatures remained just over 75 degrees in what turned out to be a near-flawless day for those looking to catch some sun and get outdoors Thursday. McCrea Point Park in Jamestown saw children, on spring break from school, taking advantage of the playgrounds while others brought fishing ...

County Fair Decision Due In May

Does the Chautauqua County Fair take a chance and open in 2021? That’s the question weighing on its board of directors’ minds at the moment. “We’re kind of in a hold pattern, basically it’s all in the governor’s (Andrew Cuomo) hands,” said Dave Wilson, president of the county ...

Movie Showings Officially Return To The Reg Lenna

The smell of popcorn filled the lobby of the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts on Wednesday, unmistakable proof that movie-going has officially returned. The first showing, “The Croods: A New Age,” seemed an ideal kid-friendly choice for the theater as students across the region remain on ...

Family, Friends Remember Vickye James

Family and friends gathered Wednesday in a private service to pay their respects to Vickye James, a community leader and City Council member who passed away March 27. Song, videos and memories filled Emmanuel Baptist Church as family and friends remembered James. While the service was ...

Goodell, Borrello Raise Issues With State Spending

Both Assemblyman Andrew Goodell and state Sen. George Borrello have a serious case of sticker shock over the 2020-21 New York state budget. The budget, approved in the early morning hours Wednesday, totals $212 billion, a roughly 9% increase from 2020-21, and increases state-only spending by ...

Opinions Mixed In Pa. On Legalizing Marijuana

WARREN, Pa. — Recreational marijuana use is now legal in New York. If smoking and vaping are legal in a location, smoking pot is legal there, too — according to the state. There are, of course, differing opinions about that law. And it remains to be seen what impacts the change will ...

‘I’m Glad I Got It’

A specialized treatment to help people, especially those over the age of 65, who have tested positive for COVID-19 may be the reason a Jamestown man is still alive. The treatment is monoclonal antibodies, Monoclonal — “mono” means “one” and “clonal” means “copy” — ...

Mayville Man Killed In I-86 Crash

BEMUS POINT — A single-vehicle crash on Interstate 86 near Bemus Point resulted in the death of a 21-year-old Mayville man, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said. The crash, reported at about 3:10 p.m., occurred in the eastbound lane at the Westman Road overpass. According to ...

Wendel Hopeful To Reach 50% Vaccinated By Memorial Day

Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel said he’s optimistic 50% of residents can be partially, if not fully, vaccinated from COVID-19 by Memorial Day. The county this week crossed the one-third vaccination mark for those receiving at least one dose. “I’m hoping that by Memorial Day ...

Personal Protective Equipment Provided To Local EMS Agencies

WESTFIELD – Thirteen first response groups have a new supply of personal protective equipment thanks to the Allegheny Health Network. As the ongoing support of local EMS providers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic continues from both Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health, Allegheny ...

Schumer Visits City To Discuss American Rescue Plan

Sen. Charles Schumer doesn’t get to the former Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station often — but when he visits the senator usually bears good news. On Monday, Schumer visited the National Comedy Center to tout the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe ...

Law Will Prevent Searches Based On Marijuana Smell

The smell of marijuana will no longer be reason enough for local police officers to search vehicles during traffic stops. The change in policy for the agencies comes on the heel of New York state legalizing recreational marijuana for those over the age of 21. Under the bill signed into law by ...

Vaccine Eligibility Expands To 16 And Up

America’s COVID-19 vaccine problem will shift from availability to willingness within the span of a month. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, discussed the national COVID-19 vaccination effort during a visit to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown on Monday. Schumer said federal ...

Some Businesses Want To Keep Masks On, Even As States Drop Mandates

NEW YORK — Although Texas no longer requires people to wear masks to protect against COVID-19, customers do need them to enter De J. Lozada’s store. “We cannot afford to take chances with the lives of my staffers. They’re young people and their parents have entrusted me with their ...

Frewsburg Woman In Search Of Kidney Donor

Joann Wellman of Frewsburg is hoping to be 18 again. If the 67-year-old’s search is successful via a Western New York website, Wellman would be the 18th person to find a living donor on the Kidney Connection website. She is in need of a second transplant after starting dialysis in July 2020 ...

Wendel, Green Tout Experience In Executive Race

It appears as if both candidates for Chautauqua County executive plan to rely heavily on their years of leadership experience in appealing to voters this year. PJ Wendel, who officially kicked off his re-election campaign last week, will be up against a familiar face when it comes to county ...

COVID Again Alters Plans For High Schoolers

For Jamestown High School students, spring is usually filled with fun and exciting events, but due to COIVD-19 many activities will again likely be altered. “To this point we’ve had no transmission of COVID in our own building, which is great,” said Principal Dana Williams. “But it ...

Vaccinations Key To Losing Pandemic Restrictions

The answer to possibly the most asked question during the last year — “How much longer do I have to wear mask in public” — will depend on herd immunity. Herd immunity occurs when enough people become immune to a disease to make its spread unlikely. As a result, the entire community ...

Some Pandemic Adjustments Could Be Permanent

Everyone had to make adjustments following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like it or not, some of those adjustments might be permanent — though some might be for the better. One of the changes made is the switch to telehealth where people can speak to their family physician or ...

Mental Health Association Rallies For ‘Mentor’ Stricken With Cancer

Luis Rosa has a way with words and people. That’s because many of those words — through his locally renowned quick wit — often make those around him laugh and feel at ease. It’s that persona that made Luis an ideal certified peer specialist with the Mental Health Association in ...