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Winning TAKE 5 Ticket sold at Wegman's in West Ellicott!...
One of the two winning tickets in the New York State Lottery's TAKE 5 game was sold at the Wegman's Supermarket on Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott.  The New York Lottery announced today that the other winning ticket was sold at a Manhattan newsstand in New York City.  Each ticket in last night's drawing is worth $30,511.  Lottery officials say the TAKE 5 numbers are drawn from a field of one through 39.  Drawings take place every evening at 10:30 p.m. 


Gov. Cuomo in Buffalo urges young people, and anyone else who hasn't to get a COVID-19 Vaccine...
New York state has now administered 15-million COVID-19 vaccinations to residents... but, the rate of vaccination has slowed across the state.  That's a concern for Governor Andrew Cuomo... who says 45-percent of New Yorkers have at least received one shot of one of the three vaccines being distributed.  Early on in the vaccine's roll-out... it was very difficult to get an appointment.  However... as time has gone on, Cuomo says getting the vaccine is easier, but, not as many people are getting it.  He says the state was distributing 175,000 shots in 24-hours until recently, as the numbers have now fallen to 115,000 a day.  Cuomo says one of the hardest groups to get vaccinated is young people between the ages of 16 and 25.  With that in mind... he announced a new initiative while he was in Buffalo Thursday.  A first of it's kind clinic for that age group will be held at a Buffalo school for students.  They're also arranged for free transporation to and from the clinic.


County reports 31 New COVID-19 Cases, and one new death Thursday...
The Chautauqua County Health Department is reporting 31 new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus over the past day... along with one new death.  Health officials say 11 of the new cases were in the Jamestown 14701 zip code... and, four were reported in Sherman.  Officials say there have now been 8,914 total cases... and, 116 are now active.  There have now been 149 deaths... and, 13 people are currently hospitalized.  The number of recovered cases is now 8,649... and, the infection rate is 1.6-percent.


Cuomo's executive order on having to order food when purchasing alcohol among those repealed by legislature...
New Yorkers will no longer have to buy a jelly sandwich, chips or other snack with their beer under an executive order that state lawmakers have repealed.  Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order last summer requiring food to be sold with alcoholic beverages at bars and restaurants.  At the time, COVID-19 rates were low and the state had begun allowing New York City bars and restaurants to re-open.  State lawmakers passed resolutions Wednesday to repeal the directive, which restaurant owners have blasted for months as nonsensical.  Cuomo had said chips or fruit alone couldn't count as "food," which led to a Saratoga Springs bar offering "Cuomo Chips and Salsa."


County recognizes two heroes during legislature meeting...
A pair of real life Chautauqua County heroes were recognized for what they did... one to save a man who fell into the cold waters of Lake Erie... and, the other to rescue two people from a burning building.  County Executive P-J Wendel Wednesday night issued commendations to Westfield's Mia Goot... and Jamestown's Joe Pollaro.  Wendel says Goot saw the elderly man fall into Barcelona Harbor last March 29, and held him out of the water until rescuers could arrive.  He says acts this this "inspire kindness and solidarity across Chautauqua County.  Goot was on during the Zoom legislature meeting... and, thanked Wendel and the legislature for the recognition.  Pollaro, an employee of the Jamestown Public Works Department... helped two people jump from a second-floor window to escape an apartment house fire the morning of March 23.  He was driving his city dump truck when he saw the fire at 703 Washington St., and cries for help.  He spotted the two victims trapped on the second-floor, and urged them to jump to him.  He caught each as they jumped... and, they each fell to the ground.  However... they all escaped injury.


Ellicottville man faces DWI charges after rollover crash...
A single-car rollover accident in the Cattaraugus County town of Little Valley has led to drunk driving charges against an Ellicottville man.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley were called to the scene on Route 242 around 8:30 p.m. last Tuesday... and, investigated the accident.  Deputies fouind that 56 year-old Nick Ingerra had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood, and he was arrested for Aggravated driving while intoxicated, DWI, failure to maintain lane, and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.  He was issued appearance tickets for Little Valley Town Court.


Pennsylvania eyeing state college consolidations...
The board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is advancing a plan to merge six of its 14 universities into two new institutions... as the system struggles with sinking enrollment and stagnant state aid.  Wednesday's nearly unanimous board vote launches a 60-day public comment period.  A final vote could be scheduled for July, with implementation in time for the 2022-23 school year.  Under the plans, Bloomsburg, Mansfield and Lock Haven universities in northern Pennsylvania would merge into one institution and California, Clarion and Edinboro in western Pennsylvania would merge to become another.  All six campuses would remain open, with integrated faculty, curriculum and enrollment strategies.