County Officials Reveal Three New Positive COVID-19 Cases Last Weekly Scheduled Press Conference

first_imgMAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials reported three new cases during their press conference Friday afternoon in the Legislative chambers. Wendel says Friday’s conference will be the last weekly conference as of now. He additionally congratulated the Class of 2020 for their hard work, especially during the tough circumstances that the global COVID-19 pandemic continues.Wendel says 101 people are under quarantine. There have been seven fatalities.The County Executive thanked his COVID-19 Response Team for their efforts during the crisis. “I thank each one of them….for all of their hard work,” Wendel said. He additionally says that the team will continue to work together as the pandemic moves forward.Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says that, at this time, the virus isn’t circulating rapidly compared to other areas. Schuyler, however, says that doesn’t mean the virus isn’t completely gone from the community.“A test result is a test result, and it’s only as good as the day the test was done,” Schuyler said. She says the community has done a “great job” at adhering to social distancing guidelines, but she reminds the community that “this is not a race” in terms of reopening the economy.Dr. Robert Burke says it’s difficult to determine when it’ll no longer be necessary to wear a mask.Schuyler was unable to comment on the Heritage Park “presumptive” positive case due to HIPPA regulations, and because nursing home health situations are regulated by the New York State Department of Health.Wendel says that he believes Chautauqua County is prepared to handle a possible “second wave” of the COVID-19 virus based on experience and knowledge gained from the first wave, along with the stockpile of equipment.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Office For Aging Services To Hold Second Free Face Mask, Sanitizer Give-Away

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: / CC BY 2.0JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua County Office for Aging Services will hold two free mask and sanitizer giveaways for area seniors on Friday, June 26, and Friday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at all Office for Aging Services’ locations.The free masks and sanitizer will be available during the above hours at 610 W. Third St., Jamestown; 7 N. Erie St. (back of the HRC Building) in Mayville and 45 Cliffstar Ct. in Dunkirk.The event is designed to help older adults in Chautauqua County receive free personal protective equipment (PPE). Seniors can drive by one of the three sites to pick up hand sanitizer, face masks, and resource booklets.“The first give-away was so successful that we are planning two more drive-by distributions of masks and sanitizer,” said Dr. Mary Ann Spanos, Director of the Chautauqua County Office for Aging Services. “Seniors can pick up for themselves and anyone in their household. We recommend seniors have at least two cloth masks so they can be washed daily or after every use. Groups who need PPE should contact the county EOC through its website to request large quantities of masks, sanitizer and other equipment.” Supplies have also been given to all senior housing units in the county. Seniors who need masks and sanitizer and are unable to get to the distribution events can also call NY Connects to make arrangements.For more information about the distribution event or senior services in Chautauqua County, please contact the NY Connects Helpline at (716) 753-4582.last_img read more

Hot Stuff! Squigs Enters the Disco Inferno of the Off-Broadway Musical Disaster!

first_imgBefore American Hustle became a holiday hit, Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick plundered the sounds of the 1970s in the hilarious off-Broadway musical Disaster! This wacky parody of disaster flicks is set on a floating disco/casino and features earthquakes, tidal waves and much more mayhem. resident artist Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson headed to St. Luke’s Theatre to savor the ensemble cast led by Jennifer Simard, Mary Testa and Rudetsky, surrounded by Jonah Verdon (in dual roles), Jack Plotnick, Mary Birdsong, Charity Dawson, Tom Riis Farrell, Haven Burton and Matt Farcher. Heat up your winter by seeing this fabulously funny show! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 11, 2014 Disaster!center_img View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.last_img read more

Act One Will Be Filmed for PBS Broadcast

first_imgWe bet those crazy revolving stairs look just as great on screen! Lincoln Center Theater’s Act One, written and directed by James Lapine, will be filmed during its final weeks of performances for an anticipated PBS broadcast. The play, based on the autobiography by Moss Hart, stars Tony nominees Santino Fontana and Tony Shalhoub. The production is up for five Tony Awards this year, including Best Play and Best Leading Actor for Shalhoub. Santino Fontana Past PBS broadcasts of Lincoln Center Theater productions include Twelfth Night, Contact, The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific and The Nance, which will also play movie theaters this summer. Based on Hart’s autobiography, Act One chronicles his impoverished childhood and his determined struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in the theater. This path led to his collaboration with George S. Kaufman and their first great success, Once in a Lifetime. Act One began performances on March 20 at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, where it will play its final performance on June 15. In addition to Fontana and Shalhoub, the show features Tony winners Andrea Martin and Chuck Cooper, Will Lebow and Matthew Schechter. Tony Shalhoub Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2014center_img Act One Star Files View Comments Andrea Martin Chuck Cooper View All (4)last_img read more

Laura Linney & Seth Numrich Tapped for Joanna Murray-Smith’s Switzerland in L.A.

first_img Star Files Seth Numrich We’re anything but neutral in our excitement about this one! Stage and screen star Laura Linney will headline the U.S. premiere of Joanna Murray-Smith’s Switzerland in L.A. The drama, also starring Seth Numrich, will begin previews on March 6 and run through April 19 at the Geffen Playhouse. Opening night is set for March 13.Linney received Tony nods for Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen and The Crucible. She also garnered three Oscar nominations for her work in You Can Count on Me, Kinsey and The Savages. Numrich has appeared on Broadway in Golden Boy, War Horse and The Merchant of Venice.Switzerland follows acclaimed novelist Patricia Highsmith, who is racing to finish her latest thriller when an attractive young man interrupts her work. When might the publishers expect the next anticipated addition to her sinister “Mr. Ripley” series? The author’s real-life dry humor and macabre imagination meet with this mysterious character’s own darkly seductive agenda in this new two-hander.center_img View Commentslast_img read more Culturalist Challenge! Which B’way Stars Would Make Good Disaster Buddies

first_imgThe staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. With Disaster! the musical on the boards, we’ve been thinking about infernos, earthquakes, shipwrecks, shark attacks and other happy thoughts. We’re sure every one of us has a list of people we would like to have by our side if disaster struck: Someone who would keep things light, keep us safe and calm and ward off drama with a big belty voice or dance break. Broadway is full of personalities that we know would keep our minds off impending doom, so we ask you: which Broadway stars would you like to survive a disaster with? Producer Lisa Spychala kicked off this new challenge with her top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”). STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on! View Commentslast_img read more

Don’t Invite Beetles

first_imgOnce Japanese beetles show up in your yard, the most effective thing you can do istreat infested plants with an insecticide. “People sometimes try to use commercial traps to control Japanese beetles. Don’t everdo that,” said Beverly Sparks, an entomologist with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service. Remember that the beetles will keep coming. Whichever method you use to get rid ofthem, you’ll have to keep doing it. “The product breaks down in just a few days in intense sunlight and high heat,though,” she said. “So you’ll need to spray the foliage again about once a weekthroughout the period the beetles are active.” Why would anyone send out invitations asking Japanese beetles into their yard? They’lleat almost everything there. Still, many Georgians keep inviting them year after year. The adult beetles eat the leaf tissue between the veins in a number of landscape plants.Their favorites are crape myrtles, plums, cherries and peaches. But they love roses,too. Sparks recommends Sevin and said it’s best to spray on a liquid formulation. “It’s themost effective,” she said, because it allows you to cover the leaves better. “They’re not really very picky,” Sparks said. “They feed on a wide range of landscapeplants, and in large numbers they can do some significant feeding damage.” You don’t often see one alone. “They usually appear in large numbers,” Sparks said.center_img The traps will catch the landscape-munching beetles, all right. But the pheromone theyuse to call the bugs into the trap will also attract them into your yard. That’s theproblem. When beetles reappear, the problem isn’t that the Sevin isn’t working. It’s just that newbugs continue to migrate into the area. “Don’t try to use traps for control. They’ll just call more beetles into your yard,”Sparks said. “Traps are good for monitoring populations and letting you know when thebeetles begin to show up. But once you start catching some, you need to remove thetraps.” “Japanese beetles are very mobile, and they can fly long distances,” Sparks said.”Flights usually last six to eight weeks, so you have to keep treating the foliage theyfeed on.” If you don’t like the idea of using chemicals in your yard, pick the beetles off by hand,or shake them off over a bucket of warm, soapy water. “Japanese beetles aren’t all thathard to kill,” Sparks said. Japanese beetles are metallic green, thumbnail-size bugs with coppery wings. Theyhave a row of white spots around the margins of their wing covers. Just don’t keep those pheromone traps out in the backyard. Or if you do, you may wantto book a bug band and put in a tiny dance floor — it’s going to be a long beetle partyout there.last_img read more

Creepy critters

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of Georgia”If you see beavers flying from the roof of your house….” DougHall, a wildlife biologist with U.S. Department of Agriculture,realized what he’d just said and laughed.”Beavers?” he said. “I meant to say ‘bats.’ If you see beaversflying from your roof, you’d better be running!”Doug got his animals mixed up while teaching a class on wildlifedamage management to a group of University of Georgia Extension Service agents. While his bats-and-beavers mixup wasfunny, homeowner encounters with wildlife can be downrighthilarious.Yeah, I know. Bats in your attic are not something you want,unless you happen to be the Herman Munster family. If you havebats or ‘possums or any of a number of other critters living inyour house, you probably want to get rid of them. That’s when youcall your county Extension Service agent to find out what you can do.Cornered ‘possumSome time ago, my friend Donnie, or rather her husband Paul, hada really close encounter with an opossum. Opossums like to takeshelter in burrows of other animals, tree cavities and brushpiles. But sometimes they den in attics and garages.That’s where Donnie and Paul found it — in the attic above thekitchen.Now, getting it out was a problem, because the ‘possum wouldn’tleave on its own. So they began to tear the ceiling down in thekitchen. But every time Donnie and Paul would tear a piece ofceiling down, the ‘possum would move.Finally, they had it in the corner of the kitchen on the lastpiece of ceiling. Donnie was bound and determined to get that’possum, so she pulled the last piece down.And that old ‘possum fell right on Paul’s head. Donnie said shelaughed so hard that she nearly wet her — well, never mind.Snake in a drawerSnakes often find their way into homes. They can make for funnysituations, too.A few years ago, when I was a boy — OK, so it was many years ago– I went into the house to get a needle out of my mother’ssewing machine drawer so I could remove a splinter from myfinger. My mother, who is terribly afraid of snakes, was reclinedin her La-Z-Boy chair, next to the sewing machine.When I opened the drawer, I was shocked to find, coiled on top ofthe spools of thread, a huge, black snake. I yelled “Mama!There’s a snake in the drawer!” Well, she didn’t believe me. So Iopened the drawer again so she could see for herself.Oh, you should have seen it — Mom trying to get out of the La-Z-Boy recliner without putting the foot rest down. She justcouldn’t get the chair to cooperate with her. And I’m not sure ifMom and the chair turned over backward or forward.Wildlife conflictsSkunks, squirrels, rats, birds and bats — they all can get intoour homes on occasion. And one thing is certain — as the humanpopulation increases and we move out into habitat suitable forwildlife, we will have humans-and-wildlife conflicts.Yes, wildlife can be a nuisance, and they can cause damage. Butthey may just be in the wrong place at the right time.And wouldn’t we miss them if they weren’t here?But if you ever see beavers flying….(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Cricket killer

first_imgEvery spring as lawns start to green up, lawn perfectionists begin their vigilant watch for the onslaught of pests waiting for fresh dinner. Along with pests like armyworms and grubs, mole crickets cause significant damage to southeastern lawns. Mole crickets first came to Georgia in the 1900s, and they’ve been terrorizing turfgrass and lush lawn lovers ever since. Now, wasps that homeowners rarely see are terrorizing the crickets. One of their natural enemies, the mole cricket killer wasp, known scientifically as Larra bicolor, is native to their homeland in South America.Entomologists in Florida and Georgia imported these wasps into the United States. They now live along the Gulf Coast and throughout the South. A keen-eyed observer may find them scanning the turf in lawns or golf courses, constantly studying the surface. That’s bad news for crickets but good news for homeowners, golf course superintendents and lawn care professionals.Solitary mole cricket killer wasps are not easily spotted. They are medium sized and seldom group in noticeable numbers, except when they are feeding on nectar. They don’t have nests, so there is no risk of disturbing their colony and getting stung. These wasps tend to be calm and take off when they feel threatened.For the most part the wasps feed on nectar. However, female wasps also hunt for mole crickets.The hunt begins when a female wasp searches the turf for mole cricket burrows. When she finds one, she enters and then chases the mole cricket to the surface. Above ground, this chase continues as the mole cricket tries to evade the wasp by hiding in the grass or by trying to enter another mole cricket burrow. At the end of the chase, she stings the mole cricket. She then lays an egg on the cricket while it is immobilized. This egg hatches in about 4 to 12 days, and the larva remains attached on the outside of the mole cricket and feeds on it. Within a month, it becomes a fully grown larva ready to pupate. By this time, only the tough external portions of the mole cricket remain. In about 4 to 6 weeks, a new wasp emerges. But, remember, mole cricket killers need more than crickets to feed on. They also need nectar. Homeowners can help their lawns and the wasps by planting flowers they can feed on. One of the best nectar sources for these wasps in the U.S. has been shrubby false buttonweed. Unfortunately, it’s a weed in Southern turfgrass and is not a good choice. Star cluster, also known as star flower or Pentas lanceolatus, is a common landscape flower that shows promise as a good nectar source and is probably the next best option to help sustain these wasps.If you see these wasps in your lawn, think of the ways they help us – by controlling mole crickets and reducing the pesticides we put into nature.last_img read more

Palms add a tropical flair

first_imgTo most folks, the word “palm” triggers thoughts of Florida, southern California, Hawaii or Georgia’s coastal islands. But you don’t have to live in any of these areas to enjoy palms. Palms lend a tropical look, but they also are low-maintenance, drought-tolerant and evergreen. There are a few cold-hardy palms that will grow as far north as Tennessee and North Carolina (USDA Hardiness Zone 6), where the average winter temperature may reach zero to minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The windmill palm, or Trachycarpus fortunei, is one of the hardiest. It will grow throughout Georgia and has been reported to survive temperatures as low minus 10 degrees F. During the deep freeze of Jan. 23, 2003, windmill palms in Athens, Ga., weathered 9 degrees F without a scratch. The windmill palm looks nice when planted in groups of three to five to accent the corner of a building or courtyard entrance. It’s great around swimming pools because it does not drop litter into the water like deciduous trees. It grows 20 to 25 feet and has fan-shaped leaves and a brown trunk covered with burlap-like fibers.Needle palm, or Rhapidophyllum hystrix, is a clumping, understory palm with deep-green, fan-shaped leaves. It’s a native to the Southeast and has become an endangered species as its native habitat is becoming increasingly destroyed by development. Its name stems from the numerous needle-like spines along its petioles, which are usually not a problem until pruning becomes necessary. Once established, it requires little care and survives temperatures as low as minus 5 degrees F.Surprisingly, needle palm does better inland than it does along the coast because it does not like salt spray. It has a mound-like growth habit and grows 5 feet tall and wide. One plant will fill a large space.Saw palmetto, or Serenoa repens, is a native palm species commonly found in Georgia. It’s the one found in large quantities under pine trees along the highways in south Georgia. It grows 5 to 10 feet tall and occasionally forms a trunk. A form with silver foliage is highly prized among collectors. Its berries are harvested from the wild, processed into capsules and sold in the pharmaceutical industry to treat prostate cancer. This palm would not be hardy in the piedmont region without special cold protection, like growing it in a container for moving indoors.Dwarf palmetto, or Sabal minor, is native to river floodplains throughout the Southeast. It grows 4 to 5 feet high and wide with green to blue-green fronds. Although it’s not as hardy as needle palm, it has been reported to withstand temperatures as low as 10 degrees F without damage. This palm looks best when planted in clumps of three to five plants. Moist, sunny locations are preferred. Unlike the saw palmetto, this dwarf grows rampantly throughout the woodlands of south Georgia and Florida. It is not invasive and doesn’t bear needle-like spines like the saw palmetto.Cabbage palm, also called the palmetto palm, or Sabal palmetto, is the state tree of South Carolina and is native to coastal areas from North Carolina to Florida. It is also found in the wild throughout the Florida panhandle and parts of southern Georgia. It can be grown without cold protection along a line from Columbus to Augusta, but cold protection is advised in areas to the north of that line. This means planting it in a sheltered courtyard or on the southeast side of a structure where it is sheltered from cold winter winds. Wrapping the fronds and center bud in blankets can protect it when temperatures dip below 25 degrees F.A cold-hardy alternative to the cabbage palm in the piedmont is the Birmingham palmetto, or Sabal ‘Birmingham’ palm. This cold-hardy form was discovered outside Birmingham, Ala., and is known to have survived temperatures as low as zero degrees. It grows like a large shrub and eventually forms a small, squatty trunk after several years. However, it doesn’t grow as tall as the cabbage palm.To protect palms in winter, tie the fronds together in bundles and cover them with burlap or blankets. Small palms can be covered with a cardboard box. Protecting the central bud is most critical because it is where new growth originates. Wrapping the truck, which is commonly done, does little to protect the palm from cold injury because the center bud is the most cold-sensitive part of the plant, not the trunk.The Southeast Palm and Exotic Plant Society has an excellent manual for growing palms in the Southeast. To get it, call your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more