Month: June 2020


Slow the spread of COVID-19 in New York State by preventing travel-based transmission of this disease

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Governors in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced a travel advisory on June 25, 2020 that requires all individuals traveling from states with significant community transmission of COVID-19 to remain under quarantine for a period of 14 days. As of today, June 30, those states include

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Arkansas, California,Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has established exemptions for essential workers, but in general, people who are returning to Erie County from those listed states are required to remain under precautionary quarantine. Those requirements include:
• Separate quarters with separate bathroom facilities for each individual or family group.
Access to a sink with soap and water, and paper towels is needed.
• The contact must have a way to self-quarantine from household members as soon as fever or other symptoms develop, in a separate room. There must be a door that separates it
from the rest of the living area and has its own bathroom. Given that an exposed individual might become ill while sleeping, the exposed individual must sleep in a separate bedroom from household members.
• Cleaning supplies, e.g. household cleaning wipes, must be provided in any shared bathroom.
• If an individual sharing a bathroom becomes symptomatic, all others sharing the bathroom will be considered exposed persons until the symptomatic individual is appropriately evaluated and cleared.
• Food must be delivered to the individual’s quarters

• Quarters must have a supply of face masks for individuals to put on if they become symptomatic.
• Garbage must be bagged and left outside by the door of each of the quarters for routine pick up. Special handling is not required.
• Individuals should self-monitor for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19 daily throughout the duration of the quarantine period.
Individuals or businesses with questions about this advisory should contact NYSDOH.
“If you are planning a trip, we are urging you to avoid travel to states or regions where there is a high prevalence of COVID-19,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein. “The number of reported Erie County COVID-19 cases is currently low. We must avoid importing new cases from outside of NYS which can lead to COVID-19 community transmission and new outbreaks in Erie County.” She continued, “We have done so much to reduce the number of cases in our community these past months, and we need to keep at it. Travelers who return from a high-risk state can contact
our COVID-19 Information Line at (716) 858-2929 to report their travel as soon as they return and to schedule a free COVID-19 diagnostic test, 5-7 days past your last day in one of those states.”
To file a report of an individual failing to adhere to the quarantine pursuant to the travel advisory, please call 1-833-789-0470 or use the form on the ECDOH web site
Per New York State, anyone who returns from a high-risk state from non-essential travel will not be eligible to receive paid sick leave benefits for their quarantine period.

Sheriff’s Beat


Police responded to a report of a disturbance on Oak St. No charges were filed.
Police responded to a disturbance on Cummings Rd. All parties involved were separated for the night.
First Aid responded to Rapids Rd.
First Aid responded to Westgate Ave.
First Aid responded to Kathryn Dr.
Police responded to a report of a hit and run accident on East Ave. A vehicle struck a mailbox and a parked car then fled the area.
A concerned motorist reported a vehicle traveling recklessly on Rapids Rd. The vehicle was gone prior to patrols arrival.
First Aid responded to Maple Rd for a medical alarm activation.
Police responded to a report of a disturbance on Main St. No charges were filed.
First Aid responded to Westgate Ave for a lift assist.
A 911 hang up call was received on Mill Rd. It was accidental.
Police assisted with a harassment complaint on Stage Rd.

Police and Deputies responded to Greenbush Rd for a disturbance. No charges were filed.
The Fire Department responded to Randy Dr for an electrical fire.
First Aid responded to Clinton St for a male with difficulty breathing.
Police assisted with a property dispute on Greenbusg Rd.
Deputies conducted a welfare check on Siehl Rd.
Deputies assisted with a neighbor dispute on Laurel St.
First Aid responded to Westgate Ave for a medical alarm activation.
Police assisted with a custody dispute on Cummings Ave.
Deputies assisted with a custody dispute on Golden Pond Pk.
First Aid responded to Leisurewood La.
A burglar alarm was activated on Main Rd. It was set off in error.
First Aid responded to Parkview Dr for a lift assist.
First Aid responded to Wesley Dr.


Rotary is the world’s first service club organization and is dedicated to humanitarian service advocating goodwill and peace around the world and in local communities. There are 30,000 Rotary clubs worldwide made up of 1.2 million members. The Rotary Club of Akron Newstead is one of those clubs.

*A bike repair station was recently donated and installed by the club on the bike path at Cedar Street.

*Speaking of the bike path the bridge just west of Cedar Street received a new coat of paint.
The project was led by long time club member Peter Forrestel.

*In July Andy Borden, an attorney with the Stamm Law Firm in Clarence Hollow, will become the club’s 31 st president. Congratulations Andy!

*The Annual Andrew Bonacore Akron Newstead Rotary Golf Tournament which has been traditionally held in August will not take place this year due to Covid 19. This the largest fundraiser of the club and not holding it could affect the club’s good work. However, a virtual club auction is being worked on for August which has the potential to be a viable substitute for the golf. Our community is invited to participate in this unique event. Specific details will follow.

Evelyn Jonathan

Evelyn Jonathan, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2020. She was born in Buffalo, NY on June 11, 1934 to the late Paddy and Violette (Sundown) Ground.

Evelyn was a proud member and Clan mother of the Wolf clan. She worked for many years at Fisher Price. She enjoyed cooking and sewing. One of her great passions was teaching the Seneca language and culture.

She is survived by her loving husband, Kervin Jonathan; two sisters, Patricia Ground and Andrea Ground; her beloved children, Marilyn (Albert Abrams) Jonathan, Maureen (Chester) Logan, Brenda Jonathan, Leon Jonathan, Deanna Jonathan, Don Jonathan, Darwin (Monica Webster) Jonathan, Kenneth (Nadine) Jonathan, Leland (Larue) Jonathan, Mahlon (Kim) Jonathan, Jacklyn (late Bryan) Printup. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and many Seneca language students. Four brothers, Gilbert Ground Sr., Sam Ground Sr., Leroy Ground, and Warren Ground; two sisters, Lovella Parker and Loretta Ground and son Kelvin (Goon) Jonathan predeceased her.

Family will be present at 218 Skye Road till the time of a Service at 1 pm on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. A Long House Service will follow at 2 pm. Burial to follow at the Jonathan Family Plot. 

Arrangements made by Ross Funeral Home, Akron