Graduates of Southwestern’s class of 2017 packed the first nine rows of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.
P-J photo by Remington Whitcomb

Words Of Wisdom

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On Friday, the first nine rows of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts were transformed into a mosaic of red and blue mortarboards as Southwestern Central School graduated its senior class of 2017. The ceremony began with the soon-to-be graduates proceeding down the aisles, two-by-two, while the ...

John Q. Barrett, Robert H. Jackson Center board member and St. John’s University professor of law, speaking about Jackson during the “How ‘Far Gone’ Are We Now? Immigration, Security & American Values, From Justice Jackson’s Time To Our Own” program on immigration law. Several speakers, including Barrett, spoke during the program held at the Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth St., Friday.
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On The Front Burner

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Immigration was a prominent issue for Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson during his time on the highest court in the land. On Friday, John Q. Barrett, Jackson Center board member and St. John’s University professor of law, spoke about a few of the immigration cases that came before ...

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Perry Selected For Frank Hyde Memorial Scholarship

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Frank Hyde was The Post-Journal’s sports editor from 1945-79, an era that ultimately landed him a rightful place in the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. His enshrinement in 1983 was in no small measure the result of how he valued and covered the student-athletes within the newspaper’s ...

Pictured is Salutatorian Elizabeth Becker addressing Falconer Central School’s graduating class of 2017 on Thursday at the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts.
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Falconer Class Of 2017 Encouraged To Follow Dreams

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FALCONER — With a little help from a mason jar and a clever binge-watching reference, the message for Falconer Central School’s graduating class of 2017 became abundantly clear: live life to the fullest and never forget the things that make it important. On Thursday, 69 graduating seniors ...

Salutatorian Cecilia Pearson delivers her speech to her fellow Frewsburg graduates Friday.

Frewsburg Salutatorian: Don’t Take Life’s Moments For Granted

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FREWSBURG — Frewsburg Central School seniors took the stage one last time. Friday night in the Harry J. Murray Auditorium family and friends scurried to their seats just before commencement began. Principal William Caldwell moderated the ceremony, but this commencement wasn’t like any ...

Children Home At Time Of Murder-Attempted Suicide

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SUGAR GROVE, Pa. — The children were home when their father allegedly went out to the car, killed their mother, and shot himself, according to police. Jessica L. White, 32, of Chandlers Valley, was killed Wednesday, suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and leg. On Thursday, ...

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Local Man Charged After Three-Hour Stand-Off On Baker Street

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A knife-wielding man was taken into custody Friday after reportedly barricading himself inside a Baker Street residence for more than three hours. The incident began around 10:45 a.m., when Jamestown police responded to a disturbance call at 242 McKinley Ave. Police learned that Alberto J. ...

Genielle Byczynski, winner of the state DAR Bronze Metal, Certificate and Scholarship, is pictured with Brenda Johnson, Regent of the Benjamin Prescott Chapter NSDAR.

Reading Camp Seeking Carpenters To Build Bookshelves


Calling All Carpenters! The Children of the Book Summer Reading Camp is seeking volunteers who are interested in building to assist them with a project to build bookshelves for program participants. The solid wood bookshelves will be constructed with wood that was purchased with a portion of ...

Summer Reading Program To Kick Off Monday


A Summer Reading Program Kick-Off event will be presented at the Sinclairville Elementary School on Monday from 5:30-7 p.m. The Sinclairville Free Library, Mary E. Seymour Memorial Free Library and Cassadaga Branch Library invite families for a special event to usher in the “Build a Better ...

Randy Sweeney, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation executive director, poses with representatives from Ellington Farman Library, Kennedy Free Library, Kennedy First United Methodist Church, Falconer Central School, Our Lady of Loreto, village of Falconer and members of the Falconer Region Community Fund committee to celebrate this year’s grant awards. A representative from Bethlehem Lutheran Church was unable to attend.

Falconer Region Community Fund Donates $5,000 To Local Organizations


For the fifth year in a row, the Falconer Region Community Fund awarded $5,000 to seven local organizations. Grants were awarded to: Ellington Farman Library for its 2017 Summer Reading Program, Kennedy Free Library for its basement utilization project, Kennedy First United Methodist Church ...

Jay Stratton, donor and steward of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s Chautauqua Creek Oxbow Forest Preserve, cuts the ribbon on the preserve’s grand opening.
Photo by Judy Maskrey

CWC Holds Grand Opening For Chautauqua Creek Oxbow Forest Preserve


The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy recently held a grand opening for its 21-acre Chautauqua Creek Oxbow Forest Preserve on Lyons Road in Chautauqua. The opening included a spring wildflower walk, which was led by preserve steward Jay Stratton, JCC biology professor, Becky Nystrom, ...

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Fenton Summer Program Begins Today


The Fenton History Center’s new summer program is Meet Me at the Museum drop-off program. Meet Me at the Museum begins today. The program is designed for children ages 6 years old to 10 years old to be “dropped-off” at the Fenton Mansion building for one and one half hour at a time. They ...

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Altar & Rosary Society Meets In Westfield


The Altar & Rosary Society of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church of Brocton/Westfield held its May 4 meeting at the Absolut Care in Westfield for the society’s members who are residents there. Joining the group were Patricia Smith, Lois Lindstrom, Rosemary Bova and Marguerite Smith.

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Bemus Point Library Receives Grant For New Printer


Shannon Donovan, Librarian for the Bemus Point Library is shown with a new printer provided as a result of a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Blossom Fund. The library is a center of education and learning. The use of the computers and the network printer are ...

Praise On The Lake Summer Services Begin Sunday


BEMUS POINT — Bemus Point United Methodist Church offers the first of three Praise on the Lake summer services of 2016 at 9 a.m. Sunday on the Floating Stage in Bemus Point. The other Praise on the Lake services will be on July 16 and August 13, also at 9 a.m. Co-lead pastor Bill Allen ...



Biking, Camping Event This Week From Sunday to Wednesday, the Allegany Outdoor Club will stage a biking and camping event in the Buffalo-Niagara area. Participants will meet at the Jamestown Park and Ride at 9 a.m. on June 25 and drive to the Buffalo-Niagara area. The group will bike on the ...

Members of the 2017 Jamestown High School Class are on to the next phase of their lives. On Thursday, Jamestown High School graduates received their diplomas at Chautauqua Institution’s Amphitheater.
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Up And Onward

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CHAUTAUQUA — Members of the Jamestown High School Class OF 2017 are on to their next journey. A total of 297 graduates made their way into the newly constructed Amphitheater at Chautauqua Institution on Thursday to obtain their diplomas and celebrate an end to their high school careers. ...

The 2017 Clymer Central School graduating class turns its tassels following the awarding of diplomas.
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Hats Off

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CLYMER — Thirty-four bright, ambitious and now graduated young adults celebrated the culmination of their academic endeavors on Thursday night in Clymer Central School’s gymnasium. Clymer Central School’s class of 2017 graduation ceremony saw no seat unclaimed and left plenty of proud ...

Study Of Arcade Building To Continue Following Fire

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Thanks to the work of area firefighters, the iconic Arcade Building was not severely damaged following a fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon and spread to an adjoining structure. Shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, a fire lit up a section of Main Street’s historic corridor near the ...