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Firefighters on West 10th Street in Jamestown. The fire was reported after 2 a.m., the fourth such structure fire in a three-hour span. 
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Police Seek Tips As Rash Of Fires Ruled Arson

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A rash of arson attacks in the past 48 hours has city investigators scrambling to find potential links — and more importantly, suspects. Captain Robert F. Samuelson, division commander of the Jamestown Police Department, said the fires are “no question” a result of arson, and ...

Fire roars from a window at an East Sixth Street structure Friday in Jamestown. Several fire departments were called for assistance after five fires broke out, four in vacant properties. 
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Even With Help, Battling Fires Proved No Easy Task

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Residents and onlookers stared as if in a trance in the early morning hours Saturday on West 10th Street in Jamestown as a vacant property quickly erupted in flames. With limited manpower and equipment by that point due to three other structures burning elsewhere in the city, firefighters ...

Report Finds Reasons For Merging Schools Vary

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In a time of declining enrollment and suffering educational program offerings, some districts look to merging with neighboring districts to help out. But what allows districts to merge successfully? Why merge in the first place? According to a study by the University at Buffalo, a smaller ...

Blaming Conservatives, Trump Signals New Openness To Dems

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law, as aides signaled a greater willingness to work with moderate Democrats on upcoming legislative battles from the ...

Pictured, from left, is Gregory Peterson, village attorney; Cindy Peterson, his wife; and Mayor James Rensel.
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Peterson Recognized For 40 Years Of Service To Falconer

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FALCONER — Falconer village attorney Gregory Peterson was recently presented a certificate of recognition for 40 years of service to the Falconer community. Mayor James Rensel and the village board presented the certificate during their monthly board meeting. “It is a great honor to ...

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Fletcher Teacher Shares Challenges, Rewards

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Johnna Conti is dedicated to her work, and believes each day is a chance to have the day of a lifetime. With the changing pace of education, each day is a new adventure that she gets to embark on. Conti said this pace keeps her coming back each day. She is a first-grade teacher at Fletcher ...

Goodell, Young Against Annexation

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Even though the state Legislature will play no role in the annexation of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Dow Street substation, both state Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, and Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown, are against the proposal. Young said she has helped to secure million of ...

Right, Kate Ebersole, Health care facilitator, leads a workshop program with dozens of local health care officials at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Wednesday. The work shop program was aimed at collecting data from local health care providers for the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative program.
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Health Care Providers Gather In Hopes Of Diminishing Poverty

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Dozens of local health care and community officials gathered to collect information in the hopes of diminishing poverty earlier this week. A brainstorming session was held Wednesday at the UPMC Chautauqua WCA auditorium with local health care and community officials as part of the Empire ...

Lindsay Pullan (Rapunzel) and Aubrey Richir (Prince Lucas) perform “Holding You Is Coming Home,” from the musical Rapunzel - Beginnings and Beyond.
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In Review: ‘Rapunzel – Beginnings And Beyond’

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Editor’s note: Todd Pullan is an artistic director with the Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown. The prime stage of Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown Inc. became the enchanted forest for the “off-main stage” family production of “Rapunzel – Beginnings and Beyond,” which ...

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Pick A Reading Partner

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Every year, the A.I.S. teachers at Harvey C. Fenner Elementary School in Falconer, have the students participate in a statewide reading program called Pick a Reading Partner. The goal of PARP is to encourage families to read together. Studies show that children who read at home are better ...

A conceptual image of one of the new pedestrian bridges that will be installed along the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk this year.
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Council To Vote Today On Pedestrian Bridges, Microbrewery Loan

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With Jamestown City Council approval today, work will start shortly on the construction of two pedestrian bridges that will be installed along the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk. Council will vote on whether to approve the bid from Union Concrete & Construction for the construction of the ...

The Audubon Community Nature Center is looking for folks with a passionate enthusiasm for sharing nature with children. You can learn about leading Discovery Walks at a New Trail Guide Orientation on Wednesday morning. Audubon naturalist and volunteer coordinator Katie Finch, who will lead the orientation, is pictured here on a Discovery Walk.
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Learn How To Be An Audubon Trail Guide This Wednesday

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With more than 3,000 school children visiting every spring, the Audubon Community Nature Center needs volunteers with a love of nature to lead Discovery Walks with groups of students. “Our trail guides generously share their time and themselves for the important work of connecting children ...

Jefferson Middle School art students, Chad Ramsey, Kendall Swanson, Kylie O’Brien and Isaac Rivera show off their “Crazy Hats” created in Lisa Corey’s art class. The students were learning about sculpture and Mrs. Corey combined the study with a “Hat Day” at school. Students investigated various ways of building the hat structures with items that they could easily find in their homes.

Jefferson Students Participate In ‘Crazy Hat Day’

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“It was a great lesson in problem-solving because some things were too heavy or wouldn’t stay up so students had to figure out new ways to make their hats wearable and visually interesting from all viewpoints,” said Mrs. Corey. “Some students created non-traditional hats with different ...

Randy Sweeney, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation executive director, joins Alan Jones, a Jamestown Community College sophomore and business administration major, working as a merchandise and sales intern, and Savannah Ayres, a Jamestown Community College sophomore, occupational therapy major and Spanish minor, serving with the athletic team.
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Blossom Fund Grant Awarded

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The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation recently awarded a grant from The Blossom Fund to support 14 student internship positions with the Jamestown Jackals basketball team. Organized through #IntegrityFirst, Inc., these internships help students reach their full potentials while shifting ...

Erosion And Sediment Workshop Scheduled

Community

The Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District and Southern Tier West will host a DEC-endorsed four-hour erosion and sediment control workshop for construction site contractors and operators at the BOCES LoGuidice Educational Center, 9520 Fredonia-Stockton Road, Fredonia, ...

Creche officers and trustees for 2017, pictured from left, trustees Joan Erickson and Mary Phaneuf; Dawn Columbare, first vice president; Mary Lee Lindros, second vice president; Elva Duckworth, recording secretary; Leah Gustafson, assistant treasurer; Kathy O’Hagan, trustee; and Nancy O’Brien, president. Not pictured is June Piede, financial secretary. 
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Tri-Annual Luncheon Held For Creche Members

Community

The Creche Inc. held its January tri-annual luncheon meeting at First Presbyterian Church in Jamestown with Brenda Fitzgerald presiding. Along with reports from officers and standing committees, attendees welcomed five new members: Joanne Haumesser-Shuck, Catherine Johnner, Micki McGraw, ...

4-H members served more than 700 members of the community who came to support Chautauqua County 4-H at the Green Tie Affair held recently. 
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Have A Heart For 4-H Green Tie Affair Held Recently

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Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program recently served more than 700 members of the community at its fifth annual Have a Heart for 4-H Green Tie Affair at the Chautauqua Inn and Suites. In addition to dinner, there was a basket giveaway and pie ...