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Lauren Neal poses with Double or Nothing, a horse at Skywalker Stables.

GA Student Competes In Riding Events

Among the programs available for youth at Gustavus Adolphus Family Services, the Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program has one student in particular achieving success in and out of the classroom. Lauren Neal, 17, a junior at Gustavus Adolphus Learning Center, has begun to compete in the ...

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CRCF Executive Director To Retire

It is with regret that the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Board of Directors announces the retirement of Executive Director Randy Sweeney. For over 20 years, he has faithfully served our donors and the people of Chautauqua County. We are sincerely grateful for his exemplary ...

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Polar Plunge Held During Winter Festival

A Polar Plunge participant is pictured being helped into the ice cold water by emergency service personnel during the 2017 President’s Day Weekend Winter Festival in Mayville.

HCAT Receives Physician Recruitment Grant From CRCF

The Health Care Action Team’s main goal of recruiting needed physicians to Jamestown will continue thanks to funding from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Last week, Dr. Lillian V. Ney, HCAT chairwoman, notified members of HCAT via email that they had received funding assistance ...

Gun Sighting At City YMCA A False Alarm

A gun scare at the Jamestown Area YMCA on Monday turned out to be a false alarm. According to Mark Eckendorf, CEO of the Jamestown Y, a member reported seeing an individual on the track wearing a peculiar-looking “gas mask” and carrying a gun. At 2:30 p.m., nearly 100 people evacuated ...

Those looking for assistance at the local Internal Revenue Service office in Jamestown are encountering closed doors and signs stating closure "until further notice." Pictured is the IRS office door. 
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Local IRS Office Closed To Public

Throughout the tax season, individuals looking to frequent the Internal Revenue Service office in Jamestown for assistance have been turned away due to closed doors. For over a month now, the walk-in office, located at 201 W. Third St., has been closed to patrons looking for tax help. The ...

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Chestnut Street Residence Sustains Extensive Damage In Fire

No one was home when a fire broke out Tuesday night in the city. Firefighters were summoned around 8:45 p.m. for multiple reports of a structure fire at 37 Chestnut St. A neighbor first spotted the blaze and called 9-1-1. All firefighters were called to assist battling the fire. Around 9 ...

Cast sits in a Tibetan mantra chant before the opening of the show.
Photo by Todd Pullan

Artistic Director Shares His Thoughts On Upcoming Production

I had the pleasure to get to know Todd Wagner, Artistic Director of the Ray Evans Seneca Theater in Salamanca, as we discussed their upcoming production of the rock musical “Hair,” which opens Friday. Wagner explained that he recommended this show to the board of directors who felt the show ...

Gavin Card is pictured during the Western New York Regional Poetry Out Loud competition held in Buffalo.

Jamestown Junior Wins WNY Poetry Out Loud Contest

Gavin Card, a junior at Jamestown High School, won first place in the Western New York Regional Poetry Out Loud competition held in Buffalo recently. Gavin is headed to Syracuse on March 10 for the New York State Finals, where he will compete against 23 other regional winners from across the ...

Push For Regional Ag Team Continues

MAYVILLE — The push for a regional agricultural team in the Southern Tier continues in hopes to bring more resources and specialists to farmers in Chautauqua County. Emily Reynolds, executive director for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County, came before the Planning and ...

Melissa Sohl has been teaching special education classes at Randolph Central School for 19 years. To prepare her students for independence in the real world, she teaches them important life skills. Pictured are, seated from left, Pierce Farmer and William Jones. Pictured back from left are, teacher aid Cathleen Flood; Sohl; Brandon Loomis and Mikala Fuller.
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Special Education Teacher Prepares Students For The Real World

RANDOLPH — As a special education teacher at Randolph Central School (RCS), Melissa Sohl is on a mission to prepare each one of her students to be a functioning adult in the community and to live as independently as they can. Over her 19 years of teaching at RCS, her biggest challenge has ...

Members of both the United Christian Advocacy Network and the Mental Health Association gathered together Friday morning to create 50 birthing kits to send with missionaries to Haiti. Pictured from left are Jennifer Diamond, Amanda Penhollow, Samantha Sargent, Joshua Crist, Charlie Hodges, Joe Anderson and Benny Karlson. 
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Advocacy Group, MHA Team Up To Create Birthing Kits For Haiti

A Ziploc bag filled with small items may not seem like much, but to a pregnant woman in Haiti, it means life. Early Friday morning, members of the United Christian Advocacy Network and the Mental Health Association gathered to create birthing kits to send with missionaries to Haiti. The ...

CRCF Executive Director To Retire

It is with regret that the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Board of Directors announces the retirement of Executive Director Randy Sweeney. For over 20 years, he has faithfully served our donors and the people of Chautauqua County. We are sincerely grateful for his exemplary ...

Randolph Academy Wins Award Of Excellence

RANDOLPH – A Randolph school recently won the Award of Excellence from PresenceLearning which recognizes outstanding leadership and student progress in special education. Randolph Academy Union Free School District was honored with the award by PresenceLearning, a leading telehealth ...

At left, with his recognition award in hand, Easton Pence poses in front of the new “4-H Grows Here” marketing campaign banner bearing his photograph. At top right is Amelia Maul, whose award-winning photograph from last year’s Cattaraugus County Fair appears on the cover of the 2016 Annual Report of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cattaraugus County and appears above.

Local 4-H Members Honored By County Legislature

LITTLE VALLEY — The Cattaraugus County Legislature recently honored and recognized Easton Pence and Amelia Maul as outstanding participants in the Cattaraugus County 4-H Program for the years 2016-17. The two exceptional 4-H members were previously recognized at the Dec. 12 annual meeting ...

Library Moving Ahead With Plan Recommendations

The strategic plan for the James Prendergast Library isn’t completed yet, but library officials are moving ahead with some recommendations. On Thursday, the library board approved recommendations regarding the library’s collection. Tina Scott, library executive director, said the ...

Missing Warren Co. Woman Found Dead

WARREN, Pa. — A Warren County native was found murdered in Boulder, Colo., this past week. A 25-year-old mother who was reported missing earlier this week, was killed and her body partially dismembered, with some parts left in various places across several states and in a suitcase, the ...

Madelia Griffith, a 4th grader at Gail N. Chapman Elementary School in Randolph, has started her own business, “Season’s Sweet Sensations.” She takes orders and makes a different themed cookie each month, then she donates a portion of the proceeds to a local charity.
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Young Entrepreneur Turns Passion For Baking Into Charity

RANDOLPH — Madelia Griffith loves to bake and she has turned her passion into a business to help others who are less fortunate. A fourth grade student at Gail N. Chapman Elementary School in Randolph, Madelia recently started her own baking business, “Season’s Sweet Sensations,” for ...

Mary Ann Kuzmin gives a haircut to Ted Bogdon at the Hospice House in Warren, Pa.
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City Native A Longtime Volunteer At Hospice Of Warren

WARREN, Pa. — Jamestown resident Mary Ann Kuzmin has been volunteering at Hospice of Warren County for 20 years. Like so many volunteers, Kuzmin said she started volunteering to give back shortly after her first husband was enrolled with Hospice of Warren County, in 1997. And while she’s ...

Following Fatal Crash, DOT To Install Rumble Strips On Route 60

Last month's fatal collision on Route 60 has put a wider spotlight on a road many consider unsafe. Though it's still not known what caused 19-year-old Justin Romaniuk of Lakewood to veer into the opposing lane and strike a bus in January, the need for increased safety precautions on Route 60 ...