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No one was seriously injured after a sedan crashed into a tree on Route 430 in Bemus Point on Wednesday. The weather reportedly played a factor in the crash, fire officials said. 
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Snow Causes Crash

BEMUS POINT — No one was seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in the village of Bemus Point. Firefighters and state police responded to Route 430 around 3 p.m. for a report of a sedan crashing into a tree. Mike Winne, chief of the Bemus Point Fire Department, said ...

STEM Students Present To Bemus Point School Board

BEMUS POINT — Third- and fourth-graders presented their final Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics projects to the Bemus Point School Board during its regular meeting earlier this week. The projects were made with recycled materials and demonstrated the life cycles of plants, ...

Members of the Chautauqua Lake Central School Board discussed implementing a management tool system called Board Docs. The system would help organize meeting agendas and store important board information. 
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Chautauqua Lake School Eyes New Management Tool

A new management tool was proposed and a combined swim team was approved at a meeting Wednesday of the Chautauqua Lake Central School Board. A management tool being used in the county called Board Docs was previewed during Wednesday’s board meeting. Board Docs is essentially a management ...

Former City Of Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey Dies At 86

DUNKIRK — The 10-year mayor was one of the city’s biggest boosters while serving in office — and was key to a number of development initiatives, including the Boardwalk, the Chadwick Bay Lofts and the Tim Hortons location near the waterfront. He also was the mayor who helped begin the ...

Body Discovered In Cattaraugus County Structure Fire

An autopsy will be performed on a body discovered at the scene of a fire Tuesday in the town of Humphry, New York State Police said in a press release. Firefighters and troopers responded around 2:45 p.m. to the structure fire on Cooper Hill Road in Cattaraugus County. The fire was not ...

Voters on Tuesday approved a capital improvements project and an energy performance contract within the Southwestern Central School District. 
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Improvement Projects Approved At Southwestern

Voters marched through the snow to hit the polls on Tuesday in the Southwestern School District to vote on a capital improvements project and an energy performance contract. Both propositions were passed by voters with 169 voting yes and 44 voting no for the capital improvements project and 179 ...

Free Parking To Be Voted On, Arena Expansion Project Discussed

A resolution regarding parking fees and removal of courtesy parking in downtown Jamestown were discussed by the City Council on Monday. Should the resolutions pass, parking fees outside the downtown central business district would decrease to 25 cents per hour, and the free parking places in ...

Two Dozen Caught With Fake IDs In Crackdown

FREDONIA — Those under 21 are having an easier time obtaining fake identifications. However, the state’s “Operation Prevent” is cracking down on the fictitious forms of identification, and it yielded more than 20 arrests in downtown Fredonia last week. In all, 26 individuals ages ...

A car struck a tree on Route 430 in Bemus Point on Wednesday. Minor injuries were reported. 
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Minor Injuries Reported After Car Strikes Tree

BEMUS POINT -- Minor injuries were reported following a crash Wednesday afternoon in Bemus Point. Firefighters and EMS crews were summoned to 4421 Route 430 around 3 p.m. for the crash involving a vehicle striking a tree. Mike Winne, chief of the Bemus Point Fire Department, said the driver ...

County Projects Receive Record State Development Funding

Chautauqua County has received a record amount of project funding grants through the state's foremost economic development program. On Wednesday, state officials announced the 2017 Regional Economic Development Council program awards, with Chautauqua County receiving a record $9,57,641 in the ...

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Dunkirk Police K-9 Unit Receives Club Donation

The Dunkirk Police Department K-9 unit recently received a donation from the Moniuszko Club. With the generous donation, the department was able to purchase a ballistic vest for K-9 Gunny to be worn while on patrol. Donations such as these help keep the K-9 unit functioning and serving the ...

County Clerk Warns Of Deed Scam

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore recently received a solicitation to purchase a deed for $86 for property he already owns. It is the same solicitation Barmore warned residents of only a year ago. “These companies continue to solicit our residents, which tells me people ...

Warren Man Allegedly Drives Over Falconer Woman’s Legs

FALCONER — A Warren man has been taken to the Chautauqua County Jail after allegedly running over a woman’s legs during an argument on Sunday. According to a police report, Ellicott police officers responded to a report of a woman hit by a car near South Work and East Main streets, ...

(UPDATE) Route 394 Re-Opens To Traffic Following Crash

NORTH HARMONY -- Route 394 in the town of North Harmony has re-opened to traffic following a crash involving a tractor trailer Tuesday. The truck reported jack-knifed around 1:20 p.m. between Ramsey Road and Interstate 86. The road was closed to traffic as the truck was removed. County ...

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Santa Visits Kennedy Fire Department

KENNEDY — The sun was shining, with a nip in the air, making perfect weather for the arrival of Santa at the Kennedy Fire Department hall on a fire truck. Area youngsters of all ages waited eagerly to see their friend again, and to welcome him to the Christmas party sponsored by the Town of ...

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YMCA’s Power Scholars Academy Aims To End The Summer Slide

Kindergarten through eighth-grade Jamestown students enrolled in the Power Scholars Academy Day Camp showed progress in literacy and math skills, according to the local Eastside YMCA and BELL. In 2013, a collaboration between the YMCA of the USA, BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), ...

Members of the Lucile M. Wright Air Museum, with the help of volunteers, moved a Mini-500 helicopter Saturday from the museum’s downtown location to the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport. A lease the air museum had with the Lucile Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum expires in January. 
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Air Museum Looks For New Home In Move From Downtown

After spending five years on display, a helicopter showcased at the Lucile M. Wright Air Museum was carried outside Saturday with by board members and volunteers for its next adventure. The single seat Mini-500 helicopter could previously be seen through the large glass windows of the ...

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities said customers could see discolored water for up to a day once repairs are made to a broken water main. 
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Discolored Water Expected After Water Main Break

Customers could see discolored water for a day following a large water main break Saturday morning in downtown Jamestown. The break was reported by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities around 8 a.m. at the intersection of North Main and Third streets. Water could be seen gushing from a ...

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Amiran Honored By Chamber Of Commerce

DUNKIRK — The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce presented its 2017 Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award to Dr. Minda Rae Amiran, professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Fredonia, during its annual meeting on Friday at the Clarion Hotel in Dunkirk. As an English professor, ...