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Ron Almeter was named new county Airports and Parks manager Friday at the Jamestown Airport terminal.  Spending time in the private sector and the military, Almeter said he’s delighted to receive the opportunity to serve the community. Almeter is pictured alongside County Executive Vince Horrigan and George Spanos, county public facilities director. 
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Almeter Named County Airport And Parks Manager

The search for a new county Airports and Parks manager has landed an accomplished leader in the private sector, government and military operations. County officials convened at the Jamestown Airport terminal Friday to announce the appointment of Ron Almeter as the next person to fill the ...

Ellicott Moving Forward With Clean Energy Program

ELLICOTT — Ellicott town officials greenlit two resolutions and a local law Monday aimed at reducing the town’s carbon footprint and energy costs. According to Patrick McLaughlin, town supervisor, the resolutions and local law advance three so-called “high-impact actions,” as ...

Frewsburg Man Facing Multiple Felonies In PA Burglary

SUGAR GROVE, Pa.  — A Frewsburg man has been jailed on multiple felonies after his alleged involvement in a burglary in Pennsylvania earlier this month. Police said Jamie Lee Condella, 39, was an accomplice to accused serial burglar Jamie Delbert Crick, 41, of Youngsville, Pa.,  the ...

The Stearns Building at 34 N. Main Street taken from the Historical Survey Report by The Bero Associates in 1993.

A Merchant, A Barber And A Dentist Walk Into A Building…

Hometown History usually highlights an item from the collection of the Fenton History Center. Today is a departure from that routine.  Over the next three weeks we will explore the history of three downtown buildings that have been or are being demolished.  The most recent building to fall ...

Following last week’s flooding in Warren, Pa., issues such as bacteria, mold and damaged property persist.

Mold, Bacteria Become Issue After Warren Flooding

WARREN, Pa. — The water that was pumped out of the basement last week may have left some unwelcome guests behind. In addition to damaging goods, posing a threat of electrocution, and possibly causing gas leaks, floods can bring bacteria that can live on after the water is gone. According ...

IDA, City, Covenant Manor Officials To Meet Privately

Officials involved in the possible extension of the payment in lieu of tax for Covenant Manor Apartments will meet privately to continue discussing the proposal Friday. Vince DeJoy, city development director, said officials from the city, the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency ...

New BBQ Restaurant Slated To Open In Lakewood

LAKEWOOD — A favorite BBQ restaurant and catering service from Warren, Pa., is preparing to branch out to Chautauqua County. Wells Hog Wild BBQ, Co., which boasts award-winning Southern BBQ, burgers, charbroiled steaks and flatbread pizzas, is slated to replace the Taste of India at 140 W. ...

School Tax Levy Growth To Remain Below 2 Percent

Property tax levy growth for school districts will be capped at 1.26 percent for the 2017-18 fiscal year, according to data released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The latest calculation affects the tax cap calculations for 677 school districts as well as 10 cities, including ...

Kellie Roberts has been named the new executive director of the Chautauqua County Humane Society.
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Humane Society Announces New Executive Director

The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kellie Roberts as its new executive director. Kellie succeeds Jeff Lubi, who announced his retirement effective Jan. 1. Roberts, a Falconer Central School graduate, brings with her an impressive background ...

Raquel Ruch helps her students with math activities during her English as a New Language math support class. The class currently meets every other day to work on math and vocabulary skills. 
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JHS Math Support Class Helps Students Pass Regents

A class at Jamestown High School in its second year is gearing up to help students pass the Regents exam. Thanks to Raquel Ruch, JHS math teacher, and Travis Moore, BOCES resource specialist, several English as a New Language students have been meeting every other day to work on math and ...

SPPC Holds Off On Co-Chair Election

The election of a private sector co-chair for the city Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission will have to wait at least one more month. On Thursday, the commission met with plans to elect a new private sector co-chair person, however, because of a lack of a quorum, the vote could not ...

UPMC Chautauqua WCA Expands Outpatient Capabilities

“You’re not sick enough” has long been a chilling refrain for drug users seeking help from a health care provider. Since long-term treatment is granted only to those whose addiction is dire enough to warrant inpatient care, many users who fall short of this benchmark feel left in the ...

10-14 E. Main St., Brocton.

Brocton Board Hears Options For Main Street Corridor

BROCTON — With Brocton’s Main Street in the grips of winter weather, a representative from an architectural firm returned to shed some new light on options for a disintegrating building in the village. Alma Brown of Clinton Brown Company Architecture PC was on hand recently for the ...

Route 60/20 Roundabout Plan Gnaws At County Planning Board

POMFRET — Chautauqua County Planning Department officials hope their input on a proposed traffic pattern change at Routes 60 and 20 will help mitigate any economic damage to businesses near that intersection. The county Planning Board — during a recent meeting at the LoGuidice Educational ...

Tickets For Jim Gaffigan Show Go On Sale Thursday

Tickets for Jim Gaffigan’s performance during the 2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, presented by the National Comedy Center, on Aug. 3 at Northwest Arena, will be available for members beginning Thursday at noon. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 484-0800, in-person at the Lucy Desi ...

Pair Facing Felony Drug Charges In Traffic Stop

Two Jamestown residents were held pending arraignment after a traffic stop Tuesday led to the discovery of marijuana, cocaine and crack cocaine. Jamestown police pulled over a vehicle at 65 River St. at about 2 p.m. for failure to signal a turn. The occupants were identified as 32-year-old ...

State Sen. Cathy Young has introduced legislation that would make it a felony to harm a police K-9. The push comes after K-9 Mitchell of the Jamestown Police Department was injured last year. Pictured with Mitchell and Young is handler Erik Kraft. 
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Young’s Bill Would Make Injuring K-9 Officer A Felony

The Jamestown Police Department's K-9 Officer Mitchell, who was seriously injured in November while apprehending a murder suspect, could soon have a major impact statewide. In recognition of his heroic actions, state Sen. Cathy Young has introduced "Mitchell's Law," which would make it a ...

African Americans In 1855 Dunkirk, Fredonia

DUNKIRK — There is respect in remembrance. Too often, persons of color have been written out of history. Preserving and retelling their stories now, though, is one small way to work toward a better future for everyone — internationally, across the country, and right here at home in the ...

‘Rise Up! Restore The Dream!’ Luncheon Held In Dunkirk

DUNKIRK — A contentious election. A divided country. Protests, unrest, hate crimes and suspicion. This is not a description of the 1890s but of America’s current state. And that means we currently need Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, wisdom and calm tenacity every bit as much as we ...

Matthew Easterly, Willow Creek Winery server pours a sample for a visiting customer at the second annual Grapes And Hops Festival at the Northwest Arena on Saturday. 
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Grapes And Hops Festival Brings Thirsty Patrons To Arena

One of Northwest Arena’s ice rinks was turned into a wine and beer paradise Saturday in honor of the second annual Grapes and Hops Festival. From local wineries and breweries to local cheese merchants, the festival boasted a variety of options for guests to choose from. Sherry Hutley, ...