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Conduit Ministries volunteers washed, dried and folded laundry for community members during the final day of the second annual I Am Loved Week at Papa Joes Laundromat in Jamestown on Saturday.
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Conduit Ministries Cleans 100 Loads Of Laundry To Close Out I Am Loved Week

Conduit Ministries took a load off the minds of many over the weekend. Volunteers stood ready with containers of quarters, laundry soap and smiles on Saturday to provide community members free laundry service to end the second annual I Am Loved week. The week is a series of events during ...

The tractor pull was a big draw for this year’s Stockton Antique Equipment Show.
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Jordan 
Patterson

Tractor Pull Remains A Stockton Antique Equipment Show Highlight

STOCKTON — Tractor engines roared as the final day of the 43rd Annual Stockton Antique Equipment Show was in full effect. One might think they stepped into a different time period upon first entering the grounds, with an old-fashioned gas station and old wood buildings welcoming visitors in ...

Holiday Inn Express general manager Maroun Kneiher, far right, spearheaded efforts to get the I-86 restaurant open again. Behind the counter are Jordan Wade, left, and restaurant manager Adam Thornton.
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Findley Lake Restaurant Reopens After Decade-Long Absence

FINDLEY LAKE — After more than a decade of being used as a storage building, the I-86 Express Restaurant in Findley Lake is serving up good food once again. The restaurant, owned by Findley Lake Properties Inc, which also owns the Holiday Inn Express hotel on the same grounds, fired up the ...

Two Dead After Zoar Valley Fall

GOWANDA — Two adults have died, one child is missing and another was hospitalized after a fall at Zoar Valley around 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Gowanda Fire Chief Nick Crassi confirmed. Three victims were found on the gorge floor near the Springville side of ...

Gary F. Mooney, also known as “Mr. Balloon Man,” hands a child a balloon animal at the Jamestown Public Market Community Day on Saturday. 
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Big Summer Blowout

Downtown Jamestown was turned into a community-themed carnival on Saturday, thanks to the Jamestown Public Market. The annual event closed down a portion of Third Street and the bottom section of Cherry Street, and filled them with activities for the whole community. Christina Breen, ...

Volunteers helped clean up the flowerbeds and gardens at Persell Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School on Saturday as part of ServJamestown.
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ServJamestown Volunteers Tend Gardens At Persell, Lincoln Schools

Several area volunteers from multiple churches really got down and dirty on Saturday morning. The group of 30 volunteers split up in to two groups and replanted flowerbeds and gardens at Persell Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School as a way to serve the community. The Rev. Dan ...

First-Year Enrollment At Fredonia Climbs, Tops 1,150 New Students

FREDONIA — The second-largest class of first-year students at the State University of New York at Fredonia settled into their residence halls during “Move-In Weekend,” marking the first time since the 2014-15 academic year that the campus enrolled more than 1,000 first-year ...

Cuomo Signs Legislation Protecting Student Privacy

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation putting into place additional protections for students and expanding anti-tampering laws to prohibit unlawful alteration of any official student record in any primary, intermediate, high school or college in the state. “These records can set ...

From left, Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan; Kevin Muldowney, representing Sen. Cathy Young; Steve Spears, Straight Fermentations co-owner; John Straight, Straight Fermentations co-owner; and state Assemblyman Andy Goodell during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Straight Fermentations, located at 104 Chautauqua Ave., Lakewood. The wine and beer supplies business opened in July.
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Straight Fermentations Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

For Steve Spears and John Straight, brewing their own beer and wine at home has been a “Hobby gone wild.” On Friday, the co-owners of Straight Fermentations, located at 104 Chautauqua Ave., Lakewood, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of their new beer and wine making ...

History Channel’s “American Pickers,” featuring the picking duo of Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, will be filming episodes of its documentary TV series in New York state next month. The team is encouraging residents to submit information regarding private collections or accumulations of American antiques.
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‘American Pickers’ Coming To NY, Issue Call For Private Collections

Two of TV’s favorite collectors of American antiquities will visit New York state next month. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, collectively known as “American Pickers” on the History Channel show of the same name, are calling on residents across New York state to contact the “American ...

City Strategic Planning, Partnership Commission Appoints Co-Chair

It isn’t official yet, but the Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission has appointed a new co-chair. On Thursday, the commission appointed Kathleen Eads, Reg Lenna Center For The Arts executive director, to be the private co-chair for the group of volunteers who meet at ...

County Provides Update On Algal Blooms

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services provided an update Friday on the occurrence of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Chautauqua County lakes. The following updates were provided: ¯ Chautauqua Lake — Widespread HABs in south basin and near Long Point State Park; ...

The Hotel Lenhart in Bemus Point opened their doors to visitors for a Victorian tea, celebrating the history of the hotel and the era it came from. 
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Time For Tea

Guests at the Hotel Lenhart partied like it was 1880 on Thursday afternoon. The last tea of the season saw the dining room filled with a proper Victorian tea, complete with scones, cucumber sandwiches and, of course, tea. John Lenhart Johnston, co-owner and general manager of the Hotel ...

Committee Sends Water District Changes To Public Hearing

MAYVILLE — Changes to the North Chautauqua County Water District, as proposed by engineers to bring more projects into phase one, will go to a public hearing next month. County legislators on the Audit and Control Committee authorized a hearing at the County Legislature’s September ...

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Buffalo Woman Facing DWI Charges After Head-On Collision

A Buffalo woman with a history of driving while intoxicated is now facing a felony charge for allegedly driving drunk in Frewsburg and crashing into a vehicle. On Aug. 10, an investigation by the New York State Police and Carroll Police Department revealed that 26-year-old Megan Swan, in an ...

Stateline Speedway Cars To Cruise Into Jamestown

Classic car enthusiasts won’t be the only ones getting their motors running during this evening’s Jamestown Cruise-In. Stateline Speedway cars will also be revving up their engines through the streets of downtown Jamestown today during the Jamestown Cruise-In, which is scheduled to take ...

Briefly

FHS To Hold 5-Hour Course A five-hour pre-licensing driving course will be held at Frewsburg High School on Monday, Aug. 28 and Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 6-8:30 p.m. The cost is $25. Preregister by calling the guidance office at 569-7026 between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. When ...

County Attorney Steve Abdella and County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler discuss potential litigation against major drug manufacturers at Wednesday’s Human Services Committee meeting. 
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Taking Action

MAYVILLE — Several counties across the state have filed lawsuits against major drug manufacturers for their alleged role in the opioid epidemic, and Chautauqua County may be the next one to join. On Wednesday, county legislators on the Human Services Committee authorized to allow the county ...

Slight Change Made To Macrophyte Strategy

MAYVILLE — A slight change to the Macrophyte Management Strategy will recognize the site of the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel as high in land use and high when it comes to utilization of the lake. Dave McCoy, county watershed coordinator, came before the Planning and Economic Development ...