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This side lot at 734 Main St., Dunkirk, was one of the recent property dispositions of the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation. Its new owner, who lives on the adjoining parcel, has agreed to remove the diseased tree there that has been causing problems for some time.
Photo by Rebecca Cuthbert

Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation Going Strong

DUNKIRK — The Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation held its monthly meeting, as well as its annual meeting, Wednesday at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator. Executive Director Gina Paradis and Chair Jim Caflisch led the discussion, which enumerated the corporation’s achievements and ...

Schumer Says Trump Budget Could Hurt Jamestown Airport

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched on Monday a push to protect important air service in Upstate New York from proposed cuts by the Trump administration. The Administration’s FY2018 budget proposes slashing funds for the Essential Air Service (EAS) Program by $175 million. Schumer ...

Runners take off from the start line just moments after David Reinhardt, Chautauqua Striders athletic director, sounds the alarm to kick off the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash. Despite the cold whether, a few hundred participants were ready to race on Saturday morning. 
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Annual Holiday Race Brings Runners Downtown

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash momentarily turned Third Street in Jamestown green for the morning. About 260 runners and walkers lined up in front of Northwest Arena to take part in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash. David Reinhardt, Chautauqua Striders athletic director, said this is ...

School Board Selects Superintendent Search Consultant

The Jamestown Board of Education recently chose Western New York Educational Service Council to aid in the search for a new superintendent. The board held a special meeting Thursday night, and announced their choice Friday morning. According to the district, the council contracts with ...

BPU To Begin Spring Daytime Water Main Flushing

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Water Division announces that water main flushing will take place during daytime hours instead of nighttime, beginning in spring 2017 for all areas except Falconer. The change to daytime flushing hours, which occurs in other Western New York ...

Village Board Bids Farewell To Cassadaga Mayor

CASSADAGA — It was an emotional affair at Wednesday’s Cassadaga Village Board meeting, as LeeAnn Lazarony presided over the village board for the final time as mayor. While the village conducted its usual business, it took a backseat to all of the teary goodbyes given from all of the ...

Dana Lyn, fiddle, and Kyle Sanna, guitar, play hop-jig with sounds of majestic Ireland.
P-J photo by Todd Pullan

Lyn, Sanna Bring Electrifying Force To St. Luke’s

The Brooklyn-based fiddle/guitar duo of Dana Lyn and Kyle Sanna brought creative and electrifying energy to the nave of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Friday. Sally Ulrich, president of the Jamestown Concert Association, welcomed the packed audience questioning “What could be better on ...

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Girl Scouts Offer Cookies With A Side Of Ice Hockey

Girl Scout Troops 200080 and 200262 set up shop at Northwest Arena on Saturday to sell their famous cookies to those visiting for a hockey tournament. Tabatha Smith, troop co-leader, said the girls enjoyed it very much. The troops will also be at the Chautauqua Mall on Friday from 5-9 p.m. ...

Esquire Cleaners To Be Under New Ownership

A long-standing city business will soon be under new ownership. On Tuesday, the Jamestown Local Development Corporation approved a small business development loan for Nate Enterprises LLC, which does business as Partnership Home Development, to purchase Esquire Cleaners, located at 302 E. ...

Maple Weekend will be held for two consecutive weekends when New York State Maple Producers will host open houses at their facilities. Pictured, from left, brothers Paul and Dana Lesefske are shown in front of the evaporator at their sugar house, located at 2266 Zoar Road.
P-J photo by Deb Everts

Tradition Continues At Maple Glen Sugar House

GOWANDA — For two consecutive weekends, Maple Glen Sugar House will join approximately 150 other maple producers across New York State for the 22nd annual Maple Weekend, today and tomorrow and March 25-26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The Lesefske family, of Gowanda, and other members ...

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County Human Resources Director Retiring

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County’s human resources director is retiring after serving in county government for over 30 years. County Executive Vince Horrigan announced Thursday that Joseph Porpiglia will retire from his position June 1. Porpiglia first began his career with the county on Jan ...

Photos by Kristin Rey Photography will be the last exhibit in the Revolving Local Art Gallery at the James Prendergast Library. The library board of trustees unanimously voted to stop operating the art gallery because of staffing issues due to budget constraints. 
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

Prendergast Library Closing Local Artist Gallery

The Revolving Local Art Gallery at the James Prendergast Library will cease to exist later this month. On Thursday, the James Prendergast Library Board of Trustees unanimously voted to stop operating the Revolving Local Art Gallery once the current art show has concluded. Tina Scott, library ...

Independent photojournalists Jamie Probst (standing) and Derek Davis give a presentation on their recent trip to the North Dakota DAPL protest camps at Ahira Hall Memorial Library in Brocton.
P-J photo by Rebecca Cuthbert

Local Photojournalists Document Pipeline Protest Camps

BROCTON — Two men from Chautauqua County traveled a long way in a quest for truth in mid-February, when they visited the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps in North Dakota to capture on camera what life was like for people there in the days leading up to the camps’ eviction dates. Jamie ...

Haleigh Albright, 11, is pictured with the nearly 12-inch long portion of her hair that she will donate to the Locks of Love charity organization.
P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti

11-Year-Old Frewsburg Girl Donates To Locks Of Love

Three years ago, Frewsburg resident Haleigh Albright donated 10 inches of her own hair to Locks of Love. This week, she outdid herself by donating approximately a foot of hair to the same cause. On Wednesday, the fifth-grader at Robert H. Jackson Elementary School visited Richard’s Hair ...

Missing Tonawanda Man Spotted In Olean

A missing Tonawanda man, who was reportedly seen early Thursday morning in Olean, has police requesting the public’s help. According to the Town of Tonawanda Police Department, James L. Daniel, 55, was last seen Saturday in Alleghany and — prior to that— Batavia. A possible sighting ...

City Man Charged As Fugitive Of Puerto Rico

A Jamestown man was charged as a fugitive Thursday after police confirmed he had an illegal deprivation of custody warrant out of Puerto Rico. According to the Jamestown Police Department, Franciso J. Soto Olivo, 43, was taken into custody at 429 Willard St. and charged with fugitive from ...

Pictured is the badly-damaged minivan driven by 19-year-old Joshua M. Verrett on Tuesday night. Verrett as reportedly driving too fast for the road conditions and collided into two parked vehicles on Falconer Street. Verrett was seriously injured and later taken to UPMC Hamot.

Jamestown Teen Injured In Tuesday Car Crash

A 19-year-old Jamestown man was seriously injured Tuesday after reportedly speeding on slick city roads and crashing into two parked vehicles. Shortly after 9 p.m., Joshua M. Verrett was allegedly seen driving “in a manner inappropriate” for the road conditions on Falconer Street near ...

Salary Changes For Technicians In Sheriff’s Office Approved

MAYVILLE — Salary increases for technicians within the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office were approved at Wednesday’s Public Safety Committee meeting. Proposed pay hikes for three technician titles are due to technology enhancements and hardships in recruiting and retaining qualified ...

Christine Schuyler, county public health director, and County Sheriff Joe Gerace discuss plans to transfer jail medical services from the Sheriff’s Office to the Health and Human Services Department on Wednesday. Schuyler told legislators they’re looking to provide robust care to reduce recidivism and improve the health and well being of inmates.
P-J photo by Jimmy McCarthy

Legislators Support Transfer Of Jail Medical Services

MAYVILLE — More robust medical treatment is coming to the Chautauqua County Jail. Led by county officials, the transfer of jail medical services will move from the Sheriff’s Office to the Health and Human Services Department. The plan, which has the backing of Christine Schuyler, public ...

The visiting teachers from the Perm region of Russia are pictured at Houghton College.

Perm Mission Network To Host Annual Dinner, Program

The Perm Mission Network will host its 17th annual dinner and program at 6 p.m. Friday at Levant Wesleyan Church. Tickets are $12 pre-sale and $16 at the door. For tickets, call 665-4402, 237-0082 or 499-5350). This is the 18th year the Perm Mission Network has visited Western New York. ...