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Trash, Debris Collected During Annual Chautauqua Lake Cleanup

CELORON — Roughly 40 volunteers spent a sunny Saturday around the eastern tip of Chautauqua Lake doing the dirty work that’s sometimes necessary for maintaining the beauty and health of the area’s watersheds. Volunteers met at the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association site in Celoron to ...

The “Soar Up” skate park at Community Helping Hands, located inside Jamestown’s Gateway Family Center at 31 Water St., recently installed 59 new plywood panels to replace portions of the skate park that had been damaged following a March 8 wind storm that blew off the roof above the park.
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Community Helping Hands Completes Partial Skate Park Reconstruction

Blessings sometimes come in disguise, as was recently experienced by a local community organization. After averting a potential disaster following a storm that left part of its facility damaged, Community Helping Hands — located in Jamestown’s Gateway Family Center — is now the owner of ...

No One Attends Hearing On City Brewing Company

No one attended a public hearing hosted by the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency on one of the 12 Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects. On Friday, the IDA held a public hearing on the proposal to wave sales and use taxes and mortgage recording taxes for GPatti ...

Area residents dressed up last week in Busti to recreate a slice of 19th Century living. 
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Historical Society, History Center Celebrate 19th Century Food, Dance

As the cascading sunset warmed the room through the linen covered windows, dinner was set to begin. The flashback in time to the 1850s was welcomed by the Busti Historical Society, Fenton History Center and locals who embrace the past and the history that goes along with it. The event, ...

Vince Liuzzo, left, and Justin Miller, co-founders of Sherwood Arts INC and the “Tree Guys” of Tactical Tree Solutions, are pictured with Christina Breen, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation events coordinator and project associate. Sherwood Arts INC aims to provide a multi-purpose, centralized hub of activity within the arts and music community through hosting a variety of community events while promoting the services of several area nonprofit organizations.
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The Giving Tree

A recently vacant wing of the Dahlstrom Building is now being repurposed as a centralized hub of music, art and general camaraderie for Greater Jamestown area community. The duo of Vince Liuzzo and Justin Miller, the “Tree Guys” of Tactical Tree Solutions, are in the midst of making this ...

The Jamestown Concert Association will conclude its 2016-17 season Sunday with a 4 p.m. performance by the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

JCA Will Feature Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus In 2016-17 Finale

The Jamestown Concert Association’s 2016-17 season, “Celebrate Amazing Music!,” will come to its conclusion following the final of its six scheduled concerts Sunday afternoon. The Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, presenting their program “Brothers Sing On!,” will perform at St. Luke’s ...

New Human Resources Dir. - Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan welcomes Jessica Wisniewski as the new Chautauqua County Director of Human Resources
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Horrigan Selects New HR Director

MAYVILLE — A new county human resources director has been selected. Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan announced Friday his selection of Jessica Wisniewski as the one to succeed outgoing director Joseph Porpiglia. The county executive’s appointment is subject to the County ...

Pete Carlo, U.S. Army Veteran, speaking about his experience during the Korean War at the Fenton History Center. 
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Emblem Etiquette

A purple heart recipient and U.S. Army veteran spoke about his experience during the “Forgotten War” event Wednesday at the Fenton History Center. Peter Carlo, Disabled American Veterans former commander, hosted the discussion on the Korean War and proper flag etiquette. He was drafted ...

The Lucille Ball Little Theatre will conclude its production of “Nunsensations!: The Nunsense Vegas Revue” this weekend. Production times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.
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Little Theatre To Continue ‘Nunsensations’ Production

The Lucille Ball Little Theatre will continue to dole out the laughs as it presents the second weekend of its ongoing production of “Nunsensations!: The Nunsense Vegas Revue.” The production opened last weekend to rave reviews, and the producers of the show hope to see even more familiar ...

Bridge Funding, Intermunicipal Agreement For Water District Approved

MAYVILLE — Initial construction is nearing for the North Chautauqua County Regional Water System. On Monday, the County Legislature’s Public Facilities Committee approved to authorize bridge funding through the end of the year to allow project construction to commence this summer. In ...

City Stop-Loss Insurance Costs Expected To Increase

City officials are figuratively at the roulette table when it comes to selecting stop-loss insurance coverage. However, instead of betting on black or red, city officials will be hedging their bets by comparing premium costs against risk. On Monday, Joseph Bellitto, city comptroller, ...

Andrew O’Brien talks about the uniqueness of opioid addiction and how to treat it.
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Opioid Addiction Discussed At Hope & Healing Forum

With a string of eight deaths attributed to alleged opioid overdoses during the past week in Western New York, the Hope & Healing for Chautauqua forum couldn’t have come at a more urgent time. “It’s just heartbreaking and tragic,” said Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan ...

Details Unveiled On Proposed Government Reduction Initiative

MAYVILLE — Details have emerged regarding a proposed county Government Reduction Initiative. Legislator Terry Niebel, R-Sheridan, came before the County Legislature’s Administrative Services Committee on Monday to discuss specifics behind legislation he’s proposing to assist local ...

Request For Family Planning Approved By Committee

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County health officials want to fully transfer family planning services to providers like The Chautauqua Center. However, state Health Department requirements for family planning funding are causing the county Health Department to reapply in order to keep a comprehensive ...

The Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency has approved funding to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts for a new marquee. The new marquee will be an electric sign that will be used to promote Reg Lenna events and community activities. 
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JURA Approves Funding For New Reg Lenna Marquee

A new electronic marquee will soon be advertising upcoming events at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. On Tuesday, the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency approved disbursement of a revolving loan fund for the Reg Lenna, located at 116 E. Third St., to purchase the new marquee. Sam Teresi, ...

Jamestown residents voted at Lincoln Elementary School on Tuesday, one of three polling places in the city where voters decided whether to approve the school district’s 2017-18 budget and who should be on the school board.
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School Budgets, Propositions Pass Muster Countywide

City residents overwhelmingly supported the Jamestown Public Schools District's 2017-18 budget Tuesday, with 504 voting in favor and 106 voting against. The new budget, which totals $84,948,220, is expected to include an expansion of academic programs and an increase in teachers and staff ...

Brocton Department of Public Works employees tend to a major water line break Monday morning.

Major Leak Leaves Brocton Without Water

BROCTON — At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning, a “Boil Water Advisory” was issued to all Brocton residents after water service to the village of Brocton water supply, including all of Portland and excluding except Van Buren Point, was shut off in order to repair a major leak at ...

Informational Session Set For Friday On Findley Lake Sewer District

FINDLEY LAKE — Property owners within the proposed Findley Lake Sewer District will have a chance to gather more information before going to the polls later this month. While it’s not required, town officials in Mina agreed last month to have a public informational meeting. Board members ...

‘Free College’ Putting Pressure On SUNY Fredonia

FREDONIA — Less than a month after the news of the Excelsior scholarship broke, The State University of New York at Fredonia’s College Council met to discuss the potential implications it could have for the college. “The Excelsior awards were put in late in the state budget process, ...

STBC A Finalist In State Taste-Off

The Southern Tier Brewing Company will find out Wednesday if it has won the inaugural Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge. A final blind tasting event will be held in New York City with the five finalists judged by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a panel of expert judges. Joining Southern Tier Brewing ...