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Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, pictured at a town hall meeting last year in Silver Creek. Reed on Tuesday said he "stands firm" on Second Amendment Rights. 
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Reed ‘Stands Firm’ On Second Amendment, Gun Rights

Rep. Tom Reed said he is in full support of Second Amendment rights and does not believe a ban on the AR-15 rifle is the answer. In a call with reporters Tuesday morning, Reed said Congress should do what is necessary to keep mass shootings, such as the recent shooting in a Parkland, Fla. ...

Increase In Bridge Project Expected

Today, the Chautauqua County Public Facilities Legislative Committee will consider a proposed agreement with the state Department of Transportation regarding an increase in estimated cost for the South Main Street Bridge project. The project, originally approved at $4,010,000, is currently ...

Families enjoyed sledding during the Cassadaga Winter Festival.
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Cassadaga Winter Festival A Success

CASSADAGA — Scores of people shed cabin fever from Feb. 9-11 and enjoyed varied indoor and outdoor activities for the second annual Cassadaga Winter Festival. Friends and neighbors were glad to visit and catch up with each other after being “snowbound” for much of the winter. On ...

DiNapoli: State Ed Not Complying With Enough Is Enough Act

The state Education Department plans to have colleges and universities submit interim data on incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault on campus amid concerns from Thomas DiNapoli, state comptroller, that the department is falling behind with public reporting ...

Chautauqua Lake Association volunteers pose with the ice pick tripod on Chautauqua Lake after putting it into position for its annual contest. The pick is located on the ice in front of the Lawson Center in Bemus Bay. 
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Anyone’s Guess Now

LAKEWOOD — It has been a cold winter with chilling winds and record snowfall across the region. The waters of Chautauqua Lake have frozen with 13-inch ice reported in some areas, allowing the annual Chautauqua Lake Ice Pick competition to begin. Proceeds collected from the competition, in ...

Falconer Public Library director, Sue Seamans, meets with students from Falconer Central School to discuss the importance of understanding history. This is one of the many programs Seamans, and the Falconer Public Library staff, host at the library.

Area Library Writes New Chapter On Community Spirit

Editor’s Note: The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is commemorating its 40th anniversary this year. Throughout the year, the foundation is highlighting 40 stories that are indicative of the impact foundation-funded programs and initiatives have had on the community. Every gift ...

Number Of Doctors Concerning For Senior Population

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series highlighting the aging population of Chautauqua County. A lack of primary care doctors is concerning for area seniors, according to Janell Sluga, Lutheran Jamestown geriatric care manager. Sluga said the doctors in the area are good, but there ...

Dragon Boat Race To Return In August

The dragons are back. The 2018 Dragon Boat Race Committee announced that the third annual Chautauqua Lake Dragon Boat Race will take place Aug. 11 at Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron. A pancake breakfast will be served from 7:30-10:30 a.m. with proceeds benefitting Meals on Wheels of ...

Jean and Mike Lobaugh, the 2018 festival’s crowned queen and king, are pictured in red robes.

February Fun

MAYVILLE — With Europe’s “The Final Countdown” blaring through the PA, the ice castle crew at Mayville’s President’s Day Weekend celebration kicked off the annual event by lighting their creation for eager onlookers. The village’s 31st consecutive mid-February celebration was ...

A view of the eroding Chadakoin River southside shoreline near the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk. Local officials are working to stabilize the shoreline.
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Officials Working To Stabilize Riverfront Shoreline

The shoreline on the southside of the Chadakoin River is crumbling into the water near the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk. Local officials have received more than $400,000 in county and state grants to attempt to stop the shoreline erosion. Earlier this week, the Jamestown Riverfront Management ...

County Land Bank To Begin ‘Neighbors’ Project

The first rental house renovation project for a new state program to entice people in becoming more involved in their neighborhood is about to start in Jamestown. On Wednesday, Gina Paradis, Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation executive director, said the first project for the Neighbors ...

Spontaneous combustion of mineral oil-soaked rags was the cause of a small fire early Thursday at Falconer Central School. No damage was reported at the school, which had a two-hour delay to clear the smoke. 
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Spontaneous Combustion Cause Of Fire At Falconer School

FALCONER — Falconer Central School was on a two-hour delay Thursday after spontaneous combustion of rags in a garbage can caused a small fire in the school’s basement. No damage was reported after heavy smoke was found by firefighters when they arrived shortly after 1:30 a.m. to a report ...

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First Wall Installed In Southwestern School Capital Project

The first concrete wall for a new gymnasium at Southwestern High School was lifted into place Thursday afternoon. The new gym is part of an ongoing $15.9 million capital project approved by voters in October 2015. The new gym —part of Phase 3 of the capital project — will include an ...

State Sen. Cathy Young presents David Tenpas, a school bus driver in Sherman, with the the New York State Senate Liberty Medal for helping to safely remove 12 students from a bus experiencing mechanic problems shortly before it caught fire. 
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Sherman Bus Driver Recognized Following January Fire

SHERMAN — David Tenpas, a Sherman bus driver credited with helping to safely remove 12 students from a bus in January shortly before it burst in flames, was presented by state Sen. Cathy Young with one of the highest civilian honors in New York. Tenpas was presented the New York State ...

Elks To Celebrate 150th Anniversary Saturday

The national 150th anniversary of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States will be celebrated locally Saturday night. Greg Fish, Elks Lodge No. 263 exalted ruler, and Jim Murphy, Elks Lodge member, said each Elks lodge is celebrating the national 150th anniversary of ...

Latest Library Art Auction Nets More Than $111,000

The total net sale of Prendergast Library oil paintings that have been auctioned has exceeded $800,000. On Thursday, Tina Scott, James Prendergast Library executive director, reported to the library board the results of the fourth art auction that has been held since they approved of ...

From left, Cecil Miller, UPMC Chautauqua WCA vice president of operations; Betsy T. Wright, WCA president and chief executive officer; Dr. Todd Jacobson, WCA physician services director; Trish Smith, WCA clinical operations director; and Dan Tota, physician services director, during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the MyHealth@Work Center the hospital has opened for all of their employees at the Occupational Health Building at Jones Memorial Health Center, located at 51 Glasgow Ave.
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Healthy Work Force

Health is central to the mission at UPMC Chautauqua WCA, which is why they’ve opened the MyHealth@Work Center to assist their employees with health care. On Wednesday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to welcome the more than 1,000 full- and part-time employees to the new health care ...

The Jamestown City Council discussing a mayoral appointment made to the Jamestown Local Development Corporation earlier this year. Councilman Andrew Liuzzo, At-Large councilman, has questioned Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, appointments during all five meetings the council has held this year.
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Councilman Continues To Question Appointments

Questioning the appointment power of Mayor Sam Teresi is how Jamestown City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo’s first couple months in office will be remembered. During all five meetings the council has held since the start of the year, which began with the organizational meeting Jan. 8, Liuzzo has ...

Carroll Town Attorney Holds Firm Against Prospective Landfill Buyer

CARROLL — At a Carroll Town Hall meeting Wednesday night, Attorney Paul Webb outlined next steps for the town now that Sealand Waste LLC has intervened as a plaintiff in challenging a 2007 local law regulating landfills in the town. Sealand Waste is a potential buyer of the property on ...

4Q Sales Tax Revenue Up, Surpasses City Budget Estimates

With a 6.31 percent increase in fourth quarter sales tax revenues, city officials exceeded the budgeted estimate. On Monday during the Jamestown City Council work session meeting, Anthony Dolce, Ward 2 councilman, discussed sales tax revenues for the last quarter of 2017. City officials ...