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Bringing People Together

The 69th annual St. James Festa di San Giacomo kicked off with gusto on Saturday morning with music, dancing, cannoli, carduni sandwiches and other Italian specialties. What once was a two-day festival was jam-packed into one fun-filled day of sharing good food and fellowship with the ...

The Lakewood Fire Department is now equipped with a new fleet of vehicles, including a pumping engine, an ambulance, a command vehicle, a pickup truck and a boat.
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Lakewood Fire Department Replaces Aging Fleet Of Vehicles

LAKEWOOD — The Lakewood Fire Department is now equipped with a new fleet of vehicles to combat fires and other public safety emergencies. The vehicles — a pumping engine, an ambulance, a command vehicle, a pickup truck and a boat — were either purchased or donated to the department to ...

Chautauqua County Clerk Seeking A Second Term

Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore has officially announced his plans to seek another term in office. Barmore, a former legislator and business owner, said Thursday he’s seeking re-election as county clerk. Barmore won the 2013 election against Democrat Lori Cornell and went on to ...

Fire Stations Receive $300,000 In Federal Funds

Four fire stations in Cattaraugus County were awarded nearly $300,000 in federal funding as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. According to U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who made the announcement Wednesday, fire ...

Motorcycle Chase Leads Police Into PA

RIPLEY — A motorcycle pursuit involving multiple police agencies that began in Chautauqua County led to a crash and a host of charges against a North East, Pa., man Saturday. Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a motorcyclist, 41-year-old Roy Rebel Yokom, for ...

Randolph Central School Releases Fourth Quarter Honor, Merit Rolls

RANDOLPH — Randolph Central School officials recently released the school’s fourth quarter honor and merit rolls for the fourth quarter of the 2016-17 school year. They are: HONOR ROLL 12th Grade: Alex Almeter, Meghan Ames, Jalynn Ashdown, Annalise Boyer, Aubrey Briggs, Courtney Brown, ...

Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core founder and president and member of President Barack Obama’s advisory council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnership, offered a look into diversity, how to bring together a community and connect in interfaith at Chautauqua Institution’s Amphitheater on Friday morning. 
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Diverse Thinking

Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core and member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnership, filled the air of the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater on Friday much like a storyteller at a library’s story hour. The tale ...

Candidates Lining Up To Challenge County Republicans

From a businessman and a library board president to a school principal, Democrats throughout the county are lining up in a bid to take over legislative seats. Norman P. Green, Chautauqua County Democratic chairman, said Thursday that 14 candidates are lined up to challenge Republicans for ...

Developers Interested In Hideaway Bay Property

MAYVILLE — After a year of preparation, the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation is ready to market the property where the former Hideaway Bay restaurant was located. On Wednesday, Gina Paradis, Chautauqua Land Bank Corporation executive director, said the property is ready to market for ...

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Roger Tory Peterson’s Nature Festival To Feature Various Birds Of Prey

It was a young Roger Tory Peterson’s close encounter with a Northern Flicker right here in Jamestown that ignited his love for birds. The wild birds of North America were at the heart of his passion for nature and were the impetus for the actions he took to preserve our living world. ...

Jeff Collver, former Frewsburg High School Girls Varsity Basketball Coach, addresses the Frewsburg Board of Education regarding the coaching position and advocates for his brother, Rob Collver, to be appointed to the position. He had been the coach for 21 years. 
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Petition Doesn’t Deter Frewsburg BOE From Appointing Basketball Coach

While board of education reorganizational meetings tend to be business as usual, at Frewsburg Central School on Thursday night, it was anything but. Several parents, concerned community members and students filed into the board meeting and offered their thoughts and feelings during the public ...

Morning Fire At Downtown Bar Under Investigation

A fire at a downtown Jamestown bar is under investigation. City firefighters were dispatched just after 2 a.m. Thursday for a fire alarm at Sneakers, 100 Harrison St. Crews found heavy smoke when they arrived and quickly extinguished the blaze. The fire originated in a first-floor storage ...

Richard P. Heitzenrater, Duke University Divinity School professor of church history and Wesley studies, gave his presentation titled Mixing Oil and Water: Chautauqua Lake Camp Meeting on the early days of Chautauqua Institution. 
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‘Oil And Water’

Oil money played an important role in the creation of Chautauqua Institution. On Wednesday, Richard P. Heitzenrater, Duke University Divinity School professor of church history and Wesley studies, gave his presentation titled Mixing Oil and Water: Chautauqua Lake Camp Meeting on the early ...

July selection is set to begin next month in the trial of Jonathan H. Young, the man accused of setting multiple fires in New York and Pennsylvania. Pictured is a blaze on Crossman Street that police say Young allegedly set on March 25 in Jamestown. 
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Jury Selection For Young Trial To Begin Aug. 17 In PA

Jury selection for the trial of Jonathan H. Young, the city man accused of 12 separate arsons in Jamestown and Falconer, will begin Aug. 17 in Butler County Court in Pennsylvania. Young, 19, faces multiple charges as well in Butler County, Pa., including two counts of first-degree arson, one ...

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Mayville Man Facing Manslaughter Charge After Fatal Accident

A Mayville man involved in a fatal vehicle accident in Wyoming County on Sunday is now facing a manslaughter charge. According to the New York State Police, 28-year-old Joshua D. Huntress has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, driving while ability impaired by drugs and several ...

Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas updated the Dunkirk Common Council on Tuesday regarding the repowering of the NRG plant in Dunkirk to natural gas as well as the opening of pharmaceutical plant Athenex.
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Updates Given On NRG, Athenex In Dunkirk

DUNKIRK — For two major economic question marks, the mayor of Dunkirk recently got some encouraging news. When it comes to economic development news locally, many want to know about progress with NRG’s repowering to natural gas and the opening of pharmaceutical plant Athenex. At ...

‘Loose Change’ To Play Cherry Creek Gazebo

CHERRY CREEK — The 2017 Cherry Creek Summer Gazebo Concert Series continues this evening with an appearance by “Loose Change.” The concert will be held in the gazebo of the Memorial Park on Main Street, located behind the Town Hall. Music will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude at ...

Two families at the Fly-In Breakfast view the inside of the airplane on display.
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Food On The Fly

SHERIDAN — The Chautauqua County-Dunkirk Airport was filled with much more than airplanes Sunday morning. The airfield served as location for the Dunkirk-Fredonia Rotary’s 53rd annual Fly-In Breakfast. Former president of the Dunkirk Rotary Club and board member of the new ...