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School Board Formally Accepts Principals’ Resignations

The last day to apply for the two available principal positions at Southwestern High School and Elementary School is this Friday, according to Southwestern School District Superintendent Maureen Donahue. “We’re working with the Western New York Education Service Council,” Donahue said ...

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Procession After Mass Scheduled LAKEWOOD — Sacred Heart Parish will be having a Corpus Christi procession on Sunday after the 10 a.m. mass at the church, 381 E. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood. All are welcome to participate, either at mass or for the procession itself. Golden Agers To Meet On ...

The Bemus Point Central School Board of Education approved a merger with Maple Grove, Cassadaga Valley and Falconer for the 2017-18 indoor track season.
Photo by Remington Whitcomb

Bemus Point BOE Approves Track Merger

BEMUS POINT — Several orders of new business were approved during Monday’s meeting of the Bemus Point Central School Board of Education. In a move that more and more athletic departments in the area are embracing, the board agreed to approve an interscholastic athletics sharing agreement ...

Tracy Jesperson, Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council, speaks with students of G.A. Family Services’ Accountability and Responsibility program about gambling advertisements and addiction.
P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti

G.A. Youth Learn About Gambling Advertising, Addiction

The dangers of gambling and addiction were the focal points of a presentation at G.A. Family Services this week. On Monday, the partnership between the Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council and the G.A.’s Accountability and Responsibility program yielded a teaching moment aimed at ...

RHJC To Unveil New Exhibit Today

The Robert H. Jackson Center will unveil a new exhibit today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entitled, “A Loaded Weapon: Photographic Perspectives on the Japanese American Internment Camps of World War II,” the exhibit is part of the Jackson Center’s ongoing series of rotating exhibits ...

Lack Of Progress ‘Disappointing’ At Point Gratiot

DUNKIRK — With the summer already starting, Dunkirk officials are asking why work at Point Gratiot hasn’t begun. Last fall the city of Dunkirk received a $500,000 grant with the help of state Sen. Catharine Young to make improvements to Point Gratiot. The engineering firm LaBella was ...

Beth Smock poses with a C-Arm mammography X-ray machine. Smock received scholarship assistance from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to complete her education.

Making A Difference

Editor’s Note: The following is part of a series focusing on local residents who have received scholarships from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Beth Smock wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. The 2002 Pine Valley High School graduate attended the WCA School of ...

Teamwork Sought To Fix Up Silver Creek’s Lower Reservoir

HANOVER — If teamwork makes the dream work, the village of Silver Creek, the town of Hanover, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District are on the road to assured success. According to Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo, the ...

Rebel soldiers take on the 9th New York Cavalry in the “Standing Ground: a Civil War Living History” event in Westfield’s Moore Park Saturday.
P-J photo by Tonja Dodd

History Comes Alive In Westfield In Civil War Reenactment

WESTFIELD — History has come to life in Westfield. The 9th New York Cavalry encampment was constructed in Moore Park Friday and remains up through the weekend. The “Standing Ground: a Civil War Living History Event” featured many events. A flag-raising ceremony commenced the enactment ...

Baroque Music Takes The Stage At Annual Festival

FREDONIA — Bach and Beyond returned for its 22nd consecutive year as music, history and laughter filled the room on Friday and Saturday night. The annual event brings the classical music from the Baroque period — with a focus on the famous composer Johanne Sebastian Bach — to the 1891 ...

Participants in the Jam Fest basketball tournament play Saturday in Dunkirk. The first-ever festival continues today.  
P-J photo by Damian Sebouhian

Spring Takes Over Downtown Dunkirk In First-Ever Festival

A sunny, breezy day helped create the perfect setting for Saturday’s trifecta of Spring Festival events in Dunkirk as attendees had the opportunity to listen to live music on the pier, shop for unusual goods and crafts at the Dunkirk Conference Center and watch local school athletes compete ...

City officials have replaced the roof to the kitchen at Allen Park, pictured here. The city will also work to refurbish the stone bridges in the park this summer.
P-J photos by Dennis Phillips

A Walk In The Park

Work is continuing to improve Allen Park. John Williams, city parks manager, said the Parks and Public Works departments have been working to improve the stone creek walls and walking bridges in the Allen Park glen, which is located in the wooded area of the park. He said the stone bridges ...

A Stockton man was serious injured in a crash Thursday in the village of Mayville. Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies do not know why the vehicle left the road. 

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Stockton Man Seriously Hurt Following Crash In Mayville

MAYVILLE — A Stockton man was seriously hurt in a crash Thursday afternoon. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, James Gelencser, 51, of Nelson Hill Road, was traveling on East Chautauqua Street in the village of Mayville around 2 p.m., when his vehicle went into the ...

Dunkirk Fourth Ward Development Continues As Projects Are Approved

The Fourth Ward in Dunkirk may be seeing a revival if the number of developments seeking permission from the zoning board of appeals is any indication. In April, the zoning board approved the permit for Strike’s Tavern to reopen its doors as a bar on the corner of Doughty and Hoyt streets. ...

Hanover Town Officials Juggle Expenses, Project Changes At Sewer Plant

HANOVER — Work continues at the town of Hanover’s sewer treatment plant, and as with most large-scale projects, it’s going to hit a few snags. Deputy Supervisor Kevin O’Connell recently announced that bridges need to be replaced at the facility, and to afford them, the project may ...

Front row, from left: Rick Lundquist, Jamestown Municipal Band director; Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor; Carol Drake, Allen Park Women’s Club; Carol Winterburn, Allen Park Women’s Club; Candy Joslyn, Allen Park Women’s Club. Back row, from left: Julia Ciesla-Hanley, city recreation coordinator; Ellen Ditonto, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Grants Committee member; Chuck DeAngelo, Fessenden, Laumer & DeAngelo; John Williams, city parks manager; and Audene Jarosz, Allen Park Women’s Club, inside the Goranson Bandshell at Allen Park where the 2017 Summer Bandshell Concert Series will take place at 7 p.m. starting Wednesday. 
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

Summer Bandshell Concert Series To Begin Wednesday

Each week there is a new theme for the 2017 Summer Bandshell Concert Series in the Goranson Bandshell at Allen Park in Jamestown. Starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the first concert will take place and feature the Jamestown High School Concert Band under the direction of Meghan ...

County Exec. Signs Item Pricing Law

MAYVILLE — A local law to modify scanner accuracy price inspections was signed by County Executive Vince Horrigan on Thursday following no feedback from the public. In the past, stores were required to go through two inspections before applying for a waiver. Now, stores that pass one ...

Republican Party Announces Endorsements For County Positions

By The Post-Journal editorial@post-journal.com The Chautauqua County Republican Party has officially endorsed candidates who are running for county positions. The party has officially endorsed George Borrello for County Executive. Borrello, a county legislator from Hanover, announced his ...

A Frewsburg residence was destroyed in a structure fire Friday afternoon. Fire officials could not determine a cause of the blaze. 
P-J photo by Noah Rankin

Frewsburg Residence Destroyed In Friday Blaze; Cause Unknown

A house on Wigren Road in Frewsburg burned down Friday afternoon as a result of a structure fire starting from an attached garage. Responding fire departments included Frewsburg, Busti, Kennedy, Falconer, Kiantone and Russell, Pa., who arrived at the scene following the call at 4:53 p.m. ...

Frewsburg Central School Board of Education members are pictured discussing June topics, the end of the school year and the upcoming school year.

Frewsburg Football Heads Into 2017 Season On Shaky Ground

FREWSBURG — A declined merger application is placing the Frewsburg Central School football program in a precarious situation heading into the 2017 season. During Thursday’s board of education meeting, it was determined that varsity football summer sessions and practices will be scheduled ...