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The second round of “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” saw four acts eliminated, including: vocalist-guitarist S.V.; vocalist Matt Burr; vocalist Natasha Jaquith; and LIVE, a four-piece dance and vocal ensemble. Pictured are LIVE — which includes Dylan Carlson, Joshua Carlson, Maria Sena and Jessica Hochstine — and, pictured, below, Natasha Jaquith.
Submitted photos by Paul Schermerhorn

Week Two Results For ‘Chautauqua’s Got Talent’ Announced

contestant field has been further narrowed to 17 acts in the eighth annual “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition. Producers announced Tuesday that four competing acts were eliminated following Monday night’s second round of competition including: vocalist-guitarist S.V.; vocalist ...

Members of the Ellicott Highway Department prepare to plow snow Wednesday.
P-J photo by A.J. Rao

Leftovers Of Stella Cause Headache For Residents

The tail end of Winter Storm "Stella" sent gusts of blowing snow and an additional 2-4 inches to much of Chautauqua County on Wednesday. Road crews were again out in force, including those of the Ellicott Highway Department, which began shifts as early as 3 a.m. Robert Pickett Jr., highway ...

Findley Lake Library assistant director Joanne Malecki and director Melissa Froah, work to process some of the 100 children’s books donated by the Brownstone Book Fund.
P-J photos by David Prenatt

Findley Lake Library Sees New Books Due To Unexpected Grant

The forecast was “Cloudy With Meatballs” but “Paddington Bear” still decided to go out to visit “The Little House.” If you recognize any of these classic book titles, you may wish to bring your little ones to Findley Lake Library where an unexpected grant has resulted in an influx ...

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Wanted Escapee Found In Home’s Crawl Space

A Sinclairville man who escaped from custody last week is back in handcuffs. At 3:15 p.m., Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies and New York State Parole arrested escapee Jacob Raynor, who escaped from Charlotte Town Court on March 7. Raynor was located at his 9 Reed St. residence in the ...

‘Chautauqua’s Got Talent’ Continues With 21 Acts

With the competition field reduced by eight acts from last week’s opening round, the 21 acts that advanced to week two of this year’s “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” took the stage Monday in an attempt to “wow” audience members and judges alike with a variety of different ...

Parks Commission Members Lobby For Trail Clearing

MAYVILLE — The Marden E. Cobb Waterway Trail is unique to Chautauqua County with three sections of trails totaling 55 miles. Existing debris issues, however, are causing safety and canoeability concerns. On Monday, Chautauqua County Parks Commission members Tom Erlandson and Tom Dawes ...

Former City Corporation Counsel Believes BPU Annexation Will Fail

A former city attorney believes the proposal to annex the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Dow Street substation into the city will fail. Richard L. Sotir Jr., former city corporation counsel from 1975-2000, told The Post-Journal Monday the BPU is wasting money in an attempt to annex the ...

Little Valley Man Pleads Guilty In Hit-And-Run

A Little Valley man accused of killing a pedestrian in a hit-and-run incident last May has pleaded guilty to the resulting charges levied against him. Last week, Cyrus Spruce, 20, entered a plea of guilty to the charge of second-degree manslaughter, a class C felony, to satisfy a pending ...

Autumn Echo Swanson, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts office coordinator, displays some of the art work available for the Local Artist Showcase silent art auction on Saturday. 
P-J photo by Katrina Fuller

Works Draw In Community For Local Artist Showcase

The third-annual Local Artist Showcase filled the Infinity Arts Cafe not only with beautiful pieces of art, but also throngs of community members. The local artist market and art auction, held by Infinity Performing and Visual Arts, featured work from several local artists who showcased ...

Women2Women is an adult mentoring program that uses one-on-one relationships to help women reach their personal goals. The initiative evolved from the Coalition of Chautauqua County Women & Girls, in partnership with United Way of Southern Chautauqua County.

United Way Leads Fundraiser For Adult Mentoring Program

Marlyn moved to Jamestown six years ago with the ambition to learn the English language, find a job and obtain a driver’s license. She came to Jamestown from the Dominican Republic without any knowledge of the English language. Marlyn’s determination to invest in herself and become a ...

Preliminary Work On Hanover ‘Quiet Zone’ Ongoing

HANOVER — Preliminary work is chugging along for Hanover’s proposed “Quiet Zone” at the Sunset Bay and Hanford Bay railroad crossings, officials say. At a recent Hanover Town Board meeting, Deputy Town Supervisor Kevin O’Connell discussed progress on the potential project, which ...

Students at Brocton Elementary School recently participated in the Pick A Reading Partner program.

Reading Is Their Superpower

Learning to read is the single most important activity in a child’s education. Pick A Reading Partner is a collaborative effort among parents, staff, and community to build a reading partnership between home and school. PARP programs encourage parents to read with their children for at least ...

Roundabout: DOT Doing ‘The Best It Can’

FREDONIA — The New York state Department of Transportation seems to be accommodating local concerns when it comes to a proposed traffic pattern change at Routes 60 and 20, according to a member of the Pomfret Town Board. Councilwoman Ann Eckman represented the town at a meeting last month ...

The goal is to have 80 percent of the eligible population screened for colon cancer by 2018.

Turn Chautauqua Blue: March Is Colorectal Awareness Month

MAYVILLE— The Cancer Services Program of Chautauqua County is teaming up with local organizations to “Turn CHQ Blue” in March to raise awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening and early detection. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and blue is the ...

In the entrance to the artist showcase, children and their parents were invited to contribute to a mural. 
P-J photo by Katrina Fuller

Works Draw In Community For Local Artist Showcase

The third-annual Local Artist Showcase filled the Infinity Arts Cafe not only with beautiful pieces of art, but also throngs of community members. The local artist market and art auction, held by Infinity Performing and Visual Arts, featured work from several local artists who showcased their ...

Cuomo, Legislature Propose Measures To End Child Marriage

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature are putting forth efforts to end child marriage in New York state. Cuomo recently proposed legislation that strengthens protections for minors by preventing child marriage and holding violators accountable. Under the new measures, those who issue a ...

Pictured is Lakewood Family YMCA 3-on-3 March Madness Basketball Tournament major sponsor Signature Paving and Sealcoating officials, from left, Brandon Edson, Roger Carlson, Vince Joy, Amy Jensen and Jacob Tranner. Other sponsors include: Cricket Wireless, Media One Group, Kwik Fill Red Apple, Truck-Lite, and Team VP Real Estate.

Deadline For 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament Is Sunday

LAKEWOOD — The Lakewood Family YMCA will host its annual 3-on-3 March Madness Basketball Tournament on March 18 and 19. This tournament has grown into the largest indoor 3-on-3 tournament in New York state. Children in third through sixth grades will play on Saturday, March 18, and ...

From left are Mike McElrath, Jamestown High School principal, Matt Hill, Dave Warren, Andrew Pumford, Dave Munella and Rosa DeMarco from Dave Warren Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Juniors Recognized With ‘Do The Right Thing’ Award

Dave Warren Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram presented their first “Do the Right Thing” Award to Matt Hill and Andrew Pumford, Jamestown High School juniors. Warren presented a $500 check to Jamestown High School in their honor. “The story about these young men really showcases what this ...

Radio Shack Pulls Plug On Local Stores

Looking to shop at a Radio Shack store? You’re probably out of luck. The struggling electronics retailer is closing all three of its locations in Chautauqua County — Dunkirk, Lakewood and Jamestown. The sites join around 200 other stores that are shuttering now that their parent company, ...