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A semi tractor-trailer overturned Thursday morning in the town of Gerry following a head-on crash on Route 60.
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Gerry Rollover Sends Pair To Hospital

GERRY — A driver who reportedly fell asleep caused a rollover crash that blocked Route 60 in the town of Gerry on Thursday morning. State Police told The Post-Journal the southbound driver, 28-year-old Zachary Frazier, reportedly dozed off just north of Kimball Drive around 5:20 a.m. and ...

Approved Local Laws Signed By County Executive Thursday

MAYVILLE — Two local laws approved last month by county legislators were signed by County Executive Vince Horrigan on Thursday. One law authorizes a county assistance program for municipalities that successfully dissolve or merge. The other law responds to an audit by the New York State ...

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Investigators Called For Hazeltine Avenue Fire

City fire investigators were called to a reported structure fire Thursday morning at a residence on Hazeltine Avenue, between Whitehill Road and Forest Avenue. Upon arrival, fire crews reported smoke coming from the residence. Utilities were disconnected from the property. The residence ...

City Officials Approve Loan For Coffee Roasting Business

The smell of roasted coffee beans will soon be making its way around Third Street in downtown Jamestown. On Thursday, the Jamestown Local Development Corporation approved a loan for Michael and Sarah Bigney to open Crown Street Roasting Company, which will be a coffee shop that features the ...

CASAC, Sheriff’s Office Partner In Combating Underage Drinking

The deadly risks of alcohol can often go unnoticed amid a opioid and heroin epidemic. But according to the Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council, or CASAC, underage drinking is a growing problem nationwide and needs to be confronted. Recently, it was announced CASAC will be ...

A conceptual drawing of the future Jamestown Area Railway Heritage Center. City officials are working to create a train depot at the former engine building that sits west of the Jamestown Gateway Train Station.

National Train Day To Be Held At Northwest Arena

The fifth annual National Train Day will continue in Jamestown this year at the Northwest Arena. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, National Train Day will be held at the arena, located at 319 W. Third St. Lee Harkness, Jamestown Area Railway Heritage Center spokesperson, said the event will ...

Land Bank Approves Rental Housing Rehabilitation Program

The Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation has approved a program to help neighbors revitalize their neighborhoods. On Wednesday, the land bank board approved accepting enrolling in the Neighbors for Neighborhoods program. The new pilot program, which was announced by Attorney General Eric ...

Mary Jane Phillips Koenig speaking about her great-uncle’s letters he sent to his mother during World War I. Koenig’s great-uncle was Private Russell Archie Harvey who served in the Army’s 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division. The letters are part of a Fenton History Center’s World War I exhibit Over There: World War I and Jamestown.
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Voice Of War Echoes At The Fenton

The words of a World War I veteran echoed at the Fenton History Center Wednesday. During the Brown Bag Lecture series, Mary Jane Phillips Koenig presented her presentation, “Why It Matters: His Voice Echoes Still Across America,” about letters her great-uncle, Private Russell Archie ...

The Boy Scouts will be one of several groups joining the Falconer community in the 22nd Annual Pride Day on Saturday.

Falconer To Hold 22nd Annual Pride Day

FALCONER — Falconer residents are encouraged to show pride in their community by helping to spruce it up for the summer during the 22nd Annual Pride Day. Cleanup efforts will be held Saturday in the parks, public areas and selected streets. Residents wishing to participate should report at ...

Ecklof Bakery is in the midst of its sixth annual cookie sale to benefit children, with proceeds going to the G.A. Family Services’ Foster Care program. Pictured, from left, are: Jennifer Nelson, regional post-adoption caseworker; Danielle Bonovitch, foster care caseworker; Rick Ecklof, owner of Ecklof Bakery; Kara Kloss, G.A. Family Services Foster Care program family resource coordinator; Beth Lanphere, post-adoption caseworker; and Debbie Hasson, foster care caseworker.
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Taken To Heart

In keeping with tradition, Ecklof Bakery is doing its part to help local foster children find a home. Rick and Suzan Ecklof, owners of the 832 Foote Ave., Jamestown bakery, are continuing their now six-year tradition of selling heart-shaped cookies to raise money for G.A. Family Services’ ...

Comptroller: City Receives Higher Tax Payment Than Last Quarter

The city of Jamestown has received a little bit of good financial news — though Joe Bellitto, city comptroller, is telling council members only time will tell how good the news actually is. Bellitto told council members the council received its first quarter sales tax payment from ...

Slow Repaving This Season Due To City Outsourcing

There is a reason why some city streets are stripped down to the bare basics and then wait for repaving — it saves the city money. During Monday’s City Council Public Works Committee meeting, Jeff Lehman, city public works director, recommended the city piggyback on Cattaraugus County’s ...

Cattaraugus Service Organizations Hold Annual Installation Ceremony

CATTARAUGUS — Local firefighters and ambulance personnel often join forces in a variety of tense situations, while serving their community. On the evening of Saturday, April 9, however, they came together for a more light-hearted purpose. Gathering at the Firemen’s Club on South Street, ...

Democrat To Announce County Executive Candidacy Thursday

Come later this week, another candidate will enter the race in a bid to succeed outgoing County Executive Vince Horrigan. Dan Whitcher, the Democratic Party’s working chair for the county executive campaign, said Monday their candidate will officially announce the start of their campaign ...

Two Face Weapon, Drug Charges

A wellness check to a Forest Avenue residence led to the confiscation of an array of drugs and the recovery of a stolen shotgun, Jamestown Police responded to 248 Forest Ave. on Sunday just before 9 p.m. to assist a female subject who allegedly was threatened with a shotgun earlier in the ...

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‘Back Room Radio Hour’ To Present Season Finale Thursday

In keeping with “Back Room Radio Hour” tradition, the monthly WRFA-LP 107.9 FM-affiliated radio program at Trinity Guitars will present its season finale in the form of a songwriters’ circle. The “Back Room Radio Hour” program will wrap up its third season with the live, on-site ...

Jeff Lehman, Jamestown public works superintendent, points to a map while discussing stormwater management plans on Jamestown’s west side as George Spitale, D-At Large and Public Works Committee chairman, and Brent Sheldon, R-Ward 1, look on. 
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City, Church Discuss Retention Pond Agreement

A $200,000 stormwater management project on Huxley Avenue in Jamestown could lessen some of the flooding residents of Jamestown’s west side see during heavy rain storms. The Jamestown City Council’s Public Works Committee discussed on Monday conceptual plans for the project, which will ...

March Jobless Rate Mirrors Last Year

The March jobless rate in Chautauqua County is line with what was seen the year before. The New York State Department of Labor recently unveiled preliminary unemployment rates for March, which shows the county at 6.1 percent. The rate stood at the same mark in March 2016. While it’s ...

George Spitale, left, of A.F.S.C.M.E. Local No. 418; and Gary Swain, Operating Engineers Local No. 17, dedicate a wreath in honor of the 143 individuals who have died on the job in Chautauqua County since 1980. Wreath donated by the Jamestown Area Labor Council.
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The Love Of Labor

FREWSBURG — Cold temperatures and rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the hardy workers, laborers and servants who attended Saturday’s 17th annual Workers’ Memorial Day at Erlandson Overview Park in Frewsburg. The event, hosted by the Chautauqua County Workers’ Memorial Committee, ...

Sacred Heart Parish is once again offering churchgoers and community members an opportunity to participate in the church’s annual pilgrimage abroad. This year’s destination is Ireland, on an excursion which will be held Sept. 5-14. Pictured is the group on its previous pilgrimages.
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Sacred Heart Plans Ireland Pilgrimage In September

A group of local churchgoers are once again offering community members an opportunity to embark on a spiritual journey outside the continental U.S. Members of Sacred Heart Parish, located at 380 E. Fairmount Ave. in Lakewood, are making preparations for their annual overseas pilgrimage, the ...