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This cross holds the ashes of Lily Soto’s late son.
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Missing Cross With Son’s Ashes Returned To Family

A lost cross, which was posted and shared more than 1,500 times on Facebook, has been reported found Friday afternoon. The cross contains the ashes of a family member, which helped spur the community’s outreach. “I hugged the person, I kissed the person, I showed a picture of my son,” ...

To The Birds: Annual Event Remains Feathered Feature

WARREN, Pa. — Around four dozen residents from around the area participated in this season's Christmas Bird Count (CBC) in Warren, Pa., said Don Watts, bird count coordinator. He and Mike Toole, who compiles each year's data as well as participating in the count, would like to see more. The ...

Program eliminations and reports of significant resignations have followed the Westfield YWCA. 
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Program Cuts, Resignations Continue To Plague Westfield YWCA

  WESTFIELD — Program eliminations. Communication problems. Massive resignations. It has been nine months of tumult for the YWCA of Westfield. Even community members have begun asking questions, especially to those who are no longer with the organization. There is a ...

Katie Ferrie uses orse hair and other tools to repair bows.
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Fredonia Grad Uses Skills For Instrument Repairs

WARREN, Pa. — Katie Ferrie is a luthier — one who makes or repairs stringed instruments. And she sells herself best by calling herself “a repairman who plays.” Ferrie, originally from Erie, Pa., has been playing violin and viola for over 20 years. With her undergraduate degree in ...

Fern Derby

Former Cassadaga Resident Remembered Fondly

CASSADAGA — Several checks rolled in when the obituary of former Cassadaga resident Fern Derby requested donations, in lieu of flowers, be sent to the village for the Cassadaga Beach fund. One that stood out, though, was a donation in the name of the first Cassadaga Beach female director, ...

Warren Man Denied Post Sentence Relief In Corruption Case

WARREN, Pa. — Judge Gregory Hammond has denied a motion for post sentence relief against a Warren man who pled to running a corrupt organization. Franklyn M. Geiger, 47, Warren, was sentenced by Hammond in October to 92 to 184 months in state prison on two counts of possession with intent ...

Local Businesses Targeted In Scam Attempts

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is warning residents of a scam that reportedly targeted multiple businesses today. The BPU said three separate area businesses were contacted by a person identifying themselves as a BPU field representative. The caller claimed a work order ...

Area Red Kettle Campaign Suffers Shortfall This Year

After the red kettles were put away and Christmas came and went, the Jamestown Salvation Army found they had not met their goal. The goal for this year’s Red Kettle Campaign was $116,000, however, the fundraiser only collected $103,000, said Captain John Merchant of the Salvation ...

Lead Found In Forestville Schools’ Water Sources

  FORESTVILLE — The Forestville Central School District is two for two where lead is concerned, reported Superintendent of Schools Renee Garrett. Garrett said that after lead testing results came in for the elementary school. The district has been waiting for the middle ...

Area residents Ashley and Rodney Sandberg hold their twins newborns, Jack and Raegan. The twins were the first born following the merger between UPMC and WCA Hospital late last year. 
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Twins Recognized As First Born At Integrated Hospital

  Two area twins are being recognized as the first newborns delivered at the recently integrated UPMC Chautauqua WCA hospital — the same day the merger was finalized. Weighing in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces, Jack Sandberg was born at 8:11 p.m. Dec. 1, with twin sister, Raegan, ...

Commissioners Consider Fee To Aid In Blight Demolitions

  WARREN, Pa. — The Warren County commissioners are considering adding a fee to deeds and mortgages to help clean up the county. A 2016 amendment to the state Recorder of Deeds Fee Law allows counties to levy an additional $15 fee on those transactions. The dollars ...

Students at Ring Elementary School recently thanked the Jamestown Police Department and K-9 Mitchell. The students made 60 handmade thin blue line ornaments for each officer and a collar for Mitchell. 
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Fourth Grade Students Donate To JPD, K-9 Mitchell

Ring Elementary School fourth-graders in Liz Covey’s class decided to perform an act of kindness by thanking the Jamestown Police Department and in particular, K-9 Officer Mitchell, for their service. Students created 60 handmade thin blue line ornaments for each JPD officer and gifted ...

Audit Criticizes County Investments, Payroll

  Chautauqua County’s investment program and salary and fringe benefit payments are facing criticism from the New York State Comptroller’s Office. An audit released last month reviewed county investments along with payroll and benefits from January 2013 to January 2016. ...

Two Charged With DWI After Accident In Sheridan

SHERIDAN — Two women were allegedly found drunk and without driver’s licenses Tuesday following a one-vehicle accident in Sheridan. At 8:30 p.m., Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a vehicle off the road along Route 5. Upon arrival, they found 38-year-old Caroline C. ...

Unlocked Cars Lead To Numerous Larcenies

OLEAN — Unlocked vehicles in the Dugan Road area of Olean have reportedly been a ripe target for larcenies, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. Police said an investigation has revealed that an unknown individual is going into unlocked vehicles in the middle of the ...

Jennifer Gibson

Strategic Planning And Partnerships Commission Co-Chair Resigns

The volunteer group of private and public members who meet once a month to find ways to improve the community will be voting on a new co-chair person during their next meeting. Jennifer Gibson has resigned as co-chairwoman of the Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission due ...

Warren City Commissioners Outline Priorities For 2017

WARREN, Pa. — The Warren County commissioners are hoping to break up 2017 into four “13-week sprints.” Commissioner Ben Kafferlin proposed the idea of prioritizing and emphasizing ideas quarterly to avoid becoming “distracted with the plethora of potential projects.” “Each ...

Andy Goodell

Assemblyman Goodell Appointed To Leadership Position

ALBANY — Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R-C-I Jamestown) has been appointed to serve as the assistant minority leader pro tempore for the next two years, one of the top leadership positions within the Republican Caucus. In this new position, Assemblyman Goodell will act as the assistant floor ...

Back row, standing, are instructor Amanda Merchant, David Price, Ryker Maddox, Angel Echevarria, Amy Nowell, Royal Attard, Megan Attard, Meagan Livermore, Mary O’Donnell, Celina Eggleston, Rachael Rugg, Brigetta Borkwoski and instructor Michelle Johnson-Anderson. Middle row, seated on chairs, are Amber Conklin, Alana Stafford, Shannon Patrizi, Dawn Johnson, Melissa Brown, Jessica Banes, Christina DeLong, Jolean Scott, Amber Lucas, Angela Ortiz and Lacy Cabisca. Front row on stage are Meagan Jude, Nicole Oste, Mara May Batson, Mary Jane Mizner, Chelsey Johnson, Danielle Parker, Amber Caylor, Tyrina Wheaton, Breanna Crouse, Ashley LaPlante and Elizabeth Heston.

E2CC BOCES Graduates 33 From Nursing Program

Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES recently graduated 33 students from its 2016 School of Practical Nursing. Students were from all over Chautauqua County. Jenell Chase, Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES staff member, welcomed the attendees and gave thanks to the Board of Education, ...

George Santana

Dunkirk Police Apprehend Fugitives From Justice

DUNKIRK — Dunkirk Police were able to apprehend a fugitive from justice Saturday. Officers executed a vehicle traffic stop on a vehicle traveling on Lakeshore Drive East just after noon for suspected improper license plates. The operator, George L. Santana, provided a fictitious name and ...