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Gutter Confirmed As Cause Of Fredonia Church Fire

FREDONIA — Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies confirmed Monday what investigators believed on Friday evening led to the fire at the Family Church of Fredonia. Witnesses advised investigators that part of the copper gutter was blown off, due to high winds, and landed on a nearby ...

Community Celebrates Life Of Laurel Hotelling

SILVER CREEK — Friends, family and community members all gathered at the Fireman’s Association Building on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the extraordinary life of one of Chautauqua County’s more memorable personalities, Laurel Hotelling. The room was decorated with a plethora of ...

Striders Names New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Chautauqua Striders, a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to the mentoring and guidance of youth through education, advocacy, and athletics announced today that they have hired Jennifer Swan-Leuze as their new Executive Director. Jennifer previously held ...

Judith Einach Announces Run For Assembly Seat

Judith Einach is running for the New York Assembly against four-term incumbent Andy Goodell. The 150th Assembly district includes all of Chautauqua County. She will be on the ballot in November. “Chautauqua County needs dynamic new leadership,” Einach said. “My background in both ...

United Senior Council Holds Annual Trivia Contest

NORTH HARMONY — In the month of May, senior citizens from throughout Chautauqua County convene in North Harmony to engage in some friendly competition The United Senior Council of Chautauqua County’s seventh annual three-round trivia contest was held Tuesday at the North Harmony Senior ...

Poland Town Board Reviews Projects

POLAND — Concerns of local residents and upcoming projects were discussed at the latest town of Poland Board meeting. Under old business, Highway Superintendent Larry Mee reported that a new commercial door closer has been installed on the main door for the town hall. Some lawn damage from ...

YMCA Continues Nine Years Of Aquatics Program

With warmer weather finally arriving the community will soon be diving back into the water and enjoying aquatic activities. But with every activity, danger is accompanied with it. Going into their ninth year, the YMCA and Jamestown Public Schools will continue a partnership that began almost ...

Fallen Workers Honored During Annual Memorial Day Event

FREWSBURG — Hank Hoisington on Saturday wore a pin featuring a caged yellow canary. He said it was a reference to the idiom “a canary in a coal mine,” where coal miners would carry canaries with them into the mines, aware that the birds would be the first to detect dangerous gases and ...

40 For 40: The Man Behind The Trees

Dan. Dan. The tree planting man. For the past six years, Dan Stone, city of Jamestown arborist, has celebrated Arbor Day and the city’s annual tree planting, with a poem. Some years he includes anecdotes about the weather (it has snowed several times), community members, and other ...

Area Man Researches ‘Whistler’ Woman Renowned For Bird Calls

There was a time when most people in Chautauqua County knew the name Harriet Norton. The notable local resident passed away at the age of 41 in 1908, when she was buried in the Red Bird Cemetery. Ron Brake, a longtime local history enthusiast, spent a lot of time in an area of the county ...

Volunteers Recognized During Reception

Chautauqua County Humane Society board members and staff recently recognized their volunteers and the work they do for the animals at the shelter. A spaghetti dinner was held at the Free Methodist Church in Jamestown on April 18, during Volunteer Appreciation Week. Awards provided by CCHS ...

Roof Damaged By Trampoline During Storm

FREWSBURG — A portion of a roof was partially torn away Friday after a trampoline was picked up in the wind and struck the home at 15 Washington St. in Frewsburg. A power line was also downed in the incident, which occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Members of the Frewsburg Fire Department were ...

Allegany State Park To Receive $2.5M In State Funding

RED HOUSE — Allegany State Park will receive more than $2.5 million in state funding for revitalization and rehabilitation projects, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. In total, the governor said $90 million for 50 state parks have been included in the 2018-19 budget. “Our world-class parks ...

Todd Langworthy To Present History Lecture

FREDONIA — The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will host a series of local history lectures throughout the year. The series will feature lectures by historians from throughout Chautauqua County. The first presentation will be May 16 by Todd Langworthy, Pomfret historian; followed by a June 6 ...

Jamestown Senior Center Meets

Jamestown Senior Center members met recently at the Tree of Life Lutheran Church, 556 E. Seocnd St., Jamestown, for a tureen lunch. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of God Bless America. Birthdays acknowledged were Delia Westerdahl while the 63rd anniversary of ...

‘Let’s Go Girls’ To Be Performed

Students from Linda’s Studio of Dance are preparing for their recital, “Let’s Go Girls,” which will be presented Friday at Frewsburg Central School. Tickets are available at the door and proceeds will benefit the Frewsburg music/band department. Various age groups will perform tap, ...

Audubon Hosts Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk

Continuing a long-standing tradition, on Sunday, May 13, naturalist Jack Gulvin will lead the Audubon Community Nature Center’s annual Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk at the Bentley Preserve now owned and operated by the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy. Starting at 2 p.m. at the entrance to ...

Society of Artists To Meet Tuesday

The Chautauqua County Society of Artists will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Celoron Community Building near Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron. Stephanie Green of the Craft Cottage of Chautauqua will lead the group in an acrylics project that involves pouring the paint for an unusual ...

Sinclairville Elementary Program Offers Deeper Learning

Young actors, toastmasters and chefs hosted the celebration for the Cougar U. program at Sinclairville Elementary School on Thursday. The program allows students to choose from various course offerings a different way of deeper learning that is different from traditional classroom methods. ...

Free Comic Book Day To Encourage Young Readership

“The goal of National Free Comic Book Day in my opinion is to attract new readers in the comic book medium,” said Sam Fitch, owner of Apokolips Comics. Fitch, a businessman who says that his typical customer base consists of those in their early to mid 30s, is interested in a way to ...