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City Zoning Board Denies Variance Request

The Jamestown Zoning Board of Appeals has denied a variance request to turn a single family residence into a two-family residence on Wilton Avenue. Danton Hilldale submitted a variance request for 115 Wilton Ave. for the two-family residence because the street is zoned for single family ...

Appellate Court Rejects Sentence Appeal For City Man

A Jamestown man has had an appeal of his 20-year prison sentence rejected by the Fourth Department Appellate Division court in Rochester. Cameron Rives was sentenced in 2012 to 20 years in prison for his convictions of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary, class B felonies; and a ...

Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson, in front, exits the courtroom in Mayville on Tuesday. Jury deliberations began in the attempted murder case against Justin Haffa. 
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Jury To Continue Deliberations In Haffa Case

MAYVILLE — Jurors in the Justin Haffa attempted murder case deliberated Tuesday for two-and-a-half hours, but they didn’t come to a verdict. A request to hear several testimonies again were made by the jury just before 6 p.m. The Hon. David Foley subsequently recessed for the evening as ...

Leadership of the American Legion Department of New York visited the Lakewood Memorial American Legion Post 1286 on Monday. From left are: Rena Nessler, commander of the Department of New York; Patricia Hennessy, president of the Auxiliary; and William Clancy III, commander of the Sons of the American Legion.
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American Legion Department Of New York Leaders Visit Local Post

LAKEWOOD — The Lakewood Memorial American Legion Post 1286 was the site of a visit of the Department of New York American Legion Family to Chautauqua County. On Monday, commanders of New York state’s Legion Family — which includes the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons ...

Lakewood Cell Tower Lawsuit Dismissed By County Supreme Court

LAKEWOOD — A year-long saga regarding the village of Lakewood’s decision not to allow an out-of-state corporation to place a cell tower in the municipality, and the litigation that resulted in the fallout, has finally been concluded. It was recently announced that the case brought before ...

The control desk of the 1907 Massey Memorial Organ at Chautauqua Institution has sustained water damage due to melting snow and ice, however, the other parts of the organ remain unharmed. Pictured is the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater, where the organ is housed. 
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Massey Organ Keyboard, Control Desk To Be Repaired

The Massey Memorial Organ control desk will undergo the reparation process soon, according to Chautauqua Institution officials. The institution reported Friday that the control desk or console of the organ, which is the wooden part of the organ system containing the keys and stops the ...

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Dunkirk Councilman Proposes Beautification Plans For Vacant City Lots

DUNKIRK — One city councilman would like to see the city take beautification of a downtown eyesore into its own hands. At the recent Department of Public Works Committee meeting, Third Ward Councilman Shaun Heenan said he had been looking into the ownership of the vacant lots across the ...

Southern Tier Wrestling’s third season debut event, “Fast Times at Falconer High,” will feature WWE Hall-of-Famer, and intercontinental and tag team champion, Tito Santana at the Falconer High School gymnasium Saturday at 6 p.m.
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STW To Present ‘Fast Times At Falconer High’ Saturday

FALCONER — Southern Tier Wrestling is taking its fans back to school with its 2018 premiere this weekend. On Saturday, the locally owned wrestling company will present “Fast Times at Falconer High,” featuring the return of several familiar faces and a former WWE superstar to its ring at ...

Uber Picking Up Steam

DUNKIRK — It’s been a little more than seven months since Gov. Cuomo signed legislation to allow the use of ride-booking apps like Uber and Lyft in upstate New York and according to three polls conducted on Twitter and Facebook, area residents may not be using the app as much as their more ...

Deke Kathman, left, and Mike meet at Jamestown High School during one of their weekly mentoring sessions.

Becoming Extraordinary: A Mentor’s Impact

Editor’s Note: The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is commemorating its 40th anniversary this year. Throughout the year, the foundation is highlighting 40 stories that are indicative of the impact foundation-funded programs and initiatives have had on the community. As a sophomore at ...

The 1907 Massey Memorial Organ at Chautauqua Institution was recently damaged after water penetrated a proective cover while the organ was in storage. Officials hope to have the organ restored in time for the 2018 season. 
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Snow Melt Damages Organ At Chautauqua Institution

CHAUTAUQUA — One of the largest outdoor pipe organs in the world reportedly has been damaged by snow melt, the Associated Press reported Saturday. A routine inspection of the 111-year-old Massey Memorial Organ at Chautauqua Institution revealed that water penetrated a protective cover and ...

Jamestown City Councilmen Continue To Debate Mayoral Appointments

For the second time in as many weeks, two Jamestown City Councilmen debated mayoral appointments. At a meeting last week, Andrew Liuzzo, At-Large councilman, said bylaw changes made in December for the Jamestown Local Development Corporation gives more appointment authority to the mayor of ...

Hurricane Victim Enrollment Levels Off In Dunkirk

DUNKIRK — Some of the families fleeing the aftermath of September hurricanes have made their way from Puerto Rico to Dunkirk, but the numbers of students enrolling in school have evened off recently, according to a Dunkirk City School District official. Hurricane Maria rocked the island ...

Chautauqua Art Gallery opened its doors to the public for the first time Saturday with an opening reception and ribbon cutting ceremony held at its new home, 104 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood.
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Work Of Art

LAKEWOOD — A new art gallery opened its doors to the public for the first time last weekend, and was paid a visit by several elected officials to commemorate the occasion. Chautauqua Art Gallery, located 104 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood, held an opening reception and ribbon cutting Saturday, ...

Snow melt reportedly damaged the 1907 Massey Memorial Organ at Chautauqua Institution, the Associated Press reported. Officials say they hope to have to organ restored before the 2018 season. 
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Snow Melt Damages 1907 Organ At Chautauqua Institution

CHAUTAUQUA — One of the largest outdoor pipe organs in the world reportedly has been damaged by snow melt, the Associated Press reported Saturday. A routine inspection of the 111-year-old Massey Memorial Organ at Chautauqua Institution revealed that water penetrated a protective cover and ...

Library Paintings Sell Higher Than Estimated

After a subpar auction in November, almost all of the Prendergast Library oil paintings up for auction were sold Thursday, with three of them selling for four times the estimated sale price. Sotheby’s hosted the fourth auction of Prendergast Library oil Paintings that resulted in 14 of 15 ...

Nadia Iverson, a 1995 graduate of Youngsville High School, was 20 years old when she was killed.
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Ex-Officer Arrested In Murder Of Warren Native

WARREN, Pa. — It took almost 21 years, but an arrest has been made in the Las Vegas murder of a Pittsfield native. Nadia Iverson, a 1995 graduate of Youngsville High School, was 20 years old when she was killed. Her body was found on May 8, 1997, in a public housing complex that was ...

Impaired Driving Crackdown Begins Today

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that state and local police will crack down statewide on impaired and reckless driving during this Super Bowl weekend. The STOP-DWI campaign will include underage drinking enforcement, along with increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints. “The Super ...

Library volunteer Jane Jones, left, and library director Melissa Froah greet visitors at the Findley Lake Community Library. Also pictured is Abba the cat. “Take Your Child to the Library” is being held today.

‘Take Your Child’ To Findley Lake Library Today

FINDLEY LAKE — If your parents took you to the library as a child, you probably remember a wooden card catalog that housed information on every book on the shelves, and “quiet, please” signs posted throughout the building. There were no computers, no DVD section, and you couldn’t do ...

Reed Says Spending, Not Tax Bill, Is Issue

The burden on New York state taxpayers in is not due to the GOP tax bill, but due to high government spending, according to U.S. Rep. Tom Reed. Reed, R-Corning, said the latter in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of a coalition looking to sue the federal government regarding the ...