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Town Prepares For Less Possible AIM Funding

BUSTI — Town Supervisor Jesse Robbins said Monday that he has done all he can to prepare for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget cuts to towns and villages throughout New York state. Proposed reductions in Aid and Incentives for Municipalities in Cuomo’s 2019 state budget affect towns ...

Complaint Leads To Charges For Pair

Two Clymer residents face drug possession and manufacturing charges after a criminal mischief complaint in French Creek. Christopher J. Bliss, 32, and Kristal R. Whitmore, 29, both of 1518 Bush Road, Clymer, were charged at 5:06 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies and ...

Cuomo: Federal Tax Law Costing State $2.3B So Far

ALBANY (AP) — New York’s income tax receipts are down more than $2 billion so far, creating a significant and serious state budget deficit that is mainly caused by last year’s Republican-led federal tax cuts, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Cuomo said at a state Capitol news ...

Hands-On Learning

A temporary play area has been added for winter at the Audubon Community Nature Center to promote education in a hands-on and wildlife themed environment. The new exhibit is being used as an experiment to determine how the center can encourage youth to participate in outdoor activities and ...

St. Susan To Host Annual ‘Soup And A Song’ Event

On Saturday, St. James Church, located at 27 Allen St., Jamestown, will host “Soup and a Song” featuring Bill Ward and Friends and a great meal. For the admission price of $10, guests will be treated to an evening of live musical entertainment, the choice of two soups from nine different ...

Area Senior Wins Third Place In ‘Teens Make Music’ Contest

Sherman Central School District senior Julie Ratzlaff has a dream in her heart and a song to make it come true. Ratzlaff has won third place in the nationwide Teens Make Music Contest sponsored by the Grammy Foundation, MusiCares, and the Partnership at Drugfree.org. According to the Grammy ...

Forest Service Ready As Next Gov’t Shutdown A Possibility

WARREN, Pa. — The federal government is fully funded through Friday, Feb. 15. What happens after that is anyone’s guess. In Warren County, Pa., the most recent shutdown — our nation’s longest — impacted the U.S. Forest Service most heavily. Acting Public Affairs Officer Collin ...

Councilman Notes ‘Better Days Are Coming’ In Run For Mayor

“We have a big challenge in front of us for the city of Jamestown ... better days are coming,” announced At-Large Jamestown City Council Andrew Liuzzo, during a speech announcing his candidacy for mayor. Liuzzo made the announcement Saturday in the parking of A-1 Auto Service on Winsor ...

Audubon Hosts Annual Snowflake Local Living Festival

The Audubon Community Nature Center held its 37th year of the Snowflake Local Living Festival on Saturday just as the polar vortex waned. Tucked away in pocket right off route 62 at 1600 Riverside Road, the Audubon featured an array of vendors and exhibits that exemplified the nature ...

Red House Issued Injunction By Court

CASSADAGA — The Red House, one of Cassadaga’s most hotly debated subjects, was issued an injunction by Chautauqua County Supreme Court prohibiting any events from taking place there until further notice. According to an email sent this week by Cassadaga resident Gayle Wilcox, Chautauqua ...

Borrello Outlines Concerns

ALBANY — County Executive George Borrello presented an open letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the New York State Association of Counties conference in Albany earlier this week. The letter was discussed during the New York State County Executives Association meeting at which county ...

Painting Partnership

UPMC Chautauqua will lend a paint brush to improvements in Jamestown’s neighborhoods. Managed by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and with support from Sherwin Williams and the Jamestown Department of Development, a new program called Paint Jamestown will provide Jamestown ...

Ashville Man Waives Hearing

WARREN — An Ashville, N.Y., man charged with attempted homicide in the wake of a December incident in Sugar Grove waived his right to a Thursday procedural hearing. According to the affidavit of probable cause, Pennsylvania State Police troopers were dispatched at 1:36 a.m. on Dec. 22 to ...

Harvest King

SARANAC LAKE — The same 80-year-old saw and same two operators have been used to cut the blocks for the Winter Carnival Ice Palace since 1955. “The saw was originally built in 1939 by Harry Duso, my grandfather,” Kim Duso said. “We’d harvest it out of the lake, then pack it in the ...

BPU Board Approves New Contract With Union

A new contract will be in place Feb. 1 for the employees of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities largest union. On Monday, the board approved a new contract with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 459, which will go into effect Feb. 1 and expire Dec. 31, 2023. ...

BPU Utility Divisions Report Success Last Year

It was a successful 2018 for the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities five — Electric, Water, Waste Water, Solid Waste and District Heat — utility divisions. On Monday, Kelly Hawkins, BPU finance and customer accounts manager, presented the unaudited year-end financial results to the ...

Stockton Man Freed, Lesser Plea In Rape Case

MAYVILLE — A Stockton man is free after pleading guilty to a second-degree rape charge in Chautauqua County Court Thursday, in a plea bargain offered by the District Attorney’s Office. Leland Bresee, 34, was arrested Feb. 9, 2018, for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a woman ...

State Investigation Into The Apple FaceTime Failure

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Letitia James, state attorney general, are beginning an investigation into Apple’s failure to warn consumers about the FaceTime bug and slow response to addressing the issue. The bug jeopardized the privacy of consumers in New York by allowing users to receive ...

Auction Planned

The last six of the former James Prendergast Library oil paintings will be available for purchase during an auction Friday. Sotheby’s is hosting the auction, which will be the last if all six paintings meet reserve prices, with the revenue going toward the library’s endowment fund. ...

Postal Carriers Feeling Brunt Of Weather

DUNKIRK — With the influx of bitter cold and blinding blowing snow, post office carriers and workers are feeling the brunt of winter’s wrath, but still delivering throughout Chautauqua County. Certain post offices in Erie County began calling their mail carriers back as early as 1:30 p.m. ...