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An emergency demolition was ordered Wednesday at a century old building in Dunkirk after a fire broke out. The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately known. 
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Dunkirk Fire Leads To Demolition Of Century-Old Building

DUNKIRK — A 117-year-old building in Dunkirk is no more. After catching fire Wednesday morning, the apartment complex on 151 King St. in Dunkirk was ordered by the fire department to be demolished due to the overwhelming extent of structural damage it suffered. The blue and white brick ...

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Two Residents Ask For City’s Reasons For Annexation

Despite being discussed several times during the last seven months, residents in the city still have questions concerning the proposed annexation of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities substation in the village of Falconer and town of Ellicott. On Monday, Jamestown residents Malinda ...

Reed, Bipartisan Group Propose Changes To Stabilize Individual Market

A bipartisan group in the House is resetting the health care conversation through a set of proposals to fix insurance coverage issues. On Monday, the House Problem Solvers Caucus announced a set of proposals they formulated to stabilize the individual market in a bid to reform pieces of the ...

Concert Features Bluegrass Band

CHERRY CREEK — As the 2017 Cherry Creek Summer Gazebo Concert Series continues, the Old Dawg Bluegrass band will be featured Thursday. The event will be held in the gazebo of the Memorial Park on Main Street located behind the Cherry Creek Town Hall. Music will begin at 6:30 p.m. and ...

Kliph Nesteroff will make his return to Jamestown and the surrounding area this week to participate in the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and to teach a three-day “History of Comedy” master course at Chautauqua Institution.
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Comedy Aficionado, Author Returns To Annual Festival

For the second year in a row, “The Human Encyclopedia of Comedy” will visit the birthplace of one of comedy’s greatest icons. Renowned comedy enthusiast and author Kliph Nesteroff will return to Jamestown and the surrounding area as a participant and moderator of the Lucille Ball Comedy ...

James and John Hughes, 2012 graduates of Southwestern Central School, are looking at a career in science and technology. The twins received scholarships from Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

Seeing Double: Twins Eye Career In Science, Technology

Twin brothers, James and John Hughes, both have the same thing in mind — a career in or related to science and technology. The 2012 graduates of Southwestern Central School each received scholarships from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to further their academic educations at the ...

Council To Vote On Adding More School Resource Officers Today

The Jamestown City Council will be voting to add two more school resource officers, to bring the total to three, in Jamestown Public Schools. The council will vote today on authorizing an agreement with the Jamestown Public Schools to provide three school resource officers in the amount of ...

Paul Fehringer, founder of Wild Spirit Education, introduces the crowd to a red-tailed hawk. 
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And The Crowd Goes ‘Wild’

PANAMA — Panama Rocks Scenic Park played host to a wild celebration on Saturday — but not the kind you’re thinking of. The picturesque park was filled with hundreds of visitors throughout the day for the first Wild America Nature Festival. The festival, which resumes today, offered ...

UPMC Chautauqua WCA hosted an open house Friday for its new ENT Center. Pictured is Dr. Mark Steehler, right, with Miles Lyons, registered nurse, both of WCA.
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ENT Center Hosts Open House For New Location

The added convenience and ease of hospital services just minutes away is the main benefit for patients at UPMC Chautauqua WCA’s new ENT Center. On Friday, hospital officials held an open house for their new ENT Center, which is now located at the UPMC Chautauqua WCA’s main campus at 207 ...

The Chautauqua County Technical Rescue Team recently took ownership of a new rescue truck, donated by Charlie Smith, a former member of the all-volunteer group. Pictured, from left, are Julius Leone, Charlie Smith, Noel Guttman and Brian Purol.

New Pickup Truck Donated To County Technical Rescue Team

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Technical Rescue Team has a new set of wheels thanks to a longtime county fire official. Charlie Smith, a former fire coordinator with the county Office of Emergency Services, said he decided to fund the purchase of the 2017 Chevrolet pickup truck because ...

Lauren Eaton is the Cattaraugus County Dairy Princess for 2017-18. As reigning dairy princess, she will present awards and ribbons to winning exhibitors at the Cattaraugus County Fair that begins Monday.
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Dairy Distinction

LITTLE VALLEY — Lauren Eaton is the Cattaraugus County Dairy Princess for 2017-18. She is ready to fulfill her duties at this year’s 175th annual Cattaraugus County Fair that will run from Monday through Sunday, Aug. 6. The 16-year old from Cattaraugus served as the 2016 Alternate ...

Volunteers Come Forward To Keep Sherman Day Celebration Alive

SHERMAN — Sherman Day is here to stay. For the past two years, Sherman Day faced an uncertain future, but there was always someone willing to keep the annual celebration alive. After the departure of village clerk Ann Gilbert, who had spearheaded the event for several years, many people ...

Fair Ride Similar In Name, Not Design Of Fatal Ohio Coaster

DUNKIRK — Similar in name, but not in design, the Fireball ride at the Chautauqua County Fair is nothing like the one that caused the unfortunate death of one and injuries of seven others in Ohio, and should be considered safe for fair-goers to ride. On Wednesday, a high schooler was killed ...

Jamestown Man Found With Meth, Hypodermic Needles

A Jamestown man was taken into custody Friday after allegedly admitting to police he had smoked methamphetamine and was wanted on multiple warrants. The arrest occurred shortly before 6:30 a.m., when police observed 35-year-old Maurice C. Hough acting erratically and apparently under the ...

The Probables will perform at Craft Burgers & Brews, 60 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood, Saturday from 7-10 p.m. This will be the first of many live music events to be held at the Lakewood establishment in the coming months.
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Eat, Drink, Be Merry

LAKEWOOD — A new Lakewood establishment is now welcoming live music to its recently constructed outdoor area. Craft Burgers & Brews — located at 60 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood — will kick off its new live music series with a performance by The Probables on Saturday from 7-10 ...

Steel Rails performs in Hallquist Park gazebo for the Sunday In The Park concert. 
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Kennedy’s First ‘Sunday In The Park’ A Success

KENNEDY — Beautiful weather, great food, fun event and some really good music made Sunday in the Park a big success. Local musicians “Steel Rails” brought their talents to Hallquist Park to provide an entertaining concert and to help raise money for the Kennedy Free Library. Their blend ...

The RACDC, Randolph American Legion and Randolph VFW will host the 2nd annual “Veterans Appreciation Day” Saturday, Aug. 12. Pictured is just one group of United States Military Veterans who participated in last year’s parade.
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Randolph Seeking Vets For ‘Veterans Appreciation Day’

RANDOLPH — Final plans are underway for the 2nd annual “Randolph Area Veterans Appreciation Day” that will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, in Randolph. On that day, area residents will have the opportunity to show their pride and gratitude to local United States Military Veterans who have ...

Democrats Announce New Candidate For District 1

Democrats have a new candidate to challenge Republican incumbent Kevin Muldowney’s seat in the Chautauqua County Legislature. Chautauqua County Democratic Committee Chairman Norman P. Green announced this week that James B. Palmatier was chosen to be the party nominee for District 1. Tommy ...

United Way Launches Search Committee

The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County recently accepted the resignation of Executive Director Tory Irgang. Irgang will leave United Way later this year to serve as executive director for the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. “While Tory will be missed, the strength of our ...

Lakewood Beach Still Closed As Reports Of Blue-Green Algae Remain

LAKEWOOD — For more than a week, beach goers haven’t been able to enjoy the sunny, summer days at Lakewood Village Beach with blue-green algae present. As of Thursday, the beach was still closed due to confirmed reports of blue-green algae. While a reopening date is still unknown due to ...