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Standing Tribute

Vivian Mae, Rylee Ann, Alexis Renee are pictured celebrating Memorial Day in Sinclairville this past Monday. The village celebrated its 93rd annual Memorial Day by marching up Main Street to Evergreen Cemetery for a service to honor those who died in service. Guest speaker will Sgt. Michael ...

Poland Board Discusses Annexation Of BPU Substation

POLAND — The town of Poland Board looked at progress for current building projects as part of their recent meeting. Remodeling has begun for the bathroom facilities by the courtroom in the town hall. After opening up an inside wall, it was determined that a new ceiling would have to be ...

Democrats Looking For Candidates For Legislature

Nineteen Chautauqua County Legislature seats are up for election this year. A majority of the 15 Republican legislators are looking to return for another two years, according to Dave Wilfong, Republican Party chairman. On the other side, Democrats are lining up candidates to cut into the ...

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Canadian Cadets Welcomed At Memorial Day Parade

Cadets from Preston, Ontario, Canada, were welcomed to the area and took part in the Memorial Day parade in Jamestown. The cadets thanked members of the Herman Kent Post 777 for their “generous hospitality and effort to insure that the meaning of this day live on in our youth.”

Audit Finds State Overpaid Capital Aid To Clymer School District

CLYMER — Officials with the Clymer Central School District said they don’t expect programs to be impacted after notification by the state Education Department that the district had been overpaid capital aid. Clymer officials released a statement Thursday regarding a recent state audit ...

Beth Starks is pictured beginning her presentation on the importance of finding the right childcare provider.
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Quality Care

Those in search of good childcare services recently received some helpful tips from a business insider. Last week at the Bemus Point Library, Beth Starks, Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center director and professor of early childhood development at JCC, discussed the importance of the quality, ...

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Southern Chautauqua United Way Names 2017 Campaign Chair

The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County has named Jane Cleaver Becker as the 2017 Campaign Chair. Becker’s connection to United Way encompasses 30 years of volunteer service that began in Indiana early in her career. When she came to Chautauqua County in 1985, Becker joined the ...

Members of the Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280 Honor Guard gave tribute to veterans at 10 area cemeteries Monday. Shown is the group in formation under the leadership of James Hayward at the Charlotte Center Cemetery.

Cassadaga American Legion Honors Veterans

CASSADAGA — Memorial Day is the one day of the year set aside a little over 150 years ago to remember those veterans who fought in this country’s Civil War. On Memorial Day, members of the Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280 Honor Guard held Memorial Day ceremonies at the surrounding ...

The Randolph American Legion Post 181 firing squad is pictured.
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A Time To Remember

KENNEDY — Cloudy skies could not dim the importance of the Memorial Day observance in Kennedy. Just before the parade lined up, the sun broke through, once again giving its blessing to the day’s remembrance. Residents lined the route to witness the spectacle. The parade stepped off ...

Members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, left side of photo, participated in an activated electronic locating transmitter training drill with members of the Civil Air Patrol, right side of photo, on Saturday at the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport. 
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Canadian Air Cadets, Civil Air Patrol Drill At Chautauqua County Airport

Twenty-four cadets and three officers of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, squadron 822, hailing from the Kitchner, Ontario, region participated in an activated electronic locating transmitter training drill with the Civil Air Patrol, squadron 402 at the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport on ...

Law Changed To Allow For One Store Item Pricing Inspection

A new law will allow stores to go through one scanner accuracy price inspection a year instead of two. Last week, county legislators approved a proposal brought forth by Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore regarding item pricing and scanner accuracy among area stores. Stores in the past ...

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Randolph Area Holds Memorial Day Parade

East Randolph hosted the Randolph area Memorial Day Parade and ceremonies this year. The parade route was filled with spectators as parade units made their way up to the cemetery for services to observe Memorial Day. This year’s guest speaker, pictured, was John Congdon, past president of the ...

Dr. Jim Holton was the guest speaker at the Cassadaga Memorial Day Ceremony at the Cassadaga Ceremony, speaking about the past, present and future of the patriotism of Cassadaga.

Cassadaga Village Holds Memorial Day Service

CASSADAGA — The Village of Cassadaga held the annual Memorial Day service. Memorial Day was established following the Civil War in 1868 by General John A. Logan’s General Order No. 11. At that time, the date had been set at May 30, and was a time to remember those veterans who fought in the ...

The starting line at the 2016 Marauder Trotter 5K Run/Walk is pictured.

Marauder Trotter 5K Set For July 1

DUNKIRK — The Dunkirk High School Class of 1989 will host the third annual Marauder Trotter 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run on Saturday, July 1, along the Dunkirk waterfront starting and ending at Wright Park. The community event will start at 9 a.m. with a children’s quarter-mile run for ...

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Sky High Adventure Park Opens For Seventh Season

ELLICOTTVILE — Sky High Adventure Park, New York’s largest aerial park, has opened for its seventh season. Located at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, Sky High consists of the Aerial Park, the Climbing Forest and the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster. The Aerial Park features 13 courses ...

An emergency demolition was ordered following a structure fire Monday morning at 274 Prospect St. in Jamestown. City fire investigators were called to help determine a cause of the blaze at the vacant residence.
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Emergency Demolition Ordered Following Fire At Vacant City Residence

An emergency demolition was ordered and Jamestown fire investigators were summoned following a blaze that ripped through a vacant residence early Monday in the city. Firefighters were dispatched shortly before 5 a.m. to 274 Prospect St., between Cole Avenue and Barker Street. Crews found the ...

JCC Approves Budget, Enrollment Down

Jamestown Community College’s 2017-18 budget was approved at a meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday. The new budget, which totals $31,649,867, is 3.9 percent smaller than the college’s 2016-17 spending plan. JCC’s new fiscal year begins Sept. 1. The approved budget ...

The town of Gerry held its annual Memorial Day observance Sunday, with a parade along Route 60 and a memorial service at Gerry Village Cemetery.
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Gerry Holds Annual Memorial Day Festivities Sunday

GERRY — In defiance of a forecast calling for overcast skies and eventual rain, the weather in the town of Gerry on Sunday allowed for an enjoyable afternoon of remembrance and gratitude for those who have served and sacrificed in the name of God and country. Beginning at 2 p.m., the town ...

The Fenton History Museum began its annual downtown walking tours in Jamestown. On Saturday, participants took part in “Downtown Churches: Then and Now.” P-J photo by Meghan Siperek

Downtown Church, Then And Now, Discussed By Museum

Community members gathered bright and early Saturday morning at the Fenton History Museum as the season of outdoor walking tours commenced. Joni Blackman, director of the Fenton Museum and the tour guide for the morning, briefed the participants on a small visual layout and background ...

A poster documenting an algae bloom from autumn 2016. The jars in the foreground contains weed die-off that has accumulated at the bottom of the lake and propagates the growth of new weeds.
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A New Approach: Chautauqua Lake Partnership Challenges Status Quo

BEMUS POINT — Discontent with current weed management practices and fear of future weed proliferation has led to the reformation of the Chautauqua Lake Partnership. On Saturday, elected officials, Bemus Point residents and concerned citizens of Chautauqua County gathered at the Village ...