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County Legislature Approves Lake-Related Pact

MAYVILLE — Following County Executive George Borrello’s roll out of the Memorandum of Agreement for the Chautauqua Lake Weed Management Consensus Strategy, the Chautauqua County Legislature approved an emergency resolution to accept the new plan for collaboration and cooperation. ...

Sherman District To Reduce Tuition

SHERMAN — For the second time in three years, Sherman Central School District will dramatically reduce its tuition rate for out of district students. Board of Education members voted at their regular meeting on March 18 to establish a three-year tuition rate schedule. Tuition for out ...

POW! BAM!

DC Comics celebrated Batman’s 80th Anniversary with its release of his 1,000th issue of Detective Comics on Wednesday, and a local comic shop had a party to mark the event. Chautauqua Comics owner Al Steffens said the comic book’s publication is a historic moment because the Detective ...

Legislature Approves Funding For Study

MAYVILLE — Step one in possibly growing a new agricultural crop in Chautauqua County was taken by the Chautauqua County Legislature. On Wednesday, the legislature approved funding $20,000 toward a feasibility study to determine the possibility of growing hops/barley locally. Last week, ...

State Energy Standard Costs $1.6 Million

The state-mandated Clean Energy Standard will be increasing cost for Jamestown Board of Public Utilities customers by more than $1.5 million On Monday, David Leathers, BPU general manager, said BPU customers will be paying $1.6 million through the fuel adjustment surcharge to pay for ...

Reed On Board With Mueller Report Finding

During a conference call with regional media, Rep. Tom Reed expressed relief that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on President Donald Trump was released last week so that the country can move on more unified and informed. “The evidence clearly shows the president did not ...

BPU Continues Projects, Maintenance

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities will be going through spring maintenance and continuing work on several projects in the coming months On Monday, BPU officials discussed and passed resolutions related to the spring maintenance and ongoing projects. David Leathers, BPU general ...

3 Motocross Motorcycles Stolen In City Burglary

Jamestown police on Tuesday investigated the theft of three small motocross motorcycles from a city business. The suspects involved were later identified as 16-year-old juveniles. Two of the mini motorcycles were recovered shortly after the burglary around 6 a.m. at Hector’s Powersports, ...

Internet Expansion Sought At Stoneman

MAYVILLE — Patrons at the Empty Pint at Southern Tier Brewing Company may soon be able to enjoy broadband internet access while enjoying their favorite craft beer. Mark Geise, deputy Chautauqua County executive for economic development, discussed the proposal of extending fiber optic ...

Sheriff’s Office Warns Of Mail Scam

LITTLE VALLEY — The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents of a scam that has been circulating. The Sheriff’s Office said that several residents have reported receiving a letter in the mail from “DotService.com” regarding Department of Transportation (DOT) ...

Development Center Has Helped Create 15 Jobs

MAYVILLE — The vision of the Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College is to create economic sustainability — one business at a time. Last week, Courtney Curatolo discussed with the Chautauqua County Legislature Planning and Economic Development Committee how she is ...

Lake Management Memo To Be Revealed Wednesday

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello will unveil the Memorandum of Understanding for the Chautauqua Lake Weed Management Consensus Strategy on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Room 331 on the third floor of the Gerace Office Building, 3 N. Erie St., Mayville. The memo of agreement, ...

Fredonia Sears Store Apparently Shuts Down

FREDONIA — It appears the Fredonia Sears store is no more. On Monday, the Hometown Sears store located at 3725 E. Main Road, in the town of Pomfret was completely empty. A representative with Lake Shore Savings Bank was at the property, inspecting it. He said the building was owned by ...

Land Bank Eyes Lead Abatement Procedure

With an aging housing stock throughout the county, especially in the cities, lead abatement is as important an issue as ever before. That is one reason why Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. officials will be working with community stakeholders to help track houses that need to go through a ...

Check Leads To Drug Charges

Two Jamestown residents face charges after officers investigated a possible order of protection violation at 133 Lakeview Ave. on Monday. According to a police report, Justin D. Cusimano, 35, and Justine M. Hancock, 30, were charged with three counts each of third-degree criminal possession ...

Seeking A Home

A 1-year-old cat that came to the community’s attention earlier this year has come a long way in his short life and is now looking for a “forever” adopted home through the Chautauqua County Humane Society. Storm’s tenure with the humane society began in October 2018 when he was ...

School To Collaborate With NE Dance Masters

BEMUS POINT — The Bemus Point Elementary School will be collaborating with the New England Dance Masters, an internationally and nationally renowned dance program. “I’m just so grateful,” said Kasey Way, Bemus Point music teacher. The New England Dance Masters’ (NEDM) ...

Legislators Discuss Hops, Barley Study

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature will be voting this week on whether to assist in funding a feasibility study to determine if hops/barley will be grown locally. Mark Geise, deputy Chautauqua County executive for economic development, recently discussed funding for a feasibility ...

‘This Allows Us To Expand’

WESTFIELD — Growers’ Co-operative Grape Juice Company is building the future — literally. The Westfield company recently marked its 90th anniversary of collecting grapes from local growers, negotiating the best price possible and returning the profits to the farmers. Now it is banking ...

Career Walk Of Fame Helps Students Prepare For Future

WESTFIELD — “What do you want to be when you grow up?” used to the question asked of young people, with responses such as doctor, teacher, nurse, firefighter and the president being common. Westfield Academy and Central School Career and Financial Management students take a much ...