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A fire that damaged a Jamestown home early Sunday has been ruled accidental. Three city firefighters were taken to UPMC Chautauqua hospital while battling the blaze at 4 Forest Park, located between Warner Place and Washington Street. According to Sam Salemme, Jamestown battalion chief, the ...

Pair Charged After Drugs, Weapons Seized

Drugs and several weapons were seized during a search of a Jamestown home last week. According to the Jamestown Police Department, a search warrant was executed at 287 S. Main St. on Friday following an investigation by members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force. “Information was ...

Seventh ChalkWalk Canceled

The Seventh ChalkWalk sponsored by the Jamestown Renaissance Corp. and Jamestown Now has been canceled this year. The event would have been held to coincide with Infinity Visual and Performing Arts’ 15th Annual Local Music Showcase. The ill health of planner and organizer Michael Dykeman ...

Sheridan Resident To Keep Home

SHERIDAN — Just six weeks ago, Sheridan resident David Blodgett along with his teenage son were facing homelessness after their home was sold at the county tax auction due to unpaid taxes. Blodgett, who manages significant mental health problems, overcame numerous challenges including ...

No One Injured After Semi Leaves Interstate

No one was injured after a tractor-trailer left the eastbound lane of Interstate 86 Monday evening. The incident occurred between the Jamestown and Falconer exits of the interstate, the New York State Police said in a press release. Capt. Eric Balon said the driver drifted off the road before ...

School Bus Safety, Sexual Offense Bill OK’d

Legislation improving school bus safety and raising awareness of alleged sexual offenses by school employees have both been signed into law. A measure (S2587E, Chapter 207), sponsored by Sen. Carl Marcellino, R-Syosset, requires random drug and alcohol testing for all school bus drivers. The ...

Food From Community Garden Promotes Healthy Eating

RANDOLPH — In an effort to benefit the community and encourage residents to think about healthy eating choices, the United Presbyterian Church of Randolph has continued its Randolph Community Garden located on the grounds of the church. Deacon Donna Chubon said the garden came out of an ...

Hot Days Inspire Young Philanthropists In Warren

WARREN, Pa. — When life gives you hot weather, sell lemonade for charity. A group of young Warren entrepreneurs — all in fourth and fifth grade at St. Joseph Catholic School — will donate almost $70 to the Salvation Army. On Aug. 26, five friends — Sebastian Oyola, Bella Oyola, ...

Sheriff’s Office Opens Substation At Clymer School

CLYMER — The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office has established a substation at the Clymer Central School. The substation will be utilized by deputies for completion of reports, interviews and other law enforcement duties. “I wish to thank school Superintendent Ed Bailey and the ...

Poland To Apply For Energy Grant

POLAND — The Poland Town Board discussed several ongoing projects at its recent meeting. Supervisor Kelly Snow reported that she had received some information about a grant the town of Poland can apply for. The Clean Energy Community Program grant will provide municipalities with funds ...

Quiet Fredonia Homicide Haunts Family, Friends

His final text arrived to her phone at 2:30 a.m. July 21. It was a meme with a saying, “Don’t let a man’s social media fool you. I’m here, I exist. …” Ellyn Mancuso of Dunkirk will not delete that note or the string of communication that preceded it. They are the last of many ...

Erie Diocese Bishop Calls For Victim Comp Fund

The bishop of the Diocese of Erie is calling for a compensation fund for victims of past sexual abuse at the hands of priests and others in the diocese. The creation of such a fund was one of four suggestions made by the grand jury that released a report regarding sexual abuse in six dioceses ...

JPS Holds New Teacher Orientation For 2018-19 School Year

Jamestown Public Schools recently held a new teacher orientation at the district’s administration building. Bret Apthorpe, district superintendent, addressed the new teachers. “I was reminiscing many years ago that I came to Southwestern as a new teacher and in that class at least three ...

Gillibrand Introduces MOMS Act In Senate

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, has announced the Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards (MOMS) Act to help prevent women from suffering from medical complications or dying before, during, and after childbirth. Gillibrand said the United States has more ...

School Boards Association To Assure Student Safety

As the new school year begins, school boards are taking very seriously their responsibilities for assuring students a safe and productive learning environment by improving school safety, implementing a new mental health curriculum, and optimizing resource equity across all buildings in the ...

Clear Discussion

BEMUS POINT — “We need to break this pattern.” Jim Wehrfritz, Chautauqua Lake Partnership Vice President, said Saturday to a full house at the Chautauqua Lake Rally at the Village Casino. This event was hosted by the CLP and featured Chautauqua County Executive George Borello, Dr. ...

Mental Health Association Opens Door To Recovery

Editor’s Note: The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is commemorating its 40th anniversary this year. This week’s story was inspired by gifts to The Fund for the Region. Kia Briggs and Steven Cobb are helping to open the door to recovery. As the executive director and associate ...

Area Residents Not Happy With Gas Prices

According to AAA, the price of a gallon of gas in the city of Jamestown is 59 cents higher than the national average, which is $2.44. But at $3.03 a gallon, the city “held steady again this week.” Yet many residents have mixed responses about the difference. And with Labor Day right ...

Drug Bust Nets Two In Salamanca

Two area residents face charges after a search warrant was served at a Salamanca home at 9:08 p.m. Thursday after a joint investigation by the Salamanca City Police Department, Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Dept. and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. Task force members report finding ...

Turbines To Soon Power Up

ARKWRIGHT — The newly constructed wind towers are expected to be turning soon. Fred Norton, Arkwright town supervisor, commented to the Observer this week that the long awaited powering up of the wind turbines throughout Arkwright should be taking place on Monday. Some residents in ...