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Alzheimer’s Group Offers Support For Caregivers

“You don’t know what it’s like until you’ve been through it,” said Bonnie. Bonnie, who wished to keep her last name private, shared these sentiments while attending a local Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Support Group for the past year and a half. She said the group has ...

Democratic lawmakers are pushing for the elimination of requiring defendants to post cash bail in a proposal many say will save money and address inequality. 
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State Senate Democrats: Eliminate Cash Bail Requirements

ALBANY — New York state would eliminate the long-standing practice of requiring defendants to post cash bail under a proposal from Democratic lawmakers who say the idea would save money while addressing a glaring inequity in the criminal justice system. States including Alaska and New ...

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Officials Escort Deputy Seeley’s Body Back To Jamestown

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office cruisers began escorting the hearse carrying deputy Michael Seeley, 44, near I-86 in Findley Lake Monday afternoon. Seeley, who gained widespread praise in 2013 for helping to save the life of a man and known for his career in emergency services, died Friday ...

Board President Refutes Claims Over Fischer’s Resignation

The Bemus Point Central School District Board of Education officially approved the resignation of Curt Fischer, former basketball and football coach, who took an abrupt leave of absence during the current basketball season. John Novotny, board president, and Michael Mansfield, superintendent, ...

City Council Discusses Ongoing Police Department Renovations

The Jamestown City Council discussed change orders and more renovation work to be done at the Jamestown Police Department following the flooding this fall. Monday, Jeff Lehman, city public works director, said a change order for Phase 1 renovations needs approval to modify the dry wall being ...

City, Police Union Arbitration Case Postponed

The scheduled start of the arbitration hearing between the city of Jamestown and the Kendall Club Police Benevolent Association has been delayed. The start of the arbitration case being heard by a three-member panel was supposed to start Monday, but according to Matthew Hanley, executive ...

Preparations are being made to host the 31st annual February celebration at Mayville’s Lakeside Park, which this year will be held Feb. 16-18. 
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Village Prepares For 31st Annual Winter Fest Weekend

MAYVILLE — If everything goes as planned, visitors from near and far will see another ice castle at this year’s Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival celebration in Mayville. Preparations are being made by the village to host its 31st annual February celebration at Lakeside Park, which ...

Rhea Nelson, a Sinclairville Elementary School teacher, began her first year as a general education teacher last fall but has earned much experience already early in her teaching career. Nelson earned her teaching certification in 2012 from SUNY Fredonia where she also ran track. In her classroom at Sinclairville, she incorporates exercise into the curriculum as much as possible. 
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Sinclairville First-Grade Teacher Incorporates Exercise Into Her Classroom

SINCLAIRVILLE — From special education to general education, Rhea Nelson is incorporating exercise to improve classroom progress with younger students. The Sinclairville Elementary teacher switched to general education as a first-grade teacher in the fall of 2017. Previously, Nelson was a ...

Journey To Active Aging Event Announced

The date and theme of the 10th annual Journey to Active Aging Workshop has been set in stone, despite change in the season in which it is being held. While the event is normally held in September, the workshop will now be held in April. Lisa Piazza of Peregrine Senior Living of Cheektowaga ...

The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts theater lobby is currently being renovated, which will include the removal of the concession stand and the multilevel floor. Funding for the project is coming from several sources, including part of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative program. 
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‘Arts’ And Crafts

The $4.75 million revitalization project for the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is on schedule. Renovations started the first week of December, with a lot of demolition and abatement being completed, said Kathleen Eads, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts executive director. “The theater lobby ...

Michael Seeley, a longtime sheriff’s deputy and firefighter, died Friday night after a brief battle with cancer.

Longtime Sheriff’s Deputy Dies Following Battle With Cancer

Michael Seeley, a Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputy who gained widespread praise in 2013 for helping to save the life of a man and known for his career in emergency services, died Friday night at the Cleveland Clinic following a brief battle with leukemia, his family said. He was 44. ...

Local School Leaders Talk Graduation Statistics

The New York State Education Department recently released graduation rates for schools across the state. In Chautauqua County, the high school graduation rate decreased overall by 1 percent. Among other statistics released to the public were dropout rates, graduation rates with Regents ...

In this Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 photo Jeremy DaRos shows the erroneous tsunami alert he received on his phone on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Portland, Maine. DeRos, who lives near the water, said he is concerned that people won't take seriously the emergency alerts they get in an actual crisis. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

False Alarms Highlight Weaknesses In National Alert System

Weather junkie John Grosso knew it was highly unlikely a monster wave was barreling toward the Connecticut coast. Still, when a tsunami warning appeared out of the blue on his phone Tuesday, he felt a twinge of fear. His co-workers, who got the same alert, asked whether they should ...

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August Trial Date Set For Man Charged In Hunting Accident

MAYVILLE — An August trial date has been set for a Sherman man charged with manslaughter in the November shooting of a woman he reportedly mistook for a deer. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Aug. 7 in front of County Court Judge David Foley in Mayville. Thomas Jadlowski, 34, ...

Deputy Michael Seeley, pictured at right, in August 2013,  after receiving an accolade for helping to save the life of Robert Dillemuth. Seeley died late Friday after a brief battle with cancer. 
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Longtime Sheriff’s Deputy, Firefighter Dies Following Battle With Cancer

Michael Seeley, a Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputy who gained widespread praise in 2013 for helping to save the life of a man and known for his career in emergency services, died Friday night at the Cleveland Clinic following a brief battle with leukemia, a friend of the family confirmed. ...

Appeal In Landfill Battle Upheld By Supreme Court

ROCHESTER — The company seeking to expand a landfill in the town of Carroll can continue as a party to the challenge of a 2007 local law regulating landfills in the town. A Chautauqua County Supreme Court decision allowing Sealand Waste LLC to intervene as a plaintiff in litigation over ...

Pictured is former Ellington resident and 2001 Falconer Central School graduate Matt Oakes, who is the head strength athletic trainer for USA Luge at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
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Oakes At Home With US Olympic Luge Team

When it was announced Wednesday night that luger Erin Hamlin had been selected as Team USA’s flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, Matt Oakes could hardly contain his glee. In fact, he immediately posted congratulatory messages to his ...

Removal of debris at the site of a fire in downtown Falconer began Thursday. The building at 15 W. Main St. was heavily damaged in the blaze. Pictured at the site Thursday is Brian Nelson, in red, who owned the property for 30 years. 
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Debris Removal Begins In Falconer

FALCONER — Removal of debris following a fire in downtown Falconer that destroyed a building beyond repair last month began Thursday. Crews began loading the demolition material around 11 a.m. at the former 15 W. Main St. building. Brian Nelson, who owned the property as well as the ...