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Uncle, Nephew Excited To Embark On Brewery Project

MAYVILLE — A new brewery in Mayville will be a family project after an uncle and nephew decided to take a leap into craft brewing. Randy Henderson and his nephew, Brent Henderson, are opening Big Inlet Brewing, which will be located at 6169 Elm Flats Road in Mayville. The duo have been ...

Justin Romaniuk was killed in a car crash Jan. 23 on Route 60 in the town of Charlotte. More than nine months later, his family is still struggling to find out what happened. Justin was enrolled at the University at Buffalo for mathematics and had plans to become a math teacher. 
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Learning From Loss

Justin Romaniuk knew his way around electronics. That much was evident to his mother, Linda, who recalls walking into her son’s room and finding him on the phone with a representative of Microsoft to resolve a technical problem with his Xbox. The problem was resolved, though Linda said ...

Participants gathered Saturday outside holding a “Step Up For Autism” banner before a 1.5-mile walk. Activities were held inside the Resource Center in Celoron to raise awareness.
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Annual ‘Step Up For Autism’ Event Raises Awareness In Celoron

Hope and joy filled The Resource Center as dozens participated in the 1.5-mile walk for the eighth annual Step Up For Autism event Saturday. “Autism now, statistics are showing its at epidemic proportions,” said Victoria Trass Bardo, development event manager for Filling The Gap. “One ...

Teacher Shortages Impacting Schools

Teacher applicant shortages are affecting local school districts differently. Bert Lictus, superintendent of Clymer and Panama school districts, said the shortages are seen when it comes to candidates applying to open positions. “I would say that we are (affected by teacher shortages) ...

Pictured, from top to bottom: several boats were rearranged during Hurricane Irma;  a friend of mine helps cut down a fallen tree outside of my apartment; and part of the road washed out in Islamorada, Fla., one day after Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys. 
Photos by Katie Atkins

Finding Strength

MARATHON, Fla. — Until Sunday, I had been living out of a gym bag for nearly three weeks. I left off in my last column about evacuating to upper Florida and how fearful I was of Category 4 Hurricane Irma making landfall in the Florida Keys where I live. What I’ve been through since ...

Debate On Kneeling Sheds Light On Ruling

The kneeling of a player on Jamestown’s freshman football team during the national anthem prompted a response from Superintendent Bret Apthorpe on Friday while also shedding light on a landmark Supreme Court ruling by Justice Robert H. Jackson that tackled patriotism and free speech. The ...

Pictured are oil paintings that used to hang in the Fireplace Room at the James Prendergast Library. Some of the paintings will be auctioned next week.
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Prendergast Library Oil Paintings Auction To Start Next Week

The first oil paintings from the Prendergast Library will be auctioned off starting next week. R. Thomas Rankin, president of the James Prendergast Library Board of Trustees, said three auctions have been scheduled by Sotheby’s of New York for the oil paintings the board approved to have ...

Ed Nelson, left, and Willie Lata pictured in June behind the counter of their Mexican-American restaurant, Yo! Burrito, located at 522 E. Second St. in Jamestown. Even with strong sales, Nelson and Lata decided to opt out of their lease and close the business due to other jobs.
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Yo! Burrito To Close At The End Of Business Today

Despite early success, a local restaurant will be opening its doors for the last time today before changing ownership. Yo! Burrito, 522 E. Second St. in Jamestown, is set to conduct its final day of business after its owners decided to cease operations. Another party has come forward with ...

Superintendent Address Football Player Who Knelt During Anthem

Bret Apthorpe, superintendent of the Jamestown Public Schools District, released a statement Friday regarding a player on the school's freshman team who reportedly took a knee during the national anthem before a game Thursday. The Red Raiders field varsity, junior varsity and ninth-grade ...


IDA Approves Loan For Mayville Brewery

MAYVILLE — A former working barn will soon find new life as a brewery in Mayville. At a meeting Thursday morning, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency approved two loans — a Chautauqua Revolving Loan Fund and an ALTech loan — to Big Inlet Brewing. The brewery will be ...

GA Family Services hosted its graduation for the Accountability and Responsibility Program. Five kids completed the eight week program and were treated to dinner at Landmark Restaurant.
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GA Family Services Treats Graduates To Dinner At Landmark

GA Family Services held a celebration for teens who had completed the eight-week-long Accountability and Responsibility Program. Kids normally end up in this program after getting into trouble and or ending up on probation. But Group Facilitator Billy Torres said that the organization has ...

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Debate On Kneeling Sheds Light On Landmark Ruling By Robert H. Jackson

The kneeling of a player on Jamestown's freshman football team during the national anthem prompted a response from Superintendent Bret Apthorpe on Friday while also shedding light on a landmark Supreme Court ruling by Robert H. Jackson that tackled patriotism and free speech. The comments ...

Brooks Memorial Hospital To Be Built In Pomfret

Brooks Memorial Hospital has decided to build its new, state-of-the-art facility on Route 20 in Pomfret. Earlier this week, the board of directors agreed to the 3710-3724 East Main Road site, which is located on the north side of the road and to the east of one of Chautauqua County’s ...

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan delivered his final tentative budget at Wednesday’s County Legislature meeting in Mayville. 
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Katrina Fuller

County Executive Delivers Final Tentative Budget

MAYVILLE — In his final budget address, Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan proposed a 2 percent increase in spending and a 10-cent hike in the tax rate. Horrigan delivered his 2018 tentative budget to the County Legislature and department heads at Wednesday’s meeting in Mayville. ...

Sale Of County Buildings Approved By Legislature

MAYVILLE — Despite public comment against the move and a few “no” votes from legislators, the sale of the South County Office Building is moving forward. Two other buildings, including the Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center in Ellicott and the Sherman Shop Maintenance Facility were ...

From left, Chuck Cornell, BPU board chairman; David Leathers, BPU general manager; Dave Paterniti, BPU electrical engineer; Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, and Greg Rabb, Jamestown City Council president and BPU board member; recognizing Paterniti’s 30 years of service to the BPU.
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BPU Reaches Extension With Solid Waste Employees

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has reached a three-year extension with the Teamsters Local 264, who represent solid waste employees. The board earlier this week approved the extension, which will last through 2021 because the current contract doesn’t expire until the end of 2018. ...

From left, Nick Marchini, Farm Fresh Foods baker; Chad Ecklof, Ecklof Bakery baker and cake decorator; Rick Ecklof, Ecklof Bakery certified master baker; Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, and Bob Tilaro, Tilaro's Bakery president; at Ecklof Bakery, located at 832 Foote Ave., to recognize National Bakery Day, which is today. Teresi presented a proclamation to the bakers Wednesday declaring it Local Bakery Day in Jamestown today.
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National Bakery Day Promotes Keeping The Dough Locally

“Keep your dough local,” is just one of the sayings you might hear today on National Bakery Day. The National Bakery Day is sponsored by the National Retail Bakers of America and is being supported locally at Ecklof Bakery, Tilaro’s Bakery and Farm Fresh Foods today. On Wednesday, ...

A local man has organized a collection point at the Morton Club for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Pictured from left are: Freddie Holmes, Vidalys Colon, Videl Colon, Jose Pina, the Rev. Ana Correa and Miguel Correa.
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Aiding Puerto Rico

Collections are ongoing all across Chautauqua County to provide relief to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The Category 4 Hurricane devastated the island last week, but volunteers across the area and even into Pennsylvania are looking to provide some help. In an effort ...


Axemen Motorcycle Group Drop Off School Supplies

The Axemen New York Chapter 4 Motorcycle Club made good on their promise on Wednesday morning, dropping off school supplies at schools across the area, including Jefferson Middle School and Bush Elementary School in Jamestown. The group, whose membership is made up of firefighters that ride ...