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City Officials Celebrate Arbor Day

Arbor Day in Jamestown was a time for remembrance and to honor two city residents. On Wednesday, city officials held Jamestown's Arbor Day celebration by planting two purple prince crabapple trees near Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park on Falconer Street. Dan Stone, city arborist, said the two ...

Area Meals On Wheels Volunteers Recognized

LAKEWOOD — Around 500 meals are delivered a day by Jamestown Area Meals on Wheels to residents in the southern and central sections of Chautauqua County, and without the more than 100 volunteers, delivering the hot and cold meals would pose a challenge. To express gratitude to its ...

State Senate Considers Upping Tobacco Purchase Age To 21

Chautauqua County legislators considered and approved a local law last year to increase the tobacco purchase age. At that time, the county became the third municipality — and the first in Western New York — to bump the age from 18 to 21. Last week, Tompkins County became the seventh ...

Two Face Weapon, Drug Charges

A wellness check to a Forest Avenue residence led to the confiscation of an array of drugs and the recovery of a stolen shotgun, Jamestown Police responded to 248 Forest Ave. on Sunday just before 9 p.m. to assist a female subject who allegedly was threatened with a shotgun earlier in the day. ...

Chimney Fire Rips Through Gerry Home

GERRY — Gerry, Ellery, Kennedy and Falconer fire departments responded to a fully-involved, two-story structure fire at 2092 28th Creek Road in Gerry just after noon. The fire reportedly began as a chimney fire. One resident inside of the home was able to evacuate safely. More information ...

Fifth Street Drug Bust Nets Two

Two city residents were jailed Monday after police found a stash of narcotics inside a Fifth Street apartment. The arrests occurred at 1:45 p.m., when members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and New York State Police CNET executed a search warrant at 305 E. Fifth St. Apt. 37. Inside, ...

Possible Mergers, Siren Discussed In Lakewood

LAKEWOOD — The village of Lakewood has agreed to join in Chautauqua County’s bid for a state grant in the amount of $20 million. On Monday, the village Board of Trustees adopted a resolution to participate in the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative aimed at reducing property taxes and ...

More Than 1,000 Participated In Civil Service Exams Last Year

In 2016, approximately 1,105 candidates were approved to participate in various Civil Service exams in Chautauqua County. The process and hirings for local government positions are handled by the county Department of Human Resources. Per the New York State Constitution and Civil Service Law, ...

Ryan Melquist Reflects On Career As Aspiring, Working Musician

For nearly two decades, Jamestown’s Ryan Melquist has been synonymous with the area’s reggae-roots rock movement. Having first hit the scene at the turn of the century as a member of the popular local band Atica, Melquist’s journey has since taken him throughout various regions of the ...

Deal Between Owner, Investors Nearing For Cockaigne Ski Area

CHERRY CREEK — Activity at Cockaigne Ski Area ended in 2011 following a tragic fire at the Austrian Pavilion ski lodge. Sitting vacant for a number of years now, snowsport activities may very well be returning to the slopes located in the town of Cherry Creek — an area that sees no ...

Panama-Clymer Consolidation Groups Meet

A recent meeting of the Panama-Clymer Feasibility Study Committee regarding a proposed merger between the two schools has set the ground work for future meetings. Committee members were given an overview of the merger study or consolidation study process by members of Learning Design ...

JPS Officials React To Revised Common Core Standards

After a two-year process, the New York state Department of Education has released a draft of revised Common Core Learning Standards. The English Language Arts and Mathematics learning standards will be presented to the Board of Regents on Tuesday, according to MaryEllen Elia, after an ...

BPU Coal Boiler Dismantling Project Underway

The outside of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities electric generating plant will begin to have a different look to it during the next couple months. The dismantling of coal boilers No. 11 and 12 and their precipitators started last month at the BPU. Steve Kulig, BPU associate power plant ...

Fifth Street Drug Bust Nets Two

Two city residents were jailed Monday after police found a stash of narcotics inside a Fifth Street apartment. The arrests occurred at 1:45 p.m., when members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and New York State Police CNET executed a search warrant at 305 E. Fifth St. Apt. 37. Inside, ...

Reed Again Faces Criticism On Health Care At Town Hall Meeting

BUSTI — U.S. Rep. Tom Reed came into Chautauqua County on a wave of optimism Saturday following legislation passed in the House to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. However, as was the case earlier this year, Reed was met with a wall of opposition — and at times shouts and boos ...

Fallen Officers Honored

To honor and memorialize the ultimate sacrifice of fallen trooper Joseph A. Longobardo, the Badge of Honor Association—in conjunction with the Persell Middle School eighth grade honor society— held a sign dedication ceremony at Persell Middle School on Saturday morning. BOHA was created ...

Rider Recognition

Few things match the thrill and alluring sense of freedom that come from motorcycles. But such freedom comes with responsibility, both for riders and the motorists around them. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,976 people died nationwide in motorcycle ...

Housing Of Some Jail Inmates Questioned

MAYVILLE — So do all inmates housed in Chautauqua County Jail belong there? According to some local officials, many don’t. Excessive bail amounts, inmate health issues and even judges using jail as a means to garner a plea deal, have all been cited as reasons why some inmates may be ...

Investment For Area Water Projects Highlighted In DC Visit

Bringing in federal investment is a challenge given pressing needs across the country, but county officials are beginning to make their voices heard on some area concerns. In March, area officials journeyed to Washington, D.C., to discuss water projects in Chautauqua County. Meeting with ...

New Security Cameras Curb Vandalism At Band Shell

The addition of security cameras around the Goranson Band Shell seems to be preventing vandalism. During the Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Commission meeting earlier this week, John Williams, city parks manager, said so far this spring there has been no vandalism at the band ...