Algae floats in the water at the Maumee Bay State Park marina in Lake Erie in Oregon, Ohio, on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Pungent, ugly and often-toxic algae is spreading across U.S. waterways, even as the government spends vast sums of money to help farmers reduce fertilizer runoff that helps cause it. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

‘Truly A Problem’

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Area residents can make a difference when it comes to blue-green algae blooms, which can be toxic to humans and animals. This past summer, the blooms were found on a widespread level on both Chautauqua and Findley lakes, according to the County Department of Health and Human Services. ...

Right, Paul Leroux, general manager of the Holiday Inn Express in Findley Lake, goes over some details with front desk manager Judy Miller.
Submitted photo

Holiday Inn Express Findley Lake Has New General Manager


FINDLEY LAKE — The future’s so bright at the Holiday Inn Express in Findley Lake that guests might need to wear sunglasses. The hotel’s Michigan-based owners recently hired Paul Leroux of North East to be general manager. He takes over the position from Maroun Knieher who has returned ...

FILE - This Wednesday, June 29, 2016 aerial photo shows blue-green algae in an area along the St. Lucie River in Stuart, Fla. In 2016, Florida’s governor declared a state of emergency and beaches were closed when algae blooms spread from Lake Okeechobee to nearby estuaries. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post via AP)

Toxic Algae: Once A Nuisance, Now A Severe Nationwide Threat

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MONROE, Mich. — Competing in a bass fishing tournament two years ago, Todd Steele cast his rod from his 21-foot motorboat — unaware that he was being poisoned. A thick, green scum coated western Lake Erie. And Steele, a semipro angler, was sickened by it. Driving home to Port Huron, ...

The International Survivors of Suicide Day Event took place all around the world on Saturday. In Jamestown, the event took place inside the donated space at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
P-J photo by Jordan W. Patterson

Survivors Of Suicide Event Takes Place Alongside Awareness Campaign

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From dark, cold solitude to bright, warm solidarity. Survivors of suicide or people affected by suicide united together Saturday as part of International Survivors of Suicide Day. At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, registered participants gathered to share stories and seek out comfort with ...

Elizabeth Cipolla

Strengths-Based Leadership


As a competent leader, you probably realize the most precious assets in your organization are the people within it. Yet, few leaders invest the necessary resources to develop them. Quite often, our attention focuses primarily on investing in physical resources such as technology and equipment ...

Thanksgiving Edition To Be Published Wednesday

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The Post-Journal’s biggest edition of the year — the Thanksgiving Day newspaper — will be available earlier than ever on the day before Thanksgiving at select retailers in the Jamestown area. “We are very proud to be able to distribute this exciting edition earlier this year,” said ...

Missing Infants Found Safe With Parents

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Two infants reportedly taken by their parents from Salamanca prompted a statewide alert Saturday morning. Two “Missing Child” alerts, issued at the behest of the City of Salamanca Police Department, were released around 10 a.m. Police were looking for Keshauna Boggs and Selena Ventura, ...

Cellyann Semidey, Self-Portrait, dry pastels on textured black paper, 25.5” x 19”.

JCC Artwork Selected For Best Of SUNY Art Exhibition


Works by Jamestown Community College students Samantha Nordlund, Ceilyann Semidey, and Molly Morse of Jamestown, Morgan Anderson of Ashville and Obehi Ejele of England were among the submissions selected for inclusion in the Best of the State University of New York art exhibition. Their ...



Puerto Rico’s Struggles Remain SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Experts say Puerto Rico could face nearly two decades of further economic stagnation and a steep drop in population as a result of Hurricane Maria. The stark estimates were presented Thursday to members of a federal control ...

Friends and colleagues of retired Persell Middle School teacher Karen Harp Czysz recently gathered to plant a tree in her memory outside of her former classroom with the help of  Forestry Consultant Bruce E. Robinson. Not pictured is Jamestown City Arborist Dan Stone who helped facilitate the tree planting.

Tree Planted In Honor Of Retired Persell Middle School Teacher


Friends and colleagues of retired Persell Middle School teacher Karen Harp Czysz recently gathered to plant a tree in her memory outside of her former classroom. Czysz taught for 31 years in the Jamestown Schools and 17 years at Persell Middle School. She passed away in April. The tree ...

Region Under Winter Weather Advisory

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The Southern Tier can expect its next blast of winter weather Sunday, the National Weather Service is reporting. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties, with lake effect snow beginning at 4 a.m. The advisory lasts through 1 p.m., the ...

UPMC To Build 3 Specialty Hospitals


UPMC is building three specialty hospitals that will offer next-generation treatments in patient focused, technology-enhanced settings unique to health care. Backed by a $2 billion investment from UPMC, the UPMC Heart and Transplant Hospital, UPMC Hillman Cancer Hospital and UPMC vision and ...

Shane Dietz, Kiara Marchincin, Andrew Pumford and Cade Pollock comprised the winning team in JCC’s Mathletics competition.

Area Students Take On Mathletics Competition


Several area high school students participated in Jamestown Community College’s annual Mathletics contest in October. Students and their teachers worked in teams to locate and complete math activities that were distributed around campus. The winning team included Shane Dietz of Sheffield ...

Falconer Announces Honor, Merit Rolls


Falconer Middle-High School recently released its list of students on its honor and merit rolls. Honor Roll Sixth grade: Marlei Armstrong, Jaden Binkley, Aylah Boutwell, Lillian Brooks, Michaela Brunco, Cristiano Bunce, Anna Carlson, Nathaniel Colley, Kylie Comber, Carisa DePasquale, ...

North Harmony Seniors Hold October Meeting


The evening of Oct. 16 was filled with an interesting presentation made by Sue Mercurio, representing Centaur Stride Horseback Riding in Sherman. Sue informed the group that her daughter was in an accident that caused her to be in a severe disabled state. She had done some research which ...

Rocky and Dixie Siegel pose for a picture with the Jamestown Area YMCA’s CEO, Mark G. Eckendorf after receiving the YMCA’s Partner with Youth Award, at the Jamestown YMCA’s Downtown Branch.

Rocky, Dixie Siegel Receive YMCA Award


Local area residents Rocky and Dixie Siegel were recently presented with the Jamestown Area YMCA’s Partner with Youth Award during the YMCA’s Awards Banquet held at the Jamestown Y’s Downtown Branch Teen Center. The Siegels have big, huge hearts for those deemed “underprivileged,” ...

Shop Small! Small Business Saturday Is Nov. 25


Once again this year the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has signed on as a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday. That means we are helping to promote the shop small movement right here in our own communities. The Chamber has always focused on supporting local business and ...

From left, Cliff Powers, Lander’s Men’s Store owner; Michael and Sarah Bigney, Crown Street Roasting Company owners;  Sammy Lisciandro, The Pub manager; Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi; Salim Sarvaiya, Southside Pharmacy pharmacist/owner; John Lisciandro, Lisandro’s owner; and Sergey Khodzhayan, Fresco Pizza and Wings owner; during the presentation of a city proclamation commemorating Small Business Saturday, which will be celebrated in the city on Nov. 25.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

Small Business Support

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It’s a large contribution when area residents decide to shop locally owned small businesses. On Friday, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi and city business owners gathered at Lander’s Men’s Store, located at 215 N. Main St., to promote the upcoming Small Business Saturday, which is held ...