Poland Fire Ruled Accidental

KENNEDY — A building that was heavily damaged by fire last week in the town of Poland has been ruled accidental. Capt. Rich Telford of the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team said an electrical issue inside an outlet sparked the fire reported Jan. 9 around noon at 2538 Fisher Hill Road. An insurance inspector on the property spotted smoke coming from the eaves of the building, located adjacent to a residence, and called 911. Kennedy firefighters were assisted by volunteers from Falconer, Frewsburg and Kiantone. The nearby home was not damaged in the fire. “The main structure house is fine, this (fire) was a house that was built many years ago,” said Keith Bean, Kennedy fire chief.

Railroaders Club To Meet Friday

The Independent Railroaders will host its first meeting of 2020 on Friday at Conduit Ministries in Jamestown. This month’s meeting will include a presentation of vintage railroad slides by member Dave Heckman. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 7 p.m. The entrance is on Newland Street. Members are also encouraged to bring and share any train-related gifts they received this past Christmas as well as ideas for topics in the remaining meetings of the 2019-20 season. Membership dues of $15 will also be collected. For more information contact Tim Anderson at 487-0730. Conduit Ministries is located at 120 Delaware Ave. in Jamestown.

Health Board Cancels Meeting

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Board of Health meeting scheduled for Thursday has been canceled. The meeting will be rescheduled and a new notice will be sent.

Shared Services Panel To Meet

The Chautauqua County Shared Services Initiative Panel will meet Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. at the See-Zurh House, 14 Main St., Bemus Point. Anyone seeking further information or wishing to attend the meeting can call executive assistant Daniel Heitzenrater in the Chautauqua County Executive’s Office at 753-4672.

Library To Hold Open House

Tina Scott, James Prendergast Library director, is retiring Jan. 31. The library board will host an open house from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the library’s Fireside Room. The public is welcome to attend.

Historical Society Meets Saturday

RED HOUSE — The Allegany State Park Historical Society invites the public to its monthly meeting on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Classroom Building at Camp Allegany, located just past Red House Lake off ASP Route 2. This month’s guest speaker is Rick Rupprecht, who will give a full presentation on the lifestyles, nesting and history of bald eagles. Rupprecht grew up hunting and fishing in north-central Pennsylvania and now lives in Ashville. He was a mathematics teacher at Jamestown Community College for his professional career. Rupprecht serves on the board of directors and is treasurer for the Jamestown Skeet Club, the Lucile M Wright Air Museum, and AMBUCS which is a group that provides adaptive tricycles to people with disabilities. He also volunteers at his church and enjoys skeet shooting.


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