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Passion Carried On

Editor’s note: Starting on Giving Tuesday, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is featuring 12 examples of local people, inspired by their passions, who are using the foundation to make a difference for others. After a chance meeting at Chautauqua Institution during the summer of ...

Park Retrial Begins In County Court

A Conewango man facing sexual assault charges will return to court today following a mistrial in August. Dennis L. Park is charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree criminal sex act for alleged incidents that took place July 11 and July 18 in 2018. Opening statements in ...

Building Nominated As Historic Place In City

A turn-of-the-century city brick and masonry mill facility has been nominated by the state and national registers as a historic place. Last week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced 10 projects preserving state history, ranging from a Dutch colonial settlement to the Civil Rights period, have ...

Falconer Mayor, Trustee Recognized For Service

FALCONER — Outgoing Mayor James Rensel and Trustee Carmella Catanese were recognized for their service to the community during Monday’s meeting of the village board. Rensel presented Catanese with a Certificate of Recognition for “outstanding service.” “When we had an opening on ...

Following Service

Editor’s note: Starting on Giving Tuesday, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is featuring 12 examples of local people, inspired by their passions, who are using the foundation to make a difference for others. For 10 years, Francis McCoy served as director for the Chautauqua County ...

Salamanca Officially Opens STEAM Center Addition

SALAMANCA — When Salamanca City Central School District broke ground on its STEAM Center of Excellence addition 13 months ago, Superintendent Robert Breidenstein, lifting a hard hat adorned with his first name, said he was “delighted to wear this for the first time.” As the district set ...

Lawmaker Seeks To Update Plea Bargains

It could become harder for defense attorneys and prosecutors to make plea bargains in felony sex offense cases in New York state. Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr., R-Sag Harbor, recently introduced A.8803 in the state Assembly that would require any guilty plea to satisfy a felony sex offense ...

Bill Would Establish Pilot Program On Speed Cams

Those who speed through construction zones may find themselves on the receiving end of a ticket even if there are no police cruisers nearby. Assemblyman William Magnarelli, D-Syracuse, recently sponsored A.8832 to amend the state Vehicle and Traffic Law and the Public Officers’ Law to ...

Job Well Done

Two women shared the spotlight during the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 annual meeting Friday. Betsy Wright, former UPMC Chautauqua president and CEO, was honored with the chamber’s Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award for leading the community’s main health care facility ...

WCA Foundation Sets Record In Grants, Scholarships To UPMC

WCA Foundation set a new record in 2019 with $585,044 in grants and scholarships given to UPMC Chautauqua and its employees. The life-saving gifts are the product of contributions from donors, who for more than three decades, have given to the foundation to build an endowment to support ...

Gov. Vetoes Legislation Opposed By Goodell

Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, may not always sway Assembly Democrats with his arguments on the Assembly floor, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo agrees with a few of Goodell’s arguments. Cuomo has vetoed several pieces of legislation approved earlier this year by the state Legislature. ...

Bill Would Require Access To Medication

Debate is likely to be heavy on state Assembly legislation to mandate availability of medication for abortion at State University of New York health centers. Assemblyman Harvey Epstein, D-New York City, has proposed A.8743 to amend state law to require the State University of New York to ...

Park Progress

CELORON — Paint has been removed from two Lucille Ball statues that were vandalized in the village park in October. Village Mayor Scott Schrecengost said cold weather will delay finishing the restoration of the two statues in Lucille Ball Memorial Park. He said Carolyn Palmer, who ...

Former Pa. Teacher Facing New Drug Charges

WARREN, Pa. — A Warren, Pa., man awaiting trial after allegedly taking a backpack full of drugs to the school at which he was a teacher faces new drug charges. Matthew R. Kiser, 44, is charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and tampering with ...

Fund Aids In Congregational Needs

Editor’s note: Starting on Giving Tuesday, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is featuring 12 examples of local people, inspired by their passions, who are using the foundation to make a difference for others. Karl Peterson’s legacy throughout the Jamestown community has been ...

Sheriff’s Office Participates In ‘No-Shave November’

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office raised $5,000 toward the purchase of a therapy dog for the Child Advocacy Program. The money was collected after 125 members from the Sheriff’s Office participated in “No-Shave November.” “We are so grateful for this generous ...

‘Live Action’

There will be an extra “eye in the sky” to ensure everyone attending the Jamestown 2019 Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration Friday is being nice and not naughty. On Wednesday, Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, and Harry Snellings, Jamestown Police Department chief and city public ...

Lawmaker Calls For Study On BAC Devices

A state lawmaker wants the state Health Department to study and make a final ruling about how accurate the devices used to measure a person’s blood-alcohol content actually are. Assemblyman Nader Sayegh, D-Yonkers, recently proposed A.8762 in the state Assembly directing the state ...

Fund Honors Memory, Supports Special Olympics

Editor’s note: Starting on Giving Tuesday, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is featuring 12 examples of local people, inspired by their passions, who are using the foundation to make a difference for others. As a special education teacher, Katie Campbell Rexford understood the ...

Cuomo Vetoes Legislation To Forgive School Fine

The third time wasn’t the charm for legislation seeking to forgive a state Education Department fine against the Panama Central School District. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation that would have forgiven the remaining portion of a state Education Department fine levied against the ...