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State Lawmakers Propose Police, Peace Officer Licensing

Legislation introduced recently in the state Legislature would require local police officers to be licensed by the state. The Police and Peace Officer Licensing Act (A.4517/S.6219) is sponsored by Sen. James Sanders Jr., D-South Ozone Park, and Assemblyman Daniel O ‘Donnell, D-New York ...

Panama Not Changing Its Instruction Schedule

PANAMA — Changes in state guidance on social distancing in classrooms won’t change Panama Central School’s plan for the final 10 weeks of the school year. Bert Lictus, district superintendent, told board members the state’s recent adoption of Centers for Disease Control guidance ...

County Nears 9K Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19

Chautauqua County is closing in on 9,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 24 new cases reported Friday. To date there have been 8,938 confirmed cases of the virus locally. Of the new cases, 13 were recorded in the Jamestown zip code, two each in Ashville and Sherman and one each in Dunkirk, ...

Racing To Assist

CASSADAGA — Tonia and Mark Wilson of Wilson Endurance Sports, in spite of the pandemic, are planning events for the upcoming future. This time, it’s back to back events on May 29 and 30, bringing some activity to Cassadaga for Memorial Day weekend with both helping benefit different ...

‘Outmigration’ Is A Bipartisan Pickle

Hours after it became clear New York state was going to lose a Congressional seat due to the newly released U.S. Census numbers, the criticism came pouring in. Republicans, specifically those from the Western region, criticized Albany and its policies as the reason for the continued ...

Silver Creek Board To Address Mischief

SILVER CREEK — Recent reported incidents of vandalism in the village has led to a call for action that seeks the input of residents. On Monday, the village and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office have scheduled an informational town hall type meeting at 6 p.m. at the Village Ballpark at ...

Benefit To Aid Ellington Resident Battling Cancer

ELLINGTON — A chicken barbecue benefit for longtime Ellington resident Debbie (Brown) Rexford, who has been battling cancer for 10 years, will be held at the Ellington Fire Hall on May 16 from 1-4 p.m. The fire hall is located at 769 W. Main St. in Ellington. Dinners include barbecued ...

A Familiar Spark: Firecracker Run Returns To Lakewood In July

LAKEWOOD — The YMCA Firecracker Run will return to the village on July 3, which is good news following a string of canceled events including the Fourth of July fireworks celebration. The Lakewood Village Board approved the 10K and 2-mile run at a regular meeting this week, and also ...

Ripley Approves Budget With No Tax Increase

RIPLEY — Ripley Central School District Board of Education members at their regular meeting April 21 approved a proposed 2021-22 budget of $9,746,366 with no increase in the tax levy. The budget includes an increase of $279,000 in expenditures over the current budget, However, explained ...

BOCES Admin Budget Approved By Schools

Why did all of the school boards meet on April 20? To hear fellow board members say “Aye.” The “ayes” were spoken to approve the proposed 2021-22 BOCES administrative budget and to approve the BOCES board member nominees. The Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES is one of 37 BOCES ...

Panama Approves Budget; Fine Legislation Not Approved

PANAMA — Panama Central School taxpayers won’t see an increase in their school taxes in the coming year. School board members approved a $12.9 million budget last week that increases spending by about $29,000, or .23% from the 2020-21 budget. The proposed budget uses $694,000 from the ...

Clymer Central School Eyes New Summer Program

CLYMER — A new summer program is coming for Clymer Central School District residents that partners with the town’s existing summer recreation program. During a recent Board of Education meeting, Josh Tedone, Clymer elementary school principal, discussed a new summer camp that will be ...

Fredonia’s Budget Approval Reveals A Rift

Monday evening’s special meeting, which was televised only through the Fredonia Public Access Channel, said it all. When it came to the final approval of the 2021-22 village of Fredonia budget, Mayor Douglas Essek was on the outside looking in. Seated in village hall were the five ...

Westfield School Board Approves Budget

WESTFIELD — Westfield Academy and Central School Board members approved a proposed 2021-22 budget at their regular meeting this month that includes a smaller tax levy increase than originally projected. Board members voted to approve the $16,993,953 budget as presented with the provision ...

BPU Request Zoning Changes For Garbage Containers

Changes have been requested to the Jamestown city code to account for the new Jamestown Board of Public Utilities assigned garbage container program. The BPU board on Monday approved a resolution requesting the Jamestown City Council make changes to the city’s code for the new garbage ...

First Neighborhood Cleanup In City A Success

The first neighborhood clean-up event of the collaborative “Hands On Neighborhoods” program was successfully completed Saturday in Jamestown. About 100 volunteers and residents came out to help pick up litter and clean the sidewalks in the northside neighborhood between North Main and ...

Sky-High Turnout Aids Fire Company

SINCLAIRVILLE — Proof that community support remains strong in the village was evident Sunday. The Sinclairville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 hosted a chicken barbecue fundraiser, an event typically organized more for the public looking for good food at a cheap price. According to ...

Institution Defends CLPRA Seat

CHAUTAUQUA — The Chautauqua Institution is pushing back against the town of Ellery’s assertion that it shouldn’t be part of the Chautauqua Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency board. In a letter sent to county officials on Monday, Michael Hill, institution president, addressed ...

Council OKs Firefighters Contract

“It’s deja vu all over again,” is one of Yogi Berra’s most memorable “Yogi-isms” and could be used to describe the latest union contract agreement by the city of Jamestown. On Monday during the regular voting session meeting, the Jamestown City Council approved a three year ...

Bethel Baptist Recognizes Third Quarter Honor, Merit Rolls

Bethel Baptist Christian Academy is pleased to recognize the following students for their academic achievement during the third quarter of the 2020-2021 school year. High Honor Roll: Ashley Anderson, Mackenzie Hinman, Olivia Olson, Brady Smart, Ashlyn Smith, Hailey Smith, and Rebekah ...