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County Recognizes 11th Week Of COVID-19 Heroes

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel and the COVID-19 Response Team recently announced the eleventh week of COVID-19 Hero nominations for April 19-23. Nominations are recognized in a video posted weekdays on the Chautauqua County Government Facebook page, and each nominee receives ...

Injury Reported In Crash Involving CARTS Bus

BARCELONA — At least one person was injured Monday morning following a crash involving a CARTS bus. The crash was reported shortly after 7 a.m. at Main Street and Route 5 in Barcelona. In addition to the Westfield Fire Department, Chautauqua County EMS also responded to the scene. The ...

Several Departments Battle Celoron Fire

Several departments responded Monday evening to a fire reported in the village of Celoron. An officer with the Ellicott Police Department reported heavy smoke coming from 44 Duquesne St. around 8 p.m. Firefighters from Celoron and Lakewood responded, and upon arrival officials requested ...

Robert H. Jackson Center Launches New Podcast

The Robert H. Jackson Center, in partnership with Chautauqua Assembly Productions, has launched a new podcast. Entitled Liberty Under Law. The podcast, available at rss.com/podcasts/libertyunderlaw, explores contemporary issues of equality, fairness, and justice through a Jacksonian lens, ...

With One Less Seat, Congressional District 23 At Risk

Congressional District 23, which runs from Chautauqua County to the west of Binghamton, may be on the chopping block. With the expected retirement of U.S. Rep. Tom Reed at the end of December 2022, the loss of an incumbent puts the 13-county Congressional area at risk of being broken up. On ...

Recent House Fires In City Ruled Accidental

Two fires breaking out days apart last week on Myrtle Street in the city of Jamestown have been ruled accidental. No serious injuries were reported in either fire — one reported around 12:15 p.m. April 20 at 33 Myrtle St. and the other at 2:30 p.m. April 21 at 62 Myrtle. Three adults ...

Pressing Problem

BROCTON — Former village mayor and emergency medical technician responder David Hazelton brought a relatively pressing problem to the board’s attention: The current ages and contributions of the members of the Brocton Fire Department. Hazelton became curious as to the number of ...

Sherman Board Approves Special Use Permits

SHERMAN — The Sherman Village Zoning Board has approved two special use permits for signs at a recent meeting. The village board has discussed the problems with signs at meetings on Feb. 3 and March 3, noting that the village is very limited in its ability to display signs. According to ...

Village Board Approved Annual Budget

SHERMAN — At their regular meeting April 14, Sherman Village Board members approved a 2021-22 budget in the amount of $995,553, which includes a tax levy increase of 2.27%, but for most residents, a decrease in their tax bill. Sherman Mayor Colleen Meeder told board members that, because of ...

Schumer Urges Restaurant Owners To Apply For Relief Program

NEW YORK (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer appeared at a Manhattan seafood eatery on Sunday to urge restauraters to apply for the soon-to-launch $28.6 billion federal restaurant relief program. “Our purpose here is to tell the restaurants of New York, ‘Get ready, help is on the ...

Council To Vote On Contract With City Fire Department

The Jamestown City Council is slated to vote today on a three year agreement — 2018, 2019 and 2020 — with the Jamestown Professional Firefighters Association Local 137. Just last month, the city reached a similar deal with the Kendall Club Police Benevolent Association. According to the ...

Bush Elementary School Receives State Recognition

It took an extra few months thanks to COVID-19, but Bush Elementary School can now show off its status as a 2020 Recognition School from the state Department of Education. Bush Elementary School was officially recognized by the state last spring. By the time the award arrived in Jamestown ...

Green Makes Executive Run Official

MAYVILLE -- Former Chautauqua County Election Commissioner Norm Green announces that he is indeed running for county executive. “Leadership by the current county executive has been lacking this year. The missteps have been many, including the decision to discontinue reporting COVID stats on ...

Legislators Discuss State Budget, Pot, Cuomo’s Scandals

A record-breaking state budget, legalized recreational marijuana and the scandals connected to Gov. Andrew Cuomo are just a few of the topics discussed during the online Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce 2021 State Legislative Breakfast. On Friday, Todd Tranum, Chautauqua County Chamber of ...

Amelia Earhart — A Memorable Visit To Chautauqua

Did you know that in July 1929 famed aviator and author Amelia Earhart paid a visit to Chautauqua Institution? Fittingly, she arrived from New York City by plane, piloting her Lockwood Vega plane to its landing on the 14th fairway of the Chautauqua Golf Course. Ms. Earhart was renowned for her ...

May Groundbreaking Set

If all goes to plan, the new Riverwalk Community Skatepark will see its first ollie in August. The Jamestown Planning Commission this week approved the site plan for the skatepark that will be constructed on the banks of the Chadakoin River near McCrea Point Park. Prior to site plan ...

Open Positions Not Affecting Jobless Rate

Hollow campaign promises of years past appear to have come home to roost. When seeking municipal or county office, the message most likely heard often from candidates focused on bringing jobs to Chautauqua County. Despite what this week’s most recent state figures noted, it seems current ...

Ellicott To Vote On Change Of Term Length

By Dennis Phillips dphillips@post-journal.com FALCONER — It will be up to the voters in November to decide if the term length for town of Ellicott councilmembers should be extended from two to four years. On Monday, the Ellicott Town Board held a public hearing on the proposal. Patrick ...

County Readies For Busy Road Construction

Even though snow fell this week, Chautauqua County officials are gearing up for a busy road construction season. Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Director Brad Bentley discussed his department’s construction plans during the legislature’s Public Facilities Committee ...

‘Absolutely Unprecedented’

Jamestown teachers are being honored with two awards for finding new ways to engage students in the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic. During Tuesday’s Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education meeting, Christine Schnars presented Champions of Change for Kids awards on behalf of the New ...