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‘Defend Values’

“One person can make a difference,” Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi said at the city’s Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at Lake View Cemetery. “They just can’t do it by themselves.” https://youtu.be/M6UqrjyQigo Sentiments of honoring the sacrifices of United States servicemen and ...

A Marine And A Scout: Aaron Swanson Remembered

LAKEWOOD — Everyone said he was a servant leader and someone who “was always making people happy.” Aaron Swanson, a Southwestern Central School graduate, former Boy Scout and U.S. Marine, was that young man. While Lakewood BSA Troop 131 Scoutmaster Tyn Smith started serving his scout ...

Flood Buyout Costs Rise As Storms Rage, Seas Surge

MOSBY, Mo. — The residents of this small riverside town have become accustomed to watching floods swamp their streets, transform their homes into islands and ruin their floors and furniture. Elmer Sullivan has replaced his couch, bed and television. He’s torn up water-buckled floorboards. ...

Memories Of War

Sheridan resident Joe White, 75, doesn’t always like to recall memories of his soldier days during the Vietnam War, but when he does, the most poignant moments reveal moral lessons of old. Having served in the U.S. Army from 1962-89, including for a voluntarily extended 18-monthlong tour ...

Local Veterans Service Agency Strives For Accessibility

Last year, Greg Carlson spoke at a Lake View Cemetery ceremony following the Jamestown Memorial Day Parade and called on residents to reflect on the sacrifices veterans make daily for people’s freedoms. As Memorial Day comes around again, he wants veterans to know that the Chautauqua County ...

Soldier’s Sons Piece Together Lost Love Story

LUDRES, France — After decades of searching, Andre Gantois had lost hope. The retired French postal worker figured he’d likely go to his grave without ever knowing who his father was, unable to identify the U.S. serviceman who had fought his way across France after the D-Day landings, ...

Ag Data Released

The number of farms in Chautauqua County decreased by 19 percent during a five-year period while the market value of sales increased. In April, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County released its 2017 Ag Census Data report that is a comprehensive measure of farms, ranches and ...

Service Is Held To Remember Lost Heroes

What does it mean to be a hero? Veterans, Gold Star Mothers, Blue Star Mothers, local representatives and community members gathered at Veterans Memorial Park in Jamestown on Saturday at 10 a.m. for the Gold Star Memorial service, established in 2013, that serves as a visual remembrance of ...

Warrant Issued For Woman Tied To Stabbing

A 26-year-old Dunkirk woman is the main suspect wanted by city police in connection with the recent stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s warrant list on the official website, Ashlyann M. Lopez is wanted by the Dunkirk Police Department for ...

Plane Mishap Involving Lt. Nelson Is Not Forgotten

Editor’s note: Paul Densmore is a 1965 graduate of Panama Central School and has published two novels based on his experiences in Chautauqua County. He is a contributing writer of the Panama Writer’s Conference. A tragedy occurred in Blockville on July 15, 1944, and the tragedy has ...

Real-World Skills

ASHVILLE – The Children’s Safety Village, one of only 14 safety villages in the United States, is celebrating 10 years of operation. However, the story behind the interactive village dates back to 1996. That year, members of the Sertoma Club in Jamestown made an excursion to the ...

Pizzaria Owner Getting Ready For Brand To Take Off

BEMUS POINT — Before now, the Marco Rosso brand was known nationwide as an Italian sauce from the minds of pizza restaurant proprietors from Chautauqua County. Luke Andriaccio, owner of Coppola’s Pizzaria, is now setting his sights on expansion; specifically, the small business owner is ...

Firefighters Seeking Insurance Payments

Allowing fire departments to recoup the cost of their ambulance services from patient insurance plans will help the often cash-strapped organizations’ finances and improve emergency services, especially in rural upstate New York. New York is the only state in the nation that doesn’t ...

Setting The Stage

Those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during their service in the United States military will be honored at Veterans Park in Jamestown this weekend. The seventh annual Gold Star Memorial hosted by the Blue Star Mothers, New York Chapter 4, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the park, ...

District Savings Recognized

The Jamestown Public Schools District will see savings of more than $300,000 from resignation incentives offered by the district. “It’s definitely a success,” said Lisa Almasi, district chief operating officer, regarding the incentive leave program. The district approved the ...

Court: NYS Farmworkers Are Allowed To Unionize

ALBANY (AP) — Farmworkers have the same constitutional right to unionize as all other workers in New York state, a mid-level state appellate court ruled Thursday in a case challenging a provision in state labor law excluding farmworkers from basic labor protections. The Appellate Division ...

‘I’m A Patriot’

Fifty years after quitting high school to become a Marine, Timothy Pickett officially received his diploma. “Fifty years ago and a few months I quit,” Pickett said. “I did quit because I wanted to join the military because I’m a patriot – always have been and always will ...

Carroll Honor And Remembrance Ceremony Recognizes Vets

FREWSBURG — “Freedom is a notion sweeping the nation,” Air Force veteran Russell Payne said, quoting the Broadway musical “Shenandoah.” With those words, Payne spoke to Carroll town residents during the eighth annual Honor and Remembrance Ceremony for those actively serving in the ...

Bradley Is Named New JHS Principal

The Jamestown High School will be led by an unfamiliar face next year, but Rosemary Bradley will begin building relationships with staff and students as soon as possible. Bradley was named the new principal during Wednesday’s meeting of the Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education. ...

Teachers In Dunkirk Express Concerns

DUNKIRK — Dunkirk Teachers Association (DTA) representatives called on city school administrators at Wednesday’s Board of Education workshop, to “provide students and staff a safe school environment free of violence and intimidation.” The advisory, sent to the OBSERVER by the ...