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Rounding Up Memories

After 75 consecutive years, the Gerry Rodeo will not take place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The major fundraiser for the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department will be missed by many, especially Mr. and Mrs. Francis Finch Jr. of Randolph who have attended 50 of the last 52 years. ...

Whitaker Updates JPS Board On Reopening

Calling the endeavor a “huge lift in a short period of time,” Dr. Kevin Whitaker, Jamestown Public Schools superintendent, updated board of education members on the district’s plan to reopen schools in September during a meeting Tuesday night via teleconference. In his report to the ...

City Man Indicted On Murder Charge

A Jamestown man was indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury on a second-degree murder charge for his role in the stabbing death of another city resident last month. Carl W. Sorenson, 28, pleaded not guilty during arraignment Monday before County Court Judge David Foley and remains in jail ...

Bemus Pair Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Bemus Point residents Phil and Lynn Wight have celebrated a lifetime of cherished memories together, but it will be hard to compare any of those to the milestone of Aug. 5, 2020. Today the couple will celebrate an astonishing 70 years of marriage, which of course begs the question — what is ...

Staying The Course

The National Weather Service announced over the weekend that July ended up the warmest month on record for the Buffalo area. The average temperature — 77.6 degrees — beat the previous records of 76.2 degrees set in 1921 and 76 degrees set in 1955. The most recent records for Buffalo were ...

Westfield Man Killed In Accident At County Landfill

ELLERY — A Westfield man was killed Monday afternoon at the County Landfill in what Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone described as an accident. Volunteer firefighters from Sinclairville were called to the landfill, located within the town of Ellery, around 1:30 p.m. for a report of ...

Sen. Pushes For Nursing Home Study

With legislation stalled in the state Legislature, Republican state Sen. James Tedisco is asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to approve a study of the state’s handling of COVID-19 patients in nursing homes. Tedisco, R-Glenville, sent Cuomo a letter last week asking for an “in-depth, thorough and ...

2 New Suits Are Filed As Child Victims Act Window Is Extended

A Jamestown church has been named in two new Child Victims Act lawsuits for abuse said to have taken place in the early 1960s and mid-’70s. Both complaints, filed late last week in New York State Supreme Court in Chautauqua County, names Holy Apostles Parish as the defendant. One victim, ...

‘A Waiting Game’

For those looking to enjoying a cold one and dinner at Game Time Sports Bar & Grill, you’re in luck. For those looking to bowl a few frames at the Jamestown Bowling Company, you’re going to need more patience. Last week, the restaurant and bar located at the same spot as the bowling ...

School District Leaders Collaborate, Mull Over Reopening Plans

The school superintendents located within the Erie-2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES footprint each meet frequently. That has been the case even more so as each district grapples with how to welcome back students in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic — especially after the New York State ...

Borrello Introduces Medicaid Bill In State Senate

State Sen. George Borrello has introduced legislation in the state Senate that would give counties a modicum of cost control over their Medicaid programs. S.8798 would allow counties to opt out of the county cost of medical assistance payments for any new Medicaid program enrollees or those ...

NYC Dem Proposes Fingerprint, Eye Scan To Buy Booze, Cigarettes

Democrats hope the third time is a charm to pass a state law using biometrics — like a fingerprint — for proof to buy cigarettes or alcohol. Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, D-Brooklyn, recently introduced A.10871 to amend the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and Public Health Law ...

New Seller Market

The economic impacts of COVID-19 do not appear to have hit the Chautauqua County real estate market in an unfavorable way. Brokers and agents in the area were forced to make quick shifts to online communication and digital technology in the wake of public health mandates for social ...

JPS Seeks Feedback As Reopening Plan Released

For the last several weeks, a 50-person group of teachers, administrators, support staff and others representing each facet of the Jamestown Public Schools district combed through 145-pages of state guidelines in formulating a detailed approach to the 2020-21 school year. Now, the district ...

Schools Eye Hybrid Method For School Year

School districts across New York submitted their plans to return to school to the state department of education on Friday. Most Chautauqua County schools opted to plan for a hybrid method — combining a mix of in-person and remote instruction. Southwestern Central School District ...

Season Goes ‘Dark’

During the performance run of a musical or play, the day in which that production is not taking place is referred to as “dark day” by actors, directors and crew members alike. On Broadway, “dark day” is usually on Monday. At community theaters across the country, many of which hold ...

Former Scout Leader Again Accused Of Abuse In Lawsuit

A Lakewood man and former Boy Scout leader who pleaded guilty last year to corruption of minor charges has again been named in Child Victims Act lawsuit filed this week in state Supreme Court in Chautauqua County. The 20-page lawsuit identifies Donald C. Shriver, a former head scoutmaster ...

Funds From Golf Tournament To Honor K-9 Promber

WARREN, Pa. — For a while, golfing wasn’t even allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That changed and the fund-raising golf tournament returned. Organizers of the annual K-9 Choper Memorial Golf Tournament held July 12 at Blueberry Hill Golf Course in Warren County were concerned that ...

City Almost Out of COVID-19 Recovery Funds

The city of Jamestown has been able to help more than a dozen small businesses and more than two dozen renters with its COVID-19 recovery grants. On Thursday, city officials announced it has allocated $469,812 to the two programs that were developed after the city received $704,881 from the ...

Making It Count

Children are being given the opportunity to play basketball, and other outdoor activities, with a professional basketball player at Bergman Park this week. The Jamestown Jackals, owned by Integrity First Inc., is hosting Playtime with the Pros at Bergman Park this week for free for the ...