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County Officials Tour Local Essential Manufacturer

BUSTI — On March 19, Christopher Creighton had no idea what the immediate future of Classic Brass would be in the wake of the statewide manufacturing shutdown by New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We had a backlog that would carry us into May,” ...

Hazmat Crews Called To Propane Truck Rollover

SHERIDAN — At least two people were reported injured in a crash involving a sedan and propane truck Thursday afternoon. Volunteer firefighters from Sheridan were called to the collision at the intersection of South Roberts and Center roads around 2 p.m. Fire officials reported that the ...

Warren Drug Trade Is Down In Pandemic

WARREN, Pa. — It’s no secret that the economy took a serious hit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially during the most restrictive period back in March and April. But it wasn’t the only market affected. The drug trade in Warren County was impacted, as well. Chief County ...

Eateries In Fredonia Affected By Water Crisis

FREDONIA — Gina Kron, who owns a number of Tim Hortons locations in northern Chautauqua County, said the last two weeks have been a challenge at village of Fredonia locations. “Our only saving grace is that we have the Dunkirk store so we can carry ice and water from there,” she said ...

Filling A Need

Hundreds of families continue to receive food assistance from The Salvation Army in Jamestown amid a pandemic that has the organization planning for the possibility that more may have to seek help. Elizabeth Margarito, Salvation Army emergency basic needs supervisor, estimates that 900 ...

Wendel Proposes County Budget With Slight Tax Rate Decrease

Recognizing we are in challenging times, Interim Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel is proposing a slight tax rate decrease in his proposed budget for 2021, saying it will “make our 2021 comeback greater than our 2020 setback.” On Wednesday, Wendel presented his proposed county budget ...

Reed Skirts Justice Issue, Presses For Stimulus

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed is steering clear of the debate involving the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice before the November election following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week. In a conference call with regional media on Wednesday morning, Reed said he would “defer” to both ...

Mitrano Talks Issues In Town Hall

WESTFIELD — Tracy Mitrano, the Democratic candidate running for the 23rd Congressional District, held a town hall Tuesday in Westfield to meet with supporters and express her views. “As I watched this country descend into a negligent and failed representation that we have in a ...

Applications For SNAP Benefits Picking Back Up

The number of Chautauqua County residents looking for help getting food during the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be following trends seen elsewhere in New York state. Applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — which issues electronic benefits that can be used like ...

Former Pastor Named In Child Victims Act Suit

A Child Victims Act lawsuit filed in July names a former Jamestown pastor who died in a 2007 plane crash at Chautauqua County Airport. The lawsuit, filed on July 28 in the state Supreme Court in Erie County, claims that the Rev. Msgr. Antoine Attea abused a male victim while serving at St. ...

Dem Wants Tougher Punishments For Crimes Against Cops

Democrat-sponsored legislation in the state Assembly would institute tougher punishments on those who commit crimes against police and peace officers. Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-Utica, has introduced a pair of bills to protect police officers. A.10971 would amend the Penal Law to ...

County Unemployment Rate Falls Down To 9.5%

Chautauqua County’s unemployment rate has fallen below 10% for the first time since March, statistics released Tuesday by the New York State Department of Labor indicate. The rate for August came in at 9.5% in the county, down from the 12.4% reported a month earlier. Those seeking work had ...

Retired Police Personnel Comment On DA Candidates

Retired county law-enforcement members are in a political tug-of-war in voicing their support and opposition to the re-election of incumbent Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson. In letters sent to The Post-Journal and OBSERVER over the weekend, former Fredonia Police Chief ...

City Discusses Future Of Smart Parking Meters

Later this month, the Jamestown City Council will vote to possibly install smart parking meters in the downtown area. On Monday during the council work session meeting, city officials discussed the smart parking meters and attraction wayfinding signs that will be installed downtown. ...

Town Approves New Solar Energy System Law

BUSTI — After engaging in a public hearing, the Busti Town Board adopted minor changes to a local law that would enact regulations for solar energy systems during its meeting Monday night. During the session, the board heard from Adam and Nathan Rizzo of Solar Liberty, a company that ...

Three Hate Crimes Bills Introduced

A downstate Republican wants to allow crimes committed against someone because of political differences to be prosecuted as hate crimes. Assemblyman Michael LePetri, R-Massapequa Park, has introduced A.10959 to amend the state Penal Law to include crimes committed based on political ideology ...

‘A Great Diva’

During his 13 summer stay in the President’s Cottage at Chautauqua Institution, Tom Becker had the privilege of hosting and entertaining a wide range of esteemed guests of the institution — among them some of the greatest minds in American history. But Becker couldn’t help but laugh ...

City Proposes Hiring Legal Assistance For Tracy Plaza Lawsuit

The city of Jamestown might be hiring additional legal assistance to aid in the lawsuit involving Tracy Plaza. The Jamestown City Council will discuss a proposal today to hire Wright, Wright and Hampton attorney Joseph Calimeri for a cost not to exceed $10,000 in the case against ...

Local Woman Donates Toy In Nephew’s Memory

Simple sounds — the crumpling of a plastic bag, the sound of applause, and the sound of people at a sporting event — could ellicit a giggle from 5-year-old Dakota Andrew Spencer. The movie “Frozen” also made his day. “He loved the movie Frozen — if you would put that movie ...

Small Business Revolution To Air Show November 10

Amanda Brinkman and Ty Pennington, co-hosts of the show Small Business Revolution, announced that the show featuring Fredonia will air Nov. 10. The co-hosts of Small Business Revolution, the show that named Fredonia “Top Town” in their fifth season, answered some common questions last ...