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A boarded up substandard house on Spring Street in Jamestown. Substandard housing is one issue the city’s Development Department is trying to battle in the city.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

Improvement Of Substandard Homes A Battle In Code Enforcement

Blighted and run-down. Slums and squalor. These are just some of the words used to describe the substandard housing that can be found throughout the city of Jamestown. In fact, Vince DeJoy, city development director, said there is too much substandard housing in the city. “Many of these ...

Area Schools Tackle Lunch Debt Through New Policy

According to a memo from the New York state Department of Education, schools must have a policy to address student meal charges and area school districts are no different. Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, food service providers must have a “written and clearly communicated policy to ...

Several area World War II veterans came together Saturday to share their experiences during the war at Scharmann Theatre during Fenton History Center’s Local World War II Veteran Panel. Pictured from left are Doug Benson, Paul Arnone, Bill Graves, Winston Frankson, Roland Swanson and Arthur Hodges. In the back, from left, are Greg Peterson and Tom Tedesco. 
P-J photo by Katrina Fuller

WWII Veterans Share Experiences Following Pearl Harbor Attacks

Several members of the Greatest Generation offered tales of their firsthand World War II experiences Saturday afternoon at Jamestown Community College. The panel, put together by the Fenton History Center, consisted of Paul Arnone, Bill Graves, Winston Frankson, Roland Swanson and Arthur ...

A “Dala” horse, representative of Scandinavian culture, sits inside the Scandinavian Folk Festival, which began Friday at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds.
P-J photo by Jordan W. Patterson

Reestablishing Roots

GERRY — For the 16th year, the Scandinavian Folk Festival has arrived at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds. On Friday, tents lined the grassy area with various items for sale, most of which in the spirit of Scandinavian culture. This is precisely in line with how Festival Coordinator Don Sandy has ...

Pictured, from left, are Mike Volpe; Matt Eyring, general manager of Harley Davidson of Jamestown; County Executive Vince Horrigan; and Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace. 
P-J photo by A.J. Rao

County Officials Urge Motorcycle Safety In Summer Campaign

FALCONER — Motorcycles can be a tempting escape on a nice, summer day. But for those who choose to ride them — and for those driving around them — safety is a must. So said County Executive Vince Horrigan, who on Friday joined other local officials at the Harley-Davidson of Jamestown ...

Efforts to retrieve a vegetation harvester that capsized earlier this week have been unsuccessful. The Sheriff’s Office is keeping an eye on traffic around the vessel. 
P-J photo by Katrina Fuller

Lake Officials Regroup To Salvage Capsized Harvester

LAKEWOOD — Local efforts to retrieve a capsized lake vegetation harvester continue to be unsuccessful as lake officials turn to a new plan. The Chautauqua Lake Association’s vessel has been underwater near the Lakewood shoreline since Tuesday when the operator reportedly encountered ...

The new burn building at the Raymond C. Taylor Fire Training Center in Jamestown was dedicated Thursday to Frank Stefanelli, former chief of the Jamestown Fire Department and state fire instructor. Pictured, from left, are Jeff Molnar, Julius Leone, Stefanelli, Brian Purol and Denny Barmore. 
P-J photo by Eric Tichy

Hometown Hero

The new burn building at the Raymond C. Taylor Fire Training Center in Jamestown will soon bear the name of the man synonymous with education within the local fire service. The building was dedicated Thursday evening to Frank Stefanelli, a former chief of the Jamestown Fire Department and ...

Joseph Lynch, a former Kennedy resident, is biking from his new home in Iowa to his hometown in a five-day timeframe. Lynch’s ride will benefit the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. 
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Kennedy Native Bikes Home From Iowa To Benefit Autism Foundation

For most people, a bike ride lasts a few miles and they head home — but Joseph Lynch isn’t “most people.” “My friends call me ‘Puppy,’” he said during a phone interview from the road. Lynch, a Kennedy native, is currently taking a sojourn from his current home in Iowa City, ...

Jamestown Man Charged For String Of Warren Burglaries

WARREN, Pa. — A man is being held on a total of $250,000 bail for a series of burglaries that took place in northern Warren County in 2015. Eric Lewis, Jamestown, has been charged in connection with five burglaries which started on Oct. 21, 2015. He waived his right to a preliminary ...

County Executive Vince Horrigan discusses why he’s proposing to give $100,000 to the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance during Thursday’s Audit and Control Committee meeting. 
P-J photo by Jimmy McCarthy

Legislators Approve Alliance Funding For Urgent Lake Needs

MAYVILLE — Conditions seen on Chautauqua Lake this year could be an indicator of what’s yet to come this summer season. With abundant weed growth and the Chautauqua Lake Association’s tight budget, County Executive Vince Horrigan came before the Audit and Control Committee on Thursday ...

The city comptroller told the Jamestown City Council earlier this week that expenditures are higher than budgeted for the first half of the year. The comptroller said a string of arsons in the city caused overtime costs for the Jamestown Fire Department to increase. 
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

First-Half Figures

Expenditures have increased for several city departments through the first half of the year. On Monday, Joseph Bellitto, city comptroller, presented his first half 2017 budget update to the Jamestown City Council. He said for the Jamestown Police Department, costs are up because they had six ...

Rep. Tom Reed

Reed Rakes In More Than $1M In Contributions So Far This Year

U.S Rep. Tom Reed’s campaign has collected more than $1 million in contributions in the first six months of 2017. That’s according to the latest campaign finance report by the Federal Election Commission, which shows campaign finances from Jan. 1 to June 30. Along with Reed, the ...

New School Standards Possible In September

The state Board of Regents could adopt a new set of school standards in September to comply with the federal replacement of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The Every Student Succeeds Act is the replacement of the No Child Left Behind Act. New York must submit its plan to the federal ...

The American Red Cross said it assisted several residents that were displaced by a fire that broke out at a Linwood Avenue property early Tuesday in Jamestown. The fire, which was ruled accidental, was reported around 2 a.m. and originated on a porch of the residence. 
P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti

Residence Destroyed, Red Cross Assisting After City Blaze

Ten residents of a Jamestown home are “lucky to be alive” following an overnight blaze Tuesday. The Jamestown Fire Department responded to the reported structure fire at 14 Linwood Ave. just after 2 a.m., moments after the residents escaped without injury. “A few of the residents ...


City Man Spits On Police, Ingests Evidence During DWI Arrest

A Jamestown man is facing multiple charges after allegedly spitting on police and destroying evidence while being processed in the city jail. The incident occurred Wednesday around 3 a.m., when Jamestown police responded to 270 Fairmount Ave. for an unwanted person complaint. Upon arrival, ...


Two City Men Charged After Vehicle Chase, Narcotics Seized

Two Jamestown males were charged Monday after a vehicle chase led to a damaged stop sign and the discovery of narcotics. At 5:30 p.m., Jamestown police in the area of Willard and Allen streets observed a black SUV run over a stop sign and leave the scene at a high rate of speed. The ...

A site plan has been approved for the reconstruction of the First Church of God, which was destroyed by fire on Dec. 26 in the city.

Commission Approves Site Plan For New Church

A site plan has been approved to replace a city church that was destroyed by fire last December. On Tuesday, the city Planning Commission approved a site plan for the reconstruction of the First Church of God, located at 291 Falconer St., that will be located in a similar footprint as the ...

Efforts to retrieve a vegetation harvester that capsized earlier this week have been unsuccessful. The Sheriff’s Office is keeping an eye on traffic around the vessel. 
P-J photo by Katrina Fuller

No One Injured After Lake Vegetation Harvester Capsizes Tuesday

Douglas Conroe, Chautauqua Lake Association executive director, has reported that at 1 p.m. Tuesday, a lake vegetation harvester encountered rough water and capsized off the Lakewood shoreline while being towed back to the Chautauqua Lake Association headquarters for service. Just before it ...

Coyote Concerns, Grant Funding Update Discussed By City Council

An incident involving a pet in the north part of the city led to a discussion by the Jamestown City Council about coyotes. On Monday, Anthony Dolce, Ward 2 councilman, said he was told about someone’s pet dog being killed a couple months ago by coyotes. He asked Harry Snellings, chief of ...