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City Officials Look At Ambulance Options

Because of a “gearing down” in the calls Alstar EMS responds to, city officials are examining the possibility of providing an ambulance services for the community. On Monday while rolling out the Smart City Capital Investment Program, Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, said the plan will ...

‘Better To Part Ways’

CLYMER — Ed Bailey is stepping away from a position he once stepped up to fill during a time of need in the Clymer Central School District. Bailey’s run as superintendent of the school district will effectively come to an end Sept. 30. On Tuesday, Bailey announced his resignation during a ...

Buoys To Help Find Causes Of Algal Blooms

Scientists from Bowling Green State University have been on the lake in recent weeks sampling water at the mouths of seven tributary streams and four locations in the lake. Later in September, the scientists, with the help of the Chautauqua Lake Partnership, will deploy two sensors — one each ...

‘Growth And Expansion’

A fourth generation family-owned business officially broke ground on the construction of its new 26,400-square-foot facility. On Thursday, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency hosted the ceremonial ground breaking at the new site of the Stannard Group, which is owned by the ...

Not Your Ordinary State Study Proposal

The New York state Legislature likes to commission studies. There have been roughly 135 such bills introduced in the 2019-20 legislative session thus far, according to a search of the state Assembly website, of subjects ranging from a study regarding ecological literacy and healthy living ...

County Officials Worry Over Bail Reform

MAYVILLE — The conversation and concerns around bail reform statewide continued locally. The Community Justice Coordinating Council, comprised of county officials from various departments, met this week in Mayville to discuss ongoing criminal justice related topics. Concerns regarding the ...

Catholic Diocese In Upstate Files For Bankruptcy

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester in upstate New York filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday amid a wave of lawsuits over alleged sexual abuse of children, becoming the first of the state’s eight dioceses to do so and the 20th nationwide. New York passed a law this year giving ...

‘A Living Memorial’

On a day when you’re looking for something to do, might I suggest a trip to the dome entrance at Southwestern Central School. It’s probably not a good idea on a weekday when school is in session, because the campus in West Ellicott is typically teeming with activity. But I bet if you paid ...

Crashes Claim Lives

Two separate rollover crashes claimed the lives of two drivers in the town of North Harmony on Wednesday. The crashes kept first responders — including volunteer firefighters, Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies and fire police — busy for most of the morning and early afternoon. ...

Swanson Makes Case For Staff, Funding

Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson is asking state legislators for funding to help implement state-mandated changes to discovery set to take effect Jan. 1. Swanson joined several district attorneys from around the state at a seven-hour state Senate Codes Committee hearing ...

Ceremony Honors Lives Lost, Those Who Responded

MAYVILLE — It has been 18 years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and America continues to remember the lives lost on that day. The Local American Legion and Chautauqua County Veterans Council held a 9/11 remembrance ceremony in front of the Chautauqua County Courthouse on ...

Remembering 9/11

The class of 2020 will generally be viewed as the final group with students who were alive Sept. 11, 2001. For Julie Verdonik, Maple Grove principal, it’s important now more than ever that those who died then are remembered today. About 15 pages of more than 3,000 names have been posted ...

Strong Demand

Signs that Runnings is about to open its West Ellicott location are becoming more apparent. Besides Facebook advertisements and billboards along Interstate 86 and East Second Street in Jamestown announcing the pending opening for the home, farm and outdoor store, the clearest indication yet ...

Planning Board Votes Down Zoning Referral

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Planning Board had to repeat an action it took last year. On Tuesday, the Planning Board voted to disapprove the town of Villenova’s zoning referral for the Ball Hill Wind Energy project. In July 2018, the Planning Board also disapproved of the town’s ...

City Had Surplus 2018 Budget Of Over $550,000

The city of Jamestown was in the black in 2018, according to its independent auditor. On Monday, John Trussalo, certified public accountant, presented the Jamestown City Council its 2018 independent audit report, which had no weaknesses or deficiencies found in city official’s accounting ...

In Need Of Help

The union representing members of the Jamestown Fire Department took aim Monday at Mayor Sam Teresi, stating his staffing policies have put city residents at risk. Shawn Shilling, president of Jamestown Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 137, said the department — consisting ...

Scoutmaster, Council Are Named In Lawsuit

The Allegheny Highlands Council Inc. Boy Scouts of America, Donald C. Shriver of Lakewood and the Boy Scouts of America Inc., Irving, Texas, are being sued in state Supreme Court in Chautauqua County. According to the lawsuit, which was filed Friday, the plaintiff is the parent and natural ...

Lawmakers Hear Details About Investment Plan

A capital investment plan of $12.9 million might be undertaken by city officials. On Monday, the Jamestown City Council heard details about the plan to purchase new vehicles, equipment and to improve efficiencies throughout city departments during its work session meeting. Sam Teresi, ...

‘On Their Last Legs’

Phillip McNamara and his United States Coast Guard unit did not hesitate when two people fighting to stay above water screamed for help. “It’s more of a mindset and character of a Coast Guardsman to be ready and willing to help in those situations,” said McNamara, a Bemus Point ...

News Analysis: Public School Enrollment Is At Its Lowest In Decades

Area schools were flooded with students this week as the 2019-20 school year opened across the state. Of course, those area schools weren’t as full of students as they used to be. According to the Empire Center for New York State Policy, pupil enrollment will be at its lowest level in ...