Christopher Decker and his mother, Amanda Martinelli, pose with Ryan Troutman at Bottles and Cans.

Mother And Son Collect Cans For TRC’s Step Up For Autism

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When her son Christopher was younger, Jamestown resident Amanda Martinelli and her family benefited from supports they received through The Resource Center. Now, Amanda and Christopher want to give back to TRC — and help other people in the process — by collecting donations, one nickel at a ...

Pictured are Andrew Pumford, Andrew Roof and Carrson Widen.

Three JHS Students Earn National Merit Honors

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Three Jamestown High School students — Andrew Pumford, Andrew Roof and Carrson Widen — have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Mike McElarth, Jamestown High School principal, will present a Letter of Commendation from the school and National ...

Bill Locke

Locke Completes Term As Lawson Center Trustee


Bill Locke of Dewittville and Charlotte, N.C., has completed his current term as a trustee of The Lawson Center in Bemus Point. Locke was one of the founders of The Lawson Center and has worked tirelessly to make it a success. Locke originally served the center as membership chairman and ...

Area Police Reports

Police Reports

ELLICOTT POLICE ¯ Christopher S. Byrne, 56, of Moon Road, Jamestown, was charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment at 3:24 a.m. Sunday. According to a police report, police responded to a domestic dispute in which a woman was being held against her will. Police allege Byrne refused to ...

Celoron Village Caucus Objection Overruled

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MAYVILLE — For a small lakeside village, the race for the mayoral seat has caused some waves. After receiving a letter detailing an objection to the Celoron Conservative Party Caucus and the nomination of Jacob Feldt for mayor, the Chautauqua County Board of Elections held a hearing to ...

A view of Red House Lake from the boat rental area.
Photos by Beverly Kehe-Rowland

Lake Lowered For Allegany State Park Rehabilitation Project

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RED HOUSE — Mid-July marked the beginning of a major construction project taking place in Cattaraugus County’s Allegany State Park. The Red House Lake Dam and Bridge Rehabilitation Project has had a great impact on the 65,000-acre park, which sees over a million visitors each year. The ...

Survey Says High Cost Of Health Care A Concern


ITHACA — High cost is by far the most important health care issue for New Yorkers, and their concern about it is growing according to a recent study by the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futuures. In a recent survey of a representative sample of New York state residents, 58 percent said the ...

Displeasure Over Annexation Vote Lingers, Fire Proposal Probed

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Tempers were just as high inside Jamestown City Council chambers Monday as temperatures were outside during the unseasonably warm September day. Several people criticized council members while speaking during the public speaking portion of the council’s voting session meeting. Raven Mason, ...

BPU Discusses Preliminary Budgets

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The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities discussed the preliminary budgets for three of their five utility divisions Monday. Kelly Hawkins, BPU finance and customer accounts manager, said staff has recommended a rate increase for solid waste customers who live outside of the city of Jamestown. ...

From left are Janita Byars, Community Music Project president; Joe Braeger, Community Music Project general manager; Andy Schmidt, Jamestown Choral Society director; and Rebecca Ryan, Chautauqua Chamber Singers director.

Chautauqua Chamber Singers Begin Anniversary Year


The Chautauqua Chamber Singers will begin their 40th year of bringing choral music to the Jamestown area. The Community Music Project is planning a reunion concert for all current and former members on May 12 and is bringing back former directors Dr. Lee Spear and Roland Martin to ...

Dunkirk Harvey Collection

County Residents Organize Harvey Relief Effort


Pictured is a Dunkirk warehouse that was recently used as a collection and sorting center for donations to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Hundreds of pounds of donations were sorted into organized bags to be sent to Houston. The relief effort was organized by Fredonia residents Mike ...



Food Truck To Visit Today ASHVILLE — The Food Bank of Western New York Mobile Pantry Truck from Buffalo will be at the Ashville United Methodist Church today. Open hours are 9:30 a.m. to noon and 3-5 p.m. The truck brings fresh produce and some stable items. To receive free food, proof of ...

The 43rd annual Busti Apple Harvest Festival was held at the grounds shared by the Busti Historical Society and Busti Fire Department with great success Sunday.
P-J photos by Gavin Paterniti

Busti Apple Festival A Success In Spite Of Unseasonable Heat

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BUSTI — With a series of demonstrations and a row of white-topped vendor tents lining Lawson Road, the yearly Busti Apple Harvest Festival again proved to be one of the area’s largest community events. Now in its 43rd year, the festival welcomed thousands of area residents to participate ...

Rev. Virginia Carr blesses the grapes at the fourth annual Blessing of the Grapes in Westfield on Saturday. The event took place at the Grape Discovery Center, along with the Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association’s 13th anniversary celebration.
Photos by Tonja Dodd

Blessing Of The Grapes Ceremony Held In Westfield

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WESTFIELD — Reverend Virginia Carr proclaimed, “Grapes call us back to the earth … and bring us into community, making us work together. … And we celebrate with wine and grape juice … bringing us back together into community,” she said in her delivery of a service of ...

The Reg Lenna Center for The Arts will show “Dunkirk” Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Fall Movie Season Continues With ‘Dunkirk’


The Reg Lenna Center for The Arts continues its fall movie season with the historical war drama “Dunkirk” showing Wednesday at 7 p.m. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan (”The Dark Knight,” “Interstellar”). “Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied ...

With a master’s degree in violin performance, Cody Hiller has found a passion for pedagogy as Infinity Visual and Performing Arts’ newest instructor.
P-J photo by 
Gavin Paterniti

Cody Hiller Finds Footing As Infinity Instructor

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Infinity Visual and Performing Arts’ most recent instructor acquisition is now paying forward his extensive music education to a younger generation. Cody Hiller, a violin instructor who signed on with Infinity in June, is currently administering private lessons to four young violinists and ...

Hines Shares Story Of Mental Illness At SUNY Fredonia

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FREDONIA — On Sept. 24, 2000, Kevin Hines fell 25 stories in four seconds after jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Hines told his story last week to a packed house at the State University of New York at Fredonia as part of Suicide Prevention Week hosted by The Community Alliance for ...

RHJC To Host Legal Seminar Wednesday


The Robert H. Jackson Center will host “An Inside View: Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department” on Wednesday. The legal education program is one in an ongoing series of Continuing Legal Education seminars presented in partnership with ...

City Council To Vote On Sheldon House Purchase

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As one of three community sponsors for Jamestown Community College, Jamestown City Council will vote on the proposed sale of the Sheldon House today. Earlier this month, Jamestown City Council discussed the proposed purchase of the Sheldon House to Edward Signorile for $240,000. As one of the ...

Employees make ice cream sundaes as part of their barbecue picnic on employee appreciation day.
Photos by Remington Whitcomb

Ring Precision Holds Employee Appreciation Week

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Employees of Ring Precision enjoyed the culmination of a week’s worth of appreciation with games, a barbecue and some well-deserved time off. Employee appreciation week, a yearly tradition of Ring Precision that began on Sept. 11 and ended the following Friday, is a way for the company to ...