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Pictured are Andrew Pumford, Andrew Roof and Carrson Widen.

Three JHS Students Earn National Merit Honors

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 ...

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

Lake Lowered For Allegany State Park Rehabilitation Project

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 ...

BPU Discusses Preliminary Budgets

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. ...

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

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 ...

Hines Shares Story Of Mental Illness At SUNY Fredonia

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 ...

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

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 ...

Dan Pawlowski and his wife, Diane, who own and operate Pumpkinville, invite people to bring their families to experience all the attractions their pumpkin farm has to offer. Below, the resident goats love their new “Topsy Tervy Goatel,” a goat hotel of sorts.
Photos by Deb Everts

Acres Of Autumn

GREAT VALLEY — Autumn is officially underway and nothing fits the season more than pumpkins. The Pawlowski family opened Pumpkinville for the season on Sept. 16, where they will have a yard-full of pumpkins and fun activities for visitors to enjoy through Halloween. One of ...

Polly, Piebald Catahoula mix, is seeking a forever home following an assault by a wild animal in Stockton.

Home Sought For Maimed Canine After Brutal Attack In Stockton

STOCKTON — A brutally injured rescue dog is now home and currently on the mend after an unidentified wild animal scaled two 7-foot fences and assaulted her. According to Tera Cunningham, owner of Weimeraner Rescue of the North, she and her husband, Mark, Stockton’s Town Court Judge, ...

Popular Kindness Rocks Movement Makes Its Way To Dunkirk

DUNKIRK — Some have known Dunkirk rocks for a long time, but the meaning of the phrase #DunkirkRocks has taken on a new meaning with a the Kindness Rocks movement that has come to the city. While Dunkirk is by no means the first community to create kindness rocks or a hashtag, over the ...

Students K-2 gathered inside Temple Elementary to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge. Students who completed the challenge were given certificates and then were given a chance to win one of two donated bikes.
P-J photos by Jordan W. Patterson

Read To Succeed

Temple Elementary School celebrated reading achievements Friday morning with music, rewards and surprises. The Summer Reading Challenge was created by reading teachers Holly Brainard and Michelle Buccola. “We wanted to ensure (the students) were reading over the summer,” Buccola said, ...

Judge Calls Mistrial On Saeli Case Amid Jury Deadlock

MAYVILLE — A jury deliberated nearly eight hours during a two-day span, but couldn’t unite to hand a verdict in the Samuel Saeli kidnapping case. A mistrial was granted by the Hon. Paul Wojtaszek just after 2 p.m. Friday following a note he received from the jury, which stated they were ...

Watershed Conservancy Proposes Cassadaga Nature Park

MAYVILLE — A local watershed group has proposed a 77-acre nature park near Cassadaga Lake. The idea was recently presented to the Chautauqua County Legislature’s Planning and Economic Development committee by John Jablonski, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy executive director. He said the ...

Haffa Jury Selection More Than Two Months Away

MAYVILLE - With a mistrial granted last week, jury selection in the Justin Haffa attempted murder case won’t be for another two months. A pre-trial conference was held Friday morning in Mayville as District Attorney Patrick Swanson and Public Defender Ned Barone appeared before the Hon. ...

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No Serious Injuries Reported From Sedan, Dog Control Van Crash

Traffic was briefly slowed downtown Thursday following a motor vehicle crash between a sedan and a city of Jamestown Dog Control van. The crash happened shortly before 10 a.m. at the intersection of North Main and Third streets. The names of both drivers involved were not released by the ...

Students K-2 gathered inside Temple Elementary to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge. Students who completed the challenge were given certificates and then were given a chance to win one of two donated bikes.
P-J photo by Jordan W. Patterson

Reading Achievements Celebrated At Temple, Fenner Schools

Temple Elementary School celebrated reading achievements Friday morning with music, rewards and surprises. The Summer Reading Challenge was created by reading teachers Holly Brainard and Michelle Buccola. "We wanted to ensure (the students) were reading over the summer," Buccola said, ...

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Man Flown To Hospital Following Crash In Busti

A man was flown to a nearby hospital after crashing Friday evening in the town of Busti. Firefighters were notified of a motor vehicle accident with an unresponsive male around 5 p.m. on Busti-Sugar Grove Road. The driver, who was not identified Friday, reportedly struck a sign on ...

TRC Supervisor Charged With Using Client Funds

A site supervisor with The Resource Center has been charged for allegedly using client funds for personal use. Ellicott police charged 41-year-old Kelly M. McLane of Sinclairville after they were contacted on Sept. 13 by The Resource Center, a non-profit organization that provides training ...

Chautauqua County 2018 Budget Process To Begin

The 2018 budget process for Chautauqua County will soon begin, according to Pierre Chagnon, Audit and Finance Committee chairman. A resolution to schedule hearings for the budget review process, sewer district assessment rolls and maximum salary of Chautauqua County Legislature members and ...

Frewsburg Man Accused Of Neglecting Dogs

A Frewsburg man has been taken into custody for not properly caring for his dogs. According to State Police, on Wednesday, troopers charged 26-year-old Thomas C. Wallace with two counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals/failure to provide proper sustenance. The troopers ...

Jurors Begin Deliberations In Kidnapping Case

MAYVILLE — With the defense resting and closing arguments heard Thursday afternoon, jury deliberation began in the 2016 alleged kidnapping of a 13-year-old autistic boy. Jurors deliberated for close to four hours but didn’t reach a verdict before the end of the day. The five men and seven ...