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HI, SANTA! Holiday weekend in Westfield

After arriving in Westfield on a grape picker on Friday night, Santa and Mrs. Claus made their way to the Westfield YWCA to meet children and families as part of this weekend’s Christmas in the Village Pictured here with Santa and Mrs. Claus is Meredith Freeman, age 4, daughter of Tyler and ...

Cassadaga man pleads guilty to child porn charges

BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that Daniel Villafane-Lozada, 23, of Cassadaga, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in ...

Panel talks county education challenges

From attendance issues to staffing shortages, panelists at a recent United University Professions Fredonia Chapter meeting recently discussed the challenges that Chautauqua County educators are facing. The eight panelists who met at SUNY Fredonia explored these issues and also discussed ways in ...

Salvation Army in desperate need of kettle volunteers

Major John Merchant with the Salvation Army of Jamestown spent the first day of the Red Kettle campaign — the annual fundraiser that helps a range of local programs and services — interviewing applicants due to a critical lack of volunteers. Though the drive officially kicked off ...

Lake groups respond to Burtis Bay fish kill

CELORON — Mike Newell of 10 Chautauqua Place waded through weed-infested waters filled with dead fish that had suffocated due to a lack of oxygen and being forced to the surface by a biomass blown in by winds nearly two weeks ago. He used a pitchfork to turn over some of the weeds to reveal ...

Panel at college considers regional job dilemma

Ziya Arnavut, Ph.D., president of the United University Professions Fredonia chapter recently hosted a panel discussion on jobs and training at SUNY Fredonia. “I hope this panel can give us some possible solutions that we can work with to do something good for our population, because we want ...

Albany won’t look fondly on county votes

While on the campaign trail in Dunkirk last month, state Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said all the right things in urging voters to back two Democratic candidates. In her typical upbeat style, she handed out compliments to everyone in the room of the Steelworkers Union Hall, including Dunkirk Mayor ...

Wood pallet maker shuts, site for sale

After more than 30 years in the business, a local plant that makes wood pallets and more has closed its doors. Great Lakes Specialties, located on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret, is no longer open. The business shut down around the first of this month. The building and business is up for ...

Dunkirk man sentenced for selling coke

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Thursday that Fred Santiago, 30, of Dunkirk, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, five kilograms or more of cocaine, was sentenced to serve 5 years and 10 months in prison by Chief U.S. District ...

Jamestown man pleads guilty to selling heroin

BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Thursday that Alex Mercado, 39, of Jamestown, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a ...

Billquist to honor late wife near anniversary of tragic death

Jamie Billquist knew he wanted to recognize his late wife in one form or another around the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s an idea he has toyed with for several months, and one that will now come to fruition at the benefit of at least two Jamestown area nonprofit organizations this ...

Sen. Young presents Liberty Medals to rescuers

SILVER CREEK— On Saturday 17-year-old Silver Creek high school student Teddy Braidich and Assistant Fire Chief Jim Tytka Jr. were presented with Liberty Medals by Sen. Cathy Young (R, C, I-57th District); the awards are the highest recognition bestowed by the New York State Senate. On June ...

City of Dunkirk responds to town’s water bill questions

According to the city of Dunkirk, the town of Dunkirk was made aware of the delinquent water bills prior to the town’s Nov. 7 meeting. “That was an issue brought up, going back at least a year ago,” city Treasurer Mark Woods stated. “There were no questions at two meetings that I was ...

Hampton Inn planned to open fall 2019

Project sponsor Jay Patel is hoping to break ground on the Hampton Inn planned for Vineyard Drive in the town of Dunkirk sometime in January. The 47,000-square feet hotel will be located next to Patel’s Comfort Inn at 3925 Vineyard Drive. Patel and his company also own the Best Western on ...

‘Hallway of Heroes’ leads to life lessons for students

The students of School 3 in Dunkirk recently honored local community members who dedicate their lives to serving the community. Students, some with signs, lined the halls of the school clapping and thanking the local veterans, vehicle rescue personnel, nurses, firefighters and police officers ...

Sedota named Fredonia’s full-time treasurer

The Fredonia Village Board hired James Sedota as village treasurer at its regular meeting Monday. Sedota’s annual salary will be $72,800 and he will also receive a health insurance stipend. He was hired by the Village Board Aug. 27 as a temporary deputy treasurer, at $35 an hour up to 30 ...

New Era Cap eyes closure of Derby plant

DERBY — New Era Cap Company may close its plant in the town of Evans. The company issued a statement Tuesday, saying it had notified the Communications Workers of America (CWA) that it is considering the discontinuation of operations at its Derby, NY facility, effective March 2019. “This ...

Missing Jamestown woman highlighted by police

The 2008 disappearance of an Ashville woman was the highlight of the New York State Police's "Cold Case Tuesday" feature. Corrie Anderson, 36 years old at the time, was last known to be visiting a friend Oct. 28, 2008, in Jamestown while driving a blue 2005 Dodge Caravan. According to police, ...

Ripley Central School students join with veterans to honor history

RIPLEY — On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month of 1918, fighting in World War One ceased. One hundred years later, also at the 11th hour, students from Ripley Central School stood in the cold rain with veterans and State Sen. Catharine Young to honor all those who ...

Dunkirk school board gets safety panel update

At Thursday’s Dunkirk Board of Education meeting, three members described their ad hoc committee on school safety’s recent discussion with parents and students. “Some good ideas were put out there,” said board member Ken Koszlowski, one of the ad hoc committee members, along with ...