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Pictured is Linnea Carlson, the new Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Public Market manager.

JRC adds new public market manager

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JAMESTOWN — The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation has announced the hiring of Linnea Carlson as their new Jamestown Public Market manager. “We are so excited to add Linnea to our team. She brings a fresh perspective and a lot of great new ideas that will take the Jamestown Public Market ...

Flags directed to be at half-staff in state

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New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff until sunset on Monday in conjunction with a federal proclamation, to honor the victims of the Florida school shooting. Cuomo released the following statement: “Once again, this nation ...

Solar workshops set

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JAMESTOWN — Solar Chautauqua is offering reduced pricing for affordable solar panel installations to Chautauqua County residents and businesses. They provide information on State and Federal solar tax credits, guide residents through the selection of the best solar energy system and offer a ...

Traffic stop leads to arrest of wanted Jamestown man

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NORTH HARMONY — Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies reported Saturday morning that on Feb. 9 at about 1:41 a.m., while on patrol, they stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Route 394. The operator, Camille L. Lopez, 18 of Jamestown, was found to be unlicensed. A passenger was ...

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U.S. Rep. Tom Reed participated in the Starbucks “behind the bar” program at the Jamestown location.

Reed becomes barista for a day

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JAMESTOWN — U.S. Rep. Tom Reed participated in the Starbucks “behind the bar” program at the Jamestown location. “Tax reform is transformational not only for our region, but for the country. It is great to see companies like Starbucks accelerate their paid family leave plans and give ...

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Displaying their Custodial Safety Incentive Award certificates are (beginning second from left): Mary Ann Wykstra, Iris Rosa, Jack Anderson and Charles Miller, along with Mark Delcamp, assistant director of Custodial Services (far left) and Sarah Laurie, director of Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability (far right).

SUNY Fredonia presents Custodial Safety Incentive Awards to employees

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Members of the Custodial Services staff at the State University of New York at Fredonia were honored and presented individual awards at the 17th Annual Custodial Services Awards Recognition Luncheon held recently at the Williams Center. At the beginning of each semester, the university ...

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Mark R. Maytum, President and COO of DFT Communication, receives a proclamation from Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis.

‘A powerful connection’

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On February 18, 1898, Arthur Maytum started a business that would last through five generations and grow to become a leader in telecommunications and technology for Chautauqua County and beyond. That company is now known as DFT Communications. Today, Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis is making a ...

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Dunkirk firefighters respond to a small fire on Crooked Brook Drive.

Woman dies in Dunkirk town fire

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OBSERVER Staff Report One elderly female was found dead at a structure fire at 35 Crooked Brook Drive in the town of Dunkirk on Friday. The fire was called out at 2:30 p.m., and as firefighters arrived on scene, they were alerted by a resident that there was a person with burns inside the ...

Threats force 3 schools into lockout

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Three area schools went into brief lockouts and three students were taken for mental health evaluations Friday after making threats of violence to staff. At two of the students, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said they would bring guns to school in “copycat threats” after 17 people were ...

Hundreds gather for deputy laid to rest

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JAMESTOWN — More than 200 firefighters, police officers, friends and family gathered Friday for the funeral of Michael Seeley, the Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputy and Bemus Point firefighter who died earlier this month after battling leukemia. Several of Seeley’s friends and ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Hanover Town Hall closed Monday The Hanover Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19 in observance of the Presidents Day holiday. Fredonia Chamber mixer Thursday The Fredonia Community Chamber will be hosting a networking mixer on Thursday, Feb. 22, at EBC in Fredonia, from ...

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13-year-old Westfield student threats another with knife at school WESTFIELD — A 13-year-old student was charged with third-degree menacing after allegedly bringing a knife to Westfield Academy and Central School Tuesday and making threats to another student, Westfield Police Department ...

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From left to right: Paul Mejchrzak, Blake Mitchell, Abigail Ferreira, Azriel Rivera, Superintendent Mike Ginestre,Senator Cathy Young, David Tenpas, Ivy Yokom, Kayla Yokom, Lexus Eschenbach, Iron Rivera, head bus driver David Maleski. The students pictured were on the bus at the time of the fire.

Sherman bus driver recognized following January fire

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SHERMAN — David Tenpas, a Sherman bus driver credited with helping to safely remove 12 students from a bus in January shortly before it burst in flames, was honored by state Sen. Cathy Young on Friday. Tenpas was presented the New York State Senate Liberty Medal during an assembly at ...

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Baby love at Brooks Memorial Hospital

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It was love at first sight for proud parents Jade Stocks and Jerry James Murphy Jr. of Forestville, as they welcomed Valentine’s baby, Jerry James Murphy, III, on Feb. 14 at around 8 a.m.

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SUNY Fredonia Vice President Cedric Howard to receive national award

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Each year, NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, recognizes members who are doing outstanding work in the student affairs profession. Cedric Howard, vice president for Enrollment and Student Services at the State University of New York at Fredonia, was selected as the ...