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Join Vintage House Design on June 22nd at 3:30 PM for a very special High Tea and Fabric Roadshow at the Fenton Museum at 67 Washington street in Jamestown, New York.
 
Tour the beautiful, historic Fenton mansion; learn about the Victorian custom of High Tea.  Enjoy teas and cakes!
Immediately following the speaker, you will be treated to a showing of the latest fabrics from well-known manufacturers Kravet, Lee Jofa, Brunschwig & Fils, GPJ Baker and more.  Register here!

City lawmakers have approved the Jamestown Department of Development's 2015 Community Development Block Grant... and, HOME Program action plans for 2016.  The unanimous vote took place at Monday night's City Council meeting... and, will bring just over 1.3-million dollars in combined monies to help fund low-to-moderate income housing and infrastructure projects.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy says the CDBG money will go primarily towards five different areas. DeJoy says they've allocated a little less money this year for the demolition of condemned homes.  He says they still have some money left from a grant they got through the State Attorney General's Office.  DeJoy says with approval of the Action Plan... the proposal now goes to the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development in Buffalo for final approval.  He says that should take place by late Summer or early Fall.  The largest amount of funding... nearly 220-thousand dollars... will be used for the city's Neighborhood Target Area Infrastructure Improvement Program.  DeJoy adds that the HOME Program funding has been increased by about 5-thousand dollars this year to just over 255-thousand dollars.

 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says tightening campaign finance laws and fighting the heroin epidemic are two of his top priorities as lawmakers near adjournment.  The Democratic governor unveiled a new proposal Tuesday to close a loophole allowing limited liability companies to skirt existing donation limits... and, pump huge sums into political races without much disclosure.  The state Senate has so far blocked efforts to close the loophole.  Cuomo's proposal includes several options for lawmakers, including one that would apply to gubernatorial races only.  Senate Republicans called Cuomo's plan a ``red herring.''  Senate Democrats said the loophole must be closed for legislative candidates as well.  The governor says passing a comprehensive plan to address heroin and opioid use is another priority.  Lawmakers plan to adjourn next month.

 

The local Special Olympics memorialized late, long-time WJTN Morning man Jim Roselle by naming it's annual track and field meet in Jamestown after him.  The first "Chautauqua County Special Olympics -- Jim Roselle Memorial Meet" was held yesterday morning in honor of Jim's long-time commitment to the organization... and, his fund-raising efforts for it.  Local Special Olympics Coordinator Bob Goold hosted the opening ceremonies at Strider Field... where the games were officially re-named. Goold noted that Jim, every year, would be on hand to host the track and field meet for the better part of four decades.  A special banner was unfurled... renaming the games after Jim... and, it included a picture of Jim on it.  Jim's long-time friend and co-host on the Saturday morning "Times of Your Life" program on WJTN -- Russ Diethrick -- also spoke.  Russ talked about how important the event -- and, competitors were to Jim.  More than 400 special athletes were on hand for the event at Strider Field.

 

A quick response by Jamestown firefighters early yesterday morning prevented serious damage to a second-floor apartment on the city's southside.  City Deputy Fire Chief Chet Harvey says fire crews were called to the scene at 84 Victoria Avenue just after 1:30 AM.  Harvey says crews spotted flames in the kitchen area of the apartment... and, had the flames doused in about 15 minutes.  Harvey says no one was hurt.  The people living there were alerted by the downstairs residents.  He says there was only minor damage to a wall.  The cause was reportedly electrical in nature.

 

Gasoline prices in the county have held steady over the past few days... heading into the long, Memorial Day Holiday Weekend.  That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report... which says the price has gone up since Monday, May 16th... by 9 cents a gallon.  The puts the average price at just under 2-dollars-48 cents per gallon.  Triple-A says 19 local service stations were surveyed for the average price.  At this time last year... the price locally was 2--93.  The national average is now 2-dollars-28 cents per gallon.  The Fuel Gauge Report says gas prices are at their highest point for the year as we approach Memorial Day... and, the national average has increased for 12 days in a row.  Despite that... drivers remain on target to pay the lowest prices for the Memorial Day holiday since 2005.

 

The mayor of the north county city of Dunkirk is disappointed that Fredonia village officials will no longer be pursuing a combined police facility with the city.  First-Term Democraat Willie Rosas says he believes such a project would benefit both communities... and, adds that that they had a potential site in mind. Fredonia trustees and Mayor Athanasia (Ah-Tha-Naa-See-uh) Landis discussed the issue during a workshop Monday night and determined that having a combined police facility will be too costly.  She cited concerns that included finances.  She says it appears the combined facility will cost about 2-million dollars more than was originally projected.  However... the state has only talked about providing 400-thousand in aid to help.  While disappointed by the outcome... Mayor Rosas says he was pleased that both communities had the dialogue.  He says it means that they are willing to work together to try and do what's "best for both communities."

 

A group of angry U.S. military veterans lined up in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue to say that Donald Trump would make a ``reckless and dangerous commander in chief.''  Monday's protest on the street below his luxurious apartment was led by a Marine Corps veteran, Alexander McCoy.  McCoy accused the presumptive Republican nominee of being ``a fraud'' for saying he collected $6 million for struggling veterans at a January fundraiser.  He says Trump has failed to show where that money went.  A Trump spokesman says the candidate did raise $4.5 million.  About a dozen anti-Trump protesters held up signs, including one that said, ``Vets vs. Trump.''  They said they were being used as props for the presidential campaign, as well as what they called ``props for hate.''

 

A bill that would authorize people with terminal illnesses to request life-ending drugs from a physician has cleared a hurdle in New York's state Legislature.  The proposal would require two physicians to certify the patient's illness is terminal.  Physicians could refuse to agree to the request for any reason.  The Assembly's Health Committee passed the bill Monday. It faces significant challenges in the full Legislature... but, advocates hailed the committee's vote as a ``historic'' step.  Supporters say the bill gives suffering patients the freedom to end their lives with dignity but has proper safeguards.  Opponents worry the measure would be abused and say the bill is being rushed through the Legislature without proper study.  Later this year... California will become the fifth state to allow end-of-life assistance.

 

 

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The two-year effort to find a suitable buyer for the Sheldon House on Jamestown's northside has led city lawmakers to approve it's sale to Lynn Development Group.  The City Council last night unanimously approved Jamestown Community College's quarter-of-a-million dollar sale to the local developer... which plans to use it their business offices... while continuing it as a "community meeting" location.  City Councilwoman Kim Ecklund says JCC performed it's due-diligence... and, it was time for lawmakers to make a decision. Council President Greg Rabb... who was out of town and unable to attend... sent a letter of support for the sale after much time and thought.  Councilman Tony Dolce served as temporary Council President... and, echoed Rabb's sentiments that Lynn Development has a long, solid history in the city... and, that lawmakers want to see the Sheldon House remains something that remains a "community asset."  Last night's vote was 8-to-0.  The sale must now be approved by the Chautauqua County Legislature at it's meeting this Wednesday night.

 

A second-offer by a Florida man who was reportedly interested in buying the Sheldon House was not considered becuase it was too late to be considered.  However... Lakeview Avenue resident Paul Leone -- who has strongly opposed the sale to Lynn Development -- says he received a call from the man... whom he identifed as Joseph McNeil... late last week.  McNeil apparently wanted the Sheldon House for single-family use... but, initially had bid 225-thousand dollars for the property. However... JCC President Cory Duckworth said college officials had not received the new offer from McNeil until Monday morning through a local broker.  Duckworth says the bid was only 100-dollars more than the one made by Lynn Development.  He adds there are also a number of contingencies within the bid... some of which he says were still "unclear" last night.  Duckworth urged lawmakers to move ahead with the bid by Lynn Development.

 

Local Congressman Tom Reed is recognizing the sacrifice made by our veterans this week before Memorial Day by supporting several bills up for likely consideration this week.  Reed says the bills have come from discussion over how to prioritize the use of 73.5-billion dollars for veteran's services.  The Corning Republican especially focused on two bills.  The first is the Family Caregiver Act to support family members who are caring for a veteran.
Reed says there are some other bills being finalized that deal with transitional aid to help veteran's dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder... and, other issues as they return from active duty.  He says one of those is a Democratic bill coming out of the Veteran's Affairs Committee, which he believes will be approved in a bi-partisan manner.  Reed also urged residents of the 23rd Congressional District to honor veteran's by attending local Memorial Day ceremonies and parades.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.

 

It's a sad day Monday at Panama Central School... and, across Chautauqua County where Steve Swanson's love for music and his talent were felt.  Swanson passed away last Friday night at WCA Hospital at the age of 59.  Swanson... who was known by friends as "Swandog..." was a music teacher at the Panama Central for 28 years.  School Superintendent Bert Lictis says he had known Swanson since he became superintendent in 2001.  In fact... he says Swanson was one of the first people he ever met there. Lictis says Swanson loved everything about music... and, adds that his greatest gift was making people feel good.  He says that was most apparent when Swanson worked with the 4 year-olds in Panama's Pre-K Program.  Lictis says he touched virtually everyone who went to school there in the past three decades.  He says that's one reason why Swanson's funeral will be held at 1 PM Wednesday at the Panama Central School auditorium.  The school will be closed that day for the funeral observance.

 

The local stock car racing community is also mourning the loss of arguably it's best super late model racer ever.  Bobby Schnars was a dominant name in the region for two decades from the mid 1950s to the mid-70s.  The Busti, New York native was atop Stateline Speedway's all-time winner's List with 79, until a few years ago when Dick Barton passed him with his 80th victory.  Local racing Historian Randy Anderson calls Schnars the "Babe Ruth" of Stateline. Schnars was especially dominant from the late 1960s until the mid-1970s... when he won the majority of his feature races... and, Stateline and Eriez Speedway championships.  However... for as good as he was on the racetrack... Anderson says Schnars was "very modest..." and soft spoken about his accomplishments.  Barton probably paid Schnars the ultimate compliment after getting his 80th A-Main win at Stateline... saying he may have the record for feature wins... but, adds that Schnars was still the "King" of the Late Models at the Busti speedway.

 

A Virginia woman escaped injury last weekend when she lost control of her car... and, it crashed on the Chautauqua Lake Bridge on Interstate 86.  Sheriff's officers say 19 year-old Kayla Luce was eastbound about 3 PM Saturday when she came upon a slower vehicle in the driving lane.  Deputies say Luce swerved into the passing lane... and, lost control of her vehicle and struck the south side of the bridge, spun around and came to rest in the passing lane.  Luce was checked over at the scene by Emergency Medical personnel... and, refused further treatment.  State Police assisted at the scene.

 

While they don't control the supply side of the bill... National Grid's prices for delivering electricity to local customers will remain at the same levels into 2018.  This following regulatory approval of a plan that will allow the company to continue investment in its networks.  Spokesman Steve Brady of National Grid says current energy delivery prices will be maintained through the Spring of 2018. As a result, the company also will be increasing its capital investment in its electricity and natural gas networks over the next two years to approximately $1.3 billion. The plan does not effect the portion of the bill dealing with supply costs, which are based on wholesale markets conditions.  Brady says National Grid does not profit from the supply side of the bill.   

 

The New York State Police and other law enforcement agencies across the state are launching their annual ``buckle up'' campaign.  State troopers, including those assigned to the detail that patrols the Thruway, will be joining with local and county law enforcement officers across New York to make sure motorists are using their seatbelts as the summer travel season gears up.  The two-week, zero-tolerance enforcement campaign started Monday, and lasts through June 5th.  Police will be looking for drivers and passengers who aren't buckled in properly.  State police say seatbelt usage saves the lives of thousands of motorist each year.

 

An ambitious program to install solar panels at New York's public schools, already off to a slow start, has to recruit a new partner after the financial collapse of one of the nation's largest solar companies.  The New York Power Authority says SunEdison's move into bankruptcy court protection last month means the agency has to find at least one other company to join SolarCity as a contractor for the ``K-Solar'' initiative.  The companies had been given territory as recommended contractors by the authority, with SunEdison to handle work in western and central New York and Long Island.  SolarCity, already the beneficiary of major support from Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration, got the balance of the state, excluding New York City.  Cuomo announced K-Solar, part of his one-billion dollar NY-Sun Initiative, in September 2014.
 

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