Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight | Local Public Affairs Radio Program

By Terry Frank

The Community Spotlight Local Public Affairs Program airs on all six of the Media One Radio Group radio stations. The Chautauqua County Executive appears the first week of each month and City of Jamestown Mayor appears the second week of each month. The other weeks of the month feature a variety of community leaders and special guests. The program airs on the following stations at the following times: WJTN - Saturday at 8:45 A.M. | WWSE - Sunday at 7:00 A.M. | WHUG & WKSN - Sunday at 6:30 A.M. | WQFX - Sunday at 5:30 A.M. | WKZA - Sunday at 6:00 A.M..

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Community Spotlight for May 22-29, 2022

Chautauqua Co. Director of Community Mental Hygiene Services Carmello Hernandez

May 22nd, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank highlights Mental Health Awareness Month by interviewing Chautauqua County's still-new director of Community Mental Health Services, Carmello Hernandez. Hernandez began his position on Sept. 7 of 2021, and he fills the vacancy left by former director Patricia Brinkman, who retired in April 2021. Prior to coming to Chautauqua County, the Bronx, NY native was a lead therapist at Alssaro Counseling Services in New Rochelle, and a mental health consultant at WestCOP in Westchester, N.Y. Prior to that he served as a program manager for Wediko Children’s Services and a combat stress recovery specialist for the Wounded Warrior Project. Hernandez says, since coming to the county department, they've worked with an trained more than 200 people in the field to better recognize depression and anxiety disorders, in particular. He says it's also good to know the triggers for those two disorders before they get to a level of "10." He also agrees that it's important to not treat mental illness and substance abuse separately, because you will often times find people "self-medicating" to deal with their mental health issues.

Community Spotlight for May 15-22, 2022

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

May 15th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:59

Mayor Eddie Sundquist of Jamestown joins our Terry Frank to discuss a number of issues, including a recent joint announcement with city council members and the police and fire chiefs to boost public safety in the city. That includes three new police officers, and once that's done, to create a "gun violence unit" to deal with an increase in that safety problem. There would also be four new city firefighters added to man a second ambulance in the city due to the huge increase the past two years in EMS calls. Sundquist says the numbers are up about 1,000-percent from 10 years ago. Many of the calls the past couple of years were due to COVID-19 transports. There have also been many more drug overdoses, as well. We also discuss concerns Sundquist, and Board of Public Utilities General Manager Dave Leathers expressed during a recent hearing on New York State's Climate Leadership Action Plan... and, we discuss plans to start the city's new Parking App that will allow motorists to pay the parking meter fees via their cellphone.

Community Spotlight for May 8-15, 2022

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

May 9th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank speaks with Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel on a number of topics, including his trip to Albany for a meeting last week with the New York State Municipal Insurance Reciprocal. Wendel is the county executive appointee to the panel. He says their work has benefited the county in a number of ways... including ethics and cyber security training that saves the county up to 50,000 a year. We also discuss the recent spikes in local gasoline prices, and how that may impact the county with the legislature approving a 3-dollar a gallon cap on the gas tax. Wendel says that's his biggest concern heading into June 1, when both the state and local tax suspension begins. Both will last through the end of the year. He says sales tax revenues may help offset some of those losses. Wendel adds that pipes are beginning to be put into the ground along Route 394 in North Harmony to provide "closed sewer" services along the western side of Chautauqua Lake.

Community Spotlight for May 1-8, 2022

Chautauqua Co. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Heitzenrater

May 2nd, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

This week, our Terry Frank welcomes Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Heitzenrater for the first time to the program. Heitzenrater replaced the retired Todd Tranum in mid-2021 after serving as Executive Assistant to County Executive P.J. Wendel, and previously George Borrello. Heitzenrater says the COVID-19 pandemic has made business difficult and complicated. He says many businesses did okay and are coming out alright... but, he says others have struggled. Heitzenrater says they also work with businesses to enhance their on-line presence. We also discuss National Small Business Week, which will kick-off locally Monday with an event at the Ashville General Store on Rt. 474 in Ashville. He says they were planning on local elected officials to be on hand to provide proclamations, and hand out awards -- one went to the Ashville General Store, and the other to The Hot Spot Cafe in Jamestown. Chautauqua County Deputy Executive for Economic Development, and Industrial Development Agency CEO Mark Geise was also recognized by the Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College. The chamber also kicked off it's Spring Membership Drive during the program.

Community Spotlight for Apr. 24-May 1, 2022

Presentation on Municipal Broadband in Jamestown

April 25th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 13:40

We feature segments of this past week's public meeting on the feasibility of establishing a Municipal Broadband Program in the city of Jamestown. City officials hosted the meeting with consultant Jeff Christensen of Entry Point Networks from Salt Lake City, Utah. Mayor Eddie Sundquist says providing lower cost, but, reliable and faster Internet access was a goal of his when he was first elected in 2019. However, Sundquist says the issue came to the fore during the COVID-19 pandemic when students were having to learn remotely, and many people worked remotely. Christensen says his company is currently working with 35 communities to put municipal broadband in place. He modeled a program that would allow "open access" at a price starting at 54 a month. He and Sundquist fielded several questions about the costs, and what would happen if the fiber optic network was too costly to put in place, or became to expensive to run. Sundquist is now in the process of establishing a City Broadband Commission to futher investigate the matter. To apply or express interest, he says go on-line to Jamestownfiber.com.

Community Spotlight for Apr. 17-24, 2022

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

April 18th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist joins News Director Terry Frank this week to discuss a number of topics, including recent passage of the new, New York state budget for 2022-23. Sundquist says the 221-billion includes no increase in general municipal aid, now called "Aid and Incentives to Municipalities" or AIM payments. However... he says the city is seeing a "significant increase" in road and other highway aid... including Consolidated Highway Improvement Program -- or CHIPS funding. Sundquist says, with that, the city will again take on an "aggressive" streets repair and replacement program this year. We also discuss the city voting later this month on a new "Community Cats Program" that will allow people to bring strays and or feral cats in to get vaccinated, spayed or neutered to keep down the cat population, and make sure the cats are healthy. The program will be administered by the Chautauqua County Humane Society.

Community Spotlight for Apr. 10-17, 2022

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

April 10th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank hosts his monthly interview with Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel, and they discuss a number of issues. The first is moving ahead with the merger of supervisory staff for the Department of Social Services. Two are being moved out of the Graf Building in Dunkirk to the South County Office Building in Jamestown. However... while moving out of the Graf Building due to a big increase in rent... they are moving some services to another location - the A.J. Sam Building in Dunkirk. He says this is based on a 2019 report by consultant CGR. We also discuss the decision by Human Resources Dir. Jean Riley to move south. Her last day will be Friday, Apr. 16. We discuss the fact that COVID numbers remain relatively low here, though the numbers have gone up in urban areas due to the new COVID subvariant. We also discuss the hiring of a new consultant who will look into the best ways to fund a Chautauqua Lake District to help pay for maintenance and upkeep of the lake. He says Barton & LoGuidice are expected to do the work in 12-months.

Community Spotlight for Apr. 3-10, 2022

Deputy Chautauqua Co. Executive for Economic Development Mark Geise

April 4th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 15:05

Our Terry Frank discusses economic development in Chautauqua County during a quarterly visit with Deputy County Executive for Economic Development, Mark Geise. With the COVID-19 pandemic transitioning to an endemic, While there were certainly some losses, Geise says the county fared pretty well in terms of keeping significant businesses open. We also discuss a number of projects that are being completed, or are in the works. Geise says the new Love's Travel Stop off Shortman Road in the town of Ripley had a recent soft opening. It's part of the ongoing effort to make a better entrance area to New York state from Pennsylvania and elsewhere. We also discuss the status of the redevelopment efforts at the former Welch's building in Westfield, and Silver Creek School. Geise also says, after a delayed opening -- due in part to the pandemic -- Cockaigne Ski Resort fully reopened this past Winter, and did well.

Community Spotlight for Mar. 28-April 2, 2022

Jamestown community member Doug Champ

March 29th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 16:05

A member of the Jamestown community who often speaks on energy issues, and is a former District Heat Manager for the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is our Terry Frank's guest this week. He talks with Doug Champ about the many changes that are coming to energy, and the way it's produced in New York state, and the U.S. in general. Champ believes the state is not going to be ready for initial changes to renewables by 2030, or thereafter. He says renewables definately has their positives, but, also have negatives. He says solar takes advantage of "free energy" from the sun. However, he says it's only able to draw power during day-light hours. In addition, he says solar requires huge arrays to be able to power any more than a few hundred homes. Champ also says wind has it's drawbacks, but, the state is pushing ahead. Electric storage from both is also an issue right now. He adds there are now three charges showing up on residents electric bill that are going towards paying for the conversion. They are rec (renewable energy costs), zrc (zero emission charges), and oric for wind energy. We also talk about the fact that hydropower is not part of the state's future plans.

Community Spotlight for Mar. 20-26, 2022

Robert H. Jackson Center Founder Greg Peterson

March 21st, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:00

This week we air a large portion of an interview our Dennis Webster and Russ Diethrick had on Media One station WJTN this past week with Robert H. Jackson Center Founder, Greg Peterson, who had just returned from a conference about World War II and it's aftermath in Minnesota. There was also a lot of discussion about the current situation with Russia's month-old war and conflict in Ukraine. Peterson says there are a lot of parallels between what happened when late Justice Robert H. Jackson was named Chief Prosecutor for the Nuremburg War Crimes Trial following World War II. Many have decried current Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal due to the attacks on civilians and other non-military places in Ukraine. Peterson also reveals a story about interviewing the former defense attorney for Rudolph Hess at Nuremburg. The attorney noted that he actually met Jackson at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in 1952, and he and Jackson spent the day visiting, and riding horses at Jackson's home in Virginia.

Community Spotlight for Mar. 14-21, 2022

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

March 14th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

This week, our Terry Frank hosts the program's monthly visit with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist to discuss a number of topics, namely a community meeting on the westside Monday night (3/14). It's to review preliminary plans for the redesign of West Third St. from Hall Avenue to Hallock St. Sundquist says the project will involve replacing about three dozen oak trees that had to be taken down after being found to be old, and in some cases, diseased. He says they're looking to replace the sidewalks there, bury some utility lines, and put in a couple of varieties of trees to replace the oaks. We also discuss the start of a New York state DOT project to reconfigure the four-lane portion of Washington St. from downtown to Fluvanna Avenue. The project will involve reducing traffic to two-lanes with a middle turning lane, as well as bike lanes. Sundquist says the project also includes some water main replacements by the Board of Public Utilities. That project begins today (3/14), and will last through the Summer. We also discuss the latest use of American Rescue Plan Act funding, which council will vote on later this month.

Community Spotlight for Mar. 6-13, 2022

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

March 6th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Our Terry Frank discusses a number of topics with Chautauqua Co. Executive P.J. Wendel this week, including the fact we may be reaching the point of the COVID-19 pandemic entering the "endemic" phase. Case numbers for the past week were down to 139 new cases, and only 8 people were hospitalized with the virus, or COVID-related illness. Wendel says that's very good news, but, adds now is the time for local, state and national leaders to take a hard look at our battered health care systems after two years of the pandemic. We also talk about the need to move ahead in dealing with some of the aftermath, including the opioid epidemic, which got worse during the pandemic. We discuss the opening of a new drug addiction treatment facility in the city of Dunkirk that will used prescribed therapies to help people get off addictive narcotics. We also discuss highlight's from Wendel's recent State of the County Address, delivered late last month, to the county legislature and general public.

Community Spotlight for Feb. 27-Mar. 5, 2022

Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care Dev. Director Zach Agatt

February 28th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:45

The multi-year effort to build the new Star Hospice House in the village of Lakewood is high-lighted on this week's program. Our Terry Frank spoke with Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care Director of Development, Zach Agatt, about the origins of the decision to construct the house just off the campus of their Lakewood headquarters. The ribbon was recently cut on the Star Hospice House, which will be able to care for up to 200 people. Agatt says they're pleased to have construction completed on the 2.8-million dollar effort, which took longer than projected due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and supply chain issues. Agatt says the hospice house will not be open until at least early April, though, because it must pass a New York state inspection first. He thanked their many contractors for the project, along with donors, and Co-Chairpersons Dr. Bert and Mary Rappole.

Community Spotlight for Feb. 21-28, 2022

Jamestown Board of Public Utilities General Manager Dave Leathers

February 22nd, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 15:05

This week, Terry Frank spoke with Jamestown Board of Public Utilities General Manager Dave Leathers on a number of topics, including getting an update on the garbage collection situation with the Solid Waste Division. After a rough start to new procedures in picking up trash, Leathers says things seem to have smoothed out. We also discuss all five divisions, and the fact only Wastewater is looking at a fee or rate increase in 2022. We also discuss New York state's new climate initiatives, and what kind of impacts will, or could be put in place for the BPU. Leathers says customers will pay for the state's initiatives through their local billing. He adds that the BPU will also host a Clean Energy-related summit this coming October.

Community Spotlight for Feb. 13-20, 2022

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

February 14th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank speaks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist this week on a number of topics... including Gov. Kathy Hochul lifting the mask mandate for public, indoor places. Sundquist says some entities -- including the courts -- still require masks in the city. However, he says people are still welcome to wear masks if they are more comfortable wearing one right now. We also discuss the city council's recent rejection of a new, four-year contract with the Jamestown Professional Firefighters Local 137. He says they hope to continue talks with the department... but, adds arbitration is also a possibility. We also discuss council's recent look at doing a full revaluation of property in the city at a cost of 285,000 dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funding. That's among a number of potential projects, mainly for economic development projects in the city. It would be Jamestown's first revaluation in 15 years. We also preview Sundquist's attending the annual New York State Conference of Mayor's Winter Session in Albany this weekend.

Community Spotlight for Feb. 6-13, 2022

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

February 7th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 15:15

Our Terry Frank discusses a number of issues with Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel, including preparations and snow plow safety through the major storm the area received late last week. We also discuss the latest with the number of new COVID-19 cases falling for a third-straight week. There were still just over 1,000 new cases. However... Wendel points out the county distributed some 18,000 testing kits with two tests in each. He says it's hard to tell what the real numbers are like because those testing negative don't necessarily report it to the county or state. We also discuss the governor's new budget proposal, and what may be included for the county, along with redistricting in New York state. Wendel says he testified twice (once on-line) to keep the 23rd Southern Tier District intact.

Community Spotlight for Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2022

NY State Senator George Borrello

January 30th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

New York State Senator George Borrello joins our Terry Frank in studio this week to discuss a number of issues as the state legislative session is underway in Albany. Borrello predicts that Gov. Kathy Hochul will extend the indoor COVID-19 mask mandate because her administration is fighting a State Supreme Court ruling on Long Island against the mandate. Hochul early this weekend extended that mandate to Feb. 10. We also discuss the Farm Labor Overtime Mandate change from 60 hours to 40 hours a week. That was approved after a year of debate and hearings by a state agriculture commission... and, now goes to the state Labor Commissioner for final approval. Borrello says it will hurt farmers, and farm workers. We also further discuss Gov. Hochul's budget proposal. He is encouraged because she is calling for a new tax credit for farmers that would have difficulty with the new labor mandate. We also discuss his being reappointed as the Ranking Republican member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and other assignments for 2022.

Community Spotlight for Jan. 23-30, 2022

23rd Congressional District Rep. Tom Reed

January 23rd, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

Chautauqua County's representative in the U.S. House of Representatives this past week restarted his weekly telephone conference calls after they ended abruptly early last year. Corning Republican Tom Reed, who announced he was not seeking re-election after revelations of sexual misconduct during an ice fishing junket to Minnesota in 2017, spoke with Southern Tier Media about a number of issues. In the beginning, he discusses the recently approved 1.2-trillion dollar infrastructure bill that he voted for. Media One's Terry Frank then asks about the future of the "Build Back Better" legislation, which Reed agrees is dead in the water. He says parts of it may come back in "stand-alone" form, but, will need bi-partisan backing. He also discusses fellow New York Republican Congressman John Katco's decision to also not run again. Reed also looked back on President Joe Biden's first-year in office, and says his biggest disappointment that Biden has not followed through on his promise to unity the country, and work in a more bi-partisan manner with the House and Senate. He says he decided to do the calls again because many members of the media in the district had urged him to resume them.

Community Spotlight for Jan. 16-23, 2022

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

January 16th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank speaks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist on a number of topics to begin the new year... including the explosion of COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant. Of the 1,855 cases for the previous week, 449 of those were in the Jamestown 14701 zip code, and it's hit most departments of city hall. Sundquist was among those handing out 500 rapid home-test kits to local residents last Wednesday. He says all 300 distributed that day went within 10 minutes or so at each of the three locations. Another 200 were handed out at two locations the following day. Sundquist also discussed a number of complaints over garbage that was not picked up at the start of 2022. The Board of Public Utilities started enforcing the city code that states that all trash needs to be placed into the large BPU container, and the lid must be shut. He says stickers were to be put on the trash -- if it wasn't properly placed curbside -- to explain what happened, and a number to call if there was an issue. We also discuss some controversy that's come up over his appointments to the BPU for the new year. He elected not to reappoint past resident members Greg Rabb, and Jim Olson.

Community Spotlight for Jan. 9-16, 2022

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

January 10th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel joins our Terry Frank this week to discuss topics, including the announcement about COVID-19 protocol changes by the county's Dept. of Health and Human Services, that it will not be able to contact some people individually about them testing positive for COVID. Wendel says that's for two reasons: one is with the omicron variant, the virus has been much more prevalent, and the other is because of their work to allow "test to stay" in local schools. We also discuss his recent comments that the county will not enforce the state's mask mandate. He says that's pretty much impossible to do, and adds the county could only really "educate" businesses that weren't enforcing the mandate to begin with. He defended the handling of the December County Legislature meeting where some residents refused to wear masks, even though they were asked to. He says people were able to socially distance in the legislature chambers. We also discuss local Congressman Tom Reed's visit to the county to announce funding approved through the 1.2-trillion dollar federal Infrastructure bill. Finally, the executive gives his impressions of Gov. Kathy Hochul's first State of the State Address.

Community Spotlight for Dec. 26, 2021-Jan. 1, 2022

2021 "Local Year in Review"

December 26th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

News Director Terry Frank looks back on the biggest stories of 2021... including the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, and recent impact of the Omicron variant on case numbers. We also look at federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, and it's potential impact on Chautauqua County, and it's two cities. We also high-light the biggest fire of 2021... which destroyed the former Jamestown Royal Furniture building on Crescent St. and the arrest of two juveniles for allegedly setting it. We also look back on the increases in opioid drug overdoses and deaths in Chautauqua County, and nationwide. We also reflect on the local commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the "9/11" attacks, and the loss of a county native in those attacks. Terry also looks back at Congressman Tom Reed's reaction to the January 6th attack and riot at the U.S. Capitol Building, as well as others.

Community Spotlight for Dec. 20-27, 2021

Jamestown City Council President Tony Dolce

December 21st, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Jamestown City Council President Tony Dolce discusses the issues with our Terry Frank during their annual end-of-year program on city matters. We discuss the just completed budget process, and the fact that 36,000 dollars will have to be moved for items that Mayor Eddie Sundquist vetoed, but, lawmakers did not override. A vote will be taken on Dec. 27. In addition, Dolce says lawmakers may begin voting on projects that are part of the city's Master Plan for use of American Rescue Plan Act funds. The city has received just over 14-million dollars so far from the federal government. We also discuss setting aside some ARPA funding to clean-up the eastern portion of the Chadakoin River. Dolce says they may look at designating 150,000 dollars for that. We also discuss why City Council decided against voting to opt-out of allowing marijuana dispensaries, and on-site consumption sites in the city. Mainly... Dolce says there wasn't time to get a local law through the process before the end of the year.

Community Spotlight for Dec. 13-20, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

December 14th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 15:08

Our Terry Frank speaks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist about a number of topics... first of all previewing Monday night's vote on several veto overrides by the City Council. He says each one is important, but, said he's most concerned about 6,000 dollars for the Human Rights Commission, and 10,000 dollars for the city's Urban Renewal Agency. As it wound up, there was a mix of vetoes that were overriden, and others that were upheld by lawmakers. We also discuss the increase in COVID-19 numbers in the city and surrounding area. Also... we discuss the need for City Council to vote on a revised resolution appointing George Panebianco as the city's second City Court Judge. The appointment was approved at the end of November, but, Sundquist says another resolution is needed because the Unified Court System wants all new appointments to be for a full, 10-year term. We also talk about the mayor meeting with local human service and other agencies about welcoming between 20 and 50 refugees among those that will be brought to NYS. These would be mainly Afghan refugees. We also look back on the city's Christmas Parade.

Community Spotlight for Dec. 5-12, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

December 6th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

This week, Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel joins our Terry Frank to discuss latest local developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, namely the recent rise in cases -- fueled by the Delta Variant. Wendel is urging residents to get vaccinated if they haven't already, and get the COVID booster shot as soon as you can. He also urged people to wear masks when in public, indoor places, where there are crowds of people. Wendel says, what's scary about this wave of infections, is the number of people in their 20s and 30s who have wound up very sick, and have been intubated. He says Gov. Kathy Hochul's potential move to have the National Guard help deal with hospitalized cases is good news... especially if they are put into nursing homes, where staff shortages are being seen most. We also take a brief look back on 2021.

Community Spotlight for Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2021

Steve Kilburn of CombatAddictionCHQ.com

November 29th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank speaks with spokesman Steve Kilburn of CombatAddictionCHQ.com about the alarming rise in the number of opioid drug overdoses in the U.S. and Chautauqua County. Kilburn agrees it's mainly two issues that have cause the problem: isolation and depression from the COVID-19 pandemic, and a ready supply of dangerous drugs -- namely Fentanyl. He says Fentanyl has legitimate medical uses, but, adds it's 50 to 100-times more potent than morphine. It's often times laced in with heroin, and methamphetamine. However, he says it's also being mixed in with pills sold on the black market are prescription pills, but, the buyer doesn't really know that they're getting. There have been a number of overdoses tied to that, and the illicit drug supply. Kilburn urged addicts looking for help to go to their website at CombatAddictionCHQ.com... and, check out their helps. Those include test strips to see if Fentanyl is in their supply, and get narcan to help revive someone who has overdosed or ingested something more lethal.

Community Spotlight for Nov. 22-29, 2021

Salvation Army of Jamestown Major Kim Merchant

November 23rd, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:57

This week, we air much of a WJTN interview by Dennis Webster and Russ Diethrick with Salvation Army Major Kim Merchant about the start of the annual Red Kettle Campaign in the Jamestown-area. The first, manned kettle was put up about a week ago at the Tops Market on Washington Street, with others to follow. Major Merchant says this year's goal is again 115,000 dollars because, even with much more open than last year at this time, they don't want to overburden the community with a high goal amount. She says there are about 600 families a month that they help out with through their pantry and other services at their Brooklyn Square location. Merchant says their Angel Tree program is also underway to provide Christmas gifts to needy children in the area. To volunteer to ring the bells for the Red Kettle Campaign, or help out the Angel Tree program, Merchant says call the Salvation Army at 664-4108.

Community Spotlight for Nov. 14-21, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

November 15th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist this week about a number of topics, including the ongoing 2022 budget deliberations with the City Council. Sundquist says no budget amendments have been offered as yet, but, he does say a couple of department heads have been asked to come back before council to explain what's in their spending plans. The 38.9-million dollar budget needs to be approved by Dec. 1, or the mayor's proposal will go in place for 2022. As of this Monday, (11/15) the council is still planning to have a public hearing on the budget this Friday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. We also discuss the return of the Jamestown Holiday Parade and Celebration this Friday, Dec. 3 through Sat. Dec. 4. For the first time, the parade will be held on a Saturday, and include "fun runs" for people to participate in. We also discuss the losses by Democrats on Election Night, Nov. 2. Republicans are gaining an additional at-large council seat, and won the Ward-Six race where Andrew Faulkner defeated incumbant Democrat Tom Nelson. That gives the GOP a 7-2 majority for the new year. Another seat, in Ward-Three, finds Regina Brackman leading GOP challenger, Robert Reedy, Jr. by just 11 votes. A win there would give the GOP an 8-1 majority.

Community Spotlight for Nov. 8-15, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

November 8th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank discusses a number of topics with just-reelected Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel. Wendel was overwhelmingly re-elected over Democrat Norm Green, 72-percent to 27-percent. The Lakewood Republican says he's "humbled" by the victory, and adds it's a team effort with the county legislature to move the county forward. We also discuss the final budget, approved by lawmakers at the end of October, which he signed during the week. Wendel says is cuts the tax levy by 271,000 dollars... and, the full value tax rate by 41-cents per 1,000, to 8.10 per thousand. We also discuss the latest COVID-19 case numbers, and an increase the past three weeks. Wendel says the most important numbers to look at are active cases, and hospitalizations. Deaths did increase by five to 211 since the pandemic began in March of 2020. We also discuss his goals now that he's been elected to his first, full 4-year term in office.

Community Spotlight for Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2021

Deputy Chautauqua County Executive for Economic Development Mark Geise

November 1st, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:40

News Director Terry Frank speaks this week with Deputy County Executive Mark Geise about a number of topics, including how the county is using the 24.6-million dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funding for economic development. Geise says there are a number of ways they're proposing, including pushing more workforce development for jobs open here in Chautauqua County. We also discuss supply chain issues. However, Geise says it's not as big a problem because local companies have been working with other locally to supply what they need to make their products. We also discuss the city of Jamestown's Chadakoin River Strategic Business Plan, being developed with the city's Planning Commission and the Gebbie Foundation. We also get an update on the new Love's Travel Center being constructed at the Shortman Rd. exit of the New York state Thruway.

Community Spotlight for Oct. 24-31, 2021

State Senator George Borrello

October 25th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank speaks with 57th District State Senator George Borrello on three main topics: the first being the health care worker shortage in the area. There have been some issues in the area, especially in staffing for obstetrics, and emergency rooms. We also talk about a "grey area" that has arisen with the new law legalizing the possession and use of marijuana. That involves some places -- including sovereign indian reservations -- where marijuana is being "gifted" to people who purchase, say a 50-dollar shirt. They get a sticker to go to a trailer or outbuilding nearby to pick up their pot. Borrello says it's a product of a law that was "horribly" written." We also discuss the five state propositions on the Nov. 2 ballot. He opposes four of them. Prop. 1 would change redistricting in New York to allow undocumented residents to be included from Census data. The second creates a constitutional right to clean air and clean water. The third and fourth deal with elections themselves: one authorizes the state legislature to allow same-day voter registration, and the other allows for "no excuse" absentee voting. The fifth proposition -- which Borrello supports -- increases the NYC Civil Court's jurisdiction from cases involving 25,000 to 50,000 dollars.

Community Spotlight for Oct. 17-24, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

October 18th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank speaks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist on two main topics: The first being his proposed 38.9-million dollar, 2022 budget proposal... the other use of the city's just over 28-million dollar allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act. Sundquist highlights the fact that the 3-million dollars of the ARPA funding will be used in three areas: One is to do a number of projects -- 41 --across the city for parks, some facilities and equipment, and to help hire seven new employees, many of them as part of "succession planning" for future retirements. We also discuss what's being used from the ARPA funds for public safety... namely for the fire and police departments. That was brought up during a recent council work session by a member of the public. He says there is also some money included to begin the process of replacing the Cathedral Oak Trees on West Third Street.

Community Spotlight for Oct. 11-18, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

October 11th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 13:00-

Our Terry Frank speaks with County Executive P.J. Wendel on a number of topics, including the rationale behind the county moving from weekday reporting of COVID-19 cases to a weekly model. Wendel says the decision was made by his entire COVID-19 Response Team, after hearing from Public Health Director Christine Schuyler and epidemiologists in the department. He says it's due mainly to them taking on more responsibility going forward to do contact tracing, and dole out vaccines. We also discuss his proposed, 2022 budget plan, which cuts the full value tax rate by 26-cents per 1,000 dollars... but, increases the tax levy by 955,000 dollars. Currently, he says the legislature is looking at a few "minor changes" at this point. We also discuss the opening of a "Hometown Heroes Memorial" in Mayville... and moving forward on utilizing the 24.6-million dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funding for the county. Wendel says the county has now received it's initial traunche of 12.3-million dollars.

Community Spotlight for Oct. 4-11, 2021

Chautauqua County Democratic Clerk Candidate David Salley

October 5th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Our Terry Frank speaks with Democratic County Clerk candidate, David Salley about his run for office this fall. Salley says it's basically a "Data Based Manager" type of position, which is similar to his position he held with the Seneca Nation of Indians Medical Center prior to his recent retirement. He also has a Masters in Information Technology from the University of Buffalo. Salley says he would be outcomes driven -- especially regarding the way the Dept. of Motor Vehicles is operated in Jamestown, Mayville and Falconer. He says that was especially needed when the DMV's reopened after the intial COVID-19 outbreak, and most offices closed. He was again critical of the fact that the county's DMV's, according to information he researched, reopened later than most in the Western New York region. Salley also says he would actively recruit Spanish speaking employees to help that population, especially in the Dunkirk-area.

Community Spotlight for Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2021

Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore

September 27th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:45

Our Terry Frank speaks this weekend with incumbant Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore about his run for a third-term this November. The Republican from Gerry says he continues to "enjoy my job" and that's why he's running again. He touted his experience in getting things done, such as being one of the first clerks in NYS to implement electronic recording of property records, and electronic filing of court records in the clerk's office. He also addressed criticism by his Democratic opponent of the way he reopening the county's three Dept. of Motor Vehicle Offices. David Salley says Barmore touted being the first in Western New York to reopen the DMVs before anyone else. Barmore says they reopened when they got the green light from NYS. Barmore adds that he's been able to save taxpayer dollars by moves that he's made, including moving the Jamestown DMV to a new location on West Third Street.

Community Spotlight for Sept. 19-26, 2020

Executive Dir. Amy Rohler from United Way of Southern Chautauqua County

September 20th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank talks with United Way of Southern Chautauqua County Executive Director Amy Rohler about the start of the 2021 General Campaign, which has a goal of 1.3-million dollars. Rohler says they're of to a great start with Co-Chairs, Christine and Mark Tarbrake. She says both have been very involved with previous campaigns, with Christine -- in particular -- serving on the Allocations Committee. The goal is about 100,000 dollars more than last year, which was conducted differently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign runs through the end of the year. We also discuss the soon-to-be released final report on the city's ESPRI Program, which is geared towards reducing poverty in the Jamestown-area. The United Way was chosen to head up the effort to help people find life-sustaining jobs, and the training to get them.

Community Spotlight for Sept. 12-19, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

September 13th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:45

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist about a number of matters and issues, but first gets reaction to the news of the death of long-time catholic priest Father Dennis Mende of Holy Apostles Parish, and St. James Church. He says it was a complete shock to hear. We also discuss the pending release of the final plan to use 28-million dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funds in the city. A presentation is to be made at Monday's City Council work session. We also discuss the recent meetings of the city's Deer Management Committee about deer population issues, and the Public Safety Committee's meeting with leaders of the Los Contrincantes Car Club about their event on Saturday, Sept. 18th at Bergman Park. Nine additional stipulations were put in place for the event regarding attendance, noise and security. We also discuss budget matters with the 2022 spending plan to be presented by October 8th.

Community Spotlight for Sept. 5-12, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

September 6th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:35

Our Terry Frank welcomes back Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel to the program -- this time in his official capacity -- to discuss a number of new issues. Wendel talks about being on hand for new Gov. Kathy Hochul's first official press event in Buffalo last week with members of the Western New York COVID-19 Control Room that she headed up. Wendel says she told them she's not going to micromanage how local and county governments manage the surge in COVID cases, due mainly to the Delta Variant. Wendel says this is what local leaders have wanted. We also discuss the ground-breaking for the first phase of a project to extend South and Central Chautauqua Lake Sewer District services further north and east along the lake. Thirdly, we also discuss the condition of Chautauqua Lake this late Summer, and the need to be safe on the water this Labor Day Weekend.

Community Spotlight for Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

August 30th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:57

This week, our Terry Frank gets the other side of the Chautauqua County Executive's race with Lakewood Republican P.J. Wendel. Wendel says he's running for the position's full, 4 year term, to keep working towards getting the county back on it's feet once COVID-19 is in the rear view mirror. He says he left his 20 year career in education because he had served lengthy stints on the Lakewood Village Board, and the County Legislature -- two years there as chairman. Wendel says his administration's leadership on the matter has not been "weak" as Democratic opponent Norm Green has stated. Wendel says they've been very proactive in county building's with masking, social distancing, and use of plexi-glass to protect workers, and visitors. He also says the Memorandum of Understanding among Chautauqua Lake entities will work because everyone is "following the science" now regarding how best to manage the lake. He says his three main focuses are economic development, strengthen communities, and invest in "our future."

Community Spotlight for Aug. 23-30, 2021

Election preview with Chautauqua County Executive candidate Norm Green

August 24th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank begins Media One's Fall Election previews by speaking with Democratic County Executive Norm Green. Green is the recently retired Democratic Elections Commissioner in the county, serving in that office for 22 years. He was also a former Ellicott Town Board member. Green says he's done about a dozen appearances... and, believes the county deserves a choice. He says he's launched a website at RebootCHQ.com. Green says he's also been a former manager at the former Brand Names. While he had a very public feud with some members of his own party, including County Legislature Democrats, over who should be the person to replace him as commissioner. He believes he has the support of the majority of Democrats support. Green says the biggest issue is dealing with the resurgence of COVID-19... and, the fact incumbant P.J. Wendel has not encouraged people to wear face masks in indoor, public places, and has not ordered masks indoors in county buildings. Green says the incumbant has shown weak leadership in dealing with COVID.

Community Spotlight for Aug. 15-22, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

August 15th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Our Terry Frank speaks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist on a number of topics this week, including the resignation in two weeks of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Sundquist reiterated that Cuomo should have stepped down immediately after the state Attorney General's report on alleged sexual misconduct and harassment came out. He says he likes the fact that Western New Yorker Kathy Hochul will move up from Lt. Gov. to become the new Governor, adding that she's a "no nonsense" politician, but, is still "compassionate" to those who need it. We also discuss work on the city's "Master Plan" for it's 28-million dollars in American Rescue Plan funding. Sundquist says he's planning two more sessions to get further input before drafting a final plan, and submitting it to City Council for review and approval. We also discuss Jamestown hosting the 40th anniversary 13 year-old Babe Ruth World Series, which he's excited to see finally arrive here, and for the economic boost local businesses hope to get.

Community Spotlight for Aug. 8-15, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

August 9th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 15:02

Our Terry Frank talks with County Executive P.J. Wendel this week on a number of topics -- the first of which is the controversy surrounding New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Wendel joins the chorus of elected leaders calling on the governor to step down in the midst of a scathing state Attorney General's report on sexual misconduct and harassment allegations by 11 women -- nine of which worked for Cuomo over the past few years. However... Wendel says he's more concerned about the possibility of the Delta Variant of the COVID-19 virus. We also discuss some new equipment for the Chautauqua Lake Association, and the town of Chautauqua to help with near-shore clean-up of the lake. We also discuss what the county will be doing with the 24.6-million dollar American Rescue Plan funding... including what the county is doing to prepare for the possibility of the Delta Variant coming to the county.

Community Spotlight for Aug. 2-9, 2021

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Executive Dir. Tory Irgang

August 4th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:10

Our program upload is a little late this week because News Director Terry Frank had a few days off. This week, he talks about the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Community with one of the organizers, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Exec. Dir. Tory Irgang. Irgang says they doled out the approximately 1-million dollars to 105 local non-profit organizations and others to help them get through the COVID Pandemic and shut-down. If need be... she says it can be restarted again in the future. We also talk about this year's selection of Michael Metzger as recipient of the Axel W. Carlson "Unsung Hero" in the community award. Irgang says it's a very appropriate choice. We also discuss CRCF's scholarship program... which handed out some 700 awards this year.

Community Spotlight for July 26-Aug. 1, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

July 25th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

We get back on track this week with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist, who was unable to be with us during the usual second-week of the month. The mayor discusses several topics, including the upcoming series of four public input sessions on the 28-million dollars in American Rescue Plan funding the city is receiving from the federal government. Sundquist says they aren't required to hold the sessions, but, believes local residents, businesses and those interested should be allow to offer input before a final plan is put together, and voted on by City Council. We also discuss recently flooding in the area, and the impact on locations in the city. Sundquist says there were few big problems, including at Jamestown Police and Fire Headquarters in the basement of City Hall. The last time there was major rainfall and flooding, those areas got significant damage from leaks and high water.

Community Spotlight for July 18-25, 2021

State Senator George Borrello

July 19th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank speaks with 57th State Senate District representative George Borrello about the recently concluded State Legislative session, which he called disappointing because a number of pieces of legislation were not acted upon, and some may require a special session later this Summer. One key item in the legalization of recreational marijuana, says Borrello, is making appointments to the new Cannibis Control Board, which was not done during the regular session. We also discuss how changes in the law has hurt, small, independent pharmacies in the region. Borrello says much of that has to do with mail-order prescriptions, and became quite political. In addition, we discuss redistricting, and what may happen with Congressional district lines, and where Chautauqua County may wind up. The county was put back into a Southern Tier District, represented by Corning Republican Tom Reed 10 years ago. However, the latest Census numbers show New York state losing population, and thus one congressional seat. Borrello and some others have expressed concern that the county may again wind up in a South Buffalo-Erie County District which has fewer common interests with Chautauqua County.

Community Spotlight for July 11-18, 2021

Jamestown Zombie Property Press Conference

July 11th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:45

We have no studio guest this week... so we present a recent press conference in Jamestown about a new legal initiative that would allow the city to get title to a Zombie Property, and get it rehabiitated, and back into single-family ownership. The press conference was held in front of a Zombie property at 18 Catlin Avenue. It was hosted by Mayor Eddie Sundquist, and involves the use of "Section 19-A" lawsuits to obtain those properties. Zombie properties are residential properties that have been abandoned by the homeowner, and have reverted back to ownership by the bank. City officials say about 43 of those such properties have been identified, and actions were already being filed regarding a dozen of those. Others at the announcement were city Development Director Crystal Surdyk, City Council Housing Committee Chairwoman Marie Carrubba, and Associate Corporation Counsel Ben Haskins... who focuses on housing court matters in the city.

Community Spotlight for July 5-12, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

July 6th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel this week on a number of topics, including the latest COVID-19 numbers, which look "really good." In fact... there were only a couple of handfuls of people who got the virus during that time. However, there is concern over the ongoing slow pace of COVID vaccines being administered. The number of people who have received at least one shot is nearing 57,000. However, Wendel is urging anyone vaccinated out-of-state, or by the V.A. to check the county website to make sure they are counted. The website is cchealth@chqgov.com. We also discuss the county receiving 2.1-million worth of additional road and bridge repair funding from NYS. Wendel also reflects on his long-time assistant, Dan Heitzenrater, moving on to become the new President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce... as well as Fourth of July safety.

Community Spotlight for June 27-July 3, 2021

National Comedy Center Executive Dir. Journey Gunderson

June 28th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

This week, News Director Terry Frank speaks with National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson about the start of free "Summer Fun Weeks" at the comedy center on Jamestown's westside. Gunderson says their first weekend program -- featuring "Riverside Saturdays" at Comedy Center Park, behind the center near the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk, will feature entertainment at 7 p.m., and their feature film for the week will be "Wayne's World." She says the theme is "Buddy Comedy," and Wayne's World is the perfect film for that. Gunderson says there will be seven weeks to the Summer Fun Weeks with Comedy in the Workplace featured in the coming week... and, the final week will be Aug. 1 through 7 featuring We Love Lucy & Desi Week. The weeks will also take the place, in a way, of the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which had to be postponed for another year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Community Spotlight for June 20-27, 2021

Cents for St. Susan's campaign

June 20th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

This week... our Terry Frank high-lights the 22nd annual "Cents for St. Susan's" campaign with co-leaders Becky Robbins of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, and St. Susan's Director Bonnie Scott-Sleight. Once again this year, Robbins says they'll have bright yellow canisters out at about 70 businesses and locations in the Jamestown-area to raise money for the Jamestown-area's largest soup kitchen. Robbins says they're looking to raise at least 16,000 through donations of loose change, and what they receive from campaign sponsors. Scott-Sleight says they need the funds to help provide meals to a growing number of people in need. She adds that for each dollar they raise, they can purchase 6 worth of food from FeedMore WNY, formerly the Food Bank of Western New York. The campaign will run through mid to late-August. In addition to putting money in the canisters, people can also send in checks to Cents for St. Susan's, c/o the Board of Public Utilities, PO Box 700, Jamestown, NY 14701.

Community Spotlight for June 14-21, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

June 15th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist about a number of topics this week, including the fact the city has received it's first payment or "traunch" of money from the federal COVID-19 American Rescue Plan. Sundquist say it's just over 14-million of the nearly 30-million the city is to receive from the stimulus program. However, he says they are still awaiting guidance from the U.S. Treasury Dept. on what specifically it can be used for. Sundquist attended the New York State Conference of Mayor's annual June conference, where he hoped to hear more about what the funding can be used for. The mayor was also looking forward to NYCOM to hear more about fiscal issues facing state municipalities, and more on efforts to change the bail reform law passed a couple of years so judges have more discretion on suspects who need to be jailed unless they post bail. We also discussed new marijuana laws, including the one that allows for the growing, production and manufacturing of cannibis in a community. Sundquist says the city is not able to opt out of that part of the program, but, would be able to for sales and direct distribution. The city recently announced that it was welcoming cannibis warehousers to come and take advantage of the city's unused factory space, and low-cost electricity.

Community Spotlight for June 6-13, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

June 8th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Our Terry Frank speaks with Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel this week on a number of topics regarding Chautauqua Lake and the COVID-19 pandemic. On COVID-19... Wendel says the county appears to be "turning the corner" with infections rates at their lowest level in several months. He says it's good to see life returning to somewhat normal. As for the lake... Wendel discusses the recently proposed Memorandum of Understanding that all 16 or so entities that are part of the effort to maintain the lake can sign onto. He says it's "imperative" that we work together... and, and respect each other. We also talk about where things stand on a proposal to implement a "Lake Taxing District" where a fee would be charged to property owners around the lake pay for a "dedicated funding source" for lake management and clean-up.