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Air travelers can now begin booking flights from the Greater Chautauqua-Jamestown Airport -- Robert H. Jackson Field with the airport's new carrier -- Sun Air Express.  Chautauqua County officials... and, representatives of Sun Air were in Jamestown today to announce details of the air service... which begins this Saturday morning.  Airport Manager Bill Tucker says they're excited to have Sun Air providing 24 weekly round trip flights to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Tucker says Sun Air... which is based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida... is an independent regional carrier... which means it doesn't have to answer to a bigger, parent company.  However... he says there will be plenty of connecting opportunities to other locations.  Tucker adds they're going to be using smaller, Piper Navajo Chieftan planes.  He says they're eight-seat aircraft... and, he says passengers will be dropped off at the intersection of all the main concourses in Pittsburgh.  Sun Air officials add that local travelers will enjoy single-ticket, low-fare conections to more than 40 cities served non-stop from Pittsburgh.  Ticket prices begin at 29-dollars when booked on-line at Flysunairexpress-dot-COM.  For more information... you can also call 1-(877)-849-4998.


An Ashville man is jailed on 20-thousand dollars bail for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl.  Sheriff's Deputies say they recently began investigating allegations that 57 year-old Edwin "Chino" Millan of Church Street was having the inappropriate relationship with the juvenile.  Officers were assisted by county Child Protective Services... and, the Child Advocacy Program... and, charged Millan with two counts each of first-degree sexual abuse... and, endangering the welfare of a child.  Officers say Millan was arrested without incident... arraigned in North Harmony Town Court... and, sent to the county lock-up.

There won't be any further cuts... but, nothing will be added to the police and fire department budgets in the city of Jamestown next year.  That from City Council President Greg Rabb... who says lawmakers this week met with Police Chief Harry Snellings and Deputy Fire Chief Chet Harvey about their spending plans.  Rabb says -- in the minds of council members... there is nothing more important than public safety.  He says that's especially when it comes to "cracking down" on drug dealers. However... Rabb says fire also faces similar issues with fires in vacant buildings... or being called to an alleged "Meth" house... like they have in recent days.  He says Snellings has asked for a number of items to be returned, or added to the budget... but, he says that's not going to happen.  Rabb adds they also learned that getting assets from drug forefeitures can be a tricky matter... and, he says the department needs a new patrol car.  Rabb adds a request for more officers can't be filled due to budgetary constraints.  The budget hearing will be on Monday, November 17th at 6 PM in City Council Chambers.


Jamestown's new Veteran's Memorial Park will be officially dedicated a week from this Saturday as the city's Veteran's Commission nears it's fund-raising goal.  That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who says most of the major work has been completed at what had unofficially been called "Logan Park."  Teresi says completion of the project has been a long-time coming... but, says it's been well-worth it.  He urges residents to be there on Saturday, November 8th, at 10 AM. Teresi says the final cost will be 150-thousand dollars... and, he commended those heading up the mainly private effort by Chairman Ron Cotton of the Veteran's Commission... and, it's members -- including Councilman George Spitale.  The commission still needs 65-hundred dollars to reach it's goal.  Teresi says the city's Public Works... and, the Parks and Recreation Departments... have been very involved in getting the memorial in place.  City lawmakers this past Monday night unanimously voted to name the park "Veteran's Memorial Park."


The problem of "Zombie" properties across the state -- and parts of Chautauqua County -- has been raised by the challenger in the 150th District Assembly race.  Democrat Barrie Yochim says he backs legislation being pushed by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called the 'Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief' Act.  It would require banks to notify homeowners who've fallen behind in mortgage payments that they are still allowed to live in the home during the foreclosure process.  They would also be given every opportunity to catch up on mortgage payments.  Yochim says it  would also require the bank to take over the upkeep and maintenance of the property if the homeowner leaves before the foreclosure is completed. Yochim's opponent... incumbent Republican Andy Goodell... opposes the Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act since it could result in higher interest rates and liability costs for all property owners. Yochim says he understands Goodell's concerns, but says it's worth the effort.  He says he's for this "bottom up" approach that will help people trying to stay in their homes.  When the legislation was announced announced earlier this year... there were over 15-thousand properties across the state involved in "zombie" foreclosures.  


Gas prices in the Jamestown-area have fallen almost five-cents a gallon this week to just over 3-dollars-46 cents.  That from the Triple-A's weekly Fuel Gauge report... which says the price for regular, unleaded is based on reports from 18 service stations in the area.  The Fuel Gauge reports the actual price is now 3-dollars-46.5 cents... compared to last week’s 3--51.2.  The average price for unleaded, regular now in New York is just over 3-dollars-40 cents.  Nationally... the average price is now 3-dollars-3 cents per gallon, the lowest mark since December 27th of 2010.  Today’s price is six cents less than one week ago.


The retiring director of the St. Susan's Center in Jamestown says she's just as "passionate" about her work now as the day she first began as a volunteer at the soup kitchen.  Center Director Sue Colwell was honored last night for her eight years of work at the Water Street location... especially her past five as director.  A retirement party for Colwell was held at St. Susan's for Colwell... who says it's been an overwhelming experience. Colwell says it's hard to pick out what she's most proud of during her near decade of service.  However... she says a large part of it is the people she's worked with -- directly and indirectly.  As for the future... Colwell says she's going back to being a volunteer because she says she "wants to still be involved."   Colwell has presided over the faith-based organization... which has been housed the past several years in the Gateway Center... during a time of unprecidented growth.  However... Colwell says the community response to the need has been phenominal.  Her last day is Friday.  New Director Jeff Smith officially takes over Saturday.


New infestations by two devastating forest pests have been detected at opposite ends of New York state, endangering pines in Long Island and hemlocks in a rugged canyon south of Buffalo.  A Cornell Cooperative Extension scientist discovered a tree infested by hemlock woolly adelgid this fall in Deer Lick Conservation Area in Cattaraugus County.


State environmental officials say remaining deer management permits will be available to hunters beginning Saturday.  The state DEC has announced that the permits in some wildlife management units will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Deer management permits allow hunters to take antlerless deer in specific wildlife management units as a way to control deer populations.  The remaining permits are in areas where the target has not been reached.