Fire has destroyed one home on Jamestown's westside... while another next door was extensively damaged late Monday morning. City Fire Battalion Chief Sam Salemme says crews were first called to the scene at 5 West 10th Street shortly before 10:30 AM. Salemme says they found the single-family home fully-engulfed in fire... and, that the flames had spread to an adjacent home. Salemme says they immediately called in an off-duty shift of 15 firefighters, and a shift commander... and split up crews among the two structures. He says two crews worked to knock down the flames at 5 West 10th... while two others went inside to deal with flames on the second-floor at 9 West 10th. Salemme says it took about an-hour and a-half to bring the fires under control... and, the zero-degree temperatures caused problems with water... and, a couple of fire trucks froze up. No occupants were hurt in the fires... but, Salemme says two firefighters suffered minor injuries. Salemme says the cause remains under investigation... and, the house at 5 West 10th had to be torn-down.
The National Weather Service is continuing a Wind Chill Warning for much of western New York -- including Chautauqua County -- until 9 this morning. Forecasters say temperatures will remain below zero... and, Wind Chill's to 25-below until later than first predicted. That's due to our latest Artic blast that moved into the region early Monday morning. We'll see sunny skies this morning, with winds remaining about 10 to 20 MPH out of the west... then south. Once that happens... we'll begin to see a bit of a warm-up by this afternoon.
There will be public meetings in the near future for the public to attend regarding a proposal to de-dedicate a one-block section of Lafayette Street on Jamestown's northside. The head of the City Council adds that there is no intention of leaving northside residents out of the process of deciding on a proposal to expand a car dealership between 10th and 11th Streets. About 20 people were on hand for last night's Council voting session to express their on-going concern over the proposal. Regina Brackman says access to Chadakoin Park remains the concern.
The Dave Warren Autogroup wants to obtain that block for a location to display more cars they have for sale. The proposal was recently laid out for some northside church ministers so they could speak knowledgeably about the plan. However... some residents felt lawmakers were going behind their backs... and, trying to "sell" the proposal. Council President Greg Rabb says a meeting with residents will be held... and, he assured them that lawmakers haven't made any decision yet on the proposal.
County Executive Vince Horrigan is gearing for his second-annual State of the County message this Wednesday night... and, one of the main items is how he would like the county to respond to a structural deficit of nearly 6-million dollars. Horrigan Monday says a commission has been looking at the situation and has outlined some recommendations. Horrigan says he'll be looking back at some of the successes of the past year... and, will be looking ahead to some of the challenges the county will facing. The county's top-elected official says he spent the weekend "fine-tuning" his speech... which he will deliver during the County Legislature's monthly meeting in Mayville Wednesday. The session begins at 6:30 PM.
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan... and, county Community Mental Hygiene Services Director Patricia Brinkman will be hosting another Community Forum on local drug abuse issues next month. Horrigan says the March 16th session will focuse on the continuing prevention efforts to combat the epidemic of Opiate use and abuse in the County. Horrigan is also looking to update the public on the progress that is being made to get help to those who need it. He says the forum will be held on Monday, March 16th beginning at 9 AM at Chautauqua Suites Hotel and Expo Center in Mayville. Three speakers and presenters will be part of the program.
The excitement is building for the first-ever 24-Hour James "Hockey" Town event at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena this coming Friday and Saturday. There will be 16 hockey games with a number of teams already signed up. That from Arena General Manager Brian Cersosimo... who says they are figuring about an hour and a half for each game. Cersosimo says while they don't have every slot filled at this point... they have a good list of teams to fill in with. Activities get underway this Friday night with an event mixer at 6:30 PM... and, ceremonial "puck-drop" with Mayor Sam Teresi. Sandie DeAngelo with the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts program will perform the National Anthem prior to the first game at 7 PM in Rink "A." Cersosimo says activities "outside" Rink "A" also begin at 7 PM Friday... with Karaoke, and two bands performing. The event is also serving as a fund... and, awareness raiser for WCA Hospital's Heart Center. That will include a "Go Red for Women" Fashion Show Saturday from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. For more information... go to the arena website at Jamestownarena-dot-COM.
The 24-hour James "Hockey" Town event was initially created to call attention to the arena... and, voting for it as the top small-town hockey arena in the U-S. That would give it the designation of "Hockeytown USA." Arena G-M Brian Cersosimo says that would be a feather in the cap of the arena... and, users of the facility. Cersosimo says the vote criteria is very much in line with what the arena was built for. He says that was to be a "key piece" of the community. If they win... Cersosimo says they'll get an NHL Pre-season game... and, 150-thousand dollars for upgrades to the facility. He says you can nominate the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena by going on-line to Krafthockeyville-dot-COM... and, put in your nomination. Once you go to the website, you can search for Jamestown Savings Bank Arena... and, add your nomination with a short description why.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says the federal government is allocating 32-million dollars to the state of New York to cover all expenses related to ebola readiness and treatment. Schumer says that money from the federal Department of Health and Human Services will reimburse the state's designated ebola treatment centers. New York City will receive 21.7-million dollars... and, the rest of the state will receive $7.5 million.