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Latest meeting to move along project to reconstruct Chautauqua Amphitheater taking place this weekend...

Debate continues over the future of the Chautauqua Institution's historic Amphitheater.  On the agenda for this weekend's board of trustees meeting is a vote on bids for the demolition and reconstruction of the structure where presidents and performers have appeared for more than 100 years.  The board voted in August to move ahead with the $33 million project, despite an outcry from preservationists.  But... opponents continue to lobby to save the original.  Supporters of the project say the new Amp will be more accessible and comfortable and will retain the look and feel of the current Amp.

Former Bemus Point attorney indicted for running alleged "Ponzi scheme..."

A former attorney from Bemus Point has been indicted for allegedly running a "ponzi scheme" to defraud investors out of about $3.4-million dollars.  U-S Attorney William Hochul, Junior says 44 year-old James MacCallum was indicted by a federal Grand Jury in Buffalo on a charge of mail fraud.  Hochul says the charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison... and, a $250,000 fine.  Prosecutors say between January 2008 and December 2010, MacCallum devised a scheme to defraud the investors.  They accuse MacCallum of encouraging some victims to liquidate other investments in order to benefit from his false and fraudulent higher rates of return.  He also alledgedly claimed that his investments were secured by real estate and life insurance policies.  However, the investigation determined that the defendant was using victim investments to pay back earlier investors... and, also used the money for personal and other expenses.  MacCallum was arraigned before federal Judge Jeremiah McCarthy... and, released on bond.

Horrigan says lawmakers to deal this month with three measures to advance proposed landfill expansion...

Lawmakers in Chautauqua County will begin looking at three measures this month -- one to borrow up to $18-million -- for the proposed expansion of the Ellery Landfill.  That from County Executive Vince Horrigan... who says the Public Facilities Committee will deal with the matter at next Monday afternoon's meeting.  Horrigan says there is still about 2 to 3 years of life left in the current landfill cell.  However... he adds the process needs to move forward now because the regulatory process takes time.  Horrigan says even when the new cell is put into use... there's a process to getting the cell prepared, and trash to initially be put into it.  Horrigan says the state Department of Environmental Conservation has now given preliminary approval for the 53-acre expansion.  However... Horrigan emphasized that the expansion will not be outside the current boundaries of the current landfill property.  He says another measure lawmakers will deal with is full-filling the State Environmental Quality Review for the project.  The third is paying $40,000 to buy 20-acres of land in the 'front part' of the landfill as additional buffer, and to repair a damaged culvert.  More with Horrigan on this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.

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WJTN Headlines for Wed., Feb. 24, 2021

Ground to be broken in April for new Love's Travel Center in Ripley... Ground is expected to be broken in April for a new, $12-million travel center project on Shortman Road in the town of Ripley...

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