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Jamestown-area residents, clergy, hold Candlelight Vigil for victims of Paris terrorist attacks... 
More than 30 residents and clergy members from the Jamestown-area braved a bitterly cold night Friday on Tracy Plaza to pray for the more than 400 people killed in recent terrorist attacks overseas "to condemn these murderous acts of violence..." and, to mourn the victims.  However... organizer Paul Leone says it was the terrorist attacks in Paris that spurred him to action to organize the rally, and candlelight vigil.  Some 130 people were killed in those attacks... the biggest of which occured at a rock concert.  He says he had feelings of sadness, bewilderment, anger and compassion, and that's why we're here tonight."  Leone adds that the terrorist group ISIS was also involved in the bombing of a Russian Airliner, which killed 224 people... and, other attacks claimed 43 lives in Beirut, Lebanon.  Several local clergy members were on hand to offer prayers... including Sam Quadri of the Islamic Society of Jamestown... who prayed for the victims, and their families.  Quadri offered the Islamic prayer in Arabic.  There were also prayers in French, Hebrew, and Spanish presented for the victims of those attacks, as well as their nations.


Young says news of WARN Notices going to NRG employees "extremely disappointing..."

Many of the employees at NRG's Dunkirk power plant have been put on notice that lay-offs are coming... due in large part to a lawsuit filed against the state calling for the re-powering project to be halted.  What are known as "WARN" notices have been sent out to workers at the plant... a move that State Senator Cathy Young calls "extremely disappointing news."  Young calls the move "devastating for the employees, their families, Dunkirk and Chautauqua County as a whole."  WARN notices are required by federal law in the event a large percentage of employees are to be laid-off in the future.  The Olean republican says that... if the layoffs do occur as indicated... the job loss and the loss of the tax revenue from the plant would be "terrible."  At the same time... Young says "we will not give up the fight..." adding that she will continue her push for the construction of a new, natural gas plant at the Dunkirk site.


Gerace announces DWI Crackdown during Thanksgiving Holiday...

Police agencies from across Chautauqua County will be taking part in a statewide STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown on Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 25 -- Nov. 29.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says drunk driving becomes a major problem around the Thanksgiving holiday.  Gerace says it happens because students are home from school, and relatives come home for the holiday.  He encourages people to plan ahead, get a designated driver, call a taxi, or stay at a hotel and get some rest if you're tired.  Not only will the various police agencies be on the lookout for drunk drivers... but, Gerace says they'll also be watching for those who use other substances.  He says there's been a large "uptick" in the number of people mixing drugs with alcohol while driving.


United Way at 59-percent of 2015 Campaign goal...

The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County's 2015 General Campaign is off to a "great start..." but, a very important date is coming up next week.  That from Campaign Chairman Hans Auer... who says they're pleased to be at 59-percent of their goal.  Auer adds that they're "cautiously optimistic" about reaching their $1.3-million goal.  He says they has some "positive momentum" on their side.  But, he says there's still a lot of work to do because some of the area's larger employers may see some reduction in their pledges.  At the same time, Auer says they're going to "push this thing over the finish line."  He adds they are "on target right now" for reaching the campaign goal.  Auer adds they are urging workplace campaigns to wrap up their efforts by next Wednesday.  Auer reminds residents that 31,000 relied on the work of the United Way through programs in it's 45 partner agencies.  He says a donation is also "an investment in the community."  For more information... call the United Way at 483-1561... or go on-line to uwayscc.org.


60th anniversary of "What's New Fair" being held this weekend...

A landmark anniversary is being celebrated by this year's annual program for local businesses to showcase what they have to sell for the holiday season.  The 60th annual What's New Fair... put on by the American Association of University Women... is set to begin today at Jamestown Community College's Hamiton Center at 10 a.m.  Co-Chairwoman Mary Lee Talbot says they're looking forward to the weekend because the event has helped the local AAUW provide more than $300,000 in scholarships.  The other co-chair... Kat Colvin... says there are more than 60 vendors for the 60th year program... and, 15 of those are new.  Colvin says they always look forward to having the vendors -- and others -- show off what they have for the holidays.  The event today runs until 5 p.m., and again tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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