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(Corr.) Fire at local dairy farm destroys "Silo Bunker..."

An early morning fire in the town of Busti has destroyed an out-building at a well-known dairy farm.  Busti Fire Chief Mike Volpe says crews were called to the Kidder Farm at 837 Shadyside Road about 4:20 this morning.  Volpe says they found flames shooting from "Silo Bunker" used to store feed... and, a front-end loader.  Volpe says the building was fully-engulfed in flames on arrival... but, there was no danger to nearby buildings.  He says they were joined at the scene by firefighters from Lakewood, Panama, Ashville, Kiantone, and Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania.  Celoron was on stand-by.  He says it took about an hour-and-a-half to bring the blaze under control.  Crews were there until about 7 this morning.  No one was hurt... and, the cause remains under investigation.  Volpe says... despite the cold weather... they had no problems running a tanker shuttle from the five-corners of Busti to get water to the scene.

Lake Effect returns to WNY, and Jamestown-area with a vengance...

The coldest air so far this Winter season has brought Lake Effect Snow... and, very cold temperatures through late this week.  That from the National Weather Service... which is continuing a Lake Effect Snow Warning through 7 p.m. tonight.  Forecaster Dave Thomas in Buffalo says the snow and cold began when a strong cold front moved in from the west through the Jamestown-area about mid-afternoon yesterday.  Thomas says we'll see between 7 and 14 inches of snow by tonight.  He says the higher totals will be across the snow-belt regions, and ski area of the western Southern Tier.  Thomas says temperatures dropped in the Jamestown-area over a one-hour period by 10 degrees when the front came though.  That started up the Lake Effect Snow machine.  Thomas says our "second shot" of cold air comes in on Tuesday... and, that will re-start the lake effect snow with more snow... and, blowing snow across the region.  The snowing and blowing snow conditions in the north county led to the closing of several school districts along the Lake Erie Shoreline, and the state Thruway was closed for a couple of hours between Ripley and Angola.

Amish mother and son hurt, but, not seriously when their Horse and Buggy are hit by a car on snow-slicked road...

An Amish mother and her son were hurt in the town of Chautauqua when their horse and buggy was struck by an oncoming car on Burdick Road near DeWittville.  Sheriff's Deputies say the accident occured just after 3:30 p.m. Sunday when the driver of the car, 58 year-old Timothy Brown of Mayville, lost control of his southbound car on a curve at the top of a hill.  Officers say the car then went down the hill... and, struck the horse and buggy.  Both 44 year-old Elizabeth Pyler and her son, 16 year-old Jon, were thrown from the vehicle.  Deputies say Elizabeth Pyler was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital for treatment... but, her son did not.  Officers say Brown was ticketed for using Speeding... and, will appear in court at a later date.

Cuomo promising to unveil aggressive 2016 Agenda in Wed. State of the State Address...

Governor Andrew Cuomo is promising to unveil his most ambitious list of proposals yet when he delivers his State of the State address on Wednesday.  The Democratic governor has already announced several big proposals, including billions in transportation funding, a $15 an hour minimum wage, an upgraded Penn Station, a freeze on Thruway tolls and 300-million dollars in small business tax relief.  He's also promising changes to address Albany's corruption problem and a blueprint for helping the homeless.  Cuomo is calling his agenda ``Built to Lead,'' a title that he says continues New York's tradition of big investments like the Erie Canal.  The latest proposal, announced last Saturday, is for $200 million in funding to revitalize upstate airports.

Southwestern Senior Morgan Johnson wins state Distinguished Young Woman competition...

Morgan Johnson of Lakewood has been named 'Distinguished Young Woman of New York'.  She received the honor at the state event in Albany on Saturday.  Morgan says she won three awards just before being named... and, knew she had a chance... but, adds it was quite a moment when she was actually named.  The Southwestern High School Senior also won the scholarship, fitness and talent awards.  She'll be competing in Mobile, Alabama in June in the national 'Distinguished Young Women' program.  Morgan was a 'little sister' in the local program when she was in elementary school, and won the title 'Distinguished Young Woman of the Lakewood Area' last November.  She credits DYW has changed her life.  Morgan Johnson's win in the state event is the second for a young woman from Chautauqua County in two years.  Heather Dorler of Cassadaga won in Albany in 2015.

Horrigan pleased with how first two-years of four-year term has turned out...

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan says he's pleased with the progress made by his administration as he reaches the half-way mark of his four-year term.  Horrigan says he "feels good" about what's been accomplished in his first two years.  On this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the Media One Group stations... Horrigan pointed to two areas where his administration has had the most success.  The first is significantly cutting property taxes... and, privatizing the County Home.  Horrigan says the county still has it's challenges... but, adds there are new opportunities as well -- especially what local projects have brought in from the state's Consolidating Funding program.  The National Comedy Center and other entities have received significant start-up funding over the past years.  Horrigan also acknowleges the need to have good people to work with... and, says that's been the case with the previous County Legislature.  He also believes it'll be the same with the new panel for this year and in 2017.


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