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NRG Plant to pending PSC comment period on proposal to terminate NRG contact with National Grid...

The state's Public Service Commission says it will terminate the 10-year contract between NRG and National Grid to repower the Dunkirk Generating Station.  That's pending a public comment period... but, it now appears the Repowering project is dead.  That "very disappointing news" from County Executive Vince Horrigan... who confirmed the news earlier today.  Horrigan says the decision was based on three factors... one being the lack of progress on repowering.  Second is a new state Independent System Operator's emphasis on distribution... and, third is the pending lawsuit by Entergy Corporation against the public service commission.  Entergy... which owns a nuclear power plant that's in jeopardy of being closed... sued the PSC over allowing the repowering of NRG's plants in Dunkirk and the town of Tonawanda, near Buffalo.  Horrigan adds that they are thankful that the state will be providing mitigation funds to the county, city of Dunkirk... and, Dunkirk School District to stem the loss of tax dollars.  However... officials for both Dunkirk entities say they are going to have to make major cuts in order to deal with the expected loss of tax dollars from NRG.


Apartment fire in Jamestown extensively damages room wall and ceiling...

Fire has extensively damaged a room and it's contents in an upstairs apartment on Crescent Street on Jamestown's eastside.  City fire officials say crews were called to the scene at 303 Crescent just before 4 p.m. yesterday.  Officials say there was fire damage to a wall and up into the ceiling.  The two adults and two children living there got out safely... and, are being helped by the local Red Cross.  The first floor was vacant.  Fire crews were there until 5 p.m.  No firefighters were hurt.  Officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation.


Kibbe applaudes American's move to view Memorial Day as more than just another holiday..."

A crowd of several hundred people gathered at Soldier's Circle in Jamestown's Lakeview Cemetery following Monday's Memorial Day Parade for the annual service.  The featured speaker was retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant, Doug Kibbe... who is also pastor of the 'Church on the Rock' in Lakewood.  Kibbe says he's seen a turn-around from Memorial Day being 'just another holiday.'  He says there's been a new awareness in recent years of "the sacrifices that our military members are making is emerging."  Kibbe encouraged the audience to be more mindful of the sacrifices veterans have made to "ensure that the legacy of our heroes endures in what has become a sound bite culture."  The Soldier's Circle ceremony is rich in tradition... with patriotic readings, the placement of wreaths, acknowledgement of veterans who've died in the last year, a rifle volley, and raising of the flag at noon.  Music was provided by the Jamestown Municipal Band, the 96th Highlanders Pipes and Drums, and two buglers. 


Busti honors fallen veterans with annual Memorial Day Parade and service...

People in Chautauqua County... and, across the United States... paused yesterday to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in word and song.  The Southwestern High School and Middle School Bands provided a patriotic sound to begin Busti's Memorial Day Parade Monday.  The Reverend Roy Ferguson gave the main address at the Busti Gazebo at the five-corners... and, recalled his visit to Washington, D-C, and the Arlington National Cemetery this past March.  Ferguson thought hard about the sacrifices those buried there made... adding "today is a day that we gather to remember and honor those who put each one of us ahead of him or herself."  Keeping along the lines of sacrifice... Ferguson also recalled his father-in-law talking about his decision to join the military and fight in the Korean War.  Monday's program in Busti also recognized the winners of the annual Southwestern Middle School essay contest.  This year's theme was, "How I can make America a Better Place to Live."  The Sixth-Grade winner was Emily Kimball... seventh-grade winner was Marshall Crisanti... and, Benjamin Livingston was the eighth-grade winner.


Horrigan believes all-around county effort will make Web.com tour stop at "the Peak" a success...

Chautauqua County's elected officials are fully on board with again bringing the PGA's Web.com Tour to the Peek 'n Peak Resort in Findley Lake the first week in July.  The LECOM Challenge is set for July 7--10 after county lawmakers approved using $150,000 from the 3-percent occupancy tax to support the tounament.  Lawmakers approved the measure last week unanimously... and, County Executive Vince Horrigan says their commitment is for the next four years... and, LECOM is putting $3-million toward the effort.  He adds they have nearly 500 volunteers set up for that four day period.  Unlike the PGA's old "Nationwide Tour" stop... Horrigan says there is a non-profit affiliate of the county's Industrial Development Agency providing "robust" backing for the tournament -- which will showcase Peek 'n Peak.  He says the Chautauqua County Regional Economic Development Corporation.  More information can be found at pga.com/webcom.