Local News Headlines
Lake Effect Snow Warning in place until Friday afternoon; north county to get most of the snowfall...
The first major lake effect snow storm of 2017 really got going early last evening... and, dropped about 2 to 3 inches of snow by late evening in the Jamestown area.  A Lake Effect Snow Warning remains in effect until 5 p.m. Friday for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Southern Erie counties.  However... unlike the other recent lake effect events... Forecaster Jeff Wood with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the North County will see a good share of the snow this time... and, the snowfall won't be as elevation-driven.  Wood says some parts of northern Chautauqua County may see upwards of 1 to 2-feet of snow by the time the storm is over.  Besides the snow... Wood says colder temperatures and strong winds will bring some frigid wind chills in the single-digits.  He says we'll still see wind gusts up to 40 to 50 m.p.h. that will produce white-out conditions at times. 
 
 
Marketing Director Murphy leaving Chautauqua Institution...
The man who helped market Chautauqua Institution in new and different ways over the past six years has left the institution for a new venture.  Chautauqua's Director of Communcations... Jordan Steves... confirms that George Murphy has left to work full-time on the branding of a new product in the market-place.  Steves says the institution will definately miss Murphy... who was Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer.  He says Murphy allowed the institution to "really understand it's audience..." and, target the people who should be coming to Chautauqua, and who needs to come back.  Steves says Murphy was one of five Vice-Presidents at the institution... and, adds that replacing him will be one of new Chautauqua President Michael Hill's first priorities.  Murphy has been a major player in the marketing and "branding" industry... having worked at General Motors, Coca-Cola, and Chrysler before coming to Chautauqua Institution in 2011.
 
 
Chautauqua sends out new, four-year contractor proposal for Chautauqua Symphony  Orchestra...
Member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra now have the institution's latest contract proposal in hand to replace the one that expired last Saturday night.  That from Chautauqua's Director of Communications, Jordan Steves, who says the newest offer is "new and better" than the last one.  Steves says the new offer is a four-year deal... which they hope is attractive to the membership.  He says they also want to build on the success of new Director Rossen Milanov the first two years.  Steves says the contract offer went out around New Years to the 74 members of the orchestra... who are now scattered all over the United States... and, two are working overseas.  With that... he says the institution will give the Orchestra's Negotiating Committee until later in the month to review the contract offer. 
 
 
Merchant says Red Kettle Campaign falls short of 2016 goal...
The Salvation Army of Jamestown's annual Red Kettle Campaign wound up about $13,000 short of the 2016 goal.  As of Tuesday... Salvation Army Captain John Merchant says they wound up with $103,000 for their numerous programs... in addition to their food pantry.  Merchant says they wound up with about another $8,000 during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.  He says they "struggled" to get enough bell-ringers this year... and, adds they will have to "tighten their belts" unless they get some additional donations in early 2017.  Merchant says you can still sent a contribution to their headquarters at 83 South Main Street, Jamestown, NY 14701.  Merchant says you can also donate by going on line to the Salvation Army website, and going to the Jamestown chapter's page.  You can also get more information by calling them at 664-4108.
 
 
Himelein elected new County Legislature Chairman...
The new chairman of the Chautauqua County Legislature received unanimous support from fellow lawmakers during Tuesday's organizational meeting.  Republican David Himelein of Findley Lake succeeds Frank "Jay" Gould... who held the position for the last five years.  Himelein served as majority leader before taking over his new duties.  He outlined his goals in his acceptance speech... including infrastruture growth... including completion of the Sherman Public Facilities' Garage.  He adds they he will also continue to "strive to keep property taxes as low as possible."  Also Tuesday... Republican members of the legislature chose Paul "P-J" Wendel of Lakewood as majority leader and Mark Tarbrake of Ellicott as the assistant leader.  Democrats selected Jamestown's Chuck Nazzaro as minority leader and Robert Bankoski of Dunkirk as assistant leader.