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A Dayton woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in a drunk-driving crash in the town of Villanova early yesterday morning. 


Sheriff's deputies say they were called to the scene on Flucker Hill Road shortly after Midnight Sunday and, found that 30 year-old Ashley Knopf was driving at a high rate of speed when her vehicle left the road and became airborne and struck a tree and utility pole.  She was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries. 


Further investigation determined that Knopf was drunk and, she was charged with speeding and DWI.  She was issued appearance tickets for Villenova Town Court.



A Frewsburg woman suffered minor injuries early this morning when her car reportedly ran a stop sign at a town of Stockton intersection and crashed into a ditch. 


Sheriff's officers say 19 year-old Bobbie Jo Ostrom was traveling on Munger Road shortly before 4 a.m. when she failed to stop for the sign at the intersection with Route 380. 


Deputies say that Ostrom's car then went into the ditch.  She was taken to Brook's Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries but, a male passenger was not hurt. 


Ostrom was ticketed for failure to stop, and being an unlicensed operator.



Local Congressman Tom Reed spent much of last Saturday's town hall meeting in Kiantone addressing the issue of health care and, what's happening right now. 


Several residents asked the Corning Republican about proposed legislation in the U-S Senate that would "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. 


However, Reed says he doesn't agree with the Cassidy-Graham bill because it doesn't consider three areas the Problem Solvers Caucus he co-chairs deal with.  He says they are to first stablize the current ACA exchanges, provide options where they aren't available and stop the 30 and 40% premium exchanges.  He adds the GOP wanted to have a "small business" in the law defined as 500 workers as opposed to 50. 


However, one woman expressed worries about losing provisions for pre-existing conditions and re-instatement of "high-risk" pools.  She called those "death panels." 


There was also heated discussion over how the Trump Administration has been dealing with the immigrantion issue.  Town Halls were also held last Saturday in Fredonia and, Ellicottville in Cattaraugus County.



The president genially calls them "Chuck and Nancy." Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his House counterpart, Nancy Pelosi, have used two White House meetings to become Trump's dealmaking partners on the budget and immigration. 


They have a combined 67-year record of being willing negotiators in Congress.  But they're also partisan Democrats who are perfectly happy to rumble.  Each has clashed often with Republicans. 


The GOP even uses Pelosi's image in campaign commercials to vilify Democrats, while President Trump has derided the New York Democrat as "Cryin' Chuck."



New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order prohibiting state agencies or state officers from inquiring about or sharing a person's immigration status.  The new rule bars state police and other state law enforcement agencies from asking about a person's right to be in the country when they're the victim of a crime or a witness. 


It also means state agencies won't be able to share a person's immigration status with federal authorities, except in certain situations, such as a law enforcement investigation.  The Democratic governor issued the executive order late last Friday.



Chautauqua County's new director of Emergency Services says he's excited to get started and, working to provide better services to county residents. 


John Griffith comes to the position with about 35 years of experience in fire and emergency services, as a businessman, and former town supervisor. 


County Executive Vince Horrigan announced late last week that Griffith will begin his new position on October 2nd.  He replaces Julius Leone who will be retiring at the end of October. 


In addition to supporting the county's 42 fire departments, Horrigan says Griffith will head-up two ongoing programs, one is the county's new Fly-Car program.  He says the other will be helping local departments with recruitment efforts. 


In addition to being Fire Chief in Ellington Griffith was Ellington Town Supervisor from 1992-to-1999.  He has also been co-owner of Zahm and Matson, based in Falconer.



The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County's 2017 General Campaign is off to a "strong start." 


Even before last Friday night's official kick-off at the Southwestern Varsity Football game the effort had already gotten a major "kick-start." 


Executive Director Tory Irgang says the annual Pacesetter's Campaign brought in 11-percent of the $1,325,000 goal.  Irgang says they a few new activities planned and, workplace campaign's will begin within the next month or so. 


Irgang says she's excited by this year's Campaign Chairwoman.  Jane Cleaver-Becker who is chairing her first campaign and, has some new ideas for this year's effort. 


A new video presentation helped the effort last year and, Irgang says there's a new one for this year.  She says a group of employees who contribute get to take an "impact tour" of local agencies to see how their dollars are used. 


Irgang says this year's goal is a slight increase over the past couple of years.  For more information on the 2017 General Campaign she says go on-line to uwayscc.org or call 483-1561.

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