Local News Headlines

News Headlines for Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

BPU Water crews continue work to repair major water main break in downtown Jamestown...
Water division crews with the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities are still working at the location of a major water main break at the corner of Third and North Main Streets this morning.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says crews were called to the scene about 8 a.m.,  and found the street in that area flooded with water all the way to Harrison Street in Brooklyn Square.  However... BPU Robbins says water pressure in the City should be back to normal now.  She adds that water is expected to be discolored through the overnight, and in some cases, until Noon tomorrow.
 
 
Amiran presented County Chamber's Lydic Award at annual meeting...
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting in the city of Dunkirk yesterday afternoon.  As part of the annual meeting, the Chamber presented the annual Pam Lydic Coalition Builder award to Dr. Minda Rae Amiran.  The retired SUNY Fredonia English professor has been an active community leader, involved in such groups as the League of Women Voters and Literacy Volunteers of America.  Dr. Amiran says it's a great honor that she believes could go to so many others, but, she adds that she it grateful "for the recognition."  The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce also approved its Board of Directors during the meeting.  President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says 2017 was a strong year for the Chamber... especially in regards to building membership, and programs for members.  The new Chairman of the County Chamber Board is Brian Bugaj of Nestle Purina... and, Curt Anderson of Standard Portable is now Immediate Past President.  The rest of the slate of officers include Vice Chair Fred Johnson of Johnson Estate Winery... Treasurer Neil Frederick of Bush Industries; and Secretary Ann Abdella, Chautauqua County Health Network.  
 
 
Schumer visits 62nd county in NYS for another year...
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has completed another tour of all 62 New York counties with a call for federal assistance for the state's burgeoning malt barley industry.  The Democrat visited a brewery in Columbia County on Friday to urge U.S. agriculture officials to make New York eligible for special federal crop insurance for malt barley, a critical component in the production of craft beer.  The trip completes Schumer's goal of visiting each county in the state this year.
 
 
TRC Foundation dissolved into Community Foundation...
In an effort to strenghten its six funds... the TRC Foundation has been dissolved by The Resource Center... and it's assets have been transferred to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation in Jamestown.  The move was jointly announced Friday morning by TRC President and Chief Executive Officer Denise Jones... and, Community Foundation Executive Director Randy Sweeney.  Sweeney says they had discussed the move with TRC officials for more than a year... and, he says the transfer was seamless.  He says it will relieve the TRC Foundation of having to pay out the cost to administer the funds.  In a press release... TRC Foundation Chairman Randy Ordines noted that the Community Foundation brings "a vast amount of experience in fund and investment management planned giving, and fund development.  Sweeney says the TRC advisory board would remain in place... and, still provide access and input on the funds.  He says those six funds include the TRC Foundation Fund... the Laurel Run Fund... and, the Kathy Seastedt "Look Good" Fund.  The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation holds nearly 750 funds... and, $94-million in assets.  The TRC Foundation transferred about $2.2-million to the Community Foundation to be administered.
 
 
Sexual Assault funds set aside in NYS...
New York state is investing $6.5 million in efforts to reduce sexual assault and offer help to victims.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the funding on Thursday.  It will support a total of 55 programs around the state, including rape crisis hotlines, counseling and therapy for victims, professional training for victim advocates and prevention campaigns in schools and on college campuses.  Cuomo says the money will give a boost to vital services and help reach more New Yorkers struggling with the aftermath of a sexual assault.
 


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