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A Jamestown man has been reported missing... and, city police are asking for help in finding the man, who was last seen walking in the downtown area early Wednesday morning...  
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 35 year-old Sean Carpenter was seen walking south on Pine Street -- from East Second -- towards First Street -- about 1:45.  Police say he was walking towards his home on Superior Street, but he never made it home.  Officers say Carpenter is a white male, about 6"2 tall and weighs about 180-pounds.  Samuelson says he has brown hair and a short beard, and has blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing a brown baseball hat, long-sleeve green jacket, and grey and red sneakers.  If you have any information on Sean Carpenter's whereabouts, call city police at 483-7537.  You can also call their anonymous Tips-line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also contact their Tips 411 app.  
Construction on the new, multi-story addition at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital reached an important milestone yesterday afternoon...  
Community and Hospital officials were on hand at the Prather Avenue parking lot for a "topping off" ceremony as the final steel beam was put onto the 42,000 square-foot area on the building's southside.  UPMC Chautauqua WCA President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wright welcomed those who attended.
The new area will include four labor and delivery suites, 12 post-partum private rooms, 10 inpatient adolescent mental health rooms and 20 such rooms for adults -- including waiting areas.  WCA Board President Steve Kilburn laid out their vision, adding that the addition will help them in their commitment to "world-class health care" in the community.  Wright adds it will also make the hospital more of an "economic driver" in the area, providing a more than $196-million a year.  The ribbon will be cut on the new facility in April of next year.
Getting higher prices and finding new markets for concord grapes were two of the recurring themes of the first ever "Grape Summit," held Thursday at the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield...  
Sweet juices have lost market share in recent years, and, as a result, returns to growers have sunk.  Cornell food scientist Gavin Sacks says researchers are working to develop new 'easy to eat' concord grape products with a long shelf life.  New York's Ag and Markets Commissioner, Richard Ball, led the summit and announced some new initiatives including a 'Grape State of New York' competition for new products, and a challenge to winemakers to create a new concord grape brandy.  
The Seneca Nation of Indians is renewing its fight with New York state over its construction of the Thruway across reservation land more than 60 years ago...  
The western New York tribe says Thursday a new lawsuit seeks to force the state to get federal approval for the toll road, which the Senecas say the state failed to do.  The Senecas say they should receive a share of tolls from the 300-acre section.  Seneca President Todd Gates says the stretch of Interstate 90 that bisects the Cattaraugus Reservation has led to the nation's property being "invaded" for decades while hindering economic development.  Thruway officials say they can't comment on the lawsuit.  They say the Senecas granted an easement for the Thruway in 1954.  A federal court rejected a similar lawsuit in 1999.
Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed says serving in the U-S House with outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan has been a "true honor"...  
Reed commented Thursday on Ryan's decision to need seek re-election. The Corning Republican says it "has been rewarding to work with him (Ryan) to advance tax reform and pursue opportunities to help all Americans.  History will judge his time in Congress for its long-term, positive influence on the body through his honored and principled leadership." 
It was several years in the making, but state, county and Dunkirk city officials believe improvements to Wright Park will be worth the wait for residents.  A ground-breaking ceremony took place Wednesday morning for the project that involves $450,000 in state funding...
City Director of Development Rebecca Yanus says a feasibility study conducted last year helped identified uses for park-- including a splash pad, and pickle-ball courts.  Yanus adds there are also upgrades to the main pavillion in he park.  Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas thanked Thomas and other officials including the Governor's Office and state representatives for making the funding possible.  Among the officials attending the ceremony were Lori Cornell of the Governor's Office and state  Assemblyman Andy Goodell.
Two-time Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins -- who finished third in the 2014 New York election -- plans to announce that he's again seeking the party's nomination to run in the November election....  
The 65-year-old retired Teamster from Syracuse launched his campaign late Thursday at a news conference in Albany.  Hawkins was the Green Party candidate for governor in 2010 and 2014, when he garnered more than 184,000 votes to finish third behind incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and then-Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican. 

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