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A teenager from Jamestown is being treated at a region hospital after she was struck by a pick-up truck while riding her bike on the city's eastside late Thursday afternoon...  
City police say the unidentified teen was riding in the area of Winsor and Chandler Streets about 4:30 p.m. when the accident occured.  Details have not yet been released.  Officers say the girl suffered back, neck and head injuries.  She was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  The driver of the truck was not hurt.  No charges have been filed.  The accident remains under investigation.
Chautauqua County's top-elected official is blasting a state agency that is responsible for coordinating getting power to New York's electric grid...  
County Executive George Borrello is critical of the state's Independent System Operator for reportedly saying it will cost more than $100-million to get the repowered NRG plant in Dunkirk "interconnected" with the grid.  Borrello says he's not sure what role the Cuomo administration may have in this, because of the governor's stated goal for using renewable energy in 12 more years.
The NRG Plant, which is currently mothballed, would be converted to natural gas from coal by the time it's supposed to be back "online" by 2020.  However, NRG spokesman David Gaier said late this week that the company is also facing a push back in the project's ability to deliver power to as late as 2024.  Borrello says NYISO's mission is supposed to be about maintaining affordable electric rates, but he says it's failed because New York has the eighth highest electric rates in the U-S. 
State Senator Cathy Young, who has played a major role in the repowering of the NRG Plant, says it's "outrageous" that the Independent System Operator is saying it will cost $100-million to connect with the state's power grid... 
The Olean Republican says the project has been "a high priority and the focus of years of intense negotiations, planning and investment on the part of NRG leadership, state and local officials and stakeholders throughout the community."  Young adds that "to spring" this on NRG now, with the process moving into it's final stages, is "reprehensible and raises many questions about NYISO's methods and analysis."  She says loss of the NRG plant would be devastating to the city of Dunkirk, it's school district, and the county.  Young also NYISO officials to join in the effort in "good faith."
The Chautauqua Theater Company will get to leave the confines of the institution this Summer to put on five performances of the Shakespeare play "As You Like It"...  
Two of those will be part of the city of Jamestown's "Summer Peformance Series" at Allen Park.  During Wednesday's announcement that there will be 11 shows at the Gorenson Bandshell, the Company's Artistic Associate, Sarah Wansley, said Director Andrew Borba first brought up the idea last year.
Wansley says the group's first performance will actually be on Bestor Plaza at the institution on opening day, at 5 PM on Sunday, June 24.  The first performance at Allen Park will be on Thursday, June 28.  She says the 90-minute show will also go to Southern Tier Brewing Company and, Lakeside Park in Mayville.  The second performance at Allen Park in Jamestown will be held on Wednesday, August 15.  The program at Lakeside Park will be on Thursday, August 2.  For more information on the Chautauqua Theater Company, visit CTCompany.org. 
Chautauqua County's Congressman says any proposed law that would take guns away from potentially "dangerous" people must be met with certain standards that don't violate second-amendment rights...  
Corning Republican Tom Reed made the comments late Wednesday when asked about Governor Cuomo's proposal of a "Red Flag" bill that would allow teachers, police officers, and family members to seek a court order to remove guns from the homes of troubled persons.
During his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media, Reed added that he would like to see people focus on the "why?" of gun violence, because he believe people will be more inclined to bring people together to find solutions.  Cuomo advanced the bill Tuesday in an effort to reduce school shootings.
Members of the Chamber of Commerce and the Visitors Bureau got a preview look at the National Comedy Center Thursday night...  
Executive Director, Journey Gunderson, says work on each of the high-tech and interactive exhibits is nearing completion.  The center will open on August 1.  General admission will be $23.50, with a discount for Chautauqua County residents.  A year-long membership is just $50.  Journey Gunderson says there's another special opportunity for people who live here, volunteer as a docent.  More information is available at comedycenter.org.
The smell of barbecue ribs are tantalizing taste buds in and around Celoron for the next few days...  
Kicking off the summer season, Ellicot Town Supervisor and Rib Fest Committe Member Pat McLaughlin says the 2018 Rib Fest in Celoron is underway.  The event takes place around Lucille Ball Memorial Park and, McLaughlin adds this family-friendly event on the lake has "the best ribs you can find."
There are five returning Ribbers this year including Sargeant Oink's BBQ, My Happy Place, Smokin' Joe's Hog Wild BBQ, After House BBQ and, Pigfoot.  In addition to rib platters with all the fixings, McLaughlin says live bands playing throughout the day, a "Kids Zone..." and bouncy houses are available for children.  There will be fireworks Saturday night at 10:00. For more information, go to CeloronRibfest.com.
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, the first openly gay House member from New York, says he's running for state attorney general...  
The 51-year-old Democrat from the Hudson Valley announced Wednesday that he's seeking election as the state's top legal officer to go after the "crooks" in the White House, Albany and corporate suites.  Maloney is the latest Democrat to announce a campaign for attorney general since two-term incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman suddenly resigned last month.

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