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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 29, 2019

A life-long Jamestown resident who has been a career educator has been approved as the newest member of the Jamestown City Council....  

Mayor Sam Teresi announced at the beginning of last night's council voting session that he was appointing Tamu Graham-Reinhardt to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Vanessa Weinert.  Following the meeting, Graham-Reinardt said both she and her husband had gotten more involved in the community the past two years.

Graham-Reinhardt has been a Spanish Teacher in the Falconer School District since last September.  She had worked in the private sector the previous year and, taught several subjects in the Jamestown schools for 13 years before that.  Teresi says Graham-Reinhardt stood out in a very talented group of 11 candidates.  He says each would have been a good choice.  Graham-Reinhardt replaces Vanessa Weinert, who resigned for personal reasons at the end of 2018.  Weinert had been elected in November of 2017.  Graham-Reinhardt plans to run for re-election next November.

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi focused on short and longer-term goals for 2019 during last night's annual State of the City Address.....  

Teresi provided some specifics during the 25-minute speech and, high-lighted his desire to replace and upgrade equipment, a number of facilities, and infrastructure items through a major bonding measure.  He outlined a program to better deal with vehicle maintenance and replacement.

Teresi also presented some familiar themes he has brought up in previous addresses, including the need for a 4-year college or university in Jamestown.  He says, while Jamestown Community College is one of the best two-year schools in the state, Jamestown is New York's largest urban area that does not have a four-year college.  Teresi says they've already been working with JCC to explore initiatives to expand the college's offerings.  He says four-year colleges often help attract, and bring young people to the communities where the schools are located.  He also pressed on-going transporation needs, including the need for a new commercial air carrier at the County Airport near Jamestown.

An active winter weather pattern is expected continue this week, with another storm bringing the potential for near-blizzard conditions to the area mid-week....  

Both Wind Chill and Winter Storm Watches are now in effort starting Wednesday through Thursday evening for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service says the snow won't reach our area until Wednesday afternoon.  and residents should be preparing for this latest lake effect event… He adds wind chills will create a "very dangerous situation." 

It was "really exciting" to see the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County exceed their 2018 General Campaign goal in her first full-campaign....  

First year Executive Director Amy Rohler says the first effort took a "lot of hard work..." but, it was worthwhile.  However, Rohler says it's not just because they beat their $1.335-million goal, but, the way they did it.  She again praised campaign volunteers.

Rohler says she just got a "taste" of how the campaign went in 2017 but, adds there were a few things she learned during that effort.  This year, she says a big difference was how they integrated their theme of "United We Fight -- United We Win."  Rohler says they tried to have a more "active theme" that was inspirational.  Rohler says the United Way has it's own local programs to deal with many issues, including poverty, and connecting people with services they need.  They also provide funding for 39 programs at 26 human service agencies. 

Two city residents face six counts of endangering the welfare of a child, following a well-being check early Sunday morning...  

Jamestown police were called to the scene at 310 East 6th Street to check on four minors and while on-scene, found conditions "unfit for children."  Officers also report the kids allegedly did not have proper food in the house.  Both 42 year-old Michael Patterson-senior and 38 year-old Erica Hinson were taken into custody to await arraignment. 

On a bone-chilling morning on Jamestown's westside Monday, the Empire State Winter Games second-annual torch relay began in front of the National Comedy Center....  

Publicity Director Mike Martineau, thanked Mayor Sam Teresi, and officials with the center for agreeing to host the start of the torch's nearly 600-mile trek across New York state.

Martineau says the torch to be carried initially by the mayor would go along with Greater Jamestown Riverwalk to South Main Street.  It then traveled north along Route 60 -- and into Gowanda.  Teresi expressed his appreciatiion to organizers for starting the relay in Jamestown.  Martineau says the torch will be relayed by students in the Gowanda Central School district through the village and town.  It will travel north and stay the night in Buffalo.  The torch will arrive in Lake Placid late Thursday afternoon to help kick-off the 39th Empire State Winter Games, which run through Sunday night, February 3rd.