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With the latest push to develop more renewable energy sources, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier hosted a training session on high-efficiency biomass boilers.....  

Use of such boilers has caught on in Central and Eastern New York but, not the Western New York region.  Locally, Econoburn Boilers of Brocton has been one of the manufacturer's on the leading edge of that technology.  Vice-President Mark O'Dell says our area's supply of low-cost, natural gas, is part of the reason it's not big here yet.

O'Dell was among the presenters during the training held Thursday at the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College.  It was attended by local technology students and instructors.  O'Dell, who is also a Chautauqua County Legislator, put on an outdoor demonstration of how Econoburn's two-stage boilers his company produces work.  He says the boilers burn the product itself, then burn the gas and smoke emissions so nearly 100-percent of the product is used.  The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority also took part in the program.

Farm owners are warning state lawmakers that legislation that would give farm workers the right to organize to demand better wages and conditions could devastate New York's agricultural economy.....  

Several farm owners and the leaders of agricultural trade groups testified against the Farmworker Fair Labor Practice Act during a public hearing on the bill Thursday in Morrisville.  Under current law, agricultural workers aren't allowed to unionize and many farmers don't have to pay overtime.  Farm workers told lawmakers that they deserve the same protections as other workers.  Some shared stories of injuries, long hours and difficult conditions.  Farm owners said such cases are rare, but that higher wages and potential strikes could drive some farms out of business, bad news for both owner and employee.

It appears we'll see a brief return to Winter-like weather this weekend... but, it won't be around very long....  

The long-range forecast from the National Weather Service says there is a chance of some snow in the Jamestown-area late this Saturday night through early Sunday morning.  That from Forecaster Dan Kelly in Buffalo, who says a storm system tracking south of the region will bring colder air over the middle part of the weekend.

Kelly says -- right now -- they're looking at a half-an-inch or less, with the higher amounts over the higher elevations.  We'll be keeping an eye on the situation through the weekend.

Three men are under arrest following a large fight in the area of Fulton and Strong Streets in Jamestown this past Wednesday afternoon......  

City police were called to the scene just after 4 PM and, on arrival broke up a fight between several people.  Officers say they arrested 26 year-old Mari Courteau for allegedly punching a 14 year-old in the face.  They add that both 37 year-old Lindsay Voye and 30 year-old Joshua Courteau were charged with disorderly conduct.  Voye was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.  Mari Courteau was arrested for second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.  All three were jailed with bail pending.

The man who has been Chautauqua County Democratic Elections Commissioner the past 20 years will now be able to finish out his term..... 

The county legislature Wednesday night approved the appointment of Norm Green to fill-out what is the remainder of his term in Mayville after he retired from the post so he could be covered by Medicare.  His former colleague in the Board of Elections Office, Republican Legislator Terry Niebel  of Sheridan, says Green is the most qualified person for the post.

Niebel adds that Green has also served on a number of state boards and, is past president of the State Elections Commissioners Association.  He adds that the county's Democratic Committee nominated Green for the post and, it's been past practice that the legislature approve that nomination.  The appointment was approved 14-to-1 with Fredonia's Robert Scudder voting no.

There is good news for motorists who use South Main Street and the Main Street Bridge in downtown Jamestown...  

The span has now reopening after two-weeks of work to do the final paving and striping of the span, also known as County Bridge 1085.  The bridge was closed April 15th after being open the past several months following a major reconstruction project.  Again, though, the South Main Street Bridge is now open in Jamestown.

Dunkirk city officials this week announced plans for the return of the Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix boat races this summer.... 

Mayor Willie Rosas says the second year of the speed boat competition will run from August 16th through 18th and, will be streamed live to 105 countries.

Larry Bleil, chief executive officer of Race World Offshore, says the event draws major companies to the area and, they are the ones that are "going to come back at some point."  Officials also announced that the event will be televised nationally and internationally on the CBS Sports Network.

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