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Significant changes in the recycling markets has led the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities to make a major change in it's program starting September 1st.  BPU General Manager Dave Leathers says, on that date, they will change from "dual stream" recycling to "single commodity" weekly collections....  

Starting September 1st, Leathers says the BPU will begin collecting recycleables in five separate catagories in the orange bins they distribute to city residents.  He says they'll have a revised, four-month calendar, with paper being taken the first week, then metal, plastic and cardboard/box board.  Otherwise, Leathers says everything else is the same, including the schedule, and rates for the year.  He reminds residents they have to at least recycle once a month in order to receive a discounted rate on their trash collection.  If you have any questions, call the Garbage Hotline at 661-1651 or Customer Service. 

Chautauqua County's top-elected official says he will support a motion that county legislators will vote on tonight opposing the location of wind turbines in Lake Erie.  Republican George Borrello says he remains opposed the use of wind power from the lake, something he's held firm on for nearly a decade now...

County legislators will also be taking up a motion that would oppose the "Green Light" Law that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a state drivers license.  The law was recently approved by the state legislature, then signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Borrello supports that motion because the state has provided "no tools" for local governments to use to verify who undocumented immigrants are.  The legislature meets tonight at 6:30 PM in the Gerace Office Building in Mayville.


New York has become the first state to ban the declawing of cats...  

The measure was signed into law late Monday by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo after lawmakers passed it in the spring.  Animal welfare advocates and many veterinarians say the once-common operation is unnecessary and cruel.  It involves slicing through bone to amputate the first segment of a cat's toes.  New York's largest veterinary organization had opposed the bill.  It argued that declawing should remain a last resort for cats that won't stop scratching furniture or humans.  Cat declawing is already illegal in much of Europe and Canada, as well as in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver.  Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan says the law should be a model for other states.


One of the lesser known aspects of the work of Robert H. Jackson is getting a full examination this week at the Jackson Center.... 

Texas Tech Professor William Casto has come to Jamestown to talk about his book "Advising the President"... about Jackson's brief tenure as Attorney General under President Franklin Roosevelt.  During Jackson's 19 month term, beginning in January of 1940,  Casto says there were three times when Roosevelt made a conscious decision to go above and beyond the law.  One of those involved illegal wiretaps which Jackson opposed. Roosevelt allowed the wiretaps, and Jackson was then left to support the President as best he could and adminster the wiretap program. Casto believes his research demonstrates the tension that always exists between a President and the limits of the law and adds, Jackson worried the system would have problems if the nation ever elected a President "who has no values"  and does "not have the country's interest at heart."  Casto spoke yesterday afternoon at Chautauqua Institution.  Signed copies of his book are available at the Jackson Center in Jamestown.  


Another political candidate is turning to the Libertarian Party to jump-start her efforts to win a City Council seat....  

Northside resident Raven Thompson announced she is seeking an at-large seat this November during a gathering of family and friends last night.  Thompson, who was soundly defeated in her efforts to get the nomination to run in Ward-Two, has now become the lone Libertarian candidate running for an at-large seat.  She first spoke up when she saw the city trying to annex property from the neighboring village of Falconer.

Thompson found out about the issue from Falconer Mayor Jim Rensel, who was her neighbor when she lived in Falconer.  She accepted the Libertarian endorsement by echoing what Libertarian Mayor Candidate Andrew Liuzzo said when he mentioned the city will have to go on a fiscal diet to deal with it's financial issues.  Thompson says, though, she wants to see public input taken more seriously before decisions are made.

 
The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is joining with the Roswell Park Care Network in Jamestown is hosting its first-ever Cancer Survivor Event on Thursday...  

Roswell's Medical Director of Cancer Survivorship and Screening Dr. Tessa Flores says those attending will receive tips and tools to further manage treatment, with a focus on overall health and wellness.

Dr. Flores will be a keynote speaker during the event, discussing "What to Expect as a Survivor", in regards to finding a new normal, managing side effects, and cancer surveillance.  The Jamestown Area Cancer Patient & Survivor Workshop is free and begins at 6:30 PM at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron.  For more information and to register, visit RoswellPark.org/JamestownEvent. 


Despite extraordinary heat and humidity, last weekend's Laurel Run was one of the best in the 23 year history of the event.....

That from Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek.  They coordinate the program in honor of their late daughter Laurel, who had Down Syndrome.  The Resource Center's Steve Waterson says this year's 'spirit award' went to Johanna Cortes of Dunkirk, who did the entire race in Silver Creek Saturday while pushing her daughter in a wheelchair.  Waterson says they "toughed it out" doing the 8-K and, actually one more mile than that.  He says the two-day Laurel Run generally raises between $18,000 and $20,000 annually, and may exceed that amount this year.  
 

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WJTN News Bulletin for Sat., Dec. 14, 2019

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