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Part of it was comedy, but there was also a lot of humility shown yesterday afternoon as a new archived exhibit about The Smothers Brothers was officially opened at the National Comedy Center....  

Tom and Dick Smothers, fresh off an earlier appearance at Chautauqua Institution, were on hand to cut the ribbon on the new exhibit.  Dick Smothers called seeing the the exhibit, and Comedy Center, a "humbling experience."

The new exhibit at the Comedy Center mainly honors the 50th anniversary of the cancellation of the  Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, which started in 1967.  Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson said it was an honor to have the comedy team in Jamestown -- again.  Gunderson recalled that the Smothers Brothers performed at one of the early "Lucille Comedy Festivals" in Jamestown in 1994 and, this year was the 25th anniversary of that program.  The Smothers Brothers were earlier interviewed in front of a packed amphitheater at Chautauqua Institution to begin Week-Six on the theme "What's Funny."


Two Jamestown men are under arrest for allegedly punching and kicking another man during an assault on the city's eastside last Saturday night....  

Jamestown Police were called to the scene at 1011 East Second Street just after 8 PM for a fight in progress.  Officers say they found that Gavin Long and Corbin Kates -- both 18 -- knocked the unidentified victim to the ground, and then began punching and kicking him.  The man suffered minor injuries.  Long and Kates were both charged with third-degree assault, and taken to the city jail pending arraignment.


The Smothers Brothers hosted their controversial Comedy Hour from 1967 to it's cancellation in 1969....  

Chautauqua Spokeswoman Emily Morris told our Matt Warren yesterday morning's program was "well received."  The National Comedy Center's Journey Gunderson says the week at Chautauqua has worked out as a perfect lead-in to next week's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown.  After the Smothers Brothers, Gunderson says Frank Oz will be today's featured lecturer at 10:45 AM.  He's the voice of "Miss Piggy" with the Muppets and, has directed and produced a number of TV shows and movies.  On Thursday, David Steinberg and Lewis Black will do a program highlighting the work of legendary comic, Robin Williams.  


Four Dansville teenagers were killed in a motor vehicle accident in the Allegany County town of Burns early last Saturday morning..... 

State Police in Amity were called to the scene about 4:30 AM on County Route 13-C and, found a Jeep Grand Cherokee -- with 5 occupants -- failed to stop at a stop sign.  Troopers say the SUV traveled through the intersection, struck a tree... and came to rest in an embankment.  The front seat passenger, 16 year-old Kelsi Bird, was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Officers report she was the only person wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.  The operator, 16 year-old Rebecca Earner, and passengers 16 year-old Ambra Eddleton, 14 year-old Justin Carpenter and 14 year-old Kyrstin Wolfanger, were pronounced dead at the scene.  Troopers say driver inexperience, distraction and speed were factors in the fatal accident. 


A major automotive travel organization is reminding motorists to use caution this summer after the fatal crash in Allegany County claimed the lives of four teens...  

Elizabeth Carey of AAA of Western and Central New York says the 100 days of summer is a time when teen crashes soar.

Carey recommends that parents discuss avoiding distracted driving and, other dangerous behaviors behind the wheel -- and make sure you're "buckled up."  She says she always reminds her children to buckle-up for safety when they ride in a car.  State Police say the four victims of Saturday's crash were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.


The Jamestown City Council has unanimously approved a new, five-year contract agreement with the union representing mid-level managers in the city.... 

Lawmakers ratified the pact with the Jamestown City Administrative Association at last night's voting session, retroactive to the beginning of 2017 and running through the end of 2021.  Mayor Sam Teresi calls it a "fair and reasonable" agreement and credited both negotiating groups.

Teresi says the JCAA represents between 25 and 30 people, including a handful of employees of the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency, which will act on the contract today.  He says the association approved the new contract last week, which does include a small increase in pay, starting next year.  He says there is no increase for 2017, 2018, and 2019.  There will be 2-percent raises for 2020, and 2021.  However, Teresi says long-time workers who have not already received a step increase will as of this past July 1st.  Starting in 2020, Teresi says employees will have the option of participating in a lower cost "hybrid" health care plan, or remain in the city's self-insured plan.


It's time for the annual summer survey of wild turkeys in New York....  

The Department of Environmental Conservation is recruiting volunteers for the citizen science project.  Participants report information about turkeys seen around their homes or while traveling around the state.  The DEC says up-to-date population data is necessary for making management decisions and understanding how populations fluctuate.  DEC has conducted the summer wild turkey sighting survey since 1996.  During the month of August, participants record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys they see.  Survey forms and instructions are available on the DEC website.

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