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**Labor Day Festival ppd, Feather run to go on...

With rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for Sunday afternoon and evening... Jamestown city officials and organizers of the city's annual Labor Day Festival has postponed the event until Monday.  Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says all scheduled events, including the big fireworks show at the conclusion will take place on Monday, Sept. 2.  However... the annual Dan Feather Memorial 5K Run/Walk will go on -- as scheduled -- on Sunday, Sept. 1 at Bergman Park.  It'll kick off at 9 a.m.  Find more in the bulletin published a short time ago.

DeWittville man arrested after raid nets police drugs and weapons...


A DeWittville man is jailed on drug and weapons charges after a recent raid on his home on the Ellery-Centralia Road in the town of Ellery.  Sheriff's officers say the executied the search warrant on Wednesday, Aug. 14... and found a firearm, quantity of psychodelic mushrooms... and a quantity of methamphetamine.  Deputies say 57 year-old Kevin Hughes was arrested Friday morning on charges of third-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon -- a Felony... three counts of criminal possession of a Controlled Substance, and criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia.  Hughes was taken to the Chautauqua County Jail and is awaiting arraignment in front of the Centralized Arraignment Program.


Quattrone urges motorists to be safe over long, Labor Day Holiday Weekend...


The Labor Day holiday weekend is underway... and, that means area highways will be very busy, and local police agencies are reminding drivers to think safety first to prevent a tragedy from happening.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone says you should make sure to drive defensively, as there will be a lot of people walking here and there, too because it's the last weekend of the Summer season.  Quattrone adds there will be DWI patrols roaming the area... and, with riding sharing services available, people should be able to get a safe ride home.  Travelers are also advised to give themselves extra time to get to their destination, wear their seatbelts, and to put away the cell phone while behind the wheel.


Memorial Service at Chautauqua honors deceased organist, choir director...


A significant gathering of Chautauquans and Chautauqua County residents were on hand late Friday morning for a memorial service honoring the life of late Institution organist and choir director Jared Jacobsen.  Jacobsen was killed in a motor vehicle crash in Geneva, Ohio earlier this week.  The Post-Journal reports that Chautauqua President Michael Hill opened the service by saying "it's with a profound sadness and grief that I welcome you back to the amphitheater this morning.  Just five days ago Jared Jacobsen conducted the final sacred song service of the season."  Jacobsen was 70.  The Massey Organ that Jacobsen played the past 25 seasons remained quiet during the solemn service.


Man from Lakewood killed in Warren County rollover crash...


A Lakewood man was killed in a roll-over motor vehicle accident in Warren County, Pennsylvania early last Monday morning.  State Police in Corry say 35 year-old Chad Thompson was southbound on Page Hollow Road in Freehold Township when his Honda sedan left the roadway and struck an embankment.  Troopers say Thompson's car then over-turned and came to rest on it's roof.  The Warren County Corner pronounced him dead at the scene.  The road was closed off to traffic for nearly two-hours while Troopers continued their investigation.  Thompson was not wearing a seatbelt during the crash. 


Leathers outlines recycling changes for BPU starting on Labor Day...


The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities will make it's move to single-commodity recycling next week when trash pick-up resumes on Tuesday.  BPU General Manager Dave Leathers says there's been some "upheavel" in the recycling markets... and, that's led to the change.  However... he says they're hoping the upheavel is just temporary... and, there'll be no problems in the near future.  Leathers says part of the problem is finding outlets to take recycleables to that take the items, and how clean they want them.  He says another part of the issue is that China is no longer accepting a number of recycleables.  He says this coming week will remain the recycling week it was slated to be... with glass items being taken starting next Tuesday.  One type of item will be taken each week after.  Leathers says the BPU's most recent newsletter includes a new four-month recycling calendar through the end of the year.  However... if you have any questions... call the BPU's Garbage Hotline at 661-1651.  Leathers made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


Reed visits Southern Tier Brewing...


Local Congressman Tom Reed got the chance this week to tour what's been a "great" business success in Chautauqua County and the town of Busti.  Reed toured Southern Tier Brewing... located in the Stoneman Industrial Park... which continues to expand in it's nine-year-old location.  The Corning Republican says the growth of Southern Tier has been a real success story... with a lot of it's growth triggered by federal tax cuts.  He says they now employ about 900 people at all their facilities.  Reed adds that addressing excise taxes has helped Southern Tier Brewing... along with it's still-new offshoot business... Southern Tier Distilling.  He says Southern Tier owners Phin Demink and Nathan Arnone noted that gaining access to different markets, and workforce issues are still hurdles for them.


City man arrested for theft of pick-up truck, and credit card in town of Busti...


A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a garage in the town of Busti, and stealing a pick-up truck and a wallet from the attached home.  Lakewood-Busti Police were recently called to the scene on Hillview Avenue... and, found a 2013 Ford truck and the credit card had been taken.  Officers say 25 year-old Robert Comber later allegedly used the stolen card at the Lakewood Wal-Mart store, and he was arrested for second-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny, and second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.  He was also wanted on a parole violation, and jailed pending arraignment.