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WJTN News Headlines for Oct 1, 2020

Chautauqua County officials have announced a new website designed to help local residents seeking help in combating their addiction problems.  Interim County Executive P-J Wendel joined with Director of Community Mental Hygiene Services, Pat Brinkman, Wednesday to announce the on-line service... called "Combat Addiction CHQ.com."  Brinkman says it's also geared towards people who want to help a loved one. Wendel urges residents to go to the website... which is a "one-stop resource."  

Brinkman says costs for the website are being covered by federal funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration... and, covers the entire cost of building the website.  She says people can go there to learn the facts about addiction... and, explore the prevention, treatment, and recovery options in Chautauqua County.  That website is now up and running at CombataddictionCHQ.com.  

Another four new cases of the COVID-19 Virus have been reported in Chautauqua County the past day... with all four of them being found in Fredonia.  County Health officials say this brings the local total to 662 cases... and 34 of those are currently active, and continue to recover.  Interim County Executive P-J Wendel says there are now two people hospitalized... and, another 283 cases under quarantine or isolation orders.  Wendel adds there are 31 persons under the "domestic traveler quarantine" after coming here from a state listed on the New York travel advisory.  He says 618 cases have now recovered.

The boil water order for customers served by the Village of Fredonia water supply, has been lifted. According to the Village's Facebook page, water quality from the reservior has improved and the turbidity levels in the finished water are now in compliance with New York State Health Department standards. However, Officials ask that customers continue to conserve water until next Monday, October 5th, to prevent putting 'too much initial stress on the water treatment plant.'  More information is available by contacting Fredonia Mayor Doug Essek at 679-2301 or the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services at 753-4481.

October 1st marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Pat Carr, of the local breast cancer support group, reminds women to have their annual mammograms and do 'self examinations.'  Carr says men need to pay attention too.  Males have a much lower instance of breast cancer, but the disease is more deadly in men that get it.  Carr also encourages supporters to show a pink light bulb on the front porch this month... in support of breast cancer survivors.  The bulbs are available for $4.00 at Farm Fresh Foods, Peterson Farm, the Falconer Vac Shop, Honest Johns, the Ashville General Store, and also at the Dutch Village in Clymer. 

Local State Senator George Borrello is on the road this week, touring farms across New York state.  We caught up with the Sunset Bay Republican... who ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee... while he was in Central New York Wednesday.

Borrello says he’s compiling information from farmers across the state to share with the committee... and, he says he will continue to "be their voice in the State Senate" when it comes to meeting their needs.  He says the one thing the pandemic has taught us is how fragile the state's food supply chain has been.  He's also been critical of the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act that went into effect in January.

A New York State Department of Environmental Conservation forest ranger, with the help of two state troopers, were able to locate two lost hikers near Arkwright Falls last Sunday night.  The DEC reports that Ranger Nathan Sprague drove to the hikers' car on Burnham Road, and met up with the troopers.  They got coordinates from Chautauqua County 9-1-1 Dispatchers... and, were able to hike to the location of the lost hikers.  The 26-year-old hikers from the town of Boston and Lackawanna were located about an hour later -- at 7:30 PM -- with no injuries.  Sprague provided water to the hikers and led them out to a nearby road.

City lawmakers in Jamestown have approved a parking ticket amnesty program that starts today... and, will benefit school children, the elderly, and food banks.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist says residents with unpaid parking tickets over the past 2 to 3 years can have their late penalties waived -- if they bring unopended packages of school supplies, supplies for the elderly, and non-perishable boxed or canned food items.  He says notices have been sent out with the one's that collections will begin after October 31st.   Sundquist says each item brought in will waive the penalty on one ticket, with residents allowed to bring up to FIVE items to take the penalties off of FIVE tickets.  Residents must pay their tickets at City Hall.  You can look up your unpaid parking tickets at parkingticketpayment.com/jamestown/.   For more information... call the Clerk’s office at 483-7612.

A Jamestown-area federal credit union is one of 35 Community Development Financial Institutions across New York state getting a share of $20-million in federal funding.  The state's two U-S Senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand... have jointly announced the funding will support "vital economiic development and financial services to low-Income neighborhoods, businesses and families.  Schumer says "the CDFI Fund is a vital stream of investment that supports economic development and financial services to New York’s most vulnerable communities."  Locally... the Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit union in Lakewood will receive $125,000.

 Federal investigators examining the 2018 crash of a stretch limousine that killed 20 people say state regulators repeatedly failed to properly oversee the poorly maintained vehicle. National Transportation Safety Board members unanimously voted Tuesday to accept a final report on the deadliest transportation disaster in the United States in a decade. The crash killed 17 family members and friends celebrating a birthday along with the driver and two bystanders. The NTSB found that the crash was likely caused by the operator's "egregious disregard for safety."