Local News Headlines

WJTN Headlines for Wed., June 30, 2021

Water main break on Fairmount Ave. in Celoron leads to traffic delays...
Motorists on Fairmount Avenue near the intersection with Dunham Avenue in Celoron should find alternate routes today due to a water main break that will cause traffic delays.  Board of Public Utilities Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says the water has been shut off to customers on Fairmount between Dunham and South Allegheny this morning while repairs are made.


COVID numbers continue to look good for Chautauqua County...
The COVID-19 numbers continue to look very good in Chautauqua County... with no new cases again over the past day.  The county Health Department also reports there have only been two new cases since last Friday.  The local total is now 9,294... and, only two of those are now active.  No one is hospitalized... and, there have been no new deaths.  There have now been 9,135 cases that have recovered... and, the infection rate is down to 0.1 %.


Gas prices in the Jamestown-area jump over past day...
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area had been holding steady for several days... until late Tuesday.  The cost for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel heading into the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend locally has now risen to just a tick under $3.20 a gallon.  The AAA East Central Gas Price Report at the beginning of the week said the local price was nearing $3.16 a gallon.  However... it's now jumped almost a nickel since last week.  AAA says the national average is now at $3.09 a gallon.


Borrello, local government officials, tout additional road, bridge and other infrastructure funding from state...
It was total 'team' effort by local and state officials to get New York State to increase funding for local road and bridge projects in the 57th State Senatorial District.  That from local Senator George Borrello, who held a pair of events yesterday announcing that the effort has brought $17.2-million in funding to the region.  Borrello says he and local Assemblyman Andy Goodell pushed for full funding restoration in the state Budget.  However... he says the efforts of local highway superindents made a big difference in getting the additional funding.  Borrello calls it a "big victory" for local communities.  He says overall Consolidated Highway Improvement Program -- or CHIPS funding -- was increased by 23-percent in the final state budget.  The Sunset Bay Republican says there is a lot of need for the extra funding... and, you need only drive on many local roads to see it.  Borrello says the $17.2-million in funding includes CHIPS funding... along with PAVE-New York, and Extreme Winter Weather repair programs.  


Lake Association urges residents to get their flares for July 4th weekend...
The Chautauqua Lake Association is once again asking everyone who'll be along the shoreline of Chautauqua Lake on July 4th to light flares at 10 p.m. -- creating the iconic 'ring of fire.'  The association's Community Services Manager, Healther Nolan-Caskey, says the flares are widely available in the lake region.  Nolan-Caskey says a lot of the smaller "mom and pop" stores around the area, and local supermarkets, are selling them at $3 a flare.  As for how many flares your should light... Nolan-Caskey suggests having one for every 10 feet of shoreline.  Each flare will last for about half an hour.  Heather suggests buying some extras... if people want to light them early... to make sure they're still burning at 10 p.m.  She also encourages everyone to properly dispose of the flare holders once they are completely cool. 


Pagano blasts Fredonia Village Board for public infighting...
An outburst during a Fredonia Village Board workshop meeting earlier this month... and, concerns over the morale of village workers brought a former mayor to Monday night's board meeting.  Frank Pagano told trustees during the public comment portion of the meeting that they should be embarrassed over their behavior during the workshop session that was televised live by Fredonia Public Access on June 21.  Pagano blasted board members for personal attacks made during that meeting... saying this board needs to "stop the sniping" during public meetings.  He says they're "embarrasing themselves and the village."  The dispute was over the board's approval of a contract with an internet technology firm from Jamestown, Willow Bay Computer Solutions -- doing business as SymLink.  Trustee EvaDawn Bashaw later apologized for the dispute, but reaffirmed her support for the contract with SymLink.  Pagano asked that the board rescind the contract with Symlink... and allow village-based DFT Communications the opportunity to make a counter offer.  Later during Monday's meeting... Trustee Jim Lynden attempted to have the resolution rescinded, but it did not gain enough support.


Jamestown Jackals begin play-offs tonight...
The Jamestown Jackals begin the first round of playoffs tonight against the Carolina Coyotes, and... after playing their home games in Erie, Pennsylvania all season, owner Kayla Crosby says these games will be a little closer to home.  Crosby says they're excited to be able to hold the first two games at Warren Area High School at 7 p.m. each night.  The Jackals play in 'The Basketball League.'  A third game in the 'best of three' series... if necessary... would be Saturday at 5 p.m. -- also at Warren.   Crosby adds, it's been and up and down season with COVID restrictions, some injuries, and no available gym in Jamestown.  Pre-sale tickets for the playoffs in Warren are available at the Jamestown Jackals website... $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.  They are $5 more at the door.