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WJTN Headlines for Fri., July 2, 2021

Dewittville homeowners group and Mayville resident file suit to stop Chautauqua Lake Pops concert series...
Three seasonal homeowners from Dewittville, and a Mayville resident have filed a lawsuit to stop the Chautauqua Lake Pops Summer Concert Series.  In documents obtained by Media One Radio Group... the plaintiffs include Thomas and Marina Arko, and William Kinney of Dewittville, New York Lake House of Ohio, and Mayville's Sharon Smead.  The Chautauqua Lake Pops, along with Operator Dan Dalpra, and the village of Mayville are listed as defendents.  The group says the pops never obtained the needed state permit to host the floating stage on Chautauqua Lake in 2019, nor obtained the necessary approvals from the village of Mayville to operate.  In response... Dalpra said in a statement that the "Chautauqua Lake Pops recently submitted another permit application to the New York State Office of General Services, and is awaiting its approval.  The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers have already signed-off on the permit application."  The Summer Concert Series is scheduled to begin on Saturday, July 10th.  Dalpra said it's "very disappointing that three out-of-state owners from Dewittville, well over a mile away on the other side of Chautauqua Lake, have joined with a disgruntled resident of Mayville in an effort to shut down the... concert series."  The case is to be heard in State Supreme Court in Mayville... but, no date has been set.


One person killed, another seriously hurt in head-on, I-86 crash in No. Harmony...           
One person was killed, and another seriously injured, in a two-car head-on crash on Interstate 86 in the town of North Harmony early yesterday morning.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene, in the westbound lanes between Exits 7 and 8, shortly after 5 a.m.  Deputies say they found one person dead, and another with serious injuries.  There is no word on where the injured person was taken for treatment.  One car was reportedly traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes.  No names have been released.  The westbound lanes of I-86 were closed until about 10 a.m. to allow the investigation to take place.  State Police and the Ashville and Bemus Point fire rescue crews and Chautauqua County Emergency Services all responded to the scene.


AAA expects near-record travel volume for July 4th holiday...
Travel volume across the country is expected to nearly fully-recover to pre-pandemic levels during the July 4th holiday period this year.  That from the AAA, which is predicting that more than 47.7-million Americans will take to the nation's roadways and skies now through July 5.  Spokesperson Elizabeth Carey with AAA of Western and Central New York, says it will be the second-highest Independence Day travel volume on record.  She says the highest was July of 2019.  Carey adds that this year's travel volume will be up significantly -- 40% -- over last year, when travel volume fell to about 34.2-million.  Overall, just 2.5-percent fewer Americans are expected to travel for Independence Day this year compared to 2019.   According to AAA, more than 91-percent of holiday travel will be by car despite the highest gas prices in seven years.


Webb family moves ahead with ground-breaking, construction of "The Lodge at Chautauquq Lake..."
Ground has been broken on a new, $14-million condominium project in the village of Mayville that's already at 40-percent capacity.  "The Lodge at Chautauqua Lake" will include 54 condominiums... and, was first discussed by developer Ben Webb, and his late father, Jim, 15 years ago.  County Executive P.J. Wendel was on hand for the ground-breaking... and, credited the younger Webb with carrying on with their dream.  Wendel the project could have easily been derailed, but, Webb kept the project moving.  The Lakewood Republican also says he's encouraged that this project will help spur more similar development... and, may already have done so.  The Lodge at Chautauqua Lake will be located at 74 Water St. in the village... and, should be completed by Spring of next year.  The condominums will have full services... including kitchens.  Wendel made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


CLA chief says lake quality should be good for Fourth of July...
People taking to the waters of Chautauqua Lake this July 4th holiday weekend should find 'no impediments... no impairments.'  Executive Director Doug Conroe of the Chautauqua Lake Association says he surveyed the full perimeter of the lake earlier this week... and, says "the lake looks great."  Conroe says there are very few weeds, and there are few algal blooms that have started to emerge near the shore.  As for weeds, Conroe says the timing is working out well for early July.  He says the early Spring growth has died off... and, the Summer growth is progressing but, not much of a nuisance at this point.  There are a few areas in the northern part of the north basin of Chautauqua Lake that are the 'weediest' right now.   The lake association is going after the weeds with six harvesters, two more than last year.  The lake level, which was low in the spring, is back up to what Conroe calls 'normal.'


2021 SWCS graduate Allen finishes sixth in pole vault at Outdoor Nationals...
Southwestern High School graduate Cassidy Allen is returning to Chautauqua County with All-American honors after finishing sixth in the Girls Pole Vault at the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation's Outdoor Nationals.  The event is being held through the weekend at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.  Allen finished with a vault of 13-feet 4-and a quarter inches... but, just missed at 13-08.  The winner was Washington State's Hana Moll... who had a vault of 14-feet-4 inches.  You can see Cassidy's vault on-line at theoutdoorsrunnerspace.com.