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WJTN News Headlines for Wed., Aug. 18, 2021

Rain from tropical storm remnants force postponement of all BRWS games today...
The forecast of all day rains -- thanks in large part to remnants of a tropical storm moving through the area -- has led to postponement of all four pool play games today at the 13 year-old Babe Ruth World Series.  The games at Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. Park were to include tonght's final pool game for the Jamestown Krusaders at 7 p.m.  Local Babe Ruth World Series Vice-President Kim Ecklund tells Media One that all four games will be made up tomorrow... and, the schedule for the single-elimination championship series will be condensed into Friday and Saturday.  More on that later.


Krusaders coach says winning first two games at BRWS "has been awesome..."
Baseball fever is heating up in Jamestown for the 'Krusaders'... the local entrant in the 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series.  The team has won two games, and lost one... assuring them a place in the 'single elimination' part of the tournament that will now begin on Friday.  Head Coach, Shane Swan, says 'this has been awesome' because the local team doen't typically even win one game, let alone two.  Jamestown's only loss came in an early day game Tuesday morning against Eau Claire, Wisconsin... which he says was tough because it started at 8:30 a.m.  Jamestown kept the game close early before falling, 15-5 in six innings.  Swan says that meant fewer fans in the stands.  He would like a big crowd for the Krusaders next game against Hawaii, set for 7 p.m. tomorrow night at Diethrick Park.  This year's series is the 18th that's been played in Jamestown.  No local team has been as successful as this year's Krusaders.  


Member of Jamestown's 13 year-old WS team in 1980 reliving memories at 40th anniversary series...
For some fans attending the 13-Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series, it's a walk down memory lane.  Rob Telford... now of Los Catos, California... played in the first 13 year-old series for Jamestown in 1980.  Rob says he was the first baseman for the Jamestown entrant.  Some of his memories are quite poignant.  He remembered hitting a double against the team from Glendale, Calif., and then promptly getting picked off at second base.  He still managed a chuckle out of that play.  Telford's back in town to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first series, and is enjoying the games at Diethrick Park.  He recalls that first series as something special for the whole community... he says there was a "lot of excitement around that series..." and adds it was a "great experience."  Rob's father, Chuck Telford, is a well-known media consultant here at the Media One Group of radio stations.


County reports nine new COVID-19 cases Tuesday...
After several days of being in double-digits... the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Chautauqua County dropped to single-digits over the past day.  The county's Health Department reports nine new cases... bringing the local total to 9,563.  Officials say 107 of those are currently active... and, seven are now hospitalized.  There were no new deaths.  The rate of infection is now 5.8-percent... but, officials say that remains "substantial."


Sundquist voices support for Los Contrincantes Car Show...
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist has gone on record as supporting what's become a controversial car show planned for Bergman Park next month.  Several people spoke for about an hour and 45 minutes during last night's City Council Work session at City Hall for and against the proposed show by the Los Contrincantes Car Club.  A number of residents in that area have expressed concerns over potential noise from the "stereo sound-off" part of the event.  Sundquist says it's a legitimate concern... but, adds the Public Safety Committee did it's work before approving a special use permit, and he thinks the club did a good job explaining what they were doing, and went through a sound test at Bergman Park to see how loud it would be.  Responding to concerns voiced by Councilwoman Marie Carrubba about the noise, and smaller size of Bergman Park... Sundquist says there have been "loud" events held there in the past... including the Labor Day Festival which includes bands, and fireworks at the end of the day.  He also told council that it's within their right, under the charter, to vote to revoke the special use permit if they want to.


Baker Street resident voices concerns over Los Contrincantes Car Show...
One of the neighbors to Bergman Park went so far as to circulate petition cards to gauge how residents there felt about the car show.  Baker Street resident Bob Johnston says he not only circulated the cards... but, talked with many of his neighbors.  Johnston says many were unaware of the event... and, the majority opposed it.  Car Club President Jose Sanchez says they've done everything the city has asked to mitigate noise issues... and, just wants a chance to show they can put on a nice, fun event for the community.  An event by the club at the county Fairgrounds in Dunkirk earlier this Summer produced controversy over the noise it generated. 


Small Cities plaintiffs win another court battle vs. Gov. Cuomo...
There's been another court victory for the eight school districts involved in the Small Cities education funding case in Albany.  Jamestown school officials say the Appellate Division, Third Department, has now overturned Governor Andrew Cuomo's position that education aid to those districts was "constitutionally sufficient."  Officials say the court denied the governor's request to appeal in a 6--0 decision this past week.  The eight districts involved in the lawsuit... also known as "Maisto vs. the State of New York..." say this leaves the governor with "little room to maneuver further."  The intial court decision was rendered on May 27th.