2013 'Cents for St. Susan's' Center fund-raiser exceeds $14,000 mark for the first time ever...

The 13th annual Cents for St. Susan's Center was a lucky one for Jamestown's largest soup kitchen... as the fund-raiser passed the $14,000 mark for the first time.  Officials from the main sponsor... the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities... and, the St. Susan's Center... announced results of the campaign Friday morning.  BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins says the fund-raiser brought in $14,185 dollars.  Board General Manager Dave Leathers says -- given the still-struggling economy -- they were just hoping to get $13,000.  But... he says their sponsors really stepped... and, so did the community.  St. Susan's Executive Director, Sue Colwell says she was "amazed" at the final figure.  Colwell says raising more than $14,000 is very important because their numbers are up slightly this Summer.  She says they served 469 meals Tuesday... 488 on Wednesday... and, 457 meals Thursday.  Colwell adds they're also providing bagged breakfasts for low-income families this year.  The Media One Groups is one of the corporate sponsors of the 'Cents for St. Susan's' program.


St. Susan's "Breakfast for Tomorrow" for young people working well; serving about 100 low-income youth daily...

Beating the "soft" goal of $13,000 will help the St. Susan's Center continue the"Breakfast for Tomorrow" program through the start of the new school year.  Director Sue Colwell says she had learned that several children in the community don't eat breakfast during the Summer.  She spoke with her staff... and, they felt they could provide a basic bagged breakast the kids could eat the following morning.  Colwell says they have a pint of milk, and another dairy product, and cereal or a breakfast bar... as well as whatever else they can get in the bag.  Colwell says they felt they could manage it for the two months that school is out... especially with the closing of the Joint Neighborhood Project last month.  Colwell says a few businesses... such as dollar stores... have helped out with the program.  The hours for St. Susan's Center are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday... and, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  The children's breakfasts are handed out Monday through Friday.  For more information... call the St. Susan's Center at 664-2253.


Police agencies arrest two men for stealing hand-guns, burglaries, and, growing pot...

A multi-agency investigation has led to the arrest of two Jamestown-area men for allegedly stealing three hand-guns... growing marijuana... and, their involvement in several burglaries.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a home visitation by State Parole agents and a city police officer earlier this week at the Jamestown apartment of 34 year-old Kenneth Wynn started the investigation.  Samuelson says they found two of the hand-guns... and, more than 50 growing pot plants at the 610 Jefferson St. location.  Samuelson says another gun was traced to a Celoron home... and, adds they were assisted in that part of the investigation by Ellicott Town Police.  He says they received three "dangerous guns..." a .357 Magnum... a .44 Magnum, and .22 calibur pistol.  Samuelson says the Celoron investigation resulted in the arrest of 25 year-old Kevin Schrecengost... who they found was allegedly involved in at least four local burglaries.  Schrecengost is jailed on several charges... including two of second-degree burglary... and, two more counts of third-degree burglary.  Wynn is being held in the county jail without bail for violating his parole... and, other charges including two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  State Police also assisted in the investigation.  If you have any information on the case... call the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


Edwards pleased to see proposal to go to next phase of expanding the DPF Shop in Falconer approved by lawmakers...

The Chautauqua County Legislature has given the go ahead for the next step in the process of rebuilding the Department of Public Facilities Shop in Falconer.  Legislators approved a measure... 22-to-2... that County Executive Greg Edwards says will allow the county to move ahead with a Request for Proposals.  Edwards says they can now send out RFPs to engineering firms to find the company that will design the plan, and work on the SEQRA environmental process.  Edwards was pleased with the vote... and, says the county is ready to move ahead with the next phase of the project that's estimated to cost nearly $3-million.  He says a request for proposals will go out... officials will make a choice... and, go ahead with that firm on the design phase.  The facility dates back 1920... and, has had only one major upgrade that's taken place since then.  That was when an addition was built in 1950. 


Gas prices in the Jamestown-area jump 9-cents a gallon this week...

Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area have jumped about 9-cents this week to about $3.80 a gallon.  However... the AAA's Fuel Gauge reports the price for regular, unleaded is as high as $3.84 in some places.  Nationally... the average price for regular is up to $3.67 per gallon.  The AAA says the price is 3-cents more than a week ago.  While the national price at the pump had technically fallen for 4 straight days through Tuesday... it has dropped just fractions of a penny and likely represents a temporary respite rather than the start of a return to lower prices.  This weeks's sharp increase is attributed to production concerns... most notably due to operational issues at Irving's Saint John Refinery in Canada.  Market analysts believe the Irving refinery is unlikely to return to full production until after the conclusion of the summer driving season.

 

 

 

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