Edwards named as new director of Jamestown's Gebbie Foundation...

 

Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards has been named as the new Executive Director of the Gebbie Foundation in Jamestown.  Edwards adds that he'll be stepping down as the county's top-elected official by Nov. 15 to begin working at his new position.  He will replace the retiring John Merino... who will leave the post at the end of this week after 10 years at the helm.  Merino put the Gebbie at the forefront of downtown development... and, Edwards says he wants to pick up that torch... and, help the Greater Jamestown area in other ways as well.  As for the county executive's position... Edwards says he'll appoint someone -- likely from his administration -- to fill out the rest of the year in November.  He says the charter gives him that power.  After that... he says whoever wins the November election will take over on January 1st.


Johnson receives CSEA Endorsement for County Exec...

 

The Democratic candidate for Chautauqua County Executive has picked up the endorsement of the county's largest public employees union.  The Civil Service Employees Association has announced it has thrown it's backing to Fredonia's Ron Johnson for the county's top-elected post.  CSEA-Local 6300 President Bonnie Peters says Johnson will -- quote -- "bring innovative ideas and transparency to county government."  Peters adds that he will "work to bring good-paying jobs to Chautauqua County... and, he recognizes the importance of the services public employees provide for residents every single day."  She also says Johnson will work to protect the countys "most vulnerable residents, including the frail elderly at the Chautauqua County Home."  Johnson says having the CSEA's backing "shows strength and belief in my candidacy... and, the prospect of a better county government." 


Fire heavily damages downtown Randolph pizzeria...

 

Flames have extensively damaged a pizza shop in the Cattaraugus County hamlet of Randolph... and the cause is under investigation.  Randolph Fire Department Public Information Officer John Congdon says crews were called to Jumbroni's Pizza at 8 Jamestown St. shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday.  Congdon says a man exiting the back of Vern's Restaurant... just a couple of stores away... spotted smoke coming from the building... and, called in the alarm.  Congdon says their chief was close by... and, quickly got their response in place.  He says they called in East Randolph, Kennedy and Conewango firefighters to assist.  The pizzeria is in the old "Tap Room" from the former Randolph Hotel... which Congdon says was coincidently destroyed by fire in the 1970s.  He says it took about 45 minutes for the four departments to bring the blaze under control.  Congdon says the fire apparently originated in the back.  He says no one was hurt.  However... Congdon says damage was "severe..." with the back kitchen and storage areas gutted by the blaze.  Firefighters were at the scene for about three hours.


Chautauqua County now part of expanded quarantine area for Emerald Ash Borer in Upstate New York...

 

New York state has expanded a quarantine on ash wood products across much of upstate -- including Chautauqua County -- to combat the spread of the invasive emerald ash borer.  The beetle's larvae have destroyed tens of millions of trees as it's moved steadily east from Michigan, where it was discovered in 2002.  The state has banned untreated firewood from entering New York... and, forbidden moving it more than 50 miles from its source within the state since 2008 as it's tried to hinder the beetle and other pests.  It had also imposed local quarantines regulating movement of ash products.  The DEC has now replaced the local quarantines with a single ban covering all or parts of 42 counties from western New York to the New England border. 


Thunder In The Streets and Cruise In Events Tonight in Downtown Jamestown...

 

There'll be plenty of food and music available today during this year's annual "Thunder in the Streets..." and, "Crusin'" events in downtown Jamestown.  That from Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Event and Programming Coordinator Tiffani Conti... who says registration for both outdoor events is right on schedule with recent years.  Conti says Infinity will have both food and music available in the area of the "Crusin'" event... and, a couple of restaurants are getting involved this year. In addition... Conti says they'll also have "Happy Days" and "Nightshift" playing on the main stage at Third and Main Streets during the "Crusin.'"  This is the 10th anniversary of "Thunder in the Streets..." and, they'll also have bands playing near the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.  Conti says they include "Two for Flinching.." "Coltrane..." and, "The Bogarts."  She adds there's also an expanded Kids Zone at "Thunder" this year... along with food and motorcycle vendors.  Conti thanks their several sponsors... including the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  The Media One Group is the main media sponsor of this year's events.

 

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