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WJTN News Headlines for Tues., May 14, 2024

Wendel announces Chautauqua Lake Symposium to take place in Celoron on June 2...
The public is being invited to be part of a symposium in early June to promote collaboration and "charting a path forward" for the health and sustainability of Chautauqua Lake.  County Executive P.J. Wendel today says the Chautauqua Lake Symposium is set to take place at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel on Dunham Avenue in Celoron beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 2.  Wendel says he's excited about who will be taking part in the program... including the local lake alliance, Oneonta, North Carolina State, and The Jefferson Project.  He will be Master of Ceremonies, and is hosting the event.  Wendel adds that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers... and, the Newe York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be among the featured presenters.  He says local officials also recently toured some "Stream Profliers" along the lake provided by Timberhuts... which is headed up by county native Brooks Anderson, who designed the small structures that use a "ton of technology" to get helpful information.  Wendel says the symposium aims to foster collaboration and discussion among stakeholders and experts concerning the health and future of the lake.  He adds the focus will be on sharing vital data, insights, and "actionable" solutions.  For more information and to register for the Chautauqua Lake Symposium, go on-line to chqgov.com.


Elderly Ellicotville couple perish in house fire...
A fire that destroyed a single-family home in the Cattaraugus County town of Ellicottville also killed the elderly couple living there.  Ellicottville Police say local firefighters were called to what was first reported to be a "medical alert alarm" on Bryant Hill Road about 1:40 a.m. last Friday.  Police say officers saw heavy fire on arrival... and, quickly alerted firefighters.  They say Ellicottville crews were joined at the scene by Franklinville... Great Valley... Machias... and, West Valley firefighters.  The blaze was brought under control... but, not in time to save the structure.  They also found the unidentified 82 year-old man, and his 80 year-old wife dead inside the home.  No other injuries were reported.  The Cattaragus County Fire Investigation team in looking into the cause.


Ecklund releases text of State of the City Address...
Progress has been made... but, there have been challenges over the past year in the city of Jamestown.  That from Mayor Kim Ecklund... who released the text of her State of the City Address over the past weekend... noting that the -- "assessment of the city’s status for 2023 is ongoing."  That's due to the fact that the books have not been officially closed on 2023... with 2022 just recently completed.  She adds that former City Comptroller Joe Bellitto is continuing to work with new Comptroller Ericka Thomas on that... the 2024 budget... and, even projecting into 2025.  The city recently got good news from the state... with a bump in Aid and Incentives to Municipalities aid in New York's 2024-25 budget.  She says temporary funding for AIM was increased by $5-million, and the city will likely see about $500,000 more this year.  Ecklund says the city council was able to deal with an immediate $1.5-million to $2-million shortfall projected for this year at the end of 2023.  However... she says more shortfalls in revenue are looming... and, the administration is still getting a handle on that.  As for accomplishments... Ecklund says she's working to maximize efficency at City Hall... including creating uniform business hours for all city entities.  She made her comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.


Two local restaurants close, but, for different reasons...
There is apparently an end to the $20 "Endless Shrimp" at Red Lobster.  The parent company has closed several dozen restaurants across the country... including the one on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood.  The cost-cutting move is being made due to major losses sustained by the Florida-based seafood chain's $20 "Endless Shrimp" offer that became wildly popular with customers.  It also reportedly cost the company... which has looking at filing for bankruptcy... millions of dollars.  Another restaurant... Forte... located on East Third Street... left a message to customers that it's closing for an "indefinate" period... with a more detailed message coming later.


"Cents for St. Susan's" campaing off to robust start...
This year's Cents for St. Susan's campaign is off to a big start.  The soup kitchen's Executive Director, Cherie Rowland, reports the current total... less than two weeks into the drive... is just short of the 30-thousand dollar mark.  Last year's total for the entire campaign was $32,508.  Cents for St. Susan's is a project of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities.  BPU Communications Coordinator, Becky Robbins, credits local businesses, institutions and citizens for the strong start... while many local sponsors supporting the effort.  Anyone can support Cents for St. Susan's by placing change in cannisters at businesses throughout the community.  Returnable cans and bottles can also be donated at the BPU's Customer Service Office, Southside Redemption or Don's Car Wash.