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The Jamestown School Board is looking to appoint a new member to replace long-time member Tim Thomas... who resigned because he moved out of the district late last month.  That from Board President Joe DiMaio... after the panel discussed the vacancy at last night's meeting.  DiMaio says they looked at three options: appointing someone... leaving the seat vacant until next May's election... or hold a special election.  Given the cost of a special election... he says the board immediately dismissed the option.  DiMaio adds that... because board member Tom Pope is sometimes on the road... reaching a quorum may be a problem. DiMaio says anyone interested in being appointed to the board should contact District Secretary Sue Caronia at the district offices at 197 Martin Road.  He says the board wants people to apply with a letter... and, resume.  DiMaio says they're also looking for someone who's interested in running for Thomas' seat when it comes up for a vote in May.  He says they want all letters of interest in by September 1st... and, plans are to appoint someone by the end of September.  Thomas moved out of the district to accept a new position with a Buffalo-area firm.

 

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says New Yorkers should not be alarmed if there's a dramatic drop in this year's standardized test scores in math and English.  Duncan says the tests that New York students took last spring will establish ``a new baseline measurement of student learning.''  Duncan joined state Education Commissioner John King... and, New York City school officials Tuesday for a conference call about test results that will be released today.  The tests that students in grades 3 through 8 took last spring were harder than in past years. 

 

More than a dozen fire companies from Pennsylvania and New York helped put out a fire that started shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday evening. The Jamestown Post Journal Reports that Flames could still be seen shooting from the roof of the home at 946 Wilson Road more than an hour after the original call. Trucks could be seen pumping  water into holding tanks at the scene without a natural water source very close to the property, which rested on the border between Sugar Grove and Farmington townships. Amish families assisted firefighters at the scene, moving ladders and hoses, and bringing bottles of drinking water to the scene. Around 9:15 p.m. a ladder truck from Lakewood reached the scene and began extinguishing the flames shooting from the roof.

 

New York's senior U-S Senator calls it a win-win-win propsition.  New York Democrat Chuck Schumer held a press conference at the Dunkirk City Pier yesterday afternoon to announce his support for the project to "Repower" the NRG electric plant. Schumer called repowering is the most long-term, cost-effective solution for the city of Dunkirk and Chautauqua County.  He question's National Grid's proposal to upgrade the transmission system... and, is concerned about importing energy from aging coal plants in Pennsylvania and Ohio.  Schumer says National Grid has a "New York responsibility..." and, they should be standing behind this proposal instead of opposing it.  He says he sent a letter to the state's Public Service Commission "strongly" supporting the NRG project... and, he intends to keep up the pressure.

 

Elected officials from the local, county and state level were on hand for Senator Schumer's appearance in Dunkirk.  State Senator Cathy Young says his involvement is crucial... and, "truly does make a difference."  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell... County Executive Greg Edwards... and, Dunkirk Mayor A-J Dolce were among the officials who appeared with Schumer.  Labor was also represented, with many holding signs supporting the project.   

 

An Ashville man faces a number of charges for allegedly racing the driver of a second vehicle on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood late Monday night.  Lakewood-Busti Police say a patrolman initially spotted 27 year-old Timothy Conrelius just before 10 PM racing his car against another one eastbound from Fairdale Avenue to Southwestern Drive.  At that point... officers say Conrelius and the other driver turned around... and, started racing towards Mall Boulevard.  However... they had to stop because of traffic turning in front of them.  Conrelius was stopped... and, charged with several counts... including unlawful speed contest... reckless driving... speeding... and, unsafe start.  Officers say they spotted two other vehicles around Midnight racing at about 55 miles per hour on Fairmount Avenue.  It's not known if either was involved in the earlier incident... but, both were stopped... and, ticketed for speeding.

 

The head of Chautauqua's Department of Religion was honored Tuesday night at the institution's annual 'Old First Night' birthday party.  Joan Brown Campbell will leave that post at the end of this year.  Our Dennis Webster watched the celebration. Campbell spoke briefly, and recalled the moment she made her retirement announcement to Chautauqua's President Tom Becker. Campbell, who turns 82 later this year, looks forward to visiting Chautauqua next year, and in her words... 'get to play a little... and not work so hard.'  She will be replaced as Director of Religion by Robert Franklin, the former head of Morehouse College in Atlanta.  

 

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