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This week's start-up of the Affordable Care Act has kept the Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce busy... and, likely will for a while longer.  Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says they're holding two more sessions on enrollment in the state's Health Exchange today.  Tranum says there's been a lot interest by both individuals and businesses -- not just here, either. Tranum says there's been a lot of "pent-up interest" in the Affordable Care Act... also known to many as "Obamacare..." because it's received so much attention nationally.  He adds that's one of the reasons the website for the state's Health Exchange had trouble dealing with the heavy volume of traffic when enrollment began on Tuesday.  The Chamber had on meeting this morning in Dunkirk... and, another is at 5:30 this afternoon.  Again... the chamber sessions are open to individuals and businesses.

 

Sign-up for the new health exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act coincides with the beginning of this fall's Open Enrollment for seniors signing up for Medicare.  County Office for the Aging Director Mary Ann Spanos says her office has counselors available to answer questions about which plan is best for them.  Spanos adds her office has worked with the county's two major newspapers to put out a special suppliment later this month. The suppliment will be in The Jamestown Post-Journal... and, the Dunkirk Observer.  If you want more information... or set up an appointment... you can also call their main office in Mayville at 753-4502.  The phone number in Jamestown for more information is 661-7582... and, in Dunkirk it's 363-4582.

 

A candidate running for Congress next year is putting the blame for the government shutdown on House Republicans... among them Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed.  Democrat Martha Roberson from Tompkins County held a news conference in Elmira yesterday... and, will be in Buffalo Thursday.  Quoting Senator Kirsten Gillibrand... Robertson called the shutdown a "Tea Party temper tantrum...."Robertson wants Reed and his fellow House Republicans to end the government shutdown by passing a "clean" continuing resolution.  She is concerned that the government shutdown is in danger of stretching out through the credit deadline of October 17th when the federal debt ceiling is reached.

 

With the federal government's partial shut-down entering it's fourth day... Congressman Tom Reed has joined with many fellow members of the House in turning down his paycheck.  In a statement issued late last night... the Corning Republican said "I will not accept a paycheck while the government is shut down.  Congress has a job to do and if Congress can't complete one of its primary responsibilities... it doesn't deserve to get a paycheck."

 

A Forestville woman who regularly attends local government meetings -- including the County Legislature -- has been arrested for allegedly making a terrorist threat.  The woman -- 67 year-old Jeanne Polisoto -- recently spoke out at a County Legislature meeting.  She was arrested earlier this week after allegedly making a bomb threat in Hanover Town Hall.  That from Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace who says they were called to the scene after Polisoto not only threatened the building... but, people inside. Gerace says Polisoto is charged with Felony Making a terroristic threat... harassment... and, obstructing governmental administration.  She was arraigned in Silver Creek Village Court and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail... but, she posted 15-thousand dollars bail.

 

There are some "exciting changes" coming to the Chautauqua Mall... including a new restaurant and another business moving to a new location.  Mall Marketing and Business Director Cynde Brenneman says Curves... which is a women's gym that touts "the 30-minute work-out..." is under new ownership.  Brenneman says the new owner, Debbie Swanson, is also moving Curves from it's current location near J-C Penny to another one near Sears. Brenneman says Curves caters to a wide-range of women from ages 16 to 88.  She adds that Swanson plans to be open seven days a week.  But... hours have not yet been announced.  Brenneman also says Sukura Buffet will be opening later this month.  It's a new regional-chain restaurant that features American-Chinese, Sushi... and, a Hibatchi bar. Brenneman says Sukura touts it's restaurants are "very family-friendly."  Construction work has been going on inside the mall... and, on a separate, outside entrance at the Mall.  Brennman says more "exciting news" is coming.
 

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