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News Headlines for Wed., Feb., 19, 2014

NWS continues Flood Watch for Thursday night through Friday afternoon...

The National Weather Service is continuing a Flood Watch from Thursday night through Friday afternoon.  Our Wintry weather will begin to change today... when temperatures rise into the upper 30s... and, some rain mixes in with snow.  Forecaster Jeff Wood in Buffalo says a warm front with some associated moisture will begin moving into the region earlier in the day Thursday.  Wood says warm air in front of the front will push temperatures into the mid-40s Thursday.  Wood says the warmer temperatures... along with the rain and, snowpack... will produce flooding situations along local rivers and creeks.  He adds it also creates the possibility of ice jam-related flooding... especially along Cattaraugus and Silver Creeks.  Wood says temperatures are expected reach the about 45 on Thursday and near 40 on Friday along with some rain showers.

BPU advises residents to use a water "drip" to prevent frozen pipes...

With our cold temperatures at night... Jamestown water customers may want to leave a trickle of water running in a sink to prevent frozen pipes.  Board of Public Utilities' Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says many BPU water customers have had problems with frozen pipes due to the frigid temperatures.  Robbins says the level of frost goes down as far as 40 inches from the earth's surface here this year.  Water lines lie only a few more inches below that frost level.

United Airlines makes it official: Silver Airlines to terminate air service out of several regional airports -- including Jamestown -- on or by May 15...

The current airline carrier at the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown has formally notified the U-S Department of Transportation that they plan to terminate air service out of several Northeast regional airports -- including Jamestown -- on or about May 15.  County Executive Vince Horrigan's office received the official notification late yesterday.  Horrigan says Silver... which is a regional carrier for United Airlines... is citing pilot shortages... reduced passenger numbers... and, United's decision to reduce their flights out of Cleveland.  That's the hub serving both Jamestown and Bradford.  Horrigan says he and other county officials are looking at alll possible options to find a new airline service carrier for Jamestown.  As the county explores it's options... Horrigan is encouraging residents and visitors to continue using the Jamestown Airport.

Sports Hall of Fame inductees "honored, thrilled, pleased" to be inducted...

The eldest member of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 says it's "unbelieveable" to be inducted with the seven others inducted Monday night.  Westfield native Vince Calarco was a stand-out, multi-sports player in school.  All eight were inducted during the Hall of Fame's 33rd annual Induction Dinner.  Calarco also went on to coach several sports... and, was a basketball official for more than 50 years.  The 90 year-old was genuinely touched by the honor... saying every now and then he's had "to pinch himself."  Retired Track and Field... and, Cross-Country Coach Tom Priester thanked his family... and, past athletes who helped shape his career.  In recent years... Priester has been a USA Track and Field Official.  Something he got involved with when he was on sabbatical from Southwestern Central School in the 1970s.  He says a friend of his was a national track and field official... and, got him hooked on it.  Jamestown-native Dan Lunetta is now the Director of Minor League Operations with the Detroit Tigers.  In addition to Calarco... Priester... and Lunetta... this year's class included Golfer Cindy Miller... Al Muck... late Olympic Gymnast, and, Gymnastics instructor Geza Farkus... Tom Prechtl... and, Jack Wigley.

New poll shows majority of New Yorkers support medical marijuana; slight majority favor recreational pot...

A new poll finds 88-percent of New York voters support the legalization of marijuana for medical use, and 57-percent also favor legalizing recreational use.  The Quinnipiac University poll released Monday finds only 9-percent oppose legalizing medical marijuana.  Maurice Carroll, director of the poll, says a narrow majority doubt that legalizing marijuana will lead to harder drug use, and about half say marijuana is no worse than alcohol.  The poll surveyed nearly 1,500 New York voters by phone on February 6 through 10.



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