JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Jamestown fire crews are looking into the cause of a blaze that took place Thursday afternoon on Barrow St. The fire at 176 Barrows St. was called in at 4:55 p.m. and was initially reported as a porch fire, but when crews arrived, they found the front of the structure in flames. Firefighters were able to contain the fire and knock it down within 20 minutes. Most of the damage took place to the front of the house. A family who lives in the house was home at the time of the fire, but all made it out safely. Firefighters were also able to rescue a dog inside the home. The cause remains under investigation.
COUNTY PUBLIC FACILITIES COMMITTEE REVIEWS POSSIBLE CUTS
MAYVILLE, N.Y. – More than $1 million in public facilities cuts could take place in the Chautauqua County budget for 2011. That’s according to a report this morning in the Jamestown Post-Journal, which says the members of the County Legislature’s Public Facilities Committee met earlier this week and heard from Public Facilities Director George Spanos. Spanos identified the cuts at the request of the committee. In addition to identifying $1 million in possible cuts, Spanos went over other scenarios as well that could result in a total of $2.4 million. While identifying the cuts, Spanos also noted that some of them would be difficult to accomplish because of the lack of service they would result in for county residents.
THUNDER IN THE STREETS AND CRUISIN’ SET FOR TONIGHT
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – The 8th annual Thunder in the Streets will take place later today and will be held on West Third Street between Washington Street and Jefferson Street, and Lafayette Street between Second and Third Streets. Streets will begin to close at 8am. Thunder will begin at noon and run through 11pm. The StarBoyz will be performing free stunt shows throughout the day at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, 9:30pm, on West Third Street between Lafayette and Jefferson Streets in front of the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
Meanwhile, the 19th annual Cruisin’ will be held on Third Street between Washington Street and Prendergast Avenue, including Cherry Street, Pine Street, and Prendergast Avenue between Second and Fourth Streets. Registration will begin at 5:00pm in the Jamestown High School parking lot on Foote Avenue in Jamestown. There is a $5.00 donation to enter. All vehicles must check-in at the high school to receive their participant identification tag before being permitted to park in downtown. Vehicles will be on display from 5pm to 11pm.
Live bands will perform on Renaissance Square throughout the day for Thunder in the Streets. Coal Train will perform from 12 p.m.- 3 p.m., Leon and the Forklifts from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., and Pressure Sensitive will close the event from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Untouchables will perform on the main stage located on the corner of West Third Street and Main Street from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
2011 BRWS PARADE, OPENING DAY SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – The Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series Committee and the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation will present the 2011 13-15 Year Old Babe Ruth World Series kick-off parade tomorrow at 9:00am. The parade will feature 56 participants and will travel from Monroe Ave. East on Third Street to Tracy Plaza. Parade line up will be held on the Third Street Bridge starting at 8am.
A total of eight games will be played this weekend starting Saturday at 12:05 Saturday, with Trumbull, CT vs Tri-Township, PA. The host Jamestown team will play Sarasota Fla. At 7:35 on Saturday night and will play Tri-Township, PA at 7:35 Sunday. A complete schedule can be found at jamestownworldseries.com.
MILLER BELL TOWER CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY
CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. – Chautauqua Institution will celebrate the centennial of its iconic Miller Bell Tower with a party on Sunday in Miller Park. The tower, named for Lewis Miller, one of Chautauqua’s founders, was dedicated 100 years ago this month. Activities run from 11 a. m. through the afternoon, and all parking fees have been waived for Sunday. Antique fire trucks will be on display along South Lake Drive near Miller Park and the Athenaeum Hotel will sell box lunches.
SPIRE OF JAMESTOWN FUNDRAISER IS SATURDAY
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – A local couple is spearheading the effort to renovate and repurpose the First Congregational Church on East 3rd Street in Jamestown in to a mulit-purpose arts and performance facility. Angelo and Ylsa Giuffre are teaming up with the DJDC and plan to turn the church into what will be known as “The Spire of Jamestown.” The first fundraiser, known as the AHA Festival, will take place tomorrow from 2 to 9 p.m.
CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK IS SATURDAY AT MIDWAY PARK
MAPLE SPRINGS, N.Y. – And the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department says there will be a child safety seat check tomorrow from 11 till 2 pm at Midway state park on Rt 430. This event is free and no enforcement will occur. This event is to assist parents and caregivers with proper seat selection, fit, and placement.