MOTOR VEHICLE FATALITY IN MINA
MINA – The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office is reporting an 88 year-old Sherman woman was killed Wednesday afternoon during a motor vehicle accident in Mina. Deputies responded to the accident at the intersection of Route 430 and Route 13 shortly after noon. According to police, 88 year-old Sara Pratt pulled out from Route 13 into the path of a vehicle being driven by Maria Bowen, 40, of Sherman, which was driving west on Route 430. Pratt was taken by Sherman Rescue to Westfield Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Bowen was taken from the scene by Clymer Rescue to Westfield Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. No charges are pending at this time and the Clymer and Sherman Fire Departments assisted on the scene.
COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS REPORTS SAVINGS WITH IN-HOUSE BALLOTS
MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Board of Elections is reporting that its in-house printing of ballots for this week’s primary election saved the county over $2,000.
Election Commissioner Brian Abram reports that it cost the county just 10 cents apiece to print the election ballots. The cost with going with a certified printing company is 57 cents per ballot. Abrams added that the board of elections expects an even larger savings for the November 8 election.
THIS WEEK’S ‘COMMUNITY MATTERS’ FEATURES EDCWNY FORUM
JAMESTOWN – Members of the regional economic development council are now sifting through all the information they’ve collected during a series of public forums throughout the five counties of Western New York. The Economic Development Council of Western New York held one of those meeting Sept. 13 at JCC, with more than 80 people on hand to offer input on a plan that will steer economic development in the region over the next five years. Based on the forum, advanced manufacturing, agriculture and tourism were the three sectors that ranked highest in terms of priority.
The council is an unpaid, non-partisan group of elected officials, business leaders and community representatives from five counties in Western New York selected by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
WRFA will replay portions of the forum that took place at JCC during our community matters program this evening at 6 p.m. and also this Sunday at noon.
GUITAR HERO CREATOR TO SPEAK AT FREDONIA STATE
FREDONIA – The man responsible for one of the most popular selling video game franchises of all time is in Chautauqua County today to deliver a speech to students at Fredonia State. Rochester native Karthik Bala is the co-founder of Vicarious Visions, an Albany-based company responsible for over 100 top-selling video and computer games, including Guitar Hero. The company has sold more than 40 million units worldwide worth $2.5 billion in revenue.
Karthik, now 36-years-old and the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Vicarious Visions, will deliver SUNY Fredonia’s 2011 Convocation keynote address on at 3 p.m. today King Concert Hall.
COUNTY AND CRCF ANNOUNCE ENERGY SCHOLARSHIPS
Officials from Chautauqua County, the County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA), and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF) are announcing details of the 2nd Annual Chautauqua County Energy Conference Scholarship.
The three scholarship prizes are awarded each year in conjunction with the Annual Chautauqua County Energy Conference & Expo, which will be held on October 28 and October 29 at the Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center in Mayville.
Scholarship prizes will be awarded based on essays written by high school seniors in Chautauqua County who will be graduating in 2012.
The essay will need to focus on ways to power cars and trucks under the heading, “What Should Power These in 2025?” Scholarship awards of $500, $350, and $250 will be awarded for the top three essays. For more information on the Chautauqua County Energy Conference Scholarships, contact the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation at (716) 661-3390 or visit www.crcfonline.org.
JAMESTOWN BPU ANNOUNCES START OF FALL CLEAN-UP
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) announces that its annual “Fall Clean-up Week” for BPU sanitation customers will take place during the week beginning Monday, September 19. Customers should place their clean-up items at the curb after 6 p.m. the night before their normal garbage day.
The utility will accept disposable items weighing less than 40 pounds and easily handled by one person.
A fee and an appointment are required for large item and electronics curbside pick-up. Call the Garbage Hotline at 661-1651 in advance to arrange an appointment for proper disposal of large items such as mattresses, couches, refrigerators, recliners, stoves and electronics such as televisions, computer monitors and microwaves. Residents are at risk of additional charges or penalties if these items are placed at the curb without an appointment.
Metal and wood items will not be collected and may be taken to the South County Transfer Station in Falconer for disposal.
Any questions regarding Fall Clean-up may be answered by calling the BPU Garbage Hotline at 661-1651.
PRENDERGAST FEATURES WORK OF LOCAL ARTIST
JAMESTOWN – And new artwork by an area resident is now on display at the Prendergast Library. The Library will feature beadwork and artwork by Beverly Schmidt of Cassadaga through Sept. 30 in the main reading room. The library will be open 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 484-7135, Ext. 225.