JACKSON CENTER DEBUTS NEW EXHIBIT
JAMESTOWN – Local residents will now have an opportunity to learn more about Robert H. Jackson’s life while living in Jamestown thanks to a new exhibit at the Jackson Center. Starting tonight, a new exhibit entitled “Jackson & Jamestown: 1909-1934” will be on display for the public. To celebrate the debut of the exhibit, an open house is planned from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and there is no fee or reservation required to attend.
According to Jackson Center archivist Jennifer Champ, the exhibit will featuring stories, photographs and artifacts from a bustling era in Jamestown’s history – with Jackson – who was then a local attorney – serving as the centerpiece. Champ adds that a corresponding online exhibit will also be available.
The exhibit was supported by the generosity of RHJC board member Bruce Janowsky, and through collaborations with the Fenton History Center archives, Helen Ebersole, Jamestown High School, the Jamestown Lodge of Elks No 263, and the James Prendergast Library.
The exhibit will remain available for viewing up to Memorial Day, 2012. For more information, contact the Robert H. Jackson Center at (716) 483-6646.
We will hear more details on the exhibit from Jennifer Champ later today at 6 p.m. during our weekly Community Matters program right here on WRFA.
PRENDERGAST LIBRARY, CHAUT-CATT LIBRARY SYSTEM NAMES NEW DIRECTOR
JAMESTOWN – The James Prendergast Library and the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System will have a new director starting later this month. Linda Mielke of Oroville, CA will replace the outgoing director Catherine Way effective Monday, Nov. 14. Way announced earlier this year that she would be retiring from the position this month.
Mielke grew up in Detroit, where she began her career at the Detroit Public Library after earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in library science from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Since 2009, Ms. Mielke has served as director of libraries for Butte County Library, a Northern California public library system. She has also held key library positions in Florida, Maryland, Indiana, Texas, Oregon, Illinois, and Nevada.
As one of 23 public library systems in New York, the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System provides services such as ordering and processing to 36 members in the two local counties, including Prendergast Library in Jamestown and the Olean Public Library.
In making the announcement, Library System Board President Mary Bivens said they look forward to working with Linda and upholding the high level of service for which the Library System has come to be known.
HARMONY MAN CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT
HARMONY – A Town of Harmony man faces several charges after being arrested overnight on Button Valley Rd. Sheriff Deputies say 55 year-old Randall Lawergren of 57-77 Button Valley Rd. was charged with Disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and criminal tampering following an incident that took place just after midnight in front of his residence.
Deputies responded to a report that Lawergren was allegedly acting loud and disorderly and upon arrival he was found in the roadway, playing loud music while yelling and swearing. Police say Lawergren then smashed a portable radio and a beer can on the hood of a sheriff’s car, causing damage and also resisted arrest. He was sent to the county jail with no bail and while being transported to the jail, deputies say Lawergren began spitting and kicking the windows in the patrol car. He will appear in Town of Harmony court on a later date to answer to his charges.
MAN CHARGED AFTER CAR-PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT INVOLVING TEEN DRIVER
FORESTVILLE – A Forestville man faces a child endangerment and other charges following an incident that took place Halloween night in the village. Sheriff Deputies say 27 year-old Jonathan Thompson is accused of allowing a 15 year-old to drive his vehicle from one location to another in the village. While driving the vehicle, the teenager lost control and struck a pedestrian who was walking on the sidewalk for trick-or-treating activities. The unidentified pedestrian was then taken to Lake Shore for treatment of injuries. Thompson was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment and permitting unlicensed operation. He will appear in the Town of Hanover Court at a later date and time.
PEEK’N PEAK RECEIVES TAX BREAK FROM COUNTY IDA
MAYVILLE – The new owners of Peek’n Peak Resort & Spa are in the process of planning a $4 million renovation project. That’s according to a report in today’s Jamestown Post-Journal, which says the County Industrial Development Agency passed two resolutions yesterday to assist with the project.
The action by the IDA will allow Scott Enterprises – the new owners of Peek’n Peak – to do a tax lease agreement, which will eliminate the sales tax on renovation materials and new equipment and help with mortgage tax costs. According to IDA executive Director Bill Daly, the incentives will lead to a ”couple of hundred thousand” in savings for Scott Enterprises.
The $4 million renovation project will include renovating the resort’s hotel with a new phone system and new reservation system. Also, the project will include buying new equipment like snow trail groomers and trucks for maintenance work at the facility.
CELORON TO HOST COMMUNITY MEETING ON WATERFRONT PLAN
CELORON – The Village of Celoron is sponsoring a public meeting tonight for its Waterfront Revitalization Plan. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the village’s Community Center at 47 Dunham Avenue.
The Waterfront Revitalization Plan is an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to help shape the future of the community. The plan will develop a revitalization strategy for the future of the Village commercial district, Lucille Ball Memorial Park and the former Celoron Amusement Park site.
Residents and stakeholders are invited to tonight’s meeting to help identify a shared vision for the Village that will guide the redevelopment plan.