Two fundraising events are scheduled for Jamestown's Spire Theater on Saturday-- a 'Pop Up Holiday Market' and a jazz concert....  

The Spire's Angelo Guiffre, says they're raising money for a new roof on The Spire... the oldest public assembly building in the city.  From noon to 6p.m., Saturday, the holiday market will feature 30 artisans and craftspeople from the local area.  A 6 p.m., Ralph Rasmusson's band 'Pearl City Jazz' will present a holiday concert. 'Dem Bones,' a trombone choir, will join the event.  Tickets for the concert at $10.  The craft show is free.  The cost to replace The Spire roof is $62,000.  So far they've raised $11,000.  The Spire is located on East Third Street opposite the Post Office.  More information on their Raise the Roof campaign can be found at inspirejamestown.com.


The nation continues to pause to mourn the passing of the 41st President, local Congressman Tom Reed is among those praising the man that was George H.W. Bush....  

Reed says while Bush-41 served just one-term, he will ultimately be recognized as one of the "more successful" presidents of the modern era.  On the day of his state Funeral in Washington, the Corning Republican says Mr. Bush was a "true leader and war hero."

Reed says Bush's success actually dates back to when he served as Ronald Reagan's vice-president for eight years.  He says George H.W. Bush's sense of service to country was unparalleled starting as an 18 year-old in World War-Two and, the years after being in the White House.  Reed, who says he did get to meet the elder Bush a couple of times, made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.


A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase on Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott late last week...  

Lakewood-Busti police say they received a call about the theft of a car from a garage at a home in the village of Lakewood last Thursday.  Police spotted the car on Fairmount Avenue and, they tried to stop the vehicle.  However, they say the driver, 22 year-old Tyler Tedesco, would not comply and, a chase ensued.  Police say speeds reached 90 mph, but police later found Tedesco and his girlfriend and their 3 year-old child a short time later.  He was arrested on several charges including criminal possession of stolen property, unlawfully fleeing a police officer and speeding.  Tedesco was later released to County Probation.


A Jamestown woman -- wanted on 6 active bench warrants -- was arrested as an unwanted person late Tuesday night....  

City police responded to a Price Street residence.... and, found 38 year-old Noel Luciano lying in a bed under the influence of an unknown substance. Officers say she was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment, where she was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine and one suboxone strip. Luciano was transported to the Jamestown City Jail after she was released from the hospital and, was additionally charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 


Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are down by nearly 14-cents a gallon this week for regular, unleaded fuel....  

The East Central Triple-A reports the average price is now 2-dollars-72 cents per gallon.  Statewide, AAA says gasoline is five cents less expensive this week in New York at $2.79 a gallon.  Despite a draw of nearly 700,000 barrels, they say gasoline stocks continue to measure above 61-million in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region.  Regional refinery utilization has increased to 86 percent, indicating that a large build could be coming in the week ahead and contribute towards reducing gas prices even further.  Prices are now the lowest they have been for all of 2018.  The average price last year at this time was $2.75 a gallon.


The budget just approved by the Jamestown City Council for 2019 is the one that will go into effect for next year....  

That from Mayor Sam Teresi, who says he has no vetoes to the nearly $36-million spending plan that is essentially what he proposed in early October.  Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says the problem is the mayor and council have made so many cuts in previous years, there's nothing left they can cut.

Dolce says, while the 2019 budget includes no tax increase and a slight 13-cent per thousand tax rate decrease, the situation is tenuous.  That's because the city still faces an arbitration ruling for two-percent pay increased for city police, going back to 2016.  Dolce says the city is fighting the ruling because the ruling could eat up most of next year's entire fund balance of $1.8-million. He says the ruling would cost the city about $400,000 for each year and, would then be compounded in future years.  Lawmakers last month agreed to challenge the ruling.


Dunkirk Common Council members approved a 2019 city budget during Tuesday's session....  

Council approved the nearly $23-million spending plan by a 4-1 vote.  Third Ward Councilman Shaun Heenan cast the lone no vote and has concerns about the continued reduction of transitional aid from NRG. Meanwhile, Second Ward Councilman Marty Bamonto was among those approved the budget.  He felt it;s a good spending plan that had no tax increase and, does not raise water and sewer rates.

 
Village of Falconer Announcement.... 

Due to the unexpected passing of long time firefighter and past Falconer Fire Chief Wayne Oste, the village of Falconer has postponed the Comprehensive Plan Open House.  The Open House was scheduled for this Saturday, December 8.  Officials say this will allow committee members, village administration and residents who would like to pay their respects to firefighter Oste to do so.

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