Five hikers are safe and sound after they became lost in the Chautauqua Gorge late Tuesday night. Firefighters from several departments, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, the County's Emergency Services Department and New York State Forest Rangers were involved in the search efforts that began around 9:30 PM. Mayville Fire Chief Ron Trippy says by tracking down the "pings" from the cell phones of the hikers, searchers were able to locate the hikers on a ledge around 4 AM Wednesday. Three of the hikers were 17... and, two were 18. Due to darkness and other safety concerns, firefighters didn't remove the hikers until around 8 yesterday morning. The hikers were given supplies to sustain them until they could be moved safely.
New York state's governor is visiting Israel, where he is expressing ``total solidarity'' with the country in the monthlong Gaza war. Governor Andrew Cuomo met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today, hours before a temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was set to expire.
Jamestown school board members are generally "very positive" about a five-year, Strategic Plan, developed by eight community-based committees. The groups were charged with dealing with various aspects of education from student performance to keeping the district sustainable for the long-term. Board President Joe DiMaio complimented Superintendent Tim Mains for spearheading the effort to get bring 140 parents, school staff, and local leaders together. DiMaio says they then developed four "goal areas...." The first goal area is ensuring that each student is getting the best education they can get so they can "survive in a very contemporary world." The other goal areas include creating a safe, and nurturing school environment for both gifted... and, struggling students. DiMaio says they want to see each child do "the best they can." The other two goal areas are improving communications and engagement with families and the broader community... and, putting practices and standards in place that support student success. DiMaio says they made some "minor changes" to language in the document during last night's board work session. The panel will vote on the final, 5-year plan next Tuesday night.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says hunting and trapping licenses and deer management permits for the 2014-15 season are now available for purchase. Sporting licenses and permits can be purchased at one of DEC's 1,100 license sales outlets statewide. Hunting and trapping licenses are valid for one year beginning Sept. 1. Under a new law that took effect in February, fishing licenses are now valid for 365 days from date-of-purchase. Money from the sale of all sporting licenses goes into the Conservation Fund, which is used to manage New York's fish and wildlife populations and protect and manage fish and wildlife habitat.
A new state law aims at combating the problem of maternal depression, and local advocates say there is plenty of evidence it's an issue that needs attention. Larry Marx with the Children’s Agenda in Rochester says the state is making progress in reducing the number of teen mothers. But... the latest Kids Count research shows a 34-percent increase in the number of New York children being raised by a single parent. Marx says many are simply not ready to be parents. The new law provides information and guidelines on maternal depression screening, along with public education to promote greater awareness of maternal depression.
If you enjoy classic cars... and, or motorcycles... downtown Jamestown will be the place to be this Friday afternoon and evening. A few years ago... downtown business leaders combined the long-standing "Downtown Crusin'" and "Thunder in the Streets" programs into one day... and, this year they'll be under one name. The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation will be presenting "Motor Mayhem" in the area of Third and Main Streets... and, in front of the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. JRC Spokesman Peter Lombardi says they decided having a "unified name" was the way to go. Lombardi says streets in the area of the crusin... and the motorcycle stunt program will be closed off earlier in the day... with activities beginning at 3 PM. He says that's when the cars will be let into the area of Third... North Main and Pine Streets. He says those looking to compete can enter at the corner of Spring and Third Streets. At the same time... Lombardi adds that activities will kick off in front of the arena... with the Anti-Tainment Stunt Team's first of three shows beginning at 4 PM. For more information... go on-line to Jamestownrenaissance-dot-ORG.
Jamestown's Brynne Deppas, an employee here at Media One, will take a new job in September... as tour manager for pianist and composer, Jim Brickman. Brynne's a 2013 graduate of John Carroll University in Cleveland, not far from Brickman's headquarters. But they never met until Brickman came to the Media One studios earlier this year to promote a concert he was doing in Jamestown. Brynne says she's always been a big fan of Brickmans' work... and he liked the the fact she had a deep backgound in music. In addition to managing Brickman's 'On a Winter's Night Tour' later this year, Brynne Deppas will also be helping to write and produce Brickman's weekly radio show, which airs Saturday mornings on SE-93. (Brynne is the daughter of Lou and Melissa Deppas, and a 2010 graduate of Jamestown High School.)