Gunderson says Comedy Center very excited to get Berman archives...
The head of the National Comedy Center says they are excited to have received another archive from one of comedy's most-prolific stand-up comedians.  Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says they officially took over the archives of Shelly Berman... who died last Sept. 1 at age 92... in California this past Wednesday.  Gunderson says the best part of getting Berman's artifacts is they're like a "mini time-machine."  She says the archives include memories of the "last 70 years of American comedy..." including stand-up, theater, and television.  Gunderson says there are a "few notable" items included in the archives... such as the stool that Berman used when he was on tour... and, another is his two "gold" records.  That includes the first album to ever win a grammy.  While it's still to be determined... Gunderson says the National Comedy Center is excited to display Berman's gold records in their "awards and distinctions area."  The National Comedy Center is to open its doors during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in August. 
 
 
Snellings proud of son graduating State Police Academy -- and with honors...
The son of Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings is at the top of the class among the just over 200 graduates of this year's New York state Police Academy.  Chief Snellings was in Albany Wednesday for his son, Sean's graduation.  It's the first step towards his formal training and assignment.  Harry Snellings says the graduation was a "great event..." and he is very proud of him.  He says Sean was also tops in two other areas...he was also there for the presentation of his Troopers shield on Tuesday.  The elder Snellings says Sean also topped his class in marksmanship, and physical fitness training.  Chief Snellings says Sean had been considering a police career for a few years... but, actually had been working in banking in the Buffalo-area when he finally decided to make the change... and, the opportunity presented itself.  He says Sean considered the Jamestown Police Department... but, finally decided he wanted to be a state Trooper.  Snellings says Sean will now move onto his 10-weeks of formal training with the State Police at Troop "C" in Binghampton.  After that... he'll be assigned to another barracks in Troop "C." 
 
 
City man arrested for allegedly threatening another person...
A Jamestown man is jailed for damaging property property, and allegedly threatening to kill another person during a domestic incident last Thursday afternoon.  City police were called to 51 Glasgow Ave. shortly before 4:30 p.m. for an earlier incident reported at 54 McKinley Ave.  Officers say investigation found that the suspect -- 41 year-old Frank Bindics, Sr. -- was additionally in violation of a Order of Protection.  Bindics was charged with first-degree criminal contempt, felony aggravated family offense... fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harrassment.  He's being held in City jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Apthorpe feels all State School Aid should be foundation -- or discretionary...
It's time to give local school districts the funding they need according to the state aid formulas... and, get the politicians out of it.  Those are the feelings of Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe... who says it's nice that Jamestown is getting a $4.1-million increase in aid.  However... Apthorpe says -- given his experiences with several districts over three decades -- the western New York region gets the short end of the stick.  He says he doesn't mind other districts having "equestrian" programs... but, don't ask for state funding for it.  He says children in New York state have a constitutional right to a "sound, basic education..." that includes reading, writting and arithmatic.  Apthorpe says he supports the idea of making all state aid foundation aid that local schools can use as they see fit. 
 
 
Jamestown native has front-row seat for Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day...
A Jamestown native was among the throng of thousands on hand early yesterday morning when Punxsatawney Phil saw his shadow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa.  Betsy Wolfe now lives in Dallas, Texas, and is the daughter of John and Margie Fuchs of Jamestown.  Betsy says she was able to get VIP passes... which allowed her to have a front-row view of the show.  She says it was very cold... but, not overly Wintry.  She says there was just a little snow falling at times, but, it was very cold.  Wolfe traveled to Punxsatawney Thursday... and, having a VIP Pass... was able to have a picture taken with Phil.  She arrived at Gobbler's Knob about 3:30 this morning... and, spoke with our Dennis Webster shortly before 7:30 when Phil's prediction was read.  He did see his shadow... meaning six more weeks of Winter.  While the crowd was vocal... Wolfe says it was well behaved. 
 
 
Dunkirk Dave predicts early Spring...
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania's famous groundhog emerged from his burrow yesterday morning and predicted six more weeks of winter.  But despite sub-zero windchills, Dunkirk Dave had a different outlook...he apparently didn't see his shadow and predicted an early spring.  The announcement was made by Lieutenant Govenor Kathy Hochul who made a special visit to the Dunkirk area to attend the event held each year at the home of Dunkirk Dave's handler Bob Will.

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