Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight | Local Public Affairs Radio Program

By Terry Frank

The Community Spotlight Local Public Affairs Program airs on all five of the Media One Group radio stations each weekend. The Chautauqua County Executive appears the first week of each month and City of Jamestown Mayor appears the second week of each month. The other weeks feature a variety of community leaders and special guests.

Community Spotlight for Jan. 18 - Jan 20, 2019

"Chautauqua Striders is dedicated to the mentoring and guidance of youth through education, advocacy and athletics.” That according to their website, and more is discussed in this week's program with Noel Blackhall. In studio, we sit down with Mentoring Coordinator Richard Olson-Walter and Director of Mentoring Erika Swanson Muecke. For more information on their programs and upcoming events visit ChautauquaStriders.org!

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 18 - Jan 20, 2019

Chautauqua Striders

January 21st, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 14:15

"Chautauqua Striders is dedicated to the mentoring and guidance of youth through education, advocacy and athletics.” That according to their website, and more is discussed in this week's program with Noel Blackhall. In studio, we sit down with Mentoring Coordinator Richard Olson-Walter and Director of Mentoring Erika Swanson Muecke. For more information on their programs and upcoming events visit ChautauquaStriders.org!

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 13-20, 2019

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

January 13th, 2019 05:49pm | Duration: 14:59

This week, our Terry Frank discusses the filling of a Jamestown City Council vacancy with Mayor Sam Teresi. The vacancy was created by the resignation last Dec. 17 by At-Large member Vanessa Weinert. Weinert, a Democrat, cited personal reasons... and, Teresi says he's received a lot of interest from prospective candidates. He says 10 people from various backgrounds in the public and private sectors have contacted him. Teresi hopes to do that in time for the council's Jan. 28 meeting. He also hopes the person will run again for the seat in November. We also discuss vehicle and equipment needs, and a possible bonding resolution to fill some of those needs. We also look ahead to the start of the state legislative session, and Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address regarding making the 2-percent Property Tax Cap permanent, and other issues.

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 4 - Jan 6, 2019

County Executive George Borello

January 4th, 2019 12:00am | Duration: 12:44

Our Noel Blackhall is ringing in the new year with a look back at 2018! Chautauqua County Executive George Borello sits down to discuss statistics, employment, and a new Sheriff.

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Community Spotliight for Dec. 31, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019

2018 Year in Review

December 31st, 2018 09:31am | Duration: 14:46

This week, News Director Terry Frank looks back on the major stories of 2018, starting with the first-year of the administration of Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello. Borrello fulfilled a campaign promise of visiting 100 businesses in his first 100 days in office. We also look back on crime stories, including the return of accused arsonist Jonathon Young, who was being held on unrelated charges in Butler, PA. We also look back on the 2018 General Election, which produced a "red wave" for Republicans in the county... led by challenger Jim Quattrone's victory over incumbent, six-term Democratic Sheriff Joe Gerace. We also look at three big retail closings in the Jamestown-area... led by the closing of Sam's Club... and, we look at the opening of the new, Celoron Harborfront Hotel, and the big story of the year, the grand opening of the new, National Comedy Center in Jamestown.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 23-30, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

December 23rd, 2018 08:10pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi about the projects in the city receiving fund from the latest round of Regional Economic Development Council awards from New York State. The biggest one for the city itself is 100,000 for the acquisition of the Chautauqua Brick Company on Market Street for light commercial and other development along the city's Riverwalk area. He says there are a number of possible developments that could go there. We also talk about the decision by At-Large City Councilwoman Vanessa Weinert to step down from her seat after missing several meetings. Weinert cited personal reasons for stepping down, and it will now be up to Mayor Teresi to fill that position with a Democrat from within the city. He says he will get input from current council members, and members of the Democratic Committee, but, he will have the final say. We also look back briefly on 2018.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 17-24, 2018

Jamestown City Councilman Tony Dolce

December 17th, 2018 09:42am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank does a look back on the Jamestown City Council in 2018 with Second-Ward Councilman Tony Dolce. Dolce, who also chairs the panel's Finance Committee, says it was another difficult budget year leading up to 2019 with a lot of items cut, or taken out of the nearly 36-million dollar spending plan to help balance it. The budget again depends on New York state again making a special, additional state aid payment of one-million dollars to help Jamestown's bottom line. Dolce adds that -- if the city is unable to get a 2-percent pay raise for Jamestown Police Department Kendall Club-PBA members struck down in court -- it will essentially wipe-out any undesignated fund balance very quickly. We also talk about equipment needs, with lawmakers voting this Monday night on using the rest of the city's contingency account, and it's "over-and-under" from the 2018 spending plan to pay for a new bombardier sidewalk plow after one old model broke-down in the most recent snow storm that hit the city. With all that, Dolce does express optimism for 2019 because several projects are coming to fruition -- and the National Comedy Center will have been open for a year this coming Summer.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 9-16, 2018

Chautauqua Harborfront Hotel owner-operator David Hart

December 9th, 2018 05:14pm | Duration: 14:58

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello was not available this week... so we present some of the main comments offered by the owner of the new, Chautauqua Harborfront Hotel in Celoron, David Hart. Hart spoke at the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce's annual luncheon meeting at his hotel... and, discussed tourism, and why that was a big reason for them locating their newest hotel there. Hart believes they are positioned well, with several new attractions for the area up and running now, including the new National Comedy Center in Jamestown. Hart says the 38-million dollar hotel includes 135 upscale rooms, waterfront view, ballrooms, a restaurant and other amenities. He adds it also has historic themes central to Celoron, including the former Celoron Amusement Park.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 2-9, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Chamber of Commerce's Sheila Webster

December 2nd, 2018 04:50pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Director of Marketing, Communications, and Governmental Affairs, Sheila Webster, about the start of the holiday shopping season. Sheila says Small Business Saturday went well in the county with more than 30 businesses taking part, and a special event in Dunkirk. Nationally, Small Business Saturday broke records this year. We also discuss the chamber's annual "Shoptauqua" program, which now uses gift cards that are accepted at a number of local businesses. We also discuss the chamber's upcoming annual meeting, which will be held at the Chautauqua Harborfront Hotel in Celoron next Friday, December 7, at 12 p.m. Hart Hotel's owner, David Hart, who operates the new hotel, will talk about that, and doing business in Chautauqua County. Sheila Webster says you can call the chamber at 484-1101, or 366-6300 for more information

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 25-Dec. 2, 2018

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello

November 25th, 2018 05:05pm | Duration: 14:58

We catch up with County Executive George Borrello this week after he was unable to be on the program at the beginning of the month. Borrello talks with our Terry Frank about the reopening of the South Main Street Bridge in Jamestown after it was closed for several months for a full reconstruction project. Borrello says recent weather issues, and the historic nature of the bridge and how it had to be re-built were factors in how long the project took. We also discuss a resolution that goes for the Chautauqua County Legislature this Wednesday night to allocate just over 25,000 dollars to the Chautauqua Lake Association to deal with the "weed mass" that has caused major problems in Burtis Bay this mid-Fall. The total project cost of 73,000 will also be foot by two local foundations. We also discuss ongoing efforts to get Boutique Air into the County Airport near Jamestown as the Essential Air Carrier, and "Small Business Saturday."

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 19-26, 2018

Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin

November 18th, 2018 03:58pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks this weekend with Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin about three main topics: The first being the huge weed mass that's along the shoreline in Burtis Bay on Chautauqua Lake. McLaughlin says there appear to be a number of reasons why it happened... the first being the Chautauqua Lake Association ended it's weed harvesting earlier this year. Secondly, he says the mass was helped in forming by a very wet October, which helped raise the lake levels, and thirdly, strong winds in recent days blew the mass towards shore. He says the weeds are so thick, thousands of fish -- especially young ones -- have died, and the stench is bad. At a meeting last Tuesday at a home in Burtis Bay focused on solutions, including harvesting later in the year. We also discuss a retailer being interested in moving into the former Sam's Club on Fairmount Avenue, and the new 10-year water and sewer agreement with the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities.

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 12-19, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

November 12th, 2018 03:11pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week about the city budget process, which resumes next Monday night, Nov. 19, with a public hearing at 6 p.m., and work session to follow. At that time, possible amendments can be brought forward by lawmakers... who will also consider comments made at the hearing. Teresi says the budget does not include any salary increase for staff and employees, including the recent 2-percent increases awarded to the Jamestown Policeman's union recently by an arbitration panel. Teresi added that city lawmakers are considering possible legal action in that matter later in the month. We also talk in detail about the effort by a local committee to take ownership of the Jamestown Jammers Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball Team. The current owner, ROC Ventures of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has decided to sell the team... but, agreed at Teresi's prompting... to consider donating the team to a local committee-company that would run the team and continue it in the PGL. Teresi says they have until next June to get the local ownership team in place, and get the ball rolling on restarting the team in 2020. The league would wave the usual 50,000 dollar re-entry fee if they can do that.

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 5-12, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Legislature Chairman P.J. Wendel

November 5th, 2018 08:30am | Duration: 14:59

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello was out with a recent illness, and has been getting caught up on work, so Legislature Chairman P-J Wendel joined our Terry Frank for this week's program. We talked about the recent budget that was adopted by lawmakers that includes a 6-cent per 1,000 dollars full value tax rate cut. Wendel says that's a bonus because he was most impressed by the fact they were able to have a "truly balanced budget" where expenses are covered by reoccurring revenues in 2019. We also talk about the change in the county's Fly Car service to a "24/7" program, and the fact that -- along with having an ambulance available -- will help the county get reimbursed for the service. Wendel, who has been a long-time volunteer firefighter in Lakewood, says the county service is NOT meant to replace the volunteer services, which do a great job -- even with volunteer numbers dropping. We also discuss economic development, and other matters with the end of the year approaching.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2018

Congressman Tom Reed

October 29th, 2018 08:36am | Duration: 14:58

Local Congressman Tom Reed says "the job is not done," in response to the question of why he's running for a fifth-term in the House of Representatives. Reed joins our Terry Frank this week to talk about health care, Jobs, the economy, and immigrantion -- the hot-button topics of the 2018 mid-term elections. Reed says he is looking at ways to lower health care costs, and preserve coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. On jobs and the economy, he says there is still work to be done, but, adds tax cuts have led to more jobs (7.1-million) that need to be filled, compared to the number of people working. On immigration, he says he co-chairs the Problem Solver's Caucus that is looking at improving border security through improvements to the current wall, and better technology. He says they want to find a way to address the need for migrant farm workers, and for recognizing DACA recipients. He also gives his positive reaction to President Trump's recent, full-throated endorsement of his re-election.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 21-28, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

October 21st, 2018 05:37pm | Duration: 14:58

We talk with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi on a number of issues this week, namely the nearly 36-million dollar, 2019 budget plan he presented on Oct. 9. Teresi says it's a "sqweaky" tight spending plan that includes no tax increase, and a slight spending increase. He adds that while the tax levy is flat, the tax rate is down about 13-cents per 1,000 dollars full value. He says the undesignated fund balance is just over 1.8-million dollars -- more than in recent years. However... Teresi is warning lawmakers not to touch it -- partly because they don't know what salary awards, or contracts may be in the offing for the city's six bargaining units. We also discuss his testifying before a three-person tribunal regarding the city's proposal to annex the property the Board of Public Utilities' Dow Street substation is located on in Falconer. A decision may be made before the end of the year. We also talk about the need for the Parks Department to take down about 176 Ash trees in city right-of-ways because of the Emerald Ash Borer.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 14-21, 2018

23rd Congressional Dem. candidate Tracy Mitrano

October 14th, 2018 08:35pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks this week with 23rd Congressional Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano about her campaign. The Penn Yan resident says she believes she can do a better job representing the needs and concerns of district residents. Mitrano says health care insurance is the number one concern that resident that she has spoken with have. While she has stated support for "single-payer" coverage, Mitrano says there needs to be a real conversation about what kind of coverage is needed. She feels that government would be in a strong position to negotiate better costs for presciptions and services. Mitrano says she supports immigration reform with a resolution to the DACA question, and strong border security -- but, using the military, not ICE. She believes a farm bill needs to be in place sooner rather than later... and, she has a five-point economic development plan that deals with training people for good, living-wage paying jobs. Mitrano is a cyber-security expert who also believes expanded broadband will help the Southern Tier greatly with development, farming and education.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 7-14, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

October 7th, 2018 08:14pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank traveled to Mayville this week to speak with County Executive George Borrello about the 2019 budget he has proposed. Since budget hearings were underway, we traveled to speak with Borrello on the just over 254-million dollar spending plan, which includes no tax increase. The executive is also touting the fact that the budget does not use any of the county's undesignated fund balance to develop the "balanced budget." He says if anything is added back by the legislature, there need to be corresponding cuts. We also discuss the announcement by the Trump Administration that the new, U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement being reached with Canada. Borrello says -- not knowing all the facts -- it appears to be a good deal for local farmers and cheese producers. We also discuss the search for a new, permanent hub for the Chautauqua Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS). The temporary hub being used on Pine Street in Jamestown will be available for CARTS use through Oct. 19. Borrello says another permanent location (not the one in front of the National Comedy Center) is currently being looked at, but cannot be announced yet.

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Community Spotlight for Sept. 30-Oct. 7, 2018

State Assemblyman Andy Goodell

September 30th, 2018 12:00am | Duration: 14:59

This week, we get the Republican side of the race for the 150th District Assembly seat with incumbant Andy Goodell. Goodell says he is continuing to work on ways to improve New York's business climate, and weed out corruption in Albany. He has proposed a measure to end what's commonly referred to as "pay-to-play." Goodell says such measures are needed so that project bidding is on the up and up. He says the state has "sealed bids," but, adds that, when the bid specifications are in place that favor certain developers, that difficult to deal with. We also discuss the problems with the opioid drug crisis, and how legislation has helped that. However, in terms of Narcan use, Goodell believes it's time for manditory treatment for someone if they've been revived, and have addiction problems. We also talk about changes he would like to see made, regarding rifles, in the SAFE Act, and we also talk about changes to help better use renewable energy in the state. We heard from Democratic opponent Judy Einach last week.

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Community Spotlight for Sept. 23-30, 2018

State Assembly candidate Judy Einach

September 23rd, 2018 10:30pm | Duration: 14:58

The Democratic candidate for the 150th District State Assembly seat, Judy Einach, joins our Terry Frank on this week's program to talk about her candidacy. Einach is a Buffalo native, but, has lived now for some time in Westfield, where she runs her own business. She says she was talked into running, but, is very passionate on a number of issues, including the need for term limits to help eliminate the state's corruption problems. She also would push for a full "sealed bid" process for government contracts to get rid of bid-rigging. She also believes in the need for further help for drug addicts who are in need of treatment and recovery services. She also wants to see the state's SAFE Act gun control law "fixed." Einach faces incumbant Republican Andy Goodell in the November election.

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Community Spotlight for Sept. 16-23, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

September 16th, 2018 06:38pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week on a number of topics, including that work is well underway on preparing the proposed, 2019 budget. Teresi says it's another difficult spending plan because of a number of challenges, including increasing health insurance costs, increased fuel costs, and state pension costs continue to rise. His budget plan will be unveiled on October 9th. We also discuss the "clean" audit the city received from it's third-party auditor, as well as a new leaking situation at City Hall, as water has leaked now into Fire Station-#1. However, while some operations have been moved to another location, the situation is not as bad. We also talk about City Council holding it's Sept. 24 voting session at Chadakoin Park.

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Community Spotlight for Sept. 9-16, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

September 9th, 2018 06:50pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank speaks with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello about three main topics. The first is the ribbon cutting on the new, Chautauqua Harbor Hotel on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in Celoron. The upscale hotel was built by regional developer Peter Krog, and Hotel Manager David Hart. Both are excited about the opening, saying that the hotel has two Celoron themes to it: the old amusement park, and being the hometown that Lucille Ball grew up in. Terry also talks with Mr. Borrello about the lake, and issues discussed during the annual Lake Rally in Bemus Point the previous weekend. Thirdly, we talk about the 2019 budget proposal, which Borrello says had about a 4-million dollar deficit in the beginning. However... Borrello has vowed to produce a "balanced budget" that does not use rainy day funds, and will include a zero-percent tax increase, or one that is well within the state's property tax cap.

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Community Spotlight for Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2018

Republican candidate for Chautauqua Co. Sherilff, Jim Quattrone

August 27th, 2018 09:06am | Duration: 14:58

We get the Republican side of the race for Chautauqua County Sheriff this week with challenger Jim Quattone... who is running against Democratic incumbent, Joe Gerace. Quattrone retired as a lieutenant after 30-years with the department, and being involved in various aspects of it. Quattrone says his father was the former Police Chief in the town of Busti, and he was interested in police work from the age of 5. Most recently, he was a founder, and head of the UCAN Mission in Jamestown, which helps homeless and drug-dependent men get back on their feet. He believe that dealing with the issue of recitavism is important to law enforcement. Quattrone got enough signatures to force a Conservative Party primary on September 13 against Sheriff Gerace.

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Community Spotlight for Aug. 19-26, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Sheriff Joe Gerace

August 19th, 2018 04:10pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, the Media One Group of stations begins looking at the contested election races for 2018. We begin with the race for Chautauqua County Sheriff because there will be a conservative primary for the post on Sept. 13. Sheriff Joe Gerace is a six-term incumbent Democrat, who is seeking another four-years on the job. He discusses an extensive list of accomplishments including development of a new 9-1-1 system, and the county's Forensic Investigation Team (FIT) and others. We also discuss challenges facing the office and how he plans to deal with them... from budgeting to the county jail on Mayville. His Republican opponent, Jim Quattrone, will join us next week.

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Community Spotlight for Aug. 13-20, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

August 13th, 2018 11:21am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week about the recent meeting at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts regarding the 2020 Census... and, the importance of a complete and accurate count of people in the city. Teresi was joined by Richard Tobe from the NYS Dept. of State, and Patricia Berk of the NYS Office of the Census Bureau. They talked about the ways they have in place to ensure a complete count. In 2010, Teresi says there was a significant undercount prior to the actual Census that had the city's population at 27,000 to 28,000 people. However... the final number was just over 31,000. We also talk about the Jamestown Jammers winning the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Championship, and the Babe Ruth World Series at Diethrick Park. Teresi and his wife, Becky, housed three players from Crown Point, Indiana as a host family.

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Community Spotlight for Aug. 5-12, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

August 5th, 2018 07:46pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank discusses a number of Summer-related topics with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, including all the major activities this week... but, mainly the grand opening of the new, National Comedy Center. Borrello was among the many local officials who received a tour of the center before it opened. He says he was quite impressed by it -- but, even moreso because what Center Board Chairman Tom Benson told the County Legislature's Planning and Economic Development Committee four-years ago when Borrello chaired it, has been fully-realized in the center. We also discuss the formation of the county's new Economic Development Alliance, and the hiring of a consultant to help get the ball rolling on that. We also discuss early work on the 2019 County Budget.

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Community Spotlight for July 29-Aug. 5, 2018

Gerry Rodeo Spokesman Paul Cooley

July 29th, 2018 08:35pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Gerry Rodeo Spokesman Paul Cooley about this year's event, set to begin later this week. Cooley says they're ready for the four days of action, which begin on Wednesday night, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. The performances all take place at 8 p.m. the following three nights, though Sat., Aug. 4. He says they'll again have the seven divisions they bring in each year on display. They'll include the ever popular bull-riding, and women's barrel racing. He says there are 226 cowboys and cowgirls entered for the program with 45,000 dollars in prize money up for grabs. Tickets for the rodeo, and the rodeo's famous beef barbecue dinners are available at the 22 local Country Fair stores, the Exit 12 Kwik Fill, or you can call the rodeo at 985-4847. He adds the rodeo takes place, rain or shine.

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Community Spotlight for July 22-29, 2018

Babe Ruth World Series Committee members Russ Diethrick and Kim Ecklund

July 22nd, 2018 07:40pm | Duration: 14:58

This week we are joined by Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series Committee President Russ Diethrick and V-P and Chair of the Public Relations Division Kim Ecklund. With just two weeks to go before the start of the series, we preview what's coming up and needs of the local committee. Eckund says they are still in dire need of more host families to take in at least two out-of-town players for the week. They remain just over half-way there. They are also looking for color guards to present the flag for pre-game activities. If you can help out, contact Kathy McMaster, or Ecklund at 664-0405... or go to their webpage, or Facebook page.

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Community Spotlight for July 15-22, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

July 15th, 2018 08:20pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi on a number of topics this week, including how the city is doing at the mid-year mark. Teresi says they are "on-target" in 2018 so far in meeting their budget, although a couple of areas -- namely the salt and snow removal budgets -- were very depleted by the later Winter and Early Spring snows and road conditions. We also talk development with a number of entities and businesses coming on line shortly. We discuss the conclusion of the western part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk, and talk about baseball with the upcoming 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series, and the Jamestown Jammers into the final stretch of the regular season in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.

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Community Spotlight for July 8-15, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

July 8th, 2018 09:02pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello about several topics, including the just-concluded LECOM Health Challenge Golf Tournament at Peek 'n Peak Resort near Findley Lake. The Professional Golf Association Web.com tour stop is in it's third-year, and was won by Argentina's Nelson Ledezma. The tournament has about a 2-million dollar economic impact on the county. We also discuss business, and Borrello's latest business visited -- Matco Tool in Lakewood. He's now visited about 130 businesses and manufacturers in the county since the beginning of the year. We also update the Athenex pharmaceutical plant's construction in the town of Dunkirk.

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Community Spotlight for July 1-8, 2018

National Comedy Center Exec. Director Journey Gunderson

July 1st, 2018 05:37pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank interviews National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson this week as the center is to officially open in one month. Gunderson says they are about 80-percent complete with the project, and says they are doing a lot of testing in the facility with the newer, high-tech exhibits that are among the 50 or so inside the center on West Second Street. We discuss the recent approval of two huge message boards on the outside of the structure, and a 250-thousand dollar donation by KeyBank to name the outdoor plaza in front of the center. We also discuss the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival... which begins at the same time, August 1st... and, has jut one sell-out right now. Gunderson says there are tickets remaining for both performances by Comedian Amy Schumer, and some remaining for a special show featuring original cast members of Saturday Night Live.

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Community Spotlight for June 22nd-24th, 2018

Annie Rosenthal and Victoria Patti

June 25th, 2018 06:11am | Duration: 14:58

Talking and sharing are two important aspects in suicide prevention. This week, Noël Blackhall sits down with Public Relations Coordinator for Chautauqua Tapestry Annie Rosenthal and Community Engagement Coordinator & Training Specialist Victoria Patti with the Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention to discuss these topics and more. For the latest information, visit https://afsp.org/

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Community Spotlight for June 17-24, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

June 17th, 2018 04:55pm | Duration: 14:59

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi about a number of things this week, including the arrival of a new, Tier-Two Junior Hockey program, to the Northwest Arena. Teresi was among those on hand to welcome the "Rebels" from Philadelphia, which had a 41-15 record last season. The new head coach is already looking for a home in the Greater Jamestown Area. We also discuss the busy Summer ahead including the fact that three major activities, the grand opening of the Natiional Comedy Center, the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, and 16-to-18 year-old Babe Ruth World Series are all scheduled to begin on or around August 1st. However, two new hotels in the area will not be finished yet and available. We talk about hold that's being taken care of. We also discuss the new "Summer Performance Series" at Allen Park... which will include 11 dates this Summer, beginning with last week's concert by the Jamestown High School Band.

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Community Spotlight for June 11-18, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

June 10th, 2018 05:29pm | Duration: 14:58

We talk with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello on a number of topics this week, led by issues surrounding Chautauqua and other Lakes in the area. We discuss upcoming Lake Rallies put on by the county. The first was in the Dunkirk area for Lake Erie this past weekend. Borrello says the one for Chautauqua County will be held in August. We also discuss the lake weed situation, and where herbicides are regarding that. He says herbicides can be part of it -- if used in a responsible manner. We also discuss the recent application made by Boutique Air to be the Essential Air Carrier at the County Airport near Jamestown. We also talk about a meeting Borrello had recently with Warren County Commissioners on the possibility of a Route 62-60 interconnect with I-86 and I-90.

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Community Spotlight for June 4-11, 2018

New Chaut. Region Community Foundation Executive Dir. Tory Irgang

June 3rd, 2018 08:26pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank speaks for the first time with new Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Executive Dir. Tory Irgang about her first six months with the local organization. Irgang was named late last year as the new director, replacing the now retired Randy Sweeney. Irgang says it's been a challenge, but, has been rewarding. The foundation is beginning it's 40th Anniversary Year, and Irgang says their first big event is coming up. The "Give Big CHQ" 24-hour fund-raiser for 60 local non-profits will be held on June 14. She also talks about the challenge of leading an organization that administers more than 700 scholarship, memorial, and other funds. For more information on the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, go on-line to crcfonline.org

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Community Spotlight for May 28-June 3, 2018

Retire CEO Rick Huber from MHA in Chautauqua County

May 28th, 2018 08:36pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank talks with the retired head of the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County. They discuss Huber getting back into the community to renew his push for better treatment options for people dealing with Heroin and Opioid Drug Addiction. He says, while news about drug use, and arrests has been fairly quiet, it's still a big topic with the number of overdoses still a problem. We discuss the possible opening of a methadone facility in the Dunkirk-area, and discuss the need for a Jamestown clinic to open sooner rather than later.

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Community Spotlight for May 20-27, 2018

Alex Foulk Foundation founder Kim Carlson

May 20th, 2018 07:52pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks this week with Kim Carlson, who is the founder of both the Alex Foulk Foundation, and the "Fresh Start" program in Jamestown. Alex Foulk is Carlson's son, who died of an overdose of Heroin cut with Fentanyl in Feb. of 2016. Carlson started the foundation and Fresh Start programs to help local people with addiction issues to get the help they need. Most recently, she has helped bring the Oxford House program to Jamestown to provide "Half-way" house services for people who need it. The first house was named "Alex's House." There is also a second house for men, and one that's just opened for women and children dealing with addiction issues.

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Community Spotlight for May 13-20, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

May 13th, 2018 05:09pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week about a number of topics... first being his trip to the recent State Conference of Mayor's annual conference in Saratoga Springs, where a new slate of officers was elected, and new lawmakers were able to attend meetings about what to expect in their positions. We also discussed the kick-off meeting regarding the state's Regional Economic Development Councils, and the application process for 750-million dollars in funding for various projects. We also discuss the deer overpopulation issue in some parts of the city, and the city's Urban Design Plan getting national recognition.

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Community Spotlight for May 5-12, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

May 6th, 2018 08:09pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello this week about several topics, the main one being his recent State of the County Address -- which focused mainly on economic development and filling some 767 jobs he's aware of at 115 businesses he's visited. He further discusses trying to set up a "one-shop" location to help fill those jobs. We also discuss new Industrial Development Agency Director Mark Geise's decisions on moving IDA meetings in different locations across the county. We also discuss Chautauqua Lake, and a meeting in Rochester where more was outlined about the 65-million dollars the state will spend to help it and 11 others eliminate Blue-Green Algal Blooms.

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Community Spotlight for Apr. 27-29, 2018

Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe

April 30th, 2018 08:17am | Duration: 14:27

We welcome Jamestown School District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe to the program, to talk about the 2018-19 school budget proposal. The public votes two weeks from tomorrow on the 86.6-million dollar school budget approved by the Jamestown school board for the 2018-19 school year. T he proposed budget includes a stable tax levy of 14.6 million dollars and an additional 1.1-million dollars in aid. In addition to "fiscal stability..." District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe highlighted a 'support intiative' the budget will set the stage for in 2019. The full budget presentation will be available May 1st on the school district's website at JamestownPublicSchools.org under the "Budget and School Board" tab.

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Community Spotlight for Apr. 22-29, 2018

State Assemblyman Andy Goodell

April 22nd, 2018 05:27pm | Duration: 14:58

We welcome Chautauqua County's representative in the New York state Assembly, Andy Goodell, in this week to talk about state issues. We discuss whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo has the legal authority to issue an executive order allowing some 35,000 parolees in the state the ability to vote again. Goodell says he's not sure yet if Cuomo "sidestepped" the legislature on the matter. We also discuss a package of bills approved by the Assembly that would allow up to seven-days of early voting across the state. Goodell opposed most of the measures. But, he did support a bill to allow on-line voter registration, and making absentee balloting more flexible. We also discuss the newly adopted state budget, and other matters.

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Community Spotlight for Apr. 15-22, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

April 15th, 2018 05:03pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week on several topics, including the recently approved 2018-19 New York state budget. Teresi says it's a "good news - bad news" spending plan. He says there was no increase for the eighth year in a row in "general purpose" municipal aid. However, he adds there is no decrease, either. He says they have not heard yet whether the special aid line for 1-million dollars for Jamestown is in the spending plan. He says there was an increase in funding for road repairs from the recently concluded Winter months. We also discussed the possibility of the Chautauqua Area Rural Transit System moving it's main hub in Jamestown away from the entrance to the Gateway Train Station because of the opening of the new National Comedy Center, and the West Second Streetscape project getting underway shortly. However... Teresi says they've received no official notice yet from CARTS. He also talk about the city's unaudited, 1.2-million dollar surplus from the 2017 budget.;

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Community Spotlight for Apr. 8-15, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

April 8th, 2018 09:13am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello on several topics this week, including the final, 168.3-billion dollar, NYS Budget. Borrello agrees with local state Assemblyman Andy Goodell that it's a mixed bag for the county. It includes more money for Chautauqua Lake to deal with invasive weeds, and harmful Algal Blooms. There is also more funding for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program - or CHIPS funding. It also spends more on public school education... but, Borrello believes spending is too much for the results. We also discuss an ending shortfall in the county budget for 2017. However, that's due mainly to an additional 3.8-million dollars having to be spent on the "Raise the Age" initiative that creates a new segment of the court system for 16 and 17 year-olds.

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 30th-Apr. 1st, 2018

Shane Hakwins, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center

April 2nd, 2018 08:15am | Duration: 14:41

Our Noel Blackhall sits down with Executive Director Shane Hawkins of the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center. Hawkins explains the history of Infinity as it transitioned from a "music-only" program to art, dance, theater and more. She also discusses the importance of art education for student empowerment, social and confidence building. For more information, visit InfinityPerformingArts.org or call 664-0991

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 30th-Apr. 1st, 2018

Shane Hakwins, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center

April 2nd, 2018 08:10am | Duration: 14:41

Our Noel Blackhall sits down with Executive Director Shane Hawkins of the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center. Hawkins explains the history of Infinity as it transitioned from a "music-only" program to art, dance, theater and more. She also discusses the importance of art education for student empowerment, social and confidence building. For more information, visit InfinityPerformingArts.org or call 664-0991

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 25-Apr. 1, 2018

Congressman Tom Reed @ CCCC Luncheon

March 25th, 2018 05:01pm | Duration: 14:59

We don't have an "in-studio" guest this week... but, we do have comments from local Congressman Tom Reed during the Chautauqua Co. Chamber of Commerce's annual Congressional Luncheon at Chautauqua Inn and Suites in Mayville. Reed spoke with Chamber President Todd Tranum a lot about the omnibus, 1.3-trillion dollar continuing resolution, which he voted against. The Corning Republican says it spends too much money now through Sept. At the same time...he says it does include some good things for Chautauqua County... including more money for the Great Lakes Initiative, and the Community Development Block Grant Program. He also talked about the recent tariff order signed by President Trump, which he says will have a "disruptive effect" but, will help down the road because some nations are now taking the U-S serious in it's desire to renegotiate trade deals.

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 18-25, 2018

Prendergast Library Director Tina Scott

March 18th, 2018 07:53pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank talks with James Prendergast Library Director Tina Scott about how the library is doing in the wake of a major budget cut by the city of Jamestown. The city reduced funding to the institution by about 75-percent to 50,000 dollars in the wake of it's own budgetary issues. Scott says the four recent auctions of some of the artwork belonging to the library were successful in raising about 815,000 dollars for their endowment fund. However, due to the city's huge cut, they had to use about 44-percent of the endowment for this year. In recent years, she said the library had been using about one-third of the available funds. She says there will be one more auction later this year. Scott adds that the library has cut it's budget about 26-percent over the past few years. We also discuss upcoming and on-going events... such as the annual Jim Roselle Read-a-Thon coming up in June.

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 12-19, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

March 12th, 2018 07:53am | Duration: 14:58

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi joins our Terry Frank this week to discuss a number of projects slated to begin shortly in the city -- including pothole patching. Teresi says the temporary cold-patch is being put on trouble spots right now until Jamestown MacAdam opens later in the Spring. In addition... he says there is a new place on the city's website to report potholes across the city. The "Pothole Portal" can be found at www.jamestownny.net. We also discuss some of the planning construction projects for the upcoming season. Teresi says those will include the total reconstruction of West Fourth Street between Washington and Lafayette Streets. He says that one-block section has had to be repaved four times since he's been mayor, but, they have found the problem is with the concrete sub-base, which will be replaced this time. Other major reconstruction is also planned for North Main Street between Third and the South Main St. Bridge after the road was undermined by two water main breaks.

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 6-13, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

March 5th, 2018 11:23am | Duration: 14:58

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello joins our Terry Frank this week to discuss a number of topics -- mainly economic development. Borrello further explained his plans for the county's Planning and Economic Development Department, and, Industrial Development Agency. Former Senior County Planner Mark Geise will take over the lead role as Deputy County Executive for Economic Development. Both he and Deputy Director of Planning and Community Developent, Don McCord, will answer directly to Borrello. We also discuss the fact Borrello has now visited 65 local businesses to find out what help the county can be. He also plans to visit the Massena Int'l Airport in April to check out their Essential Air Carrier to see if one may work out at the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown.

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Community Spotlight for Feb. 24th-Mar. 2nd, 2018

Chautauqua County Humane Society

February 26th, 2018 07:54am | Duration: 14:58

Our Noel Blackhall talks with Executive Director Kellie Roberts and Community Relations Director Brian Papalia of the Chautauqua County Humane Society on several topics, including the "Pennies 4 Paws" campaign. Papalia says they hope to raise 2.3-million pennies or 23,000 for day-to-day care of the pets at the Humane Society. Roberts tells Noel that "kitten season" is almost here and that there is a need for community support in fostering mother cats and their kittens. Fosters are also needed for pets with special medical needs, and "senior" pets that could benefit from a human friend.

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Community Spotlight for Feb. 18-25, 2018

New leadership at Jamestown Renaissance Corp.

February 19th, 2018 09:13am | Duration: 14:59

This week, our Terry Frank talks with new leaders and staff at the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation -- including the new Public Market Manager. Lisa Hatch is the new Executive Director, who was hired last July to head up the economic development arm of the Gebbie Foundation. Hatch comes from Buffalo, and says she looks forward to supporting many of the current on-going projects in downtown Jamestown. Zach Agett is the new Marketing and Events Manager, who helps with putting on the events the JRC supports downtown. The new Public Market Manager is Linnea Carlson, who is a Frewsburg native. She most recently helped with the Farmer's Market and other food programs in the Dunkirk-Fredonia-area.

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Community Spotlight for Feb. 10-18, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

February 10th, 2018 11:49am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week on several topics, including his recent State of the City Address, in which he says the city's fiscal condition has improved. Teresi says, budgetarily, the city is in good position for 2018. He adds that, with a number of economic development and other projects set to come to fruition this year, the outlook there is improving. He also talks about the start of the city's new owner-occupied Property Tax Abatement Program this past week. Teresi also discusses the state Budget proposal, which was just released by Governor Andrew Cuomo... and Sunday's start to the annual State Conference of Mayor's Winter Legislative Session in Albany, where he will make a joint presentation with the mayor's of Olean and Glens Falls on winning one of the state's 10-million dollar Downtown Revitalization Initiative awards.

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