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Two-year-old boy dies in Southern Tier house fire


CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY - An intense fire ripped through a home in the Town of Busti early Thursday. On the third floor was a two-year-old boy firefighters were unable to reach.

The Busti Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 4835 Kortwright Road at about 2 a.m. A dozen mutual aid fire departments and the Chautauqua County Tech Rescue Team arrived to help. Flames were visible on the top floor of this three-story home belonging to an Amish family.

They learned that two-year-old Eli J. Shelter was unaccounted for, and that he was believed to be on the third floor. That's where investigators later found his body.

They said the fire was started by children playing with matches.

The investigation is continuing but no criminal charges are expected.


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Rural Outreach Center Turns to Public for Help Meeting Financial Challenge

Rural Outreach Center Turns to Public for Help Meeting Financial Challenge

 

Would it shock you to know that nearly 20 percent of the rural population of Western New York lives in poverty? 

It not a surprise to Frank Cerny, executive director of the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) and pastor of Pathways Christian Fellowship in South Wales. That’s because Pastor Cerny and the staff and volunteers at the ROC work every day to offer free medical care for the uninsured, home appliances and furniture for those without the means to pay for such “luxury” items, a Weekend Snack Pack program for students who may not receive a nutritious meal at home, and much more. They also supply the basic necessities of life — such as toiletries — to those who often do without.

Youth Symphony Board Adds New Members

Youth Symphony Board Adds New Members

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board welcomed two new members at their September meeting.

CRYS gives music students in the southwestern New York/northwestern Pennsylvania region the opportunity to perform classical music in one of three orchestras.

“It’s exciting to begin our 28th season with two great additions to our board, Julie Pavlak and Dan Klinczer,” said President Tanya Anderson. “These professionals are sure to further enhance what we offer our young musicians!”

Both of the new board members are teachers in area schools.

Julie Pavlak teaches third grade at Falconer, where she was a student herself. A graduate of SUNY Fredonia, she is the Boosters secretary for the Falconer Marching Band. Now a Jamestown resident, Pavlak is very active in the lives of her three children, one of whom is a current CRYS student.

Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the United States

Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the United States

 

Each year in the United States we celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This is a federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. We celebrate each year on Sept. 17, as this was the day the Founding Fathers signed the Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787. 

The origin of this day is said to date back to 1911 when several Iowa schools first celebrated Constitution Day. Constitution Day received its first national recognition with help from a committee known as “The Sons of the American Revolution,” formed to promote the Constitution. The committee included well-known figures such as Calvin Coolidge, John D. Rockefeller and General John Pershing. 

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Join Audubon for Field Trip to Elk Country

Join Audubon for Field Trip to Elk Country

Jamestown, NY – As part of its Bucket List Series, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering a rare opportunity: a field trip to see elk in the wild.

Elk once roamed much of North America but began to disappear from the East in the 1800s due to overhunting and habitat destruction. Reintroduction programs beginning in the early twentieth century brought wild stock from western populations back east. One strong population can be found in Benezette, Pa., about 80 miles southeast of the Audubon Center.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1, the Audubon van will depart for Benezette to visit the beautiful Elk Country Visitor Center. The afternoon will be spent learning about these majestic animals through displays and diorama, interactive touch screen exhibits, the touch and feel Discovery Room, and the 4D story theater.

Daemen Veteran’s Center Named for Alumna, Long-Time Supporter

Daemen Veteran’s Center Named for Alumna, Long-Time Supporter

Daemen College’s newly refurbished Veteran’s Center, which provides a welcoming campus space devoted to students who have served in the military, has been named in honor of alumna Nancy Haberman Gacioch, a long-time supporter and friend of the college.

The 500-square-foot Nancy Haberman Gacioch Center for Veterans was officially dedicated at a Sept. 12 ribbon-cutting celebration attended by Daemen President Gary A. Olson, veterans and others from the college community. Bill Gacioch, who surprised his wife with the event, was also in attendance along with their three children and family friends at the dedication for the center.

 

Audubon Enchanted Forest Reservations Open to Public

Audubon Enchanted Forest Reservations Open to Public

Jamestown, NY – A Black Bear, a Skunk, a Flying Squirrel, Mice, a Pileated Woodpecker and a Star Nosed Mole.

All these human-sized animals will tell visitors about their habits, their homes, and more at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Enchanted Forest on Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4.

Registration is now open to the general public.  Initial enrollment for this popular event was reserved for members of Jamestown Audubon’s Friends of the Nature Center.

Now in its ninth year, the Enchanted Forest introduces amazing animal characters that share fascinating and fun information through dramatic and entertaining stories, delighting children as well as the adults fortunate enough to accompany them.