Saint Mary’s to hold walk for hungry

first_imgThis event is another way to CAT is working to bridge the gap between Saint Mary’s and the community.  “It is a great way to bring food insecurity to the forefront during the Easter season, and provides support for a local food pantry — Little Flower Food Pantry — that is always in need,” Critchlow said.  The walk will benefit the Little Flower Catholic Church Food Pantry.   Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff and the South Bend community will come together Sunday to walk for the hungry during the Yes We Can! Walk 2010. It will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, and will start at Saint Mary’s Student Center, head to the Grotto at Notre Dame and then end back at the Student Center. It will happen, “rain or shine,” and “children and dogs — on leashes — are welcome,” said Olivia Critchlow, assistant director of the Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) and coordinator of the event.  Critchlow said events like these help to bring the community and the College closer together. Cost to participate is three cans of food or a $2 donation per person or $5 or three cans/person if you bring a team, Carrie Call, director of OCSE said in an e-mail to the student body.center_img According to Critchlow, the walk is open anyone and people are encouraged to join. Those interested can register online at http://www3.saintmarys.edu/ocse/calendar/walk-for-hungry-form. There will also be a booth in the Student Center Atrium today and tomorrow during lunch and dinner hours.  Even though last year’s event happened to fall on a rainy day, 75 walkers participated, Critchlow said.  “I am hoping that we are able to at reach the same attendance this year, if not exceed that number,” Critchlow said.  The walk was first held last year, and began when the College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) scholars decided to organize an event for the spring that would help connect the College with the greater community, Critchlow said. CAT is an organization of students from the College that began in 2006 to help tutor elementary-age children in need at local elementary schools.  “Events that involve and benefit the South Bend community are great ways to keep the College in touch with the community’s needs and are excellent opportunities for our students to stand in solidarity with the poor,” Critchlow said. last_img read more

ND strives to save energy

first_imgWhile students and residence halls are competing to see who can save the most energy during the Office of Sustainability’s month-long Dorm Energy Competition, the University is doing its own part to conserve as well. Though the University itself is not doing a particular push for the month of November to save energy, there are various programs effective all year long, according to Rachel Novick, Education and Outreach Programs Manager for the Office of Sustainability. “The University recently started work on stage two of its energy conservation measures,” Novick said. This $6.5 million investment means contractors will be around campus evaluating how to make the University more energy efficient. The Office of Sustainability is also involved in a trial run with Eaton, an engineering company with which the University has partnered. “We have an electric car on loan from Eaton,” Novick said. “We’re just trying it out and lending it to people on campus in order to explore the possibility of getting electric vehicles on campus.” The Office of Sustainability is also concerned about excessive waste in the dining halls. “The energy impact of food is tremendous, and people aren’t always conscious of how much energy and water went into the dining hall food,” Novick said. Co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and GreeND, the eND Hunger campaign runs during Wednesdays in the dining halls. “The big focus is to raise donations for the food bank in northern Indiana, but it also includes a clean plate program at dinner on Wednesdays during November,” Novick said. Novick added that small-scale projects, such as turning off lights in unused classrooms was also “something we’ve been trying to work on.” “There is no reason for lights to be on at night in empty classrooms, and that’s definitely been something we are working on with the building staff,” she said. “We’re exploring ideas about how to involve students in some sort of ‘turn off the lights’ committee. If we can build a partnership with students and staff, we can be really successful.” There have been some improvements made to the process of reducing unnecessary lighting around campus, such as renovations that include lights with timers or motion sensors and emergency lighting that only turns on when a movement triggers it, rather than lights that stay on all night just for precaution. “Reducing our carbon footprint is our biggest focus,” Novick said. “Climate change is a global problem, and reducing our contribution to it will have an impact on the rest of the world.” On a local scale, Novick said saving energy results in the reduction of overall emissions and the result is cleaner air in our region. The grand total of both the monetary and energy savings from the Dorm Energy Competition won’t be announced until the end of the month, Novick said. “It always surprises people how much energy can be saved,” she said. “All the actions people do like turning off the light or unplugging unnecessary electronics are all really minor, but with a multiplication factor of 7,000 people on campus doing the same small actions, the numbers grow. Students as a community have a huge potential to save energy.”last_img read more

Paul Ryan added to Republican ticket

first_imgAfter much speculation, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney selected Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., to join his bid for the White House as his running mate. Differing opinions are emerging as to whether the addition to the GOP ticket will bolster or weaken public favor. Journalism professor Jack Colwell said the Ryan pick was made with the intention of reinvigorating the conservative base. “I think [the selection] helped initially by energizing the base, especially the very conservative and Tea Party voters, who were suspicious of Romney, and thought that maybe he was a moderate,” Colwell said. “[Romney] wanted to have the campaign focus on economic issues … he thought Ryan was kind of the ‘fiscal guy,’ chairman of the House Budget Committee.” Colwell said voter participation is likely to be the determining factor in the race. “That’s the key,” he said. “The country is pretty well split down the middle. Whichever side gets their voters to the polls could decide it.” Although the GOP ticket with Ryan stands to make gains from the right, Colwell said Ryan’s past stands on social programs and economic issues may hurt Romney’s prospects with senior citizens. “You have Medicare in the budget that [Ryan] initially passed through the House,” he said. “His proposal to have a voucher system is having real problems, especially in Florida.” Women, Colwell said, will be hesitant to vote for a ticket with the ardently pro-life candidate attached. “The big problem is that it’s not helping with women, and there’s already a big gender gap, with women, by a sizable margin, for [President Barack] Obama,” he said. Colwell said the media’s associating Ryan with recent comments made by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Miss., regarding abortion in the case of rape has created an additional challenge with the women’s vote. Ryan previous co-sponsored a bill with Akin that included an exception on prohibiting government funding of abortion in the case of “forceable” rape, Colwell said. “The worst thing is Todd Akin’s [comments],” he said. “That’s something that Romney couldn’t have envisioned. It brought up the whole abortion issue.” Sophomore Patrick Butler, director of political affairs for Notre Dame’s College Republicans, said he expects the debate to refocus on the economic issues, where the Ryan pick is bound to make a strong statement. “They want to make a very bold contrast between the current administration and how Romney will handle things,” Butler said. “It’s a very bold statement about the economy and Medicare.” Butler admitted Ryan’s tight fiscal policies are unlikely to win over many seniors, but said they may attract younger Americans concerned with the deficit. “It might help among students like us. This is our future. We kind of have to worry about [the deficit]. I’d say it really depends on how much of Ryan’s plan Romney endorses.” College Democrats president Camille Suarez said Ryan’s policies could isolate an even larger portion of the populace. “I think the Ryan pick is definitely going to lose the lower-middle class,” she said. “If you look at his budget plan, it’s going to make taxes go up for Middle America.” Suarez said his very conservative views might have more impact on the campaign process than simply winning or losing votes. “He’s kind of representing the Republican economic plan, and it’s doing a lot to polarize the election,” she said. “That isn’t good for either party, and it gives the independent voters a harder choice.” After the media frenzy surrounding the vice-presidential nomination of the then-Alaska governor Sarah Palin in 2008, Colwell said Ryan is a more reliable choice. “Ryan is no Sarah Palin,” he said. “She was not ready for primetime. I think Ryan is … If someone asks what newspapers he reads, he’ll be able to name one.” Butler said Ryan is more dependable and independent than his opposition, the sitting vice president. “Ryan can definitely hold his own,” he said. “You don’t have to be worried about what he says, unlike Joe Biden.” Butler said the Ryan choice served as a reminder for his club to stay on point. “I think it energized at least our leadership,” he said. “We have to realize we have an election coming up, and I think the Paul Ryan pick has gotten us to realize this is the home stretch.” Suarez said her club is now more driven to keep the administration in office and prevent Ryan’s policies from being implemented. “I think we’re going to focus more on the national election now he’s been nominated,” she said. “Even the [U.S. Conference of Catholic] Bishops spoke out against [Ryan’s economic plan] which raises a red flag … We need to do all we can to make sure he’s not in office.” Though Colwell said he believes Ryan is a good strategic choice for Romney, his viability as a running mate won’t be clear until November. “I thought he was a good choice, and ultimately, if Romney goes on to win, it will be analyzed as a good choice,” he said. “The jury’s out on this, the focus for weeks now is on these social issue and on what ‘legitimate rape’ is and things like that, that will just kill the Republican ticket … They’ll certainly try to avoid that, and possibly, they can get the focus on the economy.”last_img read more

Usher travels from Canada for football games

first_imgWhile even Midwestern Irish fans might come for a few home games each year, usher Paul Matthew journeyed 15 hours from Ottawa to South Bend for each and every one of Notre Dame’s home games this season. A volunteer usher since 2002, Matthew recently signed on as a full-time usher. He said he has seen a positive progression on the field and in the stands in recent years. “The team’s come so far – if we don’t do it this year, the future looks very bright,” Matthews said. “I think this year I’ve noticed the crowd’s been louder more often, but the odd thing about Notre Dame is the Stadium is always packed. Other schools have successful years but then during the unsuccessful years the crowds don’t come – not so at Notre Dame. The smiles just got a little bit bigger this year.” Matthew makes a significant trek to see those smiles throughout the season. After a three-hour drive to Syracuse, N.Y., he boards a 12-hour, overnight Amtrak train ride to South Bend, arriving early Friday morning. While he maintains a full-time job at home, working as a statistical analyst for the Canadian government, Matthew said his trips to Notre Dame do not complicate his working life. “From a work standpoint, it doesn’t affect work[ing for the government,]” Matthews said. “I get five weeks of vacation each year, and I’m there for seven games – that’s fourteen days. I still have three weeks of vacation time, and because it’s only two days at a time I still have three work days in between.” Matthew said his interest in American college football is not the norm for Canadians. “To the Canadians this is all a foreign concept, college football,” Matthews said. “When I first started doing this it was a true culture shock, and then I realized it was a pretty cool gig.” Despite his usual Friday-morning arrival, Matthew said his responsibilities typically don’t begin until early Saturday. “We have a meeting [Saturday morning] to find out what’s going on that day, how many people to expect on the sidelines, who is coming, who will help with the players’ entrance: What’s happening in the stadium that day,” Matthews said. Matthew is usually stationed near the north end zone by the tunnel and helps control the crowd and facilitate the entrance of the team, coaches, media and notable fans. “A lot of the work is pregame: Some people who have tickets to the game get access to the field, some people just have the pregame pass that allows them to be on one side of the tunnel until just after the Irish football team enters the game, some people have field passes and are allowed on the field for the entire game in a different area,” Matthews said. “You also have to separate recruits … they go on the side with the Irish and get to hang there during the game.” While he does not have much direct communication with those on the field, Matthew said he has gained a new appreciation for all the people working behind the scenes for the football program. “They have a job to do, so I’m an observer,” Matthews said. “There’s some minimal dialogue, very minor small talk … but I have developed a perception of the network behind the team: the trainers, coaches, doctors, the people who tape and retape the players when they get hurt.” Matthews said he has been awestruck by some of the people who have passed through the tunnel. “[Basketball legend] David Robinson was coming down the tunnel because his son was coming to Notre Dame … I made sure I was the person who said ‘Welcome to Notre Dame, Mr. Robinson,’” Matthews said. “He stopped, turned around and stepped towards me, offering me his hand to shake … I had to calm down after that; that was a personal highlight.” Matthews said he was thrilled to meet the Canadian Olympians during the tribute to the Notre Dame Olympians earlier this season. “I knew about the women’s basketball player [Natalie Achonwa], but I didn’t know about the two women on our soccer team [Melissa Tancredi and Candace Chapman],” Matthews said. “They stopped and introduced themselves to me – famous Canadians introducing themselves to me, an unfamous Canadian.” Matthews said the unpredictability is one of his favorite parts of the job. “That’s the beauty of the job: you never know who’s going to show up that day,” he said. “All I can do is to try to take it in stride and do my best … I have a job to do.”last_img read more

College Campus Ministry panel discussion explores human dignity

first_imgSaint Mary’s Campus Ministry explored the relationship of human dignity on issues such as racism, disabilities and autism during a panel discussion Wednesday.Assistant director of Campus Ministry Emily Sipos-Butler said this panel discussion was intended to explore the inherent human dignity of each and every human person. She said the panel served to reinforce the idea that humans are all created in God’s image and likeness, and it means something for each of person in the Saint Mary’s community, as well as the community as a whole.“When we talk about this notion in Catholic social teaching of life and dignity of the human person, we often start with life and the right to life — the right to be born — and the next thing that gets added on is natural death,” Sipos-Butler said.The panel discussion came about as a way to help students and members of the Saint Mary’s community explore a whole variety of issues that relate to the life and dignity of the human person, Sipos-Butler said.“There is a lot that happens in between the right to life and natural death that relates to life and dignity of the human person, and its impacts on the community as well,” she said. “Ultimately we’re created as social beings. We’re not just individual hermits scattered across the Earth, so we need to look and reflect deeply on each of these issues that affect us and the world around us.”Michael Waddell, associate professor of philosophy and the McMahon Aquinas Chair in philosophy, said the sanctity of human life is not only a matter for reflection and consideration for Christians but ought to be for all people in society.The way in which people can foster the flourishing of different types of human goods, Waddell said, is by defending every human being’s right not only to life, but also to education, to healthcare, to work and to living and participating in the world.“We are not merely beings, we’re human beings — which is to say that we’re rational animals, and as animals we have bodies, and bodies are prone to illness, injury and disability,” he said. “Therefore, we need healthcare to preserve the bodily life. But we’re not just animals either, we’re rational animals, which means we are capable of knowledge, and so we need education to foster the good of knowing truth. As rational beings, it turns out that we are also social beings, and so we need access to the community.”Andrew Pierce, professor of philosophy and the coordinator of justice studies, discussed racism in contemporary American society as a form of discrimination that violates the principle of solidarity and dignity of all human persons.“One of the principles that tend to fall out of our broader understanding of human dignity is the principle of solidarity,” he said. “This notion enforces that we are one human family, equal in dignity regardless of differences in race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, sexual orientation, etc.”Although our society as a whole still has work to do in becoming truly inclusive and respecting of all types of people, Sipos-Butler said this event is one way of engaging the Saint Mary’s community to talk about and highlight the various issues facing the community today.“And particularly at a time when I hear from students that some of them are trying to find their place, they’re not sure where they fit in and there is a lot of negative talk in the political arena that heightens anxiety and it erodes not only civil discourse, but also how we understand other human persons,” she said. “This is a way to engage as Christians and members of society to contribute anything that we can to uphold this notion of the life and dignity of the human person as being really foundational for not only our society but here on our campus as well.”Tags: Faith, Human Dignity, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministrylast_img read more

Young Alumni Board connects graduates, Notre Dame Clubs

first_imgEven though seniors will be leaving campus for the last time time as students in the coming days, they will still be able to connect back to the school through Notre Dame’s Alumni Association.The association has made connecting alumni to one another and the university a priority through the hundreds of clubs around the U.S. and beyond. Bill Gangluff, the senior director of marketing communications at the Alumni Association, said there are over 270 clubs world wide. “Notre Dame has no end. It’s a special place for students for those four years and there’s just a desire … for our students to continue that relationship,” Gangluff said. “We work with class officers from the class of 2018 all the way to the class of 1950 to try to engage them back into the University.”One of the newest outreach additions for recent graduates is the Young Alumni Board, a 16 member board of recent graduates who help facilitate the transition of young graduates into local alumni clubs.“The board as a whole will look at kind of larger initiatives that will connect young alumni back to the University,” Gangluff said. “We’re working on how to we kind of embrace the new students and graduates coming into those markets in a more methodical way.”Gangluff said 20 percent of Notre Dame’s alumni are engaged in clubs in their regional areas on an active basis. Fifty percent of young alumni surveyed said they had been to at least one club meeting in the past year. This board will serve to offer new outreach programs for recent graduates to become more involved in clubs specific to younger alumni.“They’re very interested in getting to the University, and so our goal was to make sure we have programming and avenues to do that,” Gangluff said. “The club structure in different cities and areas is a natural way to continue to connect to foster that Notre Dame spirit.”This new Young Alumni push is one of the association’s latest efforts to become more accessible to their graduates and friends. Gangluff said the association has also been pushing for more digital services as well.“Our digital programs have been a great way for us to scale our ability to touch people who can’t make it back to campus,” he said. “During the month of December, for example, we were able to broadcast videos each day of Advent. We had over 173,000 viewers over that month.”The Alumni Association urges the seniors to update their contact information with the association online in the coming weeks. If students do not hear from their club in the months following graduation, graduates can join through my.nd.edu/clubs.“Our young alumni provide an important role at Notre Dame based on their unique voices and life experiences,” Gangluff said. “We are only the Notre Dame family if all aspects of that family share their perspectives and get involved. We are the envy of almost every peer university we meet. They want our club structure, and they want the engagement levels of our alumni — all ages, young to senior.” Tags: 2018 Commencement, Alumni Association, Commencement 2018, Commencement Issue 2018, Notre Dame Alumni Association, Young Alumni Boardlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s introduces Japan summer study abroad program

first_imgTags: Japanese culture, NAFSA, Ochanomizu University, Saint Mary’s College Saint Mary’s has teamed up with Ochanomizu University (OU) to provide students with new opportunities in Japan. The program was first proposed two years ago by Dr. Alice Yang, associate director for international education at the College. “[The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership] has been trying to offer more study abroad opportunities for our students,” Yang said in an email. “Some students expressed interest in Japan and the Japanese language in the past.”Yang said the process Saint Mary’s went through to set up its partnership with OU included a fair amount of communication with representatives from Japan. “I attended the Generation Study Abroad Summit of the Institute of International Education (IIE) in November 2016 and met Mr. Hideki Yonekawa, the [vice president] of JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) at the conference,” Yang said. “I consulted with him and asked him to recommend a Japanese partner to us. I received an email from Ms. Noriko Watanabe, the Exchange Program Coordinator of Ochanomizu University in January 2017 telling me that Mr. Yonekawa recommended Saint Mary’s College to them.” The process to bring the schools together continued over the next couple months. “Ms. Watanabe and Dr. Yasuko Sasaki, [vice president] for International Relations of Ochanomizu University visited Saint Mary’s College in March 2017,” Yang said. “They met with the president and were impressed by our beautiful campus. They sent us their sample [Memorandum of Understanding] right after their visit and would like to sign an exchange agreement with Saint Mary’s College. After a couple of years, the agreement has been officially signed by both parties.” OU has historical significance that makes it appealing to Saint Mary’s, Yang said.“OU is located in Tokyo [the] capital of Japan. It was Japan’s first institution of higher education [for] women and is one of the top 10 national universities in Japan,” she said. There was a period of time when representatives from both OU and Saint Mary’s met to iron out the details. “The CWIL director, Dr. Mana Derakhshani, and I attended the 2018 [National Association of Foreign Student Advisers] Conference in Philadelphia and met with OU’s [vice president] for International Affairs again and her two staff members,” Yang said. “I visited OU for the site visit in October 2018, and Mr. Derek Matsuda, OU’s exchange program coordinator also visited SMC in November 2018. The Global Education Advisory Committee discussed and approved it. President Nekvasil signed the agreement in January 2019.” Yang said the exact specifications of the agreement involves the number of students that can be sent by both schools and what they’re doing. “The agreement allows Saint Mary’s to send up to four students to attend OU’s summer program while OU can send one student to study for a year at Saint Mary’s or two students study abroad at Saint Mary’s for one semester per year,” Yang said. OU has already sent several students to Saint Mary’s. “We hosted five [of] OU’s STEM students in March this year,” Yang said. “They stayed at Saint Mary’s for nine days, audited some science and math classes and attended some academic and cultural events. This was our first time to offer the International Women in STEM Program per the request of OU. The students had a great experience at Saint Mary’s College and had made friends with some Saint Mary’s Peace Belles. OU plans to send more students to study at Saint Mary’s College next year and extend the short-term program to two-weeks long.”The Japan program is open to all majors and class years. There are no Japanese language requirements, but students are welcome to take classes in Japanese, Yang said. Students are allowed four course options over the summer.“Four courses are offered over the summer,” Yang said. “Students can earn three credits by taking the Intensive Japanese course or one of the three English courses: Gender Equality and Leadership, Life Style in Japan and Evolution in Natural Science: From Being to Becoming. The English courses can fulfill some Sophia requirements [like] historical perspectives, intercultural competence A or B.” Student reactions to the Japan program have been positive, like that of Emily Tobias, first year math and computer science major. “I think it’s probably very useful for people who are interested in Japanese culture,” Tobias said. Some students, like first year environmental studies major Hannah Toepp, are also excited for the learning opportunities in Asia. “I think that’s a great opportunity to learn about a culture so different from our own, experience traditions that would seem out of the ordinary here and to learn about the advancements in technology that Japan is constantly developing,” Toepp said. Yang placed her own emphasis on the importance of studying in Japan. “Asia is one of the non-traditional study abroad destinations. The Japan summer program helps diversify our study abroad offerings,” Yang said. “The study abroad alumnae will bring back the knowledge and skills they learned in Japan and share their study abroad experiences with their peers on campus, which enriches students’ international and intercultural learning on campus.”Yang also said her main hope for students studying abroad in Japan is they make friendships and help contribute to the sharing of experiences. “I hope students will take the opportunity to learn the Japanese culture and Asian values,” she said. “I encourage them to make friends with Japanese students and international students from other countries and serve as cultural ambassadors by sharing the U.S. cultures with local students.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s students participate in hunger banquet meant to illustrate America’s socioeconomic divide

first_imgStudents gathered in the Haggar Parlor on Tuesday evening to participate in the Oxfam Hunger Banquet, an event Saint Mary’s hosted to raise awareness for world hunger. The annual event focuses on the realities of hunger in America and occurs at different institutions across America throughout the month of November. Julianna McKenna | The Observer Students who participated in the Oxfam Hunger Banquet sat on the floor of Haggar Parlor, where the event was held Tuesday evening. Hunger banquets are held at institutions across America throughout the month of November to demonstrate the realities of hunger.“It’s an experience to humble yourself and be grateful for what you have, but also to acknowledge that hunger is much more common than you might think,” senior and Student Diversity Board president Jazmin Herrera said. “It might be someone sitting next to you in class or someone that you know. The main purpose of the event is to raise awareness.” The event illustrate the impact of the socioeconomic divide in America as students were each assigned a different economic group and meal.“The 41 students who participated were randomly entered into a drawing and were placed in the lower class, middle class or higher class,” Herrera said. “The majority of people end up in the lower class because that is the real global ratio. Each group experienced the different classes through the meals that they were fed.”Students felt the occasion was an important opportunity to understand the challenges faced by many people across America. “I decided to attend because I had never heard of an opportunity like this,” freshman Angela Martinez-Camacho said. “It was a chance to see what it’s like for other people.”Martinez-Camacho noted the dread she felt sitting at a nice table while some of her peers had to sit on the floor. “I feel kind of bad because I already know that I will not finish my meal,” Martinez-Camacho said during the event. “I don’t like seeing people on the floor. Some of my friends are over there. If I could give them some of this I would.”For freshman Alok Agwick, sitting on the floor highlighted the separation between the different economic groups in America. “Seeing all the classes juxtaposed against each other really shows the struggle that people have in their lifetime,” Agwick said. “I definitely felt the separation because everyone else was sitting in chairs with different food options. We had to sit on the floor and had one thing to eat.” The event also raised awareness for the Mother Pauline Food Pantry, a new resource on campus that provides food and toiletries to students. Junior Kylee Abwavo said the pantry is a great resource for the College.“The Mother Pauline Pantry has helped me save money for college without having to worry about if I’m going to have enough food for a decent meal,” Abwavo said. “I hope that students will benefit from the pantry and try it out because it is a blessing when so many college students across the United States go to bed hungry.” Sophomore Karime Sanchez said she hopes the banquet will create a sense of awareness and help put into perspective the different backgrounds from which people come. “The hunger banquet teaches a lot of great things and creates a sense of awareness,” Sanchez said. “It really puts into perspective the different backgrounds that people come from and the different challenges people face. It really creates a desire to make a change and provide food for everyone.”Tags: hunger banquet, Mother Pauline Pantry, Student Diversity Boardlast_img read more

Area Homeowners Encouraged To Partake In Light Decorating Contest

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Cropped Photo: terren in Virginia / Flickr / CC BY 2.0JAMESTOWN – In an attempt to help the community break away from the novel Coronavirus pandemic, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is partnering with a local businesses to host a special light decorating contest.The contest, a partnership between JRC and Chautauqua Sign, is open to all residents of the City of Jamestown and Towns of Ellicott, Kiantone, and Busti.Entries are being accepted online between now and April 5. Entries will need to include one photo of the decorations. Online voting for winners will take place from April 8-14.Chautauqua Sign’s Kristie Voty first brought the idea to the cooperation as a way to help the community take a break from the virus. Chautauqua Sign has made a donation towards prizes, along with a contribution from Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and Jamestown Up Close. Currently there will be at least three local gift card prizes, but JRC is currently seeking more.For official contest rules and more information visit jamestownupclose.com/lights. The event is also on Facebook as “Community of Lights.”last_img read more

Jamestown Man Charged With DWAI After Visiting State Police Barracks

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN — A Jamestown man was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs after he visited the New York State Police Barracks on an unrelated matter.Troopers say James Morris, 37, was charged July 19, after he drove to State Police Headquarters in Jamestown to report damage to his vehicle from a previous incident.While interviewing Morris, Troopers said they observed him in an impaired state.Morris was placed under arrest after police say he failed standardized field sobriety tests. Morris was then processed and released with a traffic ticket.Morris is scheduled to appear in the town of Ellicott Court at a later date.last_img read more