In 1913, Chief Wilson of the Jamestown Fire Department had sent out a card to residents of Jamestown: "To the General Public: Thursday, Oct. 9, having been assigned as State Fire Prevention Day, it is desirous that all citizens cooperate with the fire department in making this a real clean-up day and in this way help to reduce the vast fire losses and, incidentally, your insurance. See to it that your chimney flues are cleaned. Be sure all stoves are connected with metal piping, rubber hose connections are prohibited by a city ordinance. See that all oily rags and waste are removed from buildings daily. Gasoline should be used in open air only. Provide metal cases for ash receptacles. Never put ashes in wooden boxes or barrels. In case of fire, call fire department immediately. Don't wait."
The many friends of Ruth Gokey of Jamestown would learn with pleasure that she had been elected president of the freshman class of the Pennsylvania College for Women at Pittsburgh. This was perhaps the highest honor which could come to a member of the incoming class at college. Gokey was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William N. Gokey of Lake View Avenue. She graduated from Jamestown High School with the class of 1913 and entered the Pennsylvania College for Women this fall.
In 1938, Patrick Martino, 22, of Jamestown, who faced a second-degree manslaughter charge as a result of the death two weeks ago of Charles J. Anderson, 71, of North Main Street, from effects of a blow struck by Martino during the course of an argument over a minor traffic collision, was ordered held for the grand jury following a brief hearing in city court on this morning. Only two witnesses were heard during the hearing. They were Leo Atwood of Foote Avenue, a witness to the fatal blow and Coroner Samuel Bowers, who investigated the death. Bowers testified that he was charged with the duty of investigating deaths from other than normal causes and did so in the case of the Anderson death. He said further that he had known the victim for many years.
High in the patriotic annals of Jamestown's history would long remain the four-act play, So Proudly We Hail, which afforded dramatic opportunity to brush up on colonial history in brilliant fashion the past evening at the Jamestown High School auditorium. The event, sponsored by the public school teachers of the city, commemorated the sesquicentennial of the federal constitution, in step with patriotic communities throughout the country. The play, written by Helena M. Stonehouse of the high school history department, depicted the stirring years of 1786-89 in stirring detail. Clara F. Carpenter, on behalf of the Teachers' Association, presented Stonehouse with a great bouquet of roses in appreciation, from the stage, where she received a prolonged ovation.
In 1988, a report released in Pennsylvania that brought thousands of that state's drunken driving convictions into question was raising similar concerns in New York. The Pennsylvania auditor general's office released a report that claimed many breath analysis tests performed in Pennsylvania were invalid because a contractor improperly prepared a solution that was used to determine the tests' accuracy. Now some lawyers were raising the same questions in this state, where the same company was contracted to supply the testing solution. "We'll be dealing with this for ever and ever," said John LaParo, chief assistant Onondaga County district attorney, who was also the county's DWI coordinator.
Area teachers said they didn't think much of the state School Boards Association's proposal to lengthen the school day for teachers from a mandated 5 hours to 7 hours. "I would say that for most teachers that would be a cut in the number of hours they work," Joseph Sweeney, Dunkirk teacher and regional head of the New York State United Teachers, said. "I see it as meaningless," former National Education Association representative Randy Anderson said. Anderson, a teacher at Ring Middle School in Jamestown, said, "Personally, I get to school at 7 in the morning and leave at 3:30 p.m. I'm not sure where all these numbers are coming from. I'm not sure that what they're saying applies to Jamestown."