Mayor urges residents to continue exercising caution
FORESTVILLE – Residents of this Chautauqua County village should continue boiling all water for drinking and cooking until county health officials give the all-clear signal, Village Mayor Beth Bowker said Thursday.
The county Health Department had planned to have workers come in on Thanksgiving Day to analyze samples taken from the village water system Wednesday.
But the county was unable to complete the analysis because of unspecified problems in the lab Thursday, so workers will test them first thing this morning, Bowker said.
In the meantime, village water users should continue to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute and let it cool before using it, or use bottled water that is certified for sale by the state Department of Health.
Routine samples collected from the village earlier in the week showed one potentially harmful bacterium, prompting the precautions, but it's not yet clear if the contamination is systemwide or if it was only in the sample taken Tuesday.
"A lot of people are probably not happy, but we need to do it and err on the side of safety," Bowker said.
Proposal to stem algal woes tied to limits on phosphorus
MAYVILLE – The state Department of Environmental Conservation has sent the Environmental Protection Agency its proposal for limiting the amount of phosphorus discharged into Chautauqua Lake with the goal of stopping algal blooms.
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens says Chautauqua Lake has had beach closings in recent years because of algae blooms triggered by excessive phosphorus in the lake.
This summer was particularly bad, with beach closures and numerous complaints of algal blooms, including toxic blue-green blooms.
Since 2004, the DEC has identified Chautauqua Lake as a water body not meeting water quality standards and needing a plan to bring it into compliance.
Among other things, the DEC plan requires the three largest wastewater treatment plants in the Town of Chautauqua to begin using a relatively low-cost chemical additive to remove phosphorus by next summer.
Promotion for Food Bank results in record donations
Many families in Western New York were made happier on Thanksgiving because of the generosity of donors to the seventh annual "Rock Out Hunger" campaign broadcast by WGRF-FM at 96.9, known as 97 Rock.
The radio station's DJ Jickster lived for a week on a 47-foot-long Food Bank trailer parked in front of Quaker Steak & Lube Restaurant in Lancaster to collect non-perishable food, frozen turkeys and cash for the Food Bank of Western New York.
Michael Billoni, marketing and public relations director at the Food Bank, said DJ Jickster collected a record 20,867 pounds of food, $19,002 in cash and 2,508 turkeys.
Major donations included $3,000 from Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and the Kelly for Kids Foundation and $2,100 from Teamsters Local Union 264.