VOICE Newsletter

July 2014

NRG Repower Dunkirk gets Final Approval

NRG Dunkirk Power has been granted final approval by the New York State Public Service Commission to convert its coal-powered plant in Dunkirk to natural gas.  The PSC decision came in June following many months’ worth of work by countless people and organizations in Chautauqua County.

The $140-million agreement means the facility will continue to operate for the next ten years, will reduce air emissions, and will maintain locally generated power for continued reliability in Western New York and the entire state.

NRG is the largest single taxpayer in Chautauqua County.  Without this agreement, the closure of the facility would have had serious negative economic consequences locally.  Tax bases for the county, the City of Dunkirk, and the Dunkirk school system would have been seriously jeopardized and family-sustaining jobs would have been lost.

The move to repower and save the plant brought together a number of entities including elected officials, labor representatives, businesses, schools, senior citizen groups, and others.

State Senator Cathy Young praised the PowerUpWNY coalition and said the result is that, “our students have a brighter future, our jobs are preserved, our taxpayers will have reliable power, our manufacturers can grow, our residents won’t face rippling taxes, and our community is filled with hope once again.  This success truly shows that when a goal is worth achieving it is worth fighting for.”

Congratulations to all who helped to bring this project to a successful completion!


Community Chambers Award Scholarships

The Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce has awarded scholarships to high school seniors from Silver Creek and Forestville Central Schools.

Michael McCarthy is the son of Kevin and Debbie McCarthy of Sheridan and a graduate of Silver Creek Central School.  A member of National Honor Society and Key Club, he was active in sports and played on the varsity basketball and lacrosse teams and was captain of the varsity soccer and golf teams.  Michael will be attending SUNY Brockport and will be majoring in Finance this Fall. 
Forestville graduate Jacob Schober was the other Hanover scholarship winner.  He will attend Jamestown Business College in the fall and will major in Business.

The Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce presented scholarships to two students from Dunkirk High School:  Dylan Oyer and Adrian Vega-Bautista. Dylan is the son of Rebecca Dyckes & Wayne Oyer.  He will be attending SUNY Fredonia where he will study Business Administration and Accounting.
Adrian is the son of Araceli Bautista and Porfirio Vega.  He plans to attend the University of Brockport and major in Business.

One Jamestown High School graduating senior received scholarships from both the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce and Dream It Do It in Chautauqua County.  Jed Tonkin has maintained an A average  throughout his high school career, taking classes at JHS and also attending the Diesel Mechanics program at the Hewes Educational Center for the past two years.  He plans to attend Jamestown Community College in the fall where he will pursue an Associate’s degree in the Welding Program, before transferring to a four year school to get a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgy.


Dunkirk Community Chamber Welcomes Sculptor

Dunkirk will welcome sculptor Peter Wolf Toth back to the city on July 10th with a reception at 5:30pm on the grounds of the Clarion Hotel.  Wolf Toth created the iconic wooden Indian sculpture in Dunkirk in the summer of 1973.  He chose northern Chautauqua County to house his New York State Whispering Giant, carving the unique statue from an elm tree on Park Avenue. 

Peter Wolf Toth is a Hungarian-born sculptor and humanitarian, who immigrated to the United States and settled in Akron, Ohio.  He studied art at the University of Akron, and eventually created a series of sculptures call the Trail of the Whispering Giants to chronicle the epic struggle of all men facing injustice, inhumanity, and tyranny.  Peter has traveled the continents for over 40 years fulfilling a dream and personal mission to create his gifts of heroic monuments to honor the Native Americans and other people who have suffered.  His 74th Whispering Giant was completed in Indiana in 2009.  His giant statues are located in each of the 50 US states as well as Canada and Europe.

Over the years the Dunkirk statue became weathered and now needs repair.  Wolf Toth has generously agreed to restore the beautiful landmark in Dunkirk.

The Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce supports this effort and encourages businesses and individuals to donate to the help cover  his costs, and to view the restoration work adjacent to the Clarion Hotel and Tim Horton’s on Lake Shore Drive.


AGLOW Spring Event Held at Chautauqua

The Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW), held its Spring Media Cast & Blast at Chautauqua Institution in early May.  The 2 ½ day event paired AGLOW Media Members with participating Corporate Members and industry pro-staff for two days of fishing on Chautauqua Lake.

The inaugural Cast & Blast was held in Branson, Missouri in 2010, and since then it has been held at Marion, Kentucky; Deadwood, South Dakota; and now on Chautauqua Lake.

Founded in 1956, AGLOW is a dynamic organization of writers, editors, publishers, broadcasters, authors, lecturers, photographers, artists, electronic media specialists, outdoors industry representatives, and tourism professionals, working together to promote the conservation and responsible use of our outdoor resources. 

As individual outdoor communicators, we educate and inform the masses through the written and spoken word. As an organization, we foster an unmatched fellowship among our members and provide amazing networking, educational and craft improvement opportunities.

Cast and Blast was held in Chautauqua in early May. 



Mayville Summer Concerts Announced

The Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2014 Entertainment in the Park Summer Concert Series scheduled performances:

July 10th – Mahajibee Blues – Rainbow the Clown

July 17th – Mizzbehavin (KISS tribute)

July 24th – Matt Homan and the Bluegrass Disciples – Rainbow the Clown

July 31st – Randy Graham – Rainbow the Clown

August 7th – James Earle Band (60’s – 70’s) – Rainbow the Clown

August 14th – The Lake Effect (A Cappella) – Rainbow the Clown

August 21st – Bill Ward and Amanda Barton – Rainbow the Clown

August 28th – Dick O’Dell and 23 Skidoo

The concerts are provided free of charge through the generous sponsorship of the Town of Chautauqua and Village of Mayville.  All performances will take place around the gazebo at Lakeside Park (located on Route 394 on the shores of Chautauqua Lake) in Mayville NY from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held in the Carlson Community Center also located at Lakeside Park.  Those attending should bring their own seating for the outside performances.  A 50/50 drawing will also be held at each performance this summer benefiting the Chamber and its work in the community, with the winner receiving half the proceeds at the end of the concert.

For more information on this concert series, call the Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce at (716) 753-3113 or go to our web site at www.mayvillechautauqua.org.   This year will mark the 20th  year this concert series has been taking place.  Plan on coming to Mayville NY this summer to hear some great performances at scenic Lakeside Park along the shores of beautiful Chautauqua Lake.


Lutheran President Named to Governor’s Health Panel

Holt Tom Holt, president and CEO of Lutheran, was nominated by Governor Andrew Cuomo and was appointed by the State Senate to the Public Health and Health Planning Council.  The council is the leader in policy change for New York State. Members have a broad array of advisory and decision-making responsibilities with respect to New York State’s public health and health care delivery system.

“Tom’s comprehensive knowledge of long term care, services to children and persons with developmental disabilities, and the health care system in general makes him an excellent representative of Upstate/Western New York and the Southern Tier in particular,” said Clark Poppleton, Chair of the Lutheran Board. “We are very appreciative of the support provided by Senator Cathy Young for him in this lengthy and complex process.”
The council makes recommendations to the Commissioner of Health concerning major construction projects, service changes, and equipment acquisition in health care facilities and home care agencies.  Members advise the Commissioner on issues related to the preservation and improvement of public health. “We know that Tom will be an active participant on the Council and that we will be well served by him,” Poppleton said. “His participation keeps us on the leading edge of new trends and informs our planning process.”
A native of Jamestown, Holt has over 25 years of experience in the skilled nursing, long term care and senior housing field. “There is a sea of change ahead of us in healthcare,” Holt adds. “Participation in a state wide initiative like this committee, assures that our real time perspective from the field is considered when important policies are being implemented.”

Under Holt’s leadership, Lutheran was successful in receiving over $23 million in state and federal funding to right size senior care in the region.  He is active with LeadingAge NY and served as Chair for the statewide board of directors. Mr. Holt received the young long-term care Administrator of the Year award in 2000 from LeadingAge NY. He has also been honored with the Business First 40 under 40 Award.


Chautauqua Physical & Occupational Therapy Hires Wellness Trainer in the new Live Well Center

In accordance with the expansion of the wellness program, Chautauqua Physical & Occupational Therapy is proud to welcome Jenna Austin as the newest addition to our staff. Ms. Austin will provide support to our wellness members following the exercise program created by a physical therapist.  The new Live Well Center is located inside the outpatient therapy clinic. 
Ms. Austin joins Chautauqua Physical & Occupational Therapy as a graduate of State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY with a degree in Exercise Science and served as the captain of the Women’s Basketball Team.  She is a native of Cherry Creek where she has recently purchased a home and is busy planning her wedding in early September.  She enjoys competitive sports and is an avid runner. 

“We are excited to add Ms. Austin to our team of healthcare professionals to address the fitness concerns of our community.  The new Live Well Center provides medical fitness programs for people in the general public who want a more individualized program developed by a physical therapist and implemented with supervision and guidance. The Live Well Center utilizes evidence-based exercise programs to meet the individual needs of our members and addresses some of the most common medical concerns in our society:  physical activity and exercise helps people avoid cardiovascular disease, decreases risk of diabetes, improves lung function, assists with weight loss, prevents and reverses the effects of osteoporosis, decreases the risk of falls, improves cognition and helps people stay independent in all aspects of their lives.”  states Patrick Green, Executive Director/Owner.

Chautauqua Physical & Occupational Therapy is celebrating 18 years of serving the Jamestown community by providing physical and occupational therapy in the outpatient clinic, as well as, wellness center and physical, occupational and speech services through the Early Intervention and Preschool programs sponsored by Chautauqua County Department of Health.


JCC Tweens 2 Teens College

Looking for something fun, hands-on, and interactive for your son/daughter or favorite niece/nephew to do this summer that they’ll love?  Then check out JCC’s new Tweens 2 Teens College!  

Classes are for youth ages 10-14 and their four-day program consists of fun topics such as forensic science, building Lego™ robots, creating cool digital stories, and much more.  The all-day camp consists of two classes:  a morning session and an afternoon session.  You can choose your two favorites.  Classes are July 28-31.  The cost is $189 per child and includes lunch and a tee shirt. 

To register or to get more information contact the Continuing Education office at 716-338-1005.  Thank you and we look forward to a very busy, fun summer! 


Chautauqua Institution Children’s School Provides Gate Passes for Parents

Chautauqua Institution is pleased to announce the launch of a new special for Chautauqua County residents — Children's School Plus One. This program offers 5 FREE GATE PASSES when you enroll your child(ren) into Children's School. Children's School is a weekly program that offers one the best developmental preschool settings in the country. See the attachment for all of the details.  Please help us by sharing with your friends, colleagues and neighbors! 

Enroll your child for one week in one of America’s best summer preschool programs while you enjoy 5 FREE morning lectures during the week. 

Children’s School is a developmental preschool program for youth ages 3-5. It’s a half-day program featuring a wide range of social, recreational and educational activities. The school operates from 9 a.m. - noon, Monday through Friday.  The cost is $150 per child per week.  Pre-registration is required. 
Cost:  $150 per child per week.   Pre-registration is required.   For registration call the ticketing office at Chautauqua at 357-6250 or for more information about the Children’s School contact Gwen Papania, Director of Youth Services at 357-6290.


Olympic Champions Meryl Davis & Charlie White to Headline Jamestown Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular

The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena in collaboration with Disson Skating is excited to be presenting for the thirdconsecutive year the Progressive Skating &Gymnastics Spectacular on December 13, 2014.

The cast features the most decorated dance team in US figure skating history,2014 Olympic Champions and two-time World Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who return to Jamestown following their victory in Sochi.  Following the Olympics,Davis and White competed in the eighteenth season of ABC’sDancing with the Stars.Davis was crowned this year’s champion with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiyon May 20, 2014.

The star-studded figure skating cast, in addition to Davis and White, is scheduled to include:  Two-time Olympic silver medalist, three-time World champion and seven-time Canadian champion Elvis Stojko; Four-time World champion and four-time Canadianchampion Kurt Browning; World ice dance champion and ten-time Canadian ice dance champion Shae-Lynn Bourne; Two-time U.S. champion Alissa Czisny; and Canadian silver medalist Shawn Sawyer.  The cast is also scheduled to include the following gymnastics stars:  Olympic champion (team), World all-around champion, and two-time U.S. all-around champion Jordyn Wieber (member of the Fierce Five® from the 2012 Olympic Games in London); 2013 U.S. all-around, parallel bars & high bar champion and three-time NCAA all-around champion Sam Mikulak; Two-time World medalist and 2012 U.S. all-around champion John Orozco; and Olympic silver medalist (team) and World champion (team) Samantha Peszek.  Additional star gymnasts will be announced in August following U.S.A. Gymnastics’national championships.

In addition, an Olympic dream team is coming back to host the show in Jamestown and includes:Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi, three-time U.S. champion Michael Weiss, and Olympic gymnastics champions Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner.

The musical guests for this year are two young artists that are climbing the charts.  First up is Cody Simpson, a teenage heartthrob from Australia that has been cranking out hits since 2010.  His new single “Surfboard” is going to be a summer anthem, and he is one of the hottest tickets for teens right now. Simpson also competed against Davis and White in this past season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Joining Simpson will be Danielle Bradbery who is a former winner of NBC’sThe Voice.  She recently finished touring with Hunter Hayes, is scheduled to perform at the 2014 CMT Music Awards in early June, and her new single “Young in America” is climbing the country charts. 

Pre Sale tickets will go on sale August 1, 2014 to Arena Insiders, and on August 4 to the general public.  To become an Arena Insider Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, text “arena” to 31996, or join the email list at jamestownarena.com.  For information about the show visit www.jamestownarena.com or call the box office at 716.484.2624. 


Free Entertainment at Jamestown Concert Series

The Big City Free Summer Concert Series, sponsored by Landmark Chevrolet and Arthur R Gren, returns with live performances on Lafayette Street outside the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena on Fridays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the performance will take place inside the arena in the Arena Club.

In its third season, the summer concert series has consistently drawn crowds to the arena for a fun, free night out. With a seven show line up, be sure to stop down and enjoy your source for free entertainment.  The Big City Summer Concert Series schedule continues as follows:

7/11 – Derek Davis and the Tasty Groove (Special Start time of 5:30)
7/18 – Smackdab
7/25 – No Limit, featuring Cindy Haight
8/1- The Grace Stumberg Band
8/22- (TBD)

“The concert series kind of started out as a means of bringing people into downtown Jamestown over the summer months, when we’re losing people to outdoor activities around the lake,” Matt Hanson, events manager for JSBA, said. “We’ve been able to consistently bring people to the shows and I think people really enjoy having another option. Being a free show, it’s really inviting to families and everybody of all ages, and it’s a good way to get out and enjoy the weather in downtown Jamestown.”

For more information and the latest with local entertainment updates, stay plugged into jamestownarena.com and the JSBA facebook & twitter pages. Representatives can also be reached at the Arena Box Office at 716-484-2624.

All scheduled dates for the Big City Summer Concert Series are subject to change.


Arena Launches First Eduskate Program as Part of Physical Education Curriculum

For the past month at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena (JSBA), fourth graders from Falconer Central School have been participating in the arenas inaugural EduSkate program. Focusing on community enrichment, JSBA partnered with Falconer Central School to integrate the program into the schools physical education curriculum, allowing the students to come for five sessions throughout the month of June.

With the help of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the school was awarded grant money to help make EduSkate possible. Roughly 100 students, which culminated with two separate group sessions, were able to actively participate in the program.  Taught by hockey instructor and JSBA Assistant General Manager, Craig Hinderleider, EduSkate nurtures a link between the schools, the fun and fitness of skating type activities, and the arena.

“The kids thoroughly enjoyed the program and the opportunity to skate.  The quick improvement from lesson one to the fifth was evident in the number of kids that eliminated the skating trainer tool,” said Fenner Elementary Physical Education teacher, Darin Kennedy.  I think it was a valuable experience for the kids in building self-confidence, esteem, physical strength, and balance.  The kids have shared with me that they loved it and will miss skating.”

In a world where exercise and fun are not directly correlated, JSBA wanted to create a program where students would be able to exercise but at the same time, have fun. A typical session would include a brief educational session, followed by a skating lesson and a related game, concluding with a musically enhanced free skate.

“It has been a very rewarding experience for the arena staff, being able to witness how significant the students have grown since the first session. Listening to them express how impressed they were with themselves will be one of the most memorable things that I will take away,” Hinderleider continues,

“Hopefully this program doesn’t only help them developmentally but also mentally as well.”
JSBA encourages any and all schools/child organizations to take part. For more information on the EduSkate program or if you would like to participate, please contact Hannah Braun, program coordinator and JSBA Community Outreach Director at 716-484-2624 or by email at Hannah.braun@jamestownarena.com.


Putnam Agency Issues Warning

A quick warning to watch out for parking lot "Samaritans" -- con artists who claim they spotted smoke coming from your car, or another problem, and offer to put it right for you.

I've read about these tricksters quite a lot recently. They're just out to make a quick buck, usually claiming that they happen to be auto mechanics.

If this happens to you, the best thing is to refuse their offer, get in your car and drive away. Don’t leave your vehicle because these crooks might try to take revenge on it. Then get your car checked out by someone you trust.

Another parking lot problem I hear more about these days is the fake "accident". This time, the scammers purposely get in your way when you're backing out.

They may be on foot or in a vehicle, but the aim is to get you to bump them so they can make a claim on your auto insurance. They may even threaten you and demand cash there and then.

Look out for people hanging about near your car when you return to it, or people sitting in another vehicle seeming to be watching you. Take extra care when you back out and, of course, if anything does happen, never admit responsibility -- just exchange details.

Also, report the incident to the police, no matter how apparently minor, making it clear to the other party that you will do so. But don't get aggressive or argue with them.

And if you have any concerns about your insurance protection for these circumstances, feel free to contact us.


Opera House to Present Monty Python Live! (Mostly) Reunion Show

Members of the legendary comic troupe Monty Python recently announced their participation in a special live reunion show that runs in performance at London’s O2 Arena from July 1-20.  The final performance on July 20 will be captured lived in high definition and will be screened in selected theatres and performing arts centers throughout the United States – including at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House – on  Thur., Aug. 6, at 7 p.m.   The Opera House also will screen an encore of the show on Sat., Aug. 9, at 1 p.m.  
Comedy icons Monty Python perform live onstage together for the first time in more than three decades – and, they say, the last time ever!   At a combined age of just 358, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin once again perform some of their greatest hits with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists.  Fans hoping for Spam, lumberjacks, dead parrots and red-robed cardinals of the Spanish Inquisition will not be disappointed.  But Idle says “there will be the old favorites, but some new surprises as well.

Monty Python Live! (mostly) will be presented in two screenings at the Opera House, as fans around the world have the opportunity to be a part of one of the most anticipated live events of the year – the chance to say farewell to the Pythons on this last and special night!

Monty Python rightfully holds a place among the world’s finest-ever comedians, influencing a generation and revolutionizing comedy on the way to greatness.

Tickets to the live performances onstage at London’s O2 Arena sold out in minutes.  These are the first live performances by the stars of Monty Python since they performed at the Hollywood Bowl in September 1980.  
“So, get your knotted handkerchiefs out and warm your brains one last time in a final, weepy, hilarious, uproarious, outrageous, farewell to the five remaining Pythons as they head for the Old Jokes Home ... on the big screen, in HD,” said the Pythons.

Tickets to Monty Python Live! (mostly) are $15 and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.   They also may be purchased online any time at www.fredopera.org.  The performance is presented, in part, with support from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.  

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported, not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. A complete schedule of Opera House events is available at www.fredopera.org.

Photo caption:  For the first time in more than three decades, comedy legends Monty Python perform live onstage together in Monty Python Live! (mostly,) a live reunion performance to be captured via satellite from London’s O2 Arena.  It will be presented at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House twice - on Thur., Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. and again on Sat., Aug. 9, at 1 p.m.  




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