VOICE Newsletter

December 2014

The Bounty of Our County

Written by Todd J. Tranum, President & CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

With Thanksgiving just completed and Christmas just around the corner, there is much to be thankful for here in Chautauqua County.  There are so many people accomplishing great things here that sometimes it is hard to keep track. 

Congratulations to the Lucy-Desi Museum and Center for Comedy with their recently announced plans to bring internationally known comedian Jerry Seinfeld to Jamestown in August!  The center has made tremendous strides over the years in bringing the cream of the comedic crop for its annual celebration of the legacy of Jamestown native Lucille Ball.  The addition of the Lucy Town Race in October, and this past year with the world-record grape stomp, has brought even more attention to our community.  All of these efforts require planning, lots of volunteer help, funding, and the dedication of the community to make them happen. We salute the work of the Center, its staff, and its board for the vision and determination to make these tremendous events happen.

We also applaud the City of Jamestown for bringing baseball back to the community.  The re-formulation of the Jamestown Jammers as a wood-bat league team will keep this all American sport in our stadium and baseball fans in the stands.  Congratulations to Mayor Sam Teresi, Greg Peterson, and our own “Mr. Baseball” Russ Diethrick for making this happen.

In Dunkirk, plans are underway for a third year of the Great Lakes Experience Festival.  The planning committee will meet at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, December 3 at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator, Central Avenue in Dunkirk.  Anyone who is interested in helping with this year’s festival or sponsoring is invited to attend.  Kudos to the Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce for helping to lead this effort, and to its president Jay Warren for his efforts in promoting and growing this exemplary event, which celebrates the unique ecological, social, and economic nature of the Lake Erie region.

Last, but definitely not least, we celebrate the perseverance of all Western New Yorkers who came through a major weather emergency with what can only be described as flying colors.  Our neighbors to the north in Erie County bore the brunt of the Snowvember storm, but northern Chautauqua County was hard hit as well.  With the State Thruway closed, shelters were set up in Ripley and Fredonia, manned by mostly local people who volunteer with the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other groups.  The stories of neighbors helping neighbors were heartwarming in the midst of a snow emergency. 

Chamber Annual Meeting December 17

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting at noon, Wednesday, December 17 at Moon Brook Country Club in Jamestown.  Our guest speakers will be Journey Gunderson, Executive Director, and Tom Benson, Board President, from the Lucy-Desi Museum and Center for Comedy to talk about plans for their events and facilities in the year ahead. 

The annual Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award will be presented to Ron Graham, founder of Chautauqua Striders and Infinity Visual & Performing Arts.  This award is given each year to a member of the community who has worked especially hard to pull together partnerships that make a difference in our county. 

The Annual Meeting also includes the election of board members and officers for the coming year. 

This meeting is sponsored by Artone, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, Liazon Corporation, M & T Bank, and WDOE/KIX96.  Chamber members and non-members are welcome.  You can register now online through the Chamber website at www.chautauquachamber.org or call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Shop Local.  Shop-Tauqua!

We sincerely hope that our efforts to call attention to Small Business Saturday will linger for more than just one day.  The day, by itself, seemed to be a hit!  Many local small businesses offered special discounts and fun activities in their stores.  The Chamber was proud to help promote this day for all of our independently-owned local merchants and restaurants. With numerous small, independent, merchants right here in Chautauqua County, you can find gifts of all types for everyone on your list at unique and special boutiques, stores, and businesses. 

For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $68 goes back into the local economy.  When you shop at chain stores locally, $43 goes back into the local economy. Support our local business, support local jobs and support our local economy, buy local this holiday season!

The Chamber also sells Shop-Tauqua Chamber Gift Checks which can be used at more than 80 local stores, spas, restaurants, and other businesses right here in our own county.  Since its inception, the Gift Check program has had a more than $2-million impact on the local economy.  You can learn more about Chamber Gift Checks by calling the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or on our website at www.chautauquachamber.org.

Health Insurance Message for Sole Proprietors

Sole proprietors are now considered individuals in the health insurance marketplace. If you were previously insured through the Chamber of Commerce Bright Choices Exchange with Liazon and want to continue the same type of health insurance that you have right now, you do not need to take any action to amend your insurance.  Univera, working with the Chamber of Commerce, has mapped you into a plan that is as close as possible to your current plan.  Your rates may be subject to change and your health insurance will be directly billed through Univera in the coming year, not through Bright Choices.  If you are enrolled in ancillary plans such as dental, vision or disability through Liazon those plans will not change and will still be provided through Bright Choices and billed by Liazon.

If you are currently an uninsured sole proprietor and want to enroll in a plan with a start date of January 1, you have until December 15 to acquire coverage.  Simply call or email Craig Colburn at the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101, or email ccolburn@chautauquachamber.org to set up an appointment.

Fredonia Chamber Christmas Ornament Sale

The Fredonia Chamber of Commerce 2014 Annual Christmas Ornaments are now available!

You can purchase ornaments at these locations in Fredonia:
The Paper Factory, 3771 East Main Road
The White Inn, 52 East Main Street
The Fredonia Chamber Office, 35 East Main Street (or by calling 679-1565)
Erin Bennett from Fredonia Central School is the artist who designed this beautiful ornament.
The ornaments cost $12.00 each, or when you purchase two or more they are $10.00 each.

Photo Caption:  Shown with artist Erin Bennett are Heidi Seddon and Tim Murphy from the Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce.

Hanover Chamber Meeting Rescheduled

The Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce meeting which was canceled November 20 due to the snowstorm has been rescheduled.  It will be held at 5:15pm on Tuesday, December 9 at Pinewoods Cottage, 11634 York Road, Silver Creek.  There will be no guest speaker for this meeting.

Mayville Community Chamber Holds Annual Banquet

The Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Meeting &Banquet on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Andriaccio’s Restaurant, Mayville, New York.  Guests in attendance were Ken Shearer, Chamber President, and Jennifer Shearer of Chautauqua Marina; Deborah Marsala, Chamber Coordinator, and Larry Marsala; Terri Kindberg and Craig Merchant of the Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village (recipient of Community Service Award); James Barrett, Chamber Treasurer, of Jamestown Savings Bank; Ben Spitzer, Community Board Member representing Chautauqua Lake Central School; Don Emhardt, Community Board Member representing the Town of Chautauqua, and Kathy Emhardt; Jordan Steves of Chautauqua Institution; Hugh Butler, Chamber Vice-President, of Butler Systems Research & Design, and Marsha Butler; Craig Colburn, Chamber Secretary, of Chautauqua Marina and Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce; Joe Town of Andriaccio’s Restaurant; and Amanda Andriaccio of Andriaccio’s Restaurant (recipient of the Business Improvement Award).

Elected to the Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors was Ken Shearer of Chautauqua Marina and Joe Town of Andriaccio’s Restaurant, while Jordan Steves was appointed as the new Community Board Member representing Chautauqua Institution to fill the available position.  They join Board Members Hugh Butler, Craig Colburn, Donna Flinchbaugh (who will be appointed to serve the last year of an available board seat term), Don Emhardt, and Ben Spitzer on the Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2015.

The Community Service Award was presented to the Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village for their invaluable service of teaching children fire, bike, and traffic safety, as well as other safety classes.  Terri Kindberg and Craig Merchant accepted the award on behalf of the Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village.

Andriaccio’s Restaurant of Mayville was presented with the Business Improvement Award for the beautiful restaurant interior renovations as well as their newly constructed outside patio addition.  Accepting the award on behalf of the business was owner Nick Andriaccio.  Also present for the presentation was Guy and Antoinette Andriaccio, Manager Joe Town, Co-owner Sally Andriaccio, and Amanda Andriaccio.

Lutheran Honored with National Public Trust Award in Nashville

With over 5000 people in attendance at the LeadingAge National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, Lutheran was honored with the 2014 Public Trust Award. The award recognizes ongoing, significant influence on the public perception of aging services and the aging experience. 

“LeadingAge is honoring Lutheran for building trust with older adults and their families so they can plan ahead and connect to resources before they are in crisis,” said David Gehm, Chair of the Board. “We applaud your leadership for undertaking extensive research to identify and address gaps in service, mindful that planning for senior care is complex and, for many people, confusing and overwhelming.”

“We also commend your initiative to expand the service coordination model into private homes,”  Gehm said. “As a result, the Senior Life Matters program, coordinated by a certified geriatric care manager, is helping people find solutions to their concerns about aging. In addition, your free monthly Best of Times seminar series has proved to be a vital public service to help older adults and their families make informed choices.”

Lutheran is creating programs and services to prepare for the future, which will include the onset of baby boomers entering their senior years.  "We are working toward a future where people have choices to help them remain as independent as possible, for as long as possible,” said Tom Holt, Lutheran President and CEO.  “One call to us and we can help individuals navigate the complex world of aging services.  Our Best of Times seminars will continue to provide education and awareness of topics that interest people and help them live life to the fullest.”

The Lutheran Campus is located on Falconer Street in Jamestown.  The campus includes Edgewood Communities, an active senior living community for people over the age of 55.  In addition, Lutheran offers Warner Place, a medical model adult day healthcare program, Hultquist Place Assisted Living, and the Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center. G.A. Family Services for youth and their families in need, is also located on campus and includes a residential program, learning center, and therapeutic foster care.  To learn more about Lutheran senior services, call Mary Borowski-Burns, Director of Admissions at 665-8139 or log onto www.lutheran-jamestown.org.

Photo Caption:  Tom Holt, center, Lutheran President and CEO accepts the LeadingAge 2014 Public Trust Award in Nashville, Tennesee, from David Gehm, Chair of the LeadingAge Board of Directors and Audrey Weiner, Chair for the LeadingAge Nominations and Awards Committee.

Health Department to Offer Technical Assistance to Employers to Support Breastfeeding Mothers

By the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services

To increase breastfeeding rates in Chautauqua County, and to assist local employers, the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (CCDHHS) is offering free technical assistance to worksites interested in increasing support for breastfeeding mothers.

On average from 2010 to 2012, just 13.9% of WIC mothers in Chautauqua County were still breastfeeding their babies at 6 months, compared to 38.3% of WIC mothers in New York State as a whole. In the delivery hospital, breast milk was fed to 65.8% of babies in Chautauqua County hospitals, compared to 81.9% in New York State hospitals.

With generous funds from the New York State Health Foundation, Univera Healthcare, and the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, CCDHHS is working to increase community supports for breastfeeding mothers in Chautauqua County. Plans are in place to coordinate efforts with hospitals, doctor's offices, and employers.

Many mothers struggle to continue breastfeeding upon returning to work, often due to perceived lack of support from employers. However, breastfeeding offers many benefits to the workplace. Because breast milk provides a mother's antibodies to babies, they are less likely than formula-fed babies to get sick. Better infant health means parents take less time off to care for sick children. Employers also benefit from lower health care costs, lower turnover and absentee rates, higher productivity and morale. Breastfeeding also offers health benefits to mothers including decreased risk for obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and several types of cancer.

New York State and Federal Labor Laws require employers to provide reasonable break time for mothers to express their milk, as well as a comfortable location to pump that is not a bathroom. Many employers throughout the state fail to comply with the provisions of this law. CCDHHS staff are available to help your organization make reasonable changes to offer support to breastfeeding mothers. Contact Bree Agett at 716-753-4771 or AgettB@co.chautauqua.ny.us.

6 Holiday Hazards to Avoid

From Smart 9-1-1

As you celebrate the holiday season with your friends and family, please remember and share these 6 holiday hazards in order to keep you, your family, and your community safe.

  1. Don’t stand on chairs, desks or other furniture. Always use a proper step stool or ladder.
  2. Don’t place mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry and other poisonous plants within reach of children.
  3. Don’t use a dull blade. It requires more pressure, which increases the potential for injury.
  4. Don’t post if you are traveling or going to be away from home on social media.
  5. Don’t let your Christmas tree dry out and become a fire hazard. Pick a fresh tree and keep it hydrated.
  6. Don’t burn or throw gift wrap in the fireplace. Recycle your gift wrap instead. 

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