VOICE Newsletter

July 2015

Jamestown Chamber Coordinates Air Exchange


To highlight the ease of air travel between Jamestown and Pittsburgh, the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce and the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce are exchanging visitors this summer.  The two Chambers have arranged an exchange program, sending a delegation from Jamestown to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, July 1.  A group from Pittsburgh will visit Jamestown later this summer on a date to be determined.

The Jamestown delegation was led by Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce Coordinator Jason Toczydlowski.  Also on the flight was Todd Tranum, Executive Director of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Greg Lindquist from the Jamestown Renaissance Center, Curt Johnson of Shawbucks, Post-Journal reporter Dennis Phillips, and others.

Their plane departed Jamestown at 9:40am.  The group had lunch at the Hyatt Hotel at the Pittsburgh Airport, a visit to the Andy Warhol Museum, a driving tour of Pittsburgh, a visit to the airport mall, and happy hour before returning to Jamestown early in the evening.

Toczydlowski said, “This is a valuable service available for our community residents, business representatives, and visitors coming to our county.  Sun Air Express offers an easy and inexpensive way to connect to other flight destinations from Pittsburgh.  We see this as a tremendous benefit for all types of businesses, including tourism, in our region.  We are grateful to Sun Air Express for helping us put this project together.”

When the Pittsburgh delegation visits Jamestown they will see the Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy, the Robert H. Jackson Center, and Chautauqua Institution.

The new Chautauqua County air carrier, Sun Air Express, offers regular flights to the Pittsburgh International Airport for a low price of just $29 each way.  Regular business travelers can purchase a fare package at an even lower price.  The Sun Air Express Pack information is available on the company’s website at www.flysunairexpress.com.

Chautauqua County is Open for Start-Up Business

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

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is in business for business.  Our mission is to create a business environment in the region where our members can thrive.  Toward that end, we work with a number of partners in a variety of ways.

One of the most frequent referrals we make is to the Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College.  The SBDC provides professional business advisement, education, network resources and to advocate for small business and entrepreneurs.

If you are surprised to hear the work “entrepreneur” in relation to Chautauqua County, we strongly encourage you to rethink everything you know about our area.  Small businesses are starting up here all the time, and there is a variety of services and programs to help nurture and foster new ideas and development of small businesses right here in our county.

In 2014, the SBDC at JCC had 440 client contacts, resulting in permit request packages for 184 businesses.  Their work created 83 new jobs and saved 100 others, and had a total economic impact of over $4.5-million.  The SBDC can assist with developing business plans, understanding permit and licensing needs, marketing and advertising, budgeting, and more.

In addition to the SBDC, the other organizations working hard for start-up businesses here are Jamestown Community College and SUNY Fredonia.  JCC now has a certificate program in Entrepreneurship, offering courses that are meaningful to people who are starting their own business.  Courses include business basics like accounting or marketing, with personnel dedicated to meeting the specific needs of entrepreneurs.  The Fredonia Technology Incubator promotes economic growth by supporting entrepreneurship and the development of new, innovative, arts and technology-based companies into successful business ventures.
US Census Department figures show that of the 2,900 business entities in Chautauqua County, 50% of them have fewer than five employees.  Companies employing 20 or fewer people account for 86% of all of the jobs in our county.  That demonstrates that small business is vital, very much alive, and incredibly important to our local economy. 

It can be daunting to launch your own business.  But during a recent Entrepreneurship forum at JCC, it was clear that people of all ages are interested in starting up businesses right here in our community.  From purchasing existing businesses, to launching something brand new, they come armed with a dream and initiative.  We encourage them to follow their dreams. 

If you or someone you know is passionate about starting their own business, whether it’s retail, industrial, consulting, or something in between, we recommend that you contact the SBDC at JCC, the JCC Entrepreneurship program or the Fredonia Technology Incubator to learn more about the resources available to you.  We are open for business in Chautauqua County, and always looking for ways to make our area a better place to work, live, and play.


Jackson Rohm to Open Mayville Entertainment Series

The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce will kick off its summer Entertainment in the Park concert series on Thursday, July 9, with Jackson Rohm.  A Lakewood native, Rohm has been a long-time favorite in the area. 

The concert series will be held Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm at Lakeside Park in Mayville.  For more information call the Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber at (716) 753-3113.

Dunkirk Community Chamber Presents Scholarships

The Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce recently presented two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors at Dunkirk High School.  This year’s award winners were Jamie Alvarado and Saria Ramierez.  The scholarships were presented at the Dunkirk High School Awards night event on June 27. 

Hanover Community Chamber Presents Scholarships

The Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce has presented scholarships to two graduating high school seniors.  Kraig Gilbert from Silver Creek Central High School and Caleb Makuch from Forestville Central High School each won a $300 scholarship. 
Caleb is the son of James and Candi Makuch of Forestville.  He will be attending Utica College for Construction Management in the fall.

First Friday Westfield is July 10

Due to the Independence Day holiday weekend, the monthly First Friday event held by the Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce has been moved to the second Friday of the month for July.  It will be held this coming Friday, July 10, on Main Street in Westfield.  First Friday offers food, entertainment, art, wine tasting, and more, beginning at 5pm.  It’s a street fair atmosphere, with many local businesses participating.

Special County Fair Preview Night for Chamber Members

Once again this year the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will provide its members with a special preview evening and networking event at the Chautauqua County Fair.  This special Chamber event is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 from 5:00-6:30pm.  You can enjoy fair food, stroll along the midway, and have a great evening with other Chamber members and friends!
This event is sponsored by GPI Greenman-Pederson, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Media One Group, Star Media Group, and Putnam Record Insurance Agency.  The cost is just $10 for pre-registered guests, or $12 for walk-ins.  You can register online at www.chautauquachamber.org/events, or call the Chamber at 484-1101 or 366-6200.

Chamber Golf Tournament is August 13

Sign up now for the Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, scheduled for August 13.  This spectacular event has been a sell-out for the past two years, as our golfers enjoy the Upper Course at Peek’n Peak!  The Chamber’s golf tournament provides an opportunity to mingle with other Chautauqua County business people, while experiencing a spectacular day on a championship caliber, par 72 course.  Panoramic views and rolling hills add to the beauty of the course, which features bentgrass greens, fairways, and tees for optimum playing conditions.

The Chamber and staff at the Peek provide food, amenities and prizes.  The cost includes all fees, carts, lunch, and dinner.  Sign up now to be sure you get a spot!  You can register online at www.chautauquachamber.org/events or call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.

ALSTAR EMS Spring Training

The 9th Annual STEMS Spring Training was held March 27th and March 28th 2015 at the Premier Banquet Center in Olean New York. This 2 day event is held every year and gives local EMS providers a chance to network and learn about new advancements in Prehospital trauma care. Local medical care providers and EMS educators came together to educate the 200 attendees that were at the conference.  The conference is hosted each year by the Southern Tier Emergency Medical System (STEMS), a program of Southern Tier Health Care System, and the Southwestern Regional EMS Council.  Some of the featured presenters of the conference were Phil Wilson who presented on “Bites, Stings and Things”, and Debbie Weaver, Chief Flight Nurse of Starflight who presented on the air medical services industry and its importance to our community. Ron Hasson of ALSTAR EMS, also a member of the Southwestern Regional EMS Council was the EMCEE for the event.

Photo Caption:  Left to right is Gregg Trisket, Field Operations Manager at ALSTAR EMS, Phil Wilson, Clinical Operations Manager at ALSTAR EMS, Ron Hasson, EMS Resources Manager at ALSTAR EMS and Dave Thomas, Executive Director of ALSTAR EMS. 

Historical Drama to be Featured at Lily Dale Assembly

Susan B. Anthony Alive!, a one-woman historical drama featuring living history actress Christina Rausa, will be presented at the Lily Dale Auditorium on Fri., July 17, at 8:15 p.m.

Susan B. Anthony dedicated her life to the women’s suffrage movement; and her work paved the way for the passage in 1920, 14 years after her death, of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. 

Born to a Quaker family with long activist traditions, Anthony developed a sense of justice and moral zeal early in life.  After teaching for 15 years, she became active in the temperance movement; but because she was a woman, she was not allowed to speak at temperance rallies.  This experience, and her acquaintance with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, led her to join the women’s rights movement in 1852. 

Ignoring opposition and abuse, Anthony traveled, lectured and canvassed the nation for the vote, ultimately becoming a national leader and one of the most powerful organizers of the women’s movement.  Turned away and prevented from speaking on many popular platforms because she was a woman, Anthony found a welcome audience in the free-thinkers at Lily Dale and lectured in the Auditorium on several occasions.

She also campaigned for the abolition of slavery, women’s rights to their own property and earnings and women’s labor organizations.  In 1900, she persuaded the University of Rochester to admit women.  Anthony was aggressive and passionate by nature and had a keen mind and a great ability to inspire.  She remained active in “the cause” until her death at 86 in March 1906.

Bringing this outspoken pioneer to life on the stage is living history actress Christina Rausa.  A professional actress for more than 30 years, Rausa has worked regionally and toured extensively throughout New York state and in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  A two-time recipient of Buffalo’s prestigious stage award “The Artie,” for her portrayal of Emily Dickinson in William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst and for ensemble work in Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser, she also was an Artie nominee for her work in Educating Rita by Willy Russell.   Rausa also is the recipient of the Ann Burnstein Award for service to the community through radio and drama.

In 2009, she received rave reviews for her portrayal of Golda Meir, Israel’s “Iron Lady,” in Golda’s Balcony at Buffalo’s Jewish Community Center.  Most recently, she was praised for her turn as Maria Callas in Master Class at Musicalfare. An adjunct instructor in the Department of Theater and Dance at SUNY Fredonia, she currently can be seen and heard on numerous regional and national radio and television commercials. 

Susan B. Anthony Alive! is an original work written by Rausa in cooperation with the League of Women Voters.  “The work has proven to be most inspiring despite the fact that when asked by the League of Women Voters to write and perform the piece, I initially was inclined to turn them down, afraid of the daunting nature of such a project,” says Rausa.  “I am sincerely grateful to the League for not letting me off the hook.”

Tickets are $20 general admission and may be purchased at the Lily Dale Office, M-F, 9 a.m. – 12:30pm and 1:30 – 4 p.m., online anytime at www.lilydaleasssembly.com or at the door.  Those arriving at Lily Dale after 6 p.m. can enter the grounds for the reduced gate fee of $6.

The event is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.  Support also comes from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County Projects Pool Grant Program.

Lily Dale is a Spiritualist community located in Chautauqua County, NY, on the shores of Cassadaga Lake.  Lily Dale became renowned for Spiritualism and identified as the center of the Spiritualist movement when the childhood home of its American founders, Kate and Margaret Fox, was moved from Hydesville, NY, to Lily Dale in 1916. This established Lily Dale as the home of Spiritualism in the United States.  Today, Lily Dale is a place of pilgrimage for many Spiritualists and others interested in Spiritualism.  Each year nearly 30,000 visitors come for classes, workshops, public church services and mediumship demonstrations, lectures, and private appointments with mediums.

Photo caption:    Living history actress Christina Rausa will portray women’s rights pioneer Susan B. Anthony in Susan B. Anthony Alive! July 17 in the Lily Dale Auditorium.


Broomball Tournament at the JSBA July 12

A Broomball Tournament will be held at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena on Sunday, July 12th at 1:30 p.m. The tournament will be open to teams 18 years of age or older and of all levels of experience. Teams of 6-10 may register at any time.

Teams will have the option to compete on or off ice depending on level of experience. Helmets and Broomball sticks will be provided for all competitors. Sneakers are required for all participants, and knee and elbow pads are suggested. Food and drink specials will be available throughout the day at Sully’s Restaurant & Bar.

To register or find out more information call 716.484.2624 or visit www.jamestownarena.com. Registration will be $50 per team; however, there will be a 50% discount on the Broomball Tournament if a team also competes in the JSBA Dodgeball Tournament on July 11th.

Other upcoming events at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena include the Babes of Wrath Roller Derby vs. Lehigh Valley - Saturday, July 18 at 6:30pm and the Mister and Miss Jamestown Hott International 2015 - Sunday, August 16 at 7:00pm. You can learn more about JSBA at www.jamestownarena.com.


JCC Continuing Ed Presents Teens 2 Tweens

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 Tweens 2 Teens College!  Classes are for youth ages 10-14 and their four-day program consists of fun topics such as painting and stenciling, conducting cool science experiments, cooking as an apprentice-chef, and designing a digital website!  To register your child or to learn more, contact the Continuing Education office at (716) 338-1005. 


Sunday Morning Vineyard Walks

Johnson Estate Winery in Westfield will hold Sunday morning vineyard walks on July 19, July 26, August 2, & August 16.  These events run from 9:30-11:30am.  Take a brisk morning walk in the vineyards with Fred Johnson, owner of Johnson Estate Winery. This is your chance to ask questions about vineyards and wine in a relaxed setting. Walking "classroom" provides information about making wine at Johnson Estate - from the vine to the bottle.

Tour begins at the front of the winery. Then a walk-about and inspection of the vineyards at Johnson Estate Winery with Fred Johnson. Walk will be approximately two miles through the vineyards, including a visit to the pond with exceptional views of Lake Erie.  It’s followed by a brief winery tour and light breakfast pairing at the winery. This brunch might include seasonal berries or fruit, quiche, and bread with appropriate wine pairings as well as juice/coffee. Tickets are $25 each and are available at the winery or through their website at http://johnsonwinery.com/


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