VOICE Newsletter

June 2016

Athenex Outlines Plans for Job Opportunities

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

It is estimated that Athenex will bring 900 jobs to Chautauqua County, many of which will be production operators, production mechanics, lab technicians and warehouse associates.  This major economic development project presents significant good paying opportunities to job seekers in the region and to students currently in our school districts, colleges and universities.  The need for a workforce with strong Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is on the increase and our community will need to coordinate and maximize our human resources and infrastructure to embrace the opportunity. Importantly as well, this project will bring opportunity for existing companies to provide services and be part of the supply chain that supports the new plant. It is exciting to have a high tech pharmaceutical manufacturing plant coming to Chautauqua County. This project adds to an already diverse base of industries in the region. 

Teresa Bair, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Legal Affairs at Athenex, outlined the opportunities during a meeting of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation Local Economic Development Committee this past week.  With many attendees from local higher education at SUNY Fredonia and Jamestown Community College, she was speaking to the right audience.  While there is not a firm timetable yet for construction of the advanced manufacturing facility, Bair pointed out that hiring for available jobs would begin well before the facility is operational, since training for the jobs will take time.

Michael Fancher, Vice President for Business Development and Economic Outreach at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, demonstrated that the Dunkirk facility is an extension of the existing nanotechnology corridor, which essentially runs along the State Thruway between Albany and Dunkirk.  SUNY Polytechnic has developed a unique public-private system that integrates education and business in a seamless approach that runs from research to development to deployment for emerging technologies.

We could not agree more with County Executive Vince Horrigan who enthusiastically describes economic growth in Chautauqua County as a “new wave.”  It is exciting to see the variety of advancements taking place right now countywide in a cross section of industries including manufacturing, tourism, small business, and agriculture.  From Dunkirk to Jamestown to Ashville to Findley Lake, Chautauqua County has plenty to offer across a broad range of economic sectors and the Athenex project will add to the diversity of our businesses in the community.   As the county’s premier business associations, the Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Association look forward to working closely with our members and new businesses as they develop and grow here.

Bair summed up nicely when she said, “We look forward to opportunities to get to know one another better.  We want to engage with the community, learn what is already here, and figure out how we can help one another moving forward.”


Events Bring World Class Talent to Our Doorstep


Tickets are on sale now for two major events coming to Chautauqua County this summer:  The LECOM Health Challenge July 4-10 at Peek’n Peak and the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy August 4-6 in Jamestown.  While these events are quite different, each has an important role to play in the landscape of our region’s economic development efforts.

The LECOM Health Challenge will return the Web.com PGA tour to Peek’n Peak.  Web.com is essentially a proving ground for some of golf’s finest players as they rise in PGA Tour status.  Three out of four PGA Tour stars spend time on the Web.com tour as they move up the ranks in professional golf.  The resort near Clymer previously hosted a PGA event from 2002 through 2007.  The week-long schedule of events includes a Pro-Am on Wednesday, July 6 and four official rounds of tournament competition July 7-10, with a tournament purse of $600,000.  The Golf Channel will air the LECOM Health Challenge live on those dates.

Tickets range in price from $10 for a daily pass to $25 for a general admissions ticket book for Thursday-Sunday.  VIP tickets are available for $100 per day and include food and beverage service.  Parking and shuttle service is complimentary for all patrons.  You can purchase tickets online at http://www.lecomhealthchallenge.com/ or by calling United Way of Northern Chautauqua County at (716) 366-5424 or United Way of Southern Chautauqua County at (716) 483-1561, or onsite at Peek’n Peak during the week of the event.

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will feature a stellar lineup of acts this summer, including headliner Brian Regan, who made history last September with the first live broadcast in Comedy Central’s history:  Brian Regan Live from Radio City Music Hall.  Jerry Seinfeld called him, “one of my favorite, favorite stand-up comedians.”  Regan will take the stage at 8:30pm, Saturday, August 6 at Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.

Lewis Black, known as the “King of the Rant” will perform Thursday, August 4 at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.  Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, will be on stage at the Reg Lenna on Friday, August 5.  In addition, the daughters of three of the most influential comedians in stand-up history will appear together on stage during the festival, honoring the legacy of Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and Richard Pryor.  Kitty Bruce, Kelly Carlin, and Rain Pryor will participate in this special roundtable event.  You can also be part of a panel discussion with Peter and Bobby Farrelly as they discuss some of their cinematic comedy hits including Dumb & Dumber and There’s Something About Mary.  The Farrelly brothers’ event will be filmed for inclusion in the National Comedy Center retrospective series.  Tickets prices vary by event and all ticketing information is available at www.lucycomedyfest.com.

While these events will draw people from all over the country to our corner of New York State, we also hope that local residents will participate as well.  Right here in Chautauqua County we are fortunate to present world-class entertainment and sporting events.  Be part of the excitement and get your tickets now!


Get Into Summer!

 CCVB's summer promotion encourages visitors to Get Active, Get Healthy, and Get Going by enjoying summer activities throughout Chautauqua County. The promotion specifically targets the two weeks surrounding the PGA TOUR's Web.com Tour and LECOM Health Challenge at Peek'n Peak. Encourage your visitors and customers to see what's happening at www.CHQSummer.com

As part of the promotion and to encourage spectators and participants in the LECOM Health Challenge to visit many of Chautauqua County's attractions, CCVB in conjunction with the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, will be staffing an information area at the tournament. We will provide travel guides, event calendars, and various brochures as we make suggestions on things to see and do in the region.  

Chamber Networking Cookout in a Unique Setting June 16 

All Chamber of Commerce members are invited to attend a unique Experience Chautauqua Networking Event on June 16.  This event will feature distinctive food created on site at the spectacular Stone & Outdoor Living Center at 4320 Bayview Road in Bemus Point! Stone & Outdoor Living Center is a retail specialty provider of stone, hardscape work, and everything for outdoor living and cooking.  Specialty barbecue items made on site in the Big Green Egg grill and pizza oven will be served, as well as other appetizers. 

Sponsors for this special event are M & T Bank, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, and Star Media Group.  The cost is just $10 for pre-registered guests or $12 for walk-ins at the door.  To register, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101 or find us online at www.chautauquachamber.org/events.

Dunkirk Chamber Sponsors Music on the Pier

The Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce is the prime sponsor of Music on the Pier at Dunkirk Harbor on Thursday, June 16.  This is the first in a summer-long series of free Thursday evening open air concerts in Dunkirk. The concert begins at 6:30 featuring Chicago Authority, a Chicago tribute band.  Enjoy the show and stop to visit the Chamber staff!

Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber Fundraiser Cruise June 20

The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce will host a Chautauqua Belle Cruise Fundraiser on Monday, June 20 from 7-9pm.  The cruise will feature a buffet, cash bar, and beautiful scenery on Chautauqua Lake.  Tickets are $100 each and proceeds will help support events that are organized year-round by the Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets are available at Chautauqua Marina, Webb’s Year Round Resort, Andriaccio’s Restaurant, and the Town of Chautauqua, or you can register and pay online by credit card through the Chamber website at www.chautauquachamber.org/events.  The cruise will depart from the dock, near Lakeside Park at 7pm.  For more information call the Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce office at (716) 753-3113. 

Technology Expo June 21

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, Dream It Do It, and Allen Industrial Sales present the Third Annual Technology Expo on Tuesday, June 21 at Allen Industrial Sales, 35 Anderson Avenue, Jamestown.  The Expo will highlight a range of manufacturing related products and services available to customers.  Exhibitors will be on hand from 3D Technology of Stratasys, Solidworks, and Faro to Industrial suppliers DXP, Mitutoyo Measuring Instruments, 3M Abrasives and Safety and many more.  We encourage local businesses and their employees to attend and stay up to speed on the latest technologies to move companies forward.  A free lunch will be provided.  For more information contact Steve Myers at Allen Industrial Sales and (716) 581-0321. 

Chamber Members – Please Take Our Online Survey!

We strongly encourage all members of the Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association to complete our Member Survey!  Questions center around Chamber programs and services and on how we can better support your business and the entire local business community.  Here's a link to our online survey in SurveyMonkey.  

It takes just a short time to respond, but your input is very valuable to our board and staff as we prepare for strategic planning this summer.  Responses are confidential and we sincerely appreciate your feedback!

Putnam Record Insurance Agency’s 4th Annual Safety Saturday

 On June 11, all area residents are invited to join the Putnam Record Agency from 10am – 2 pm at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds for their annual Safety Saturday event.  This event is completely free and it is filled with a wide variety of safety demonstrations.

Both the City of Dunkirk Fire and Police Departments will be on hand help keep your family safe.  The fire department is bringing their fire house to promote fire safety and will teach your entire family the importance of fire safety.  The police department will be there once again offering finger printing for the children.  This is so important that you have this done and you keep them on file in case there is ever an emergency.

Is your bicycle safe to ride?  Bring it down and let the great people at Spolk Folk check it over for you. They will be there to give you tips and techniques to keep you safe as you ride your bike around this beautiful community of ours.

Did you know that car seats expire?  The New York State Troopers along with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department will be present to perform car seat safety checks.  You may think your car seat is ok and up to standards, let the experts verify it for you. 

Just when you thought that was it, the Alco-Brooks Train will be open for tours, their spin to win wheel will be on hand, plus there will be a great Chinese auction, hotdogs, juice, popcorn and so much more!!!!  Did I mention it’s all FREE???!!!
Stop by the Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 11th and say Hi to the staff at Putnam Record Agency!!! 

Mental Health Association Membership Drive Underway

“Recovering Lives, Saving Families” is the theme for the membership drive now in progress at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA).  The theme describes what happens when people with mental health, alcohol, and/or drug addiction issues come to the program in Jamestown’s Gateway Center.

“When a person is in crisis, the whole family suffers,” said MHA board president Carm Micciche, who along with vice president Mary Keeney is heading up the membership effort. “When individuals or family members come to MHA, they are going to get help from someone who has been in their shoes and has learned to navigate the system.”

The MHA is staffed by recovery coaches, trained individuals who are recovering from mental health diagnosis or substance abuse. They work in collaboration with other community organizations and especially the Jamestown City Treatment Court to help participants be successful in attaining their goals. 

In an accepting environment, the MHA offers one-on-one meetings with recovery coaches as well as more than two dozen peer support groups and classes.  Focuses for the various groups include Self Help, Recovery, Mindfulness, Veterans, Learning to Live Again, and more. There is no charge for any of the MHA’s services or programs.

The recent drug epidemic, with 16 drug-related deaths in Jamestown in the month of March alone, makes services more needed now than ever. 

The response to the membership drive has been heartwarming. “There are so many people in our community who recognize the scourge of substance addiction and mental illness and want to support our work,” Micciche said. “We’ve been thrilled to receive checks from folks who have responded to our invitation to help someone acquire adequate housing, go back to school, gain meaningful employment and financial independence, along with learning to adopt a healthier lifestyle.”

You can become a member of the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County by sending a check in the amount of your choosing to: MHA Membership, 31 Water Street, Suite 7, Jamestown, NY  14701.

To learn more about the MHA and its many programs, call (716) 661-9044 or visit www.mhachautauqua.org or www.facebook.com/MHAChautauqua. A complete list of support groups and classes is at www.mhachautauqua.org/services
Anyone with questions or in need of services for themselves or a family member is welcome to call or stop in at 31 Water Street, Door 14 in the rear of the Gateway Center.

Photo caption: Becoming a member is one of the ways you can support the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County in its work “Recovering Lives, Saving Families.” Board president Carm Micciche (at left) and vice president Mary Keeney are working with CFO Bob Tomb in spearheading the membership drive that is currently underway.

2016 Fourth of July Summerfest Set for Village of Lakewood

PGA Tour Guests, Trick Shot Demo, sailboat rides, kids parade, and Kids Zone all new for 2016

The Village of Lakewood will host its annual 4th of July Summerfest on Chautauqua and Terrace Avenues, and at Richard O. Hartley Park on Monday, July 4th.  This year, lots of new activities and events are added to the lineup.
In addition to the morning races, and popular playground Money Hunt, Lakewood has invited more vendors, including community partners, and added several children’s activities, and musical guests.  This year, special guests from the LECOM Health Challenge Web.com PGA TOUR (www.lecomhealthchallenge.com), including YouTube sensations the Bryan Brothers, will attend a new VIP area. All will culminate with the best fireworks show on Chautauqua Lake provided by the Zambelli Brothers. 

The Lakewood Family YMCA starts off the day with the 10K Firecracker Run, 2 mile run and 2 mile walk at 9 a.m.  Pre-registration forms are available now at the Lakewood Family YMCA for $20 per person.  Registration on the day of the race will take place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Richard O. Hartley Park.  The same-day fee is $25.

Complimentary kids’ events for those ages 2 to 11 years of age will include kids’ dashes starting at 9:30 a.m. and the popular M&T Bank Money Hunt at 11 a.m. held at the playground.

An all-new Kidz Zone opens at 11:30 a.m.  Tickets will admit children and families to bounce houses, an inflatable jousting unit, 20-foot slide, 9-hole miniature golf set up, and a dunk tank with local residents, and village officials waiting to take a plunge.  Other activities include a craft tent, Lakewood Fire Department fire truck and costume characters with balloons.      
The vendor area will start at 12 noon with food, refreshments, crafts, gifts, carnival games, and caricatures available for purchase on Chautauqua Avenue.  Community partners will also be there to promote their products and services. 
Marty’s Bubblegum Machine, a fun-filled children and family activities entertainer, will begin the day’s musical lineup at 11:30 a.m. in front of the park’s gazebo following the Money Hunt.

Yesterday’s on Summit Ave. will host Brian K. Chase performing from 2 to 5 p.m. while the band, Not Sold Separately, takes the stage from 6 to 9 p.m.

At Richard O. Hartley Park, Disc jockey Campbell Dawson will play tunes from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by the event’s main entertainment, Preach Freedom and Connect, which is sure to delight the crowd with its mix of funky blues/reggae, and rock from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  The band’s feature musicians are local talents Steve Davis and Marla Harris.

Other scheduled activities include history walking tours, a K-9 demonstration presented by the Lakewood Police Department from 1 to 1:30 p.m., a Model T fire truck display and the Chautauqua Lake Community Sailing Foundation Open House with complimentary sailing rides from the Lakewood beach house from noon to 4 p.m.

A kids’ parade, “Lakewood on Wheels,” is slated for 5:00 p.m. at the intersection of Chautauqua and Terrace Avenues in Lakewood.  Prizes (1st, 2nd and 3rd) will be awarded to the best decorated bike, wagon, scooter, stroller, etc.

This year, the 4th of July Summerfest committee is pleased to welcome players and guests of the LECOM Health Challenge Web.com PGA TOUR being held at Peek’n Peak this year.

The Bryan Brothers will perform their epic golf trick shots starting at 6 p.m.  A special V.I.P. area will be set up on the Packard Estates lakefront lawn for those individuals wanting to meet the players from 5 to 11 p.m. 
A donation of $250 to $499 includes 2 tickets to the V.I.P. tented area with dinner, refreshments and a viewing area for the fireworks display, and 2 weekly general admission tournament passes to the LECOM Health Challenge Web.com PGA TOUR.
A donation of $500 or more includes 4 tickets to the V.I.P tented area, and 4 weekly general admission tournament passes.
LECOM Health Challenge Web.com PGA TOUR V.I.P tickets are limited and available for purchase at the Lakewood Village Hall. 

The annual fireworks display, presented by Zambelli Fireworks and the Village of Lakewood, will start promptly at 10 p.m.    

Interested vendors or questions about the 4th of July Summerfest event should be directed to the Village of Lakewood office at (716) 763-8557. Vendor registration forms can also be downloaded from the www.lakewoodyny.com website or Facebook page under Village of Lakewood, NY. 

The committee is also looking for event volunteers to assist with the Kidz Zone and other activities throughout the day.  If interested, please contact Brooke Wagner at brookeraejohnson@gmail.com.

Photo Caption:  The Village of Lakewood Events and Marketing Committee is pleased to announce the 4th of July
 Summerfest in downtown Lakewood on Monday, July 4, 2016.  Executive committee members  pictured left to right are Secretary, Kara Rusco; Mayor Cara Birrittieri; Entertainment Deputy, Campbell Dawson; and Co-Chairpersons, Scott Mekus, and Brooke Wagner.  Missing is Alex Sullivan, Marketing Deputy.



LaBella Associates Announces Acquisition of Sandberg Kessler Architecture, PC


LaBella Associates announced the acquisition of Jamestown, NY architecture firm Sandberg Kessler Architecture, P.C. today.  The Jamestown office will become LaBella’s fifteenth location, and seventh in the state of New York. 

All of Sandberg Kessler’s employees will be retained in the acquisition.  “We were drawn to the talent that exists within Sandberg Kessler.  Our goal is to give their team the resources of a larger firm and enable their growth,” President Robert A. Healy said.

Founded in 1991 as Thorsell, Harrington & Sandberg, Sandberg Kessler has long provided services to educational, institutional, municipal and healthcare clients-- markets that have also been the core of LaBella’s business.  “The transition should be seamless,” Sandberg Kessler Principal Steven Sandberg said.  “Our clients will continue to be served by the team they know and trust, but internally we’ll have additional support and expertise.”

That support will include a full service team.  LaBella Associates offers in-house mechanical, electrical, plumbing and civil engineering, bridge and highway engineering, planning, and environmental consulting.  “By offering all of these services in-house, we can address any project challenge while our clients maintain a single point of contact,” Healy said. “Our commitment to our clients is to get the right resources in place for a successful project.  With this acquisition, we’re able to do that for clients in Jamestown and the surrounding areas.”

LaBella Associates is a 400+ person consulting firm specializing in architecture, engineering, environmental consulting, surveying, planning and grant writing.  Headquartered in Rochester, the firm now has a total of 15 locations and was recently named a Rochester Top Workplace in 2016.


Circulatory Centers Hold Free Vein Screenings


Circulatory Centers will hold a free vein screening at its Jamestown office, 779 Fairmount Avenue, on June 10th and June 24th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Approximately 40 million Americans have varicose veins and most people consider varicose and spider veins to be a cosmetic condition.  Keep your legs in circulation with Circulatory Centers.  Founded in 1979, Circulatory Centers is a national medical practice with over 35 years’ experience in the diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins.  Our board certified physicians and licensed qualified medical staff uses the state-of-the-art treatment and diagnostic options to ensure our patients have the right diagnosis and treatment for their individual conditions.

Circulatory Centers’ treatment options provide far superior results than vein stripping of the past, and they’re covered by insurance 95% of the time.  So if your legs feel pain, cramping, tired or heavy feeling, call Circulatory Centers at 1.800.VARICOSE to schedule your FREE consultation because nothing Keeps You in Circulation better than healthy legs!

You can learn more at www.veinhealth.com


Free Knee Seminar at Chautauqua PT & OT


Chautauqua Physical & Occupational Therapy presents a free seminar:  Oh, My Aching Knees, Solutions for Knee Pain, on Thursday, June 9, from 5:30-7pm.  Presented by Dr. Tessa Mosier, PT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, the special guest speaker will be Dr. Brian Mata, MD, Board Certified, a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopeaedic Surgery.  You can ask questions and learn more about options for care. 

Chautauqua PT&OT is located at the Riverwalk Center, 15 South Main Street, Suite 22, Jamestown.  Reserve your space now as seating is limited.  Please call (716) 488-2322 or visit their website at www.chautauquapt.com.


Opera House Plans Two “Firsts” for its Bach & Beyond Festival


The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is preparing to celebrate two “firsts” in connection with its Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival.  The Festival, which marks its 21st year next month, will for the first time in its history present choral music in its program and also will feature solo performances by a countertenor.

“We’re very excited about both of these developments,” notes Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis.  “Especially when you consider that fully one-half of J.S. Bach’s compositional output was vocal music, it’s incredible to think that we have never featured choral music in the Festival before.  And while we have presented solo vocalists, we have never featured a countertenor in performance.”

Under Artistic Director Grant Cooper, the series of three concerts explores both the masterworks and lesser-known music of 17th and 18th century Baroque composers.  Performances focus on music by familiar composers such as Bach, Vivaldi and Handel, but the “beyond” in the Festival’s name refers to the inclusion of outstanding works of others who are artistically linked to those superstars. 

“This year, we are mounting perhaps our largest Festival ever,” says Davis.  The second half of each of the three concerts – Friday and Saturday evenings, June 17 & 18, and Sunday afternoon, June 19 – will feature choral music performed by a 12-voice ensemble.  On Friday and Sunday, the programs will feature all four of Handel’s Coronation Anthems; on Saturday, the program will feature Bach’s Magnificat.   The choral group includes singers from throughout western NY, many of whom are Baroque and early music specialists.

The first half of each concert’s program will feature one of Bach’s cantatas with Chicago-based Countertenor Thomas Aláan as soloist.  As noted in recent media, the countertenor has become widely popular thanks, in particular, to the sudden and unexpected global vogue for Baroque opera, the genre in which this vocal virtuoso once flourished.  Occupying the highest male register, closer in sound quality to a soprano than a regular tenor, this flexible voice is uniquely suited to deal with the florid demands made by Baroque composers.

As a rising young artist, Aláan has been called “stellar” by the Chicago Tribune and praised for his “heartfelt... soaring sound... (and) simmering singing.”   He has been featured in performance with ensembles, orchestras, and in festivals across the country.

In 2015, he was named a national finalist in the Classical Singer Magazine Vocal Competition.  He is Director of Women’s Schola and Assistant Conductor of Choirs at Holy Name Cathedral, and Executive Director of Chicago’s Bach and Beethoven Ensemble (BBE).   Following Bach & Beyond, his next major project occurs in September, when the BBE will produce Scotland’s first opera, The Gentle Shepherd (1725), for the first time in the U.S. since 1798.

The Festival’s three concerts are scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.  Special pre-concert discussions begin an hour before each concert in the theatre.  Admission to the pre-concert discussions is free to concert ticket holders.

Complete concert programs are listed on the Opera House web site at www.fredopera.org.   Tickets are $20 reserved seating for each concert.  A subscription to all three concerts is available for $51.  Tickets may be purchased in person at the Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.   They also may be purchased anytime online at www.fredopera.org.

The Bach & Beyond Festival is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and with the support of the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County and the Gloria Garretson Memorial Fund.  Founding Festival Benefactors are Carol & Jim Boltz.  Festival Sponsors are June & Barry Dietrich, and W. Stanley Hooper & the Hooper Family Foundation; and Concert Sponsors include Minda Rae Amiran and Evans & Evans Law Offices.

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

Photo Caption:  The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is preparing to celebrate two “firsts” in connection with its Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival.  The Festival, which marks its 21st year next month, will present choral music in its program and also will feature solo performances by noted young Countertenor Thomas Aláan.


New Pre-Collegiate Summer Courses at Jamestown Community College


JCC has created a program to assist individuals who need to strengthen their math or reading skills before they enter college.

The Pre-Collegiate Math and Reading program is open to anyone preparing to enroll in college, regardless of the institution, this fall. The non-credit remedial 30-hour courses will be offered at each of JCC’s sites throughout the summer and are designed to prepare students to stay on schedule with core courses once they begin the fall semester.

Classes are held Monday through Thursday. The cost is $20 for each course. Individuals who have already taken JCC’s placement tests will be retested at the conclusion of the course free of charge.

Registration can be done online at www.sunyjcc.edu/precollegiate (716.338.1005 (Jamestown), 716.376.7506 (Olean), or 716.363.6500 (Dunkirk).

Participants in the pre-collegiate math course will be prepared to enter collegiate level math courses and develop a basic foundation for mathematical skills required for employment. The course assumes individuals have no previous knowledge of algebra, but they should have an understanding of number systems, basic arithmetic operations, and their properties. Examples of course topics include manipulating polynomials, rational expressions, and radicals.

The math course is offered June 6-30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on the Jamestown Campus, from 4-6 p.m. on the Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean, and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the North County Center in Dunkirk. A second session will be held July 11-August 4 from 10 a.m.-noon at all three sites.

The pre-collegiate reading course helps participants develop reading skills to be better prepared for proficiency in credit-bearing courses and beyond. The course focuses on understanding main ideas, inferencing, recalling facts, vocabulary in context, summarizing and paraphrasing, critical thinking, and an author’s approach to content.

The reading course is offered June 6-30 from 10 a.m.-noon in Jamestown, 7-9 p.m. in Olean, and 4-6 p.m. in Dunkirk. A second session is planned for July 11-August 4 from 1-3 p.m. at all three sites.


Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center Golf Tournament June 18


On Saturday, June 18th, the Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center will hold the Third Annual Ella Renckert Memorial Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center Golf Tournament.  The tournament this year will also be in Honor of Tim Krause.  The tournament will be a 4-person scramble which will take place at Chautauqua Golf Course with a 9:00 am shotgun start. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the CLCCC Scholarship fund for families in need of financial support. Thanks to our sponsors and participants, last year’s tournament was a huge success as we raised over $2,300 for the children of the center.

We are currently seeking sponsors and donors for this year’s event. A detailed list of sponsorship levels is located on the enclosed entry form. We are also seeking donations to be used as prizes for the tournament participants and a raffle drawing. If you or your company are able to sponsor the tournament or provide us with a prize, we would greatly appreciate it. You may contact Tournament Director Kevin Ames (753-7736 or childcare@clake.org) for more information, or if you would like us to pick up a donation. 


CLN Holds Multi-Cultural Leadership and Diversity Training


The College Lodge at SUNY Fredonia in Brocton, New York was the site of Chautauqua Leadership Network’s (CLN) June class.  The topic focus for this class was Multi-cultural Leadership & Diversity and it was led by workplace trainer and facilitator Cindy Aronson of Cindy Aronson Training.

To help kick off the session CLN alums Trenton Lutes and Dan Heitzenrater started with an ice breaker activity titled “Diversity Walk”.  The scene for this activity began with the class starting out together with their backs against the back wall of the lodge.  From there they were asked a series of question’s related to life experiences and were asked to take one step forward if they have had that life experience happen to them and to stay stationary if they had not.  A few of the questions included:  Step forward if you’ve ever been singled out or felt uncomfortable because of your political beliefs, Step forward if you’ve ever been singled out or felt ostracized because of your economic situation (either extreme… “Rich” or “Poor”) and Step forward if you’ve ever been teased or ostracized for your religious beliefs.  The walk was designed to demonstrate the diversity of the class, the different life experiences that those in the class have faced and to broaden the thinking of everyone in the room.

After the diversity walk and debrief discussion, Cindy introduced to the class the idea that there are three important steps for developing multicultural leadership:  Discover, Plan, Act.  As a CLN class of 24, Cindy facilitated an open discussion on relevant multicultural and diverse topics that appear in the news today.  As part of the three step approach the goal was first to discover:  What is culture?  What is cultural competency?  What are the key areas when it comes to culture? 

The class collectively deliberated on these questions to further understand and “Discover” the true meaning of culture and diversity and its significance to the workplace, society, and personal lives.  After deliberations, the class was broken up into small groups to further identify life experiences and began to identify a plan that would enable individuals, organizations and groups to be better equipped as multi-cultural leaders and to reap the economic benefits of a diverse workplace.

Trainer Cindy Aronson had this to say about the significance of multicultural leadership, “The world is getting smaller.  As new technologies in social media, transportation, and telecommunications bring us closer together, it’s more critical than ever for organizations to recruit, develop, and retain multicultural leaders who can skillfully navigate both the opportunities and challenges of a more connected world.”  This message rang true as the small groups reported out their findings throughout the rest of the training. 

Through programs like multi-cultural leadership and diversity Chautauqua Leadership Network strives to identify and nurture regional leaders, provide a framework for an emerging network of skilled civic trustees and help our communities to meet the challenges of today and the opportunities of tomorrow.  CLN teaches a broad knowledge of the Chautauqua County community, its people, its systems, its assets and its challenges.  For more information on how you and your organization can become involved with Chautauqua Leadership Network call 716-338-1555, visit us on Facebook, or learn more at Chautauqualeadership.org.

Photo Caption:  Chautauqua Leadership Network Alums Dan Heitzenrater, Executive Assistant at Chautauqua County Government and Trenton Lutes, Accounts Payable Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (not pictured in photo), lead an ice breaker activity titled “Diversity Walk” during the 2016’s class on Multi-cultural Leadership & Diversity.

St. Susan Center Charity Golf Classic July 31


St. Susan Center is proud to announce the 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic.  This year's Classic will be held Sunday July 31, 2016 at Chautauqua Golf Club.  The format will be a four-person scramble (Men's, Women's & Mixed).  During the registration period (11:30am-1:00pm) Golfers will enjoy hot dogs, snacks and beverages. 
At the conclusion of play a Dinner Buffet will be provided.   Back by popular demand - our famous Ice Cream Sundae Bar.  Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams as well as for the longest drive and closest to the pin.
By playing in the tournament, being a sponsor, or remembering a loved one with a memorial you can partner with us in feeding our neighbors in need.  Your financial support, through one of our sponsorship levels, will enable the Center to fulfill our mission, "in response to the gospel we freely offer food, fellowship, dignity and respect to all who come through our doors."  So we need your help!
Please complete and return registration forms by July 22, 2015.    All gifts are tax deductible as provided for by law.

If have any questions or for more information, please contact Jeffrey Smith at the Center at 716-664-2253 or visit our website at  www.stsusancenter.org.


Local Mediums Take Western NY History to NYC


Susan Barnes and Lauren Thibodeau, both local mediums and professors, have been invited to present a series of lectures on unique Western NY history, to be held at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn on June 8-12th..  The focus is on cultural aspects of death and dying along with the Victorian Era. 

The museum celebrated for its exhibits and research library on bereavement customs dating to Victorian times, welcomes the Spiritualist practice of mediumship, which explores communication with the deceased.  In their mediumship, Barnes and Thibodeau emphasize the importance of detailed evidence about our departed loved ones.   They also focus on the underlying philosophy of Spiritualism, which has strong ties to feminism.

“Repeat visitors to Western NY are often surprised at the shared roots between Spiritualism and feminism and how western NY played a major role in American History” said Susan Barnes.
Spiritualist mediums were pioneers in the effort to expand women’s roles in society.  Lectures during this themed week focus on women’s right activitist Victoria Woodhall, first female presidential candidate, and the Fox Sisters. 

In addition to lectures, demonstration and discussions about modern mediumship are planned.  Hands on experiences with the Victorian era practices of spoon bending, table tipping, and spirit art will also be offered.

Lauren Thibodeau stated: “The relatively unknown history provides a chance for city based New Yorkers to take pride in living in NY State.”

More about The rich history of the relationship between Spiritualism and feminism can be found at Lily Dale’s Museum and research library.  Although well-know locally, this vibrant history sparked interest by the Morbid Anatomy Museum to educate NYC residents about Western NY’s unique past.

Thidebou & Barnes are local professors affiliated with JCC and regularly teach the philosophy and techniques of modern mediumship at the North County Center in Dunkirk, NY.


Mazza/Five & 20 Offers Summer Events


Join Mazza for Pint Nights, our version of thirsty Thursdays, which will continue every Thursday through Spring, Summer and early Fall.  There are beer specials Thursdays from 5-8pm.  Take advantage of the warmer weather in our picturesque courtyard with great beer specials and a good chance of some low-key live local music. Wine by the glass or bottle is also available.

On June 11 Mazza offers Distiller for a Day from 10am-3pm.  Have you or someone you know ever wondered what it would be like to make spirits & whiskey? Here’s your chance to dive into the world of craft distilling and experience first hand with our distilling team the workings of a grain-to-glass craft distillery operation. Your workday will include an exclusive spirits sampling and sensory experiences along with lunch in our courtyard. Prepayment is required and space will be limited. Call (716) 793-9463 to register.

Grab your friends and family, pack up your blanket and chairs, and come spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon with us at our winery/distillery/brewery in Westfield.  Sit back and enjoy the sounds of local music while sipping Mazza Wines or craft beer from Five & 20 Brewing during Sunday Sesh, June 12, from 1-4pm at Mazza, featuring Good for Nuthin’ String Band.


Summer Camp at Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village


Learn new skills and make new friends at the Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village Summer Camp program, open to youth kindergarten through sixth grade.  Camps feature hiking, games, kayaking, and train rides, as well as traffic safety, fire safety, and team building programs.  The program runs from 9am-3pm daily with two sessions available:  July 11-15 or August 29-September 2. 

The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Village is located in Ashville, NY. It is a not-for-profit organization which was formed in 1996. The DFT Communications Educational Facility, where classes are held, is surrounded by a child-sized village, complete with a business district, paved roads, street signs, sidewalks and everything you would find in an actual village.  With only 14 such facilities in the whole United States, the purpose of the Safety Village is to educate children, primarily in the areas of Traffic, Bike and Fire Safety. We also offer courses in First Aid, AED and CPR Certification, BLS Training for Healthcare Providers, Babysitting courses and Self-Defense Classes. Our goal is to decrease the number of unnecessary injuries and unfortunate fatalities in our community by allowing children and adults to experience hands-on lessons that they will remember. The Safety Village is sustained through fundraising efforts, grants and donations from a generous community. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. Together we can make a difference in the lives of children in our community.

The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village is next to Ashville BOCES, 2695 Route 394, Ashville, NY 14710.  Call (716) 499-8138 or find us online at www.ChildrensSafetyVillage.com

Zebro’s is Now “When Pigs Fly”


You may know him from the many Food Network and FOX TV shows including, Hell's Kitchen with Chef Gordon Ramsay, Beat Bobby Flay, and Chopped to name a few, now you can meet Celebrity Chef Robert Hesse any day of the week in Westfield.  Hesse is the new chef at When Pigs Fly BBQ Pit, formerly Zebro’s, on the shore of Lake Erie at 8254 First Street, Barcelona.

After Chef Hesse took one look at the beautiful beachfront location, he made the decision to leave his then current position as the highest paid chef in Erie, Pennsylvania, and come to Westfield.  He brings with him the influences of chefs he worked under including Guy Fieri and Bobby Flay. 

Hesse said, "Westfield is already on the map, I'm just going to enhance it." 

The former Zebro’s underwent a major renovation in its transformation to When Pigs Fly BBQ Pit and now features Texas style dry rub barbecue cooked on a smoker made for the venue and named "Large Marge."
Hesse’s goal is to bring people together in a unique atmosphere featuring a décor of natural wood with clean black and white backdrops, hand-painted animals, and hot pink accents.  The ribbon was cut May 26th to open the newly renovated restaurant!

Chef Hesse said, "The novelty will bring you in, the food will bring you back.”

When Pigs Fly is open 11am to 11pm daily, year-round.


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