VOICE Newsletter

April 2015

Water is Essential.  Failure is Not an Option.

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

An abundant supply of clean water is essential for any type of development:  industrial, commercial, or residential.  That is why the proposed North County Water District is the number one advocacy priority this year for the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.  When our Public Policy Committee meets, water issues rise to the top of every discussion.  That includes issues surrounding the water district, as well as maintenance of our lakes and watersheds.

We all learn in elementary school that more than 60% of the human body is water.  Water is essential to life itself.  Water is also essential for economic development, especially for certain types of industries including food and beverage processing, which are critical in Chautauqua County.

The Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation has drafted a plan that would establish a regional water system to serve the towns of Dunkirk, Hanover, Sheridan, Pomfret, and Portland, including the City of Dunkirk and the villages of Brocton, Fredonia, Forestville, and Silver Creek. We applaud the work that has been done to bring the key stakeholders to the table in an effort to bring the project to this point. The work that is being done is essential for further economic development.
The reasons for moving the water district forward are clear:  this is an opportunity to stabilize water rates, expand water service to more consumers and businesses, provide consistent and reliable water supplies to the region for generations, address health concerns caused by deteriorating infrastructure, and develop infrastructure that will help keep jobs in the community and establish a foundation for further economic growth. This project is a win-win for residents, businesses and local government; economic development is at stake and failure is not an option.

The next steps are inter-municipal agreements among all of the local governments within the region.  The Local Economic Development Committee for Northern Chautauqua County supports this project.  The Chamber and MAST support this project.  Many of the local governments involved are already on record supporting this project.  We have and will continue to communicate our observations and concerns about this issue to our elected representatives at all levels of government.  We invite you to join us.  Attend a meeting of your town, village or city government and make your voice heard that a North County Water District is in everyone’s best interest.  We can grow industry and jobs in our community, but only when we provide the necessary infrastructure to make it happen.  Water is essential.  Let’s keep this project on track.

STEM Wars Draws Big Crowd of Students

465 middle and high school students from eighteen regional school districts converged on the Physical Education complex at Jamestown Community College last month.  They were there for what can only be described as the “Super Bowl” of technology.  STEM Wars was a tremendous success!  Competitions included catapult launches, egg-crash carts, robotics, and more.  Students brought the machines they had already constructed and came prepared to compete against teams from other schools.  They also came to learn.  Each student had opportunities to meet with local business and manufacturing representatives to learn about industry right here in Chautauqua County. 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills are critical for the future of our students and the future of our economy.  The Dream It Do It initiative focuses on helping to expose young people to career options in STEM fields, and on helping to develop and celebrate their STEM education.  Sponsored by DIDI and the technology teachers of NYSTEEA, and hosted JCC, STEM Wars has grown in the past three years to become a major event for local students and manufacturers.  We look forward to continued growth in the years to come.

MAST Annual Meeting Focuses on Education

Education was the focus of the MAST Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 18, as dozens of local manufacturing leaders met at Jamestown Community College.  The MAST board and other guests got a tour of the STEM Wars event, followed by a presentation by David O’Rourke on P-TECH & Career and Technical Training. The MAST Annual Meeting was sponsored by Blackstone Advanced Technologies, KeyBank, OBSERVER, and The Post-Journal.

Paul Zebraski of Nestle Purina is a newly elected member of the MAST Board of Directors.  Other board members for 2015 are:  President, Mark Shafer, Heidenhain; Senior Vice President,  Kevin Brombacher, M &T Bank; Vice President, Jay Churchill, Jamestown Electro Plating; Treasurer, Eric Livengood, Ulrich Planfiling; Immediate Past President, John Zabrodsky, Advanced Manufacturing Technology; Mike Abbate, Cummins, Inc.; Dale Gier, Producto Corporation; Rex McCray, Weber Knapp; John Mulryan, Lufkin; Herman Ruhlman, Rand Machine; Nichole Segrue, Universal Tooling; John Stahley, Dresser Rand; Rick Turner, Blackstone Advanced Technologies; and Marilyn Zagora, Jamestown Community College.


Westfield-Barcelona Chamber Volunteer Awareness Event

The Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce will hold its first ever Volunteer Recognition and Awareness Event on National Volunteer Day, Monday, April 20 at the Grape Discovery Center, Route 20, Westfield, from 6-8pm.  Non-profit organizations will be available to provide information and answer questions about volunteer opportunities and what it means to volunteer.  All Westfield-Barcelona residents and businesses are invited to stop in for a mixer event and to mingle with the non-profit representatives.  Snacks and a cash bar will be available.  It is free to attend.  For more information, contact Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber Coordinator Jill Santi at 365-9494 or email jsanti@chautauquachamber.org.

Hanover Community Member Appreciation Luncheon April 30

The Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Member Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, April 30. The event will be held from 11:30am-1pm at the Colony Seafood and Steakhouse, 876 Main Road, Irving. Featured speakers will be Mike Billoni from the Food Bank of Western New York, John “Jay” Warren with an update on the Local Economic Development Committee and the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan for Lake Erie, and Todd Tranum, President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.  Kelly Borrello, President of the Hanover Community Chamber, will be Master of Ceremonies.

The cost of lunch is $15 per person, with a choice of menu items.  You can learn more or register online at www.chautauquachamber.org/events or call 366-6200.  Reservations are appreciated by April 23.

Mayville-Chautauqua Community Wide Yard Sales

The Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce will once again play host to the Annual Community Wide Yard Sales for the Mayville and Chautauqua NY areas on Saturday, May 23, 2015.  All Mayville and Chautauqua area residents are invited and encouraged to participate at no cost.

All residential home participants will have their sales location address (including Mayville or Chautauqua specified) and an accompanying map designation number placed on a list with included map handout that will be available on-line at the Mayville Chautauqua Chamber facebook page as well as our web site at www.mayvillechautauqua.org.  The lists and maps will also be available at area chamber member businesses two weeks before the yard sales, during the day of the sales, as well as through the chamber office by calling (716) 753-3113 or emailing to dmarsala@chautauquachamber.org

If you’re planning on having a spring yard sale this year, why not take advantage of this no-cost special event and promotion.  Contact us by the deadline date of May 5th at the above telephone number or email address to have your sale listed or for more information on these Annual Yard Sales.

Broadway's Next H!t Musical

If you like Whose Line Is It Anyway? you'll love the hysterical Broadway’s Next H!t Musical. It is the ONLY unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical - complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore!
This enjoyable evening will be held Saturday, April 25 at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 East Third Street, Jamestown.  Come with a group of friends for a fun night out!!! Group rates are available.  Tickets start at just $15.  Call (716) 484-7070. Learn more here or watch a preview video.

Wine on Ice at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena

Stop down to the JSBA on Saturday, May 9 from 1-5pm for Wine on Ice! Wine on Ice is a 21 and over event which will have prizes, music, food, and wine tasting. Featuring 13 of your favorite local wineries, which include 6 Mile Cellars, 21 Brix Winery, Arundel Cellars, Courtyard Wineries, Liberty Vineyards & Winery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars, Merritt Estate Winery, Noble Winery, Penn Shore Winery & Vineyards, Presque Isle Wine Cellars, Sparkling Ponds Winery, Vetter Vineyards, and Willow Creek Winery.
Call 716.484.2624 or visit

www.jamestownarena.com for tickets: $25 presale, $35 day of, $10 designated drivers

Ticket gets you access to the event and a complimentary wine glass with event logo (while supplies last). Presented by the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, Lake Erie Wine Country, and Media 1 Group. Must be 21 years of age to enter.

Chamber Member Producing Documentary Film

Chamber member, Portland resident and former Chamber Board member Thomas Rackowski, along with his son Brandon Rackowski, is currently producing an educational documentary film about the development of the historic Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C. titled: The Watergate Story, A Documentary.

The Watergate was made famous by the political scandal created after the 1972 break-in at the office of the Democratic National Headquarters in one of The Watergate’s two office buildings.

This scandal lead to the 1974 resignation of then President Richard M. Nixon.

This documentary film will be directed by Brandon Rackowski using Brandon’s Chicago-based production company, BLACK JACKET PRODUCTIONS.  The film will cover the development of The Watergate from the years 1960 to 1971, the scandal years, and living and working at The Watergate from 1975 to present.

The film is currently in pre-production with production filming scheduled for July 2015.  Post-production will begin as soon as filming is completed with release of the film between October and year end to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the opening of Watergate East, the first of the six Watergate buildings.

The producers’ intent with this film is to preserve the history of the development of The Watergate.  After 50 years there are only a few living individuals who played major development roles. The producers are fortunate to have the cooperation of most of these people and their stories will be incorporated into the documentary.  Among these people is Giuseppe Cecchi, the project manager for the development, and who is known as The Man who built The Watergate.

If you would like to be part of preserving this piece of American history or would like to know more about this documentary film, please visit:


Enjoy Comedy in Downtown Jamestown Saturday May 30

As part of a year-round series of programs for the National Comedy Center, we are proud to announce that comedians Pete Lee and Michael Palascak will perform for an Evening of Comedy at the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy on Saturday, May 30th. Both will perform two shows taking place at 6:30pm ($37.50) and 9:30pm ($15).
 Beer and wine will be served via cash donation. Dinner and museum admission will be offered for guests attending the 6:30pm event (guests can come as early as 5pm).
Featuring Pete Lee and Michael Palascak whose credits include Leno, Letterman, Conan, Comedy Central's Half Hour Special, NBC's Last Comic Standing, & more, this event takes place downtown in the Tropicana Room above Desilu Studios at 2 W. 3rd Street, Jamestown, NY. The Tropicana Room is a re-creation of Ricky Ricardo's famous Manhattan night club.
Tickets are available by clicking here, or by calling the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy at 716.484.0800.


'Ethics Under Fire' is topic of April 16 Kearns Global Business Lecture at St. Bonaventure

The issues surrounding ethics and values are becoming more complex in a globalized era, which is why international businessman Dick Kearns is committed to developing cultural skills and a global mindset in today’s students.

Kearns and his wife, Maureen, sponsor the Kearns Global Business Lecture Series at St. Bonaventure University, an annual event that brings industry leaders to campus and highlights diverse perspectives on global business matters. 

“Ethics Under Fire” is the theme of this year’s lecture, beginning at 4 p.m. April 16 in the Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building.

Kearns, a 1972 graduate of St. Bonaventure and senior advisor for Zurich Insurance Group, will be joined by Edward F. Murphy, retired executive vice president and CFO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

“Ethical situations in business and in life are not always black and white,” said Kearns. “Ed and I will discuss examples of how to deal with the gray areas, including how to seek guidance when faced with difficult decisions.”

Murphy is a veteran financial and audit executive with more than 40 years’ experience at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, JPMorgan Chase, and Coopers & Lybrand. Zions Bancorporation elected Murphy to its Board of Directors in July 2014, where he is a member of the Risk Oversight Committee and the Audit Committee. Murphy also serves as the first Mentor in Residence at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. He holds a CPA and earned a bachelor of business administration degree in 1974 from Pace University, where he has served as a Trustee since 1997.

Kearns began his career at Price Waterhouse in 1972 and was admitted to the partnership in 1984. He was appointed leader of Global Partner Affairs following the merger that created PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1998. In September 2002, Kearns joined Zurich’s senior management team in Switzerland and continues to act as a senior advisor as well as a director of its U.S. companies. He served as a University Trustee from 2000 to 2009.

“St. Bonaventure is honored to host Dick Kearns and Ed Murphy, both of whom hold a deep understanding of the importance of companies establishing ethical cultures,” said Dr. Carol Fischer, Interim Dean of Business. “They have spent numerous years working abroad and will also discuss the challenges of ethics and culture in a global environment.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. Local business leaders should find the program relevant and are encouraged to attend.
Questions may be submitted in advance of the lecture via Twitter at @SBUBullishOnBiz by including the hashtag #Kearns.
For more information, interested persons can contact Angela Nelson in the Office of University Advancement at (716) 375-2507 or anelson@sbu.edu.

SBU lauds 63 employees for years of service at 2015 Spring Honors and Awards Ceremony

As part of its Spring Honors and Awards Ceremony Tuesday, April 7, St. Bonaventure University recognized 52 employees who marked employment anniversaries this year and 11 employees who are retiring.

During the employee recognition portion of the ceremony, individuals with 10 years of service and up will be recognized, with those reaching 25 years of service and retirees receiving special recognition. 

Mary Beth (McMullen) Fidurko was recognized for 25 years of service.  Fidurko has worked in the Financial Aid Office and Department of Athletics during her tenure at St. Bonaventure. She joined the university community in April 1983 when she began working in the Financial Aid Office. Fidurko left the university in 1994, and then returned in 1996 to join the Department of Athletics part time. She has worked full time for the division as an administrative assistant since 2001. She is responsible for scheduling all of the athletic facilities, including the Reilly Center Arena, Hall of Fame Room and Marra Athletics Fields Complex. As such, she works with the athletics service staff on setup for various events as well as game-day operations for all sports. She is responsible for processing all golf course memberships, working with the leagues, the scheduling of the golf course staff and assists with the daily operation at the course. Fidurko also manages the numerous purchases of supplies and equipment for the various units/sports in the department and she serves on the Hourly Staff Committee.  

“I enjoy being a part of the Athletics community. We have a very family-oriented department,” she said. “The best part of this journey has been the people — students, parents, administration, faculty, and staff — and forming special friendships.”
A native of Allegany, she earned an associate degree in business from Hilbert College. She lives in Allegany with her husband, Michael, who teaches at the Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES Belmont Center. Their son, Matthew, is a freshman at St. Bonaventure majoring in strategic communication and digital media. They are members of St. Bonaventure Church in Allegany.

Other employees marking anniversary years were:

50 years of service: Dr. Patrick Panzarella (English)

45 years of service: Dr. Michael Chiariello (Philosophy), and Dr. Richard Simpson (English)

40 years of service: Dr. S. Alan Silliker (Counselor Education)

35 years of service: James Costanza (Reprographic Center), Dr. Dalton Hunkins (Computer Science), Dr. Durriya Khairullah (Marketing), Donald Lengvarsky (Cemetery) and Paul Spaeth (Library)

30 years of service: Dr. Robert Amico (Philosophy), Kathleen Boser (Journalism/Mass Communication), Dr. Carol Fischer (School of Business), Dr. Michael Fischer (Provost & Academic Affairs), Ann Kightlinger (Business Office), Dr. Francis “Chris” Leary (Mathematics), Larry Sudbrook (Athletics), and Dr. Larry Wier (Chemistry)

20 years of service: Ralph Aloia (Safety and Security), Michael Bates (Athletics), Anne Goergen (University Advancement), Sally Kwiatkowski (Mathematics) and Constance Whitcomb (Career & Professional Readiness Center)

15 years of service: Mary Beatty (School of Education), Giles Bootheway (Finance), Patricia Bradley (Business Office), Dr. Adam Brown (Elementary Education), Dr. Charles “Joe” Coate (Accounting), Dr. James Fodor (Theology), Jason Geise (Safety and Security), Susan Harrington (Buffalo Center), Dr. Michael Hoffman (Associate Provost), Donald Hopwood (Quick Center for the Arts), Dr. Roger Keener (Wellness Center), Dr. Josiah “Bart” Lambert (Political Science), Dr. Christopher Mackowski (Journalism/Mass Communication), Nancy Ryan (Payroll) and Mary Wiley (Safety and Security)

10 years of service: Karla Bright (Technology Services), Elizabeth “Betsy” Cashing (Secondary Education), Eric Danielson (Admissions), Katie Fox (Facilities / Housekeeping), Kelly Hand (Business Office), Dr. Michael Klucznik (Mathematics), Mark Phillips (HEOP), Lamont Rhim (Financial Aid), Raymond Rogozinski (Athletics), Michael Rosenswie (Technology Services), Dr. Tracy Schrems (English), Thomas Shaw (Safety & Security), Sarah Stangle (President’s Office) and Bonita Sturdevant (Finance & Administration)
Retirees: Dr. Peggy Yehl Burke (Associate Provost/Graduate Studies), Dr. Douglas Cashing (Mathematics), Arthur Clemons (Facilities / Maintenance), Irene Colomaio (Registrar’s Office), Dr. Paula Kenneson (Secondary Education), Yvonne Makl (Damietta Center), Dr. Margaret Mazon (Modern Languages), Kathleen Premo (Management Science), Dr. K. R. Sundararajan (Theology), Mary Jane Telford (Admissions) and Robert Worthington (Facilities / Maintenance)




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