VOICE Newsletter

October 2014

Chamber Banquet Honors Business and Community Service

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the six Community Chambers will honor some exceptional people and organizations during its annual Awards Banquet October 9.  Each year, the Chautauqua County Chamber selects an organization for the Economic Development Award and a Person of the Year.  This year, the Economic Development Award is going to Southern Tier Brewing Company and the Person of the Year is David Wilkinson.

As Business Manager of IBEW Local 106, Wilkinson was instrumental in organizing regional labor unions and local groups to rally to save the NRG plant in Dunkirk in the past year.  As a result of that work, NRG will convert its plant on the Dunkirk shoreline from coal to natural gas, providing a cleaner and sustained power source as well as maintaining jobs and the county’s single largest taxpaying entity.

The Person of the Year is presented to an individual who is recognized by the entire region for their outstanding achievements and contributions, either within the past year or through a lifetime of achievement. 

Todd Tranum, President/CEO of the Chamber and Executive Director MAST, said, “Dave’s leadership and dedication to the Repower Dunkirk project was critically important to its success.  Without the support of the IBEW and other regional labor groups, we would not have been able to demonstrate the importance of maintaining NRG as a power producer in our community.  He helped everyone to lend a very strong voice to this effort.”

The Southern Tier Brewing Company is receiving the Economic Development Award.  Founded in 2002 in a small production facility in Lakewood, the business has expanded its facility three times, including construction of a new brewhouse in 2012.  Southern Tier now produces more than 90,000 barrels of beer annually, and distributes them in more than thirty states. 

Tranum said, “We are so fortunate to have Southern Tier Brewing Company here in Chautauqua County.  Not only is it one of the fastest growing companies in our region, it is known for craft beers that have garnered national attention.  It’s facility in Lakewood has become a destination for residents and visitors alike who are interested in brewery tours, tastings, and a myriad of festivals and events held there each year.”

This year the Dunkirk Community Chamber has selected Dr. Raja Gopalan, a long-time surgeon known for both skill and compassion who established endowments with the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation to fund nursing scholarships, and to support the Lakeshore Humane Society and Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue.

The Fredonia Community Chamber has chosen Joe Russo to posthumously receive the award for his work in establishing the RO Foundation, a charitable fund that assists patients and their families with unexpected travel expenses to hospitals and treatment centers both near and far.

The Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce selected David Kurzawa.  Currently Acting Superintendent for the Silver Creek Central School District, he has been very active in Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity, serving as its president for the past five years and working tirelessly as a construction leader for Habitat projects.

The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce selected Tim Shults for its Community Service Award.  While overseeing the Shults Auto Group as President and CEO, he serves on the boards of the Salvation Army, Chautauqua Striders, and Southwestern Schools Education Fund.  He has also served the Jamestown YMCA and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, among others. 

The Children’s Safety Village has been chosen for the Community Service Award from the Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce.  Since opening in 2010, over 12,000 children have visited the village at the Hewes BOCES Center in Ashville to learn about pedestrian, bicycle, vehicle, and fire safety and more. 

John Rawlinson has been selected as the Community Service Award winner by the Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce.  Retired from Renold Corporation and the Westfield Development Corporation, last year he took charge of revitalizing the dormant community chamber, rebuilding its board of directors and serving as coordinator. 

We hope you will join us in saluting all of these deserving award winners during the Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet.  It will be held Thursday, October 9, at the Williams Center on the SUNY Fredonia campus.  Reservations are required.  You can register online now or call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101. 


Westfield Optical Studio Celebrates Ten Years

Westfield Optical Studio is celebrating its 10 year anniversary and for this occasion they have moved into a new location at 105 East Main Street in Westfield. This historical landmark is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The proud owner Darlene Golibersuch is happy to announce that the renovations are complete and business started operating on Friday Aug 22

Westfield Optical Studio has experienced steady growth over the last 10 years and has moved to this location to better serve their growing clientele. The new office has more frame selection and a more private dispensing room and its own onsite lab. There are two doctors of optometry available with a greater variety of appointment times. Being credentialed in all insurances this office will be able to serve everyone.

This business has been such a huge success because of its commitment to excellence in patient care and patient loyalty. Darlene and her staff look forward to meeting the needs of their clientele, as well as new patients well into the future


Ribbon Cutting Held at Grand Reopening of Woodbury Winery

Woodbury Winery held a Ribbon Cutting Gala event to celebrate recent improvements and accomplishments at its location in Fredonia, NY.  The event took place from 5:30 to 8:30 on Thursday, July 24th at Woodbury’s Wine Lounge & Art Gallery and featured hors d’oeuvres paired with Woodbury’s award winning wines and music by harpist Sonja Inglefield. The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce provided the ribbon and scissors and helped organize the event.

Over the last few years, Woodbury has expanded and remodeled its tasting room, opened an art gallery and wine lounge, and added the talent of winemaker Phil Hazlitt to their staff. Under the direction of Hazlitt, who is a sixth-generation grape grower from the Finger Lakes with over 30 years of winemaking experience, Woodbury has been awarded over 50 medals.

Most recently, Woodbury’s Seaport Blush was awarded the Best Blush in the 2014 New York State Fair 2014 wine competition. “We are happy that others recognize the quality of the wine we produce”, said Maria Pizzino, General Manager. “World class wine, some of the very best in the country, are from right here in Western New York,” she added, “and we are proud to be a contributor.”

Woodbury plans to continue its improvements, including reopening its pavilion for events later this year. “If you have not visited Woodbury lately, we hope you will come to experience what we now have to offer”, said Pizzino.
Located at 3215 South Roberts Road, just one-half a mile South of Route 20 in Fredonia NY, Woodbury produces local handcrafted wines and offers tastings year round. New offerings include Wine & Art, Pasta Sundays, a wine lounge (with board games), and lawn games, including badminton, volleyball, and cornhole.

Established in 1979, Woodbury has been producing award-winning wines for 35 years and operates year-round in Fredonia, NY. If you would like more information, please contact Maria Pizzino at 866.NY1.WINE (866.671.9463) or e-mail her at  Maria@WoodburyWinery.com.


Another “Best of” Award for Woodbury Winery at the 2013 New York Wine & Food Classic

Woodbury’s Foxy Blush Renard wine won the Best Catawba (a Best of Class award) and a Gold Medal at the 2014 New York Wine & Food Classic competition, held on August 12 & 13 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, NY.

Additional medals won by Woodbury at this competition include a Double Gold medal for its Niagara and Silver medals for its Blueberry and 2013 Riesling.
This year's competition included 835 New York wines from several regions across New York State. The awards were based on blind tastings by 22 expert judges, which included prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators. Judging panels determined the initial awards, with top-scoring wines evaluated by all 22 judges for Best of Category and Governor's Cup awards.

Celebrating its 29th year, the Classic is organized by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and is open to all 363 New York wineries from all regions. In 2014, a total of 67 Double Gold, 113 Gold, 347 Silver, and 206 Bronze medals were awarded. In addition, "Best of Category" and "Best of Class" designations were awarded to wines rated as the finest in various areas. Double Gold medals require unanimity among a panel's judges that a wine deserves a Gold medal, whereas Gold medals require a majority vote. Best of Class awards go to Double Gold or Gold medal wines in classes of at least 7 wines.

The Best Catawba award for Woodbury’s Foxy Blush Renard follows a recent Best Blush award for its Seaport Blush in the 2014 New York State Fair 2014 commercial wine competition. “We are extremely excited with these outstanding results and are grateful that others recognize the quality of the wine we produce”, said Maria Pizzino, General Manager.
“The talent of our winemaker Phil Hazlitt allows us to shine in these competitions and we are thankful to have him on our team.”

Established in 1979, Woodbury has been producing award-winning wines for 35 years and operates year-round in Fredonia, NY. If you would like more information, please contact Maria Pizzino at 866.NY1.WINE (866.671.9463) or e-mail her at Maria@WoodburyWinery.com.


Harry Chapin: A Family Celebration

A promise made in Jamestown 33 years ago by legendary musician Harry Chapin will be carried out this fall at The Reg Lenna Center for The Arts. Harry Chapin: A Family Celebration on October 3, will unite the late singer-songwriter’s brother, nieces and touring bandmates in a concert that has been three decades in the making.

Steve Chapin and Tom Chapin will be joined onstage by Abigail and Lily Chapin and Harry’s bandmates, Big John Wallace and Howard Fields. Rounding out the lineup are Steve’s son Jonathan and Wallace’s son Clark.

In a June 1981 concert (the first live show on the then “Palace” stage in 25 years), Harry Chapin performed on a decrepit stage under a leaky roof to an enthusiastic and umbrella-carrying audience. Before the end of the show, Chapin pledged to return to Jamestown for a fundraiser if the community committed to restoring the theater. Harry Chapin was tragically killed in an auto accident a month later, but the movement had already begun. In less than ten years, the Palace had been restored to its former glory and re-christened, The Reg Lenna Civic Center.

More than three decades later and a few name and organizational changes, The Reg Lenna Center for The Arts is proud to present what might have been if Harry Chapin had returned. The recreations of his songs by the people who loved and knew him best are a stirring musical tribute for both the legions of Chapin fans from over 30 years ago, and the flourishing next-generation of Chapin enthusiasts.
Photo Credit: (c) Robert Berkowitz/RSBImageWorks.com


Lucy Town Half Marathon Weekend to Feature Bob Newhart

The Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy, Chautauqua Striders, and the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena are proud to announce that comedy legend Bob Newhart will be the featured performer of the 2014 Lucy Town Half Marathon & 5K weekend. Newhart will be showcased October 11th in a night of comedy at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, NY. Tickets for Bob Newhart will be available for purchase on Wednesday, August 27th online at www.lucyrace.com  or by calling the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts box office at (716)484-7070.

“Having a legend like Bob Newhart perform in Jamestown further proves that our city celebrates the best in comedy like no other,” said Journey Gunderson, executive director of the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy. “There is an excited buzz in the community and we’re looking forward to another great night of comedy that people will remember for years to come.”

Comedian Bob Newhart is world-renowned for his deadpan delivery and lifelong success in comedy, and continues to sell out concert halls for young and old throughout America. He starred in two critically acclaimed long-running situation comedies, the 1970’s sitcom The Bob Newhart Show and the 1980’s sitcom Newhart. He has won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and was named as one of the Top 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time by Comedy Central. Most recently he’s had starring roles in Elf and Horrible Bosses, and also won the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of Professor Proton in the hit television show, The Big Bang Theory.

Newhart’s performance comes only months after the wildly successful 2014 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival headlined by Jay Leno, and groundbreaking of Comedy Center Park, the first phase in the building of the complex that will be the National Comedy Center. Jamestown has featured past comedians such as Martin Short (comedic headliner of the inaugural 2013 Lucy Town Half Marathon & 5K weekend), Ellen DeGeneres, Ray Romano, Lewis Black, Bill Engvall, Kathleen Madigan, Billy Gardell, Paula Poundstone and more.

Comedy-lovers and runners of all abilities will visit the Jamestown area October 10-12 for a weekend of special events in addition to Bob Newhart’s performance, highlighted by an attempt at breaking the world record for most people Grape Stomping, a 5K run/walk, kids run, 13.1-mile half marathon, sports expo. The 5K run/walk and kids run will take place on October 11th, and the second annual Lucy Town Half Marathon will take place on October 12th.

The USATF certified half-marathon course, which begins and ends in Jamestown, runs through the neighboring towns of Lakewood and Celoron. The course travels near the childhood home of Lucille Ball and by the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, the world’s largest I Love Lucy mural painted by artists Gary Peters Jr. and Sr., and the Lucille Ball Memorial Park. The 2014 Lucy Town Half Marathon is the USATF Niagara Half Marathon Championship.

Univera Healthcare is the presenting sponsor for the weekend’s events. Local support for the race weekend has also been provided by WCA Hospital, Jamestown Area Medical Associates, Jamestown Pediatric Associates, Shults Auto Group, The Legend Group, and Northwest Savings Bank.

Lucy Town organizers are still seeking groups or individuals to serve as event volunteers. No running experience necessary as there are a wide variety of roles needed for the weekend event. Positions may be available for a wide array of skills and interest, ranging from registering athletes and distributing information, to providing course side refreshments at water and food stations. For more information or to sign up, visit www.lucyrace.com.


Colors of Chautauqua

Plan a learning adventure during Chautauqua County's season long fall learning festival, the Colors of Chautauqua, from Labor Day to Veteran's Day. Take a class. Join a Farm to Table or Beer Pairing dinner. Engage in history with tours of century old cemeteries. The Colors of Chautauqua includes dozens of workshops on culinary, creative, and cultural topics as well as experiences like fly fishing or golf that can booked upon request. Classes are held in both indoor and outdoor classrooms across Chautauqua County. See the schedule online, including: guided walks along Lake Erie, Walking Tours of Jamestown, Valvo Candy Factory Tours, Saints and Sinners Cemetery Tours, Bridge for Beginners, Basketmaking, and much more!


Opera House Volunteers Improve Village Hall Restrooms

Volunteers and staff members of the 1891 Fredonia Opera House recently contributed their time to helping improve the appearance of the public restrooms in Fredonia’s Village Hall.

Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis notes that the restrooms are utilized by patrons of the Opera House and well as those who visit Village Hall, and that they recently had become in need of repair and a good coat of paint.  “The restrooms on the building’s second floor just needed sprucing up; but the basement restrooms had suffered from moisture-related problems and needed repairs to and, in some spots, replacement of large sections of drywall.”

Using donated drywall pieces, Opera House volunteers Dick Gilman and Don Ellington, along with Davis, repaired the drywall.  Village Mayor Steve Keefe donated paint and paint supplies and joined the effort to help paint the four restrooms as well as the basement hallway.  Others manning paint brushes included:  Opera House Technical Director Dan Allen, Board Member Marcy Burroughs, Davis, Gilman, Janet Nevinger and Mary Ruge.

Once the painting was complete, Allen hung framed reproductions of movie posters and advertising from the Opera House’s past in the restrooms.  The movie posters, which bear the Winter Garden name and promote films such as The Boys from Syracuse and Mrs. Miniver, were discovered during the restoration of the Opera House.  The advertisements came from the Fredonia Censor newspaper archives.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported, not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. A complete schedule of Opera House events is available at www.fredopera.org.
Photo Caption:  This poster for the 1940 film, The Boys from Syracuse, was discovered during the restoration of the Opera House.  A reproduction of it now hangs in one of the Village Hall restrooms.


Putnam Agency Cautions About Driving Through a Flood

Have you ever tried to drive through a flood?   I hope not, and I hope you never have to, because it can be a nail-biting experience that often goes wrong. In fact, there's a whole section on YouTube under the heading "Flood Driving Fail" that'll have you shaking your head.

The trouble is that most of us are ill-prepared for encountering a flood. They don’t teach you what to do in Driver's Ed, and Nature has a particularly nasty habit of turning it on when you're not ready or in a hurry.  So, here are the basic rules:

  • First, if you know there's a flood risk on your route, don’t go unless your journey is essential.
  • If you have to drive through a flood, take the crown, or highest point, usually the center of the highway. If there's someone coming the other way, don’t enter. Let them through.
  • A general rule for maximum depth of water you can drive a sedan through reasonable safely is six inches, or just four inches if it's flowing. Even SUVs and trucks can only go slightly above this. Flowing water that's just nine inches deep is enough to float and move a car.
  • Approach at a snail's pace and accelerate to just 5mph once your auto is in the water. Don't go any faster because of the risk of aquaplaning -- and don’t stop till you're out.
  • Apply the brakes gently, several times, after you get out, to dry them.

If your car is damaged by a flood, don’t try to restart it. Get it towed and professionally inspected.  At this point you should notify your insurer and follow their instructions.

Low level trim damage can be dried out by leaving doors and windows open but if the substructure, engine and electricals are damaged they may need to be repaired and reinspected for rust and other deterioration.

The point at which a flooded car is considered totaled varies by insurer but certainly if water has reached dashboard height it will probably be written off. The insurance company may want to inspect it or get a professional opinion first.
You may be wondering if your auto insurance policy will cover you for flooding. Most likely it will because it's included in comprehensive coverage. In other words, you don’t need to have collision coverage to be protected against flood damage.

But if you'd like to confirm this or have any other questions, please call us at 366-2744. Drive safely!

Top Three US Male Gymnasts to Star in Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular

Three medalists from the recent 2014 P&G U.S. Gymnastics Championship are coming to the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena on December 13 for the Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular. Sam Mikulak, John Orozco, and Jake Dalton have been confirmed to participate in this year’s event. Mikulak took gold in the all-around at the national championships while Orozco took home silver and Dalton, earned the bronze medal.

Mikulak, 21, of the University of Michigan, has been a gymnast since the age of two. He is the 2013 and 2014 U.S. all-around champion and is a multi-NCAA champion in gymnastics, winning the all-around title in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Mikulak was the first male gymnast from the University of Michigan chosen to join an Olympic team. He competed in the 2012 London Olympics, but was unable to compete in five of the six events due to a sprained ankle.

Orozco, 21, from Bronx, NY, currently resides in Colorado Springs and trains at the Olympic Training Center. He was a member of the world championships team that won the bronze medal in 2011 and was the 2012 all-around U.S. champion. He joined Mikulak on team U.S.A for the 2012 London Olympics. Orozco is the 2014 U.S.high bar champion.

Dalton, 23, of the University of Oklahoma, was also a member of the 2012 London Olympic team and the 2011 bronze medalist team at the world championships. He was the U.S. vault champion in 2009, 2011, and 2012 and the floor champion in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

The trio will compete for the U.S. at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, China, October 3-13. While Orozco has performed at JSBA as part of the spectacular before, Mikulak and Dalton will be new to this year’s show.
Already confirmed for the once in a lifetime show are Olympians Meryl Davis and Charlie White, country star Danielle Bradbery, and pop sensation Cody Simpson. 

Tickets for the Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular are available online at www.jamestownarena.com or by calling the box office at 716.484.2624. For more information on the event, stay plugged into the arena Facebook and Twitter.



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