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Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce May 2019 Chamber/MAST Help Members Achieve Compliance with NYS Sexual Harassment Law The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier are pleased to provide a new resource that offers New York State compliant workplace harassment guidance and tools, and much more. By providing an online platform, the Chamber and MAST can offer a round-the-clock human resources package that provides compliance recommendations, tools and video solutions for real world employee situations. New York State required that all workplaces, no matter their size, implement a policy around sexual harassment by October of 2018. That policy must be shared with every employee. In addition, by October of 2019, every employee must participate each year in an interactive exercise that demonstrates what comprises sexual harassment and how to prevent it and report it. The state Department of Labor has recommended that this exercise become part of the hiring and on-boarding process for every employee. Todd Tranum, Chamber President and CEO and MAST Executive Director, said, “Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue and businesses need to move pro-actively to address it. With this new service we will help businesses comply with New York State requirements and help foster improved awareness and harassment prevention in the workplace. In addition to creating a safe work culture it is important for businesses to take steps to protect their own interests. Our goal is to help (L-R) Kevin Sixbey, Matt Churchill, Joe Town, Alyvia Town, and Todd Tranum unveil the Chamber’s in that process.” new HR Compliance program at Pace’s Pizzeria Kevin Sixbey, Director of Insurance Services for the Chamber and MAST, has been working to help implement the new program. “We have an easy, turn-key opportunity for businesses to participate. Whether they have one employee or dozens, we can get them set up quickly and easily to work through this platform. This is a true value-added product for our member businesses.” Demonstrating the ease of working through the process for different types of businesses, restauranteur Joe Town, owner of Pace’s Pizzeria, and manufacturer Matt Churchill, owner of Water Street Brass, have participated in the roll-out of this new product. Access to the online compliance system is an added benefit for all members of the Chamber and MAST. There is no additional cost beyond the annual membership investment to access the HR compliance tools and sexual harassment compliance video. The mission of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is to create a business environment in the region where members can thrive. The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier is a pro-active leader, committed to enhancing the economic strength of the region, by acting as a primary resource for information and assisting in the promotion of manufacturing excellence.

Calendar of Chamber and Chamber Member Events 5/15 - 4-7pm, Diane Andrasik Art Exhibit Reception, Fredonia Technology Incubator 5/16 - 5-8pm, Pint Nights begin for the summer season and will be held every Thursday at Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/5 & 20 Spirits & Brewing 5/16 - 7pm, The Art & Architecture On Screen presentation of Degas: Passion for Perfection, 1891 Fredonia Opera House 5/18 - 11am-3pm, Plant Exchange and Sale, Audubon Community Nature Center 5/19—Noon-4pm, G.A. Family Services Foster Care Carnival at Raymour & Flanigan 5/21 - 9am-1pm, Veteran's & Active Duty Service Member Outreach Event, SUNY Fredonia Science Center 5/23 - 5-7pm, Business After Hours Beach Party at Sunset Bay 5/24—6:30pm, Raise the Roof Fundraiser for Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity at Chautauqua Suites, call 338-8864 5/25 - Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber Community Wide Yard Sales, sign up by May 11 by calling 753-3113 5/31 - 6/1 - Attic & Seller Days, sign up with the Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce by May 28 6/5 - 4-7pm, UPMC Chautauqua Open House, new maternity and mental health units 6/7 - 8:30am, Chamber County Executive Breakfast, Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center 6/7 - First Friday, Main Street, Westfield, kicking off the Lincoln Festival

6/12 - 6 & 7:30pm, CLN Mini-Golf Tournament, Webb's Miniature Golf

Chautauqua County Compiling Airport Usage Data The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier encourage all local business people to make your voices heard on re-establishing commercial air service to the Jamestown Airport. Chautauqua County is working to develop the data that will lead to reinvestment in county airports, and the input of business leaders and stakeholders is crucial in that effort. A quick, easy, and confidential survey is available online at https:// With just a few minutes of your time, this valuable information can be compiled to help identify the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities at the Jamestown Airport, address capital improvement needs, and develop a customized plan to benefit the airport’s users and surrounding community. Mark Geise, Deputy County Executive for Economic Development, points out that Chautauqua County has a viable proposal on the table from Boutique Air to re-establish a federally subsidized commercial air service between the Jamestown, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore-Washington International Airports. In the past, enplanements rates in this region demonstrated the need and usage of commercial air service when Jamestown was served by reliable carriers. Restoration of commercial air service can only come through business and tourism traveler feedback. The survey will not only help to provide service again, but will also point out infrastructure improvements the federal government is poised to make if they are supported with credible market research. The County and the Industrial Development Agency hosted a meeting in March which demonstrated that both airports in Jamestown and Dunkirk are needed for all business sectors. But the supporting data must be captured in order to be included in a documented proposal for airport investment. If you are an airline traveler, a business that uses airline travel, or a tourism-related business in Chautauqua County, we strongly encourage you to complete the county airport survey online.

Assemblyman Goodell and Former Senator Young Addressed the Chamber State Legislative Breakfast The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce was pleased to host Assemblyman Andrew Goodell and recently retired State Senator Cathy Young for its annual State Legislative Breakfast in April. Chamber President and CEO Todd Tranum said, “While we appreciate the fact that our local elected officials like to meet with constituents, and the Chamber provides a forum for that, we also recognize that Senator Young no longer serves the same constituency. Yet, she willing took time away from her new position as Director of the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech to participate in this event.” Senator Young served the residents of the 57th State Senate District for fourteen years until she stepped down March 11. Assemblyman Goodell continues to serve the 150th State Assembly District. Mr. Tranum added, “This Chamber forum has always been a chance for our members to meet with our elected representatives. It has been a place where we could discuss state budget and other

policy issues as they relate to the business community and to the people of Chautauqua County. This year’s event was also a way to say ‘thank you’ to Senator Young for her time and dedication to the people and communities she has served with distinction for many years.” John D’Agostino, Publisher of the OBSERVER in Dunkirk, was moderator for the event, which was sponsored by Chautauqua Institution, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Mattress Company, Media One Radio Group, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Serta Mattress Company, The SUNY Fredonia Division of Advancement & Engagement, UPMC Chautauqua, and Webb’s Year-Round Resort.

Mornings on Main Scheduled As part of its spring membership drive, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will once again visit local businesses during Mornings on Main walking tours. Chamber staff and volunteers will conduct walking tours in several business communities to visit current members for conversations about how we can serve you better, and to talk with non-member businesses about what the Chamber has to offer. These events will take place May 14 in the Mayville-Chautauqua area, May 21 in the WestfieldBarcelona area, May 28 in Hanover, June 4 in Jamestown, June 11 in Dunkirk, and June 18 in Fredonia. The membership drive will conclude June 20 with a 5pm Business After Hours cruise aboard the Chautauqua Belle, departing from McCrea Point in Jamestown. All new and current members are welcome to attend. For more information, see our online events calendar.

Hanover Chamber Hosts Beach Party Business After Hours May 23 The Chautauqua County and Hanover Community Chambers of Commerce will host a Beach Party Business After Hours, Thursday, May 23 from 5-7pm at Cabana Sam’s Sunset Bay in Irving. The event will include live

music by the Kokomo Time Trio from 5-8pm. The cost is $13 for pre-registered Chamber members and $15 for non-members or walk-ins, which includes appetizers, door prizes, and a first drink free followed by a cash bar with two for one drinks. Sponsors are the Law Offices of Sheila Starkey Hahn, Media One Radio Group, OBSERVER, and The Post-Journal. To register call the Chamber at (716) 366-6200 or sign up through our online events calendar at

Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber Community Wide Yard Sales May 25 The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Community Wide Yard Sales on Saturday, May 25. All residents are invited to participate and the deadline to be included on the sale list is May 11. Yard sale addresses and a map will be available at local chamber member businesses where a yard sale poster is displayed. Those businesses will be listed at the Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber Facebook page. For more information contact Debby Marsala at (716) 753-3113.

Fredonia Chamber Attic & Seller Days May 31-June 1 The Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for its annual Attic & Seller Days community-wide yard sales! Fredonia residents can register to be listed on the sale map for just $5, by stopping at either of our local business partners: Pucci’s Carpet One, 112 West Main Street, or Sir PrintsAlot, 6 Park Place. Sale registration is also open online through our events calendar at All participating sales must be registered by 5pm, Tuesday, May 28 to be listed on the map. Sale maps will be available for $2 in the information booth in Barker Commons on sale days. For more information, call the Chamber at 366-6200.

Chamber County Executive Breakfast is June 7 Each year the Chamber of Commerce provides an opportunity for its members to meet directly with the County Executive and ask questions. County Executive George Borrello will be our special guest for this event, which will be held at 8:30am, Friday, June 7 at Chautauqua Suites, 215 West Lake Road, Mayville. We encourage businesses to come prepared with questions for the County Executive. Our sponsors for this event are: Chautauqua Institution, DFT Communications, Jamestown Mattress Company, Lawley Benefits Group, the Law Offices of Sheila Starkey Hahn, Media One Radio Group, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, Phillips Lytle LLP, The Post-Journal, Serta Mattress Company, Southern Tier

Environments for Living, and UPMC Chautauqua. The cost is $18 for Chamber members or $21 for non-members. Advanced registration is appreciated. You can call the Chamber at (716) 3666200 or (716) 484-1101 or sign up online through our events calendar at

Westfield Lincoln Festival is June 7-9 All are invited to Westfield June 7th, 8th, and 9th for the Lincoln Festival. This event is being organized by the Chautauqua County Historical Society, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Patterson Library, Lake Shore Center for the Arts, Village of Westfield, 9th NY Cavalry, and Westfield -Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce, and is proudly sponsored by the Ripley Hamilton Mansion, with horse and carriage rides sponsored by Johnson Estate Winery. The festival kicks off Friday, June 7th with the First Friday street fair from 4-8pm along Main Street, when the Westfield Wine Bottle displays will be unveiled for summer, 2019. The Westfield Academy and Central School McClurg Street Band will perform in the gazebo. There will be street vendors, with restaurants, shops, and pubs open for business. The fun continues on Saturday with the Farmers & Artisan's Market from 9am-4pm, a flag raising at 9am, cavalry drills and demonstrations from 10-3, horse drawn carriage rids from 11-4, a Lincoln & Grade Bedell Meet re-creation at 11:15am, and lots more. The movie Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis, will be shown at the Lake Shore Center for the Arts at 8:30pm. Sunday will include a Civil War Era church service at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, followed by brunch. The public is invited to attend brunch for a donation.

First Fridays Begin June 7 The monthly First Friday street fairs hosted by the WestfieldBarcelona Community Chamber of Commerce begin Friday, June 7, featuring vendors, live music, games, and fun for the whole family. These events run from 5 -8pm along Main Street in Westfield on June 7, July 12 (second Friday due to the holiday), August 2, and September 6. Join in the fun for First Fridays!

NCCF Local Economic Development Initiative Annual Summit is June 4 Creating an Impact: The Creative Economy and Creative Placemaking will be the topic for the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation Local Economic Development Initiative Annual Summit, to be held Tuesday, June 4 from 8:30-11:30am at the Williams Center at SUNY Fredonia. The keynote speaker will be Maureen Sager, Lead Consultant for the Alliance for the Creative Economy, a project of the Center for Economic Growth – Saratoga Springs/Capital Region of New York. The creative economy includes, but is not limited to, industries such as design, media, technology, visual arts and handcrafted products, performing arts, creative manufacturers, heritage and preservation, artisanal foods/restaurants, wineries/craft beverage makers, and agriculture/agritourism. Much more than tourism or arts/culture, this sector is increasingly recognized as a valued community resource with the potential to impact economic growth and increase social capital. The Summit will focus on how we might strengthen and support our local creative economy to impact businesses growth, community building, and economic development. Creative Economy Discussion and Action Areas:  How local creative entrepreneurs and enterprises can impact the region’s economy  How we might support, grow, and measure the local/ regional creative economy , and advocate for local/ regional creative industries  How to attract and retain innovative entrepreneurs  How to grow creative jobs and opportunities  Support creative industries’ roles in tourism revenue in the region  Identify educational and vocational opportunities within creative industries  Advance creative placemaking* efforts as tools for community and economic well-being *Creative placemaking can be described as communities identifying their artistic, cultural, aesthetic, and social assets, and integrating these assets in community planning and revitalization. Individuals/entities from the creative sector are ideal partners in, and leaders of, such efforts. Creative placemaking is successful in communities where artists, makers, cultural organizations, designers, and innovation proponents work together with community/economic development agencies, social service organizations, governments/municipalities, and other entities working toward community improvement and connection. This Summit will also serve as a springboard to a series of additional roundtables and events, starting late summer/early autumn 2019. For more information or to register for the summit visit

GROW Jamestown Front Garden Recognition Program Returns Jamestown Renaissance Corporation's GROW Jamestown Front Garden Recognition Program, returns in 2019 as a way to

acknowledge city gardeners who contribute to the curb appeal of Jamestown's neighborhoods. It is a project designed to encourage everyone to take part in making Jamestown a more beautiful place. The program began in 2011 with the distribution of 250 garden signs given to gardeners who were nominated by the public. In the summer of 2018, 12,000 Jamestown front yards were canvassed by a team of volunteers that recognized over 839 front gardens by providing owners with signs. With growth comes change. While the program will be run similarly to years past, yards will now be assessed in two separate seasons and groups as follows: 1. The city is divided into 37 sections, with each section encompasses approximately 325 front yards each. 2. Each section is assigned to a volunteer team comprised of a navigator, a photographer, and a data entry person. The navigator is the driver, the photographer takes photos of the selected front yards, and data entry is assigned as the scribe to document the process and list placement locations of the signs. Volunteers DO NOT canvass their own neighborhoods. Volunteers DO NOT canvass the same area they surveyed in the previous years. 3. This year, the city will be divided from north to south using an imaginary line, beginning at the city's northern boundary. The imaginary line continues down Lakeview Avenue through downtown and continues to South Main Street reaching the city's southern boundary. 4. The spring season canvassing begins June 3rd and ends June 24th. Of the total 37 sections, 18 sections located west of the imaginary line, will be surveyed. The volunteers will determine what an "average front yard" looks like for that area. Front gardens excelling in their efforts to improve curb appeal, will receive a GROW Jamestown sign. Each team is provided a limited number of signs to distribute - making decisions difficult. 5. The fall season canvassing begins September 9th and ends September 30th. The remaining 19 sections, those located to the east of the imaginary line, will be surveyed. The volunteers will again determine what an "average front yard" looks like for that area. Front gardens showing exceptional efforts to improve curb appeal, will receive a GROW Jamestown sign. 6. In 2020, properties surveyed in the spring of 2019 will be surveyed in the fall and those surveyed in the fall of 2019 will be surveyed in the spring. At a minimum, volunteers look for front yard gardens with healthy plants that are well maintained and actively managed. Is

the lawn healthy lawn, neatly mowed? Are the shrubs and trees pruned and trimmed? Edging is a plus, along with a balanced garden that is appropriate to house and lot size. House numbers need to be clearly displayed. As a project of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation's Neighborhood Revitalization efforts, the goal is to encourage everyone to contribute to a more beautiful Jamestown. The increase in yearly front yard garden acknowledgements demonstrates how well the program is working. Would you like to volunteer for this project? It is an excellent way to see the city as you have never seen it before, meet some old friends and make some new ones, and have a chance to make some front yard gardeners very happy. Volunteer workshops will be held the 4th and 5th week of May. For more information, contact Mary Maxwell at or (716) 489-3493. The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is a public-private partnership supporting downtown and neighborhood revitalization through inspiration, action, and celebration in the greater Jamestown, New York, area. Photo Captions: (1) A front yard garden that was recognized in 2018 (2) The survey map divided by season for 2019 Front Yard Garden Recognition

Jamestown Public Market Seeks Vendors for 2019 Season The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is seeking vendors for the 2019 season of the Jamestown Public Market. Those seeking to offer their locally grown or raised products, artisan crafts, or community organizations interested in highlighting their services can contact Market Manager Linnea Carlson. Past and current vendors have offered locally-raised meat products; maple syrup products; home-baked goods; value-added products; homemade bath products; eggs, and dairy products. Prepared food vendors, wineries, breweries, nurseries and more are also welcome as prospective vendors. Carlson is looking forward to another exciting season. “Last year far exceeded our expectations and we had a fabulous and fun time week to week. We would not exist without the support of our community and we are thrilled to once again host an event that connects them to local farms, businesses and artisans.” Funding provided through the USDA Farmers’ Market Promotion Program will continue to assist the Public Market in increasing promotion, as well as expand programming for the community. This includes the SPROUTs Club, which will launch its second year. “Last year we had over 260 children register for the SPROUTs Club, and offered activities in partnership with organizations like the Audubon, James Prendergast Library, Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Eventz by Scott,” says Carlson. The SPROUTs Club is free to all children, with activities generally focused for ages 12 and

under. Activities are centered on nutrition and agricultural education and last season included scavenger hunts, storytime, craft creation, nature exploration, and produce tastings. Children who participate receive a $2 voucher weekly that can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. The market also hopes to expand its cooking demonstrations, providing tasting samples and recipe information to market customers. Volunteers or local chefs interested in highlighting market products can contact JRC for information on how to participate. In addition, the market again has funds to compensate musicians and entertainers who wish to perform at the market. The Jamestown Public Market continues to accept EBT, WIC and Senior FMNP coupons, and intends to again participate in the Field and Fork Network’s Double Up Food Bucks program, which allows SNAP customers the opportunity to double their SNAP dollars towards the purchase of fresh produce. Carlson encourages community members to make a visit to the market part of their weekly routine. “We have everything you could imagine and more. This year we will be focusing on sharing information with the community on how to cook with market products, unique produce items, and the importance of buying local. And on top of your weekly grocery shopping, we have some exciting events planned including a visit from the Buffalo Zoo Mobile!” The Jamestown Public Market will be held each Saturday from June 8 to October 26, 10 am to 2 pm on Cherry St, between Second and Third Streets in Downtown Jamestown. Those interested in applying as a vendor, volunteer or entertainer at the public market can contact Linnea Carlson at 716-489-3497 or For more information on market events and activities, visit the Jamestown Public Market Facebook page. Photo Caption: Volunteers conduct cooking demonstration at the 2018 Jamestown Public Market

Opera House Presents Degas: Passion for Perfection as Part of Art & Architecture Series The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present Degas: Passion for Perfection, a special cinematic exploration of the revered artist’s obsession over his work, on Thurs., May 16, at 7 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series. Journey from the streets of Paris to the heart of a superb exhibition at Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, whose extensive collection of Degas’ works is the most representative in Britain. With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this production tells a fascinating story of Degas’ pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learned from studying the past masters.

Sometimes frustrated by his own failings, Degas was consumed by obsessive principles and failing eyesight; but his determination to capture everyday life was evident in every mark he made. Never fully satisfied, many of Degas’ drawings and sculptures were kept in private during his lifetime; but now through close examination, they can be seen as some of the most beautifully detailed and expressive works in the modern era. Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and the narration of letters written by Degas himself, this production reveals a more complex truth behind one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th century and serves as an exploration of the complex workings of Degas’ artistic mind. The production runs approximately one hour, 25 minutes. Individual tickets to Degas: Passion for Perfection are $15, ($10 students). A special flexible subscription of eight tickets that can be used however you want – one at a time to eight different events, all at once for eight people, or anything in between – is $116. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at The Art & Architecture Series is sponsored by Fredonia Place. Support also comes from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County. The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported notfor-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit Photo caption: The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present Degas: Passion for Perfection, a special cinematic exploration of the revered artist’s obsession over his work, on Thurs., May 16, at 7 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series. This production reveals a more complex truth behind one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th century and serves as an exploration of the complex workings of Degas’ artistic mind.

Opera House Cinema Series to Screen The Public The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the moving drama “The Public,” written and directed by and starring Emilio Estevez.” It will be screened on Sat., May 18, and Tues., May 21, at 7:30 p.m. After learning that shelters are at full capacity when a brutal cold front makes its way to Cincinnati, a large group of homeless people led by Jackson (Michael Kenneth Williams) refuse to leave the downtown public library at closing time. What begins as a nonviolent sitin and ragtag act of civil disobedience quickly escalates into a standoff with local police and a no-nonsense crisis negotiator (Alec Baldwin), all as two librarians (Emilio Estevez and Jena Malone) are caught up in the middle of it. Alexia Amoriello, in Film Inquiry, calls the film “heartfelt, humorous, and enlightening.” Stephen Schaefer, in the Boston Herald, calls it “a potent stew that finds humor, humanity and even grace in a society that often shows little compassion.” Adam

Lubitow, in the Rochester City Newspapers, calls it “a thoughtful, compassionate drama that seeks to challenge its audience as much as it entertains.” Ben Kenigsberg, in the New York Times, says “Estevez does an elegant job with this setup, creating a low-key, uncondescending portrait of lives on the edge.” Rated PG-13 for thematic material, nudity, language, and some suggestive content, “The Public” runs two hours, two minutes. The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at Thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor, the first 20 SUNY Fredonia students at each screening are admitted free. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 716-679-1891. The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning headsets for the deaf as well as with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member. The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for -profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit

Robert H. Jackson Center Commemorates 75th Anniversary of Korematsu v. U.S. The Robert H. Jackson Center (RHJC) is pleased to present “The Fight for Justice,” a two-day event commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Korematsu v. U.S. Fred Korematsu was one of four men who defied President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which authorized the American internment camps that all Japanese Americans were sent to from their homes during World War II. His 1944 landmark case before the United States Supreme Court challenged the constitutionality of imprisoning U.S. citizens based on nationality, but the majority Court upheld his conviction for violating the exclusion order in a 6-3 ruling. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson disagreed strongly with the majority opinion of the Court. His dissenting opinion continues to be read today in law schools as a prime example of an Equal Protection Clause violation under the Fourteenth Amendment. On Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:00pm, the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts will present the documentary “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story.” Following the documentary will be the film “Snow Falling on Cedars.” Admission for is $5.00/ person. Ticket sales are through the Reg Lenna ticket office. On Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 the program continues at the Robert H. Jackson Center with a lecture by John Q. Barrett, Professor of Law at St. John’s University, Jackson Center Board member and Elizabeth Lenna Fellow. Additionally, there will be a play read of “Korematsu v. U.S.: Justice Denied,” a play written by U.S. Appellate Court Judge Denny Chin and based on the Korematsu case, and RHJC’s board member and co-founder

Gregory Peterson will interview Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred T. Korematsu and founder and Executive Director of The Fred T. Korematsu Institute. This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required for the May 14th event by phone at 716-483-6646 or online at This program is made possible through the generosity of our donors and the following sponsors: Ahlstrom Schaeffer, Allegheny College, The Hon. Joseph Gerace Fund and the Jefferson Educational Society. The Robert H. Jackson Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that envisions a global society where the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice prevail. The Center invites and engages students of all ages, scholars, educators, national officials and international dignitaries to analyze contemporary issues of peace and justice through the lens of Justice Jackson’s body of work.

Robert H. Jackson Center Presents Annual Young Readers Program The Robert H. Jackson Center is thrilled to welcome back Dr. Allida Black for its 15th Annual Young Readers Program. The Young Readers Program uses literature to engage young people with their world by inspiring them to read and hone their analytical skills and writing ability. This year, the Jackson Center has invited Dr. Allida Black to speak to students on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at 10:00 am and 1:00pm about the relationship between the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the work of groups such as Amnesty International, and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The event is free, but preregistration is required by phone at 716-483-6646 or online at This program is made possible through the generosity of our donors and the following sponsors, to date are: Jamestown Public Schools, Erie-2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, Ahlstrom Schaeffer, The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, The Randy Sweeney Educational Fund, M & T Charitable Foundation, Double A Vineyards, Hope’s Windows, Evans Discount Wine and Liquor, Inc., and Serta Mattress. The Robert H. Jackson Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that envisions a global society where the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice prevail. The Center invites and engages students of all ages, scholars, educators, national officials and international dignitaries to analyze contemporary issues of peace and justice through the lens of Justice Jackson’s body of work.

Lake Erie Wine Country Wineries Strike Gold at the 2019 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Eight local wineries went up against over 650 competing wineries from all over the world and came away with a disproportionate share of the top honors. There were over 2800 wines entered in the 19th Finger Lakes International Wine Competition held on April 13th and 14th in Rochester NY. This event has become the largest charitable wine competition in North America, as each of the entries contributed over $50 to Camp Good Days and Special Times, a camp dedicated to bringing smiles and memories to children with cancer. Of the 64 top honors awarded (Best of Class or Double Golds),

twelve were won by the over one-hundred New York and Pennsylvania wineries entering the competition. Of those twelve Best of Class or Double Gold awards presented, four of them – or one third - were earned by Lake Erie Wine Country wineries! In addition, the eight LEWC wineries who submitted wines to this competition also earned seven gold medals and multiple silver and bronze recognitions as follows. Complete results available at Summary of Awards Earned by Lake Erie Wine Country Wineries: 21 Brix (Portland, NY) - Best of Class, Sparkling - 2017 Bruttella Gold - Ella’s White Niagara 7 silver and bronze medals Johnson Estate Winery (Westfield, NY) - Double Gold – 2017 Freelings Creek Semi-Dry Riesling Gold - 2017 Freelings Creek Sweet Riesling Gold - 2017 Maple Liqueur Gold - 2017 Solstice Sangria 7 silver and bronze medals Presque Isle Winery (North East, PA) - Double Gold – Eskimo Kisses (dessert wine) 5 silver and bronze medals Yori Cellars Winery (North East, PA) - Double Gold – Famiglia (red wine) 12 silver and bronze medals Arrowhead Wine Cellars (North East PA) Gold - “Midnight Proposal” 3 silver and bronze medals Lakeview Wine Cellars (North East PA) Gold – 2017 Traminette 4 silver and bronze medals Liberty Vineyards & Winery (Sheridan NY) Gold – “Lucy in the Sky Sweet Rosé” 5 silver and bronze medals Heritage Wine Cellars (North East PA) 10 silver and bronze medals Lake Erie Wine Country (LEWC) is a marketing association of 23 wineries located along the shores of Lake Erie in western New York and Pennsylvania amidst 30,000 scenic acres of juice and wine grape vineyards. Additional information found on the LEWC website,

Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity presents Raise the Roof! Fundraiser Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity presents a Raise the Roof! Fundraiser on Friday, May 24 from 6:30-9pm at Chautauqua Suites, Mayville, featuring the music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with TJ North. The event includes great food: pizza, mini beef on weck, meatballs, stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta, deviled eggs, a salad station, plus cheese, veggies and relishes, and a cash bar. There will be basket raffles, a grand prize, and more. Tickets are $25 per person or ten for $225. Tickets are advanced sale only. Contact Mike Ricketts at (716) 338-8864.

CLN Mini-Golf Tournament is June 12 The 2nd Annual CLN Mini-golf Tournament is coming up fast – Wednesday, June 12th at Webb’s Miniature Golf in Mayville! There will be shotgun starts at 6 and 7:30pm. This is not just a fun event for families and friends, it is also a fund-raising event that helps supports Chautauqua Leadership Network. For 27 years, CLN has provided leadership training and a growing network of professionals and friends for people like us who care about Chautauqua County and our local communities. To become a sponsor or register a team, you can visit or call CLN Coordinator Katie Young at (716) 338-1555.

Help Audubon Name the Turtle Audubon Community Nature Center needs a name for the huge concrete turtle that lives near its outdoor Nature Play Area. The 12-foot long creature weighs about 1500 pounds. It was given to Audubon last fall by its creator, Mike Whitmire of Whitmire Outdoor Living in Starbrick, Pa. “Children love playing around and climbing on the turtle,” said Katie Finch, the staff nature educator who organizes Audubon’s free monthly Nature Play Days. “Kids ask about the turtle’s name and gender. So we thought we’d let the community help name it.” Audubon is taking an unusual approach to finding a name for their new resident. “We want to engage many people in finding a creative name for our turtle. It is such a unique part of our location, and we are so grateful to Mike Whitmire for donating it to us.” said Executive Director Leigh Rovegno. Through Friday, May 31, everyone is invited to submit a name of either gender at Audubon staff will pick the top five name finalists. Between June 7 and 30, Nature Center visitors can vote on their favorite name by voting with their loose change. The idea is to encourage children to participate in the voting process as much as possible. Each coin will count as one vote. The turtle name that receives the most coin votes (votes will be counted by quantity of coins, not total dollar amount) will be announced on Thursday, July 4. The winner will receive a personal Meet and Greet with some of Audubon’s live turtles and a Nature Center Family Membership. Nature Play Day is a free event on the third Saturday morning of every month when, accompanied by their favorite adults, children ages two to eight have fun in the Nature Play Area. Extra materials that change with the weather and season are there, and a naturalist is present to answer questions and provide information. Children can explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment while their grownups learn how to continue the nature play experience at home. Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. The three-story Nature Center contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, and the

Blue Heron Gift Shop. Building hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. The 600-acre wetland preserve has more than five miles of trails, and Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily. To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit Photo caption: Audubon Community Nature Center has created a contest to find a name for the 12-foot long concrete turtle that lives near its outdoor Nature Play Area. May 31 is the deadline for the first phase of the contest.

4-H Goat Pancake Breakfast a Success By Kate Ewer, 4-H Community Educator Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Goat Program held a pancake breakfast on April 7, 2019 at the Stockton Fire Hall. The event was organized by the 4-H Goat Committee and featured a pancake breakfast that included your choice of grape or orange juice, coffee, pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and local pure maple syrup from Gustafson’s Maple Country USA. Chautauqua County 4-H youth did an excellent job serving guests and bussing tables. All guests were entered in a door prize, a half-gallon of maple syrup from Gustafson’s Maple Country USA, with their breakfast ticket. Members of the goat project donated baskets for the Chinese auction and Kori O’Brien created a beautiful afghan that was raffled separately. The event had a great turnout from both the community and youth in the goat project. Over 180 breakfasts were served with many smiling faces and happy supporters. The program earned nearly $1,800 which will fund educational materials, awards, judges, and other expenses of the project. Fred DeGolier, a member of the 4-H Goat Committee, noted that, “We are very pleased with this fundraiser and plan on making it our annual fundraising event.” Plan now for the 4-H Goat Project Pancake Breakfast in April of 2020! The Goat Committee would especially like to thank the Stockton Volunteer Fire Department, Gustafson’s Maple Country USA, and the support of the community for making this event a success. The 4-H goat project offers youth a wide variety of programming. A committee of dedicated volunteers plans educational programs for meat, dairy, mohair, working, and pet goats. They host Super Goat Saturday annually which is a day devoted to hands-on goat husbandry skills. Youth showcase their work at the Chautauqua County Fair. You can see their hard work on display at the Pack and Harness show Monday, July 15 th at 6:00pm and the conformation show on Wednesday, July 17th at 9:00am. For more information on the goat project or Chautauqua County 4-H visit and like Chautauqua County 4-H on Facebook.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Watkins Glen International extends partnership with Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, becomes Preferred Hotel of The Glen Watkins Glen International and the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel have announced a multi-year extension to make the property the Preferred Hotel of the iconic 3.4-mile circuit, taking effect immediately. “We are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with an awardwinning property like The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel,” said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. “During our race season, it has not only become a popular choice for many of the fans, crews and competitors, but also a popular destination for visitors to the area, no matter the time of year.” The Harbor Hotel has been Watkins Glen’s first choice for upscale accommodations in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country since the impressive AAA Four Diamond property was

built on Seneca Lake in 2008. In addition to 104 well-appointed rooms and several meeting and event spaces, the Blue Pointe Grille and Coldwater Bar is open to the public seven days a week. “The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel has enjoyed a great working relationship with WGI since the hotel opened in 2008. We very much enjoy working alongside the professionals that make WGI one of the top venues in the country for racing and entertainment,” David Hart, President and CEO of Hart Hotels Inc. said. “We are happy to extend our relationship well into the future and look forward to serving the hospitality needs of thousands of annual users and visitors of WGI.” For the 2019 season, the IMSA Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, NASCAR Go Bowling at The Glen and the SVRA Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix headline a season schedule full of the world’s most talented drivers, hottest cars and most competitive races motorsport has to offer. Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25% of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, three-times voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook and Twitter. For tickets, camping, and additional information, call 1-866461-RACE or visit

G.A. Family Services Foster Care Carnival is May 19 G.A. Family Services at Lutheran will hold its Foster Care Carnival on Sunday, May 19 from noon-4pm at Raymour & Flanigan, 1001 Fairmount Avenue, West Ellicott. The event will feature games, a bounce house, food, raffles, face painting, and more. May is Foster Care Month, and G.A. Family Services is raising awareness for foster families and showing appreciation to all of the foster families in the area. All are welcome.

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VOICE newsletter May 2019  

The May 2019 newsletter of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce

VOICE newsletter May 2019  

The May 2019 newsletter of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce