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April 12 - 18, 2018

Volume 2 ~ Issue 15

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COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER OF CHAUTAUQUA C OUNTY Events SPRING AWAKENING April 12th, 13 & 14th • 7:30pm Marvel Theatre, Fredonia

Spire Theatre’s Studio Metro The Renovation of a Church Recreation Room

Dining In the Dark

Benefit for Chautauqua Blind Association, April 20

PADDINGTON 2: MOVIES AT THE REG Friday, April 13 • 7 – 8:44pm Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, Jamestown SPEECH AND DEBATE April 13 & 14th • 8pm Sunday, April 15 • 2pm Jamestown Community College, Jamestown AWESOME AMPHIBIANS Saturday, April 14 • 10am – 2pm Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown FREDONIA WINTER FARMERS MARKET Saturday, April 14 • 10am – 1pm Masonic Forest Lodge, Fredonia LITTLE EXPLORERS Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 10am – 12pm Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown LUISA MILLER Saturday, April 14 • 12:30pm Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia PADDINGTON 2 - SENSORY FRIENDLY: MOVIES AT THE REG Saturday, April 14 • 2 – 3:44pm Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, Jamestown I AM BATTLE COMIC Saturday, April 14 • 6 – 7:30pm Robert H Jackson, Jamestown NATURE PLAY DAY Sunday, April 15 • 1 – 4pm Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown

By Anna Hagley Spire Theatre, occupying a building that was once a church, and the oldest building of its kind in Jamestown, is excited to host Karate Sleepover in a top notch standup comedy performance, on April 28, 2018, in Studio Metro. Spire Theatre owner Angelo

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The Chadakoin Club

AUDUBON EXCLUSIVES PIZZA MAKING PARTY Sunday, April 15 • 2 – 6pm Jamestown Kitchen and Bath, Jamestown

By Lou Drago Ever wonder what it would be like to not see where you were going or to not know what was right in front of you? The 8th Annual Dining in the Dark is coming to Moon Brook Country Club on Friday April 20th. By attending this dinner event you will get to experience firsthand what it is like to be vision impaired. Your $60 donation to this event will benefit the Chautauqua Blind Association (CBA) and will get you the choice of three great meals prepared by the renowned Moon Brook chefs. The program starts at 6pm with a cash bar, appetizers and a Chinese Auction. Be sure to take a good look at the dining room

Along the Art Trail:

VALUING WATER: A NEW DEAL FOR THE ENVIRONMENT Wednesday, April 18 • 6 – 8pm Robert H. Jackson Center, Jamestown FREE FLY TYING / FLY FISHING CLASSES Wednesday, April 18 • 7 – 8:30pm Rockafeller Arts Center, SUNY Fredonia A FANTASTIC WOMAN: MOVIES AT THE REG Wednesday, April 18 • 7 – 8:44pm Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, Jamestown

Deb Yoakum and Buck Kramer.

Sneak Peek Inside this Issue...

Comedy Center Grand Opening... Page 2 Schumer, Tomlin, Aykroyd, Original Cast of SNL to Headline

The National Comedy Center will celebrate its grand opening with appearances by Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Saturday Night Live original season alumni including Dan Aykroyd and more, coinciding with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, August 1-5 in Jamestown, New York.

High School Rowing... Page 3

Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association Begins Season By Jim Odrzywolski The Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association (CLRA) high school team has started their 2018 season. Registration was held on February 26. Athletes from Panama, Chautauqua Lake, Southwestern -including a Rotary exchange student from Denmark- Jamestown, and Maple Grove registered and are part of 2018’s team. Usually with winter conditions prevailing in late February, the team looks to find space to permit indoor practices for three to four weeks. This year Lynn Development, Incorporated, graciously.....

Things are rolling right along in Jamestown, including the Chadakoin River themed venue by Buck Kramer, with the assistance of Deb Yoakum, scheduled for a June 2018 opening. The site, formerly known as The Q, located at 104 W. Second Street, will reopen soon with two distinct concepts in the extensive space. Deb said, “we want to have it all, we love community, music, fun, food, and family friendly experiences.” Buck will be converting the site in to a premier music venue and bar with pub style food. He envisions acoustic music in the restaurant and bar area, during daily happy hours, conducive to conversation and easy listening. A game area with children’s live See “CLUB” Page 6

Did You Know:

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Water Color Artist Ronnie Lafferty

By Kathleen McCarthy

EARTHFEST Wednesday, April 18 • 11am – 1pm Jamestown Community College, Jamestown

because this is the last time you will be able to see the room until dessert. About 6:30pm you will assemble in the main entranceway where you will be greeted by your guides for the event. Occupational Therapy students from Jamestown Community College and SUNY Fredonia will blindfold you and lead you to your tables. The guides have been trained about what a blind person endures in everyday life and will pass this experience on to the diners. The guides will help you throughout the evening while you enjoy your meal. The meal will consist of your choice of Braised boneless ribs,

Healing Energy of Art

Jamestown’s Newest Entertainment Venue

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Guiffre spoke with The Lakeside Ledger regarding the rich history of the building, which was built in 1869, as the First Congregational church building of its kind, whose member base was established in 1815, the oldest congregation in the area. Even more interesting, James Pendergast, from which Jamestown gets its namesake, was a member of this congregation. The building was acquired in January 2012, and the church basement has been converted into Spire Theatre, complete with art gallery, dance studio and a theatre in the round

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By Lori Humphreys Art Trail water color artist Ronnie Lafferty is not just an artist, she is an apostle for art’s healing energy


Practice Began in America in 1892

not only personally but for others. She found her artistic voice during a 1998 health crisis. “I was suffering from a herniated disc which limited my mobility” Ronnie turned to her latent interest in crafts to find a way to deal with both physical pain and loneliness. She said that she had always been interested in crafts and chose water color painting because it seemed inexpensive, easy and would not take up much room in her Fredonia home. Her daughter bought her materials and Ronnie was launched. “I fell in love with water color painting immediately and when painting lost all track of time.” She healed physically and emotionally and in 2007 retired from nursing and embraced water color painting full time, calling it her “second career”. It would seem See “ART” Page 7


Lakewood Store Makes Home Decorating Fun

Weekly Column By Donna Germain Did you know…? Are you getting a little older? Wondering who is going to pay the bills if something happens to you, your spouse or significant other? Had a little fender bender? Wondering if you should claim it on your insurance? Insurance for so many things such as health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, car insurance, funeral insurance, mortgage insurance and even pet and animal insurance. So many different policies and stipulations under each category. Did you ever wonder how it all started? Well insurance is believed to be traced back to Ancient Babylonia, when merchants who had loans paid lenders an additional sum to provide against losses if their commodities

Bobbi Bragg is on to something. The popularity of design shows on HGTV, the third most watched cable station behind Fox and ESPN (2016), has helped to make home decorating a hobby for many and a passion for some. For those of us who enjoy home decorating, changing things in our homes is a regular occurrence. This hobby can empty our wallets in one shopping trip but Bobbi knows that she has the answer at her 2 year old business E.B.E.’s HOME DÉCOR, The Store Next Door which is located at 135 E. Fairmount Avenue in

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By Sharon Witchey

Spring Awakening : April 12th, 13th & 14th : Marvel Theatre, Fredonia

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Publisher’s Word

Comedy Center Grand Opening Schumer, Tomlin, Aykroyd, Original Cast of SNL to Headline

Back in Full Spring… I mean Swing! I believe Spring is finally, officially here; but don’t take my word for it. I am no “meteorologist” and I could lose my day job if I forecasted anything wrong in newsprint black and white. What I do know is Spring events are here in full swing. Starting this weekend, Saturday, April 14, you can take the kiddos to a nature walk at the Audubon from 10noon. Welcoming Arbor Day and Earth Day is Earthfest at JCC next Wednesday, April

18 featuring environmental displays, eco-friendly products and entertainment. The following weekend the activities continue with the Wine and Cheese Weekend along the Lake Erie Wine Trail April 20-22. These are just a few of the many activities celebrating the arrival of the new season. If you know of some and would like to share The National Comedy them with our readership, email them to us: info@ Center will celebrate its grand opening with appearances by Until next week, JZ Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Saturday Night Live original season alumni including Dan Aykroyd and more, coinciding with the annual Lucille Ball Issues & Interests discussion group meets the 1st & 3rd Thurs. of the month 5:30 - Comedy Festival, August 1-5 in Jamestown, New York. 6:30 Featuring more than 50 All library events are free and everyone is welcome! For the latest news check out immersive and interactive our website exhibits designed by leading museum design firms in the world, the 37,000 square foot National Comedy Center visitor experience tells the story of comedy from its Fishing Tournament April 21 at Ashville Bay Marina origins through the present and is the first non-profit cultural On April 21st at institution and national-scale 10 am, Ashville attraction dedicated to the art Bay Marina of comedy. will be holding The opening celebration a kids fishing will feature more than 50 tournament at the marina. Kids events and 40 artists that the innovators, 16 and younger include will compete for creators, and legends of 1st,2nd and 3rd comedy. Tickets will go on prizes. This is pre-sale to Members on April a great way to 27th at noon, and on sale to kick off the 2018 the public May 4th at noon at

Issues & Interests

Kids Day at the Bay

fishing season! Pre-register by calling 716.763.6676. Walk In’s are welcome. Event is FREE.

Local Writers Wanted: Email Of Chautauqua Inc. Emmy Award-Winning Comedian Amy Schumer will perform Friday, August 3rd with her show “Amy Schumer and Friends” at the Northwest Arena, while comedy legend Lily Tomlin brings “An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin” center stage at Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on August 4th. “Each of these artists has played a significant role in shaping and redefining comedy as we know it today. From sketch to stand-up to TV  to film, the landscape has been forever changed due to the creativity and, frankly, bravery, of Lily Tomlin and Amy Schumer. Laraine Newman, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris and Alan Zweibel challenged the nation’s sensibilities about comedy in what they brought to air in 1975, introducing what became one of the very few cultural phenomena to endure more than four decades,” said National

Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson. On August 2nd, Saturday Night Live cast members Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris, along with original writer, Alan Zweibel, will come together at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts to share stories and laughs in a conversation about the show’s early years. “Offering four brilliant minds from the show that broke the late night television mold is not only a glimpse into the creation of Saturday Night Live but also a sampling of the National Comedy Center‘s core mission to share the story of comedy,” notes Malachi Livermore, Director of Operations and Programming for the National Comedy Center. Festival partner COZI TV will present a very special “Conversation with Fran Drescher” as part of the opening week events. The Nanny star will share insights on her storied life and career influences, including Lucille Ball, on August 3rd. Tickets may be purchased by Members beginning April 27th and by the public May 4th by visiting Tickets and memberships may also be purchased by calling 716-484-0800 or visiting the festival box office located at 2 W. 3rd Street, Jamestown, NY 14701.

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High School Rowing

Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association Begins Season

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t t n e y g y oLynn Development, Incorporated, graciously accommodated the team at one of their ”mostly empty properties on Allen St. as a practice site. , By Jim Odrzywolski official start of spring, the team storms or cold temperatures. d continued for a 4th full week of With the CLRA boathouse lThe Chautauqua Lake Rowing indoor training. unheated, it is difficult to Association (CLRA) high With several new team conduct an indoor practice as Vschool team has started their members this year, teaching temperatures approach the low l2018 season. Registration was technique on indoor rowing 30’s. nheld on February 26. Athletes machines or ergometers (ergs) The high school team efrom Panama, Chautauqua is critical to their success primarily trains in either four eLake, Southwestern -including on the water in the narrow, or eight-person rowing shells sa Rotary exchange student racing shells. Ergs are a stable (or boats). There are a few rfrom Denmark- Jamestown, platform on which to learn other boat categories but most eand Maple Grove registered the rowing stroke. Standing high school teams race in these and are part of 2018’s team. alongside team members two categories of boats. A fourdUsually with winter conditions on ergs, coaches can teach person shell is about 40’ long gprevailing in late February, technique or correct errors. and approximately 21” wide ethe team looks to find space Returning athletes also have at the widest point. An eightgto permit indoor practices rowing stroke errors reviewed person shell is approximately .for three to four weeks. This with correct technique 60’ long with a maximum syear Lynn Development, emphasized. CLRA coaches width of about 22” wide. Each yIncorporated, graciously have been utilizing more video of the rowers in these boats raccommodated the team at review of athletes this season holds a single 12’ long oar. eone of their mostly empty to help demonstrate coaching Athletes holding a single oar ,properties on Allen St. The points. are called sweep rowers. The practice site had wood floors The team finally hit the seats in rowing shells roll on and more than sufficient water on March 26th. Even tracks unlike the stationary room for cardio, strength, now, the weather has remained seats in kayaks and canoes. core training, and rowing challenging with temperatures This permits athletes legs to technique. This was one of the in the upper 30’s and low provide the primary power for old Bush Industries structures. 40’s. With water temperature the rowing stroke. The beauty Lynn was also able to assist around 35 degrees, staying and challenge of rowing is the team in 2017 with suitable warm becomes a challenge. to learn to balance the boat practice site. With ice on the During the first two weeks while all athletes try to move lake and river, and winter like on the water, the team has See “ROW” Page 5 conditions prevailing into the cancelled four practices due to

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CHQ. Lake Partnership A Great Lake Seeking a Greater Future

Your Chautauqua Lake Partnership’s (Partnership) all-volunteer Officers, Board Members, Advisors and others are progressing all Partnership Projects during this never-ending winter. We’re proud to say that the Partnership is the only Chautauqua Lake organization actively addressing watershed, in-lake and regional lake issues. The now-issued SEIS(Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement), intended to be included in the County’s Macrophyte Management Strategy scope but never completed, will satisfy the 1986 DEC/CLA agreement and pave the way for DEC’s processing of herbicide permits. 3400 Letters of Notification were sent March 14 and nine herbicide permit applications were submitted to DEC by four Towns (Ellery, Ellicott, Busti, and North Harmony) and one Village (Celoron) on March 16, 2018. We expect the DEC will issue permits for several days of herbicide treatment of the invasive weeds Eurasian Water Milfoil and Curly Leaf Pondweed in ten areas of the

lake in early May, 2018, well before the summer season begins. That is optimal timing for herbicide effectiveness and minimal negative impact. Several OpEd’s, developed by the Partnership and published in the Jamestown Post-Journal over the last several months can be found on the Partnership website, We were happy to hear that $95,000 for the Partnership has been included in the NYS 2018 Budget. This is the first state funding support we’ve received. Thank you, Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell. We updated new Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello on Partnership projects, challenges and funding requirements on April 2. Given that the Partnership has now completed the SEIS which the County abandoned, we are confident the County will significantly increase its $15,000 contribution made to the Partnership in 2017. We also hope to access significant fund balance held by the County and County– sponsored entities for 2018

Partnership projects. We appreciate the financial support you’ve provided thus far, ~$125,000 to date! However, with the large slate of Partnership projects and required resources, we must ask again. We will begin herbicide treatment costfocused fundraising for 2018 in mid-April. Contributions from around the lake and in the ten communities slated for treatments are crucial to take advantage of the completed SEIS and DEC permits in process and, ultimately, return herbicides, used all over NYS and the USA, as a weed management tool available to Chautauqua Lake. Please go to our website, www. to make a PayPal contribution, mail a check to the Partnership at PO Box 337, Bemus Point, NY 14712 or contact Sara DeMink, Partnership Fundraising Chairperson, at sdemink@ Thank you for your efforts on behalf of “Chautauqua Lake, A Great Lake Seeking a Greater Future”. - Chautauqua Lake Partnership Officers, Advisors and Board Members

Employer Series

Employer Series welcomes CFOP speakers

JAMESTOWN – The Adult Education & Workforce Development division of the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES will present its Employer Series on Wednesday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Featured speakers Sarah Miller and Felicia Battle from the Children & Family Outreach Program (CFOP) will discuss their work at the Family Learning Zone at the Gateway Center, 31 Water St., Jamestown. Call (716) 484-6190 or (716) 484-9811 for more information.

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This annual tradition beautifies Audubon’s buildings and grounds, improves habitat, and makes the sanctuary more visitor friendly. The young women pictured here are feeling good about all the invasive plants they pulled.

You are invited to celebrate Earth Day a day early -- by giving back. You can join the fun on Saturday, April 21, when staff and volunteers will be making Audubon Community Nature Center’s buildings and grounds more beautiful and friendly for visitors and the wildlife residents. Folks of every age and ability work rain or shine and have a blast doing it. After all the hard work, lunch is provided to all volunteers. Here’s how it works. You are asked to sign up ahead of time so staff can better plan for the day. After registering that morning, you choose a crew to work with on a specific project. Projects include pulling non-native plants, planting native seeds and

shrubs, sprucing up the gardens, picking up trash as part of Roadside Cleanup, and more. You’ll be dirty and tired at the end of it all, but ohso-satisfied with all you accomplished. Then stay and enjoy lunch with your fellow workers. The schedule for the day is: 8:30-9am – Registration. 9am - Select work crew and learn about the importance of what you are doing. 9:30am.-noon - Work, work, work (and have fun!). Noon1pm - Lunch and prizes Participants are encouraged to wear clothes that can get dirty, dress for the weather -work happens rain or shine -- and bring work gloves if you have them. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are appreciated by Friday, April 20. Call

(716) 569-2345 during business hours or click through the Programs page at Volunteer Day is made possible with support from H. Robert Hampson, Jamestown Area Community Credit Union, and Spectrum Eyecare. Located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania, the Audubon Community Nature Center has more than five miles of beautifully maintained trails on a 600acre wetland preserve. Its three-story building, open daily, houses the Blue Heron Gift Shop and a collection of live fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Interactive displays focus visitors’ attention on ways to celebrate nature handson. One of the most visited exhibits is Liberty, a nonreleasable Bald Eagle, in her outdoor habitat. To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 5692345 or visit auduboncnc. org. Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.

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Evergreen Outfitters will instruct a roll call at 7pm at the Turner Community Center pool. This class is designed for paddlers who already have some proficiency and wish to hone their skills. Hands on instruction is available, but most feedback and assistance will come from other paddlers. Cost is $10 which can be paid at the door. If you need to borrow equipment, you MUST call us at 716-7632266. Helmets and PFD’s are required. Please call us to let us know that you are coming. In the event of inclement weather, we need to know who to call if we have to cancel. Hope to see you there!


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FREDONIA – The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “The Leisure Seeker,” starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. It will be screened on Sat., April 21, and Tues., April 24, at 7:30 p.m. Ella and John Spencer (Mirren and Sutherland) go on one last unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, traveling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. Trying to stay ahead of their troubles – his mental, hers physical – they recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end. Pete Hammond, in Deadline, calls the film “Wonderful!

Donald Sutherland is so good. Helen Mirren, as usual, is simply superb!” Gregory Wakeman, in Metro, calls it “one of those films where you don’t mind its tranquility and leisurely pace. Watching Sutherland and Mirren being so smitten and in love with each other is just so delightful.” London’s The Telegraph, calls it “a consoling, teary-funny road trip comedy about an ageing couple who realize their days – of living independently, at least – are numbered. The canon of Alzheimer’s films doesn’t lack for performances piled up with compassion and fine-grained observation, from Iris all the way to Still Alice. But as their faded Winnebago wends its way to the coast, Ella and John show there’s room for two more.” Rated R

for some sexual material, “The Leisure Seeker” runs one hour, 52 minutes. In connection with the Sat., Apr. 21, screening, Lynda Sandoval, of Yoga Underground, will hold a relaxing “cinema stretch” yoga class at 5:45 p.m. on the Opera House stage. Participants in the $10 hour-long class receive a voucher for discounted $5 admission to the movie that night! And, a portion of the class fee benefits the Opera House. “So, if you like to sit around in yoga clothes and watch movies on Saturday nights – and who doesn’t?” says Sandoval. “Here’s your chance to do just that, AND help raise money for one of the jewels of the village.” 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 See “MOVIE” Right

Awesome Amphibians : April 14th : Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown

Little Explorers

Learn About Sleepy Seeds at Audubon April 14th At Little Explorers you and the three- to eight-year-old child(ren) in your life can learn about seeds, their shapes and sizes, and go for a spring seed hunt outside to find some that have sprouted or are about to. “A Seed is Sleepy” is the theme for this Audubon Community Nature Center program on Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10-11:30 a.m. Seeds are sleepy, but only until the time is right and they have found the right spot. Then seeds burst forth and grow. In this program you learn about seeds and how they find those spots, what they have and need to get them started, and what their lives might be like after they germinate. Unless the weather is particularly severe, after the indoor lesson and exploration, a walk outdoors reveals sprouts and shoots and seeds

still waiting. Returning inside, everyone gathers for a snack and, if time allows, a craft. The fee for Little Explorers is $8 for adults, $6 for Nature Center members and children. Reservations are required by Thursday, April 12, 2018, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or online through the Programs page at auduboncnc. org. Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, and Lenna Foundation. Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, onequarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y.,

and Warren, Pa. The threestory Nature Center building contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop. Building hours are MondaySaturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. The 600-acre wetland preserve with more than five miles of trails and Liberty, the nonreleasable 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 Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible


average car cost about $ 1,200 per year in New York State to insure. In the beginning Travelers issued policies that stated “teams” written on horses and horse drawn carriages. It was not until 1905 the word “teams” was replaced with “automobile”. Premiums at the time were based on the horse power of the vehicle. After the first couple of policies were issued the auto insurance business accelerated very quickly. Many policies were being purchased and issued, but it was not until 1902 when the first fire and theft of a vehicle policies were issued. This brought about all other types of policies that resemble policies we have today. This was the start of a multi billiondollar industry. Connecticut was the first state to make auto insurance mandatory in 1927. Drivers had to purchase coverage or show financial responsibility of at least $10,000 through cash, bonds or stocks that could be liquidated in the event of an auto accident resulting in injury, death or property damage in order to register their vehicle. The insurance business, all types not just auto has become a multibilliondollar industry. Unfortunately, this has also opened the door for fraud. The estimated cost

of insurance fraud (nonhealth insurance) paid out each year is approximately 40 billion dollars a year. Law enforcement officials state that about as many as 1 out of every 3 auto insurance claims in New York City turn out to be fraudulent. The problem is even worse in Los Angeles. Los Angeles generates the most questionable claims potentially linked to organized crime according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The top five states for fishy auto claims are California, Florida, Texas, New York and Maryland. Fraud includes things such as counterfeit airbags, staged accidents, towing scams and agent fraud. This is just auto insurance alone. Not to mention (maybe in another article) the amount of health insurance and other insurance fraud. There are approximately 5977 insurance companies in the U.S with about 1.1 million licensed agents. So, if you are thinking of purchasing some additional policies or changing the ones you have, there are several local insurance companies in the area. You can speak with a local agent in person. Most of the local offices are independently owned and operated. Now you know…..

as a warm-up running track, a safer alternative to running the shoulder of Jones and Gifford Avenue. Practices are held Monday-Friday, 5:307:30pm. Competitions start soon. The first regatta will be held in Ithaca, NY on April 22. This is followed by a home event against an Erie, PA team. Regattas follow in Buffalo, Saratoga Springs, NY, Erie, PA. on successive weekends. The race season concludes with a Pittsford, NY Memorial weekend regatta. Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association is once again holding the Rock ‘n’ Row fundraiser at the Lawson Center, Bemus Point on June

10, 4-7pm. Tickets are $40 each with appetizers by Planet Earth, drinks, raffles, and music by Infinity. Proceeds are primarily intended to fund equipment for the high school team and other program areas. A new program area of interest is adaptive rowing, or rowing for those with physical limitations. CLRA does not currently have equipment to adapt boats for these individuals. For additional information on CLRA and various programs, see our web site at www.rowchautauqua. org. Sincerely, Jim Odrzywolski CLRA High School Coach & Program Coordinator

Office at 716-679-1891. The Opera House is equipped with individualized Cont. From Left closed captioning headsets for the deaf as well as with each screening are admitted assistive listening headsets for free. For more information, the hearing-impaired. Simply call the Opera House Box 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

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Cont. From Page 3 in sync. The greater the ability of the athletes to move as one the greater the balance and the faster the boat. Each of shells is led by a small-in-stature steersman who sits at the stern or back of the boat. Their task is to provide motivation, particularly during races, inboat coaching, and steering. CLRA’s boathouse and dock facilities are located adjacent to the Chadakoin River and McCrea Point Park. With huge improvements in the park, athletes can use the bike path


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Cont. From Cover (Studio Metro). The area now known as Studio Metro was once the church recreation room. Guiffre had this area renovated 4 years ago, and it is designed as a 360 degree performing arts area, with the stage in the middle and seats around it. Keeping community history and relics alive, the seats are repurposed from several other old movie theatres in the area, with many of them coming from Winter Garden Theater. Studio Metro hosts plays, poetry slams and many other styles of shows in their 360 degree layout, and for comedy nights, they evolve the theatre into a comedy club by redesigning the seat layout. Paul Clemente, one of five members of Karate Sleepover, shared with us their passion for performing in the area, supporting other local artists, and what they favor most about Studio Metro. The five members of Karate Sleepover are Dan Davis, Paul Clemente, MW Barrick, Jeremy Little and Jim Drain. Clemente


Cont. From Cover entertainers will highlight a planned ‘Family Night’. The dining area is attractively enclosed with a half rail to give it a separate feel. The space will be available for birthday parties, fund-raisers and other special events during off hours. The Club will have multiple TV’s, pool tables and dart boards lending itself to a sports bar feel and accommodating local league play. Plans are to convert

shared that they toured many places for potential venues, but many didn’t have the comfortable club experience, where guests are able to sit comfortably, enjoy refreshments and relax for the show. On the contrary, Studio Metro is a community based chameleon venue of sorts, always being willing to make changes and specific accommodations as needed for different styles of events. Karate Sleepover enjoys being a part of all that they can in relation to the performing arts in Jamestown, so it wasn’t surprising to hear that one of the Karate Sleepover members is the host of Chautauqua’s Got Talent, and another member of the group is a judge of the same show. They’ve performed Vaudeville Dinner Theatre in Spire Theatre as well as filming their Lobster Lobby web series. If you thought that was a lot to partake in, they also participated in Spire Theatre’s Insomniac 2017 competition, which required one to film, edit, polish and complete a film in 24 hours! Karate Sleepover formed last summer via serendipity, having created friendships

through various “open mic” nights, friendships that have now formed into a witty group that not only knows how to make a crown laugh, but values lifting up other artists. They have performed seemingly everywhere in the Jamestown area, but more than anything, hold dear the importance of supporting other local artists of every form. Clemente paints the picture of this vision, stating “We’re really into supporting other local artists. We have a great community in Jamestown and we all support each other. We’re all trying to do something special in the area. There’s a renaissance in Jamestown happening as far as the artistic community, and we’re lucky to be a part of it.” The upcoming performance on April 28, 2018 will be a two hour showcase, hosting this group of some of the best comedians in the area, presenting their best material for a night full of laughter and enjoyment. Refreshments will be available. Find more about Karate Sleepover at their Facebook page, Karate Sleepover. To purchase tickets for the upcoming show, visit www.

the club portion along Cherry Street into a multi-purpose entertainment venue with comfortable seating and standing room, complete with a full bar. Buck said the Cherry Street portion will be known as the On Deck Stage, with plans to highlight area and regional bands, as well as draw talent from and across the country. With an interest in historic Jamestown and the Chadakoin, Buck and Deb are excited about bringing that history to light. By reproducing historic photos on mural sized wallpaper,

the patrons will be taken back to a day gone by. As the Chadakoin River played such an important role in the manufacturing days, it will be exciting to see history come alive on the Club’s walls. Using local contractors and vendors, where ever possible, The Chadakoin Club will embrace the city and the resurgence that abounds. With the opening of the National Comedy Center and the DoubleTree by Hilton, as well as other new businesses, they look See “CLUB” Right


Cont. From Cover MB chicken stuffed with ham and cheese, or the vegetarian offering of a gluten free Black Bean Rice Bowl. Can you last the approximate hour of the meal without seeing what you are eating? Will you be able to feed yourself without making a mess? You may be amazed. After a short glimpse into the world of the blind, the blindfolds will finally be removed and the Chocolate Bombe dessert will be served. We wouldn’t want you to get chocolate all over yourselves. The dessert and coffee time gives your eyes the chance to readjust to the light. According to Lisa Goodell, MPA, Executive Director of CBA Vison Rehabilitation Services, Inc., Dining in the Dark began in 2010, and has grown every year as has the number of children screened for early vision problems. The proceeds of the annual dinner support Youth Vision Screenings. Goodell explains that more than 20% of school- aged children in the United States suffer from some type of vision problem. The aim of our Youth Vision Screening Program is to help improve academic success by working with youth from cradle to graduation. We will accomplish this by identifying children who are already


Cont. From Left forward to welcoming locals and tourists alike. Buck said “we won’t be a bar that has music, we’ll be a music venue that has a bar. We love the riverfront feel and can’t wait for this dream to become a reality”.

suffering from undiagnosed specific visual disorders or children who are at risk of developing amblyopia, a disorder of communication where the visual system and the brain are not working together which affects 2 to3 % of children in the US. Other disorders that can be detected by the Youth Vision Screening Program include Strabismus (eye misalignment), Cataracts, Glaucoma, and refractive errors such as Myopia (“nearsightedness”) Hyperopia (“farsightedness”) and Astigmatism. About 10 years ago the CBA screened about 500 kids in their targeted 3 to 6-year age grouping. Since that time the screening equipment has been upgraded twice and more pre-k and nursery school age children are screened every year. In 2017, 3625 kids were examined for early childhood vision problems and referred to optometrists and other vision care specialists. CBA partners with preschools, Head Start, Pre-K and kindergarten classes throughout the County. They are also currently partnering with summer reading programs at the Eastside Y, St. Luke’s, Prendergast Library, the YWCA and the YMCA. To assure the CBA is available for all families and their children, CBA also partners with the Home Schooling Association where they attend group gatherings to provide free vision

screenings twice a year to children of all ages. The CBA tries to keep current with their screening equipment. The vision screening is conducted using the Welsh-Allyn SPOT Photo Screener which provides a quick, highly valid, reliable, and accurate snapshot of a child’s visual developmental status. This data is instantly measured against a database of standard developmental guidelines for children of each age group that has been developed by the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health. The Louise Tifft Award was named for this remarkable independent lady who despite her handicap learned from the CBA staff to live on her own until she passed away at 102. This year the 2nd Annual Louise Tifft Award is being given to the Rosch Foundation and Trustee Edith Bensink, long term supporters of the CBA. If you want to help our children with early vision screening, enjoy a great meal and have what often amounts to a life changing experience, then the place to be is Moon Brook Country Club Friday April 20th starting at 6pm. Reservations are accepted through April 13th by calling the Chautauqua Blind Association offices at 716-664-6600 or through their website at www. Hope to see you there.

Hours planned for the club are Monday-Thursday, 3pm12am, Friday and Saturday 3pm-2am and closed on Sundays. Buck can be reached at 814-706-4054 or by email at BuckKramer@ TheChadakoinClub. com. Find Club updates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and at www. As the river is no longer a

source of energy for turning machinery in the mills, sections of the riverfront are being revitalized. Jamestown has made the commitment to making our river a destination, with the Riverwalk. The Chadakoin Club will soon be just steps away from the downtown excitement and joins other local businesses and venues in welcoming the revitalization.

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Cont. From Cover that it is so much more than a career. After a recent telephone conversation, I would suggest that she is motivated equally by her art and her persuasion that art heals. Ronnie’s paintings are lovely, accomplished and full of light. Her website offers a gallery of her work. What is equally impressive is her commitment to the Art Start program which she began in 2015 and shepherds today. She sees the program/ ministry as a way to introduce participants to the joy and healing of creating and the added possibility of forming a new community of friends. “My focus now is on learning all I can about the process and perfecting my craft and then sharing it with the Art Start participants.’ First United Methodist Church Pastor Annette (Nettie) Puleff joined Ronnie and supported the program, which is based in the Church, and offers two six –eight week

sessions a year. Three teachers Marianne Keller, Kathy Rich and Patti Greenstein join Ronnie and teach classes in water color painting, knitting, card making and calligraphy. She said that she is recognized for the loose style of grape painting using only three pigments and refers to this technique on her website. “Watercolors can be vivid, bursting with color and full of energy or very subdued and calming. I usually use a limited palette, sometimes only three colors to bring cohesiveness to the finished art. … My hope is to draw the viewer in to the sacredness of that moment in time.” Then there are the economic practicalities because art does have a commercial reality. Ronnie is comfortable discussing the business of art, including price points and cost control. Though her personal inclination is painting water scenes, she accepts commissions. James Hoggard, a Fredonia art photographer, makes prints of her paintings which can also be used in card designs. “I make enough to keep

going.” Ronnie’s life in art is a reminder that prayer is not limited to words, it can be said with water, color, paper and brush. Ronnie has shown at the Kenan Center, Lockport, NY; Octagon Gallery, Westfield, NY; Sensory Winery, Ripley, NY and the Farm Festival, Fredonia, NY. On Memorial Day Weekend, 2018, the North Shore Art Alliance will organize and sponsor their 10th annual Chautauqua – Lake Erie Art Trail. From North Harmony to Forestville, including Mayville, Dunkirk and Fredonia “Art Trail” flags will fly in front of the studios and galleries of a group of Chautauqua County artists welcoming visitors. This artistic open-house introduces or re-introduces visitors to the many County artists whose art enriches our lives, culturally and economically. This article introduces Ronnie Lafferty,15 Hillcrest Drive, Fredonia, NY 14063. Phone number is 1-716-679-4918 or appointment. Website

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Cont. From Cover Lakewood. This new venture is “the store next door” to her original business E.B.E. Original’s, which is a consignment clothing business. The history of E.B.E. Original’s is also the history of E.B.E.’s HOME DÉCOR. In 1992, Bobbi Bragg had an 8 year old, 7 year old, 5 year old and 4 year old and a lot of children’s clothing that her 4 children had outgrown. She and a girlfriend took a chance and with $720 opened E.B.E. Original’s in Frewsburg on April 1, 1992. The work was time consuming and both women worked at another job. Each alternated her shift so that one was always available at E.B.E.’s Originals. By December of that year, her business partner wanted out as the scope of the work in consignment sales was not to her liking. Bobbi persisted but sales remained slow until she hit on the sales technique that would be the source of business growth. Bobbi started to advertise E.B.E. Original’s with the saying “where Tuesdays are always half off, store-wide.” The business became so successful that it went from one room to nine rooms and she opened a second location in Warren. Tuesdays were so busy that she made it a policy not to accept consignments on that day.

Eventually, Lakewood became the only home for the business whose name means Every Body Else’s Originals. The Home Décor store opened when the space beside the clothing store became available. A consignment store for home goods was on Bobbi’s “bucket list”. As with the first clothing consignment store in Frewsburg, there is always someone there to represent the business well as her two daughters Monica and Andrea both work with Bobbi. E.B.E.’s HOME DÉCOR is not an antique store. And, as Bobbi proudly reveals, “there is nothing like it in the area”. E.B.E.’s HOME DÉCOR is a place to consign and also to buy quality, trendy furniture and home décor. Bobbi requires that potential consignors send photos of heavy furniture items before they bring them so that she can decide if the items are appropriate for this type of consignment store. This is not a drop off point for household items, either: pots and pans, appliances, mattresses, and baby furniture are not accepted for re-sell. The fun stuff that makes a house a home is accepted. You will find wall hangings, colorful pillows, occasional tables, lamps, area rugs and other home accessories in the store. The items move quickly and the selection changes almost daily. The same person can be a consignor and a buyer as it is difficult to walk into the store without walking around to see what interesting item one may

find. The consignor and store split the fee 50/50 for each item and there is a system in place to make sure that the items for sale move off of the floor in a timely fashion. Ninety days is the maximum amount of time that an item is for sale for the consignor. After that, the consignor can reclaim the item. Sometimes there is a race to get a particularly interesting item. Bobbi recounts a story where a customer in the clothing consignment store walked over to the furniture store and purchased a pink sofa that another customer had her eye on. When the second customer came by with a van to take the sofa home, she learned that it had already been sold! Bobbi states that she has many loyal customers who check in regularly for those special things as they do not last long. Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s Property Brothers believes in the value of a home. In a recent television interview he said that a home is more than 4 walls it is “a place where memories are made…where families grow together.” It should be a safe, comfortable place as well. At E.B.E.’s HOME DÉCOR, The Store Next Door becomes a partner to the goal of a comfortable living space. Stop by and see what the stores have to offer! Store hours are 10-6 daily with extended hours on Tuesdays until 8 pm. Sundays are a day off. Questions? Email Bobbi at

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