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FREDONIA WINTER FARMERS MARKET 10am-1pm Every Saturday through May 13, Masonic Forest Lodge, Fredonia

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Chautauqua Piano Protégé

Dragon Boat Races

Local Pianist Inspires Community for Decades

Event Returning August 12 on Chautauqua Lake

OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND - MULTIPLE EVENTS Thursday, April 27 • 9am – 3pm Friday, April 28 • 9am – 3pm Saturday, April 29 • 9am – 3pm Harley-Davidson of Jamestown, Falconer FREDONIA’S FOOD TRUCK THURSDAY Thursday, April 27 • 11:30am – 3:30pm Suny College At Fredonia, Fredonia INFINITY STUDENT RECITAL Thursday, April 27 • 6pm The Infinity Arts Café, Jamestown “LEAST RESISTANCE” Friday, April 28 • 7:30pm Willow Bay Theater, Jamestown FREDONIA DANCE ENSEMBLE CONCERT Friday, April 28 • 7:30pm Robert W. Marvel Theatre SUNY College, Fredonia BIRD BANDING AT THE AUDUBON Saturday, April 29 • 7 – 11am Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown NATURE PLAY DAY SERIES - NATURE ART Saturday, April 29 • 9am – 12pm Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown ALL ABOUT “U” SERIES - LADIES DAY : DIY TILE INSTALLATION Saturday, April 29 • 10am – 12pm JCC, Jamestown FENTON SLICE OF HISTORY PIZZA CHALLENGE Saturday, April 29 • 1 – 3pm St. James Church, Jamestown NATIONAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY CELEBRATION Saturday, April 29 (ask Judith @ booksoffthebeatenpath@ yahoo.com) MOVIES AT THE REG THE EAGLE HUNTRESS Saturday, April 29 • 2 – 3:41pm Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, Jamestown MAY WINE PRE-RELEASE DINNER Saturday, April 29 • 6 – 9pm Johnson Estate Winery, Westfield WINE PAIRING DINNER AT LA FAMILIA Saturday, April 29 • 6:30 – 9:30pm La Familia Resaurant at the St. Elmo, Chautauqua BEATS AT THE BRIX MUSIC SERIES Saturday, April 29 • 7 – 9pm 21 Brix Winery, Portland DIRT TRACK AUTO RACING Saturday, April 29 • 7 – 11pm Stateline Speedway, Jamestown For More Weekly Events Visit http://www.tourchautauqua.com

Child protégé Hulse began piano lessons when she was three. At 13 she entered Curtis Institute of Music and was 15 when accepted at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music She performed with the Los Angeles Symphony when she was 18.

By Lori Humphreys Helga Hulse, Jamestown’s celebrated pianist and legendary piano teacher is 97 and looking forward. “I want to do a final recital. I adore writing and am working on a book which describes my 76 years of teaching in an enjoyable, informative way,” she said. Music and specifically the piano have

dominated Helga’s life. Something of a child protégé Helga began piano lessons when she was three. Her mother was her first teacher. At 13 she entered Curtis Institute of Music and was 15 when accepted at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music She performed with the Los Angeles Symphony when she was 18. See “HULSE” Page 6

The Dragon Boat Committee hopes the races will raise money for the maintenance of Chautauqua Lake as well as develop a new festival to bring visitors to our community.

By Lee Harkness, Last year a group of volunteers gathered together to plan and host a traditional Dragon Boat Race on Chautauqua Lake. The proceeds going to help make improvements on Chautauqua Lake as well as provide another great event for Chautauqua County—one that would be new, fresh and invigorate the economic development occurring and happening in Jamestown, Celoron and Chautauqua County.  The

“Friendly Regatta” in Erie, PA CLRA Men’s and Women’s Boats Won All their Heats By Kathleen McCarthy

racing event held on Chautauqua Lake in the Lucy Desi Memorial Park in Celoron. This is event was an overwhelming success with hundreds attending.  Anyone, any business or any organization is invited to attend.  All are welcome to attend.  It is a great opportunity to take part in a friendly competition, make new friends and develop as a fundraiser for Chautauqua Lake— or just plain watch and become an enthusiastic spectator. This year’s See “DRAGON” Page 6

Winged Ox Players

Local Theatrical Group Presents Play about Addiction

On Saturday April 22 the CLRA High School Team travelled to Erie, PA. to compete in this annual event on the water in Presque Isle Bay. This first regatta of the season is an untimed, low stakes, beginning of the season “practice” regatta. As both teams have had limited water time as well as many first time rowers competing, this provides a fun yet challenging day for the participants. Each year this race is held in April, alternating sites between Jamestown and Erie. Collegiate Academy is a College Prep Magnet School of The Women’s JV 4+ Celebrate the the Erie Public School system. first race with their new Vespoli The Chautauqua Lake Rowing rowing Shell. Association team is a group of high school students who come together from five area high schools to learn to row and participate in regattas in New York State. Currently the team is comprised of 32 rowers,

Sneak Peek Inside this Issue... At the Creamery:

Spring Cheese... Page 4

The Art of Eating Is Being in Tune with the Seasons

Usually Ossau Iraty is sold at its peak creaminess and nuttiness with herbal undertones at this time of year. I also enjoy very much fresh goat cheese with last Spring’s honey (yes there is such thing – vintage honey). Just in time for spring, Reverie Creamery launched Chamomile cheese, a semi firm cow’s milk cheese infused with tea of organic Chamomile flowers.

Vintage House Designs: Spring

The Great Unveiling: Simple Changes Can Create Drastic Differences... Page 4

See “LAKE” Page 6

See “ADDICTION” Page 7

Free Comic Book Day

Library Honors Volunteers

Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 6, is similar to Read Across America Day in which the comic industry sells comic books to comic shops at a reduced price and the shops hand out those comics free to anyone who walks in to the store. These are brand new stories. This year’s books include Star Trek, Rick and Morty, Dr. Who, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man books and many more. Last year, Chautauqua Comics had over 1000 people walk through their door for the event. In past years they have handed out over 4000 comics and raised over $500 for Saint Susan Soup Kitchen. Everyone

Residents of all ages enjoy “Making Connections,” one of the programs facilitated by Lakewood Memorial Library volunteers.

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See “VOLUNTEER” Page 7

CHQ. Comics Celebration Open to Public

Lakewood Memorial Library Appreciation Day

By Mary Seger

If you value and appreciate having a library in Lakewood, take a moment to show your support at the Lakewood Memorial Library’s Volunteer Appreciation Day and Open House on Saturday, April 29, anytime between 10 am and 1 pm. Many of the Library’s volunteers, including board members,

Open House Weekend : April 27th, 28th & 29th : Harley-Davidson of Jamestown, Falconer


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Weekly Column By Donna Germain

Did you know? Do you like to run or just like to walk? Need some exercise or want to spend time with your friends or donate to a good cause. Well I have just the thing for you to do. How about a 5k run? No you do not have to run if you do not want to. You can walk, march or even push a stroller. They even have runs for children,

such as a 1 mile fun run/ walk. Here are just a few of the upcoming runs in the area. May 13th Prendergast Literacy Run (Jamestown) May 20th Wooden Shoe (Clymer), May 28th Bemus Point. June 17th Fluvanna Fest (Fluvanna) July 1st Rise up Jamestown & July 8th Glow your Mind (Jamestown). Go to localraces.com or call your local municipality to see what is going on in your area. Localraces.com is a great

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New Triathlon Club

Southern Tier Triathlon Club, Series to Be Held in Cassadaga The Southern Tier Triathlon and a USAT sanctioned Sprint Club is a new club forming Tri Series to be held June in 2017 for triathletes in New 21, July 19, August 16 & York’s south west corner. September 13 in the beautiful Open to anyone interested in village of Cassadaga, NY.   health, fitness and sport from Each race will consist of a 400 beginner to seasoned triathlete yd swim, 13 mile bike, 2 mile and created by Coach Mark run. Wilson, a Mayville, NY native Perfect for beginners; great and nationally known Triathlon speed workout for seasoned Coach of 20+ years.  The club athletes. will be planning group training All ages welcome. Overall

and age group awards will be presented at each race for 19 & Under through 85+. Cost of each race will be $50.00 individuals or $75 for teams. Southern Tier Triathlon Club (STTC) membership is available at $120 which covers the cost of all 4 races. Join our Facebook page or call Coach Mark at 914-4669214 for more details.

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CRYS Celebrates 30 Years

CHQ. Regional Youth Orchestra Prep for Concert in Chautauqua

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) invites alumni to join the finale at the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday afternoon, May 7, in the Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution. Pictured here, cellist and CRYS Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode coaches members of the String Chamber Orchestra in preparation for the Gala.

Jamestown, NY – “We’re proud that what began 30 years ago as the Jamestown Area Orchestra of Youth is now the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS), with three youth orchestras,” stated board president Katie Derrenbacher. Announcing the plans for the CRYS Spring Gala Concert, Derrenbacher said Bryan Eckenrode, who has been the organization’s Conductor and Music Director since 2003, will conduct the 4 p.m. concert on Sunday, May 7, in the Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution.

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The varied program has Prelude Strings, the beginning string players, performing 16th & 17th Century Dance Tunes and Aires as well as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” The selections by the intermediate musicians of the Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) include “Sleepers Awake” from J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 140 and Leroy Anderson’s “Blue Tango.” The String Chamber Orchestra, for those in high school and college, will perform works by Vivaldi, Corelli, and Grieg, plus Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.”

YAO and the String Chamber Orchestra had intensive rehearsals recently in preparation for the concert. Small groups of students found different spaces to work in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown, their usual rehearsal venue. Coaches prepping the young musicians included Faith Graham, Marie Karbacka, Michelle Battaglia, and Amy Cross. The Gala will conclude with all three orchestras playing Dmitri Kabalevsky’s Polka and the main theme from Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by John Williams. CRYS alumni who would like to participate in the finale are invited to email their interest to chautauquays@ gmail.com. A beautiful music-themed quilt crafted by Linda Fuchs in red, white, and black will be raffled at the event. A reception will be held on the porch of the hall following the performance. Tickets are $12; children five and under are free. Presale tickets for $10 are available from the musicians, by emailing chautauquays@ gmail.com, or by calling (716) 664-2465, ext. 202. For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, visit their Facebook page or website, CRYouthSymphony.com.

Falconer Fire Department Recruit NY Event: Need to Recruit New Volunteer Members

On behalf of the Falconer Fire Department Lisa LaRusch, Vice President and Lela Perdue, EMS Captain: The Falconer Fire Department will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, April 30th from 10 am-2pm at 115 Davis Street, nFalconer, NY. This open house is being held as part of the statewide Recruit NY effort to educate community members on the need the for new members in order to continue strong Volunteer Departments that  serve our communities. Volunteers are vital to drive the success of each and every

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Volunteer Department. New recruits secure the longevity and continued support that allows a Department to function in times of need and crisis. The Falconer Fire Department offers a Junior Program, Fire, EMS, Auxiliary, and Social memberships. Trainings are provided within each branch of service and continued education programs are offered in coordination with the County and State. Please join us on Sunday for a free BBQ & Kid Friendly activities starting at noon. Demonstrations of our

apparatus will take place and Members will be on hand to answer questions to help you learn more about how to serve your community with the Falconer Fire Department. Every attendee will be given a chance on a raffle basket valued over $100. There will be a boot drive donation to assist the Department in their effort to purchase a much needed Physio Life Pak 15 Heart Monitor. For more information or to make a donation please contact Lela Perdue, 499-1826 or Lisa LaRusch, 450-4796.

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At the Creamery:

Spring Cheese

The Art of Eating Is Being in Tune with the Seasons

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By Riko Chandra Chesemaker, Cheesemonger, Co-owner Reverie Creamery, Artisan Cheesemaking and Cheese Shop Continuing from previous article, I would like to again talk about Spring cheese. The art of great eating is all about how in tune we are with seasons, with temperature, with sunshine or rain. Spring is about the fresh greens of fiddlehead fern, daffodils, pussy willows, fresh grass, and wild asparagus. Do you notice how happy the cows enjoy the sunshine and fresh grass when you drive the countryside? What are Spring cheeses? In the previous article I said that they are fresh tasting cheeses with silky texture. First, I love the idea how the French are so fond of rich butter served at room temperature eaten with fresh radishes, as am I. The peppery notes of radishes and sweet butter with a few crunches of Maldon sea salt are to die for. If I am lucky and can find fiddlehead ferns, I will sauté them in grape seed oil then serve with shaved Ossau Iraty, sheep milk cheese aged about 9 months or 1 year so that we can taste what the sheep grazed on pastures summer of the last year. Usually Ossau Iraty is sold at its peak creaminess and nuttiness with herbal undertones at this time of year. I also enjoy very much fresh

Fresh radishes with Double Cream Brie, garlic and herbsf with focaccia bread

goat cheese with last Spring’s honey (yes there is such thing – vintage honey). Just in time for spring, Reverie Creamery launched Chamomile cheese, a semi firm cow’s milk cheese infused with tea of organic Chamomile flowers. The taste is milky sweet with a floral hint. Our popular softripened cheese Luna is being aged and will be ready in a couple of weeks. Reverie’s signature cheese Black Garlic Chevre is really great with a crusty baguette and salad for a light spring supper or as a companion for crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Mozzarella and Burrata are also my favorite cheeses for Spring time. Being super fresh cheese, the artisanal version will guarantee that the cows are consuming fresh spring grass. What is the difference between Mozzarella and Burrata? I am sure everyone knows mozzarella which is a semi-soft fresh Italian cheese made from cow or water buffalo milk. Burrata cheese is another version of mozzarella with a filling— basically it is mozzarella that’s formed into a pouch and then filled with soft, stringy curd and cream. For this Spring, I love to serve my lunch: fresh radishes with Double Cream Brie, garlic and herbs with focaccia bread. It is inspired by how the French serve sweet butter and radishes. I love the contrast of texture and taste between radishes and Creamy Cheese. You can also pair radish with

Vintage House Designs:

i Triple-cream cheese: cheeseF which contains more thana 75% fat in its dry matter, thata is, roughly 38% fat overall,c similar to the fat content ofo extra-heavy liquid cream.w They taste rich and creamy.a Sounds alarming with 75%g fat, right? Well, that does nota mean you are actually eatingg 75% fat. Most Triple Cream cheeses range 35%-40%s fat. Why is that? A wedge ofr hard cheese, like Pecorinoh or Parmigiano Reggiano,t actually contains more fat byt the pound than a wedge ofm runny Brie. That’s becausea there’s more moisture in softh cheese, meaning: more water.f Double and Triple Creamm cheeses are in most have highp levels of moisture – they cana still be comprised of aboutd 50% water. So, when you sees a cheese with 75% butterfat, it means that 75% of dry mattera in a cheese (about 50% ofa the cheese), is butterfat. Thatl means a triple cream cheeset has about 38% fat content.s Compare that to semi firmh sheep milk cheese OssauT Iraty that normally has 50%o butterfat content. I cannot wait for local asparagus to appear in the farmer’s market. Roast with olive oil and lemon zest, sea salt and pepper and serve with fresh Buratta, with crusty country bread. Hmmm, that for sure will transport me to lush meadows…bumblebees, wild flowers, dandelion flowers, cool fresh spring air and soft sun… ah how I love Spring time!

Spring

The Great Unveiling: Simple Changes Can Create Drastic Differences

still fit into tiny tops and away. Replace things you shorts.  We put away extra need, but lighter.  Sheers covers that under their instead of heavy drapery; heaviness kept us warm leave your floors bare - or and secure.  We pull up change out your rugs for the shades and........yikes! lighter colors.  If your floral There it is!  The dust, dirt, arrangements were in heavy, smudges that have been in dark containers, change to hiding too.  Now in the bright glass with simple elements; sunlight they’re exposed like light colored arrangements. little gremlins just waiting Putting stuff away opens to be discovered.  We look spaces; lightens the room, around.  Things look tired.  and creates a feeling of When under cover in dimmer freshness and openness. light they seemed “safe”, If your walls look tired, they’re now in full light and try a coat of fresh paint. we feel stressed.  This isn’t Use a lighter shade of the what we hoped we’d see colors you already use.  You By Maria Perron when the lights came on. don’t have to try too hard At last we think, “it’s finally But isn’t it always this or start totally over, just go here”.  Warmer weather, way?  What we love and with what you already have, tender seedlings peeking live in all winter long in but lighten it.  This alone through the dirt, flowers the light of Spring needs can have surprising affects. pushing up from the ground, refreshing.  It’s not just Upholstery looking buds appear on tree limbs the yard and the garden, dingy?  Outsource to have as tiny heads so perfectly raking, digging, replanting it cleaned.   This is a perfect green soon growing to full that needs attention.  It’s way to keep your upholstery blown leaves.  The days our homes.  We need to in good repair and prolong seem fresher; of something put away the heaviness and its life.  Put away the new with hope and let out the light and airy. pillows - if you use them.  yearning.  But underlying A few simple changes can If you can’t live without all this is a swelling fear.  create drastic differences them, choose only a couple. Time to open the doors, and ease that anxiety.  Start Bed linens can be remove the tents, take off in one room.  Yes, one.  If you changed and lightened. our coats and reveal what attempt to go any further than Time for heavy quits and we’ve hidden for months. one room at a time, you’ve comforters to be cleaned For months we’ve been already added to your stress and put in the closet for behind closed doors.  and increased the probably next season.  Lighten your Windows were shut; coats you’ll throw in the towel. bed by removing spreads were on; blankets and throws One room.  Remove all and making with sheets and close by for cover.  We feel the heaviness, including blankets only.  Put away a subtle anxiety when once tablecloths - if you use heavy shams and instead again we are challenged them; rugs, draperies, use pretty pillow cases. to open ourselves and our floral arrangements, books Your home needs you.  You homes, knowing we’ll once and other things you’re again be in view.   We check not using.  Dust them off, our wardrobe hoping we clean them and pack them See SPRING page 10

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Practical Intuitive:

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Facing Fear

Chautauqua Lake, New York Properties & Vacation Homes

Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real

Vicki Wagoner The Practical Intuitive I often reflect on how I have

sfaced many perceived fears

in my life. The acronym for FEAR is – false evidence appearing real. I have come a long way from living in constant fear, afraid to be seen or heard, to writing articles with the intention of inspiring and encouraging others. The gifts from facing fear is endless and below are just some of the gifts I received by facing mine. Forgiveness: Attending spiritual based workshops, reading volumes of books on healing and positive intention, talking to many who walked the path before me who offered me guidance and support, and especially through hypnotherapy, I forgave my father for abusing me and my mother for not being able to protect me. Understanding and accepting my parents from a different perspective, I did the same for myself. Love: Understanding and accepting of myself, warts and all, I learned how to love myself, which gave me the confidence to trust that someone could love me. My husband, Rick, is that someone. Truly one of the greatest gifts of my life is being married to

him, having two wonderful sons, daughter-in-law and two beautiful grandchildren. Speaking: My eleventhgrade teacher Mr. Delsetti saw something in me that I didn’t believe I was worthy of using – my voice. When he asked me questions, I believed he was “picking on me just to be mean”. What he really offered me was the encouragement to use my voice, knowing that I, like everyone else, had something important to say. Thank you Mr. Delsetti when you said, “Congratulations, you have a voice” because here I am today, using my voice through sessions with clients, offering workshops, creating art and writing articles. Quitting: I worked at jobs for years just to pay the bills because believing that was expected of me. Finally gaining confidence to challenge that fear based belief, I became a hypnotherapist which assisted me to embrace my intuitive gifts that I shut down as a child. Add offering creative workshops, seminars and writing articles, I am happy to say, I LOVE my job! The Incredible Hulk: As a hypnotherapist and intuitive guide, I assist people to face their fears, gain selfconfidence, embracing pride of themselves and self-love. In doing so, it challenges me to face my own fears, one being roller coasters. So, off to Universal Studio’s I went with my family. With trembling knees and a palpating heart, I rode The Incredible Hulk. Having had such a great time, I rode it a second time! Heights: Since children often learn more from our actions

Garden Girl:

than our words, those of us as a parent often choose to do things that scare us so that we can ensure that our children circumvent our fears. A trip to the Adirondack Mountains offered me the gift of letting go of my fear of heights when our boys wanted to climb a fire tower. Always encouraging them to explore and try new things with excitement and confidence, I had to suck it up, literally since I had a challenge breathing, to climb the tower. It was worth it to see the joy on our sons faces! (My older son is a firefighter, paramedic, on many teams, including TRT - Technical Rescue Team and my other son is an avid outdoorsman and thrill seeker.) Fire: Attending one of T Harv Eker’s Enlightened Warrior Workshops, I participated in the exercise of walking on fire! Quieting the screaming voice in my head, “What are you thinking”?!, it was one of the most exciting and confidence building exercises I have ever done. I have always instilled in my sons, “Try something once, as long as it is legal and safe. If you like it, do it again. If not, you did it once”. I loved it yet I have no plans to do it again! Question: What fears are you willing to face so you can receive its many gifts? Vicki Wagoner: The Practical Intuitive – assisting you to change your perspective to change your life! Office and phone sessions available. (239) 248-0586; vickiwagoner53@gmail.com; www.VickiWagoner.com Facebook: Vicki Wagoner – The Practical Intuitive

April’s Beauty

“Every Single Spectacular Day Seems to Be the Best One!”

Narcisus Poeticus By Linda K. Yates President Jamestown NY accordingly. It gives me a big Garden Club Sunday sigh and makes me feel peaceful and grateful and It’s a gorgeous sunny Sunday fortunate for all of the good in morning, my favorite day of my life. It is one of our spring the week. It’s the most quiet trees that is doing really well. and peaceful day as some still We have had many, many regard it as sacred. casualties as that is how it goes It’s a day of rest and worship. with gardening and specimen But this particular day is tree and shrub growing in seemingly more beautiful the Northeast United States. than all of the other beautiful We have lost  a crabapple, days before it. A fog is lifting several dogwoods, a redbud, from the lake and woodlands a pussy willow, and a pink and the dew is heavy on the soulangia magnolia that all daffodils and tulips. The trees broke my heart. The biggest finally have their little baby loss was about 2 years ago leaves of light green that when a devastatingly harsh blend so nicely with the soft winter of thirty degrees below clear blue morning sky. freezing took out most of our    It will later be a day of yard beloved hedges in the formal work and gardening because garden and walkway to the everything is growing madly house. But in gardening as in as it has been a really lovely life, we must let bygones be April with enough warmth bygones and learn to celebrate and rain to make the gardens the moment. Everything about and lawns lush and tall and gardening represents life. We healthy (including the weeds). have successes and failures, I really don’t want to see the happiness and sadness, the mowing begin as the yard is beautiful and the not so, and it covered in baby blue Veronica all corresponds to what life is and there is really nothing all about. softer on the eyes than that, It is appreciating what nothing.   works. Although striving for Today we are enjoying the perfection is what probably sights of lingering daffodils, keeps us going, it will also hyacinths, hellebores, remind us of our place. brunneras, vinca, and trout We are only a small part of lilies everywhere. The main the big picture and we can attraction today is definitely only control ourselves and the Star Magnolia tree. The maybe our gardens, so we huge white many petaled think ! It is truly a humbling blossoms are magnificent preoccupation, yet can be so against the clear blue sky. rewarding. Nurturing Nature It is superb this year as it is is like being a doctor or a maturing and has been pruned nurse to the universe. We are

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doing our part to help keep the visual appeal of a more natural world alive. If nothing else it is a micro environment of slightly controlled chaos.  I can no longer orchestrate all that has evolved around us here in the thirty years of our blood, sweat and tears.  I can only try to do my best to keep alive what was started by our own hands with all good intentions. Gardens grow into their own maturity and will change on their own accord and become what they want to be, like children growing up. You can nurture them but they will evolve into their own being. I am more relaxed about the upkeep because as years go by it is a bigger challenge than I can manage, but it’s alright. I like the way the plants that are happy where they were planted will thrive and grow into huge masses. It’s like rivers of color. The gardens are not as fastidiously maintained as they once were but are more natural and beautiful than ever, even with their flaws. I try to pay attention to the individual specialty plants in the early spring to try keep the weeds away so that they don’t disappear. And with that special care I can hold onto some of my favorites that would otherwise go along the wayside to the weeds or other less favorite perennials. Gardens will absolutely change themselves around without constant watch. But Nature will ultimately take over and do what she wants with even your best plans. So back to this glorious day. Now is really all we have. And the beauty of now to me is that this particular day seems to be more beautiful than any other. This is what I find to be life’s most precious gift, that every single spectacular day seems to be the best one! Don’t you agree? Let’s get out there and enjoy it!

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Cont. From Cover However she did not pursue a performance career. “I know my limitations. My hands were not large enough to perform the piano repertoire.” The concert hall lost to the teacher studio much to the benefit of generations of Jamestown piano students and the local music scene. From 1973, when she and her husband Dwight arrived until today, she has continued to teach piano and perhaps more importantly, instill her love of music to her students. At the April 9,2017, Chautauqua Music recital her students Aaron and Boaz Meachum played their compositions; “Tumbling Circles” and “Waddling Ducks” respectively. A composer of children’s pieces Helga is proud of their work. She said that the music captured the waddling motion of ducks and circles. Music is more than a vocation; it forms the structure of her life. Her commitment to music is quietly but deeply intense. “Music is the only invisible art. The connection with it is very spiritual and unique.

When I play I am part of music! Music is the sound of the universe!” She believes that there is something in music for everyone. Helga has taught the blind, the handicapped, those who thought they couldn’t learn and Mayville, NY prisoners for 3 and ½ years. In a 2014 Chautauquan Daily interview she said of her Mayville prison experience, “It [music] had a very powerful healing effect on people who were disoriented and hopeless, you might say. It brought the best in everybody.” Additionally she thinks that music has a therapeutic role in the treatment of the ill and a home in nurseries. After three telephone conversations and watching the You- Tube films of her July 2012 piano recital and Robert H. Jackson Center Interview Helga may be described as fearless. She is fearless in her willingness to teach in poor neighborhoods and prisons; fearless in her commitment to the importance of music in a community’s life; and fearless in changing her personal life if needed. Case in point- In 2016 she moved back to Jamestown after living for a few years in Aiken, South Carolina.

“I missed my dear friends and my musical life here. You know the music in Jamestown in suburb.” Helga teaches at Chautauqua Music, Jamestown, NY, which is owned by one her former students, Billy Kates, who took over the business which his father began. “I’ve known her for 35 years, though I play the drums” he said. Helga said in her Jackson Center interview, “I enjoy every day; I want every day to be an adventure.” If she spends time looking back she remembers a musical life influenced by Percy Grainger and Joseph Levine. Her favorite composer is Brahms, but immediately states that Bach is the master. She also loves Jazz citing Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton and Gene Krupa. She is an astute observer of the greater music world today voicing concern that the technology world is pulling talent away noting that musical students are among the brightest students. “The concert halls are empty. We have to have people to listen.” But Helga is an optimist about music, about life. “I wake up every day with a happy heart. My students are a joy.”

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to the boat, the paddles of the this event contact 2017 Dragon Boat vessel are not Dragon Boat Festival, c/o attached.  Dragon Boaters the Chautauqua Region Cont. From Cover are paddlers not rowers or Community Foundation, oarsmen. (716) 661-3390.  All event will be on August 12,   As with all events there is equipment, including the 2017 at Lucille Ball Desi a need to properly finance boats are provided.  Single Arnaz Memorial Park in the event and the 2017 individuals can participate as event offers five levels of well as small groups. Celoron. It is the hope of the   There are probably lots of sponsorship:  1) Admiral and   people who do not understand this includes the option to Dragon Boat Committee to the Dragon Boat Concept. register 3 boats, t shirts for not only raise money for the This has actually become an up to 30 , event recognition, maintenance of Chautauqua international sport which was Logo on T Shirts, social media Lake but also develop a new started over 2000 years ago in ads, and booth at the event; 2) and exciting festival for our China and has spread through Commodore and this includes entire area and bring people the orient as well as other the option to register  up to 2 to the western New York and countries.  These boats are a boats, event day recognition, Chautauqua Lake Area on a human powered watercraft. Logo on t shirts, social media regular basis.  International During competitions Dragon exposure and booth at the Dagon Boat Federations Boats are adorned with event;  3)  Captain includes have been established in oriental dragonheads and option to register 1 boat, event 62 countries or territories. tails.  The crew is typically recognition, name on t shirt, Currently they are not 22 with 20 actual paddlers and social media exposure; involved with the International along with a drummer and one 4)  Commander includes Olympic Committee but who steers.  Dragon boats do everyday recognition, name intend to do so when it has the vary in length and can have on t shirts, and social media required number of countries as few as 10 paddlers or as exposure.  5)  Lieutenant or territories to do so.  Dragon many as 50.    The drummer which gets name on t shirts Boat racing is one of the fastest synchronizes the paddlers and and social media exposure. growing water sports.  The their paddling strokes.  Unlike If you have questions or are sport is popular for corporate rowing where oars are attached interesting in sponsoring and charitable goals.

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Cont. From Cover grades 8-12, one volunteer coordinator and two volunteer head coaches and several assistant coaches. The students this year come from Jamestown, Southwestern, Panama, Chautauqua Lake and Maple Grove. Practices are held Monday-Friday at the boat house at 18 Jones and Gifford in Jamestown, from 5:30pm-7:30 pm. CLRA transported six boats (shells) to the race site in Erie. Four of the boats were 4 person shells and two of the boats were 8 person shells. Each boat has a “coxswain” who helps steer the boat and instructs the rowers on pace, direction and stroke rate. The “Cox” is the strong, motivational voice who powers the boat with enthusiasm. Six events were held with each event rowing the 500 meter course three times. The winner of 2 of the 3 heats wins the event. Even though medals were not awarded,

the CLRA 3 men’s boats and the CLRA 4 women’s boats won all their heats. Collegiate Academy provided a cookout after the race, giving the rowers, parents and coaches an opportunity to get to know each other. Southwestern Junior, Alexis Barron stated “Even though we were at a 31 stroke rate, it felt slower as our boat seemed perfectly set even on the rough waters”. The choppiness of the bay presents challenges for our local rowers who have the benefit of the calm waters of the Chadakoin River. Alexis has been on the team for 4 years, first as a coxswain and as a rower for 3 years. She also spends time in the summer as the coxswain for the adult recreational and master’s rowers. Nicki Ristau, women’s coach, reminded the rowers “This is just the beginning, keep working hard as we travel to 5 more regattas, including the NYS High School Championships in Saratoga Springs May 12-14”. On Sunday April 30 the team travels to Ithaca, NY for the Ithaca Inlet Ice Breaker

Invitational Regatta with seven high school teams competing. The parent support group travels with a trailer loaded with grills, tables, tents and food. Cooperation amongst rowers, parents and coaches is essential to coordinate the team during this very short season. The season ends on June 1, with a picnic and an awards ceremony held at the boathouse. The high school rowers have an option of participating with adult recreational rowing program in the summer. After a seventy-year hiatus, the sport of rowing returned to Chautauqua Lake in 2005. The club is a Not-for-Profit (501c3) organization with a Board of Directors and many dedicated volunteers who participate in all aspects of the organization. Since that time many young students have dedicated their high school years to the program and continued the love of the sport in college. Currently we have seven women rowers See “LAKE” Page 9

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Addiction

Story From Cover ‘Least Resistance’ an original play about addiction, recovery and hope will be presented by the Winged Ox Players on consecutive weekends, April 28 & 29, and May 5 & 6 at the Willow Bay Theater, 21 E 3rd St, Jamestown, NY at 7:30pm. ‘Least Resistance’ explores the addiction epidemic through the personal stories of members of our own community. The play is the result of nearly two years of work by local playwright Richard Olson-Walter. He interviewed dozens of Jamestown residents who have been touched by addiction, including family members, counselors, loved ones and addicts themselves. The resulting script is an anthology of stories; some based from those interviews, some written by locals themselves, and the remaining few reflections on the issue as imagined by Olson-Walter himself. Director Steven Michael Cobb, who is also the Associate Director of the

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Mental Health Association in Jamestown, has been intimately involved with the project. A recovering addict himself, he feels that the intention of the production is to uncover the human side of the issue to help us all work together to solve the problem.  “This play is a story about addiction, but it is also a story about hope.” Cobb says. “So often we open the paper or turn on the radio and read about the negative things; the obituaries of young people lost to addiction and the police raids trying to rid our community of this scourge. These stories help us see through the stigma and into the lives and hearts of the individuals who have been touched by addiction. It is our hope that you will leave the theater changed by what you have seen. It is a beautiful play and we really hope that everyone can join us.”  The cast of the play is made up of a combination of wellknown local actors and a few new faces. Local musician Amanda Barton will be a part of the production as well.  There will be no cost for admission, although theatergoers are encouraged to

reserve seats online in advance at www.leastresistance.org. Tickets will be available at the door on the nights of the performance – reservation holders will receive preferential seating. A free will offering will be collected each night to benefit the UCAN Mission, which has recently reopened in the city of Jamestown. The Labyrinth Press Company, 12 E Fourth Street, will also remain open until 11pm on the nights of the performance offering after show refreshments. Cobb and Olson-Walter will be on hand at the Labyrinth following the Friday May 5th performance for a Q&A session.  The Winged Ox Players is a ministry of St. Luke Episcopal Church that engages the theatrical talents of the greater Jamestown area to present plays that inspire conversations about our community.  Individuals interested in more information about the Players are asked to contact Steven Cobb at 716499-5142. More information about Least Resistance can be found at www.leastresistance. org.

This year, they will have free face painting and balloons and also raffling off autographs of Kevin Sussman who plays Stuart comic shop owner on CBS Big Bang Theory and Walking Dead Cast members. In addition they will have a costume contest outside for adults and children. Steve Geiger, a Marvel

comic artist whose work has been seen inside the pages of Marvel Comics (Punisher, X-men and Wolverine books) will be a special guest this year. He will be signing comics and bringing original artwork for sale. In addition he is doing a special lithograph of Lucy and Desi as Wonder Woman and Superman.

over 2015. That’s why the Library’s core volunteer base of approximately 50 dedicated individuals is such an invaluable resource. The support that they provide to the library staff is mission-critical, performing vital day-to-day activities such as shelving books and DVDs, clerical work, etc. This enables the staff to spend more time providing expert, specialized assistance to individual library visitors. (That individual attention doubtless contributed to the 82% satisfaction rate that the library received in the Village of Lakewood Comprehensive Plan Survey, the highest of all community services rated.) Still other volunteers have branched out into different areas of library service. Says Mary Miller, “We try to match up a volunteer with activities that reflect their own talents and interests.” A number of popular Library programs simply would not be possible without volunteers running them. For example: • Storytime: Every Friday from 10-10:45 am, Mary McCague inspires children’s love of books with read-aloud stories • Senior Outreach: Nancy Padak initiated this program in 2013, visiting weekly with seniors at Brookdale Senior Living Center and Orchard Grove Residences to read aloud and talk about books • Computer classes: On Thursdays, from 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Rajabali Karimi helps to develop digital literacy in community residents

• Book Sales: Linda Tudor coordinates the more than 20 volunteers necessary to make these events a success (Next one coming up May 4 – May 6) • Summer Reading Program (ages 3-11): Mary McCague schedules the activities for a month-long summer program that drew more than 60 young participants in 2016 • Making Connections: Volunteer Mary H. Miller facilitates this crossgenerational program on Thursdays from 2 – 3 pm, where participants of all ages can partner on puzzles, electronic building kits, board games or other projects that energize the mind • Third Tuesday Book Club: Marilyn Riotto spearheads the monthly book discussion group every 3rd Tuesday from 2:30 – 3:30 pm Remember, those are just some examples of what volunteers are doing for the Lakewood Memorial Library. “We always need more volunteers,” says Mary Miller, “Especially for STEAM programs – that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.” And new opportunities are on the horizon, such as the new early childhood literacy program, “1000 Books Before Kindergarten.” Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Lakewood Memorial Library, which has been a vital center of community life and learning since 1970. Celebrate the Library and its volunteers on Saturday, April 29 between 10am-1pm.

r e will be on hand, and there will d be refreshments – including a cake donated by Wegman’s. l Everyone in the community is s invited to stop by. n In fact, those who haven’t been to the library for a . t while might want to make l a special effort to attend the t Open House. It’s a good e opportunity to see how much s the Library does on a tight budget. And that budget t just got tighter on April 24, when the Lakewood Board e of Trustees (in a 3 to 2 vote) approved a budget which cut the Village’s contribution to h the Library by $3,000 for s 2017. t Fewer dollars mean that the r many significant contributions , volunteers make to the library n and its programs will be more s important than ever. Director o Mary Miller is the only fulls time staff member; three library circulation assistants and one library technician are d all part-time. The paid staff h members all have their plates n full to overflowing keeping t the library open 43 hours per m week and assisting library patrons. That’s no small task. , Even though Lakewood has d a population of just under . 3,000 residents, currently t approximately 1,750 of a them are registered library o users. In 2016, those cardf holding residents, plus others, t accounted for 30,550 library s visits – an increase of 33% h m e Cornell, University of Buffalo, e RIT, George Washington and Miami of Ohio. In the fall Katy Cont. From Page 8 Janowsky of Southwestern High School will begin her competing at Syracuse, college rowing career at the

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Rock City Park will open for the season Monday, April 5 at 9am. The park boasts rocks 80’ tall an offers a mountaintop view of 1,000 square miles of the Enchanted Mountains from “Signal Rock”, once a long range signaling point for Indians. Visitors are welcomed to descend the crevice staircases leading to hiking trails strewn with great monolithic rocks of dramatic sizes and shapes. The city of rocks is a magical adventure you’ll want to repeat. There is a souvenir and rock shop with many types of gems, minerals, fossils and rocks from all over the world for purchase. There is also a Museum and Fluorescent Light Rock Room. Picnic facilities are available. Visitors should wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes and allow 1 hour minimum to see Rock City Park, it is one of the Great Natural Wonders of the United States. Closed during inclement weather. For more information on this event please visit www.RockCityPark.com

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