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EBC SPRING PAIRING DINNER Thursday, April 5 • 6 – 8:30pm Ellicottville Brewing Company, Fredonia
Superior Bat Company
Furniture Making Facility Gets Creative with the Economy
National Comedy Center Visitor Experience to Open During August Celebration
FIRST FRIDAY LUNCH BUNCH Friday, April 6 • 11am – 12pm Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown SPRING AWAKENING April 6 & 7 • 7:30pm Sunday, April 8 • 2pm Thursday, April 12 • 7:30pm Friday, April 13 • 7:30pm Marvel Theatre, Fredonia FREDONIA WINTER FARMERS MARKET Saturday, April 7 • 10am – 1pm Masonic Forest Lodge, Fredonia REUSE IT DONATION DAY Saturday, April 7 • 10am – 3pm Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown SCANDINAVIAN CULTURE DAYS Saturday, April 7 • 10am – 12pm Jamestown Community College, Jamestown CHILI BOWL & SPRING FLING Saturday, April 7 • 12 – 5pm Loud Performance Products, Bemus Point A PERFECT PAIRING Saturday, April 7 • 5 – 9pm Robert H. Jackson Center, Jamestown KAYAK ROLL CLASSES Tuesday, April 10 • 7 – 9pm Turner Community Center, Chautauqua CHADAKOIN RIVER WALKS; EXPLORE Jamestown’s Wild Side Wednesday, April 11 • 9 – 10am 701 W 8th St., Jamestown FREE FLY TYING / FLY FISHING CLASSES Wednesday, April 11 • 7 – 8:30pm Rockafeller Arts Center; SUNY Fredonia
Bat making begins with cylindrical pieces of wood, called billets.
By Kathleen McCarthy Superior Bat Company, at 181 E. 1st Street in Jamestown, New York started making bats in 2003. Owner Grace Wheeler said, “Everyone in the furniture industry was trying to figure out what else to do to keep
Nature Inspired Show at Patterson Library in Westfield By Kathleen McCarthy
PADDINGTON 2: MOVIES AT THE REG Friday, April 13 • 7 – 8:44pm Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, Jamestown SPEECH AND DEBATE Friday, April 13 • 8pm Jamestown Community College, Jamestown AWESOME AMPHIBIANS Saturday, April 14 • 10am – 2pm Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown
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The exhibit of drawings, paper sculpture and wood furniture depicts 17 rivers and creeks from seven states. Paper Sculpture/ Wendy Bale.
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CURRENT: Art Exhibit
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FREDONIA WINTER FARMERS MARKET Saturday, April 14 • 10am – 1pm Masonic Forest Lodge, Fredonia
the business rolling.” The furniture industry took a hit in the early 2000s when more of the production moved offshore. This Jamestown company is tucked away in a large industrial building. The space is
Cheddar, Part I ... Page 6
The Most Widely Purchased Cheese in the World
Cheddar is originally an English cheese. It has been made since the 11th century around the village of Cheddar, England. It was typically a farm-made product. England used to be the only place where Cheddar cheeses were made.
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Learn More About the by Land and by Water Creatures Spring brings out frogs, salamanders, and other fascinating creatures. At Audubon Community Nature Center’s Awesome Amphibians on Saturday, April 14, you can spend time with both local and exotic frogs and salamanders.
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Artist Wendy Bale and furniture maker Bill Bale, credit the natural beauty of the area’s waterways for inspiring the river theme of this two-person show. CURRENT, is on display at the Octagon Gallery at the Patterson Library in Westfield and opens April 20 with a public reception from 7-9pm. Former Midwest residents, the couple moved to Jamestown in 2014 to work and reside in a rural setting near Warren, Pennsylvania. The couple draws inspiration from waterways that they have explored together. The exhibit of drawings, paper sculpture and wood furniture depicts 17 rivers and creeks from seven states. Wendy Bale creates charcoal drawings and cut paper sculptures. She said, “this show highlights some of the important waterways we have loved over the years while living in the Midwest. Our more recent explorations in Western New York have immersed See “ART” Page 5 Did You Know:
The National Comedy Center, an interactive and immersive museum experience with over 50 exhibits celebrating comedy, will open its doors in Jamestown, NY in August 2018.
The National Comedy Center, the first non-profit cultural institution and national-scale visitor experience dedicated to the art of comedy, announces its opening August 1-5, 2018, coinciding
with the organization’s annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, in Jamestown, NY. The new 37,000 square foot, $50 million facility tells See “COMEDY” Page 4
Change in Library Funding
Lakewood & Hazeltine Libraries Seek Funding Change
By Sharon Witchey Andrew Carnegie donated over 1,600 libraries to various municipalities during the course of his lifetime. In 1881, Carnegie required of the city of Pittsburgh a commitment of $15,000 per year for the “proper use and maintenance” of such a library as detailed in the
book ANDREW CARNEGIE by David Nasaw. Carnegie realized that the success of a library depends upon the consistent funding of the library. While the City of Pittsburgh did not receive its library until 1886, the scope of the project changed and See “LIBRARY” Page 5
Fredonia Opera House
Invented 1964: Buffalo, New York
Landmark Saved by Preservation Society
Weekly Column By Donna Germain
Funds (over $1M) were secured through various sources but the source of the strength of this major project came from the community members who gave gifts of time, working diligently for years restoring the Opera House.
Did you know…? Are you hungry? Thinking about what you are going to have for lunch, dinner or just a snack? How about some chicken wings? Yes, “Buffalo Wings”. You must not be from the area if you called them “Buffalo Wings”. In Texas they call it “Texas toast”, in California they call it a “California roll” however in New York they just call them “wings” not “Buffalo wings”. There are a couple different stories as to how the chicken wing originated as a popular menu item in most bars and pub style restaurants. See “WING” Page 6
By Beverly A. Hazen
If a building could talk, it might tell stories. At the Fredonia Opera House, its voice may well erupt into song, an operatic aria, giving thanks for its very existence. The elegant community theater known as The Fredonia Opera House, built in 1891, showcased fine entertainers during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Minstrel shows, See “MUSEUM” Page 4
EBC Spring Pairing Dinner : April 5th : Ellicottville Brewing Company, Fredonia
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“Fire and Ice Ball”
“If I Do Say So Myself...”
Adding a national spotlight to all of the culture harbored in Chautauqua County, The National Comedy Center of The United States is set to open the first week of August
in Jamestown. Each week we present to you articles about the many inspiring and creative people we have in our communities. The dedication of our area volunteers who pledged 52,000 man-hours in the restoration of the Fredonia Opera house; tearing out, cleaning up and rebuilding. Imagine the husband and wife team who climbed the scaffolds to paint the pressed-tin ceiling, or the person who spent three years reupholstering the 444 seats in the venue. Another inspiring couple, Wendy and Bill Bale, have created a two-person art show that will open April 20 in Westfield. The artists were
inspired by the beautiful waterways of the area. Or the encouraging story of the entrepreneurial spirit of Grace Wheeler seeing a shift in the furniture business in Jamestown and making it an opportunity for growth, creating the Superior Bat Company which supplied bats to the Major League until she saw a need for another transformation and now makes personalized awards bats for national and local groups and individuals as well as other specialty items. If you know another inspiring story in the area send us an email, we would love to help you share it. Until next week, - JZ firstname.lastname@example.org
Issues & Interests
Issues & Interests discussion group meets the 1st & 3rd Thurs. of the month 5:30 6:30 All library events are free and everyone is welcome! For the latest news check out our website lakewoodlibrary.org.
A Perfect Pairing
Reverie Creamery/Bag & String Pair Up for Jackson Center Fundraiser April 7 at 5pm at the Robert H. Jackson Center (305 E. Fourth Street in Jamestown) Bag & String Wine Merchants and Reverie Creamery will present a four course meal and wine pairing. Two epicurean prizes will be raffled: Premiere Food & Wine Basket created by Bag & Sting Wine Merchants, valued at $200 • Private Wine Tasting at Bag & Sting Wine Merchants for 10 people, valued at $350. Admission is $45/person.
You can register online, at the Jackson Center or by phone (716) 483-6646. You must register by March 29. The mission of the Robert H. Jackson Center is to advance public awareness and appreciation of the principles of justice and the rule of law as embodied in the achievements and legacy of Robert H. Jackson, U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Chief U.S. Prosecutor at Nuremberg.
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Eclectic Evening of Music, Dance and Dining to Benefit Rotary
First Place prize in the Raffle Drawing is a one week stay at the beautiful Grand Mayan Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.
The Jamestown Noon Rotary Club announces its Fire and Ice Ball, an eclectic evening of dining, music, dancing, a silent auction and extraordinary “Fire” and “Ice” drawings for items such as a week stay in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico and an Ice Blue diamond jewelry set to top it off! The Fire and Ice Ball is set for 6pm Saturday, April 14, at Chautauqua Suites on Route 394, Mayville. Attendees will be treated to delicious dinner food stations, with music and dancing by the crowd favorite, Porcelain Bus Drivers. Reduced-priced rooms at Chautauqua Suites are available for the evening by calling the hotel in advance at 269-7829. Tickets for the Ball are available for the price of $60 each from any Jamestown Noon Rotarian or by
contacting Kathy Benson at 489-7308. Raffle Drawing: First Place prize is a one week stay at the beautiful Grand Mayan Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. The suite includes over 1,200 square feet with 2 bedrooms and occupancy of 6 adults and 2 children. Perfect for one or two couples or a family to enjoy! Second Place prize is a gorgeous Ice Blue Diamond jewelry set donated by Gaylene Lindell of Gaylene’s Jewelers on Fluvanna Ave. The set includes a pendant, earrings, bracelet and ring and has a retail value of $1,100. Tickets can be purchased for $10 for one ticket and available for purchase from any Rotarian. Silent Auction: A silent auction table also will be part of the evening. Rotarians
have donated high-end silent auction items such as a Southern Tier Brewery gift basket, a liquor and wine basket donated by JB Liquor, a Natural Gas Grill donated by National Grid and so much more. Photo Booth: To top it off, new this year, a Photo Booth will be available for partygoers to capture those fun memories you are sure to have! Proceeds Support Local and International Projects: All proceeds from the Fire and Ice Ball will support the Club’s numerous local and international projects. In the Greater Jamestown Community, the Club has donated to the projects such as the National Comedy Center, the Veteran’s Memorial Park, the Riverwalk Park, Jamestown Community College, Green UP Jamestown and Chautauqua Lake Weed Clean Up. Internationally, the Club has provided playground enhancements and blackboards for a school in Cambodia where one member volunteers in winter; micro loans for women in Nepal; water wells and latrines in Haiti; and shelter boxes to help international disaster survivors. For further information about the Fire and Ice Ball, contact Rotarian Kathy Benson at 489-7308 or Becky Robbins at 661-1680 (weekdays).
Storytime for Preschoolers continues on Fridays 10 to 10:45 at The Lakewood Library! Come join the fun!
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High School Sailing Begins Training Begins April 9; High School Sailing Scholarships Available
By Rick Turner Even though the boats of our local sailors were locked solid in ice at their winter storage in Celoron, the high school sailing season started on Saturday, March 24, in Rochester on Lake Ontario, with a critical early season qualifier. Temperatures were in the 20’s with strong winds out of the North as local sailors braved difficult conditions. The Rochester high school sailing teams hosted an early season Western New York Qualifier with the top two teams winning honors to compete in Mid-Atlantic Gold Championships in Christchurch VA, in midApril. With almost no practice time on the water since last fall, sailors representing Southwestern Central sailed
12 races in 6 rotations against teams from 8 other schools to capture the top spot winning the regatta and a chance to represent western New York schools in Virginia. Southwestern Sailing Team 1 was comprised of Will Turner and AJ Smith, in A Division, and Patrick Kelly and Chase Stevenson in B Division. Southwestern Team 1 took five 1st place wins out of the total twelve races held, for a final count of 31 points and securing 1st place overall. Patrick Kelly had a great performance with the lowest score of the regatta, skippering in B Division to win 4 out of his 6 races. Also sailing as part of a mixed team were the team’s youngest sailors, Brooks Turcotte and Victoria Smith, who had two top 3 finishes
of the regatta. The local sailing teams hope to start in practice in earnest with training on Chautauqua Lake on April 9 with participants from a number of local high schools. Scholarships are available to all interested new participants to High School Sailing. CLCSF will also be hosting their own local regatta on April 22nd at the Richard O. Hartley Park in Lakewood. Results: 1. Southwestern Central HS, 31 Points; 2. Pittsford HS, 38 Points; 3. McQuaid HS, 44 Points; 4. Harley-Allendale Columbia HS, 57 Points; 5. Fairport HS, 61 Points; 6. Mercy HS, 61 Points; 7. Mixed Chautauqua School, 77 Points; 8. Mixed Rochester Schools, 78 Points; 9. Webster HS, 92 Points.
AAUW Women’s Issues
Jamestown, NY - The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be hosting a panel discussion on “Women’s Issues in the Workplace” at SUNY Jamestown Community College on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the Hultquist Building’s Lenna Theatre. This event is inspired by and being held on Equal Pay Day, the annual day that brings awareness to the wage discrepancies between men and women in the workforce. A diverse group of local women from a variety of sectors will discuss issues that affect women in the workplace, including: pay and salary negotiation; mentorship; maternity leave, breastfeeding rights, and child care; working in male-dominated fields; being a new professional, and more.
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Amphibian: Two Lives
Learn More About the by Land and by Water Creatures, April 14
Spring brings out frogs, salamanders, and other fascinating creatures. At Audubon Community Nature Center’s Awesome Amphibians on Saturday, April 14, you can spend time with both local and exotic frogs and salamanders. You can get a close look at some amazing amphibians from all over the world at the 1-4pm event. You can also go on a frog walk outside and learn more about local amphibians. The word amphibian means two-lives, as these small vertebrates spend their lives in the water and on land.
They begin life in water with gills and tails. As they grow, they develop lungs and legs for their life on land, and they need water or a moist environment to survive. They can breathe and absorb water through their very thin skin. The event fee is $8 for adults, $6 for Nature Center members and children, and free for ages two and under. You can pay at the door or online through the Programs page at auduboncnc. org through Friday, April 13. 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) 5692345 during business hours 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
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Cont. From Cover shared with Superior Wood Turnings, run by co-owners, her husband Doug Wheeler and Shane Goodwill. This company continues to make chair and table legs as well as other custom wood products for the furniture industry. In 2004 there were only nine companies making hard maple Major League approved bats. Superior Bat Company “ABAT” was making 500 bats a week for major leaguers such as Rafael Palmeiro, Gary Sheffield, and Curtis Granderson. Allen Craig used an A-BAT to slam a home run that helped the St. Louis Cardinals win Game 7 of the 2011 World Series over the Texas Rangers. There are now sixty approved Major League bat makers. A few years ago Superior stopped supplying major league players, as the competition became stiffer. Grace Wheeler became a true entrepreneur making softball bats, youth bats, softball bats for the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club league, fungo training bats as well as award bats for national and local groups and individuals. She now produces approximately 100 bats a week. The company does all the production, sanding, painting, engraving and shipping on site. Most bats are maple, as ash wood has been plagued by the ‘emerald ash borer’ which results in imperfections in the wood. Currently the award bats, which are engraved as trophies or presents, rather
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Cont. From Cover opera, musical recitals, political oratories, graduations and religious services took place in the landmark building. Like today, some rooms accommodated Fredonia Village administrative offices, so it was also known as Village Hall, located on the town square at 9 Church Street in Fredonia. After 1926, movies became popular, programming changed, and the building fell in disrepair. Long periods of neglect culminated in 1981 when the Opera House had to be closed. Village leaders talked of demolishing and replacing the building. This stirred a public outcry, according to Rick Davis, serving his 12th year as Opera House Executive Director. “The citizens,” Davis stated, “fortunately said, ‘Wait, can’t we do something to save the building?’” It was decided to put a referendum on the ballot asking the community for approval to borrow funds for restoration of the Village Hall. The referendum passed, but the restoration of the Opera/theater space was not included in the Village Hall restoration. Consequently, citizens formed the Fredonia Preservation Society. This Society dedicated itself to raise funds and oversee restoration of the Fredonia Opera House/ theater space, starting slowly with basic cleanup in 1985 and finishing nine years later with
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the story of comedy from its origins through the present, with more than 50 immersive, interactive exhibits. “There has never been a national cultural institution that provides comedy the opportunity for appreciation often afforded other art forms. Culture is preserved by meaningful storytelling. What these artists have done is important, and it should be both celebrated
than used in the game, are a big seller. Bat making begins with cylindrical pieces of wood, called billets. The billets weigh between 80 and 107 ounces. The wood is shipped from the Binghamton, NY area to the factory in Jamestown, where they are sorted by weight. The process begins when the billet is inserted into a lathe, which cuts the wood into a bat, according to the customer’s specifications. The bat is then sanded and extra wood is cut off both ends. Using another machine, the top can be “cupped” to change weight or the bat’s weight distribution. Wheeler then describes, “The bat gets painted in a booth, then goes into a machine where a laser creates a personalized inscription. A final coat of lacquer is added and an A-Bat logo is applied. After the final inspection, an A-Bat stick is placed on the bottom of the bat, and we box and ship the item to the customer.” Bryce Jackson, a young Jamestown native, and hopeful future MLB star, said of the A-Bat “the smaller sweet spot allows me to focus on really zoning in on the ball. The bat is well balanced, which gives the bat a lightweight feel.” John Venable Sr., is a Jamestown local and a former Jamestown Falcons player, now in his 80s. He played baseball professionally for three seasons as a pitcher. In his three seasons he also played for Fulton, Jackson, Greenville, Terre Haute, and Durham. He compiled a 2213 record with a 4.02 ERA. He loves telling his stories, reliving every moment. He
ended up in the concrete business and did work for the Wheelers. Grace Wheeler, after hearing from him that some guys had their names on a bat and he never did, made him a bat with the Detroit Tigers logo and John’s signature. Grace said, “To this day, with tears in his eyes, he talks about that bat.” Endorsing the A-Bat is ‘Over the Line’, which was invented 65 years ago, is a softball game played on the San Diego beaches. The yearly tournament, sponsored by the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC), has always “blended booze and brawdiness with breathtaking athleticism.” (The San Diego Union-Tribune) This event on Fiesta Island is said to have mellowed over the years for the 1,300 teams playing 85 games on the beach at one time. Superior Bat Company is one of three companies that “Over the Line” endorses the for the softball bats. Jamestown NY, was once called the “Furniture Capital of the World” where people visited from all over the country to attend the Furniture Mart. Superior Bat Company and Superior Wood Turnings, still manufacturing wood products, puts our fine city of Jamestown on the map. Information and orders can be placed at www.promaplebats. com or by calling 716450-5195. Grace Wheeler, engaging and outgoing, said, “We work hard and are proud of our product. We are busiest in the spring with the arrival of baseball season and orders for graduation gifts and company award gifts.”
The Fredonia Opera House re-opening in 1994. The Opera House is a tenant of the building owned by the Village. Funds (over $1M) were secured through various sources including grants, campaigns, local foundations and donations, but the source of the strength of this major project came from the community members who gave gifts of time, working diligently for years restoring the Opera House. Davis estimated that a staggering 52,000 volunteer man-hours included a mixture of professionals and nonprofessionals. Some did the “dirty work” of tearing out, cleaning up and then rebuilding, while others provided services inkind. A husband/wife team climbed scaffolds and painted the pressed-tin ceiling in a reclined, “Michelangelo position.” Hanging from the ceiling center is a chandelier; not original, but one designed with round globes, honoring the gas lamps of years past. There are 444 seats in the House – many needed repair. One individual spent three years reupholstering seat cushions, while others stripped and painted detail on the seat frames. The Fredonia Opera House presents live performances in music, theater and dance year-round. This venue is licensed to present live High Definition satellite broadcasts of opera productions from the Metropolitan Opera in NYC and live theater from the National Theater in London and ballet from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet. Ironically,
while movies contributed to the demise of the House, the current Cinema Series is very popular. “Movies are the best attended program,” Davis said. “We went digital in 2013 and feature 35 different movies over the year, with two screenings of each.” These include independent, foreign films and documentaries. The Opera House, equipped with air conditioning and an elevator, may be rented for conferences, workshops, political debates and more. Brides-to-be realize this stage, with a Steinway Baby Grand piano in the wings, is a unique wedding site. Davis said the Opera House hosted 153 events in 2017. The way to see this Opera House in its totality and hear its interesting stories is by individual or small group tours. While photographs and artifacts are displayed in glass cases, the back stage brick walls, adorned with posters and paraphernalia from “yesteryear,” are seen on tours. Also, the dressing rooms and “Green Room” are at a lower level where the horse stables for the Fire Department were previously housed. For a tour, call (716) 679-1891, Tuesday through Friday from 1-5 pm. Upcoming programs of local interest include an informative session on the proposed Rt. 60 Roundabout Project given by the State Department of Transportation and Village leadership on April 12 from 4-7pm. A Community Monthly History lecture series is planned May – November on Wednesdays at 7 pm. Website: www.fredopera.org
and contextualized, drawing connections that make the past relevant to the present. Lucille Ball understood the power of comedy, and had the vision for her hometown to become a destination for its celebration in a way that would educate, foster and inspire. That’s what we’ve set out to do here,” said National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson. In a special press briefing at the site on Friday, March 30, United States Senator Charles Schumer announced his push for a congressional designation for the Center.
The new designation would officially make the National Comedy Center the nation’s cultural institution dedicated to the art of comedy, recognizing it as the only institution of its kind with the mission of preserving, protecting, and showcasing the art of comedy and its role in our culture. “Comedy is an artform, and it’s a part of our rich cultural history in America. I am proud to stand here today, as the Comedy Center takes shape, and begin my push to See “COMEDY” Page 6
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Cont. From Cover us in nature, introducing us to kayaking and birding along the waterways.” Bill Bale’s pieces include tables, benches and bedroom furniture evoking rivers in natural slabs with embedded stones. It was a summer walk in Canadaway Creek that helped the couple fully envision the plan for this gallery show. “I was fascinated how the rocks stair-cased up the sides of the riverbed and I wanted to repeat the effect using the grain of the wood,” Bill said. The couple moved to the area in 2014 from Madison, Wisconsin. Wendy works for Bluestem Brands and transferred to Blair in Warren from WinterSilks in Madison. A creative director for 25
Cont. From Cover the commitment from the city jumped to $40,000 per year. Many years later, the dynamic of funding libraries hasn’t changed. The Town of Busti has a line item in its budget for library funding and supports both the Hazeltine Public Library and the Lakewood Memorial Library through the collection of local taxes. The Village of Lakewood has a line item in its budget for the Lakewood Memorial Library, also as a result of the collection of local taxes. This process makes the funding for the libraries dependent upon yearly fluctuations in appropriations, which makes it more difficult for the two libraries to plan financially to carry out their work. Both libraries have petitioned the Southwestern Central School District, under the New York Education Law Section 259, to hold a vote to change the way the two libraries are funded. The vote is not to decide whether or not libraries receive funding; rather, it is a vote as to how they receive funding. The libraries’ goal is for voters to authorize the Southwestern Central School District to levy and collect a tax for the support and maintenance of the libraries. If passed, the amount requested will
years, she is now designing for Blair catalogs in Warren. With her job, she has flexible time for her art and their two standard poodles. Bill has been making arts and crafts furniture through his business, Sandhill Designs for 22 years. His studio/workshop is set in historic barn on their wooded Frissell Road property in Jamestown. Bill was the art fair director for the Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Craftspeople and founder of Earth, Wood & Fire Art Tour for 15 years. They are both members of the North Shore Arts Alliance of Chautauqua County. Nature is a big interest for the couple. Wendy is on the Board of Directors of the nearby Audubon Community Nature Center. “For me, art is like elaborate journaling. I am inspired to capture and record the essence of the outdoors-
the sight, movement and emotion of my experiences” said Wendy. An avid birder, Wendy’s subjects include birds, forests, landscapes and rivers often by merging different perspectives and angles and elements. When Bill was preparing to leave his day job years ago to begin his studio, he looked up from the highway and saw a pair of Sandhill Cranes flying overhead. In the early days of his business in Wisconsin there was always a breeding pair near his shop. This is just one of many interesting stories you can hear from this artistic couple at the April 20 show in Westfield. More information about the artists can be found at www.sandhilldesigns.com and www.wendybaleart1st.com The show runs from April 20-June 1, 2018 and can be viewed during open library hours.
be guaranteed each year beginning in 2019. The tax will be collected and disbursed to the libraries by the Southwestern Central School District. This system is in place in approximately 80% of the libraries that exist in New York State, according to Karen Dennerlein, a Lakewood library board member and one well versed in the voting process. It is not a new idea. Ms. Dennerlein believes that the proposed change creates a more sustainable funding base under which the libraries can function. Though it will be a tax, it will not impact a resident’s tax liability too significantly. To residents in Lakewood and Busti, the tax liability will decrease slightly and the line items in the Town and Village budgets will be eliminated. The bigger change will be to West Ellicott and Harmony residents who currently receive the same library services but have no library tax liability at all. The services available at the libraries are numerous. The director at the Lakewood library, Mary Miller, the part-time staff of five and the volunteers work under this Mission Statement: “to help community members of all ages improve their quality of life by providing access to resources and services that meet their personal, educational, and professional
needs.” One can borrow books from all 38 libraries in the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System. E-books, audiobooks, large print books, periodicals, and DVDs are also available to anyone with a library card. There are computers, copiers and scanners available for use as well as wireless and high speed internet. There are gathering spaces and social groups and regular programs to join as well. Taxation is not the only source for funding. Regular library fundraisers, Memorial donations, and personal donations also contribute to the fiscal success of the libraries. The Board members and staffs of these libraries work hard to apply for appropriate grants and make sure that the funds received by the libraries, in whatever form, are prudently and properly spent. There is a 7 page printed guide to the 2018 Budget vote available at the Lakewood Library or at www.lakewoodlibrary.org. Please educate yourself on the particulars and mark your calendar to vote on May 15, 2018 in the lobby at Southwestern Central School District High School 7- 9am and 2-8pm. Anyone 18 years or older who is served by the Southwestern Central School District is eligible to vote. If you have never voted in a school election before, please bring proof of residency.
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At the Creamery:
Part I: The Most Widely Purchased Cheese in the World
By Riko Chandra Chesemaker, Cheesemonger, Co-owner Reverie Creamery, Artisan Cheesemaking and Cheese Shop Who does not like Cheddar? It is one of the most well known and yes, probably the most ubiquitous type of cheese that appears on your grilled cheese sandwich, cheese tray, mac’n cheese and even cheddar-flavored popcorn. And for some of you, it may be hard to imagine life without cheddar cheese. It is the most widely purchased and eaten cheese in the world, mostly made from cow’s milk. Cheddar is tangy with sweet undertones and has a unique sharp taste with a crystal crunch that many cheese lovers seek. Could that unique texture in this type of cheese give it both a personal taste and be universally loved? I think both. Just talking about that texture of cheddar, some like it creamy and some like it crumblier or drier with crunch crystal bits. So let’s look at the history of this cheese. Cheddar is originally an English cheese. It has been made since the 11th century around the
Flory’s Truckle from Missouri is an example of a clothbound cheddar.
village of Cheddar, England. It was typically a farm-made product. England used to be the only place where Cheddar cheeses were made. Today, many countries all over the world manufacture Cheddar. Since it is not a protected name, any cheese producing company or any of the artisan manufacturers in any corner of the world can label the cheese produced by them as Cheddar. We all know that Cheddar is a hard and natural cheese that has a slightly crumbly texture if properly aged and if it is too young, the texture is smooth. It gets a sharper taste as it matures, over a period of time between 1 to 3 years. In England, traditionally cheddar is shaped like a drum, 15 inches in diameter, has natural rind bound in cloth while its color generally ranges from white to pale yellow. However, some Cheddars may have an addition of annatto that gives that warm yellow-orange color. In other parts of the world, such as United States, Canada and New Zealand, Cheddar is aged in vacuum sealed plastic with sizes up to 40 pounds.
I once tasted Montgomery cheese from Somerset, a truly amazing English Cheddar, which costs about $40/lb. I can only concur with how Joseph Harding, the “father of Cheddar cheese” who invented modern cheese making techniques, described the ideal quality of original Somerset Cheddar as “close and firm in texture, mellow in character or quality, rich with a tendency to melt in the mouth and has a full and fine flavor somewhat like hazelnut!” It is indeed one the most refined Cheddars with a finish of umami of roast beef. This Cheddar is hand-formed into 60 pound cylinders by James Montgomery. Each cheese is wrapped with linen and rubbed with lard before aging. I have to thank my teacher in Vermont, Peter Dixon, who introduced me to this majestic Somerset Cheddar. The clothbound cheddar, which is more of the traditional style of English cheddar, basically went extinct in the U.S. for some time until it was brought back. The people who are making those traditional style clothbound cheddars are: Grafton makes one, Cabot clothbound aged in Jasper Hill, the Flory’s Truckle from Missouri, the Fiscalini from California. They are the most amazing cheddars made in this country. Clothbound allows cheese to release moisture and concentrate its nuanced flavor with a little less sharp but more complex flavor generally. It is a challenging process but results in a more complex flavor. That explains the higher price point. See “CHEESE” Right
Cont. From Page 4 officially designate this the National Comedy Center of the United States,” said Senator Schumer. Each visitor will experience
Cont. From Cover However it is all agreed that they started in a bar in downtown Buffalo called The Anchor Bar. In 1964 owners Frank and Theresa Bellissimo received chicken wings on their food order instead of chicken backs and necks that were most often used to make spaghetti sauce. One night Frank asked his wife to prepare something special for a snack for his patrons that spent a lot of time and money at the bar. So Theresa split the wings in two and cut off the tips. Which made two pieces that are now referred to as the drumette (it looks like a little chicken leg) and the wingette (flat) as most will call it. She deep fried them and covered them with a spicy sauce. She then served the little wings
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with celery and blue cheese. That was the beginning. Since then the wings flew into popularity. Americans now eat approximately twenty eight billion wings a year. This year Americans consumed 1.3 billion wings on Super Bowl alone. That is enough wings to circle the earth three times. 394 million feet, enough that a chicken could cross the road 13 million times. Americans that eat wings will eat about 18,000 wings in their lifetime. Chicken wings generate approximately 4.1 billion dollars in revenue a year. There are several restaurants throughout the United States that offer chicken “Buffalo” wings. Wings are usually served 10-12 to an order and are dipped in a sauce. Sauces that are most common are the original Buffalo sauce (mild, medium or hot), BBQ, lemon pepper or butter garlic. I have
heard of coconut, peanut butter, apricot glazed. They all sound yummy. There are so many variations of sauce and wings from spicy to sweet and regular wings to super jumbo wings. Big Shot Bob’s in Avalon PA boasts to have 150 flavors of wings. There are several chicken wing eating contests held throughout the U.S. July 29th is National Chicken Wing Day. On February 2nd 2018 Molly Schuyler weighing only 127 lbs ate 501 chicken wings in 30 minutes. She won Wing Bowl #26 in Philadelphia PA setting the world record. There are many restaurants in the area that serve fantastic wings. So whatever flavor of wings you choose, enjoy. I do suggest only eating 10-20 not 500, but it’s up to you. Enjoy your wings. If you would like more information on chicken wings go to buffalowing.com Now you know...
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Cont. From Right Most of time, likely in United States, we find a 40-pound block type cheddar that has a very different taste and texture profile. American
style Cheddar cheeses from New York are more sharp/ acidic with creamy texture. The aged cheddar from Wisconsin is sweeter. They both are creamier due to the fact of aging process that American Cheddars have: larger sizes using plastic that inhibits the loss of moisture.
The creamier American Cheddars are much more suitable for cooking. There are some really amazing non-clothbound Cheddars because of the quality of the milk. We will explore more American type Cheddars and the cheddaring technique in the next article.
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