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Advanced Manufacturing

Improving CHQ. Lake

JCC’s Manufacturing Technology Institute

Chautauqua Lake Partnership, Inc. Seeking a Greater Future

FOCUS ON NATURE XIV Ongoing through Sun., April 9 • 4pm Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown “THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE” Thursday, April 6 • 7:30pm Friday, April 7 • 7:30pm Saturday, April 8 • 7:30pm Marvel Theatre - Rockefeller Arts Center, Fredonia FIRST FRIDAY LUNCH BUNCH Friday, April 7 • 11am Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown STUDENT VOCAL SHOWCASE Friday, April 7 • 7pm The Infinity Arts Café, Jamestown MASTERS OF KUNG FU SHAOLIN WARRIORS Friday, April 7 • 8pm Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, Jamestown

By Lee Harkness

being focused on academics, JCC has also worked to help promote economic development in our area through scholarships, internships, and continuing education. JCC provides manufacturing training that is up to date and current.  They train people, whose work has become outdated, in new methods and with new equipment.   They do this at their newly renovated and state of the art Manufacturing Technology Institute located next to JCCs Jamestown

COUNTRY SHOWCASE BENEFIT Sunday, April 9 • 1 – 5pm Herman Kent Post 777Celoron Legion, Jamestown

When considering the state of manufacturing in Jamestown there are some very positive aspects that people tend to over look. We have some very high tech manufacturing organizations that put Jamestown out in front of many other communities. One such organization is our very own Jamestown Community College.  JCC was founded in 1950 as part of the State University of New York and has been named “Top Performing Public Two Year College in New York”.  While

SPRING INFINITY CAMP: SPRING INTO MUSIC AND ARTS CAMP Monday, April 10 • 9am – 4pm Infinity Center, Jamestown

Bemus Point Readies for Season

LITTLE EXPLORERS Saturday, April 8 • 10am – 12pm Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown SAINT JOAN -CAPTURED LIVE -LONDON’S DONMAR WAREHOUSE Saturday, April 8 • 1pm 1891 Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia MOVIES AT THE REG THE FOUNDER Saturday, April 8 • 8 – 9:55pm Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, Jamestown

FENTON HISTORY CENTER BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIES Wednesday, April 12 • 12 – 1pm Fenton History Center, Jamestown BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL Wednesday, April 12 • 7pm Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, Jamestown META TRIO Wednesday, April 12 • 7pm Jamestown Community College, Jamestown MARTZ OBSERVATORY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE Wednesday, April 12 • 7:30 – 9:30pm Martz Observatory, Frewsburg NATIONAL ALPACA FARM DAYS Saturday, April 15 • 9am – 5pm Simply Natural Alpaca Gift Shop A Slice of Heaven Alpacas, Randolph CHILDREN’S HAPPY EASTER PARTY Saturday, April 15 • 12 – 3:30pm Grape Discovery Center, Westfield For More Weekly Events Visit

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The CLP’s Summer 2017 Program includes Weed Management and Near Shore/Shoreline Cleanup Demonstration Projects in Bemus Bay. Photo/ Jon Elder Productions.

The Chautauqua Lake Partnership, Inc. (CLP), a non-profit corporation formed in 2002, seeks improvement in Chautauqua Lake water quality and enjoyment. The Partnership recently increased its membership to over 100 property owners with the addition of a group of Bemus Bay Property Owners and established a Summer 2017 Work Program

The Village of Bemus Point Planning Board held a Public Hearing on Tuesday, April 4 to review two agenda items from local businesses. The five member Village Planning Board meets to review requests with required documentation and then interprets the law to approve the request, ask for further documentation for later review or deny the request. Twenty community members and business representatives attended the meeting held at the Village Hall at 13 Alburtus Street in Bemus Point. The first item was a request from Ellicottville Brewing Company

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Day Trippin’: Johnson Estate Winery First Estate Winery Licensed In New York State.. Pg. 8

Johnson Estate Winery is located on Rte 20 about 2 miles west of Westfield, NY. Founded in 1961, the winery was the first estate winery licensed in New York State. An estate, or farm winery, uses grapes grown from its own adjacent vineyards.

State Burning Ban in Effect

NYS Bans Burning through May 14 ... Pg.3 “This time of year has the most risk of fires,” stated Officer Swanson. “Approximately 46 percent of all wildfires every year are caused during this time period due to an overabundance of dry leaves, big wind gusts and lack of healthy green vegetation.”

at 57 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point for a Special Use Permit and Survey Plan that was submitted by owner Peter Kreinheder. The restaurant was opened in May 2016 and operated on a seasonal basis closing in the fall. The plan is to reopen in early May. Because the facility had been dormant for over a year before reopening in 2016 they were required to apply for a permit. As this process was not completed last year the owner began the permitting requirements last fall. Many required questions for the process were asked regarding environmental impact, nuisance (entertainment), and parking. Concern came from the legal representative for the Bemus Bay Condominiums Association. Joel Terragnoli from the Buffalo law firm of Hodgson Russ LLP, stated See “BEMUS” Page 6

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Blind Dining for a Cause Benefit for the Chautauqua Blind Association, April 21

Village Planning Board: Local Businesses Play by Village Rules By Kathleen McCarthy

in support of Chautauqua Lake improvement. Partnership officers include: Dr. Jim Cirbus, President; Jim Wehrfritz, Vice President; Mike Latone, Treasurer and Karen Rines, Secretary. Sara DeMink is the Fundraising Committee Chairperson. The CLP’s Summer 2017 Program includes Weed

By Lori Humphreys The 7th Annual Chautauqua Blind Association fundraiser April 21st at the Chautauqua Suites, Mayville, offers participants a chance to walk in the shoes of the blind. The event begins at 6pm with cocktails and the opportunity to bid at the silent auction. Then at 6:30pm, guests will be blindfolded and led to their table to enjoy a four

CHQ. County Museums McClurg Museum (Part 4 of 23 Part Series)

course dinner blindfolded. Dinner options are Tuscan Beef Filet, Orange Chicken, and Stuffed Pepper which is gluten free and designed for vegetarians. This year the CBA will award the first “Louise Tefft Award” which will honor not only Tefft’s memory but celebrate a person who supports the CBA mission. The CBA news release described See “BLIND” Page 6

CHQ. Leadership Awards Nominations Due May 1, 2017

In the heart of Westfield, at Routes 20 and 394, stands a statue of Abraham Lincoln greeting Grace Bedell, the young girl who politely suggested he grow whiskers to improve his appearance and chances of winning the election. Lincoln met Grace in February 1861 when his inaugural train stopped in Westfield and, yes, he had whiskers. More can be learned about the letter exchange at the McClurg Museum, home of the Chautauqua County Historical Society (CCHS), located in the town park diagonally across the street from the statue. Displays in the second-floor Lincoln

The Chautauqua Leadership Network is now accepting nominations for Leaders of the Year. If you know of an individual (CLN member or nonmember) or organization whose activities during the past year have furthered the vision and mission of the Chautauqua Leadership Network, nominate them for a CLN Leadership Award. Nominations are due on May 1, 2017. The award will be presented at CLN’s Annual Leadership Award Program in August. Award categories include: 

CLN Leader of the Year, this award is presented to an individual or organization who leads, inspires, and engages other members of their community for the betterment of Chautauqua County.

 CLN Community Development Leader Award, this award is presented to an individual or organization who demonstrates

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“The Pirates of Penzance” : April 6th, 7th & 8th : Marvel Theatre - Rockefeller Arts Center, Fredonia

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The Ledger is in it’s fourth month of publication. Though just the beginning, it has grown leaps and bounds because of community support. There are so many people excited to contribute and it is a labor of love for all of us. We couldn’t do this without you. We would love to have more community members be involved. This is the Chautauqua County weekly paper serving the advancement of the WNY jewel that we call home. We are proud of it. If you want to be involved, please contact us; we want

you involved. The community makes this paper the best it can be. We are here for you, as much as you are here for us. We hope you find reading The Ledger as much fun as we have putting it together! If you are a business leader who would like to have a weekly presence in The Ledger or a reader who would like a subscription delivered to your door, please feel free to give us a call at our office – the number is (716) 699-2058. The Ledger is part of the Zimmer Media LLC Newspaper Group and is

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Audubon Society

600 Acre Wetland Preserve with Over 5 Miles of Walking Trails in Jamestown has over 5 miles of walking showers, birthday parties Weekly Column trails, several gardens, a and business meetings. It is By Donna Germain Did you know ?... Ever wonder what kind bird that is or where they go in the winter? Want to learn more about nature or take a nice hike without having to drive for miles. Well I know a place where you can do all that and more. The Jamestown Audubon Community Nature Center located at 1600 Riverside Road Jamestown. The Center and Sanctuary is a 600acre wetland preserve that

three story nature center and numerous other displays and collections. They hold several festivals throughout the year such as The Enchanted Forest; this one caught my attention. It is held in the fall, it is not scary, it is designed for children to learn about nocturnal animals. They also have summer camps for kids, various classes for adults such as bird banding, starting a garden and different craft classes. They rent out the facility for weddings,

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amazing what the center has to offer. So if you would like to learn more call 716-5692345 or go to auduboncnc. org Now you know… The 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 an environmentally responsible way.


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An opportuniy to try all different types of art, music, film and theatre awaits during Infinity’s Sprinto Into Music and Arts Camp April 10-13. Infinity’s 4-day camp will allow you to make amazing art, film a movie, join a band, explore instruments, and perform a skit. Day 1: Up-cycled Art, Day 2: Lights! Camera! Action!, Day 3: Instrumental Exploration, Day 4: ‘Break a Leg’. Contact Infinity for tuition information and to inquire about daily camp availability, (716) - 664-0911.

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High School Sailing Southwestern HS Wins League Qualifier Heads to Kings Point

BUFFALO—Despite the frigid temperatures on Saturday, local high school students from Southwestern, Panama, and Maple Grove competed at Buffalo Yacht Club to start off the spring season. Cameron Turner, sailing with AJ Smith as crew in A Division, along with Will Turner skippering with Abigale Kreinheder as crew in B Divison, took 1st place for Southwestern High

School. Conditions were overcast with moderate winds as Southwestern clinched the league qualifier to move on to compete to secure a slot in the upcoming high school sailing national championship. Teammates, John Kelly, skipper, with Jake Vavala, crew, sailed A Division, with Patrick Kelly, skipper, and Madeline Wight, crew,

in B Division took 4th place sailing for Southwestern, and Maple Grove. Brooks Turcotte skippered with Victoria Smith, crew, in A Division to form a mixed team with sailors from Rochester who took 6th place. The winning Southwestern team will head to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, Long Island, next weekend to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Championship District Qualifier. The team is practicing daily off Richard O. Hartley Park, honing skills hoping to become one of the top 18 teams in the country contending for a national championship, held in Cambridge, MA, in midMay. For more information on High School Sailing or programs at the Chautauqua Lake Community Sailing Foundation, call Director of Sailing, Hunter Farris at 716-720-1550, or email Information is also at www.

State Burning Ban in Effect New York State Bans Burning through May 14

Brady Wesp The winter season has come and gone and now has New York State residents raring to clean up their yards and prepare for another warm spring and summer season. State legislature wishes to remind citizens the statewide burning ban remains in effect between the dates of March 16th and May 14th. It is this time of the calendar year which poses the greatest threat of forest and wildfires. Once the last of the snow is gone and all the dead trees and leaves die and shrivel up it does not take much for an unattended pile of burning leaves to transform into an out of control blaze. Open burning is the single largest cause of wildfires in New York State. According to the Department of Environmental Control website, New York State fire departments have responded to an average of 2,300 wildfires during this time period from 2000 to 2009. Busti Code Enforcement

Officer Jeff Swanson commented this legislation remains in effect because everything is so dry during this time of the year the state does not want citizens getting careless with open fires potentially causing a chain reaction and igniting a wildfire. “This time of year has the most risk of fires,” stated Officer Swanson. “Approximately 46 percent of all wildfires every year are caused during this time period due to an overabundance of dry leaves, big wind gusts and lack of healthy green vegetation.” Burning household trash remains prohibited statewide in all cases, as common household trash releases dangerous pollution and chemicals into the environment, notable compounds including arsenic, carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide among many others. All residents are encouraged by the DEC to recycle household trash whenever possible and to compost leaves rather than burning them. Not all instances of burning are banned during this time period. Exceptions such as a small campfires and cooking fires are allowed so long as they are less than 3 to 4 feet in diameter and are made using either charcoal or wood which is clean, untreated and unpainted. Plywood and pressure-treated lumber are not permitted to be burned. Ceremonial or celebratory fires are also allowed within

this window of time as long as they are made in accordance with DEC and New York State guidelines. Most importantly these fires cannot be left unattended and must be fully extinguished when their purpose is fulfilled. In towns with a total population less than 20,000, residents may burn tree limbs with attached leaves. The limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length (also referred to as brush). However, brush burning is still prohibited during this burn ban period. Violators of the open burning state regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense. To report environmental law violations call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800847-7332), or report online on DEC’s website. Over the seven years since the ban was established, the number of wildfire outbreaks have dramatically decreased. According to Livingston County News, the average number of spring fires per year in New York State has dropped by 35.5 percent, from 2,925 in 2009 to 1,886 in 2016. This burning ban period has done much good for the community and New York State in avoiding wildfire outbreaks. Do your part for your homes and communities to avoid risky actions that can potentially lead to disastrous circumstances.

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Chautauqua County, Inc.’s 9th annual fundraiser, Come to the Table, will be held on May 11, 2017 at Chautauqua Suites Meeting and Expo Center in Mayville. Doors open at 5pm and the live action starts at 6:30pm. Guests will enjoy light refreshments and live entertainment from Jamestown High School Orchestra. Admission to the event is $10 and includes a chance to win a pair of Echo Dot smart home assistants. Ticket buyers need not be present to win. Tables are decorated with a unique theme that event attendees can bid on to support CASA of Chautauqua County. Come to the Table provides exceptional visibility and recognition for individuals and businesses that create and sponsor tables for the event. CASA Board President and Event Co-Chair, Victoria Patti says, “You have to come out to this event to see the

amazing tables filled with gift certificates, various items like sports tickets or spa outings, gorgeous table settings and fun things to do locally. I couldn’t believe the creativity and overall dedication to the event the first time I was invited to attend. If you place the winning bid on a table, you get to take home everything on that table.” Come to the Table offers something for everyone: all budgets and all ages. There are multiple ways to participate! CASA of Chautauqua County, Inc. relies on highly trained volunteers who are appointed by the Chautauqua County Family Court judge to advocate for children in court. These volunteers work with relevant agencies and parties in order to advocate for the best interest of the child. With the information provided by the CASA volunteer, family court judges are better able to make informed decisions as to what is best for the child, choosing

options such as returning to their parents, foster care, or adoption. Research shows that children who have been assigned a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and half as likely to re-enter care. Children with a CASA volunteer also do better in school and score well on protective factors scales. Approximately, only one in four abused or neglected children in our service area currently has an assigned advocate. Monies raised from Come to the Table are used to fulfill CASA’s mission of supporting and promoting court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. To purchase tickets, make a basket or monetary donation, or need additional info: Please contact Carrie Rinehart 716753-4132 or email casacttt@

Zonta Club Helps from Afar Prepares 793 Birthing Kits to Send to Third World Countries

Zonta Club of Jamestown recently met to assemble birthing kits at St. Timothy’s Church in Bemus Point. Birthing Kits contain a 4’X4’ piece of plastic sheeting a pair of surgical gloves, five pieces of 4X4 gauze, a piece of soap, three cord ties, and a razor blade all of which are packed into a re-sealable bag. Hoping to reduce the chance of infection for both mother and baby, these humble kits help provide women in third world countries with a fundamentally clean place in which to give birth.  Zonta Club extends its

sincerest thanks to JAMA and Jamestown Primary Care for their donations of materials. 793 kits were assembled by volunteers in two and a half hours; 75 will be sent immediately with Mary Rappole, Zonta Club member and retired Nurse Practitioner, on her mission trip to Haiti. In the past birthing kits went to Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Afganistan and the African continent. If anyone in the community knows of other countries where birthing kits are needed or of travelers willing to take

supplies with them, please let Zonta know by emailing Jamestown@ZontaDistrict4. org. Training, bags, and other supplies are available for persons willing to further volunteer with this project. Organizer of this assembly, MaryAnn Spanos, is also requesting donations of non-sterile gauze 4X4’s so additional birthing kits can be assembled later this spring; Or if anyone has old suitcases to donate please drop them off at Marcia Bliss’ CPA office, 511 North Main Street, Jamestown.  They will be packed with kits for future mission trips. The Zonta Club extends it’s sincerest thanks to JAMA, UPMC Chautauqua WCA and Jamestown Primary Care for their donations of materials. Zonta is an international service organization comprised of 1200 chapters across the globe and 30,000 members. Zonta International information can be found at To learn about the Zonta Club of Jamestown visit; like our community page on Facebook and tweet us @ ZontaJamestown on Twitter.

3rd Annual Family History Fest Studying Your Genealogy, April 22 in Jamestown

Family History Fest is returning to Jamestown for it’s third year. This event was attended by hundreds of local and regional residents last year. Participants enjoyed the level of instruction and free resources made available to  help them research their family history, otherwise known as genealogy. Those who have pondered where and when their grandparents first came to  America, or who may wonder if they might be a son or daughter of the American  Revolution, are encouraged to attend the Family History Fest of 2017. The Family History Fest of 2017 will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 9am-3pm  at 851 Forest Ave, Jamestown. This annual gathering is sponsored locally by The  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While The Family History Fest will  take place inside a church, proselytizing is expressly prohibited. This enables individuals of all faiths and walks of life to attend, free  from any

commitment or ecclesiastical concerns. The focus will be squarely on helping new and experienced family history researchers gain a greater  understanding of the family history tools available to them. The event is free and includes free classes, free parking, free admission, and a free  light luncheon for those interested. Registration is not required, but participants should come prepared to take plenty of notes while being trained by genealogical  experts assembled from throughout the tristate region; with some instructors traveling hundreds of miles to impart their expertise. Everyone 12 and older is welcome; including walk-ins the day of the event. Some of  the classes are enhanced by participants bringing their own laptop or device. Free WiFi is available. Bradley Miller, of Warren Pa., is one of the event’s leaders. “I remain thrilled that this free opportunity to learn can again be enjoyed by the entire community,” Miller said. “We

invite people to come as they are, and bring your desire to learn. Seasoned veterans, beginners and everyone in between should  come and learn from the very best instructors in the field of family history. Some of  our instructors are journeying many hours, just to bring this unique and important learning opportunity to our region. I am thrilled with the enthusiasm we saw last  year and we expect that this year will be even better. Family history is something  that we all can appreciate. We all come from somewhere and every family has a story. There has never been a better time to learn about your ancestors and  discover your unique heritage.” To learn more and view workshop schedules and descriptions, visit The Family  History Fest’s website at  www.fh-seminars. org. Registration is not required, but  organizers request that in order to aid in planning, participants visit the website prior to the event and select classes they are interested in attending.

Masters of Kung Fu - Shaolin Warriors : April 7th : Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, Jamestown

Practical Intuitive:

Gifts Along the Trail

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Get Out Into Nature and Receive the Gifts She Offers

Vicki Wagoner The Practical Intuitive There is a hike-in only retreat in Dawsonville, GA, called the Len Foote Inn. It is a sustainably designed Georgia State Park facility in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Along with friends Sara and Karen, we ventured off to the inn last week. Each having had our own fair share of challenging emotional roller coaster months, we knew we had to do this journey. Our first gift of many of the trail! It’s a relatively easy, comfortable and beautiful five-mile hike to the inn. I had been before so I was deemed the “leader.” Karen came next and our selfappointed photographer, Sara, brought up the rear. Pacing ourselves, enjoying our time together to find sanctuary in nature, we began our journey in a light rain, each feeling it was an “emotional cleansing.” Thankfully it didn’t last long. Chatting for a bit, we naturally fell into a rhythm of silent walking, going at our own pace. Each lost in our own quiet world of being and observing nature’s wonders, the forest graced us with its ancient wisdom, gifts and

treasures, physically as well as metaphorically. The lush, green moss; wild grasses; tall and mighty “grandparent” trees intermingled with young growth of trees – oaks, maples, pine, hemlocks. We came upon an unusual low lying plant life that looked like Avatars would be flying out of it at any moment. The clusters of laurels seemed to create imaginary gateways into other dimensions. Small bridges over spring and rain fed creeks traversed rocks of all shapes and colors as they glistened in the crystalclear waters. And, the large variety of heart shaped rocks silently offered messages of love and support along the trail. Our excitement grew as we approached the inn and could feel the simplicity, peacefulness and friendliness that embraced us from staff and other hikers. The facility, primarily off the grid, offered no tv’s, radios and cell phones were “banned.” What a gift, disconnection from the outside world. The staff and volunteers made delicious homemade meals and cleaned up after us! (Anytime someone does that, it’s a huge gift to me!) Single people, couples and families with young children, teenagers and children in college were spending time together talking with each other, eating meals together, playing board games or just sitting in the Adirondack chairs, enjoying the views. In the morning, when the sun was rising, we all (about 40 of us) gathered together to view its magnificence in a respectful and humbled silence, in awe of the colors nature provided – gold, pink, purple, orange, white

and blue. Breathtaking! Our overnight stay ended and we gave thanks to all for a wonderful, relaxing and rejuvenating experience. On our return down the trail, nature again provided us with its magical gifts. One being coming upon a female hiker sitting on the side of the trail. We asked if she was okay and if she was on her way to the inn. She said she hoped to be but her hiking boot’s sole spilt from the boot and her friend went back to their car to get a pair of sneakers. Wishing her well, we continued on only to come upon a woman a few moments later. Karen asked, “Are you the friend?” Karen explained why she asked and the woman laughed and said yes. She said the sneakers she had were too small for her friend because her friend wore a size 10. Sara and I both said, “Oh, I’m a size 8 ½”. Karen said, “I wear a size 10 and have an extra pair of practically brand new sneakers in my backpack”. Without hesitation, Karen takes her pack off her back, unzips it and hands over the sneakers. The look of surprise on the woman’s face and gratitude she expressed was priceless. The unconditional generosity and act of love from Karen was a gift that touched our hearts. Get out into nature and receive the gifts along the trail. It’s good for your soul! Vicki Wagoner: The Practical Intuitive – assisting you to change your perspective to change your life! (239) 248-0586; vickiwagoner53@gmail. com; www.VickiWagoner. com Facebook: Vicki Wagoner – The Practical Intuitive

Lake Erie Grape Program

Proud to Welcome Dan Sprague Jr. to the Team as Field Coordinator

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By Kim Knappenberger, NYS IPM Program Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County’s Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is pleased to announce that Dan Sprague Jr. has recently been hired to fill the position of Field Coordinator. Dan will be responsible for creating and maintaining a research project management system for all current projects; to take a lead role in directing and performing general vineyard, farm and laboratory activities to complete team research objectives; to oversee building maintenance; and to assist with pesticide reporting all while maintaining a safe workplace for staff and visitors as well as protecting the natural environment. Dan is a fourth generation grape grower, and as such, comes to this position with a vast amount of experience. He comes from Perrysburg, NY where he grew up working on a dairy and grape farm. He currently resides in Perrysburg with his wife and family and is the sole proprietor of Dan Sprague Jr. Farms, which

consists of 45 acres of Welch contracted Concord grapes. After graduating high school in 2002, Dan went on to get his Industrial Equipment Technology Certificate from the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College SUNY. Armed with this education Dan worked 10 years in Industrial Maintenance at Cliffstar Corporation, and then 5 years as the full time daily operations manager for Dan Sprague Farms. During this time Dan became a partner in his father’s business – Dan Sprague Farms Custom Grape Harvesting, as well as the owner/operator of his own farm. Dan is looking forward to working with LERGP and being “hands on” and at the forefront of the new developments in technology emerging in the grape industry. His work in relation to the USDA/NIFA SCRI “Efficient Vineyard” grant will include leading teams to validate sensors used in the project, as well as maintaining the vineyards as required by the study. Dan is excited

about working with the LERGP team in the variety of activities on the table right now. He looks forward to using his education and experience with technology to help move projects forward and to be a crucial part of the team. The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is a cooperative effort between Cornell and Penn State Universities; the participating Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Cattaraugus Counties in New York and Erie County in Pennsylvania; and participating industry partners National Grape Cooperative (Welch’s), Constellation Brands and Walkers Fruit Basket. The LERGP extension team provides research-based educational programming for commercial grape growers throughout the year at venues across the Lake Erie grape belt. For more information on LERGP, call 716-792-2800 or visit our website at http:// The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-6649502 or visit www.cce.

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Cont. From Cover Tefft as a 28 year client who attributed the fact that she could spend her entire life in her own home to the CBA services. Debbie Liddell, CBA case worker and vision rehabilitation specialist said that volunteers-without blindfolds - will lead guests to the table and one will remain at the table assist if needed. The event supports the Youth Vision Screening Program. According to the CBA news release the organization screened 2, 975 children under age 6 and recommended further medical evaluation for 400 in 2016. The CBA goal is to provide this screening program free to all Chautauqua County children. The CBA has had two name changes since its founding in 1921 as the Southwestern Tier Association for the

their Olean Campus. When designing programs to be taught in our area they take into account the needs for the manufacturing skills in our area and region.  Students are taught with equipment and programs for advanced manufacturing.  Some examples of the academics at the Manufacturing

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County’s recentlycompleted Macrophyte (Weed) Management Strategy and an alternative to weed cutting, the method almost exclusively used since the early 1990’s. The Town of Ellery and Village of Bemus Point have joined to submit applications to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for approval of the herbicide treatment. In conjunction with that submission, ~650 shoreline property owners in Bemus Bay and its vicinity have been formally notified of the plan and provided an opportunity to request additional information and/or submit comments. Treatment is a one day operation and is targeted for a day between mid-May and late June. Lake residents and users will be notified of plans and timing prior to treatment. CLP will also pursue a Near Shore/Shoreline

Cleanup Demonstration Project seeking a safer, less labor intensive and more cost effective method to remove weed fragments and rotted-weed sludge from the near shore and shorelines. These weed fragments and sludge foul the shorelines and near shore, making Lake access difficult or impossible and create the foul odor experienced in late summer and fall. CLP is seeking funding for its 2017 Program from local and state governments, foundations, individual and business property owners and all those seeking a Greater Future for Chautauqua Lake. This is a great opportunity to try something new and make a positive improvement in the lake for ourselves and our children. CLP can be contacted at info@ chautauqualakepartners. com for additional information or contributions.

It was determined that a vote could not be taken at this time, as the parking issue needs to be referred to the Zoning Board of Appeals. A representative from the Zoning Board was present and stated they would set up a meeting as soon as possible and send their decision on a variance back to the Planning Board. Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua will need to have the process approved before opening for the season. The second item on the agenda was the review a sign and building permit for the Italian Fisherman at 61 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point. Sue Riley, representing owner Dan Dalpra, presented a rendering of a gateway structure at the entrance walkway to the entertainment area with signage above. This signage is not permitted under the signage rules, section 5. Signage must be free standing and no more than ten feet from the ground to the top of the sign. Signage

can’t be above a walkway as it presents a public endangerment issue. This request was denied. The owner can take it to the Zoning Board of Appeals for further review if he chooses. The community is aware of the benefits of a thriving village community but also see the winter sleepy town bursting at the seams come the summer season. Only five of the eight area restaurants are open year around. Of the numerous area businesses only a handful are open for year around residents. As the M and T Bank is closing on June 1 residents have fewer resources. It is not surprising that parking becomes an issue come June. The benefits of jobs and services boost the economy. Choosing to live in the “hot spot on the lake” presents a situation similar to “town and gown” that college communities are challenged with. Embracing the change of seasons is a commitment of the Village of Bemus Point.

Blind. In 1983 it became the Chautauqua Blind Association. In 2013, in keeping with the current popularity of acronyms, it became the CBA Vision Rehabilitation Services. According to their website CBA is the only agency which provides vision rehabilitation, orientation and mobility instruction to Chautauqua and Cattaraugus County residents who are legally blind. The website also included the statistic that there are now 876 residents who are clients, in 1984 there were 325. Also, 75% of the clients are 60 or older. Three staff members are Vision Rehabilitation Therapists and two of them are also Orientation and Mobility Specialists. Liddell said that “legally blind” is defined as 20/200 vision in the better eye with correction and loss of more than 20% of peripheral vision. She said that some of the benefits which the CBA provides to the legally blind include assessment of needs, kitchen help, connect to

New York State talking and Braille books, and magnifiers to improve vision. It also includes orientation and mobility training. Silent auction items will be received at the CBA office 510 W. 5th Street, Jamestown until April 21. Sponsors include The Resource Center, Weber Knapp, Chautauqua Chemicals Co., Inc., Rhoe Henderson, Artone LLC, Spectrum Eyecare, Lakewood Rod and Gun, Ahlstrom Schaefer Electric Corp., Jamestown Container, Northwest Bank and the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System. Event supporters include UPMC Chautauqua WCA and Lind Funeral Home, Inc. The dinner is $60 per person and reservations are appreciated by April 14. Reservations can be made on line at Chautauquablind. org or by phoning 716-6646660. The CBA is a United Way member and a 501 (c) 3 not for profit charitable organization. Donations can be sent to the CBA at 510 W. 5th Street, Jamestown, NY.

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dining rooms in the mansion feature period furniture. The dining room has a large Pier glass mirror that is original to the house of 1820, and a carved cherry table set and a chestnut ceiling give the room a “warm” appearance. In the main parlor, a 5’ by 6’ painting of the Guild family of Westfield adorns one wall. Two Pier glass mirrors from community mansions and a Bull’s Eye Mirror dated 1795 embellish others. Information on the Holland Land Company, who purchased the land in Western NY from the Seneca Indians, is shown in the Octagon Parlor. William Seward served as an agent in 1836 – 1837 of the Chautauqua Land Company (successor of the Holland Land Company) and his desk and safe are on display. Steward later became Governor of New York and Secretary of State under President Lincoln. Another room currently features musical instruments, including a Victrola phonograph, a Symphonion and a hammered dulcimer of 1875. The basement hosts a “First Nations Room,” weaving and spinning displays, a wooden washing machine, and a multitude of other items. What makes visiting this Museum especially welcoming is the personal interest of its tour guides. They offer additional information on the period displays of historical events and the archival materials

relating to the settlement and development of Chautauqua County. “Our museum is unique,” Museum Curator, John Paul Wolfe, said. “We do tours and we tell stories, explaining what you are looking at.” The McClurg Museum was built as a mansion for Westfield pioneer James McClurg, who moved in the brick house in 1820. It is here today because the CCHS saved it from demolition and proudly opened the Museum as its home in 1951. The house was practically vacant when purchased. “In the front hall, there is one case that displays a few items that had belonged to the family,” Wolfe said. “McClurg Museum: Past, Present and Future,” a free lecture open to the public, will be presented by Wolfe on Sat., April 22 at 1 pm, at the First United Methodist Church in Westfield, located near the museum. There’s no doubt attendees will be treated to a worthwhile program as Wolfe enthusiastically shares his knowledge of McClurg. Prior to the lecture, a lunch is offered at noon ($15, for those who make reservations by noon 4/18; 716-326-2977). No reservation is required for the lecture. The Chautauqua County Historical Society’s annual meeting will take place at 11:30 am prior to the lunch. The Museum is open all year from 10 am – 4 pm Tuesday - Saturday. (716)326-2977;

Legacy Room, considered the most significant room in McClurg, include the lamps from Lincoln’s carriage and various photographs. Civil War camp paraphernalia and artifacts carried by Chautauqua County soldiers during the War are also featured. Nearby is a display regarding the four sons of the Cushing family of Fredonia who served the Union in the Civil War. Three sons returned, one a National Hero, and one never returned. Lt. Commander William Cushing (Navy) had five U.S. Navy warships named for him and Brevet Lt. Col. Alonzo Cushing (Army) was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2014, posthumously, in Westfield. Various medals and family letters are exhibited. Another noteworthy collection features documents of civil rights leader Albion W. Tourgee, who lived and is buried in Mayville. Denouncing white racism, Tourgee was chief counsel for Louisiana black leaders in a segregation legal battle that ended in defeat with the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court decision of 1896 that legalized segregation. Plessy was overturned in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education y ruling. c The main parlor and s e e outstanding volunteer personal integrity, and r leadership by contributing dedication to their school. their time and talent at either All information is Cont. From Cover e the local or the county level.

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We recently had the opportunity to finally visit the Johnson Estate Winery as part of our extended wine tasting tour. Sue and I have known of Johnson Estate since we first moved to Chautauqua County some 30 years ago. I have driven by the winery numerous times but we never stopped. Johnson Estate Winery is located on Rte 20 about 2 miles west of Westfield, NY. Founded in 1961, the winery was the first estate winery licensed in New York State. An estate, or farm winery, uses grapes grown from its own adjacent vineyards. The Johnson family has been growing grapes on this 300 acres farm for over one hundred years. The entire winemaking process, from field to bottle occurs right here on their Westfield farm. Today the third generation carries on the Johnson family tradition of growing grapes and producing quality wines from the family farm. From the outside the tasting room doesn’t look like much, just an old barn. Step inside and get ready for a special visit. The tasting room has several distinct areas. The bar area is set to treat the guest to a wonderful wine tasting experience. The women tending bar were both extremely knowledgeable of the Johnson products and made solid suggestions about our preferences. The left side of the room is dedicated to the “Spirits of New York”, offering a selection of New York State produced small batch spirits namely whiskeys, vodkas and gins. The rear of the room shows off some of fermenting tanks

and barrels. Johnson has a nice selection of local maple syrup products and wine and grape related gift items scattered throughout the room. Now for the reason we stopped here: the wines. Although they are noted for sweet wines, Johnson has a good variety of dry and sweet wines. And at 3 tastes for a buck we made the most of our most enjoyable stop. We tried several sweet and several red wines. Ives is sweet red wine with intense floral and grape aromas, reminded us of a slightly sweeter Chianti. Our host suggested this wine could pair with pastas. Traminette is a dry white wine with floral aromas and a peppery finish on the tongue. The Johnson Estate Chardonnay has the traditional grapefruit and citrus flavors strong oak nose and the refreshing tart apple finish; another Johnson wine that you can enjoy by the glass or with salmon, fish or the other white meat meals. Seyval Blanc is a semidry white wine very pronounced citrus nose and crisp pineapple finish. Very nice bottle that we will serve chilled Vidal Blanc is a semi-sweet white with a nice fruity taste on your tongue; another wine that will sit in the wine rack until summer to be served very chilled watching a sunset from the dock. We sampled the two of Johnson’s four Riesling offerings. The Dry Riesling tastes of peach and orange and other citrus flavors. This wine would go well with strong cheese as an appetizer course. Semi-dry Riesling slightly sweeter than the

dry, crisp, more tropical fruit finish, which again holds its own with cheeses. Marechal Foch is a fullbodied dry red wine with Blackberry flavors and a strong chocolate finish. We had difficulty pronouncing the name but we did not have any trouble enjoying this wine. Merlot is a dry red wine produced from 100% estate grown Merlot grapes. Our server highlighted the flavors included berries, oak and chocolate with a smooth pleasing finish. This wine would be very drinkable alone or with red meats. Chambourcin is a dry red wine with crisp taste that tasted of various berries and an oaked finish. The finish was a little thin but this wine had a nice flavor mix and finish. Our server suggests this would pair with seafood dishes as a change from the usual white wine choices. Founders Red is a deep purple, blended red wine on the drier side with Raspberry and cherry fruit flavors and rich body and a nice finished. All in all very pleasant drinkable wine. The Liebestropfchen, nicknamed “Little Love Drops” a German style sweet white wine, very fruity aftertaste. For years this was our traditional Valentine’s Day wine but as the years passed our palates grow more toward the drier wine varieties. As much as we enjoyed Little Love Drops this wine may have been why we never visited Johnson Estates until now. On this stop we discovered Johnson has a lot more to offer than just sweet wines and will be looking for Johnson products in the stores.

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