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Busti Grist Mill

The Changing Service Industry

End of NYS Tip Credit Proposed by Governor Cuomo

Mill is Operating and Museum is Open

DUNKIRK THEN & NOW EXHIBIT Thursday, February 8 • 10am – 4pm Friday, February 9, 2018 | 10am – 4pm Fredonia Technology Incubator, Dunkirk SPIRITS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT THE REG Thursday, February 8 • 6:30 – 8:30pm Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, Jamestown CASSADAGA WINTER FESTIVAL Friday, February 9 • 6:30pm Saturday, February 10 • 10am – 10pm Sunday, February 11 • 8am – 4pm Cassadaga, New York SMIRK! JESTERS OF JUGGLING AND KINGS OF CHAOS Friday, February 9 • 7pm Marvel Theatre, Fredonia SOUTHERN TIER XPRESS HOCKEY Friday, February 9 • 7pm Saturday, February 10 • 7pm Northwest Arena, Jamestown FREDONIA WINTER FARMERS MARKET Saturday, February 10 • 10am – 1pm Masonic Forest Lodge, Fredonia LITTLE EXPLORERS Saturday, February 10 • 10am – 12pm Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown SNOWSHOE HIKE WITH EVERGREEN OUTFITTERS Saturday, February 10 • 10am Evergreen Outfitters, Mayville 5TH ANNUAL WINTERFEST Saturday, February 10 • 12 – 6pm Bemus Point Golf Club & Tap House, Bemus Point L’ELISIR D’AMORE (THE ELIXIR OF LOVE) Saturday, February 10 • 12pm Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia SLEIGH RIDES AT CHAUTAUQUA Saturday, February 10 • 1 – 3pm Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua JR. BAKERS DIY CUPCAKE DECORATING WORKSHOP Saturday, February 10 • 2 – 3pm Full Moon Rising Bakery, Chautauqua VALENTINE’S DINNER Saturday, February 10 • 6 – 9pm Quincy Cellars, Ripley CINEMA SERIES THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Saturday, February 10 • 7:30 – 9:30pm Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia SOUPIN SUNDAYS Sunday, February 11 • 11am – 3pm 21 Brix Winery, Portland Weekly Events Visit

In December 1972 the town of Busti gave the 1839 Mill and land to the Busti Historical Society. The long process of repair and restoration continues today.

By Beverly A. Hazen

Driving to the store to buy flour may be commonplace now. What used to be commonplace was riding a horse-drawn sled taking grain to the mill and returning home with freshly ground flour. The Busti Grist Mill on Mill Road, south of the five

Community Resource Brings Hockey to All

By Kathleen McCarthy

Fifteen years ago several very motivated people came together to create a program to introduce hockey in Jamestown to those individuals with physical disabilities, called Sled Hockey. This program is designed for all ages, including youngsters as young as five and adults into their thirties. Rod Kolstee of Jamestown was a leader in this mission, which remains strong to this day. Five years ago the group began the Special Hockey program. These non-profit programs exist on donations, goodwill, and hundreds Coach Undersheriff Charles of hours of volunteers who coach, Holder of the Chautauqua County assist the skaters, and communicate Sled Hockey Sheriff’s Team with with all involved. There is not a fee Adam Page of Buffalo, two time Gold Para-Olympic hockey player

Inside this Issue...

What is Raclette?... Page 6

So what is Raclette? It literally means – to scrape, from the French verb “racler”, because of the way the melted cheese is scraped off the cut wheel. The first Raclette possibly happened when someone left a wheel of cheese too close to the fire and the surface of the cheese started to melt. Fromthat point, someone just needs to scrape it onto a plate – there you go, you’ve got Raclette. This February 24, Reverie Creamery is hosting its first Raclette Party. Did You Know:

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Jmst. Lakers Sled/Special Hockey

Sneak Peek At the Creamery…

corners in Busti, still operates on a limited basis. The number of its grinding days is limited, but the Mill is operating and Museum is open for visitors the third Sunday of each month from May through October, as well as on their “Festival” day, the

Valentine’s Day ... Page 2

It All Started with a Roman Festival Known as Lupercalia.... Did you know….? Are you wondering what to get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? Chocolate, flowers or jewelry. That special something to show them how much you love them.  Did you ever wonder why we do this?

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Elimination of tip credit is a game changer.

By Kathleen McCarthy

Tipped workers earning less than the minimum wage hourly could be a thing of the past in New York State. In December 2017 Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he was directing the commissioner of labor to hold public hearings to look into the possibility of

getting rid of the tipped credit in the state. Tipped food service workers earn $7.50 an hour in upstate New York before tips. When a tipped employee is earning less than minimum with their hourly wages combined with their tips, then the employer must legally pay the See “TIPS” Page 4


Performance Art Takes Place at the Reg Lenna Feb. 15

Watching a performance is much like viewing a moving piece of artwork that somehow keeps you on the edge of your seat.

By Jenny Herman

America’s Got Talent, draws audiences into their fascinating Modern dance takes on many and unique world of performance forms, but DIAVOLO, a smash art. On the 15th of February at dance group who competed as finalists on the last season of See “DANCE” Page 5

From Student to Leader Filling the Four Corners CLN Board Member Spotlight:

Justin C. Hanft Comprehensive Plan Helps Narrate Future By Anna Hagley

Justin C. Hanft, former president of CLN, is also a past student of their leadership class and is currently the Director of the Chautauqua County Education Coalition (CCEC), crediting the CLN training for his professional growth and success. He is still actively involved with CLN, serving on the board of directors and on multiple committees.    Hanft uses his leadership skills in his current role with the CCEC, which is a cradle to the career workforce development initiative in Chautauqua County, and focuses on aligning resources and building capabilities to meet the evolving workforce requirements of the community. When Hanft graduated from Alfred University with his master’s Degree in Literacy Education, he had very high hopes, like many new college graduates, with a vision of coming back home to Chautauqua County, instantly gaining employment and changing the world. Unfortunately, real life isn’t always as smooth sailing as that, and the vision didn’t match reality right away. Applying to job openings with little success, he took work as a substitute teacher, but was determined to make a

At the “four corners” in Lakewood where Chautauqua Avenue and Summit Avenue intersect, there sits a building that draws attention because of its location, its size and the fact that it sits empty. A resident of Lakewood estimated that it has been that way for “maybe 7-10 years.” Locals know it as the Wilson Farms building that housed a convenience store, prior to that it was a Mobil gas station. A new business in that building would certainly benefit the residents of Lakewood but what business should that be? In trying to answer that question the mayor of Lakewood, Cara Birrittieri commented that

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Among other things, the Comprehensive Plan discusses design standards. As the old Wilson Farms Building sits within the Historic District of Lakewood, any changes to the building should be consistent with being in a waterfront community with beautiful views.

By Sharon Witchy

Dunkirk Then & Now Exhibit : February 8th : Fredonia Technology Incubator, Dunkirk

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Publisher’s Word “Sweethearts Celebrate”

What better time of year than mid-February to show those you care about how much you love them. Valentine’s Day gives all of us a chance to say and do the things we may neglect on a daily basis. As Valentines Day falls on a Wednesday this year, I suggest we celebrate both

weekends! There is no small selection of things to do. There’s nothing better than being outdoors. This Saturday you can grab your love and head on a snowshoe tour with Evergreen Outfitters. The hike begins at 10am, meet at Evergreen in Mayville. If your in to more of a party atmosphere, head over to the 5th Annual WinterFest at the Bemus Point Golf Club and Tap House. This promises to be a day filled with fun for the whole family complete with food, drinks, Chinese Auction, music, winter games, and much more! 100% of ALL proceeds raised go to the five snowmobile clubs in Chautauqua County. If you have your heart set on DIAVOLO: Volo

next Thursday at the Reg, I hope you already have your tickets! This show of gravitydefying choreography and heart-stopping aerobatics was featured on America’s Got Talent and is selling out quickly. Next weekend is Mayville’s Winter Festival running February 16-18. Each day is filled with events and many of the local merchants and restaurants are having specials to celebrate, check out Andriaccios Fire and Ice special menu that will run Wednesday, February 14-Sunday, February 18. So, make a plan and put it all together this week. Show that someone special that love burns warmly even on the coldest of winter nights! Until next week… JZ-C

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Valentine’s Day

It All Started with a Roman Festival Known as Lupercalia....

Weekly Column By Donna Germain

Did you know….? Are you wondering what to get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? Chocolate, flowers or jewelry. That special something to show them how much you love them.  Did you ever wonder why we do this? There are several theories. In fact there may have been two or three St. Valentines. The most common “founder” is the one who defied Emperor Claudius ll.  Valentine’s Day was once observed on February 15th each year. The idea of celebrating love on St. Valentine’s Day originated in the middle ages. It started from a Roman Festival known as Lupercalia. It was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture. During the celebrations boys would draw name of girls from a box and the pair would be partners during the festival. The matches often led to marriage. The festival survived the initial rise of Christianity but was then outlawed by the end of the 5th century when Pope Gladius declared February 14th as St Valentine’s Day. This was done to honor the death of St. Valentine who was arrested after he ignored orders from Emperor Claudius that forbade Roman soldiers from getting married. Soldiers were not allowed to be married for fear that they would become soft and distracted from their jobs and not fully dedicated to the Army. However St. Valentine would secretly marry couples. After being arrested St. Valentine was sentenced to death. He was beheaded on February 14th.  Whatever its origins, Valentine’s Day is now a

Necco sweethearts aka conversation hearts were invented in 1866. Each box has approximately 45 sayings –including “true love”, “hug me”, and “you rock” about 10 new sayings are added each year.

major deal. Valentines can be stressful for some people. It is a day for love, self –appraisal and appraisal of your situation especially if you are single. It is also a day to spend money. Americans are projected to spend $18.2 billion dollars or an average of $136.57 per person on things like candy, flowers, cards and fancy dinners. Most will be spent on romantic partners, however a good portion will be spent on friends, co-workers and classmates. Before Hallmark produced its first Valentine’s Day card in 1913, cards and love notes were hand-made. Since then the tradition of purchasing cards and gifts for loved ones has been synonymous with Valentine’s Day. Approximately 150 million cards are sent out each year. For many the day is all about love and affection. Studies found that 6 million American couples will get engaged on February 14th. Some even go further by getting married on the actual day. Nearly 9 million Americans will buy gifts for their dogs. The most popular gift is flowers. The first heart shaped box of chocolates was introduced in 1868. Necco sweethearts aka conversation

hearts were invented in 1866. Each box has approximately 45 sayings –including “true love”, “hug me”, and “you rock” about 10 new sayings are added each year. Lace is commonly used in decorations. Lace comes from the Latin “ lacques”, which means to snare or net, as in to catch a person’s heart. Should you wish to totally avoid the day, head to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan or Malaysia where Valentine’s Day has been outlawed. Celebrating with chocolate, flowers or a glass of wine could result in severe punishment. I am sure there are also other places where it is banned for whatever reasons. But if you are truly a romantic you could head to South Korea where Valentine’s Day is one of the 12 “love days” celebrated on the 14th of every month. It is celebrated with candy, flowers, special meals or just simple acts of kindness depending on the month.   Maybe we need a few more of these days in America. Whatever you do or wherever you are” Happy Valentine’s Day “on February 14th!  Remember there is someone or something out there for everyone. Now you know….

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Those rough-water adventures aren’t for everyone, but the point is, they could be. Almost everyone is physically and mentally capable of learning the kayak roll. There are no age or fitness requirements. There aren’t even any equipment requirements, if you find a local paddlesports shop like Evergreen Outfitters that runs a good class. (That’s what we call a shameless plug.) The skill takes time to develop. After a few sessions, most people have learned the fundamentals and about half their attempts result in a successful roll. From there, it’s all about fine-tuning and repetition to develop good muscle memory. Anyone who learns to roll a kayak, any age, skill level, or range of interests, will find their horizons expanded. Your time on the water is your escape; why not make the most of it? Evergreen Outfitters offers kayak roll classes 7-9pm every Tuesday night at Turner Community Center pool. Sessions are $10 each. New students are welcome through March, with sessions continuing through April. To register or for more information, call Evergreen Outfitters at 716-763-2266.

By Mike Kingsley The real revelation, though, comes when you . Evergreen Outfitters realize that your newfound y g Why would I learn to roll confidence has not only d my kayak? I plan on staying led you to explore new challenges, but that it’s w right-side-up. . Well, that’s the thing. We all made you comfortable in n do. But wouldn’t you rather those situations. The whitem be prepared in case you DO knuckle grip on the paddle h find yourself upside-down? as a boat wake passes o Rolling is the quickest and under you is a thing of the d easiest method of self-rescue past. When the afternoon in a kayak; it certainly beats breeze kicks up a little wave , the alternatives of waiting action, you’re surprised to e for help, climbing back in, or find yourself feeling right at swimming to shore. home. With the right skills, h When you learn the kayak equipment, and paddling s roll, you’ll form a powerful partners, you’re looking e connection with your boat at Small Craft Advisories e and the water. It’s that sense as tickets to adventure. s of being “in tune” with You’re planning your days . what you’re doing. With off around Lake Erie wind c that connection comes an and wave forecasts. You increased awareness and a might even be considering y reassuring confidence that, that Florida open-water and ” whatever happens, you’ll be surf kayaking clinic that you heard about. f fine. d l f e a Southwestern Open for Registration n o Little League is open for registration! The program includes T’Ball for y Southwestern kids 4-5 year old, Rookies for kids 6-8, Minors 9-10 years old and Majors Kids 11-12 y years old. Kids living in the Southwestern and Panama School Districts are welcome s to sign up online at Registration is open now t and runs through February 16th. Late registration subject to a $10 late fee runs until

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“I was born and raised in Chicago and moved to Buffalo 28 years ago. We’ve had a summer vacation home in Chautauqua for the past 8 years and call it our permanent home now since December 2017, embracing all the seasons. The photo was taken in our front yard December 28th with my trusty iPhone 6.” Greg has won 2 passes to Holiday Valley. For your chance to win email your favorite recent photo in Chautauqua County to: or poste to our Facebook Page, The Lakeside Ledger.

Bemus Point Historical Society

The Bemus Point Historical Society Guest Lecturer Series continues on Wednesday February 14, 2018 beginning at 7:00pm at the society museum located on Alburtus Avenue in Bemus Point. A perfect way to explore local history with your Valentine! Marlin Casker and Bob Terreberry will present a pictorial history of Bemus Point told through a collection of vintage post cards belonging to Casker. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please “like” The Bemus Point Historical Society on Facebook or call 386-5233.

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the building is “larger than it appears from the outside.” She should know as she and the Events and Marketing Committee of Lakewood made good use of it during Christmas in the Village. She said that the building not only housed Santa Claus but about 20 vendors too. February 22nd while the official end of registration is February 22nd. Please email Ms. Birrittieri stated that the building has sat empty questions to Let’s Play Ball!

too long and she mentioned gift stores and boutiques as possible tenants. Filling a building, however, becomes more than opinion when it becomes part of a plan. Asking several other residents about the building led to the reading of Lakewood’s Comprehensive Plan that was adopted in early 2017 according to Joe Johnson, Lakewood Village Clerk. While the plan discusses many parts in guiding the direction of future development, it was

read with interest as to what was relevant to this one piece of property. There is quite a bit of relevance, to be sure. The plan is more than just about Lakewood, it cites the importance of considering Lakewood as part of a region-as part of Chautauqua County, as a Chautauqua Lake community and as a village in close proximity to Jamestown. The plan See “Plan” Page 6



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Cont. From Cover difference so the employee is still earning at least the minimum wage. Eliminating the tip credit would cost employers, and that could in turn raise prices, the State Restaurant Association said. The minimum wage in upstate New York is $10.40/ hour. The minimum wage for tipped service workers in the hospitality industry in Upstate New York is $7.50 cash wage and $2.90 Tip Credit to equal the minimum wage. The employee’s tips “serve as a critical wage subsidy that brings workers’ wages just up to the legallymandated minimum wage,” according to Governor Cuomo’s office. “At the end of the day, this is a question of fairness. In New York, we believe in a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work and that all workers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.” Local restaurant owners and server’s across the state tend to disagree about the elimination of the NYS Tip Service Credit. Nick Pitillo of Villagio in Ellicottville and Osteria 166 in Buffalo says, “This will devastate the income of our quality servers and bartenders. It will change the restaurant industry as we know it today.” The worry is that as the restaurant owners pay service staff minimum wage, the menu prices will rise and the patron will be reluctant to eat out or else feel they can leave a lesser gratuity to the server. Cuomo’s review measure drew criticism from the state Restaurant Association and comes after the state increased the tipped wage and the minimum wage. Eliminating the tip credit would cost employers, and that could in turn raise prices, the state

Restaurant Association went on to say. Skyler Bowman, who works as a server in a Rochester, NY restaurant says “We’re the backbone of these establishments and we’re working very hard for these tips every night, and sometimes we’re not even that 20 percent every night.” Brenda Clark from Buffalo, NY says “Without the tip credit, the income possibilities will not be there for me and I could not-or would not do the job. As a mother of young children I was drawn to bartending and food service by the flexible hours and earning potential in the Buffalo restaurant scene.” Dina DiPasquale from Dina’s in Ellicottvile says, “The restaurant industry will change dramatically. Servers will make less, customers will pay more and restaurants will have a difficult time keeping good staff. Tips= To Improve Professional Service.” Peter Kreinheder of the Ellicottville Brewing Company says they have a lot to lose if the tip credit is eliminated in New York State. One important effect will be that the public will be aware the servers receive minimum wage and they would reduce their tip, maybe as low as 5%. The recommended tip for good service is 20%. The employer will be required to make up the difference to get the employee to the minimum wage. As Kreinheder owns EBC in Ellicottville and Fredonia, as well as Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua, he is concerned of the impact this will have. In Ellicottville alone he says “ this would result in an additional $177,000 in payroll.” EBC is currently working on the development in Little Valley, NY to establish a stateof-the-art manufacturing facility as well as an outdoor hospitality center and

museum to highlight the heritage of the craft brew industry. “We like to create the lab opportunities, sales opportunities, and production opportunities. It is rewarding to try to be part of that fabric and add 25-30 new jobs to the area” says Kreinheder. This change in the tipping credit could jeopardize this project. Of his 167 employees ½ are tipped workers. If servers were replaced by tablets (ipads) at each table, social interaction is dramatically reduced and tips would fall. A change to tablets could reduce 18 servers to 4 servers. This is a “game changer” for the industry. He speaks of concern for the Mom & Pop restaurants, which may be forced to close. He encourages grass root actions to express concerns known to the Governor. Carrie Egan, an experienced server and bartender at Guppy’s Tavern in Bemus Point, NY, says “I work for your tip, I enjoy the customer interaction. I look forward to seeing many of the same folks on the shifts that I work, this is what makes my job enjoyable. I feel this proposal would hurt everyone in the long run, prices would go up and tips would decrease.” Tom Stanton, owner of Tom’s Tavern in Maple Springs, NY says “there will be no incentive to do anything extra for the customer. The bartender will get paid no matter what, which will force me to raise prices.” The health of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties depends on tourism to survive. Whether we are embracing winter or sailing on the lakes in the summer, all the tourists look forward to eating and drinking at the many fine establishments in the area. The tourism and hospitality businesses would suffer financially. See “TIP” Right


Cont. From Cover last Sunday in September. The current Mill was built in 1838-39 on the site of an earlier grist mill built in 1832. Comprising three floors, the Mill used an elevator system developed by Oliver Evans, making it possible for as few as two workers move feed through the Mill. “It was quite a revolutionary idea,” said Robert Schultz, Busti Mill spokesman. Through the years, the Mill was remodeled and changes were made, with major renovations completed in 1871. Three turbines were put in, bringing the Mill upto-date and making it very efficient. Because wheat flour took more effort and capital to produce, many mills ground only cornmeal and animal feeds. However, Busti, was known for its quality flour and produced wheat flour until after WWI. Farmers brought to the Mill burlap bags filled with grist consisting of corn, barley, rye, oats and wheat for grinding. First, the grain had to be weighed. The weighing scales were connected to a bin downstairs, and the grain was moved upstairs from the bin via a scoop elevator. With the force of gravity, the grain dropped to the stone mill for


Cont. From Left Peter Kreinheder says “employees will leave the job if it is not working for them. More NYS residents would consider leaving the

grinding. The Mill’s water source was a nearby creek with a dam that diverted the water into a large ditch leading to the Mill’s foundation wall. Water flowed along the headrace into an eightfoot deep pit with gates that, when opened, allowed the water to enter forcefully and produce the power needed to run the millstone, grinding the wheat. A quarry in France is where the buhr stone material constituting the sets of millstones originated. During the milling days, the stones had to be moved by cranes regularly to be ‘dressed,’ or cut on the edges and shaped to restore roughness. “The stones that we put in now are from Hamilton, NY,” Schultz said. “There was a mill there that was falling in and was going to be destroyed. The stones are close to the original ones.” Electric service came to Busti in 1926 and to the Mill soon after. In June 1928 the dam washed out. The Mill continued to grind grains with electric equipment until 1956, when trucking and railroad transportation made it no longer economically feasible to keep it running. The Mill closed about 1958. Gradually, cleanup and periods of restoring the Mill transpired. A major boost to these efforts occurred when three 4H girls obtained a grant for roof repair of the Mill. In

December 1972 the town of Busti gave the Mill and land to the Busti Historical Society. The long process of repair and restoration continues today. Mill spokesman, Norman Carlson, invites visitors to come during the “Festival” to see all the displays in numerous buildings, as well as the operating machinery. “The Museum will be open and demonstrations will be taking place,” he said. The Museum exhibits include a school room setting and a pioneer kitchen with a variety of utensils. A store display has a flour mill bag dated 1890. A spinning wheel, butter churn, weaving loom and clothing belonging to the settlers are available for viewing. The pigeon- hole letter slots used from 1823 to 1907 in the Post Office can be seen and many photographs are presented on the Museum walls. The political field is represented by a display acknowledging General George Stoneman’s career. Stoneman was born in Lakewood, graduated from West Point, and was a general of the Potomac during the Civil War. He then moved to California and became Governor. He is laid to rest in Lakewood’s Bentley Cemetery. Mark your calendars and plan a visit to the Busti Grist Mill for an educational, enjoyable day.

state. The average diner does not have more funds to spend on a $20.00 hamburger.” “The already razor-thin profits would be diminished. Generally, this would mean you need to bring in more money in sales and cut costs elsewhere, which means jacking up menu prices and

laying off staff” says Liam Moore, owner of a Syracuse restaurant business. It may be time to talk with your favorite restaurant server or owner to learn more. Email Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to let them know your opinion.

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n for the individual skaters, but o the program estimates it needs ” $10,000/year to operate two n programs. Cost per skater l for equipment and ice time is . approximately $1,000. The n program begins after Labor e Day and runs through March e at the Jamestown Northwest a Arena. a Sled hockey was invented in y a Sweden rehabilitation center s in the early 1960’s by a group Aof Swedes who, despite their , physical disability, wanted to g continue playing hockey. Sled e hockey is a sit-down version of e ice hockey for players whose d disability prevents them from t playing stand-up hockey. y Sled hockey follows most of d the typical ice hockey rules e with the exception of some d of the equipment. Players sit g in specially designed sleds s that sit on top of two hockey n skate blades. There are two d sticks for each player instead s of one and the sticks have c metal picks on the butt end for e players to propel themselves. d The goal is still to put the d puck in the net. Sled hockey y is a great form of exercise and fitness. It increases strength n and coordination and also l conditions the upper body. e The balance used to propel, play the puck, and turn and stop gives arms, back and abdominal muscles a workout. m Those who play regularly e notice an increase in overall y strength and balance both on r the ice and off. A huge plus r is increased self-confidence, playing a recognized sport w and feeling proud. t Special Hockey (Stando up Hockey) is a program for those with special needs that are not physical disabilities that would impact their standing. The goal of Special Hockey is to give people with developmental/ cognitive disabilities,

emotional disabilities, autism, and learning disabilities the opportunity to play the sport of ice hockey in an environment which is adapted to the level of ability. The athletes play upright and in most cases off-sides, icing, penalties etc., are not part of the game play. Special Hockey emphasizes being a team and to have fun through teamwork, social interaction, and improving the quality of life through on and off ice activities. Undersheriff Charles Holder is instrumental in the Special Hockey program of the Chautauqua County Lakers. His enthusiasm and dedication shines through as he describes the program and what it does for the skaters. His coaching ability and his passion is what makes the program work. “These folks, having only observed hockey from the sidelines or on TV, get to play a sport that their peers are involved in. It builds such confidence in the skaters and becomes a focus of their life. Kids love it, it gets them out in the community.” The programs involve many volunteers from the community. Parents of the skaters, local hockey players, the Southern Tier Express players, as well as supporters of the program, all help in some aspect to keep this valuable program going. As a non-profit organization it can receive grants and donations. This support is essential for the ongoing success of the program. They welcome interested community members to contact them on ways to get involved. Holder says “I am blessed to be part of a program that simply brings the joy of hockey to those who thought that it was not possible to play.” Sean Herbin (Special Hockey player) says “I love the excitement of being on the ice with my team.” Mark Moll, whose son Mark is a Special Hockey player, says, “Mark’s self-confidence

has greatly improved since playing on this hockey team.” Judge Joseph Gerace has been an important driving force in the success of the program. He says “I love to get others involved in the program, I would love to see a travel team developed or even a league in the area. I want these players to experience all that the non-challenged players experience.” Judge Gerace became involved through the Universal Commercial Travelers Organization (UCT), which is a fraternal organization to support disadvantaged individuals. Judge Gerace purchased a specific piece of equipment for the program to help skaters learn to stand up and walk/ skate after an injury that made that challenging. This allows the individual to continue therapy and regain strength. This equipment does require more volunteer help to use it effectively. Rod Kolstee is the backbone of the Sled Hockey program. Having a son that was involved in hockey motivated him to start the program fifteen years ago and carry it forward. From donating equipment, organizing the players, to coaching, Rod is a shining star in the program. He sees the difference in the kids who play in the program, “they are physically and mentally stronger.” He states, “I do it for the smile, it’s worth a million dollars.” Many area players have gone on to be college, national and Olympic champions. Christian Storms, a Sled Hockey star, played at Canisius College, which led him to a place on the US National Development Team. He has made his family and the Buffalo hockey community proud. Adam Page, a Buffalo player, is a Paralympian and World Champion Sled Hockey athlete. In 2017 earned a See “HOCKEY” Right


Cont. From Cover the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in Jamestown, the dance group DIAVOLO will challenge viewers’ concepts of what may be considered dance, by blending inspiration from various performance techniques such as gymnastics, circus acrobatics, ballet, and more traditional choreography. Perhaps drawing somewhat from artistic director Jacques Heim’s experience working with Cirque du Soleil, the groups’ movements are described as both mesmerizing and gravity defying. Heim, who left Paris for America as a young man, created this group to embody what he describes as “architecture in motion.” Along with the help of designers and engineers, his set designs, with which the dancers interact, range from simple structures to elaborate shape-shifting platforms reminiscent of transformers. Heim describes his primary interest as examining the ways in which

humans interact with their “architectural environment” by exploring physical, social, and even emotional interplay through the performances. Somewhat akin to watching a parkour practice, complete with daring jumps, flips, and tumbles, the DIAVOLO performance style pulls together the varied backgrounds of the members, whose experiences range from “dancers, gymnasts, rock-climbers and athletes” working handson to collaborate on selfchoreographing their routines. Watching a performance is much like viewing a moving piece of artwork that somehow keeps you on the edge of your seat. With seemingly death-defying stunts and evocation of themes rather than narratives, the performers pull audiences under a suspenseful spell. Whereas many forms of dance primarily focus on movements of the human figure, DIAVOLO particularly engages with structures and invites audiences to reconsider their relationships to their surroundings. Their upcoming performance at

Reg Lenna, VoLo presents a medley of performance techniques by involving some of DIAVOLO’s smaller structures, providing a more intimate feel. Each performance is designed around these physical elements with which the dancers interact and create meaning. In their home of Los Angeles and throughout their tours, this dance group not only inspires audiences, but also provides educational outreach opportunities helping all ages connect with the power of movement through the work of the DIAVOLO Institute. This not-to-be missed performance will run for one night only in downtown Jamestown, offering a thrilling view into the world of contemporary dance. Come discover “architecture in motion” and see what made this group not only a top TV talent contender, but also a recipient of widespread critical acclaim. Tickets can be purchased online, at the box office, or by calling 716-484-7070. The show is Thursday, February 15, 2018 – 7-9pm.

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Cont. From Left silver medal in the Olympics, after previously competing in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015 events. He began playing with the Buffalo Sabres at age six. Having been born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, he did not let his disability stop him. He earned a degree in Sports Management

from Medaille College in 2015. These amazing stories motivate our local players. In early March an exposition game is played at the Northwest Arena in Jamestown to raise funds for the program. This is an exciting challenge of the Chautauqua County Sheriffs and the program players is not to be missed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the March event. Undersheriff Chuck Holder says, “The Sheriff’s Office

has been deeply involved in the success of this program and we will continue to do so as long as there are kids who want to play hockey.” “It is heartwarming to see the expression of pure joy on the faces of these young hockey players when they hit the ice.” Come on down to the arena on a Tuesday evening around 6:30 pm and watch for yourself! For more information: Rod Kolstee (716) 708-8727.

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By Riko Chandra Chesemaker, Cheesemonger, Co-owner Reverie Creamery, Artisan Cheesemaking and Cheese Shop There is nothing more surprisingly amusing than hearing “I read your article last week, and I want to try and taste that particular cheese”. Wow! Thank you for reading. And my gratitude goes to The Lakeside Ledger Publisher, Jeanine Zimmer Carlson, to encourage me to write. Somehow I did not expect there is an audience that would read this column every time it is published. Continuing from my last article on Alpine cheese, this article is about Raclette, which probably the most glorious cultural food gem of the Alpine Cheese family. It is the meltiest of all cheeses. What is so special is that it is meant to be enjoyed together with friends and family. That is what is food should be about and that is what a gathering is

So what is Raclette? It literally means – to scrape, from the French verb “racler”, because of the way the melted cheese is scraped off the cut wheel. Simply put, it is actually a melted cheese dish. Originally, it is probably the staple food of mountain farmers, dairy people and cheese makers while they took care of the cows, milking and cheese making in the Valais Region of Alps. It is absolutely a satisfying winter meal. The first Raclette possibly happened when someone left a wheel of cheese too close of the rind. Traditionally, the to the fire and the surface of accompaniments are simple: the cheese started to melt. boiled potatoes, cornichons From that point, someone (tiny pickled gherkins), and just needs to scrape it onto a pickled onions. This February 24, Reverie plate – there you go, you’ve got Raclette. I just love what Creamery is hosting its first Molly McDonough summed Raclette Party with our own up in the latest Culture Cheese interpretation. Our Chef, Magazine. She said: “In Marlene Lucas, who brought early account, a 16th century us double prize winners: pharmacist in the capital city Local Food Cook-Off and of Sion detailed his idea of a People’s Choice Awards at good time: We melt in front of Panama Rocks’ Wild America the fire cheeses that are fatty, Nature Festival 2017, will be sweet, and tender,” she wrote. making creative dishes for “And it is so good, that we Reverie’s first Raclette Party cannot be satisfied.” Further and possibly for the area. McDonough concluded, “ a We will present this tradition single melted morsel of it is in our own special way by collaborating with Bag & never enough” High quality milk, balance of Sting Wine Merchants to pair fat, protein, and moisture are the perfect wine for each of very important to the cheese the 4 courses wine-pairing to ooze elegantly and correctly dinner centered on Raclette. without fat separation. We hope you can join us When it melts, alongside the to experience this event at unctuous delectable flow, the communal tables of the you are expecting flavor Gallery at Reverie Creamery, explosion: nutty, meaty, our banquet room– adjacent to slightly fruity, and pungency our Cheese Shop.

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name for himself in the place he called home. That’s where the Chautauqua Leadership Network came in. Just when he thought he had gone from student to teacher, he decided to expand his professional network and learn just a little more, leading him to sign up for the Chautauqua Leadership Network Class of 2013. In his own words, “The Chautauqua Leadership Network class of 2013 was the Best Class Ever!” Throughout his year commitment in the CLN class, he shares with The Lakeside Ledger that he learned so much about the county he had lived in his entire life of 18 years outside of going to college; things he had known nothing about. He also became very close with the 24 other peer professionals that he went through the class with, and now works collaboratively


Cont. From Page 3 defines Lakewood as the “Gateway to Jamestown and the Chautauqua Institution” which is a noteworthy distinction. Among other things, the Comprehensive Plan discusses design standards. As the old Wilson Farms Building sits within the Historic District of Lakewood, any changes to the building should be consistent with being in a waterfront community with beautiful views. The view “should be maintained and enhanced along Chautauqua Avenue” according to the plan. In addition, efforts should be made to preserve

with many of those class members on projects to this day. He took from the CLN class how to grow as a leader in a variety of ways but most importantly, discovered that leadership is not a one size fits all approach. He explains, “It’s not something you are born with, but rather, leadership is something that can be learned.” Going into the CLN leadership class with the same positive attitude he had when graduating college, 2013 ended up being the year he was fortunate enough to find a career opportunity, landing his role at the CCEC. Being a veteran of the leadership class, he felt compelled to stay involved with the organization, as his experience led to great growth, opportunity and knowledge. He is passionate about sharing the positive message of CLN. Perhaps more than anything else, he sees CLN as an organization that can change and broaden your perspective, in due part by hearing from many

amazing local facilitators on important leadership competencies and how they approach certain topics. Each time a new facilitator would speak, he noticed that each one had new strategies or techniques to add to one’s leadership skills arsenal. When Hanft isn’t working with CCEC and CLN, he volunteers as a Junior Achievement volunteer, for the past 4 years, at Jamestown High School and Falconer Middle School. He sees himself as a small-town kid at heart, and although he has travelled the country, has yet to find a better view than Chautauqua Lake in the summer. He has been married to his wife Molly for six years, stating “We have two fun children that keep us busy...Madison (11) and Wyatt (2)!” Justin Hanft encourages our readers to not only check out the CLN but also to visit the CCEC website at www. to find out more information and see how they can get involved.

the unique character of the Village with a building that has transparent ground floors and facades that are parallel to the street. When thinking of the building in question, much can be done with those design standards in mind to bring the aesthetics in line with the rest of the Village. In considering all of the development along the corridor to Jamestown, the Comprehensive Plan defined several business needs after a travel time study of a radius of 5 miles, 10 miles and 15 miles. The most salient of those needs were special food services, specialty food stores, electronic sales, home furnishings and health and personal care services. Certainly, those types of businesses could be housed in the Wilson Farms building.

Perhaps most importantly, whatever comes to fruition at the corner of Chautauqua Avenue and Summit Avenue the focus should be on the “traditional role of the village” as cited in Lakewood’s Comprehensive Plan. At its core, a village is a group of people who, traditionally, have relied upon one another for guidance (government) and basic goods and services. While, in these times, most of our goods and services are easy to come by, it is the gathering of people that is most important. The hope is that in the planning, the focus shall be on the people so that Lakewood will continue to be a gateway to the many people who live in this region, work in this region and visit this region.


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The ledger february 8 14, 2018 volume 2 issue 6  

A Free Weekly Publication Serving Chautauqua County.

The ledger february 8 14, 2018 volume 2 issue 6  

A Free Weekly Publication Serving Chautauqua County.