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SHINY BRIGHT RETRO HOLIDAY January 11 - 20 • 10am – 4pm The Fenton History Center, Jamestown

Capturing the Human Personality

Cockaigne Ski Resort

The Land of Leisurely Living: Then and Now

Along the Art Trail: Marcia Merrins’ Kniti Griti Works

BARE THE BARRELS 2018 “A WHITE SALE” January 12 - 15• 12 – 5pm Lake Erie Wine Trail HOLIDAY INN: THE NEW IRVING BERLIN MUSICAL Friday, January 12 • 7:30 – 9:45pm Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia SAVE SANTA - A CHRISTMAS ESCAPE Friday, January 12 • 3:30 – 9:30pm Saturday, January 13 • 12:30 – 9:30pm Escape Rooms Jamestown, Jamestown SNOWSHOE HIKE WITH EVERGREEN OUTFITTERS Saturday, January 13 • 10am Saturday, January 20 • 10am Evergreen Outfitters, Mayville LITTLE EXPLORERS Saturday, January 13 • 10am – 12pm Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown SLEIGH RIDES AT CHAUTAUQUA Saturday, January 13 • 1 – 3pm Sunday, January 14 • 1 – 3pm Saturday, January 20 • 1 – 3pm Chautauqua Bookstore; Chautauqua Institution THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Saturday, January 13 • 1 – 3:05pm Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia YOGA AND A MOVIE Saturday, January 13 • 5:45 – 7:45pm Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia CINEMA SERIES - MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS January 13 & 16• 7:30 – 9:30pm Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia MARSHALL: MOVIES AT THE REG Saturday, January 13 • 8 – 9:58pm Wednesday, January 17 • 7 – 9:04pm Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, Jamestown WINTER FEST 2018 Sunday, January 14 • 12 – 4pm Peek’n Peak Resort, Clymer

By Lori Humphreys For Art Trail artist Marcia Merrins it’s all about the feet. Her signature ceramic footed bowls instantly capture the viewers sense of humor and awe because the carefully designed legs and feet with bowl atop can so closely capture human personality. There’s not a face in sight. Marcia may have come to pottery as a post script to an eventful life, but her ceramic footed bowls reveals a woman

who has reconnected with her imagination, creativity and sense of whimsey and channeled it into her creations. Every bowl’s identity relies on Marcia’s almost playwright’s sensitivity to the role that clothes and shoes play in establishing who one is. She loves playing with clay and her bowls are hand formed. Each footed bowl takes about 3 ½ hours or so to create from wet clay and then a lot more time See “ART” Page 4

The iconic main lodge was built as the Austrian Pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Bemus Point resident Burgi Auer was the Ski School Director from 1971-1979.

By Kathleen McCarthy Just the short drive through the countryside over the snow covered rolling hills brings excitement of the thought that we will see Cockaigne rise again, better than ever. The word Cockaigne is a term from medieval times that signified a “mythical land of peace and plenty”. (Wikipedia) Cockaigne Ski Resort has new

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Jamestown Young Professionals Member Spotlight: Joe Town

WINE PAIRING DINNER Tuesday, January 16 • 6:30pm Andriaccio’s, Mayville MARTZ OBSERVATORY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE Wednesday, January 17 • 7:30 – 9:30pm Martz Observatory, Frewsburg DOORS OPEN JAMESTOWN Saturday, January 20 • 10am – 5pm Local Museums and Attractions, Jamestown For More Weekly Events Visit

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Joe Town, Club Manager of Moon Brook Country Club and esteemed world traveler, is a powerhouse of energy and drive, and is another board member of the Jamestown Young Professionals group that we are excited to feature in our series. He has been the Club Manager for the past two years, excelling at team building, inspiring action and coaching team members, while also overseeing and ensuring smooth operation of the Club, from food and beverage operations to finance management. In addition to his managerial duties, Town brings a unique set of skills to Jamestown’s dining and wine culture, with his certification in the Master Court See “JYP” Page 5 Did You Know:

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Beat the Winter Blues

World Appreciation; Local Love

ROLLING HILLS RADIO 8TH SEASON: ZIG ZEITLER AND KATHRYN KOCH Monday, January 15 • 6:30pm Shawbucks, Jamestown

owners, Isaac Gratto and Adam Pirtz, long time friends from their years of working at Peek ‘n Peak Resort. Isaac is a Sherman resident and Adam has moved to the ski hill itself, on site, with his family from Ohio. The resort closed in 2011 when a fire destroyed the iconic main lodge, which was built as the Austrian Pavilion for the 1964

By Jenny Herman The last few weeks have felt somewhat like living in a snow globe in the Chautauqua region, and chances are, these blustery snowy days have left you feeling a bit stir crazy. With slightly warmer temperatures around the bend this week, even more snow and chilly temperatures remain in the forecast. While you might be


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itching to get out, sometimes icy conditions make it difficult to stay active outside of the house. To fight off that winter fatigue on days when you simply can’t head outside, here are a few ideas, both for adults and for children, to beat the winter blues. Think outside the box: Yes, that means the TV. While a movie marathon works for a day or two, See “WINTER” Page 5

Master Cobblers

Father & Son Keep the Tradition Going

Weekly Column By Donna Germain

Along The Way: Cam Glosser and Karen Glosser Photography opens at Reg Lenna Center for The Arts Saturday, Cam Glosser is a landscape and cityscape photographer, based in Toronto, Ontario. Originally from Mayville, New York,

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Did you know…? We finally have some snow on the ground and it is winter. We are all looking for something to do. There are several winter festivals that take place around the area. There is fun for all regardless if you ski or snowmobile. Maybe you are thinking of snowmobiling. It is a great winter sport. There are over 3000 + snowmobile clubs in the world and five right here in Chautauqua County. In NYS you must register your snowmobile in order to ride on the trails. The fee for this is $100, however if you are a member of a club you are eligible for a reduced rate.  A club membership usually runs between $35-$40 per year. By being a member you are helping to keep the trails groomed and maintained. Most, if not all, of the trails

The stories they tell are heartbreaking and heartwarming. Tony Franchina Jr. and Tony Franchina III are now carrying on the three generation family business, now at 12 N. Portage Street in Westfield, NY. Both master cobblers graduated from Falconer High School and have worked in the business from a young age. But their story actually began with the previous generation.


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Tony Franchina III with father Tony Franchina at Tony’s Shoe Repair in Westfield, NY.

By Kathleen McCarthy

Shiny Bright Retro Holiday : January 11th - 20th : The Fenton History Center, Jamestown

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Publisher’s Word What a Difference a Day Makes!!

You know you live in WNY when you think just below freezing is warm. Due to this week’s “heat wave” with temperatures sneaking above the 32 degree mark, the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club shut down the trails Wednesday morning in anticipation of rain. Keep your eye on chautauquasnow. com for more information. There are many ways to have

fun in the sun in Chautauqua County. Over at Peek n’ Peak 26 of the 27 trails are open and 6 out of 10 lifts. Next week, you will learn about some hidden treasures along the trails for the snowshoe or cross county skiing enthusiast by Mike Kingsley of Evergreen Outfitters. Next Saturday, January 20 is Doors Open Jamestown, The Northwest Arena is offering free public skate from 10-4pm. Other participating attractions: • Audubon Community Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road • Busti Grist Mill, 3443 Lawson Road • Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, 15 W. Third Street • Chautauqua Striders, 301 E. Second Street #102 • Daughters of the American Revolution, 70 Prospect Street • Dykeman-Young Gallery, 100 E. Second Street • Fenton History Center, 67

Washington Street • Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, 301 E. Second Street #101 • Northwest Arena, 319 W. Third Street • Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, 2 W. Third Street • Martz Observatory, 176 Robin Hill Road, Frewsburg, NY • James Prendergast Public Library, 509 Cherry Street • Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third Street • Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth Street • Roger Tory Peterson Institute, 311 Curtis Street • Spire Theater, 317 E. Third Street. This is day to enjoy free admission to greater Jamestown area attractions, raffle prizes at each Whether rain or snow, there is always something interesting to do right around every corner of the county. Till next week! JZC

Chautauqua Art Gallery

New Lakewood Gallery Holds Opening Reception, January 27

Watercolor by Chautauqua Art Gallery owner, Leslie Calimeri.

Chautauqua Art Gallery will open its doors for the first time on January 27. This newly renovated space in the heart of Lakewood N.Y. is currently showing fine art and artisan crafts by award winning regional artists. The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Saturday, January 27 from noon - 8 Photo Contest: Win 2 Ski Passes to Holiday Valley p.m. A ribbon cutting will Submit your favorite photo of Chautauqua Co. in the winter to: be held at noon and music will be provided by Infinity A new winner is selected each week. Visual and Performing Arts from 6 - 8 p.m. Local proprietors Leslie Article Correction: New Leash on Life Contact and Joe Calimeri conceived Contact Info for NEW LEASH ON LIFE animal rescue in Celoron, NY: of the gallery as a place ,, Phone (716) 499-0248 to create and showcase Leslie’s original artwork and prints. After growing up in Cassadaga N.Y., Leslie received a degree in Art from the Rochester Institute Local author J. Andersen will be at the Ellington Farman Library on Thursday of Technology and worked January 18th from 6-7pm to speak on her “Destiny by Design” Trilogy. The first two in Northern Virginia as books in this young adult genre series, “The Breeding Tree” and “The Gene Rift” a print/web designer and have been published with the third book, “Legacy’s Impact” in contract. Anderson freelance artist for six has been a resident of Chautauqua County for most of her life and remembers years. Upon returning to having always wanted to write books. She believes that when people are meant to

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do something, it is ingrained in them at a young age. Anderson said she chose the young adult fiction genre after teaching secondary English for many years. Both books speak about a future world where “The Institute” will only allow perfect, genetically modified babies to survive. For more information on her books, visit The books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and local bookstores and libraries. Come meet the author and ask your questions about her books and about the writing profession. Ellington Farman Library is located at 760 Thornton Rd, Ellington NY. Call 287-2945 or check our Facebook site for more information on this and any of our library programs.

Chautauqua County she was fortunate to be employed as Chautauqua Institution’s Digital Communications Manager for nearly seven years before opening Chautauqua Art Gallery. “Over the past 13 years I have regularly shown my paintings at regional and national galleries and competitions. I am thrilled to open a gallery and studio space in Lakewood. My painting focuses mainly on regional landscapes that juxtapose shape and color to convey mood and a unique perspective in compositions. In addition to my own work, I am excited to showcase three other incredible artists, all of whom currently reside in, or have ties to Chautauqua County.” In addition Leslie’s paintingsoflocallandscapes, the gallery will display prints by Photojournalist

David Munch. Dave is an independent, award winning photojournalist based in Chautauqua County. He previously worked for the Baltimore Sun Media Group and the Erie Times News. Dave attended Ohio University and received a bachelor’s degree in visual communications with a specialization in photojournalism. Dave’s work has been featured in publications across the country. Handcrafted jewelry by Karen Schiavone and handmade, (with a purpose), knits by Lindsay Porter will also be on display. A portion of the proceeds from Lindsay’s knits are donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation or the National Parkinson Foundation. Beginning January 27, regular winter hours are Monday and Thursday– Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., or by Appointment. The opening reception will be held Saturday, January 27 from noon - 8 .p.m. A ribbon cutting will be held at noon and music will be provided by Infinity Visual and Performing Arts from 6 - 8 p.m. More information about Chautauqua Art Gallery is available on their website at /, by phone at (716) 753-6296, or on Facebook Chautauqua Art Gallery

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In an effort to boost local commerce during the 2017 holiday season, Jamestown Up Close encouraged shoppers through the Shop Small, Win Big contest. This year, 67 downtown Jamestown businesses participated.  Prizes have been awarded to six lucky shoppers who made purchases at participating stores and restaurants between November 25 and December 18.   The Shop Small, Win Big contest highlights the importance of supporting local businesses during the busiest shopping period of the year.  It also offers major incentive to shoppers that spend a minimum of $10 at participating downtown Jamestown locations. This year’s top prize went to Leah Watkins of Jamestown, who won a 55” 4K Ultra LED Smart TV after shopping at Nouveau Home Boutique.  Colleen Heffner of Jamestown won a Sonos Play Speaker after a purchase at Labyrinth Press Company, and Peter Vattino won a pair of Beats Solo2 Headphones after eating at Lisciandro’s Restaurant.  Echo Dots were awarded to Krista Dalton,

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Photography Exhibit @ The Reg Opening this Saturday January 13 Art by WNY Natives

Along The Way: Cam Glosser and Karen Glosser Photography opens at Reg Lenna Center for The Arts Saturday, January 13 at 6 p.m. This art show will be displayed in the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts upper mezzanine while the 3rd on 3rd Gallery is being relocated. Cam Glosser is a landscape and cityscape photographer, based in Toronto, Ontario. Originally from Mayville, New York, Cam is inspired by spending time in the outdoors. From mountains to cities, Cam’s photography seeks to capture an obtainable sense

of adventure and exploration that has been important to him since he was young. This love of exploration has driven Cam to take numerous roadtrips, which are frequently documented in his work. Cam is also currently an MBA candidate at the Schulich School of Business at York University. When not studying, Cam usually enjoys spending his time on a bike, a board, or behind the lens. Karen Glosser’s work as a fine art nature photographer has led her to memorable places around the world. However, her native Western

New York State remains her primary love and focus as she explores and captures the moody waves of local lakes and the silent woodlands near her home. Karen has shown in numerous solo and group exhibits and her evocative photographs have been collected by patrons throughout the US and Canada. More art shows are being planned for the mezzanine in the coming months as the 3rd on 3rd Gallery is in the process of being relocated to street level on 3rd St. Along The Way is sponsored by New York State Council on the Arts. It is open to the public Monday through Friday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and one hour before upcoming events at Reg Lenna Center for The Arts. Patrons should enter the building through the doorway located next to the box office on 215 Spring St. while the main lobby and entrance at The Reg is being renovated. For more information visit

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Cont. From Cover for air drying, bisque firing, glazing, and firing again. From beginning to end it can take up to three weeks. She said that the idea of bowls with feet is not new, noting an ancient footed bowl she saw in a New York museum. However, her interpretation of a footed bowl is original, creating a decorative ceramic which is both artistic and just plain fun. “When you are young and on a career path and raising a family, you forget that creative part of yourself. When I finish one of my bowls, I am smiling.” A smile is the first response to these ceramic creations whether the bowl that celebrates the anniversary of the Suffrage Movement in New York or the ones celebrating Chautauqua Institution visitors with pass and summer dress. Just note the red painted toenails of her Chautauqua visitor, footed bowl style. Smile away, but also notice the artist’s thought, observation and care which instills a definite and specific personality to a bowl standing with feet sporting red painted nails in Birkenstocks. It is instantly recognizable as “ a Chautauquan”. Her bowls can be personal also. Marcia has made a bowl for the UPS delivery man and the Fredonia fire chief. Her bowls will be for sale at the Craft Alliance

juried shows this summer at Chautauqua Institution and she does accept commissions. It is probably not surprising that Marcia would develop a successful art business in just seven years. She has been a force in Fredonia, NY since she moved there in 1974. In June, 2017 she received a Distinguished Service Award from the Fredonia College Foundation. The award recognized her 25 years as a League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County leader. Marcia served on the League’s State Board of Directors for ten years and also served as President for four years. She was also vice president of the Chautauqua County Commission on Women’s Issues. She is an energetic advocate for the Arts in the county noting the important contribution the arts make to the area’s social fabric and importantly, economic vitality. Marcia is President of the North Shore Arts Alliance, Chair of the Fredonia Cable Advisory Board and serves on the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center advisory board with her husband, Jim, former Supt. of Fredonia Schools. Marcia grew up in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Hunter College with degrees in education and biology. She began potting seven years ago taking courses at Mudslingers joining fellow potter and friend Paula Coats. Then she was

creating raku elephants and bears and smaller, more practical items. The women enjoy an informal business arrangement and show together at the Art in the Park events at Chautauqua Institution and the Panama Rocks show. Marcia shows at the Clothesline Festival and the Keenan Center in Lockport. Her raku jewelry is wonderful also. Marcia is aware of the economic challenges which an artist encounters, observing that many artists have other sources of income. However, she would advise a novice artist to find the thing in their discipline that makes them happy and try to make what they do, unique – like her bowls with the remarkable feet. On Memorial Day Weekend, 2018, the North Shore Alliance will organize and sponsor their 10th annual Chautauqua – Lake Erie Art Trail. From Mayville to Forestville including Dunkirk and Fredonia “Art Trail” flags will fly in front of the studios and galleries of a group of Chautauqua County artists welcoming visitors. This artistic open house introduces or reintroduces visitors to the many County artists whose art enriches our lives, culturally and economically. This article introduces Marcia Merrins, owner of Kniti Griti Works, 42 Rosalyn Court, Fredonia, NY 14063. 716672 – 4275 . knitigritiworks. com Gallery open by appointment.

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World’s Fair in New York City. The long-time owner Jack Van Scoter did not have insurance on the property and felt he was too old to rebuild. This 475 acre resort at 1493 Thornton Road in Cherry Creek, New York transferred ownership in early December with the new owners going right to work with plans and permits for the $3.5 million renovation project. The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Al Tech loan of $500,000 for 20 years will allow the new owners to build, refurbish and plan for the resort to open for winter 2018. Around town many folks are talking about the “early days” and the fun they had working and skiing at the family friendly resort. Many learned to ski in local area school ski clubs, which put them on the slopes for a lifetime of skiing. Hans and Burgi Auer of Bemus Point recently shared their memories of coming to WNY to work in the ski industry back in the mid-60’s from Innsbruck, Austria. In a news article from 1971 written by Tom Kause, “Burgi Auer, head of ski school at Cockaigne Ski Area, which is referred to as ‘The Accessible Wilderness’ has a very refreshing approach to teaching”. Unofficially, Burgi taught what is best for the individual skier. Even today Burgi says, “I must stress the importance of safety, skiing under control and lessons.” An idea she expressed in the 1971 article was the possibility of including a lesson in the lift ticket price for the first time skier. This is an idea to consider today, as many skiers and boarders go fast and take more risks. Burgi successfully directed the ski school from 1971-1979. In

1974 there were 25 instructors at Cockaigne teaching groups no larger than 12. (The PostJournal, January 4. 1974) Her husband Hans Auer who had taught at Boyne Mountain in Michigan, Berkshire East in Massachusetts, Eagle Ridge in Westfield and Wing in the Allegany Mountains, came to instruct at Cockaigne from 1974-1979. Both Hans, Burgi and their sons Hans and Bernie all raced competitively. Their memories are detailed and rich of the adventures of a young family struggling to work, parent and have fun at the same time. Over the years they settled right in to the local Chautauqua Lake culture, raising the boys in Bemus Point, purchasing their home, The Lakeview Lodge on the lake in 1968 and renting rooms to tourists. This was a far cry from the cottage, without water that they lived in when they first came to Eagle Ridge. Carrie Egan of Bemus Point, grew up skiing at Cockaigne with her school club from Cassadaga Valley on Saturday nights in 1989-1995. “We would meet friends, take an hour lesson, and ski all night, of course we took a dinner break for the amazing French fries”. Carrie went on to be part of the ski school as an instructor from 1997-1999. “As an instructor we would have cook-outs at the top of the hill, what a fun group we had”’. Now the fun will begin again! The first order of business is getting plans and permits in place for all aspects of the development. Rebuilding the lodge is at the top of the new owners list. The plan is for a 2,000 square foot, two-story facility. The construction may be done in stages, completing the first floor initially. The lodge will house ticket sales, a rental facility, food service, restrooms, retail ski shop and more. Pirtz said, “work on the building should begin as

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soon as possible, anticipating a summer 2018 completion”. The plan for the resort is to be a year-round destination, with festivals, concerts, and other family-friendly activities in the warmer months. Skiing and snow tubing will be the highlight of the winter season. The plan is to increase the number of slopes and trails. Glades will be developed in the woods and several terrain parks will be built. Gatto says, ”work is needed with tree clean-up, infrastructure, as well of the refurbishing of the three chairlifts and the J-Bar. Two magic carpet conveyer lifts will be installed, one on a ski teaching hill and one for snow-tubing”. The Grainery Restaurant across the street will be leased out and re-open for business. It is a step-by-step process, with many details to accomplish to make the new resort a reality. Locals and folks from Ohio and Pennsylvania are excited about getting back to this family-focused resort. Pirtz says they are already contacting ski clubs, ski shops, and schools to organize trips and series of lesson programs. They plan to have parking for snow mobile trailers, as the trails are across the road. Sledders will be able to enjoy food and beverages at the lodge. The lodge will also be made available for private functions year-around. The owners plan to keep pricing close to the former days, which encourages families and beginning skiers to come out and give the sport a try. The family friendly environment will attract many from near and far. Carrie Eagan says, “ My four children have learned to ski through the school ski club at Peek ‘n Peak, I can’t wait to get them to Cockaigne and show them where I learned to ski.” Cockaigne is located at 1493 Thronton Road in Cherry Creek.

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Cont. From Cover of Sommeliers out of London England, an intense and rigorous 7 year certification process, which involves mastering the business, science and art of wine and spirits as it relates to the end product. Town explained to The Lakeside Ledger that “Every detail matters in creating an exquisite product, from the terroir, irrigation, weather, political climate, wars, history of the region and even the wine maker’s distinct style.” Town grew up in Jamestown, but moved away to attended college at Niagara University in Lewiston, NY, finding interest in the College of Hospitality and Tourism. While in school, he found himself daydreaming about what it would be like to adventure to as many places as possible, which prompted him, in 2009, to pack his bags for Dublin, Ireland, followed by Rome, Italy, Paris, France, Barcelona, Spain and Ibiza. The time he spent in these areas provided for taking in the realities of several different cities, cultures, countries, climates, foods, wines and personalities; a life-changing surreal experience that he couldn’t wait to share with others. But first would come the completion of his degree and travelling to Boston, Massachusetts where he obtained irreplaceable handson restaurant experience, and then felt a desire to call his first home, Jamestown, home again.


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Anthony J. Sr., born in 1916, began working in May, 1926 for a local cobbler for 25 cents a week. He was made to fetch the cobbler’s lunch

Now that Town has found his way back to Jamestown, he isn’t simply showing up to punch the clock and skate through life, but rather, he has a passion for putting his knowledge and worldview expertise to work in the community in such a way that it may enhance the lives of visitors and community members alike. He feels a responsibility to put his excitement and skill into practice to ensure that everyone who graces the grounds of the community are greeted with warm hospitality, knowledge of Jamestown and proof of the city’s deep understanding of world culture, travel and international food and wine. He values Jamestown as a place that has a small town feel with big city trends. As much as the city already has to offer, Town is very optimistic about the future of Jamestown, encapsulating the change and growth when he said, “I love seeing the conversation change from ‘Jamestown used to be…’ to ‘Jamestown is going to be…’” Not to mention, as a JYP board member, he is impassioned to see other young professionals relocating back to the area with an aspiration to put their finger print on the future of the City. With that being said, he also gives nod to Jamestown’s rich history in manufacturing, and gives the city praise for its inviting, safe environment to raise a family, with easy access to major cities like Buffalo and Cleveland, cities that allow for flying anywhere in the world or enjoying the Great Lakes. He hopes for a continuation

of new and exciting reasons for people to visit, stay and contribute to the economy in Jamestown, including more incentives to start businesses and an increase in offerings that will recruit the highest quality professionals. He sees great room for growth in the city’s focus on technology and tech-related careers. Overall, he values Jamestown for being a city rich in inclusion, success, beauty and potential. The possibilities are endless for everyone from millenials to begin perfecting their skills, as well as for re-skilling seasoned employees that have suffered potential job loss, and use their talents in a new, modern way, summing up the career potential by stating “We can change our identity and what we are known for without sacrificing our great character traits like handwork, empathy and compassion.” Town left us with a heartwarming story of just how special the area is to him: “I remember being in Sorrento Italy and going into a gift shop. The owner was a guy from Rochester NY! In talking with him, he knew of Jamestown and exclaimed how much he liked it there. It really led me to believe that the greatest thing about diverse cultures is not how different we are but how similar we are. I went halfway around the world to realize I wanted to call my home, home again. After all, above all else, the greatest asset to this city has always been its people. We have the best people in the country right here in the County of Chautauqua.”

pail, one mile each way. He was made to clean machines, mop the floor, and walk the hound dog. He did learn to work on the finishing machine and observe all aspects of the business. This tedious work went on for three years for the same 25 cents a week.

Eventually, Tony Jr.’s dad was able to talk to another local cobbler and Tony moved on to a more profitable job and learned the trade. This story, was handwritten by Tony Sr. before he passed away at age See “SHOE” Page 6

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Cont. From Cover chances are too much screentime will leave you feeling just as restless. Last week, when the high for the day was 4 degrees Fahrenheit, a friend cleverly laid out some towels, and brought the snow inside with a sled full of snow! Her children had a blast playing with the snow, and the novelty provided hours of family fun. It almost brings a day at the beach inside as children can use beach buckets and sand scoops that have been waiting for the beach. If you are hesitant to bring the outdoors inside, you can still evoke the warmer months by making a summer-themed meal and having an indoor picnic or even creating an indoor campout for the kids. If you have a fireplace you can even try making s’mores or roasting hot dogs! You could even pend time planning a fun trip to look forward to when the weather improves. Get moving: Nothing can get your energy up and beat restlessness like a bit of physical activity. If the roads are too risky to head to the gym or perhaps after-school sports practices are cancelled, plenty of indoor activities can replace those regular fitness routines. Although it helps, the sun doesn’t have to be shining

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in order to keep committed to those New Year’s resolutions. Online workout videos from yoga to kickboxing can help you stay energized, some dance videos offer a fun way to get your heart rate up. A snow day in can offer the perfect opportunity to try something new like a Zumba class (check out YouTube) which the whole family can enjoy. Another way to involve everyone is to create a fitness challenge calendar (making the calendar can double as a craft!). Choose a goal together and build in incentives for days that goals are met. Pinterest offers a wide array of 30 day or week long fitness challenges, which can be as simple as everyone starting the day with a plank or some jumping jacks. Soak up some light: A big issue the darkness of winter can present is the lack of sunlight. Many even suffer from seasonal affective disorder, where it can be difficult to find motivation or feel chipper during the winter months. While exercise certainly helps, sometimes it’s the actual light you are missing, and the vitamin D to go along with it. From “wake up” alarm clocks with UV lights built in to simulate gradual sunrise, to “Happy Lamps” which provide a rejuvenating blast of bright light, there are many options to get that much needed dose

of brightness. A vitamin D supplement can also provide a boost if your skin is missing that regular sun exposure. Take an old-fashioned approach: If you have ever dreamt of learning a new skill, like knitting or a trying a new language, embracing the indoors can be a great benefit. And don’t forget the classic go-to of reading a good book. January is the perfect time to find “best-of” lists such as the New York Times top books of 2017 or a similar yearly list by NPR. Or why not crack open that recipe book or get creative with attempting a new kind of cuisine. Nothing helps the make up for the cold like the scent of something hot and delicious in the oven. Get Cozy: Finally, sometimes embracing the winter atmosphere is the best antidote to the season. Pile on your favorite layers, light some candles, make some tea (or perhaps some mulled wine or a hot toddy) and snuggle into the season. A snow-day can provide an unexpected chance for reflection and relaxation from the typical bustle of the day. Weather settling in to watch a good movie, catching up on some reading, intentionally treating yourself to a little extra comfort can make a day inside feel like a treat, so the next time the weather has you down, try out a couple of these tricks to stay positive.

There are several generates about $26 billion Snowmobile closures. places in the area to purchase dollars annually from the

and gear. There snowmobiling industry. Over Cont. From Cover snowmobiles are four manufactures that 100,000 full-time jobs are

are maintained by volunteers from local clubs. The money is used to purchase and maintain equipment and general costs. In Chautauqua County the number to call is 800-2424569 for up to date information on all of the 300 plus miles of groomed and maintained trails. This information provides conditions and

build snowmobiles, Artic Cat being one of the largest headquartered in Thief River MN. In 2017 there were over 118,000 snowmobiles sold worldwide: 50,569 in the U.S. and 44,161 in Canada. There are over 1.2 million snowmobiles that were registered in the U.S. in 2017. The United States

generated by the industry in North America. These jobs involve manufacturing, dealerships, and retail and tourism business. The average age of a snowmobiler is 44 years old. The average snowmobiler rides 1,175 miles per year. The average See “SNOWMOBILE” Page 6

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By Riko Chandra Chesemaker, Cheesemonger, Co-owner Reverie Creamery, Artisan Cheesemaking and Cheese Shop Happy New Year. It is that time of the year again when we make resolutions on the first day…well, perhaps the second day of the New Year. Many of us would want to shed extra pounds from glorious holiday meals starting from Thanksgiving Day until New Year’s Day. It was a delicious time of the year to celebrate with friends and family. Hopefully it is not entirely unappetizing for me to write an article about fat for you. After all, maybe you won’t feel so guilty after all. Recently there are options at the grocery store, cheese shop or local farm for you to source grass fed meats or cheeses. Reverie Creamery produces cheeses from milk sourced from a local farm in Kennedy. Cardot Farm, feeds cows with grass in summer through rotational grazing and hay in winter without any additional grain. Grass feeding improves the quality of the cheese and makes the cheese richer in omega-3, vitamin E, and CLA (a beneficial fatty acid named “conjugated linoleic

acid”). Our friends, farmers Julie and Steve Rockcastle from Green Heron Growers organic farm as well as Paul Spas from Spas Farm offer 100% grass fed beef. They feed zero grains to the cows. Their meats also contain high concentrations of Omega-3 which is believed to decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure slightly, reduce blood clotting, decrease stroke and heart failure risk and reduce irregular heartbeats (Mayo Clinic). Let’s find out what is the big deal with grass fed milk and meat. Earlier experiments have shown that cows on a diet of fresh grass produce milk with five times as much of an unsaturated fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than do cows fed processed grains. Studies in animals have suggested that CLAs can protect the heart, and help in weight loss. These studies are supported by findings of Hannia Campos of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and her colleagues. In a study of 4,000 people with the highest concentrations of CLAs, this top 5th group among participants had a 36 percent lower risk of heart attack compared to those with the lowest concentrations. Furthermore, the new research suggests that CLA offers hearthealthy benefits that could more than offset the harms of saturated fat in milk. At Reverie Creamery, we believe that a good cheese comes from good milk. There

is nothing more natural and wholesome than milk produced by healthy cows that grazed the pasture in the summer and consumed hay from the same pasture in winter. It is the concept of Terroir. Originally it is a concept that explains how a particular region’s climate, soils and terrain affect the taste of wine. In our case, the specific terroir can affect the quality of the meat and milk. It might require further study and analysis to understand how the products’ nutritional and taste profiles could be so much different than those produced in other localities but at least we do know that the grasses, sunshine, soil, rainfall between various regions are completely different. “Whole-fat milk and dairy products have gotten such a bad reputation in recent years due to their saturated fat and cholesterol contents, and now we find that CLA may be incredibly healthpromoting,” according to Michelle McGuire, associate professor at Washington State University and spokesperson for the American Society for Nutrition.. Further, the benefits of CLA may extend beyond the heart to the prevention of cancer and diabetes, suggests McGuire, pointing to results of other animal studies. “Milk is actually the only food ever ‘designed by nature’ to be fed to mammals,” she added. “We need to look to milk as the perfect food and learn everything we can from it.” Eating in moderation is always a good adage. “Cheese is high in calories and in energy value. However, there is little risk of weight gain if you consume moderate amounts of cheese in the framework of a well-balanced diet”, said Pierre Androuet.

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Cont. From Page 5 52 in 1968. His son Tony Jr. discovered it two years later and keeps it close to his heart. Life has not always been easy for the family. Tony Jr. learned the trade from his father, as a 9 year old in 1955. He sewed up (soled) his first pair of shoes, under his dad’s careful eye. The first shop was in the garage in Falconer. In 1983 Tony Jr. opened his first shop, Franchina’s at 335 East Main Street in Falconer. He continued his business, moving to E. 2nd Street in Jamestown in 2005. The father-son expertise continued when Tony III (“Little Shoe”), learned the business from his Dad. From 1983-1999 Tony III worked at Franchina’s with his father during the day and worked in Westfield at night in his own business, beginning in March 1992. He chose Westfield after he had met his wife Jackie at JCC and decided to relocate. In 1999 he made the decision to work full time in Westfield at his business Tony’s Shoe Repair and Sales. After having some health issues Tony Sr. closed the Jamestown business on October 18, 2016. He now works part-time with his son, helping with the volume of repairs, as well as adding to the fun and humor in the shop. Everyone, from far and wide, enjoys the ritual of dropping off repairs to be

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done, checking back in, and stopping back again for a chat and pick-up! Years ago, Paul Harvey said on the radio, that back in the 1940’s, there were over 100,000 shoe repair shops in the United States, by the 1990’s there were less than 7,000 shoe repair shops. In 2015 fewer than 5,000 shops remained. (Crain’s Chicago Business). Tony Franchina Sr. says, “In Chautauqua County in 1947 there were 27 shoe repair businesses, either commercial or home-based. Today there is only one, Tony’s Shoe Repair and Sales in Westfield, NY”. A shop has been opened in North Warren, PA by Jason Passenger, after training as an apprentice for Tony Sr. for one year and Tony III for four years. Shoe repair is a hands-on business, and it cries out for the next generation to apprentice on its way to mastering the trade. Tony III says, “We welcome any person to stop by and learn about the trade and consider an apprentice position at the shop”. As new shoes are not always a good fit or good quality, Tony III says “Let me give your old shoes a new shoe look with old shoe comfort.” The business is not exclusively shoe repairs. Over the years Tony has marketed new footwear for men, women and children. Affordable, good quality socks, gloves, hunting clothes, jackets and accessories are stocked and ready for purchase. The addition of

custom embroidery and printed apparel is expertly done by Tony’s wife Jackie. These products have become popular with local schools and sports teams. This is a computerized process that is professional and attractive. Innovation is important for the business, as just shoe repair is limiting. Shoes, boots, and handbags come in from all over the country for repair. Toggle’s on a women’s wool coat required Italian leather, which Tony ordered and sewed on, giving the coat a better than new appearance. Saddles and riding boots are expertly repaired. Many summer visitors wait to bring in expensive shoes, boots and handbags for repair. Many urban neighborhoods are devoid of “old world cobblers.” The Franchina’s daughters Emily and Liz remain in the area but are not moving into the shoe repair business. Emily earned her teaching degree at Fredonia and works in a day care center in Chautauqua. Liz is in a Physical Therapy program the University at Buffalo. Tony beams with pride when speaking of his daughters. His words to us, “I will heel you, save your sole and even dye for you.” TONY’S SHOE REPAIR & SALES - 12 N. Portage Street, Westfield, NY 14787 (716 )326-2040 Hours: M-F 8:00 am-5:00 pm Sat. 8:00 am-12:00 pm Closed Wed. & Sun.

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