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Consolidating the YMCA’s History of CHQ. County Research Underway for New Facility to House All Programming
A County on The Vanguard of History
“SPACE AGE CHRISTMAS” HOLIDAY EXHIBIT
10am- 4pm • Through January 21 Fenton History Center, Jamestown
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Friday, January 13, 7pm Jamestown Community College
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Fri. & Sat., January 13 &14, 12-5pm Lake Erie Wine Trail
HOPS & GRAPES FESTIVAL Saturday, January 14, 1-5pm Northwest Arena, Jamestown
FULL MOON SNOWSHOE HIKE Saturday, January 14, 5pm The Heron in Sherman
By Lori Humphreys The Jamestown YMCA Corporation is studying a plan to consolidate the Lakewood and Jamestown Y’s and build a new facility which would house the popular programs of both. Mark Eckendorf, Jamestown YMCA CEO said that the Corporation was looking for a site and is keeping all options open. “If we build, raise enough money and find a large enough site we plan to bring all programs with us
including tennis, soccer and the swimming pool,” Eckendorf said. He suggested that a new building is estimated to cost $15 to $20 million dollars and might become a reality within the next five years. Additionally Eckendorf said that the Y was looking for a complimentary partner to share the new building. “We’re just in the planning process,” he said. Eckendorf listed aging facilities totaling 160,000 square feet, See “YMCA” Page 7
Lakewood Year in Review Abundance of Retail and Restaurant Activity
WITS’N GIGGLES STAND UP COMEDY SERIES Sat., January 14, 7:30 – 9:30pm Northwest Arena, Jamestown
Thursday, January 19, 5 – 7pm Chautauqua Watershed Preserves
BATS AND BIOACOUSTICS
DOORS OPEN JAMESTOWN Sat., January 21, 10am – 4:30pm Local Museums and Attractions Jamestown
SNOWSHOE HIKE WITH EVERGREEN OUTFITTERS Saturday, January 28, 9am Evergreen Outfitters, Mayville
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7:30pm Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia
Sat., January 28, 2017, 7:30pm Lucille Ball Little Theater, Jamestown
From its mysterious early inhabitants, through the Indian Wars, The history of Chautauqua the Revolution, and on to toCounty is closely tied to the See “COUNTY” Page 7 history of Western New York. By John Thomas
Fixing Crescent Creek
Funding Has Been Approved to Fix the Flooding Into the Lake By Anna Hagley
Sat., January 21, 2017, 10 – 11am Findley Lake Nature Center
Map of the early Genesee County: Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties would be created from it.
Bag & String Wine Merchants
By Mary Seger (Part 2 of a 3 Part Series)
During the past year, several new locally-owned businesses have opened their doors in the Village, while other established businesses have re-opened in new locations or renovated spaces. In downtown Lakewood: • In the spring, Sam Whitmore, owner of Bag & String Wine Merchants, had a grand reopening of his Chautauqua Avenue store in its new location. Whitmore purchased and completely renovated two
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buildings on the Avenue, not only creating expanded room for his own business, but also a new home for Forge Health and Performance, plus other commercial and residential spaces. • Hand-painted furniture, vintage goods, and instructional workshops can all be found at the Copper Bell, owned by Bethany Dahlberg, who took over the Chautauqua Avenue space formerly occupied by GG’s in the summer of 2016. See “2016” Page 7
Lakewood Mayor Cara Birrittieri confirms that funding has been approved to begin work on Crescent Creek, with a plan to fix the overwhelming flooding, as well as pollution flow into Chautauqua Lake taking place in this area of the village. Chautauqua County’s southeast corner is cradled by Chautauqua Lake, the largest inland lake in Western New York, according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NY DEC). The Village of Lakewood is positioned at the southern end of the lake, and is known for nostalgic attraction as well as recreational offerings. The Village of Lakewood Comprehensive Plan 2016 notes a historical piece about the village, stating that the 1964 plan for constructing Lakewood was written even before the existence of the
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Chautauqua Mall, and that although it designated some commercial space, the plan reserved a large area for multifamily development. The Comprehensive Plan goes on to point out that Crescent Creek’s location is currently considered to See “CREEK” Page 7
Wits ‘N Giggles
Comedy this Saturday at Northwest Arena
Comedy Center and CNN... Page 5 CNN to Premier “The History of Comedy”
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Le Moyne College Alumnae Credits WNY Lessons for Selfless Work Abroad
By Anna Hagley Connor Sitzenstatter, a Le Moyne College alumnae and lifelong resident of Bemus Point, has spent the past 3 years in Guatemala, devoting his time, knowledge and service to the Guatemalan community. Much of his ability to do so comes from lessons learned in his small hometown community. Sitzenstatter was a Political Science major and graduated from Le Moyne in 2014.........
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This year’s Doors Open Jamestown event is scheduled for Saturday, January 21, from 10am - 5pm at varying locations across the city. Doors Open Jamestown features free admission to greater Jamestown area attractions, raffle prizes at each location, restaurant specials, and more. The event is sponsored by Jamestown Up Close, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, and Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce with support from the participating attractions and merchants. 15 local attractions and nearly two dozen restaurants and retail stores partner together for this annual event to celebrate the region. Area attractions aren’t the only ones who participate in Doors Open Jamestown. The event also encourages various restaurants, bars, and retail shops to work together to co-promote one another now and in the future. 2017 Participating Attractions: Audubon Community Nature Center, Busti Grist Mill, Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, Dykeman-Young Gallery and Vintage Emporium, Fenton History Center, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Program, Northwest Arena, Lucile M. Wright Air Museum, Lucille Ball Little Theater, Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, Martz Observatory, James Prendergast Library, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, Robert H. Jackson Center and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.
Left to Right: Jon Houser, Tim Joyce
Wits ‘n Giggles Stand-Up Comedy brought to you by Bud Light and Comfort Inn returns to the Northwest Arena Saturday, this Saturday, January 14 at 7:30pm. The night features headliner, Tim Joyce; feature, Jon Houser; and host Robb Will. Feature act, Jon Houser, is quickly becoming a regular figure in the Midwest comedy scene. His unique insights and hilarious observations bring his audience to a place of humorous reflection and honesty. With a fast paced, energetic, upbeat style, Houser becomes a crowd favorite wherever he goes. He has performed at comedy clubs throughout the country, and has opened for the likes of Jimmy J.J. Walker, Bobcat Goldthwaite, Chili Challis. On January 14, Jon Houser adds another city to his resume as he performs in front of the always great crowd at the Northwest Arena. Headlining the January 14 show is Buffalo’s own, Tim Joyce. Formerly, Joyce was a resident of See Comedy Page 7
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Southern Tier Distillery Smoked Bourbon Released in December
By Lou Drago Since my first visit to the distillery months ago, I have waited patiently for the Southern Tier Distillery line of bourbons. On Dec.3, Southern Tier Distillery threw a release party for their first bourbon whiskey, introducing Smoked Bourbon Whiskey. And I for one feel it was worth the wait. I walked in the Distillery doors, bellied right up to the bar and ordered a taste. First sip straight from the glass, then I added an ice cube and
the rest I poured into a glass of branch (water for those not old enough to remember Larry Hagman’s JR Ewing character from the original Dallas TV show). I usually like my spirits unflavored. I believe bourbon is bourbon and was never meant to have apple or cinnamon or any other flavoring added to the mash. In the case of ST Smoked Bourbon Whiskey, the distiller introduced smoked Cherrywood malt and a small amount of chocolate malt to the mix and aged the liquor in oak barrels for about 7 months. The cherrywood’s unique slightly smoky nose, the barely there chocolate finish in the flavor profile made this non-traditional bourbon style whiskey a keeper and is now part of the Drago family collection of bourbons. What is a party without some unique goings on. And Southern Tier never disappoints. The Smoked Bourbon Whiskey release party featured food, music and spirits. Food was available from The Que Abides food truck from Erie, Pa., featuring their on-board smoker. The smoked pulled pork sandwich was worth the wait in line. They also offered up their version of the ultimate comfort food -- mac & cheese with the pork as an added treat. I highly recommend that you look for this truck and try their food. As an added treat ST brought in a special guest bartender, Nick from Jamestown’s own Forte Restaurant. He used his experience and imagination to create two special cocktails using ST spirits. First drink was called French 75, a playful mix of ST Citrus Gin,
champagne and fresh lemon juices. The Citrus Gin has strong citrus flavoring with a nose especially of lemon and lime. The brut champagne added a nice dry taste which mixed on the tongue with the gin to make a refreshing drink which would be great on a warm summer’s night. My favorite specialty drink was Nick’s Holiday Mule, a very different take on the old stand-by Moscow Mule. We discussed how he invents his cocktails for the bar by carefully choosing the freshest and sometimes off the wall ingredients: in this case pistachio nuts. We discovered that pistachio nuts remind both of us of the Christmas holiday season. (When I was younger every year my older sister Karen gave me a bag of red pistachios for Christmas. Mom knew how much Christmas ham I would eat by how red my fingertips were.) It took Nick several days to prep the ingredients. First, he made a special liquor for his Holiday Mule. He used undyed pistachios, shelled, crushed and infused in a bottle of ST American Corn whiskey. Eventually the liquor picked up the essence of the nuts. Working with crushed pistachio shells, pistachio and cashew meats, and fresh grated ginger aged for several days in liquor Nick created “a fat washed cashew butter.” He strained the concoction through a cheese cloth to produce the flavor base of his mule. The Holiday Mule was a carefully calculated mixture of the “butter” as the base of the mule, the pistachioinfused ST Corn Whiskey, plus the traditional ginger See BOURBON Page 6
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Le Moyne College Alumnae Credits WNY Lessons for Selfless Work Abroad
Stizenstatter has lived in Guatamala for the past three years. He is now Assistant Director of an online school that teaches Spanish to students all over the world.
By Anna Hagley Connor Sitzenstatter, a Le Moyne College alumnae and lifelong resident of Bemus Point, has spent the past 3 years in Guatemala, devoting his time, knowledge and service to the Guatemalan community. Much of his ability to do so comes from lessons learned in his small hometown community. Sitzenstatter was a Political Science major and graduated from Le Moyne in 2014. He shares with The Ledger that his experience attending a Jesuit school influenced him to dig deep into his own life and analyze how he could help others with selfless service. He first visited Guatemala with a Spanish course given by JCC, and states “from the moment I
stepped off the plane here I knew it was a place I would be spending some significant time in.” Sitzenstatter’s story is one of great inspiration. His story starts much before his college days at Le Moyne, as he feels that growing up in a close knit small town community is what first sparked his interest in travelling to other places. While he never imagined he’d end up living abroad and working for an online Spanish school as he does now, he has no regrets and is happy to be providing service to the people who have accepted him there, and is always looking for more ways to help them. He didn’t feel as though he could make enough of an impact by donating his
time for just a few weeks to a community in such need, and that is one reason he has made it his goal to live there long term. Sitzenstatter is the Assistant Director for an online school program with a focus of teaching Spanish to students all over the world, no matter their age. The school program has been able to employ 40 local Guatemalan teachers, paying them a salary and health benefits. This program is directly impacting Guatemalan residents by providing them employment, which in turn allows them to provide for themselves as well as their immediate and extended families. Growing up in a small town is what Sitzenstatter gives credit to for some of his most significant skills, stating that his life experiences helped him learn how to relate to and truly respect others, regardless of their economic or life situation, and to work hard to reach his goals. He values the residents of his hometown as some of the hardest working people he has ever met, which proved to be invaluable examples of how to carry out his own work. Specifically, he shares his work experience at Southern Tier Brewing Company. He spent six months there working on the bottle line, which consisted of filling, labeling, capping and packing bottles. He commends the employees of the brewery for not only helping him to be successful in his position there (which, he humbly admits, he wasn’t so great at in the beginning), See Stizenstatter Page 6
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of microbrew and imports as well, it is clear why anyone who is a beer lover MUST stop in to Guppy’s at least once. For those who consider themselves to have a seasoned pallet for craft brews, Guppy’s has what they call “The Tour of Beers”, which challenges customers to try a selected 25 beer list of varieties from all over the world in a 4 month period. Completing the Tour will earn you a prize that have changed from tour to tour, but have included custom embroidered vests, custom soft shell jackets, and even a German Growler that will commemorate your accomplishment. There is a Summer and Winter Tour that will give you two chances at craft beer glory year in and year out, meaning there are very few excuses for you not to try! It’s safe to say that owners Doug and Christy stumbling upon the Bemus Point area and keeping the Guppy’s tradition alive has been a blessing for the local restaurant going community. With the additions that they have made to the restaurant it has not only kept the tradition alive, but enhanced it substantially. The new outdoor pavilion complete with a 30-foot redwood bar offers a unique experience for diners in the summer months, as well as on the weekends in the winter. With gas powered heaters and a custom enclosure made to fit the space, it has become a prime spot for Snowmobiler’s to stop and have a bite to eat and a pint of one of many terrific brews. Open Tuesday through Friday at 3pm, and Saturday and Sunday opening at lunch from 12pm on, Guppy’s has expanded their schedule to accommodate weekenders looking to get out of the house during these cold winter months. With the new expanded hours and incredible service and atmosphere that Guppy’s offers, I recommend those who haven’t yet been or those who haven’t been in a while to make the trek up to Guppy’s and have an enjoying, relaxing, and overall satisfying experience.
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The National Comedy Center has announced that stand-up comedian, Jim Gaffigan, will be delivering his unique brand of humor during the 2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. His national tour will visit Jamestown, NY for a performance at the Northwest Arena on Thursday, August 3. Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated comedian, actor, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. Last year, Gaffigan became one of only ten comics in history to sell out Madison Square Garden and few months prior, Gaffigan had the honor of performing for Pope Francis and over 1 million festival
attendees at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia. Additionally, streaming site Pandora recently announced that Jim is the most popular comic among its users with over 647 million spins to date. Tickets for this show will go on-sale January 26. Members of the National Comedy Center and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum will be able to participate in an exclusive presale period beginning January 19. Additional information, tickets, and membership options are available at LucyComedyFest.com & 716.484.0800. The 2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will take place August 3-6, 2017. About the National Comedy Center: The National Comedy Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural institution in Jamestown, NY, that is developing the first national visitor experience dedicated entirely to the art of comedy. The Center is comprised of three functions: the immersive exhibit experience / museum that is under construction now, a year-round calendar of live performance and discussionleading programming on comedy, and an educational component supporting
aspiring artists and providing comedic arts education. The $50 million project is funded by public-private partnership and to date has been awarded more than $4.3 million from New York State, Empire State Development and I Love NY™. Design of the immersive, interactive visitor experience has been provided by renowned creative firm Jack Rouse Associates and interactive specialist Local Projects, who was recently awarded a Cannes International Creativity award for its work on the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The National Comedy Center also operates the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, and for the last 25 years has produced the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival with performers including Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Lewis Black, Trevor Noah, Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Poundstone, Kathleen Madigan, Nick Offerman, Ray Romano, Bob Newhart, The Smothers Brothers and more than 100 other comedic artists. The 2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will take place August 3-6.
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Comedy Center and CNN CNN To Premier “The History Of Comedy” Feb. 9th at 9pm
comedians like George Carlin, Dick Gregory and Lenny Bruce who dared to embrace the risqué side of comedy. Additional episodes look at women in comedy, political humor, parody and satire, comedy ripped from the headlines, the dark side of comedy, comedy in race and culture, and comedy found in everyday life. In support of the series launch, CNN Original Series in partnership with the National Comedy Center, the first national non-profit cultural institution dedicated to comedy, will present a fourcity live tour. The “StandUp Live!” national tour will feature some of today’s freshest and funniest standup comics and hit legendary comedy clubs in New York City, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. Tickets can be purchased via the National Comedy Center’s website. “The History of Comedy” will be available On Demand the day after the linear premiere on cable VOD and on CNNgo via iPad, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire, and desktop at www.cnn.com/go.
“The History of Comedy,” makes people laugh and how executive produced by Sean comedy has affected the e Hayes and Todd Milliner social and political landscape r (Hazy Mills) with Emmy throughout history. u Award winners Mark Herzog “The History of Comedy” also r and Christopher G. Cowen features interviews with Judd , (Herzog & Company), will Apatow, Sarah Silverman, premiere Thursday, Feb. Senator Al Franken, Margaret 9, at 9pm ET/PT on CNN, Cho, Samantha Bee, Jimmy t following a world premiere at Kimmel, Kathy Griffin, y the Sundance Film Festival. George Lopez, Keegans Using archival footage Michael Key, Conan O’Brien, e punctuated by contemporary Patton Oswalt, Dick Cavett, interviews with comedy Ali Wong, W. Kamau Bell l legends, scholars and current and more. The premiere . stars, the new eight-part CNN episode, “Going Blue,” y Original Series explores what looks at groundbreaking t e d w e r Little Explorers Learn about Plant Skeletons January 14 e r Children aged three to eight skeletons, there will be a snack through Attend a Program/ e and their favorite grown- and craft inside. Programs and Workshops ups will learn about plants The event runs 10-11:30am under Plan Your Visit at www. s in the winter at Audubon rain, snow or shine, and going auduboncnc.org. e Community Nature Center’s outside is the most important Audubon Community s next Little Explorers. part, so participants need to Nature Center is at 1600 r On Saturday morning, come dressed for the weather. Riverside Road, one-quarter d January 14, the topic will Little Explorers is an mile east of Route 62 between f be “Plant Skeletons.” Some opportunity to learn about a Jamestown, New York, and plants completely die back for new nature topic on the second Warren, Pennsylvania. h the winter. Others leave stalks Saturday of each month. Some Audubon Community Nature y or seedpods, and still more stay time is spent both inside and Center builds and nurtures t as is, perhaps losing leaves but out, and a snack and a craft are connections between people and nature by providing keeping their structure. always included. r Participants will learn how The fee is $8/person, $6 for positive outdoor experiences, e different plants get through Friends of the Nature Center. opportunities to learn about t winter and how they are Reservations are required and understand the natural e formed on the inside. After by Thursday, January 12, world, and knowledge to act in h going for a walk to collect and can be made by calling environmentally responsible and investigate these plant (716) 569-2345 or clicking ways. d s e r n k D on’s Carwash & AmazonSmile : We have accounts at both places! *When e you take your can & bottle returns to Don’s Car Wash please ask them to , credit Lakewood Library with your deposit refund *When you shop online at g Amazon look for AmazonSmile Choose Lakewood Memorial Library as your
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My name is Joey and I need your help! Joey is 23 years old and in need of a kidney transplant. A transplant with a living donor would give him the best possible chance and the best possible results. Joey has worked for the Amherst Highway Department since he graduated from High School, loves basketball (especially Kobe Bryant) and hockey. He just recently adopted a second dog from the SPCA. He has lived his life for the fullest for 23 years. Joey’s family members have been ruled out as donors. He needs some help again. Joey is blood type “O” If you are interested in donating please contact email@example.com or 716-633-7990 To the world you may be just one person, but to one person, you just may be the world. Thank you from the Western New York Kidney Connection.
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Rotary Christmas Santa and Mrs. Claus Start early Wrapping
“On Saturday December 17, Santa and Mrs. Claus, shown here, and their little helpers (sometimes known as the Lakewood Kiwanis Club) got the season off to an early start with a gift wrapping session. Santa and his tiny 8 reindeer helped 4 area families have a merrier Christmas by distributing Christmas trees and ornaments and the children’s gifts. As he drove off in his Chevrolet Santa was heard to say “Merry Christmas to all and to All a good night.”
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Discussion group meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:30 - 6:30 at the Lakewood Library .
Lakewood Events & Marketing Committee Seeks Volunteer Members The Village of Lakewood Events and Marketing Committee, under the direction of Mayor Cara Birrittieri, is currently seeking volunteers to be a part of their committee. The group is responsible for creating and implementing events and activities for local residents and promoting the Lakewood community. If interested, please contact the Village Hall at (716) 763-8557 or johnson@ lakewoodny.com.
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Cont. From Page 3 beer and fresh squeezed lime juice. This was a keeper. I plan to look for this next time I am at Forte’s. The brewers up the road at Southern Tier Brewery had a very nice surprise for the release celebration. They brewed a special one off beer, Empty Bottle IPA which was only available at the distillery
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but also for showing him the meaning of hard work and teaching him how to be a better employee in general. He says with much gratitude that his time working there allowed him to earn enough money to travel to every Central American country and fund his entire move to Guatemala, something he never could have pulled off without Southern
during the release party. This beer had great flavors, phenomenal nose and the strong finish made it a great compliment to the liquors. I hope they offer it again so I can take home a growler. Now that Southern Tier Distillery introduced their first bourbon styled whiskey, it will be another year or two until they can release their traditional bourbons. There are 312 barrels of bourbon on the wall quietly aging
in their oak homes waiting to reach the two, four and six year aging marks. If the Smoked Bourbon Whiskey is any indication I will be at the unveiling of the next great Southern Tier whiskey. The distillery currently has a variety of options available, including vodka, London dry gin, Citrus Gin, 2x Hopped Hop Flavored Whiskey, Corn Whiskey, and a maple-aged spirit which is their take on rum.
Tier Brewing Company providing him with employment. While Sitzenstatter has already spent a significant amount of time in Guatemala and has been successful in offering such a needed service in the way of the online school, his future goal is to become stable enough to live there permanently. When speaking of his goals, there is no desire to live lavishly or in excess, but rather to do whatever possible in order to focus
on community outreach and continue to improve the lives of others. The Ledger’s opportunity to talk with Sitzenstatter reminded us that no goal is impossible. When asked if he had any advice for his fellow community members, his answer was a wise reminder not to be halted by selflimiting beliefs. He stated simply, “Always make sure to do some things in life that may seem crazy. Take risks and put yourself in uncomfortable situations.”
January 21st and 24th at 7:30pm @ 1891 Fredonia Opera House
On January 21st and 24th,7:30pm at 1891 Fredonia Opera House. Based on the true story of the first conscientious objector awarded the Medal of Honor, Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) saved 75 men in the bloodiest battle of WWII without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier on the front lines without a weapon, believing that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. “The best war film since ‘Saving Private Ryan.’ Violent, harrowing, heartbreaking and unforgettable.” - New York Observer. Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graph
Story Time for Preschoolers continues on Fridays 1 0-10:45 Come join the fun at the Lakewood Library
★ ★ Sudoku Challenge ★ ★ This Week’s Difficulty Level:
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Cont. From Cover day. All along Chautauqua County has been a thriving part of North America. The earliest residents of the county are something of a mystery. Earthwork fortifications have been found in by Chautauqua Lake, Sinclairville, and Gerry. These sites have rendered pottery, stone tools and human bones that are believed to be prehistoric. No one is sure who those people were, where they came from, or where they went. By the time the Iroquois and Seneca inhabited the region, those early ancestors had long since vanished. The first references to European men encountering the Iroquois date back to 1641 in a letter written by Father L’Allenamt, a Jesuit Priest traveling with the French throughout the territory. The Iroquois consisted of five tribes: the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas and Senecas. Together they were known as the Five Nations. But the Europeans were coming and with them the fur trade and its attendant forts, roads, and conflict. The French had aligned themselves with the Algonquians, while the English sided with the Five Nations. In 1687 the Governor of Canada assembled a force of 3000 French and Indian fighters and attacked the Seneca villages on the shores of Lake Ontario. The affair was unsuccessful, and the Iroquois responded by attacking Fort Niagara. The English, French, and various Native Nations would continue to squabble over territory and fur trapping rights for the next 67 years. When the American colonists joined the contest in 1756, their numbers tipped the scales to the side of the British. With the Treaty of Paris signed in 1763 the French ceded all its territory east of the Mississippi to the British; virtually ending France’s influence in the Americas. With the end of the Revolutionary War, British influence came to an end in the States. This left vast stretches of land occupied only by
Native Americans. About this time the lands of Western New York had come to the attention of some Dutch bankers. They formed a coalition called the Holland Land Company and hired Theophilus Cazenove to be General Agent, in charge acquiring the lands in Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York. Robert Morris, the financier of the American Revolution, acted as agent for the government. At the Treaty of Big Tree, the Senecas were mostly bribed to give up their claims on the land west of the Genesee River. They retained less than 200,000 acres for reservations. The Holland Land Company picked up 3.3 million acres, from the Genesee to the eastern shore of Lake Erie in exchange for $100,000 in Bank of the United States stock to be paid to the Senecas. Holland was to pay dividends to the bank semi-annually. The territory was mostly unexplored wilderness. Cazenove hired Joseph Ellicott to organize a survey party to record the rivers, streams, lakes, mountains, trees, soils, animals, and the borders for the reservations. In March of 1798, Ellicott, 150 men, with hundreds of pounds of equipment and supplies, set out to compile The Great Survey. The survey was completed in 1800. Cazenove again hired Ellicott but this time to be the Resident Agent for Holland. He would oversee selling the land to pioneers interested in settling the territory. The original price was two to three dollars per acre, but many times Ellicott found he had to discount the land to make sales. He would offer the land at a discount price if the purchaser obliged to build an Inn to welcome travelers. To make the territory accessible to potential buyers roads were essential. Ellicottville contracted to have roads constructed. One of them eventually became known as the Old Chautauqua Highway. As the population of the land grew, the state legislature established that when a region was settled by 500 eligible voters (white men of property), the area could
become a county. The first county in the region was the massive Genesee County. As the population continued to grow, Genesee was subdivided into Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. No one is exactly sure where the name Chautauqua came from, but the French had several words for the area that vaguely resemble Chautauqua. Most likely the name came from the Seneca word for the lake, Ga-jah (fish) and GA-dah-gwah (taken out). Or the word for “pack tied in the middle.” On March 11, 1808, the New York State Legislature formally incorporated Chautauqua County, with Mayville as the County Seat. The County figured prominently in the Underground Railroad. Slaves who had escaped their bondage in the South traveled through the county as they made the risky trek to Buffalo, then Canada and freedom. There were “stations” in Chautauqua, Jamestown, Ellington, and Sheridan. The first industries consisted of the manufacture of pot and pearl ash used as fertilizer for farming. Chautauqua Lake was used as part of a transportation system to deliver the ash as far away as Pittsburgh and New Orleans. Then as now, farming is one of the principal occupations of the county. The first grapes were planted along the Lake Erie shore in 1818. In 1859 Dr. Charles Welch moved production of his unfermented grape juice to Westfield. Wine production would begin a few decades later. With the activities on the lake and the Chautauqua Institution, tourism has become a vital part of the economy. Chautauqua County has produced its share of industrialists, scientists and statesmen. Among them are B.F. Goodrich, George Pullman, Roger Tory Peterson, and Robert H. Jackson. And least we not forget, Jamestown’s favorite daughter, Lucille Ball. If those ancient residents could have somehow foreseen the vibrant area Chautauqua County has become, they might have stuck around.
Souther Tier Express Hockey January 20th and 21st, 7pm at Northwest Arena
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On January 20th and 21st 7pm, The Southern Tier Xpress, proud member of the NA3HL, who will be playing out of the Northwest Arena. Anyone interested in reserving season tickets for the upcoming hockey season should stop by the JSBA box office or call the arena at 716-484-2624 .$5.00 admission
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t e . Cont. From Cover d demographics, , changing declining population, - increased minimum wage e and health care benefits as affecting , considerations the annual $3.65 million t dollar Jamestown YMCA - Corporation budget. For instance Eckendorf e said that the Y employs d 225 ) approximately n individuals. Thirty are full k time and the rest are partn time and include instructors, w guards, and camp counselors. - The minimum wage in - Jamestown area will rise to - $9.70 at the end of 2016 and . will rise 70 cents each year - until it reaches $12.50 in 2020. d “Lakewood and Jamestown d n h e , Cont. From Cover . n , . be in a flood hazard zone, - being located along the t coastal area of Lakewood, - and that flooding has been - observed specifically at t Fairmont Avenue as well as o between Summit Avenue y and Chautauqua Lake. - For two years, the Village of g Lakewood has been working - on landing a contract to e correct the problems causing d the aforementioned issues. n According to the Village of s Lakewood Board Meeting n Minutes as prepared by e Village Clerk Joseph M. e Johnson, with the help EcoStrategies Civil a of Engineering Firm, a grant h e from the NY DEC has been - approved in the amount of a $100,000. This grant has . been agreed upon with the s understanding that it is to be - used in support of funding d the construction of a wetland, e which will run between the , d , t t s e
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Y’s are within five to six miles of each other and have overlapping memberships. In a way we compete with ourselves,” Eckendorf said. Each Y has different popular facilities. The Lakewood Y, 183 East Fairmount Ave, came under the Y umbrella in 1991. Besides the full range of exercise classes the site offers tennis courts, indoor soccer field, gymnastics and children’s programs. Additionally the Lakewood Y administers and runs the Bemus Point School and Southwestern School before and after school programs. The Jamestown Y, located at 101 East Fourth Street was built in 1928 and has limited parking. Its website states that the Y “has been a cornerstone of the Jamestown community for over 150 years.”
Jamestown Y offers a calendar chock full of activities and houses two swimming pools. Additionally, its children’s programs include the Teen Center which serves 75 kids a day. The Jamestown Y also administers 19 HUD apartments for the physically handicapped. The other facilities which are part of the Jamestown YMCA Corporation are the Eastside Y, 727 East Second St., Jamestown; Camp Onyahsa, the second oldest day camp in the US at 5411E. Lake Rd., Dewittville, NY and Heritage House Day Care Center, 155 Prather Ave., Jamestown. Revenues to support the Jamestown YMCA Corporation come from 5,000 memberships, program tuition, grants and donations.
WNY & PA Railroad and East Summit Street. Funding will be used to obtain all services needed to complete the project, including all labor, equipment and engineering related costs. The Village of Lakewood will be responsible for any costs exceeding this grant amount. Currently, as storms occur, they tend to cause heavy flooding, which results in large amounts of sediment and pollution entering Chautauqua Lake from Crescent Creek. After completion of the wetland construction, Crescent Creek’s storm water will flow under the railroad tracks before entering the canal of the wetland, where it will momentarily be retained, allowing a great deal of the sediment to remain in the wetland as opposed to flowing into Chautauqua Lake. The re-routing of the storm water will also assist in preventing flooding. Said sediment will be monitored and cleaned from
the wetland as necessary by the Department of Public Works. Residents and visitors of Lakewood have been dealing with this scenario for quite some time, and have been hoping for a solution to happen sooner rather in the romantic fantasy, Will has famously remarked, than later. Mayor Birrittieri “Love Meet Hope”. Known “I got into comedy because I shares with the Lakewood for his acerbic delivery and needed to laugh, I am staying Cont. From Cover Ledger “This is an exciting dark humor, Tim Joyce because you need to laugh.” and much needed project Wits ‘n Giggles is held is prepared to leave the to come to Lakewood. The Chicago, Illinois, where he audience laughing when he in the Jamestown Mattress grant funds will benefit all graduated from the world headlines the first Wits ‘n Arena Club located on the top those property owners near famous Second City Training Giggles Stand-Up Comedy floor of the Northwest Arena. Crescent Creek, as well as Center. Tickets for the event are $10 Following his show of 2017. make significant advances graduation from the esteemed Returning as the host of presale, $12 day of show, toward alleviating runoff comedy school, Tim went Wits ‘n Giggles is Robb Will, and $5 for students. Must into Chautauqua Lake. on to become a jack of all Jamestown, New York’s 67th be 18 years of age and up to This project combined with trades, spending his time as a Funniest Comedian. Will attend. Get your tickets today another state grant we were writer, comic, actor, teacher, has performed in Buffalo, by calling 716.484.2624, just awarded to engineer a and husband. He is also an Pittsburgh, and Southern visiting northwestarena.com, storm water management experienced Shakespearean Indiana where he draws from or at the Northwest Arena’s plan with the Town of Busti, actor, and recently starred his life experiences and gives Landmark Chevrolet Box will go a long way toward alongside the great Ed Asner you reasons to laugh at them. Office. bettering our beautiful lake for all to enjoy.” Construction plans and start Check Us Out At www.thevillagerny.com date details will be shared as they are available, and she hopes this news will provide a sense of relief and optimism to village residents.
Cont. From Cover • Owners Sara Pang and Morgan Hatrick opened the Lakewood Diner in the summer of 2016, serving breakfast and lunch in the former Mindy’s location. • In August, Off the Beaten Path welcomed a new owner, Katie Gustafson, but remained in the same location next to Ryder’s Cup, and is still the only independent bookstore in the area offering new and used books and children’s toys. • In November, Ryan Thayer remodeled and reinvented his former Scallion Bistro on Chautauqua Avenue, reopening the restaurant as Craft Burgers & Brews, a casual dining establishment featuring specialty burgers, pizza, pasta, and a full line of craft beers. • Thanks to Lakewood residents Laurie Shults
and Tory Rachuna, the old Quonset hut on Summit Avenue (formerly the Lakewood Community Center), is starting a new life as The Fitness Bunker. Starting in January, it will be open 24 hours a day, offering workout classes, fitness training, hot yoga, and more. The Bunker is also the new home of Lakewood Nutrition. • Reach Organics, owned by Lakewood resident Sarah Kahn, launched its unique product line of organic, non-GMO granola truffles, available at Lakewood Apothecary and other Chautauqua County locations, as well as online. On Fairmount Avenue: • Representatives of local government and other guests attended a champagne reception at the October groundbreaking for a $5.2 million dollar, state-of-theart Honda dealership, due to open in 2017 and expected to add 45 high-paying jobs to the local economy. • Also in October, owners
Lee and Wendi Lodestro transformed a former tire dealership into Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa, a luxury canine hotel that also offers doggie day care and grooming services. • In December, a second location of Jamestown’s popular Fifties grill opened at the former Dairy Queen location on Fairmount. And remodeling is finally underway in the long-vacant Grazer’s restaurant in preparation for the opening of La Cocina Mexican restaurant in 2017. • Two national companies also joined the Lakewood retail community in 2016: Harbor Freight on Fairmount, featuring discount tools and hardware, and Hibbett Sports in Chautauqua Mall. • Just off Fairmount, on Mall Boulevard, the Wealth Management Center is the new home of CE Complete Financial Services, the Deppas Insurance Agency, The Legend Group, and The Tax Team.
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Winter Blues Next Weekend in Ellicottville, NY
Ellicottville, NY – Brush off that snow that’s been building on your car. Call up all your friends and tell then to meet you in Ellicottville for some of the hottest music and be a part of the Ellicottville Winter Blues Weekend, Jan. 20-22, produced by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce. Shake off those winter chills and pull yourself out of that seasonal funk to join all your friends for the region’s best blues musicians, all in the great showcases of the Ellicottville night life. These musicians will help you break up those winter doldrums and rejuvenate to finish the season strong, be it on the slopes or in front of the fireplace. “Our great establishments and venues seem to figure out how to outdo themselves every year,” Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce Events and Membership Manager, Barb Pump said. “We have been adding bands left and right for the past couple weeks to come up with the 11 that are set, as of right now. Keep coming back to the Chamber website to see if any new ones are in place.”
That weekend is also the annual Harley Day at Holiday Valley. Head up and enjoy the slopes, but also head to the Main Lodge where you can experience all there is in the way of motorcycles and riding, once the weather breaks and the roads are a bit better, of course. Schedule of bands for Winter Blues Weekend 2016: Friday, January 20: 7 p.m. – Balloons – Miller and the Other Sinners • 9 p.m. – Gin Mill – 2 Guys Drinkin’ Blues • 9 p.m. - Cadillac Jack’s – State Street Ramblers • 9 p.m. - Villaggio – Leon and the Forklifts
Saturday, January 21: 3 p.m. – Holiday Valley Main Lodge – Bone Shakers • 4 p.m. – Ellicottville Brewing Co. – Untouchables • 6 p.m. – Balloons – Tommy Z • 7 p.m. – Madigan’s – Never Been • 9 p.m. – Cadillac Jack’s – The Chumps • 9 p.m. – Villaggio – Lo Blue Flame Check thevillagerny. com for an additions and a downloadable PDF of the schedule. About Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce: The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce provides advocacy, promotional and benefit solutions for its members - setting the standard for excellence in member service, community collaboration, business growth while achieving a high quality of life in Ellicottville and the surrounding area. We foster and promote business with our members while stimulating local economic growth. For more information about the Ellicottville chamber of Commerce, including membership, please visit http://www.ellicottvilleny. com.
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An Update on The Upcoming Mari Gras Celebration in E’ville, NY
By Carol Fisher For the last two hundred years, Cattaraugus County has always celebrated veterans, Native Americans, Santa Claus, dogs and sundry animals (sometimes including camels and zee-donks), landmark anniversaries and holidays with parades. Ellicottville has had its share of those street displays as well as annual winter onthe-slopes parades: New Years’ torchlights on Holiday Valley’s Cindy’s Run, winter carnival dummy downhills on Yodeler and carnival dress-up parades on Mardi Gras trail, or years earlier, on Greer Hill. These costume parades were, traditionally, a way to say thank you to Mother Nature for a fine skiing winter, and a hello to spring skiing. They continue at Holiday Valley to this day, this year on March 11 and 12. But wait. Back up. Did I say Mardi Gras? Like the name of the parade and festivities coming this March? Let me tell you a little story. In a pre-parade conversation, last March, with one very beloved Bobby McCarthy, he clearly reminded me that he was in the room at Holiday Valley
with me and Jane Eshbaugh, when the Village parade was born. For those of you who don’t know the story, let me take you on a little trip back to mid-February, 25 years ago. At that time, it was my privilege to help Arleen Solly make her grand opening of Kazoo II a success. But, I needed to find a way to get people to come into the village, off the slopes, and away from the good times at HoliMont and Holiday Valley where revelers were having fun celebrating at their respective winter festivities. Initially, I had approached Jane with another suggestion, but the conversation turned reminiscent of “the old days” and I mentioned that it would be such fun to bring some of the festivities back into the village. Dances and merriment filled our streets and buildings all those many years ago at the early stages of the ski industry in Ellicottville. I mentioned a parade of sorts, and Jane responded, “good idea. Why don’t you do that?” Once I picked myself off the floor realizing what I had just committed to, we set to work with the initial framework where we would choose the King and Queen of Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival at the culmination of that street parade, in the Gazebo, by applause. Now, here’s where I tell you why our parade has been called Mardi Gras all these years. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with the pre-Lenten parades and Mardi Gras festivities in N’awlins (as some say in “The Big Easy”). Remember, I mentioned Bob McCarthy a few sentences back. Last year, while discussing the 2017 event (which, alas, he planned to participate in), we both
laughed as we remembered how the parade all started. When I asked if he recalled why it ended up being called Mardi Gras, he said he indeed did. I wanted the parade to be generic, open to any theme. It was to be festive, and bright, and happy. And, since the parade in town is just an extension of the winter carnival parade at Holiday Valley, on Mardi Gras, it made good sense to name this one in town Mardi Gras as well. Perhaps we might not have the many discussions about the name every year if we had the foresight to call it “Mardi Gras Downtown.” And there, my friends, you have the rest of that story. Now, stay tuned. The story is just beginning anew! This is the 25th Mardi Gras Parade to march on Ellicottville’s streets. The Silver Anniversary will be celebrated on Saturday, March 11th!!!! All stops will be pulled. All systems GO! The Fabulous, Fun Parade last year was a mere prelude to what is in store this year. The highly successful and crazyfun Bacchus Ball was a test run. If last year’s positive and delighted responses from the participants are any indication, tickets will be HOT items this year. When you see them for sale on the Ellicottville Chamber website, scoop them up ad plan your most elaborate costume! The Friday, March 10 tickets will be limited by the accommodations of the venue. Don’t miss the fun. Watch the Chamber website and this Villager paper for more details as they become available. Mark your calendars. Be part of the parade, or be a spectator. Either way, be part of the fun. And, I’ll see YOU there as another chapter is made in Ellicottville’s history.