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Improving Lake Quality Honoring Local Businesses

Ellery Applies for Environmental Conservation Herbicide Permit

“Salute to the Finest” By Jmst. Com. Chamber of Commerce

FOCUS ON NATURE XIV Ongoing through Sun., April 9 • 4pm Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION Friday, March 17 • 4 – 10pm Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant, Mayville

RECEPTION WITH ROBIN BRICKMAN Friday, March 17 • 6 – 8pm

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YMCA FINAL FOUR March 17-19 Lakewood YMCA KALEIDOSCOPE CAFÉ PERFORMANCE Friday, March 17 • 7 – 8:30pm Infinity Center, Jamestown

New Business of the Year was Awarded to Enchanted Mountain Spirits. Lee Harkness

ASHVILLE GENERAL & BIG TREE MAPLE PANCAKE BREAKFAST Saturday, March 18 • 7 – 11am Sunday, March 19 • 7 – 11am Ashville General Store, Ashville FAIRBANKS MAPLE PANCAKE BREAKFAST Saturday, March 18 • 8am – 2pm Sunday, March 19 • 8am – 2pm Fairbanks Maple Farms, Forestville 22ND ANNUAL MAPLE WEEKEND Saturday, March 18, 2017 | 10am – 4pm Sunday, March 19 • 10am – 4pm Big Tree Maple, Lakewood Fairbanks Maple, Forestville Clear Creek Farm, Mayville A WORKSHOP WITH ILLUSTRATOR ROBIN BRICKMAN Saturday, March 18 • 10am – 12pm Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown CLEAR CREEK FARMS NYS MAPLE WEEKEND CELEBRATION Saturday, March 18 • 10am – 4pm Sunday, March 19 • 10am – 4pm Gerber’s Clear Creek Farms, LLC, Mayville

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This photo is an example of a shoreline buffer that provides deep roots and vegetation that absorbs the nutrients and filters runoff for a healthy lake. This is at Wahmeda near Chautauqua Institution.

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Spraying herbicides for weed growth has been an issue on Chautauqua Lake for years. Our lake is an old lake and careful attention must be given to how we treat and preserve her for generations to come. Many

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Theatre to Receive Grant

Emily F. Morris, Ph.D. VP of Marketing & Communications

Funding Slated for a More Comfortable & Enjoyable Experience

On March 8, 2017, Chautauqua Institution president Michael Hill announced the appointment of Emily F. Morris, Ph.D. as Vice President of Marketing and Communications and Chief Brand Officer. Thirty years ago Morris, then a student at Edinboro University, PA, was unable to accept a Chautauqua Institution summer internship proving that sometimes the longest way round is the shortest way home. “I wasn’t going to miss it this time. I have visited Chautauqua Emily F. Morris, Ph.D. as Vice often, and I’m still pinching myself President of Marketing and that I have this opportunity.” Communications and Chief Her return journey to Chautauqua Brand Officer travels through 12 years as the Executive to the President at

The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) continues to make moves earmarking local businesses to receive some of the nearly $10M in grants bringing new life to Jamestown. One such company that has been Much of the $265,000 pending grant Lucille r e c o m m e n d e d Ball Little Theatre will be used to install air for funding is conditioning, this will also enable the theatre to The Lucille Ball host summer programs. Little Theatre, which is on tenterhooks to receive $265,000. This theatre may be planning for upgrades, but its character and history

Lori Humphreys

Sneak Peek Inside this Issue... At the Creamery:

issues come into play, the fish, the birds, the insects and how we use the lake recreationally year around. Tourism is dependent on how our visitors can enjoy the lake. Property values can fluctuate

Each year the Jamestown Community Chamber honors Jamestown businesses and professionals who they feel have done outstanding work and have been a real asset to the City of Jamestown and the surrounding area. The awards are presented in several categories and this year the Board has chosen seven different categories and they are being presented to businesses, organizations and individuals who have made a difference in our

community. This annual celebration began with a social hour at 5 pm followed by dinner at 6. The award presentations were held following the dinner. The whole event was held at Moonbrook Country Club on Wednesday March 15. This year’s categories were: New Business of the Year, Young Business Leaders of the Year, Retailer of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, Jamestown Economic Development Award, Business of the Year, and Pride of Jamestown.

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St. Patrick’s Day Dash

Lakewood Calls for Unity

Chautauqua Striders 3 Mile Dash, March 18

Cell Tower Controversy Continues

Textures Rather than Flavors

The time has come once again to break out the green outfits and hats. St. Patrick’s Day is here and Chautauqua Striders for the 8th year welcomes the community to take part in their St. Patrick’s Day Dash fun run. Chautauqua Striders is a unique local organization which strives to help the youth of the community graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills and confidence required for successful college and career experiences. They offer an assortment of tutoring and educational mentoring in all subjects from math and science to SAT prep courses as well a number of athletic programs. Director of athletics David Reinhardt was quoted saying “Striders has had participants in the past See “STRIDERS” Page 7

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St. Susan Center is proud to announce their 14th Annual Welcome Spring Basket Fair! Doors open at 11am Saturday, April 1st at the Jamestown Community College Physical Education Building on Curtis Street in Jamestown.

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While sharp differences of opinion were still very much apparent during the Lakewood Village Board of Trustees meeting on March 13, the 30+ Village residents who were attendance nonetheless heard similar calls for unity from fellow residents, members of the board of trustees, and the mayor. Lakewood resident Doug Schutte was one of the first to speak in response to Mayor Cara Birrittieri’s call for “anyone to be heard.” His comments were motivated in part by a recent Post Journal op-ed piece by three of the Village trustees (Trustees Barnes, Drago, and Holcomb) that seemed critical of both Mayor Birrittieri and the Zoning Board of Appeals with regard to issues connected to the cell tower situation in the Village. Essentially, he framed his remarks around his three wishes for the Village: • “I wish that our Lakewood elected trustees would work together with our mayor and not undermine her on the most important functions of our Village, especially in the media.” • “I wish instead of partisan politics and letting special interests drive the policies in our Village that there would be a re-focus on fixing the problems in our Village we all know exist.” • “My third wish is that, as a rallying point, we could embrace this new Comprehensive Plan and work together to make Lakewood the attractive thriving community it can be, where we all share a sense of pride in what we’ve accomplished together.”

The St. Patrick’s Day Dash starts at 9:15am on Saturday March 18th in front of the Northwest Savings Bank Ice Arena.

By Riko Chandra - Here you will notice that most of the descriptions of cheeses are texture rather than flavor. Interesting, right? Well, the texture of a cheese provides the strongest clue to the taste of a cheese itself.

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration : March 17th : Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant, Mayville

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These past few weeks at Southwestern have been filled to the brim with exciting events and it has everybody looking forward to the upcoming months of school. Throughout a student’s four years in high school, many achievements and goals are reached and they are applauded for that. At Southwestern, one specific student has completed a slightly odd milestone with only a few months left in school. Senior Chris Johnson, for the first time ever, checked out a library book from the school library on the 9th of March. “I figured that after being in AP English for almost an entire year now it was probably time I read a book. So, I decided to broaden my horizons and check one out. The librarians were really nice and I cannot wait to gain more knowledge and read more books,” Johnson reported. Along with that, another monumental event took place in the school auditorium revolving around this senior student. Friday, March 10th, students gathered around the stage to see Mrs. Beichner-Miller shave off Johnson’s hair to fit his role in the school musical. “When Beichner first said I would have to cut my hair, I wasn’t going to do it. I was upset, but then I remembered all of the fun times and memories I share with her and how close

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senior Jillian Lawton, and sophomore Hannah Lillie. Coming up this week, the senior-to-senior dinner will be taking place on Thursday. This dinner is where the senior class helps cook and serve a meal to a group of senior citizens before the first musical show. This event helps bring in a lot of money to the class and sells more tickets to the musical show, coming together for both causes. Also, it is last chance to purchase tickets for The Addams Family! This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm. Don’t miss out! Join Southwestern in their anticipation for the series of events taking place currently in this town. Look forward and enjoy what’s still to come.

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The Third Tuesday Book Group will be meeting Tuesday, March 21 at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the book, Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gynne. In April, the group will be discussing A Man Called Over by Fredrik Backman. There are plenty of copies of each book available at the library.

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Cheese: what a delicious and a varied invention. It was born of a very simple necessity: preserving milk. Milky, subtle, strong, fruity, pungent, grainy, slightly tangy, creamy, highly fragrant and so on to describe endless range of flavors, aromas and textures. In the last article, we explored the steps of how to buy cheese at a cheese shop like a pro. This time, we will explore the families of cheese. Here you will notice that most of the descriptions of cheeses are texture rather than flavor. Interesting, right? Well, the texture of a cheese provides the strongest clue to the taste of a cheese itself. Think about ParmigianoReggiano, the authentic parmesan with hard texture due to long aging (1 to 2 years). The texture is granular with two dominant flavors: salty and sweet as results of concentrated milk flavor enhanced by salt. Another example is mozzarella, a fresh cheese family with the taste of fresh sweet milk. Got it? Let’s explore. FRESH CHEESES : Fresh, Whey, and Stretch Curd ( pasta filata). Fresh cheeses, soft and spreadable, with a mild flavor, they can spoil in a matter of days to a week. Milk is curdled and drained, with minimal processing. Examples: cottage cheese, cream cheese, curd cheese, farmer cheese, and chèvre. Whey cheeses, made from whey, a by-product from the process of producing cheeses. Ricotta is the most common example. Stretch Curd or Pasta filata cheeses such as Mozzarella and Burrata. Stretched and kneaded in hot water to form a ball, in southern Italy, these cheeses are usually eaten within a few hours after being made. Add ripe heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil and aged balsamic, - oh my - a perfect Summer First

Course! SEMI SOFT CHEESES High moisture with milky, tangy and sweet flavors, considered very mild in taste. Examples: Colby, Havarti, Butterkase cheese and the highly popular Swedish Bondost in this heavily populated Swedish area, Chautauqua, great for snacking and grilled cheese sandwiches. SOFT/SURFACE RIPENED CHEESES This category soft and surface ripened usually has a white thin rind for artisan quality, so-called bloomy rind. The industrial type has a thicker rind designed for long haul transport and shelf life. The rind will continuously break down the fat and protein from the surface to the core resulting in ripe, creamy and gooey texture with buttery and mushroomy tastes. Examples: Brie, Camembert, Saint Marcelin, Coulommier, Bonne Bouche, La Tur and Reverie’s new cheese Luna and Reverie’s seasonal Snowy Owl. SEMI HARD CHEESES Reverie Creamery’s Tom, Gitane, Wanderer or Palomino fall in the Semi Hard cheese family. Other example: Cheddar, Young Gouda, Raclette and Gruyere. Their flavors range from fruity when young to earthy, nutty, roasted vegetables like roasted cauliflower or caramelized onion. Use in melted cheese recipes such as mac’n cheese, French onion soup, fondue and grilled cheese sandwiches. HARD CHEESES Great examples are Parmigiano-Reggiano, Aged Asiago, Pecorino, Aged Gouda 1-5 years. These cheeses with flavors profile that are medium-strong to strong exhibiting caramel candy like, salted nuts, sweet, butterscotch and sharp. They are great for grating on pasta, pastry, or most prepared foods. They do not melt as well as semi hard cheese because of the granularity. BLUE CHEESES What makes blue cheese blue is due to P. Roqueforti, a specific culture added into milk and then later on using multi syringes to poke

the cheese and create tiny tunnels which will provide oxygen for this culture to thrive. Sharp, salty, sweet, spicy, it can be eaten by itself or try it with pear, apple, honey or maple syrup for flavor contrast. Use as spread, crumbled or melted into sauces or over foods. From mild Buttermilk Blue to spicy Gorgonzola, earthy Stilton savory Shropshire Blue, creamy Saint Agur and sweet nutty aroma of hazelnut shells in Smokey Blue, the blue cheeses have a very broad spectrum of tastes, aromas, and profiles. WASHED RIND CHEESES I heard often the nostalgia of two slices of rye bread, raw red onions, and a thick smear of pungent Limburger quite often from Reverie’s customers. Most washed rind cheeses have that savory, meaty or beefy, gamy, nutty, salty, oniony, garlicky quality. The aromas are strong but the taste profiles can range from mild to semi strong. Washed-rind cheeses normally are soft in character and ripen inwards like those with soft/surface ripened type cheeses; however, they are treated differently. Periodically bathed in a solution of saltwater brine and/or mold-bearing agents that may include beer, wine, brandy and spices, making their surfaces responsive to Brevibacterium linens that impart pungent odors and distinctive flavors. They can be soft like Limburger, semihard like Saint Nectaire, or harder like Appenzeller. It is quite labor-intensive compared to other methods of cheese production. Examples: Oma, Époisses de Bourgogne, Munster d’Alsace. Plenty of ideas here to explore just like you do for vegetables: Rainbow Chards, Lacinato Kales, Icicle Radishes, Chioggia Beets, Delicata Squashes, Jerusalem Artichoke, Shanghai Bokchoy...Okay, the list will go on forever and I can’t help but urge you to explore and savor the amazing spectrum of aromas, tastes and textures of the amazing universe of cheese!

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Importance of Sleep

5 Tips to Sleep Throughout the Night: Eating & Lifestyle Tips

Jeffrey Barkstrom Natural Health & Acupuncture PC There are many things that may affect the body’s ability to sleep well. Some people have trouble falling asleep because their mind won’t “turn off” due to stress. Some people fall asleep easily but wake up after 3 or 4 hours and can’t fall asleep again. Others have night sweats or have to get up to go to the bathroom often. Did you know that nutrition can help with all of the above scenarios? Here are some eating and lifestyle changes

to improve sleep. 1. Eat a healthy dinner with no after-dinner snacks. Reducing or eliminating sugar intake and processed foods is a must! A healthy dinner could consist of a protein (such as chicken or fish) and veggies drizzled with olive or coconut oil. Eating too many foods with sugars and carbohydrates stimulates the body when it should be gearing down to sleep. 2. Reduce sugary and caffeinated beverages late at night. Skip the beer, wine, soda and caffeine-based drinks. Alcoholic drinks may

help you to fall asleep fast but they prevent the body from falling into a deep restorative sleep. Sugary drinks and caffeine are too stimulating for a restful sleep. 3. Gentle exercise either 30 minutes before or 1 hour after dinner helps to improve circulation which can help the body to sleep better. 4. Turn off electronic devices such as WiFi. Some people sleep much better when their Wifi and personal devices are turned off before bed. This can help with melatonin production which is a hormone that helps with sleep. 5. Meditation helps to calm the mind down. Even sitting peacefully for 5 or 10 minutes before bedtime can help immensely. Healthy sleep and nutrition are essential for health and well-being. If you would like to learn more about natural health, please feel free to come to one of our free workshops. Yours in health, Jeffrey Barkstrom, 716-665-5015.

St. Susan Center Fair

Welcome Spring Basket Fair April 1 Benefits Local Soup Kitchen

St. Susan Center is proud to announce their 14th Annual Welcome Spring Basket Fair! Doors open at 11am Saturday, April 1st at the Jamestown Community College Physical Education Building on Curtis Street in Jamestown. You’ll have three hours to check out the valuable door prizes, visit with friends, enjoy delicious food, bid on a wide selection of wonderful baskets, and learn more about how our local soup kitchen benefits the Jamestown area community. For $10 you will get 12 Basket Tickets and 2 Door Prize Tickets; or for only $20 you can buy a Super

Sheet of tickets that includes 30 Basket Tickets and 4 Door Prize Tickets. Tickets will be available until 1:45pm Winning tickets will be drawn starting at 2:00 p.m. You’ll have several dozen baskets and gift certificates to choose from including baskets for chocolate lovers, baskets for men, and fun baskets for children along with many wonderful baskets for the ladies. There are three Grand Prizes this year valued at $500 each. Throughout the Fair St. Susan Center will have lots of food items on sale at the “Comfort Café,” including pulled pork sandwiches,

macaroni and cheese, soups, salads, desserts and a variety of beverages. The Kids’ Corner will be open the entire time for children to keep busy and have fun. Music will be provided by Prime Time DJ service, spinning sounds that everyone wants to hear. “Every basket and gift certificate represents the generosity of individuals, churches, businesses and organizations who have donated to help raise money for our soup kitchen. St. Susan Center continues to make a difference in Jamestown through the kindness and generosity of the community. We want to thank Jamestown Awning and Wegmans for being this year’s Basket Fair sponsors,” said Executive Director Jeffrey Smith. For more information about the Basket Fair please call 716-664-2253, or visit St. Susan Center’s Facebook page or website at

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Dancers from Clann Na Cara Irish Dance will perform at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, Saturday, March 18, 7:30pm. General Admission $17, $15 Opera House Members, $10 Students/Children. Folk in Fredonia Music Series Keep the St. Patrick’s Day celebration going with this special evening of Celtic music and dance featuring The Brigadoons and The MacLeod Fiddlers, both from the county of Glengarry, a hotbed of Scottish culture in Ontario, Canada! Joining them will be dancers from Buffalo’s Clann Na Cara School of Irish Dance.

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Jazz at Infinity Featuring Bill Ward March 24th 7pm Infinity Visual and Performing Arts will be hosting Bill Ward at the Infinity Arts Café at 7pm on Friday, March 24 for the Jazz at Infinity series. Joining Bill Ward will be John Cross. John and Bill have been performing together for three decades in many venues throughout the

county and beyond. The duo will be playing a variety of songs from blues to Texas swing that will delight audiences of all ages. Thanks to support from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Jazz at Infinity events are free, family friendly, and open to the public. Audience

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Cont. From Cover if our potential buyers have concerns. Over the years the non-profit (501c3) agencies in the county have put endless hours and dollars to research, educate and help homeowners to take measures to improve our lake quality. On Thursday evening, March 9, the Ellery Town Board had an agenda to discuss several issues/proposals that had come to them for approval. The Board is comprised of five elected officials which includes the Town Supervisor. Over 50 Town of Ellery residents filled the small room to hear proposals and have an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback. It was the second agenda item that brought the majority of the residents to the meeting. That agenda item was the request for the Town to be the lead agent to apply for a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Herbicide Permit. This proposal has been made at previous meetings by a group of Bemus Bay homeowners. They have organized and call themselves The Bemus Bay Property Homeowners. Recently they have joined forces with The Chautauqua Lake Partnership (CLP), the agency that organized the 2001 spraying of Burtis Bay. The proposal on the table was the Homeowners Group asking the Town of Ellery to be the lead agent for the


Cont. From Cover Nominations are made in each category and a slate of names is developed for each of those categories. Once a slate of potential winners has been developed a vote is held to pick the winners. The winners are awarded a nice plaque and Certificate from the Office of Senator Cathy Young. The winners of this year’s awards are: New Business of the Year – Enchanted Mountain Spirits; Young Business Leaders of the Year: Jeff & Alexandria James and Frank Besse;


Cont. From Cover After two other persons stood up to speak on different subjects, Village resident Ellen Connell returned to the mayor/board of trustees issue: “I just wondered why the other trustees felt that they needed to write that kind of an article in the newspaper, because it seems like there must be dissension. It seems to me there’s a terrible lack of communication.” Her question sparked an exchange where the three Trustees maintained that the article had been motivated by their frustration with communication between themselves and the mayor. They said they were excluded from meetings and conference calls with the attorney representing the Village in the cell tower case. Trustee Randy Holcomb said, “We are simply asking to be included in the beginnings of all discussions of all Village business.” The article was also intended to address what the three trustees perceived as a lack of “completely bipartisan” media coverage of public meetings connected with the cell tower. Holcomb specifically referenced, as examples of partisan coverage, a Post Journal column by Margot Russell and a press release written by the mayor about the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)

Herbicide Permit. The request by the group is to spray an unspecified section of Bemus Bay (from Lawson Center up Lakeside Drive) to treat the weeds. The issues they describe are the weed accumulation on the beaches, the resulting sludge, algal bloom and the stench. They feel they can no longer tolerate the nuisance that makes it difficult to enjoy their properties on the lakefront. They also expressed concern for their property values. This group has retained the company Solitude Lake Management Company to spray if the permit is granted. The two chemical agents are Navigate and Aquathol-K. It is a complicated permitting process as it is reviewed by the DEC and may or may not be approved. Cost factors were discussed as it involves the permit cost, the actual cost of the treatment, potential additional insurance costs, legal fees and follow-up studies. As this group cannot be the permit applicant they have requested the Town of Ellery to apply and be the lead agent for the project. Representatives from the CLP and several property owners stated they have had previous meetings with the Town, the Chautauqua Lake and Management Alliance, the Chautauqua Lake Association, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, and the DEC to express the concerns and a proposed plan to move this project forward. Citizens in attendance had gathered to present factual information, which included a Retailer of the Year – Farm Fresh Foods; Restaurant of the Year – Landmark; Jamestown Economic Development Award – Bosari Foods; Business of the Year – Jamestown Awning, and Pride of Jamestown Award – Jamestown Community College. Each of these categories were treated to a dinner and awarded a plaque recognizing the importance of their contribution to our community and area. In addition they received a proclamation from Senator Cathy Young thanking them for their contributions to our area. Presenters of the achievement awards are also other local businesses and final decision to deny the variance requested by Up State Tower LLC and Blue Wireless. Mayor Cara Birrittieri explained that since there were no reporters present at that final ZBA public hearing, she had felt an obligation to provide local media with a timely and accurate press release, so that Lakewood residents would know as soon as possible what had transpired. She stated that all of the information in the release, including her own quote, was drawn from public record. In response to complaints from the three trustees that they did not learn of the final ZBA decision themselves until they read it in the paper, Mayor Birrittieri pointed out that the ZBA meeting had been open to the public. Village attorney John LaMancuso also said that the ZBA had properly issued their decision in writing and filed it with the Village Clerk. Trustee Ted McCague asked Attorney LaMancuso to explain why not all trustees were invited to meetings and conference calls connected to the cell tower issue. The attorney responded that it was to avoid being subject to the requirements of the Open Meetings Law. If two or more trustees were included, the matters discussed – which involved sensitive issues that could impact pending litigation – would have had to be a matter of public

summary of the 2015 research on the lake in regards to the plants and mussel survey. The survey included information on ten sites that are regularly monitored by samples taken and analyzed in Bemus Bay. (Long Point to the Lawson Center). Others discussed alternatives to the spraying of Herbicides. The guidebook Diet for a Small Lake by NYSFOLA and NYSDEC offers the following pros and cons: Herbicide Advantages: can provide temporary control of Eurasian watermilfoil, human impact has “acceptable risk”, newer application techniques and formulations improve effectiveness. Herbicide Disadvantages: exotics may colonize in the treatment areas, toxicity to non-target plants, treated plants decompose on bottom, long-term effects on organisms not well studied. After two hours of presentations, questions and discussion from the residents in attendance and the Town of Ellery Board, the Board voted to apply for the Herbicide Permit to spray an area of Chautauqua Lake. Clarification from the DEC will be needed even before the application permit process can begin. It was very clear that individuals for or against spraying are passionate about the lake and what it means to them. The Town of Ellery can be reached at 386-3465 for updates or future meetings ini t regard to this process. r b local people. Award presenterso are Mark Lindstrom, NickyT Richau, Vicky Bardo, Billc Stevenson, Todd Tranum, anda T Lee Harkness. As you look at this listL of honorees.  You seeS new investment in thec community.  You see youngT people involved.  You see families involved.  You see some great new products involved.  You see new food and restaurant selections, and you see outstanding education opportunities.  Maybe Jamestown and Chautauqua County are really not all that bad! You see the continued growth happening in our communities.

record. To which Trustee Holcomb responded, “Did it always have to be the same trustee?” Lakewood resident Craig Seger then stood up to say, “Over the past three years, I have watched dozens of people in the Village spend hundreds of hours working toward the betterment of this community. . . .Things are moving in this Village and they are moving quickly . . . we’ve moved a long way, but I want to keep moving, keep going forward.”

In response, Holcomb said, “Thank you and I would like to say I agree with you 100 percent. We’ve all had our opinions, they’ve been in the papers. Let’s move on with the business of the Village of Lakewood and put this behind us.” While Mayor Birrittieri cautioned that it would be “difficult” to move on from some of the inaccurate statements that had been recorded in print, she also said, “I want to do everything I can to make this Village a better place to live, and a better place to bring up our families. . . I dream about a day when this Village can really come into its own. There’s so much potential here.” Doug Schutte concluded this portion of the discussion by addressing the entire Board: “We implore you, all of you, to start communicating and doing the people’s work.”

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Cont. From Cover Edinboro University, PA, nine years as Vice President for University Relations at St. Bonaventure University, NY, and a year as Executive Communications Director at Kent State University, OH. She quickly acknowledges that she also had a guide, Chautauqua Institution President Michael Hill. “Michael was the first St. Bonaventure alum I met. He became a go-to person for me.” She begins May 1, 2017, plunging into her first nine – week season. Her job description outlines responsibility for 11 key priorities which include supervising a staff of ten. The priorities include a commitment to reach out to under-represented constituencies and the expansion of programming beyond the nine week season on site, off site and digitally. Her job reflects and implements Hill’s vision for Chautauqua Institution as a place which welcomes with wider arms and hears diverse voices. “I really believe that we are reluctant to bring voices we are not comfortable with. We


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is not lacking in the least. The theatre’s name has quite a rare and distinct background, being one of Lucille Ball’s original stomping grounds. The predecessors of the current theatre, dating back almost 100 years, named it The Players Club, of which Lucille Ball was a member. Sometime after, the name changed to The Little Theatre of Jamestown. Then,


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are not going to grow unless we listen to things we don’t want to hear.” Vision is never far from economics and Morris is also tasked with creating and working with department staff to develop pricing strategies, including dynamic pricing, promotions, retention and growth initiatives. This also includes the Athenaeum Hotel and related enterprises. The perennial question which the public relations/ marketing staff has asked over the past decade: “How do you capture the essence of Chautauqua Institution in a catchy sound bite?” Morris’ response to that challenging effort was prudent: “I will listen to the people who love this place.” She welcomes and enjoys all the input she has garnered already stating, “My e-mail has lit up since my appointment was announced.” There is another aspect to her role which is not clearly defined in the job description, but is implicit; how the role of Chautauqua Institution may evolve as it engages with other important Chautauqua County and Western NewYork institutions and stakeholders. Morris is a vigorous advocate of collaboration among community organizations and the strengthening

and enlarging of those ties to create to a stronger community for all. Morris brings a deep resume, experience and energy to her role. She also brings a double dose of optimism and a can – do spirit that is immediately engaging. As she grew up in Scottdale, PA, near Greensburg, PA, Morris knows something about small towns, which the Smithsonian Institute declared Chautauqua Institution is. It’s that small- town girl who answered when asked about her lengthy title, “ Just call me Emily.” Emily and husband Edwin Morris, an adjunct instructor of knowledge management and digital science at Kent State and founder of a nonprofit organization, Pioneer Knowledge Services, will live on the Grounds full time during the season. She will commute to their Tallmadge, OH home on weekends off season. In her free time she plays golf, is interested in arts organizations and athletics. She is the step –mother of two and the step grandmother of five. Her education includes a BA and Master of Arts degrees in communication from Edinboro University, PA and Ph.D. in higher education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

in 1990, Board President Robert Ostrom himself asked Ball if she would bless them with permission to rename the theatre after her. She accepted this gracious offer, however unfortunately was unable to attend the unveiling of the new name, as she passed away before it became official in 1991. Her daughter Lucy Arnaz and husband Laurence Luckinbill came in her honor. Lucille Ball was a supporter of this theatre throughout her life, as she often came

unannounced to spend time with Little Theatre loyals, as her theatrical development began here. Ostrom shared with The Ledger that much of these funds will be used to install an air conditioner, a large job and an even larger need. This will be the first time the theatre has had air conditioning, answering a long-requested call from its attendees, staff and artists. The Theatre has also been blessed with

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Cont. From Cover numbering in the 300’s and they are above their average number of participants this year than they had last year”. “Anytime you can get the community to come together for an event like St. Patrick’s Day and have a race like this is a nice tie in”, Reinhardt stated. “We’ve always been quite fortunate to have many good runners and have many good people come out and support us in these events.” The St. Patrick’s Day Dash starts at 9:15am on Saturday March 18th in front of the Northwest Savings Bank Ice Arena. The start and finish line is along West Third Street between Jefferson and Lafayette. Last minute registrations will be taken from 7:30-8:45am the day of

throughout New York. Jamestown happens to be one of those communities, and DRI is working through providing the funds to several local applicants. If you are looking to attend a show in the near future, you’ll be happy to know that The Lucille Ball Little Theatre is currently rehearsing for “Rapunzel,” a musical, and will then begin work on “Nunsations!,” a comedy. Visit them at www.lucilleballlittletheatre. org or at 18 East 2nd Street, Jamestown, NY 14701. Box Office P) 716-483-1095.

the Dash out in front of the Ice Arena for $30 per person. This fun run is sponsored by local businesses such as the Jamestown Cycle Shop, Northwest Bank, Lena’s Pizza, The Trophy House, Chautauqua Patron’s Insurance and Lind Funeral Home. The 3 Mile Dash is open to all age groups from 14 & under to adults over 70 years of age. Awards will be presented to the first three overall male and female finishers of the race as well as the first three male and female participants in each of the age categories. Participants are encouraged to dress in any manner they wish to come out and have fun in this event. Director Reinhardt stated the event has seen runners in clothing ranging from simple green sweats to full-blown leprechaun outfits. He says this race was chosen to be three miles as representation of the three leaves on the Irish Shamrock

that plays a significant role in Irish culture. This is the first race in an annual twelve race series for Striders. Compared to the other races this is a fun race that will raise money for Striders’ youth track and field programs as well as the rest of their athletics department. “There are so many kids out there who need help and we want to go out there and identify more kids who need a little help,” said Reinhardt. “Whether it is a teacher making a referral or talking to a parent who didn’t know this program existed we just want to continue to be here as a resource for the youth of this community.” For additional information about the Striders organization people can go on the website to learn more about their programs and updated race information about the 2017 UPMC Chautauqua WCA Runner of the Year Series.

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Winter has its final grips of the season on the area and thoughts are turning to warmer temperatures and summer fun. The Big Kickoff for Green Season fun in Ellicottville is the Summer Music Festival, produced by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce and presented by Holiday Valley Resort, June 30 through July 2. Friday night, June 30, Holiday Valley’s Main Lodge will be the home to the annual kick-off party and chair lift rides to the top of the hill will be available for those wanting to get a breath-taking view of the valley we call home. Saturday night, July 1, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will play their rousing set of patriotic music as the sky is lit with fireworks. Before that, tap your toes to some great dance music along with some movie favorites, to include Pirates of the Caribbean and Frozen. There’ll be something for the whole family to enjoy. Sunday night, July 2, the American Band, Grand Funk Railroad, takes to the stage slope side. Grand Funk Railroad includes

original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, “We’re An American Band”) and bassist Mel Schacher, ‘The God Of Thunder.’ Joining Don and Mel are true ‘All Stars.’ Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 Special. Max penned and sang 38’s biggest hit “Second Chance” and was co-founder of California’s legendary Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Don refers to Max as ‘the best blueeyed soul singer on the planet.’ Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and also has credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and Billy Squier. (KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were influenced early on by Grand Funk.) Keyboardist Tim Cashion has a master’s degree in music from the University of Miami. While Grand Funk Railroad would be an awesome show by itself, in Ellicottville we believe in taking it to the next level. This year is no different as the opening act on Sunday is none other than Canadian classic rock legend, Carl

Dixon, fronting Carl Dixon and The Last Buffalo. Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Carl Dixon remains one of Canada’s stellar singers and musicians. He’s fronted and played with some of Canada’s most iconic bands including The Guess Who, Coney Hatch and April Wine. Carl scored his first record deal in the 80s, was featured on MTV and went on to tour alongside Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and many more. His music career took him through rock ‘n’ roll highs and lows throughout the 90s and into the new millennium. While lead singer of The Guess Who, Carl was critically injured in a car accident in Australia in 2008, sustaining 52 injuries. His remarkable comeback as a solo artist, then reuniting with Coney Hatch to score a new record deal, has only been topped by his recent return as front man of The Guess Who for two special shows in the USA in January 2016. Saturday and Sunday will also have the events in the Village during the day. Both, Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-5pm Jefferson Street will be the home to the annual Arts and Crafts Show. The Annual Pet Parade will be held Saturday at 11am, on Washington Street. Not only will there be music at Holiday Valley but at the Village Gazebo, from 1-4pm on Friday. Check the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce website for more details and to order your concert tickets. Go to or call (716)699-5046 for more information.

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