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KAYAK ROLL CLASSES WITH EVERGREEN OUTFITTERS Every Tuesday through March • 7 - 9pm Turner Community Center

Italian Easter Tradition At the Creamery:

Basket Cheese and Easter Pie

Brigiotta’s Farmland From Farm to Global Business in 90 Years

CEZANNE: PORTRAITS OF A LIFE Thursday, March 22 • 7:30pm Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia BACH CYCLE OF WORKS March 22 & 23 • 8 – 10pm Fredonia State University of NY, Fredonia GEORGE CASEY - THE KING OF BLARNEY Friday, March 23 • 7:30 – 9:30pm Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia 23RD ANNUAL MAPLE WEEKEND March 24 & 25 • 10am – 4pm Chautauqua County Maple Producers EAST COAST SNOCROSS March 24 & 25 • 10am Peek’n Peak Resort & Spa, Clymer FREDONIA WINTER FARMERS MARKET Saturday, March 24 • 10am – 1pm Masonic Forest Lodge, Fredonia GROW JAMESTOWN GARDEN FAIR & HOME SHOW Saturday, March 24 • 10am – 4pm Northwest Arena, Jamestown WORKSHOP: FIND YOUR IMMIGRANT FAMILY IN SWEDEN Saturday, March 24 • 10am – 12pm Fenton History Center, Jamestown MAPLE WEEKEND - FRENCH CREPES IN THE WINERY Saturday, March 24 • 1 – 4pm Sunday, March 25 • 1 – 4pm Johnson Estate Winery, Westfield THE FLAMES OF PARIS Saturday, March 24 • 1 – 3:15pm Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia

By Riko Chandra Chesemaker, Cheesemonger, Co-owner Reverie Creamery, Artisan Cheesemaking and Cheese Shop

Once in a while at our Cheese Shop, we get asked if we carry Basket Cheese. We were asked more frequently just weeks before Easter. Honestly, I was not familiar with Basket Cheese. But I was curious and at Reverie we

love to learn new things. So we researched Basket Cheese and found some interesting facts about it and determined that we could make it at our creamery. Our cheesemaker Rachel Vaillancourt made a test batch and we will make our first production batch ever in our vat this week. So, what is Basket Cheese? It’s fresh See “CHEESE” Page 4

Red’s Best Pancake House

Sherman NY Business Showcases the Way Life Used to Be

When you see a Brigiotta’s truck in town, it is one of a fleet of trucks. The business is more than what meets the eye.

By Sharon Witchey

Great Grandfather Brigiotta would be proud. The third and fourth generations of his family are running the business that he started over 90 years ago. What started as a farm stand on Jones and Gifford Avenues has evolved into a retail space at 414

Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown that has been there since the 1970s. It is a friendly place- the checkout area is to the right of the entrance and the customer is greeted with a friendly hello when entering the store. It is a colorful place as it is primarily a place to buy fruits and See “FARM” Page 4

Large Scale Doll Houses

Museum Spotlight:

Darwin R. Barker Historical Museum

DINOLIGHT Saturday, March 24 • 4 – 6pm Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, Jamestown ROLLING HILLS RADIO 8TH SEASON: URBAN PIONEERS AND VANDENBERG & GOODHUE Monday, March 26 • 6:30pm Shawbucks, Jamestown, NY WATER POLITICS: SAVING THE GREAT LAKES, THE LARGEST FRESH WATER ECOSYSTEM ON THE PLANET Wednesday, March 28 • 6 – 7pm St Luke’s Episcopal Church, Jamestown HOSTILES: MOVIES AT THE REG Wednesday, March 28 • 7 – 9:15pm Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, Jamestown SHERRI “SAM” MASON: “WATER POLITICS: SAVING THE GREAT LAKES” Wednesday, March 28 • 7 – 8:30pm St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Jamestown Weekly Events Visit

By Kathleen McCarthy Driving over the snow covered, gentle hills, under a bluebird sky was the first treat on a perfect day. Red’s Best Pancake House in Sherman, New York is just 30

Sneak Peek Inside this Issue... Day Trippin’:

Four Mile Brewing ... Page 6

Internal Expansion Allows for More Production

It’s been nearly three years since Four Mile Brewing opened its doors in Olean on East Green Street, at a location which once housed a Prohibition-era brewery. Now, the remodeled building will undergo an internal expansion, adding to its array of giant, stainless steel vessels and miles of hoses. The Olean brewery has become a prime attraction for visitors, and the new expansion is a sign of what the owners say is confidence in the future.

Promoting Health and Wellness... Page 2 Work Well CHQ- Employer Based Wellness Network

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minutes from Jamestown and 17 minutes from Bemus Point. This destination, on County Touring Route 15 between Sherman and Clymer, is a surprisingly rustic cluster of buildings nestled into the most beautiful countryside, Amish homes, farms, and panoramic views. Coming upon the log cabin at 2749 Clymer Sherman Road is just the beginning of the adventure. See “MAPLE” Page 4

The bust of Olive Risley Seward, born in Fredonia in 1844 to Hanson and Harriet Risley. Their portraits hang above the table.

By Beverly A. Hazen Miniature dollhouse admirers will be delighted to hear of two “large scale” dollhouses on display at the Darwin R. Barker Historical Museum at 7 Day Street in Fredonia. A Dutch Style Dollhouse, the collection of Joyce Dunning, features 16 rooms. The

Utilizing Leadership Skills CLN Member Spotlight:

Christopher Ames

By Anna Hagley

Continuing on our journey through meeting the inspirational Chautauqua County locals and board members of the Chautauqua Leadership Network (CLN), this week we feature Christopher Ames, who is known professionally as the SmartEdgeUSA Manager of Installation of Assigned Projects. His professional duties include overseeing building commissioning, information technology, software development and web-enabled utility monitoring for the municipal, educational and government agencies, as well as industrial, healthcare and commercial clients. The company is a full service Energy Services Company (ESCO) and Control Systems Integrator, which specializes in direct digital controls, providing industrial and process control systems, energy monitoring and auditing, HVAC systems maintenance and installation. It goes without saying that Ames has a lot on his plate, requiring strong leadership skills to get the job done, which is exactly why CLN exists. CLN is a leader in training to educate professionals in every realm of work, on how to be a more effective leader, manager, employee, boss or any other position one is striving toward. As we’ve seen throughout our interviews with the alumni and board members, the career paths of all involved have a wide range of expertise but the training and benefits gained from CLN pertain to them all. See “CLN” Page 5

Did You Know:

second dollhouse is a replica of the house built in 1759 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This miniature dollhouse comprises two floors and attic that may be viewed from two sides. Dr. Richard Sheil, a retired professor of music at SUNY See “DARWIN” Page 5

Holiday Easter Lily

Tradition Rooted to Teardrops of Eve

Weekly Column By Donna Germain Did you know……? Are you getting ready to fill the Easter baskets with candy? Are you taking the children to visit the Easter Bunny? Are you all set to color those eggs? Maybe you are thinking of getting someone an Easter Lily or one for yourself.  Do you ever wonder why we color eggs? Where did the Easter bunny come from? Why is the Lily plant associated with Easter? Tradition states that the Lily originated in the Garden of Eden by the teardrops of Eve. The Easter Lily is a beautiful trumpet shaped white flower that symbolizes purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life. The Lily is often called the “whiteSee “EASTER” Page 5

Cezanne: Portraits of a Life : March 22nd : Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia

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Publisher’s Word Welcome Spring?

Spring is in the air, well not really, but our community has events for the season planned and events we shall enjoy! Next weekend to celebrate Easter with the kiddos, the

Children’s Safety Village is Ashville, NY has an Easter Carnival going on, Saturday March 31 from 10am-1pm. If you haven’t been to this education adventure park, you are in for a treat. It teaches children in a hands-on, fun way to be careful in a “real world” miniature community. The event will happen rain or shine and will feature pictures with the Easter Bunny, food, games prizes, train rides, face painting and a Cornhole Tournament. There is also an Easter Parade at noon. General admission is $3 for Children 3-12 and under 2 free. For more information call (716) 338-0170. On Thursday, April 5 call the babysitter and take your

significant other to the Spring Pairing Dinner at Ellicottville Brewing Company (EBC) in Fredonia. The event is inspired by seasonal flavors and forward cuisine. Their pairing dinners are truly unique fivecourse dining experiences that will take place from 6-8:30pm (phone 716-679-7939 to make your reservation.) If you miss this, don’t worry EBC in Ellicottville is also hosting a Spring Pairing Dinner Saturday, April 14. (Call 716-699-2537 to make your reservation.) So, though the temperature isn’t so hot, playing in the snow in the sun is the best! Enjoy all the things that our neck of the woods has to offer. - Until next week, JZ

Photo Contest: Win 1 Ski Pass to Holiday Valley Submit your favorite photo of Chautauqua Co. in the winter to: A new winner is selected each week.

A Perfect Pairing

Reverie Creamery/Bag & String Pair Up for Jackson Center Fundraiser April 7 at 5pm at the Robert H. Jackson Center (305 E. Fourth Street in Jamestown) Bag & String Wine Merchants and Reverie Creamery will present a four course meal and wine pairing. Two epicurean prizes will be raffled: Premiere Food & Wine Basket created by Bag & Sting Wine Merchants, valued at $200 • Private Wine Tasting at Bag & Sting Wine Merchants for 10 people, valued at $350. Admission is $45/person.

You can register online, at the Jackson Center or by phone (716) 483-6646. You must register by March 29. The mission of the Robert H. Jackson Center is to advance public awareness and appreciation of the principles of justice and the rule of law as embodied in the achievements and legacy of Robert H. Jackson, U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Chief U.S. Prosecutor at Nuremberg.

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Keith Charles Winner of this Weeks Pass to Holiday Valley

“I make it to Ellicottville 3-4 times a year. Skiing is an awesome value, and the apres-ski is outstanding. Some fond memories over the years. Monroe Street Pizza and the local pub crawl is my to dos; Gin Mill, Balloons, and of course, EBC. I have always had a good time and have been waited on and assisted by friendly, courteous staff.” This photo was taken out his door in Jamestown, NY. If you would like to be in the running for a e pass to Holdiay Valley s please email a favorite recent photo to: info@ a

Promoting Health and Wellness Work Well CHQ- Employer Based Wellness Network There is a new network of health & wellness minded employers in Chautauqua County and they want everyone to join them in promoting health and wellness to the employees of Chautauqua County. WORK WELL CHQ was created by CLN’s Trenton Lutes and his fellow members of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Health & Wellness Team.  Work Well CHQ’s mission statement is a simple, but important one: “Working together for a healthy, local workforce.”  Work Well CHQ is a county-wide network of employers who encourage

for Chautauqua their employees to be health as healthy as they can County.   through wellness programs, Current employer members or other avenues.  Work include: The Jamestown Well CHQ allows employers Board of Public Utilities, Chautauqua to share ideas, concepts Cummins, Chautauqua and current best practices Institution, regarding improving their County Health Network, Fredonia, The employees’ health and SUNY well-being.  Work Well Resource Center, Wegmans, Community CHQ’s goal is to lead by Jamestown UPMC WCA example and encourage College, all Chautauqua County Hospital and the Chautauqua Department of employers to be key players County in promoting wellness as a Health and Human Services.  priority for their employees.  If anyone would like to join Through this vision they can the network, or attend one improve employee health of their monthly meetings which will, in turn, lead to please contact Trenton Lutes tlutes@jamestownbpu. improved family health and, at finally, improved overall com for more information. 2310 West Lake Road, Ashville NY (716) 763-0140

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Bach Cycle Of Works : March 22nd & 23rd : Fredonia State University of NY, Fredonia

Children Experience Spring

“Mud Camp” at Audubon Community Nature Center Monday, April 2

At Mud Camp children experience the arrival of spring in the natural world. On Monday, April 2, children ages 5 to 14 come to Audubon Community Nature Center for

the day to explore, learn, and play. They might dip in ponds, follow animal tracks, listen for singing birds – and they will probably get muddy. At Mud Camp children play games, use their imaginations, and discover how nature awakens as the days warm. Naturalists lead them and facilitate outdoor play, making this a great way to spend the day. Campers are divided into groups based on grade level and engage in a variety of activities that are fun and educational. Each group is led by a naturalist and sometimes the groups come together for activities. In addition to games and

Kayak Roll Class

Evergreen Outfitters Holds at Class Turner Community Center April 3


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crafts indoors, campers will explore the grounds, looking for birds, snakes, salamanders, tadpoles, and more. Even if the day is more wintery than muddy, there is plenty to explore and discover. Unless the weather is severe, much of the program takes place outdoors.  Cost for the day is $30; $25 for Nature Center members. There is a $5 discount for participating siblings. 
 With a limited number of openings, paid reservations are required by Thursday, March 29. Call (716) 5692345 during business hours or reserve online through the Programs page at auduboncnc. org.

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On April 3 at 7pm, Evergreen Outfitters will host a class at the Turner Community Center pool for roll sessions designed for paddlers who already have some proficiency and wish to hone their skills. Hands on instruction is available, but most feedback and assistance will come from other paddlers. Cost is $10 which can be paid at the door. If you need to borrow equipment, you MUST call us at 716-763-2266. Helmets and PFD’s are required. Please call to confirm you are coming. In the event of inclement weather, they need to know who to call if the class cancels.

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Eventz By Scott St. Patrick’s Day Pizza Party

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with costumes provided by event sponsor The Bush Trimmers Lawn – Tree – Stump Service, appeared at Eventz by Scott’s St. Patrick’s Day Pizza Party. Pictured left to right are Donatello, Michelangelo, TMNT fans Kody Cordosi, Elliana Cordosi, Meghann Newman, Bella Newman, Raphael, and Leonardo.

Eventz by Scott recently held a St. Patrick’s Day Pizza Party with the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Jamestown’s newest event space – Venue 31. Over 100 families and children enjoyed personalized visits with the iconic turtles The event was held following the Chautauqua County Chamber of Business’ St. Patrick’s Day event of turning the Chadakoin River green at the Jamestown Riverwalk. The event sponsors, The Bush Trimmers and Honest John’s, were pleased to be affiliated with the holiday function.

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Italian cheese, reminiscent of ricotta and mozzarella, and is typically made in a basket mould. It is considered fresh cheese so it has a shorter shelf life unless it is packaged for longer shelf life such as vacuum sealed. Many said this is a great cooking and “ingredient” cheese but some love its milky fresh and slightly salty note as is. Normally families of Italian descent enjoy this type of cheese, and this freshly made cheese is purchased around Easter. Some would drizzle it with olive oil, and eat it on its own with fresh ground pepper and a sprinkle of salt and serve it on crusty bread. During Easter, Italian families make Italian Easter Pie. This cheese can also be enjoyed in Summer time – try Basket Cheese on bruschetta or toast, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and topped with a pinch of sea salt and a slice of ripe tomato and chiffonade of fresh basil… oh glorious and delicious Summer days. I have to confess, my weakness is good fresh fried food – I want to try fresh fried Basket Cheese – made similar to mozzarella stick. Nothing wrong with it when you make it fresh at home, fried with very fresh oil. So what about Easter Pie? After searching more I found more stories at about Italian-Catholic recipe Easter Pie. It is traditionally made the day before Easter and served at noon to signify the end of Lent and to break the fast. Italian Easter Pie contains one special ingredient: Basket Cheese. It’s a specialty item that most

Italian and specialty food stores only carry around the Easter holiday. I was delighted to learn about what Susan Rosso wrote for NPR. She said that the pie that really stole the show every Easter, was her grandmother’s savory pizza chena. She said “Pizza chena, a Neapolitan dialect term meaning ‘full pie’, is a massive, two-crusted savory pie filled with Italian meats, cheeses and eggs. Though it can be made with a lattice-top pastry crust, my family prefers a dense, chewy bread dough crust. Pizza chena, mispronounced by some Italian-Americans as “pizza gaina,” seems like an appropriate name to her family since they always joke that when you eat it you “’gain-a’ lot of weight.” Susan Rosso’s grandmother, endearingly called Nan, made her pie with salami, hot sausage, mozzarella, fresh Basket Cheese (a semi-soft cheese used primarily for binding ingredients together) and hard-boiled eggs, preferences passed down to her from her Campanian mother-in-law. RECIPE: Pizza rustica (Italian Easter Pie) I found this recipe written by Gretchen McKay for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette adapted from Lamagna Cheese Co. This luscious (and filling) pie, stuffed with meats and cheeses, is served by many Italian Catholics at noon on Easter Saturday to mark the end of Lent and break the six-week fast. I used a sweet pastry crust but a regular pie crust works just as well. Be sure to let the pie cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into slices, or you may have trouble getting it onto a plate in one piece.

Delicious for breakfast the next morning! Homemade or prepared pastry or regular pie crust for a 2-crust pie. Ingredients: • 1/2 pound bulk sausage, cooked and drained • 1 small onion, chopped • 1/4 pound pepperoni, chopped • 1/4 pound hard salami, chopped • 1/4 pound prosciutto, chopped • 1 pound fresh Basket Cheese, drained •1 pound fresh ricotta • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella • 4 ounces shredded provolone • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated • 3 eggs, lightly beaten • Pepper to taste Instructions: Place bottom crust into 9-inch pie pan. Prepare filling: Crumble and cook sausage. Add chopped onions, and cook until soft, about two to three minutes. Chop the rest of the meats into small pieces. Drain fresh Basket Cheese, pat dry with paper towels, and then crumble or slice into bitesize pieces. Drain any excess moisture from ricotta. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl (I used my hands.) Pour filling into pie crust. (This is a lot of filling and you will have to pack it into pie plate.) Put on top crust and seal edges. Cut slits in top to let steam escape. Bake in 350-degree oven for 50 minutes (my pie took about 70 minutes to properly brown). If you like, brush the top of pie with melted butter. To prevent the pie from overbrowning, loosely cover the edges with aluminum foil, then remove foil during the last 15 minutes of baking. Btw, Reverie Creamery is opening Gallery Reverie – our wine, beer and cheese lounge adjacent to the cheese shop. We may make and serve this pie during Easter time, why not? Happy Easter everyone!

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Cont. From Cover vegetables at lower prices. One can also purchase deli meats and cheeses, breads and a limited amount of groceries like pasta, candy and sauces. Customers can sit and enjoy a freshly made sub, ciabatta sandwich or hot soup or entrée at the tables near the windows. This scene is what customers see each and every day at Brigiotta’s Farmland Produce & Garden Center. During certain times of the year, the greenhouse attached to the store is open. Beautiful flowers fill it in the spring and early summer. Poinsettias fill it between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Christmas trees and wreaths are available during holiday time as well. When I met with James Galbato, a member of the fourth generation of the family, I expected to talk about what I perceived to be a small, retail grocery and deli/ produce business-but I was surprised at what I saw when James graciously took me on a tour of the business. Behind the scenes is a set of eight produce warehouse rooms with different functions. Men and women were busy in various job capacities. Brigiotta’s employs a minimum of 80 people and the number swells “in season.” James’ brother Collin, Director of Facilities,


Cont. From Cover Cathy and Darl Redlecki took over the Pancake House in 1999 from the Frank Barney family. Edie (Barney) and Chuck had run it for the Barney family and had established quite a tradition of maple sugaring and eating.

manned a potato sorting and bagging machine for their own brand, Tommy Boy Potatoes. Women with hair covering caps, white jackets and sturdy food safe gloves, were busy preparing cut cantaloupe to place in plastic containers for distribution. Potatoes have a room of their own with controlled lighting. Bananas rested in various stages of ripening within 7 different rooms designed for that purpose. Certainly the scope and amount of produce that I saw was much more than would supply the storefront at Brigiotta’s. “Where does all of this produce go?” I asked. James’ answer: to restaurants, schools, hospitals, nursing homes from south of Buffalo out to Rochester. When you see a Brigiotta’s truck in town, it is one of a fleet of trucks. The business is more than what meets the eye. The bananas ripening in those rooms are the evidence of the change from where our food comes and how we buy food. Millions of pounds of bananas pass through those rooms yearly. They are shipped from growers directly to port and to Brigiotta’s forthwith. Great Grandfather Brigiotta would most likely be surprised at the scope of the business that his family has built. Bananas, very popular in the United States, are not grown in the United States but are grown in over 100 other countries. Bananas would not have been at the farm stand in the 1920s.

James is proud of the business relationships that this family owned business has maintained over 90 years. He credits his Grandmother with fostering the agreement with Hormel, a meat company that distributes to the store directly with no “middleman” involved. In James’ words, Brigiotta’s is a “gateway for local farmers” during the growing seasonthey like to source New York and Pennsylvania grown produce when they can. This family has forged and maintained a strong working relationship among itself. Three siblings run the business as equals- a fact worth mentioning because of its rarity. While the family eschews the use of proper titles, it is worth noting them as a Who’s Who of the business: Tim Galbato is the President, his brother Tom is the CEO and their sister Carla is Vice President. Kate, James’ and Collin’s mother is Director of Finance and HR (and runs Francesca’s Floral Design another segment of this business) and James is Director of Technology. Despite any titles, it is the behind the scenes hard work of this family and their many employees that has made Brigiotta’s Farmland Produce & Garden Center an American success story. Brigiotta’s Farmland Produce & Garden Center is open 7 days a week. Please read more details on their website

The inter-connected parts of the entire operation, from logging to retailing, is an engineering, manufacturing, production, and marketing showcase. Darl, a former General Electric employee, who built locomotives in Erie, has brought his life experience and on the job training to this Sherman business. A man of many talents, he stays busy year-round with all aspects

of a maple sugaring business. The Red’s Best Pancake House is what you see and taste during a winter or spring weekend visit, but it is just one aspect of the larger sugaring operation that produces an average of 3,600 gallons of syrup annually. Darl grew up in a farming See “MAPLE” Page 6

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Cont. From Cover Fredonia, built this dollhouse for the wife of the college president. These unique dollhouses are fully furnished and displayed at eye level for viewing. The Historical Museum, located in the Barker family home built in 1821, is connected by a hallway to the Darwin R. Barker Library building. Darwin Barker was the son of Leverett and Desire Barker, prominent residents of the Village. After the deaths of his parents, Darwin secured full ownership of the house and presented the home to the Fredonia Library Association. The ownership agreement was made on March 1, 1882. One stipulation was nonnegotiable: the portraits of Leverett and Desire Barker, must always remain in the same place - hung on the wall above the fireplace mantel. The Museum displays throughout the rooms on the main floor are neat and carefully arranged. In the Victorian Parlor furnishings include a quilt and organ. “The furniture is of the period – furniture that has been donated to the Village,” said volunteer Dorothy Derbish. There’s a doll buggy, children’s sled, school desk, games, shoes and purses, as well as a traveling piano that

was carried on the back of a covered wagon. It was played at junctions to attract attention of local folk who would then be lured to purchase lotions and wares. In the Belden Gallery, numerous large portraits of early pioneers of the area adorn the walls. Many of them were painted by local artist Alvah Bradish in the 1800’s. Two spinning wheels used for spinning wool and flax occupy the middle of the room. In a corner is the white bust of Olive Risley Seward, born in Fredonia in 1844 to Hanson and Harriet Risley. Their portraits hang above the table. The story is told that Hanson, while serving in the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Treasury, became a close friend of William Seward, Secretary of State. After both Olive’s mother and Seward’s wife died, Seward formally adopted Olive and took her with him as his secretary on a trip abroad. She wrote an account of this trip published in 1872 after his death. While in Europe in 1870 – 1871, Seward commissioned Italian artist Giovanni Maria Benzoni (1809-1873) to create this bust of Olive and one of him that is in the Smithsonian Institution. The Genealogical Research Room stores the Chautauqua County Genealogy Society’s books and reference materials available for public use. Records include area family histories, collections of State

and Federal Census records on microfilm for Chautauqua County, and County Cemetery Books. It also has as local newspaper clippings, including those from the 1800’s and early 1900’s. The Chautauqua County Genealogy Society meets the third Tuesday of each month, March through October from 6:30-8pm. All are welcome. Volunteer genealogists, Walt Sedlmayer, president of the Society, and Elizabeth, his wife, offer assistance to researchers searching for information. “We can get you started,” Walt said. Historical research may be conducted at the Museum’s Historical Research Room. Information on New York State history, Chautauqua County townships and the Village of Fredonia are available. War records of locals who fought in various wars are recorded. The Fredonia Library Association lecture course began in November 1870. The lectures brought Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) to the Village. He then moved his mother and sister here as well. In 1874 Mrs. Jane Clemens requested her son to provide books to help fill the empty shelves in the Reading Room. Some of Mark Twain’s original books are in the historical book collection. “We are pretty proud of our little Museum,” Derbish said. The Museum is open Tuesdays 4-8pm and Saturdays 1-5pm.

Making Connections

It’s cold out there! Come on in and check out our Making Connections meetings A program designed to appeal to all ages, a chance to join other community residents to enjoy a variety of activities – such as simply conversing, working individually on a project, partnering to play board games or cards, doing puzzles, extreme dot-to-dot, adult coloring, etc. There are science kits & new electronicbuilding kits available to learn & challenge! We are OPEN to new ideas for activities & we’d love your input! Thursdays 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Lakewood Library. Light refreshments will be available


Cont. From Cover Ames’s vision and goal for becoming a board member with CLN was based in obtaining a broad knowledge of the Chautauqua County community as a whole, including its people, systems, assets and challenges. He saw CLN as something incredibly beneficial to be involved in, stating, “I wanted to be part of this important organization’s redevelopment and focus on cultivating new leaders within Chautauqua County.” He values most CLN’s ability to empower, develop


Cont. From Cover robed apostles of hope”. For Christians the Easter Lily symbolizes a new season, a new birth, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Lily is used to decorate the altars during Easter. The Easter Lily is also an American success story, prior to 1941, the majority of the Easter Lily bulbs were imported from Japan. World War II eliminated the dependence of the Japanese produced bulbs and commercial bulb production began in the United States. Japan has never been able to regain any of their lost market share due to the superior quality of the bulbs grown in the United States. Today over 95% of all bulbs grown for the potted Easter Lily are produced by just 10

and fine-tune their members’ leadership skills, who are then able to harness their abilities, identify and build upon their strengths and utilize all that they have learned, bettering their own lives as well as those around them. As someone who is passionate about community growth and support, the CLN outcomes are directly in line with Ames’s personal, interpersonal, organizational and community interests. While Ames now devotes his time to fulfilling his duties at SmartEdgeUSA and as a CLN board member, he also spent significant time serving the community as a member of the Chautauqua/

Cattaraugus NYSACFO for 17 years as a football official, coached Modified Football at CLCS for 5 years and coached Babe Ruth Baseball for 3 years. When asked why he has chosen to spend his time here in Chautauqua County, he shared with the Lakeside Ledger that he was born and raised locally in Westfield, but then left to attend College. After spending 12 years working in the Philadelphia area, it was time to raise a family, and Chautauqua County felt like a great place to do so. Simply put, he states, “My wife and I felt that this was the best place to be, to live out the rest of our lives.’

farms. The farms are located in a narrow coastal region from Smith River, California up to Brookings, Oregon. Bulbs are harvested in the fall and shipped to greenhouses throughout the country. Easter Lilies are then planted in pots and forced under a controlled environment to bloom for the Easter holiday. Over 12 million Easter Lily bulbs are shipped to commercial greenhouses each year in the United States. The plant most widely grown today is called “Nellie White”. This bulb was selected by a Lily grower by the name of James White and was named after his wife. According to the U.S.D.A Easter Lilies have a wholesale value over 50 million dollars. The Easter Lily is the fourth largest crop in wholesale value in the United States potted plant market. It runs behind Poinsettias, Mums and Azaleas. The Easter Lily

has the narrowest holiday sales window, typically about two weeks. The Poinsettia is about six weeks, while Mums and Azaleas are available year round. All sections of the beautiful and symbolic plant Easter Lily also known as (Lilius Longflorum) are toxic to humans and cats. Yes cats. Easter Lilies are a severe threat to cats, even in small doses. Easter Lilies cause certain kidney failure and even death in cats if not treated immediately after ingestion. Although they are toxic to humans, but only if large amounts are ingested. Most plants that are poisonous to humans will also be to pets. It may affect animals differently. As the Lilies are extremely toxic to cats, dogs are not affected. You can let the kitty chase the Easter Bunny and find the hidden eggs, however keep them away for the Lilies. Now you know……

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Our Harry Potter Club meets Fridays, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m at Lakewood Library.
Club activities will include Harry Potter trivia,
discussion of the books and films, and themed foods and treats. A 
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Four Mile Brewing to Expand


Cont. From Page 4

Internal Expansion Allows for More Production Citing Confidence in Future

(L) Jaye Beattie, Vice President & (R) Craig Clark, Head Brewer

By Nicholas Pircio It’s been nearly three years since Four Mile Brewing opened its doors in Olean on East Green Street, at a location which once housed a Prohibition-era brewery. Now, the remodeled building will undergo an internal expansion, adding to its array of giant, stainless steel vessels and miles of hoses. The Olean brewery has become a prime attraction for visitors, and the new expansion is a sign of what the owners say is confidence in the future. The brewers were in the process of cooking up a batch of their signature Allegheny IPA beer when Jaye Beattie, the company Vice President, took time to explain their plans. Some of the work has already started. Two more tanks were added to the platform, boosting beer production for canning and kegs. Beattie says, “We’ve added a 30 barrel fermenting tank, the first stop where yeast converts the sugar into alcohol, and a 30 barrel brite tank, which

helps clear the beer before being packaged into kegs or cans.” Beattie said consumer demand for the cans is on the rise, since canning began back in October. “Currently, we’ve been doing about 500 cases every three to five weeks. We added another 30 barrel fermenting tank, allowing us to do about 900 cases every three to four weeks. So we will shorten the timeframe down. This will also help us provide more draft beer.” The brewery currently distributes its Allegheny IPA and Polynomial Pale Ale in cans for retail sales. There’s space available in the same room for even more beer storage tanks, which will be installed for additional production. “We’re going to add two, 45 barrel fermenting tanks and another 45-barrel brite tank, sometime late this year or possibly next year.” Beattie said the beer stays in the fermenting tank anywhere from ten to sixteen days, with the entire brew process taking sixteen to 21 days,

from start to finish. Currently, the building which houses Four Mile Brewing meets the company’s needs. Buildings located behind the main brewery are already being used. “Eventually we will grow out of this building and move next door.” Beattie said this will occur during the “next layer” of expansion. Their main goal, according to Beattie, is to be a production brewery. No changes are being planned for the Tap Room. “We love the Tap Room, it’s a vital part of our business; it’s awesome that we have it. But the expansion is for production.” As for the canning operation, Beattie says sales are going great in the local market. “We’re in all the local stores.” Two local distributors, Sanzo Beverage and Certo Brothers, extend the Four Mile range well beyond the immediate Olean area. “The demand is there in the Erie County and Niagara market. They constantly want more.” Beattie says their flagship beer, Allegheny IPA, “is growing at a very nice rate. We’re way up from last year to this year. And our rotating hop series, Polynomial Pale Ale, is the fastest growing beer in our portfolio. It’s a unique way for people to try to get the same base beer, but to also experience the changes that hops provide in the flavor profile.” Visitor traffic at the Olean brewery is also growing, from across New York State and also Pennsylvania. According to Beattie, “The future of Four Mile Brewing is bright.”

family in Clymer, NY, on the Pennsylvania border. Helping his father on dairy farm, he learned hard work at a young age. A neighbor made maple syrup and always needed help with the sap buckets. By the time Darl was 19, he studied the details of the maple sugaring business and became involved in the production of syrup. By his mid 20’s he had a large operation of maple sugaring. Cathy grew up on a small dairy farm in Findley Lake and fondly recalls collecting sap on a sled, pulled by a tank, with a bucket to help collect seed to plant in the spring. The family has been involved every step of the way, on the land, in the production, and in the restaurant. The Redlecki’s also farm the land, growing vegetables, rhubarb, and raspberries. Cathy works at Chautauqua Lake Central School as a Teacher’s Assistant and has many roles within the business. As she is the greeter and hostess at the restaurant, her warm smile is the first introduction to this family friendly breakfast place. As Cathy manages the check- in process, she walks the patrons into the waiting room, warmed by the demonstration sap to syrup wood-fired evaporator. The comfortable bench is the spot to hear how the sap becomes syrup. Darl says, “Our mission is to educate

our visitors, many of whom only know of “syrup” in the plastic bottles on the grocer’s shelves.” They have welcomed home-schooled students, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4H members, and FFA students to tour and learn all aspects of the business. The extended tour is comprised of the sugaring house, built by Darl and his family, all of lumber milled right on site in his sawmill. He is the logger, the sawyer, the builder, production line supervisor, bottling and packaging engineer. On winter and spring weekends when the restaurant is open, he is also the cook, flipping the tasty buckwheat pancakes! The experience at Red’s is like the “good old days.” Patrons are seated at the picnic style tables, near the wood burning stone fireplace, which warms the heart, soul and belly. Service is quick, friendly and the pancakes keep coming. For $9.75 the breakfast includes buckwheat pancakes, two sausage patties, applesauce, Red’s maple syrup, coffee and juice. Extra pancakes are free, extra sausage patties are $1 each. Children three and under are free. High chairs are available, as well as books, board games and couches by the fire for relaxing. Cathy says “we love the many generations of families who come and have breakfast with us.” Darl says, “By using the plastic tubing system, rather than buckets, we are ecofriendly, no tractors and no erosion. It also produces a

higher quality of sap. This is important to us, we create a pure product, educate the community, and have fun doing it.” A recent visitor from Maple Springs, Beth Peyton says, “It wasn’t just the great pancakes and sausage that hooked us, but the warmth of the place. We felt welcomed immediately, and after we ate, we wandered over to the cozy couches and chairs that surround the fireplace. Our grandkids climbed on the furniture, and played with the pieces of the checkerboard, tic-tac-toe and dominoes games that were there for customers. I pulled If You Give a Pig a Pancake out of the pile of children’s books and the girls thought it was great fun. The pig got sticky, and we were sticky, warm and satisfied. And the coffee was good!” The pancake house is open about 19 days in the winter/ spring and 8-10 days in the fall. The hours are 7:30am2pm on Saturday and Sunday. The fall hours are 7:30am12:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Open weekends will continue until April 22, excluding Easter Sunday. The products are sold on site year-round. A few of the stores carrying the products are Wegman’s, The Lighthouse Grocery on Chautauqua Lake, Neckers Company in Clymer, and Anderson’s Produce in Kiantone. Call 716-761-6020 for additional information. Find on Facebook: Red’s Best Pancake House, LLC.

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The ledger march 22 28, 2018 volume 2 issue 12  

A Free Weekly Publication Serving Chautauqua County.

The ledger march 22 28, 2018 volume 2 issue 12  

A Free Weekly Publication Serving Chautauqua County.