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March 22 Fire Takes Down Half a Block on Main Street
Farm and Craft Market Under New Management
FOCUS ON NATURE XIV Ongoing through Sun., April 9 • 4pm Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown WINE & CULINARY DINNER EXPERIENCE Friday, March 24 • 6:30 – 9pm Grape Discovery Center, Westfield JAZZ AT INFINITY FEATURING BILL WARD Friday, March 24 • 7pm Infinity Center, Jamestown MOVIES @ THE REG - SING Friday, March 24 • 7 – 8:50pm Saturday, March 25 • 2 – 3:50pm Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, Jamestown
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A CONVERSATION WITH JUDITH IVEY Friday, March 24 • 7:30pm 1891 Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia RAPUNZEL Friday, March 24 • 7:30pm Lucille Ball Little Theatre, Jamestown
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The well known Cross Roads Farm and Craft Market of Westfield, NY is set to re-open under new management as of May 20th, 2017. The Market has a significant and memorable reputation with
FAIRBANKS MAPLE PANCAKE BREAKFAST Saturday, March 25 • 8am – 2pm Sunday, March 26 • 8am – 2pm Fairbanks Maple Farms, Forestville 22ND ANNUAL MAPLE WEEKEND Saturday, March 25 • 10am – 4pm Sunday, March 26 • 10am – 4pm Chautauqua County Maple Producers BIG TREE MAPLE FARM TOUR AND TASTING Saturday, March 25 • 10am – 4pm Sunday, March 26 • 10am – 4pm Big Tree Maple, Lakewood CLEAR CREEK FARMS NYS MAPLE WEEKEND CELEBRATION Saturday, March 25 • 10am – 4pm Sunday, March 26 • 10am – 4pm Gerber’s Clear Creek Farms, LLC, Mayville
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the community, having started 19 years ago, providing a space for local vendors to come together and offer their goods and services while bringing community members closer. Last year, the Cross Roads Coop decided to retire this event, See “MARKET” Page 6
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Roger Tory Peterson Institute (Part 3 of 23 Part Series)
EAST COAST SNOWCROSS PRESENTS SNOX Sat., Mar. 25 • 10am & Sun., Mar. 26 • 10am Peek’n Peak Resort & Spa, Clymer CHILDREN’S CONCERTS SERIES Saturday, March 25 • 11am – 12pm Darwin R. Barker Library, Dunkirk LIVE AT THE MET: IDOMENEO Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 1pm 1891 Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia MAPLE WEEKEND CREPES IN THE WINERY Saturday, March 25 • 1 – 4pm Johnson Estate Winery, Westfield For More Weekly Events Visit http://www.tourchautauqua.com
By Beverly A. Hazen Nature enthusiasts who enjoy sitting in a cozy wood-paneled room while looking out large windows to see birds feeding near
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Chautauqua Girls Pint Out ..Pg. 4
Craft Beer Organization for Women Meets Friday Girls Pint Out is a national craft beer organization for women. Our mission is to build a community of women who love craft beer and who are an active, contributing part of the craft beer community. The next Chautauqua Girls Pint Out event will take place this Friday, March 24th, at Southern Tier Brewing Company’s tasting room, The Empty Pint. For more information on the organization visit: www.girlspintout.org
Holiday Valley Spring Preview
Golf Course to Open April 9 ... Pg. 8
Spring has finally arrived and there are many fun events on the horizon over the next few months in the village of Ellicottville. Kicking off the season will be Holiday Valley’s target opening day for golf enthusiasts on Sunday, April 9th. This will be the same day as the last day of the skiing season, so patrons can both ski and golf if they feel inclined.
trees will feel right at home at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute on 311 Curtis Street in Jamestown NY. In a quiet setting, this stone building is part museum and part art gallery, all the while offering the visitor a pair of binoculars to look outside at the birds or a chair to sit on while browsing through a nature book.
Showtime ... Pg. 3
The city of Jamestown has been working on developing a rail excursion service between Buffalo and the refurbished rail station in Jamestown. The idea is to bring comedy lovers via rail to the newly expanded Comedy Museum occupying part of the train station. Jamestown has requested Stone Consulting to do a feasibility study of the rail extension. The study is expected to cost $60,000, and the city is seeking grants to cover the cost. Part of the rail lines are owned by the Catt County Industrial Development Agency, and the city requested $5,000 from them as part of the cost. The Catt County IDA approved only $2,500 to go to the study. Southern Tier West (STW) Development Agency, Executive Director Richard Zink requested $5,000 from the STW board as their contribution to the study. It was approved.
Turf Field Readying for Use
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Full-Size, Non-Flooding Baseball Field Opens May By Mary Seger
Tournament Returns to Clymer July 3-9
Every baseball player and coach in this area knows what damage our rainy New York spring seasons can do to area ballfields. Time after time, practices and games have to be postponed or cancelled due to fields being too wet for teams to play on them. Seasons are cut short and team morale suffers. But all that is about to change. Lakewood’s “field of dreams” – a full-size, non-flooding, turf baseball field – will finally be ready for use by May of this year. It didn’t look like that was a possibility just a few short weeks ago. Although the field looked playable since the synthetic turf infield was installed last October, it was surrounded by temporary fencing. The Village of Lakewood leases the land on which the field was built from the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Company and both entities were concerned about safety and insurance issues that could arise from using the field before permanent fencing was installed.
Preparations are currently underway for a major golf tournament returning to the Peek’n Peak resort in Clymer from Monday July 3rd through Sunday July 9th. The week-long schedule includes a Pro Am competition on Wednesday, July 5th, followed by four official rounds of tournament competition from July 6-9. The Director of Operations for the LECOM Health Challenge, John Coolbaugh, is counting the days until tournament time. He is optimistic
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See “PGA” Page 7
Last year’s event raised $112,000 for local charities. By Nicholas Pircio
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Lucille Ball Memorial Park Offers More than Meets the Eye Weekly Column of public lakefront situated on the pavilion. They have public By Donna Germain a seven acre public park. They bathrooms outside during the Did you know…? Looking for a place to have a picnic, family reunion, baby shower or even a wedding? I know a great place. The Lucille Ball Memorial Park located at 21 Boulevard Avenue, Celoron. There is beautiful view of Chautauqua Lake from the over 2000 feet
have a lighthouse, playground, picnic tables, a pavilion and a gazebo. If you do not want to be outside they have a family recreation building with a full kitchen, bathrooms, tables and chairs that seat up to 65 people. You do not need to be a resident to utilize these amenities. There is deposit and rental fee for the building and
season. The park also offers free parking and free boat launch. During the summer season on Wednesdays they have a free band concert that is open to the public. So if you would like to reserve your spot or would like additional information, contact the Village of Celoron at 716-M fi 487-4175. B Now you know…
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SWCS Update: By Rebecca Feldman Hard work and dedication seem to be traits that run through all of the students at Southwestern. Through extracurricular activities, educational opportunities, and even out of school events, everyone is able to show that hard work does pay off. Last week, the Southwestern school district had two snow days, which fell on critical rehearsal days for the cast and crew of The Addams Family. Thursday the 16th was opening night, but with not having been able to practice the two days prior, everyone was slightly skeptical. Nobody knew exactly what to expect, but Chris Butler, lead role, had this to say: “No matter the circumstances, we push through. A little snow never stopped SW! We’re going
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to perform better than ever before.” And that they did. Opening night went better than they could have ever hoped for, as did the Friday and Saturday shows. With a happy/sad type of feeling, they put their all into their Saturday show, knowing it would be their last for this year. The senior performers were especially teary-eyed during the cast party held in the high school after the show. Although the musical season is over, it was definitely another fantastic show in director Mrs. Beichner-Miller’s book. Another example of hard work paying off is the yearbook committee. After months of long hours spent working on making this the best book ever, the deadline has finally approached. By the end of this week, the entire book will be completely finished and the rest of the student body will
be able to see the masterpiece it has become. It shares the stories of every event that took place during the 20162017 school year, which are precious memories that the yearbook will help everyone remember forever. With April looming just around the corner, college is at the top of every senior’s priorities. Students are beginning to find out if they have been accepted to the colleges they have applied to. After twelve years, the time to figure out the future has finally arrived, and although it can be stressful, excitement is buzzing. There are a lot of students at Southwestern who deserve to be rewarded for all of their hard work and dedication. It is important that students continue to be applauded so that they never stop working for their goals.
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The Village of Lakewood Mayor, Cara Birrittieri has filed the 2017-18 Tentative Budget with the Village Clerk. This year’s tentative budget reflects an incredibly difficult fiscal year for the village. The village has lost over two million dollars in assessments, and all departments have requested increases, though many non-essential funding requests were not granted. The Tentative Budget sets a tax rate at $7.72 per thousand, up from the present rate of $7.15 per thousand. “This is a start and it’s about as bare bones as possible, without eliminating essential village services and important community needs. No major department received
full funding in this tentative budget.” The largest portion of the budget increase is with unionized police contract salaries, along with the almost 10% increase in costs this year for police retirements vs. what is forecasted for next year. Also, this budget includes a shared service item, a fuel storage tank to be shared between the Southwestern Central School system and the village. A grant application is planned to offset this cost, however, with or without the grant, this project will eventually reduce gasoline and diesel costs for all of the village’s departments. All utility costs have also
increased, and the village has taken on added debt with the purchase of a state of the art pumper truck and new ambulance for the fire department, plus a new DPW dump truck. “We have seen a significant drop in the village’s total assessments, and many increased expenses. This is a tentative budget, & will require the entire board to weigh in before it is finalized. I expect changes to be made,” said Mayor Birrittieri. A public hearing on the budget is planned for Apri1 10, 2017 . Lakewood Board of Trustees meeting. The budget is subject to board approval, and must be adopted by May 1, 2017.
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It’s that question we all most dread at our annual physical, “How often do you consume alcohol?” Response, “uh… just socially…” (Cue raised eyebrow from doctor here.) The truth is, drinking beer, wine and spirits, has become cause for social celebration. Rather, appreciating a finely crafted alcoholic beverage in the company of fellow appreciators has become cause for social celebration. The word “appreciating” was carefully chosen because in order to fall into this category of imbibers, it is to be understood that the intention is not to become intoxicated. The intention is to bring awareness to the ingredients that were carefully selected, the tastes and feelings imparted on your tongue and palate, the way the beverage might pair with a food item, etc. Varying degrees of appreciation can take place. There is the classic image we all have in our mind; the pretentious elitist sniffing and swishing wine, only to take a small sip and spit it out. That’s right, people drink sips of wine and then SPIT THEM OUT! It’s a travesty, or a fine hobby, depending on what side of the fence you decide to stand on. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there is a local
group of women-only craft beer enthusiasts, Chautauqua Girls Pint Out. It may ring a bell because up until about two months ago they went by Erie Girls Pint Out. The group pursued the name change because co-organizers, Heather Kinal and Megan Arnone, both live and work in Chautauqua County. That and the fact there are so many exciting things happening within our local craft beer scene made it an easy decision. While the group has hosted events in Chautauqua County previously as Erie GPO, the inaugural Chautauqua GPO event was held last month at Urban Spin, the new indoor cycling studio in Lakewood. “Sip and Spin” was a sold out event and a huge success! Attendees included existing Erie GPO members as well as fresh faces. After Urban Spin co-owner, Melanie Berg, made everyone sweat with an intense-but-fun workout, guests were able to mingle and share their much deserved favorite brews. The next Chautauqua Girls Pint Out event will take place this Friday, March 24th, at Southern Tier Brewing Company’s tasting room, The Empty Pint. Heather and Megan invite all the craft-beer-lovin’ ladies for a casual happy hour meet and
greet with the option to hang around for dinner. The event is from 5:30pm-7:30pm and costs nothing to attend aside from your own tab. Heather commented, “I started Erie GPO in June 2014 because I wanted to make friends with more women who also appreciate craft beer. In that time we’ve really evolved as a chapter and moved forward in a positive direction. While we still do a lot of beer-focused events, like pairings and brewery tours, we also host events that just sound fun to Megan and I. Sometimes we figure out how to incorporate beer after the fact.” Megan added, “It’s hard to pick a single favorite event but I think we both agree our top two events of 2016 were the time we made beermosas and yogurt parfaits then headed out kayaking and SUPing on Findley Lake. That and our collaboration cheese pairing event with Reverie Creamery and Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge. Riko Chandra and Frank Besse put together some phenomenal pairings for our guests to sample. I still daydream about them on occasion.” If you’re interested in participating in an upcoming event or learning more about Chautauqua Girls Pint Out, you’re encouraged to send Heather (heather@ girlspintout.org) or Megan (firstname.lastname@example.org) a message or find the group on Facebook. There is no membership process or dues to join, just show up, order a pint and socialize! Girls Pint Out is a national craft beer organization for women. Our mission is to build a community of women who love craft beer and who are an active, contributing part of the craft beer community.
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A Conversation with Judith Ivey : March 24th : 1891 Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia
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The Practical Intuitive Angels in Our Life
Vicki Wagoner The Practical Intuitive I came across a profound statement that inspired me to write this article, “Angels in our life.” “Life doesn’t always introduce you to the people you want to meet. Sometimes, life puts you in touch with the people you need to meet – to help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you, and to gradually strengthen you into the person you were meant to become.” Steve Maraboli As I read this again, I reflected on all the people in my life that fell into one, some or all of the above of people I needed to meet – some helped me; some hurt me; some left me; some loved me; and, gradually
all of them assisted me to become the person I am today. All angels in my life! I know the ones that caused me to feel hurt at the moment the most, were actually the ones that loved and assisted me the most. I know that is a tough one to figure out yet I feel because of their courage to sign up to be the “bad guy” they were the ones that actually were the most loving and courageous to help me to come to the self-realization of self-love. My father was one of the biggest angels in my life because he was the one that caused the most discomfort and greatest challenges that I had to overcome. I learned so much about my inner courage, strength, faith and perseverance to remember my authenticity because of the abuse I endured. Another angel in my life was my mom. Emotionally unavailable a great deal of my life, I struggled to understand how to feel worthy of being noticed, heard and loved. The angel I am most thankful for was my grandmother who loved me unconditionally. She believed in me, loved me, supported and hugged me. She was a confidant and friend; a safe harbor
in an ocean of uncertainty, inconsistency and fear. I wrote in another article about my favorite teacher, Mr. Delsetti, a wonderful man and angel in my life. He helped me in a way that up to then only my grandmother had. He helped me to remember my voice, to know that I mattered and was worthy of being heard. There have been many people, friends at the moment, that had come into and out of my life. Some lasted a few days, some a few years, some a lifetime. All helped me to remember that I had a right to be seen, heard and respected. • Who are the angels in your life? • What did the angels in your life help you learn about yourself either through love or challenges? -Self-respect? -Self-love? -Finding your voice? -Setting boundaries? -Courage? -Inner strength? Vicki Wagoner: The Practical Intuitive - assisting you to change your perspective to change your life! (239) 2480586 vickiwagoner53@ gmail.com Facebook: Vicki Wagoner - The Practical Intuitive
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Rapunzel : March 24th : Lucille Ball Little Theatre, Jamestown
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Roger Tory Peterson, an American naturalist, ornithologist, artist and educator was born in Jamestown, NY, in 1908, in a modest home a few blocks away from this site. He pioneered the modern age of nature study with his breakthrough book, A Field Guide to the Birds in 1934 and was known for the clarity of illustrations in his Peterson Field Guide series. Peterson won every major award in the U.S. for Natural Science, ornithology, and conservation, including our nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President Jimmy Carter in Washington, DC in 1980. RTPI was founded in 1984 to honor and continue the work of Peterson and to foster understanding, appreciation and protection of the natural world. Charged with preserving Peterson’s lifetime body of original work and making it available for educational purposes, RTPI connects people with nature through Art (Peterson’s, as well as others), Education (supervised research projects) and Conservation (environmental focus). The RTPI building, with a rugged stone/slate/ wood design, handcrafted woodwork and hammered copper lighting fixtures was dedicated in 1993. Peterson
attended the dedication which occurred the day after his 85th birthday. He died three years later. The structure consists of two floors, with an elevator, that provide rooms and galleries for displaying world-class exhibitions and collections of nature-themed artwork on a rotating basis throughout the year. “Currently on display through April 9 is a ‘Focus on Nature XIV’ exhibition that is organized by The New York State Museum in Albany,” Exhibits and Public Programs Coordinator, Jane Johnson said. “It features over 60 works in a variety of mediums representing artists from around the world and a majority of the paintings and drawings are available for purchase.” The Netherlands, Australia and Portugal are a few of the countries represented, in addition to the United States. Johnson also said that limited editions of Roger Tory Peterson prints on display are for sale, as well as some prints that are not framed. A room with glass enclosed bookcases holds artifacts that belonged to Peterson, such as his binoculars and cameras. There is a bust of Roger Tory Peterson surrounded by the 10 medals he received, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Part of the collection of attractive vases and plates with songbirds delicately painted on them are in bookcases as well.
Passenger pigeon specimens on display are part of the Institute’s permanent collection. The extinct passenger pigeon was once North America’s most numerous bird, but Peterson never saw one. A page from Birds of America with an account of the passenger pigeon written by James Audubon in 1840 is also encased. (Audubon Societies are named after this French-American ornithologist.) RTPI is in an outdoor woods setting and trails are accessible for visitors who want to wander and explore. Trail maps, a gazebo and picnic tables are available. “The property is such a draw, especially in the summer for nature enthusiasts and outdoorsmen because of the wooded setting,” Johnson said. Upcoming exhibits include, “The Weilers’ Evolution: A Father & Son’s Artistic Journey,” the father, M.C., an acclaimed watercolorist and his son, Dale, a creator of stone sculptures, from April 21 – July 2. A “Birds in Art” exhibit, featuring over 100 of the best bird artists from around the world using a variety of mediums, will be held July 15 – Aug. 27. A nature gift shop offers a selection of books, bird feeders, nature coloring books and gift items for adults and children. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 4; Sunday 1 – 5. Call (716) 665-2473 or visit the website at www.rtpi.org.
Fredonia Winter Farmers Market Open every Saturday November 5 to May 13, 2017 10am-1pm, rain or shine at Masonic Forest Lodge. Featuring local produce, home baked goods, meats, organic poultry, cheese, eggs, jam, jellies, handmade soaps and bath products, plants, flowers, herbs, local artisan and crafters. They participate in FMNP, WIC and EBT programs.
Cont. From Cover but luckily it has come under new ownership, and that ownership has a goal of keeping the original Market vision alive. Excitement of their opening is growing as fast as their vendor list, which includes Fudge & Stuff, Blanche’s Goodie Garden, Peaceful Designs, The Gypsy’s Trinkets, Gene Heil wood-workings and Merritt Winery – all of which may sound familiar to those who have frequented the Market in years past, as these are just some of the returning vendors. Not only will there be several return companies, but there is a new restaurant being added, Pit Stop, which will serve fresh handmade, neverfrozen burgers, hand cut curly fries, foot long hotdogs and seasonal weather-appropriate items. Lularoe with Rebecca Mitchell has also been added to the fun for those searching for the perfect rare new outfit. Another facet, one that has never before been available at the Market,
will be medium readings by Dennis Morley and Susan Barnes, available each week in neighboring booths. From food to clothes, crafts to person-specific services, there will be something for everyone to discover. Additional vendors are still being added at this time. In addition to the aforementioned indoor vendors, visitors can also expect a variety of outdoor vendors. Applications are still welcome for the outdoor space as well, costing only $35 per vendor. These will vary week to week, as well as some of the indoor ones, always offering new experiences for attendees. If this wasn’t all unique and exciting enough, the new ownership is also forming a special events calendar, which is gearing up to include support of local non profits, county-wide yard and craft sales for discounted vendor rates, food and cooking related events and much more. The Market will take place in Building 1 of Cross Roads Farm and Craft Market, 6017 Sherman Westfield Rd, Westfield, NY 14787, with a plan for building 2 to
be brimming with vendors by mid June. This weekly event is held on 22 acres of beautiful landscape, capturing a view that many families have enjoyed over a picnic after exploring the Market. Lynn Patterson, Market Director, shared with The Ledger her excitement for the re-opening, as she has very much enjoyed its existence. She has been involved with it even before the new ownership took place, having photographed different vendors, prepared social media features and coordinated market-specific events. She reflects with much respect on the great legacy and groundwork for the original vision to be continued, and to build off of what they started. The Market will have an extended time frame, staying open every Saturday 9am5pm through December 23, 2017. For more information or if you are interesting in becoming a vendor, contact Cross Roads Farm and Craft Market, P) 716-6735819, email at CrossRoa dsFarmAndCraftMarket@ gmail.com or find them on Facebook by the same name.
Benefit for Hospice Pepsi Fundraiser Benefits Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care The Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Jamestown recently held it’s annual “Texas Hold’em” fundraiser with the proceeds benefiting Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care. The popular poker fundraiser attracts as many as 80 participants. Proceeds from the event are donated each year to local charities. Pepsi representatives Jamie Billquist, Matt Ehrman and Fred Pellerito presented a check
for $1,850 to Andy Dickson, CHPC Vice President of Community Engagement and Planning, this year’s recipient, in support of Hospice’s care and services to area residents. “Everyone at Pepsi is very family oriented and involved in the local community.” says Billquist. “The Texas Hold’em event is another great way for all of us to give back. Hospice is one local agency that has touched many of our coworkers, family, and friends.”
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Cont. From Cover However, the permanent fencing carried a price tag of at least $30,000. With no donors in sight as of the end of February, it didn’t look like there was any way the field could be used this spring. The story so far Getting the field so close to completion can be credited to the Marra family, who started the ball rolling with a $150,000 donation to create a field in memory of Ralph and Fran Marra, and to Bill Burk, Lakewood resident and JCC Director of Total Fitness and Facilities, who picked up that ball and ran with it. He volunteered countless hours of his time over the past 3 years, connecting with community partners, applying for grants, and working with donors to raise approximately $230,000 in additional funding for the project. Jen Froah, co-president of Southwestern Area Sports (SWAS) whose Little League baseball players will benefit most from the new field, says of Bill Burk: “Without him, the idea of this field would have never existed. He’s put his heart into it.” Other early supporters of the baseball field included the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Company, who agreed that the field could be built on an undeveloped piece of their training ground property leased by the Village of Lakewood. The Village’s Department of Public Works provided
about $20,000 of in-kind services toward the project. Additional important local partners included the Sheldon Foundation, which donated $50,750, and Eco Strategies Civil Engineering, which provided all the environmental and civil engineering for the project’s Wetland Mitigation Plan. But even with all that hard work, dedication, and generosity behind it, without permanent fencing the “field of dreams” was still a place young athletes could only dream of playing on. Swinging for the fences In an effort to push it closer to reality, Lakewood Mayor Cara Birrittieri recently requested and secured a commitment for a donation from the Town of Busti. Town board members unanimously voted to approve a $5,000 donation toward fencing at their March 6 meeting, using monies from the Recreation Fund. The Village of Lakewood has also designated $4,000 towards the project and its Department of Public Works will be responsible for ongoing maintenance. Nonetheless, as of March 6, there was still a long way to go to fund fencing costs of $30,000 or more. The situation looked bleak. However, at the March 13 Lakewood Board of Trustees meeting, Jack Knowlton, president of the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Company, stood up to make a surprise announcement. He said that the Fire Co. members had met and voted to fund not only the outfield fencing but also the backstop. They had previously agreed to donate the flagpole, and the field’s sign.
Jen Froah, speaking for SWAS which now has primary responsibility for scheduling the use of the baseball field, says that Fire Company’s funding will be in the form of a nointerest loan with a flexible repayment plan. They also agreed to increase the loan amount if more than $30,000 is required. “That’s huge,” says Froah. “As soon as the fence is up, we can start practices.” Next steps Now everyone can be part of the winning team. There are still many opportunities for donors to step up and help bring the field to full completion. The shopping list includes dugouts, a moveable pitcher’s mound, finishing the outfield with sod or seeding, bleachers, and a concession stand. And Froah points out: “There are advertising possibilities.” She said that donations of $5,000 and greater would qualify donors to be fence sponsors, dugout sponsors, etc. Froah firmly believes donations to the baseball field project will have an impact on the entire community. “Not only will the turf provide the children of this community with a fantastic baseball experience, but because there are no other fields like it within a large radius, we will be able to attract teams from far and wide for tournaments that will help support the SWAS baseball program as well as the local economy.” For more information about the baseball field, contact Jen Froah at jenfroah@ gmail.com or the Village of Lakewood at 763-8557.
Cont. From Left about repeating the success of last season when the PGA TOUR’s Web.com Tour rolls into Western New York. LECOM stands for Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Last year’s event raised $112,000 for a host of local charities, including the LECOM Student Scholarship Fund, the Jamestown Community College Scholarship Fund, the Mikey’s Way Foundation, the local United Way, the Panama High School swim team booster club, and the Clymer baseball team booster club. Hosting the event is the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation. Coolbaugh is “in full preparation mode” for the upcoming tournament, for which he is currently recruiting volunteers. “We recruit 400 to 500 volunteers to help with everything from scoring to admissions. We have a
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Spring has finally arrived and there are many fun events on the horizon over the next few months in the village of Ellicottville. Kicking off the season will be Holiday Valley’s target opening day for golf enthusiasts on Sunday, April 9th. This will be the same day as the last day of the skiing season, so patrons can both ski and golf if they feel inclined. “The opening day all depends on the weather,” said Holiday Valley Marketing Director Jane Eshbaugh. “In the past, we have used groomers to push snow around to get it to melt
faster. We may also only be able to open a few holes and others may have some ‘snow hazards’ at the very beginning of the season.” Sky High Adventure Park will also be open soon for adventure-seekers on Fridays through Sundays starting May 5th and daily starting Friday, June 16th. At the Park, the popular Mountain Coaster is available for an almost five thousand foot ride along a spiraling path as well as ziplining through the Aerial Park’s scenic forest. Looking ahead, the second annual spring Happy Half is slated to take place at 10am on Saturday, May 13th this year and it is expected to be
full of surprises. Without any doubt, this event, specifically the Beer Mile, is unlike any other race. “The run is just over 13 miles,” added Eshbaugh. “It is slightly less hilly than the Halloween Half, which is good for spring runners who have not built up their stamina yet. It is a very entertaining day.” Beer Mile runners otherwise known as those with iron stomachs - will be timed as if it were any other race. However, after each quarter of a mile, participants can treat their taste buds to a frothy, cold beer. (no outside beers will be allowed at the run). The Happy Half fun continues at the after-party, which will take place at the Holiday Valley Lodge. Tickets for the fun day can be purchased at www. happyhalfrun.com. For more information on all that Holiday Valley has to offer this upcoming season, visit www. holidayvalley.com or call 716-699-2345 to learn more about event registration(s). All additional information can also be found at www. ellicottvilleny.com.
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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