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DRI Projects Update


Along the Art Trail:

Riko Chandra

Downtown Revitalization Projects in Progress

Documenting the Forgotten Things

10 projects approved for funding by New York State including above, left to right: Jamestown Brewing Company and an Enhanced Riverwalk Experience including illuminating areas behind the Train Station.

Chautauqua County resident, Riko Chandra, isn’t only our favorite Cheesemaker, he is also a member of the SUNY Fredonia University Marion Art Gallery Advisory Board and the Cornell Co-operative Extension Program.

The Director of Development for the City of Jamestown, Vince Dejoy, provides an update on the status of the ten DRI projects approved for funding by New York State. The following is a list of

Chautauqua County residents may know Riko Chandra as the successful and innovative artisan cheese-maker and coowner of the Reverie Creamery who has helped put the County

BEATs AT THE BRiX Music sERiEs Friday, March 30 • 7 – 9pm 21 Brix Winery, portland EAsTER cARniVAL Saturday, March 31 • 10am – 1pm children’s safety Village, Ashville fREdoniA WinTER fARMERs MARKET Saturday, March 31 • 10am – 1pm Masonic forest Lodge, fredonia RidE THE LEgEnd - VinTAgE snoWMoBiLEs Saturday, March 31 • 12 – 4pm cockaigne ski Area, cherry creek cosi fAn TuTTE Saturday, March 31 • 1pm Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia WiTs’n giggLEs sTAnd up coMEdY sERiEs Saturday, March 31 • 7:30 – 9:30pm Northwest Arena, Jamestown THE GREATEST SHOWMAN: MoViEs AT THE REg Saturday, March 31 • 8 – 9:46pm Reg Lenna center for The Arts, Jamestown Mud cAMp Monday, April 2 • 9am – 3pm Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown KAYAK RoLL cLAssEs Tuesday, April 3 • 7 – 9pm Turner Community Center, Chautauqua free fly Tying / fly fishing classes Wednesday, April 4 • 7 – 8:30pm Rockafeller Arts center, fredonia MARTz oBsERVAToRY puBLic opEn HousE Wednesday, April 4 • 7:30 – 9:30pm Martz observatory, frewsburg

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where the projects now stand. Redevelop Former Key Bank Building - $1 million in funding They are planning to place a dinner theater there as well as mixed-income apartments, See “DRI” Page 4

By Lori Humphreys

Changing the Face of Jamestown

on the Foodie Map. A visit to the Gallery at the Reverie Creamery on Memorial Day Art Trail Weekend, 2018, will introduce you to Riko Chandra Art Trail art photographer. See “ART” Page 4

The Rise of Exercise

Doubletree by Hilton Plans to Open Fall 2018

What the Jamestown Area Gyms Have Offer

EBc spRing pAiRing dinnER Thursday, April 5 • 6 – 8:30pm Ellicottville Brewing Company, Fredonia fiRsT fRidAY LuncH BuncH Friday, April 6 • 11am – 12pm Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown spRing AWAKEning Friday, April 6 • 7:30pm Marvel Theatre, fredonia fREdoniA WinTER fARMERs MARKET Saturday, April 7 • 10am – 1pm Masonic forest Lodge, fredonia scAndinAViAn cuLTuRE dAYs Saturday, April 7 • 10am – 12pm Jamestown Community College, Jamestown cHiLi BoWL & spRing fLing Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 12 – 5pm Loud Performance Products, Bemus Point Weekly Events Visit

By Anna Hagley Signature hotel sets to help rejuvenate the city.

By Kathleen McCarthy With the assistance of local companies, contractors and vendors, the Hamister Group LLC is moving ahead with the over $14 million dollar renovation

Sneak Peek Inside this Issue...

Presentation on Noteworthy Local Artists CHQ. Co. Historical Society Annual Meeting .... Page 3

Painting by Russell Welch (courtesy of Chautauqua County Historical Society, Westfield, NY)

Lakewood Tentative Budget... Page 2 Village Faces Challenging Fiscal Year Ahead

Lakewood—The Village of Lakewood Mayor, Cara Birrittieri has filed the 2018-2019 Tentative Budget with the Village Clerk. This year’s tentative budget reflects an incredibly....

of the former Holiday Inn/ Ramada property at 150 W. 4th Street in Jamestown. Brandon Wade, General Manager of the Doubletree Hotel says, “we are committed to the community at every level. From the contractors, to the relationships we are developing in the business community, to our hiring, and planned tour activities, we want See “HOTEL” Page 5

Whether you are an avid weightlifter or a casual cardiocommitted gym member, it’s evident that fitness and exercise centers are more popular than ever, with a seemingly endless supply of choices when it comes to deciding where you want to get fit. For that reason, it saddened us deeply to hear of the sudden closing of the Jamestown and Ellicott Snap Fitness Centers effective March 14, 2018. While we are unsure of the reason behind the closing, we do know there are quite a few fitness centers available in the area. This

Vintage Snowmobiles

Ride the Legend Event at Cockaigne

This Saturday, March 31 is an opportunity not only to have a day of fun in the sun but to check out the blueprints and plans for the new Cockagine area and learn about other upcoming events. All vintage sled owners and clubs are welcome to participate. All sleds will have to be registered and insured. There will be no skiing or snowboarding this day but there will be a lot of activities. Gates open at 11am, activities begin at noon. The cost is $10 for riders and $5 for spectators, this is a cash only event. There will be an uphill obstacle course and trail rides. This is not a race, it is just an end of the year family fun day. The day will also include music, food, giveaways, and a bonfire. We are also looking at having a course for kids to bring 120cc sleds and ride as well.

is great for residents looking to join a gym for the first time, or for those looking to change centers since the closing of Snap Fitness. According to Statista, a leading provider of market and consumer data, there are more than 186 thousand fitness and health clubs, with 150 million members, open worldwide, and about 36 thousand, with around 55 million members, being in the United States. The Lakeside Ledger took time out to speak with, and look into, some facilities we have available locally and what makes each of them See “GYM” Page 5

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Weekly Column By Donna Germain

Did you know…? Easter is just around the corner. It is on April 1st this year. The holiday this year is shared with April fool’s day. However they are not fooling us when they tell us that two billion Peeps are consumed each year, the vast majority of them during the Easter season. Yes Peeps, those sugary colored marshmallow candies. Whether you prefer chicks to bunnies, fresh to stale, or plain to chocolate covered, there is a lot to know about Peeps, everyone’s favorite (non-chocolate) Easter candy. Peeps started in 1953 when a Russian immigrant by the name See “PEEP” Page 6

Beats at the Brix Music Series : March 30th : 21 Brix Winery, Portland

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Publisher’s Word “Spring into Spring!”

activities in general start to pick up this time of year. Nothing beats a great barbeque, which can be anything from strip steaks to meat of a more tubular variety. My favorite part is easy clean up - paper plates are a girl’s best friend! Next Saturday, April 7 from 12-5pm, Loud Performance Products in Bemus Point is holding their own spring food tradition: the second annual Chili Bowl Cookoff. All are encouraged to enter their chili for the competition! There will be a traveling trophy and I, for one, am totally in favor a $100 Loud Gift card to the of the change in temperature winner. and sunshine levels. Grilling Spring is also the time for

some serious cleaning and garage sales! Next Saturday the Audubon Community Nature Center is hosting a garage sale of their own: “Reuse It Donation Day”. This event from 10am-3pm is open house style, you name your price on items that need a new home and give a donation for what you want. They will be offering everything from aquariums to books, and posters to dishes. So, dear readers, a healthy dose of spring fever is the sure cure to warm your bones after such a cold winter. Here’s to the big thaw! Until next week… JZ-C

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Lakewood Tentative Budget Village Faces Challenging Fiscal Year Ahead

Lakewood—The Village of Lakewood Mayor, Cara Birrittieri has filed the 20182019 Tentative Budget with the Village Clerk. This year’s tentative budget reflects an incredibly challenging fiscal year for the village. Assessments over the past several years have dropped substantially, while at the same time the village has had to keep pace in order for our departments to continue the service that village residents rely on. Still, many non-essential funding requests were not granted. The Tentative Budget sets a tax rate at $7.91 per thousand, up from the present rate of $7.34 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, said Mayor Cara Birrittieri.” The largest portion of the budget increase is attributable to a significant jump in employee healthcare costs and rising unfunded pension liabilities. Although we anticipate a reduction in fuel and utility costs providing a new shared fuel station facility becomes available, and our village lights transition to LED lighting this fiscal year through two different grant awards, the village has also taken on added debt with a more competitive retirement package for union employees alongside debt for essential equipment for the DPW and Fire Department.

“Village finances have become increasingly challenging, and will require more creative financial forecasting in the coming years. The good news is we are seeing much improvement in our ability to access state and federal grant funding for projects that will provide dividends, community enhancements, and savings in the future. This is a tentative budget, and 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 April 9, 2018 during the regularly scheduled Lakewood Board of Trustees meeting. The budget is subject to board approval, and must be adopted by May 1, 2018.

Photo Contest Winner

Our Final Winner is Jeff Hunter of Jamestown NY

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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Audubon Exclusives

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Pizza Making Party April 15 at Jmst. Kitchen & Bath New Showroom

CHQ. Co. Historical Society Annual Meeting

At Audubon Exclusives Pizza Making Party, Brenda Schnick will teach you how to make thin crust Sicilian style pizza using many locally produced ingredients. The event will be in the new showroom demonstration area at Jamestown Kitchen and Bath, 1085 East 2nd Street on Sunday, April 15, 2-6pm. Audubon Exclusives are distinctive opportunities and unusual experiences offered by Audubon board members and dedicated supporters to help fund Audubon Community Nature Center. Schnick will teach party goers how to make their own one-hour pizza dough, use a pizza peel and stone, and discover the secret to getting a crispy crust. There will be up to four pizzas to sample,

and everyone will have a dough to take with them to use later in the week. The recipes use simple local ingredients so that pizza can easily be made at home. Participants will make both meat lovers and vegetarian pizzas. Jamestown Kitchen and Bath has generously agreed to supply wine to sample with the pizza (for over 21 only). Dress is casual, and participants are asked to bring an apron to wear, a large bowl and spoon to make their dough, and a hearty appetite.  Schnick’s part-Italian husband grew up on the South Side of Chicago. When they moved from Chicago to Warren 20 years ago, he couldn’t find a pizza to compare with Little Jim’s (since closed) where his family always ordered

their thin crust pizza. After extensive experimentation with all kinds of Chicago deep dish as well as thin crust pizza recipes, Schnick finally created her own Little Jim’s recipe that she will share with party-goers. If you have questions about the event, you can contact Schnick at brenda.schnick@ Cost is $50, and space is limited to eight guests. Reservations are required by Sunday, April 8, and can be made online through the Programs page at Also on the Audubon Exclusives page at are details about dinners prepared by Willow Fodor. These vegetarian delights are served at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church before GreenUp Jamestown events on Wednesdays, March 28 and May 2. Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways. Visit at 1600 Riverside Road, onequarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa., or online at

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Painting by Russell Welch (courtesy of Patterson Library, Westfield, NY)

WESTFIELD, NY - The Chautauqua County Historical Society (CCHS) will hold its 2018 annual meeting on Saturday, April 21 at Lakeshore Assembly of God (252 E. Main St., Westfield). Both CCHS members and guests should take note the venue is a new location compared to previous years. Highlighting the day is

a special presentation on two noteworthy artists from the Chautauqua Region: “Chautauqua County Artists Richard Sigafoos and Russell Welch,” presented by Lori Humphreys. Richard Sigafoos (1908-1985) was a noted impressionist artist, muralist, illustrator and teacher primarily known for his landscapes and marine

paintings. His paintings have been exhibited widely and he has received many awards including the gold, silver and bronze medals at Buffalo Society of Artists’ exhibitions. His works can be found in many public locations, as well as in many private collections in the United States and Canada. Russell Welch (19091994) was a Jamestown native who started his art career painting furniture at one of the local factories. In 1971, he retired and moved to Warren, Pennsylvania, where he began painting full-time. During his career, Welch painted murals in public buildings in New York and Pennsylvania. Lori Humphreys is a freelance writer from Stow, New York, where she’s lived since 2011. She’s a member of the Harmony Historical Society, the Chautauqua County Historical Society, and the North Harmony 100th Anniversary Committee. See “ARTISTS” Page 6

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Cont. From Cover and looking to secure a prospective tenant who would occupy four floors and bring a number of jobs. They’re still in the development phase leading toward eventual construction. “We are not sure when actual construction would begin.” Develop Hilton Doubletree Hotel - $2,400,000 The project is on track, as they are looking for a summer of 2018 opening. “It’s one of our most exciting projects in downtown Jamestown. We will finally have a fullservice hotel and conference center, so that more events can be brought downtown. It will hopefully attract hockey tournaments and other events to the Arena. It will play a vital role in our strategic plan to really activate the downtown core.” Jamestown Brewing Company - $830,000 This is also on track. They are doing interior demolition right now, and are working through the NY State Historic Preservation Office to make sure they sign off on everything being done to the interior and exterior. “Hopefully that will be ready for a summer, 2018 opening, and may be brewing beer before they open.” Improve Streetscape and Pedestrian Environment $610,000 This money has been awarded to make a more inviting, walkable downtown, mostly on Third Street, to match what’s happening in front of the National Comedy Center. To improve the sidewalks, a band of brick pavers toward the curb will give a consistent feel going down the street, to allow for outside dining, along with some new trees, benches and trashcans. “This

project is in the design phase and we should be going out to bid very shortly.” Enhance Riverwalk Experience - $325,000 “We’re still working with NY State Department of State; we have not finalized all the contract documents yet.” First up, hopefully during the current construction season, is to illuminate the Riverwalk behind the train station on both sides of the Chadakoin River, including a coal silo on the Board of Public Utilities campus that they would like to dramatically light. Plans call for construction of kayak and canoe launches, and a system to trap and remove floating debris that accumulates around the Warner Dam. Implement an Excursion Train Infrastructure Project and Support, and Rail Depot Upgrades $670,000 This probably won’t start in 2018, in terms of laying down infrastructure for track to accept excursion trains. That will probably happen in 2019. They’re currently working through an excursion train feasibility study, working with multiple regional partners to create a model for connecting Western NY communities along the line. This is so all can benefit from having these trains, whether it’s Gowanda, Salamanca or Buffalo. “We’re still working through that one; we don’t have any engineer drawings or construction documents to proceed this year. But it is still a very viable project. We’re hoping it will advance in 2019.” Revitalize the Reg Lenna Center - $1.5 million “It is actually under way. It was the first DRI project in the whole state, out of the ten communities that were approved by Empire State Development Corporation.” The lobby is now closed under

the marquee, because that’s part of almost a $5-million master plan being funded through mainly private funds from foundations. There are infrastructure improvements, safety upgrades, and improvements intended to make it a better experience for arts patrons. It will hopefully be completed sometime this fall. Fund Downtown Programming - $600,000 “We will be announcing details as to how the program will be rolled out, and for applications for various attractions and sponsors to promote events downtown. We’re not just talking about events that would normally happen. We’re trying to create an environment where we can bring in very highlevel talent to our venues, which could not be done just through ticket sales. So we have this fund to bring in some significant talent that will create a lot of street activity. This will help the merchants downtown, especially the restaurants, during these events. We have about two years to spend that money down.” Improve Robert H. Jackson Center-$1.5 million That’s currently in progress. They are working with architects to have some finalized plans and drawings. The idea is to make an easier for visitors as they enter as well as some façade improvements. The second phase of the project is to work with St. Bonaventure University to bring more programming to the center that has a tie-in to the Jackson Center. “Final approval will be soon, I hope, so that they can begin construction.” Lucille Ball Little Theater$265,000 Installation of a new air conditioning system in the auditorium and lobby is now See “DRI” Page 6

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Cont. From Cover On a recent visit I had a preview of Riko’s Art Trail display. Two of his photographs, hanging unobtrusively on the far wall of the Gallery at the Reverie Creamery translate his artistic vision. One is a photograph of wild asters in bloom; beneath it a photograph of the same plant withered, its seed pods against the snow. The photographs, which though separate, might together be considered a pictorial statement of Riko’s concern for documenting “the forgotten little things” It’s not just “little things”. Concern for the forgotten, the unnoticed, that searching for the meaning of humanity is the touchstone of Riko’s photographs which will be displayed at the Gallery at the Reverie Creamery during the 2018 Memorial Day Weekend Art Trail event. The display will combine four different series of photographs which Riko has displayed at other local galleries: Hope in the Dark with artist Frankie Post; Strange Allure, Urban Grit, I Call This Home. Additionally, he is currently working on an environmental portrait series of the young generation of Chautauqua farmers as part of the Art Trail Gallery at the Reverie tour. The outlier is Winter Garden, an eye-catching group in black and white showing the dramatic but lonely architecture of dead plant life framed by the snow. Riko said that these photographs explore his recent interest in exploring the abstraction of nature, how it correlates to our basic human emotion and condition such as longing

and accepting the inevitable. “The subjects of my work mostly center around my curiosity and interest in social and cultural anthropology,” he said. But, I would suggest his photographs, especially “Strange Allure” and “I Call This Home”, both completed in 2014, portray so much more than an academic interest in social and cultural anthropology. The photographs gain their power from Riko’s quest to seek and define humanity be it in the intimate portraits of “Strange Allure” or residents in the crowded space of a temporary home. He sought his subjects trust and received it. As he writes, “The actual thrill that I treasured in creating “I Call This Home” series was the exchange of personal stories and earning the trust of the people whom I photographed…” Riko was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was attracted to photography during his high school years in the late 1980’s and had to earn the money to purchase his first Nikon FM2, a manual film camera. Today he uses Leica M Cameras and most frequently the Monochrome type, which the camera’s sensor is a purely dedicated digital Black and White. He studied traditional darkroom black and white film development and printing in Dallas, Texas. He has been featured at the 3rd on 3rd Gallery, Jamestown; Octagon Gallery, Westfield, NY; Prendergast Library Art Gallery, Jamestown, NY; LMNOP Gallery in Sherman, NY; and with the Northshore Alliance -Biennial Show. He is a member of the SUNY Fredonia University Marion Art Gallery Advisory Board and the Cornell Co-operative Extension Program. He and his partner James Howard launched

the Reverie Creamery in July 2015 and it has been a successful endeavor. James, who had lived in Chautauqua Institution, introduced Riko to Chautauqua County and plunges into all the Reverie Creamery action, whether serving and recommending cheese to customers or serving at the Reverie Creamery St. Patrick’s Day Dinner. Though he and Riko travel to many places in the world seeking art and food, they love the life they have created here. The same intensity which Riko gives to his cheese making and business he gives to his art, and for that matter, everything he does. There is no contradiction or hesitation, but there is one caveat. “Cheese making is a living. Art makes me alive.” On Memorial Day Weekend, 2018, the North Shore Arts Alliance will organize and sponsor their 10th annual Chautauqua – Lake Erie Art Trail. From Mayville to Forestville, including Dunkirk and Fredonia “Art Trail” flags will fly in front of the studios and galleries of a group of Chautauqua County artists welcoming visitors. This artistic open-house introduces or re-introduces visitors to the many County artists whose art enriches our lives, culturally and economically. This article introduces Riko Chandra, 2954 Route 76, Sherman, NY 14781 and Gallery at Reverie Creamery, 3943, Route 394, Mayville, NY 14757. Phone numbers: 716-224-2815 and 716789-5757. rikochandra@ Websites are www. and www. The Gallery at the Reverie Creamery will feature curated exhibitions of local artists in the future.

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Cont. From Cover to be an integral part of the renaissance of the city Jamestown.” The target opening date is the Fall of 2018. In 2013 the City of Jamestown hired Paramount Realty Auction to conduct a live web auction of the property. Vince DeJoy, Director of Development for Jamestown oversaw the process. The successful bidder, Hamister Group LLC based in Buffalo, paid over $2 million in the bank foreclosure sale. The hotel building is undergoing extensive repairs inside and out. When finished the full service hotel will have 147 modern hotel rooms, new lobby and hallway areas. The ballroom, available for weddings, banquets, and meetings is 4,100 square feet with an additional 1,000 square feet for private dining. The bar, restaurant, and patio on West 4th Street will be modernized and available for the pleasure of the community at large, as well as hotel guests. The Pearl City Hops, Restaurant and Tavern will be a relaxed and comfortable gathering spot. Manager Wade says, “the restaurant will be Gastro Pub inspired. This will be a welcome addition to visitors, locals

and hotel guests. Lunch and dinner will be served. “The DoubleTree Breakfast will be served separately from the restaurant. The fitness center and pool on-site will be available to hotel guests. The pool may be rented for birthday party packages. The Hamister Group LLC began in 1977 as a health care company. It transitioned to senior assisted living and then in 2004 added hotels to its portfolio. Michael Streed, Director of Sales and Marketing cited “we are hoping for 4 Star and 4 Diamond ratings at the DoubleTree by Hilton Jamestown. We are excited to work with the community to offer services and support to area agencies and groups.” Wade and Streed both speak of the revitalization of Jamestown and the role the hotel will play in that. The hotel is a renewed source of tax revenues for the City and the County as well as a magnet for tourists to the heart of downtown Jamestown. By presenting at Jamestown Business College, the team looks forward to working with young people on skill development and future job opportunities. They have conducted mock interviews at Southwestern High School to assist students in developing the skills to present themselves in a marketable manner. They plan on monthly

meetings with other local attractions to discuss and coordinate the timing of area events. Sponsoring local events, non-profit agencies, bringing in tour groups and a close connection to the community are all “key to get the economy going again”, says General Manager Brandon Wade. The hotel will offer packages with golf, The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, as well as The National Comedy Center and other area attractions. The management is considering a shuttle to the Chautauqua Belle and Chautauqua Institution. Vince DeJoy, Director of Development for the City of Jamestown says, “the management of the DoubleTree by Hilton Jamestown and the Hamister Group LLC have been fulfilling our strategy and extending it in stages, as they plan for the exciting opening of the hotel. They have reached out to the community at every turn. They have taken on an aggressive marketing campaign to bring conferences and events to the city. Our hope is that businesses and organizations may consider a move to Jamestown after they experience all we have to offer. We see this new hotel as the crown jewel of our city.” Jamestown is ready for a signature hotel to rejuvenate the city.

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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 different. Fitness Bunker, a community owned facility located at 9 West Summit St. in Lakewood, just celebrated their 1 year anniversary, having opened January 16th, 2017. They’ve built their facility with the mission of improving peoples’ lives, providing something for everyone and meeting people where they’re at, including the ability to “customize” a membership to prevent paying for services one may not want. Laurie Shults, who co-owns the facility with her fiancé Salvatore Rachuna, shared with us that they are incredibly proud of how strong, happy and healthy their members are, and are able to see how their center is helping improve lives. They assist members with not only exercise but also via nutritional counseling and a nutrition bar, personal training, class offerings and education, while being able to meet anyone’s time constraint needs by offering 24 hour access. As Shults and Rachuna grew up in the area, they have a passion for supporting the community, and partner with local businesses for a variety of collaborative opportunities. The Jamestown and Lakewood area YMCA, at 101 East Fourth St. and 183 East Fairmount Ave. respectively, are 2 of 2400 YMCA’s across the nation and as a whole, YMCA’s are the largest nonprofit community service organizations in the country. The YMCA’s mission is “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, and also by enriching the lives of all people in spirit, mind, and body.” Between the two facilities there is a wide range of exercise modalities including free weights, cardio, a pool, gymnasium, obstacle course, racquetball and tennis. Being a non-profit organization, they have scholarships available for application, and more

details for this can be found at Curves Jamestown manager and franchise owner Debbie Swanson spoke with us about her 421 E 2nd St. location. Curves has just celebrated their 25th anniversary, and has been in the Jamestown area at least 15 years. Swanson purchased her first Curves club in 2012, another in 2013, and has since merged the two into this current centralized location. This women’s only fitness center offers a 30 minute circuit program with machines made with hydraulic resistance. In addition to the resistance training, they offer specialized classes geared for different age groups, from high intensity cardio to lower intensity sessions. Women in their 20’s through their 80’s attend the gym to focus on improving their health, which provides a comfortable space for women to be confident and comfortable while exercising. Simply stated, Swanson shares that their motto is “No men, no makeup, no mirrors and no judgment.” They are open Monday-Saturday with a coach available at all times, allowing members the support to most effectively and correctly use their time. Curves invites you to visit their Facebook page, Curves Jamestown, for weekly “Did You Know” moments as well as their “Battle of the Bulge” contest, for both members and non members. Anytime Fitness, at 901 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown, is a 24/7 fitness center with much to offer as well. Anytime Fitness is known as the largest and fastest growing 24 hour co-ed fitness center franchise in the world, and aims to provide convenience paired with top notch equipment. Their amenities include cardio, free weights and resistance training equipment, classes, worldwide club access, tanning, wellness programs and free classes just to name a few. They are active on their Facebook Page, Anytime Fitness – Jamestown, keeping it updated regularly for current and prospective members. Forge Health and

Performance, 141 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood offers 1 on 1 personal training, group training, boot camp and nutritional counseling. Another unique center, they are offering a “21 Day Forge Fat Flush Challenge,” beginning April 8th, in which participants will have access to 3 boot camp classes a week, nutritional planning, before and after measurements and social media support via a private group. Find more details about the challenge and the club at their Facebook page: Forge Health and Performance. Planet Fitness, a convenient and easily accessible Chautauqua Mall location, is at 318 E. Fairmont Ave. in Lakewood. Known for its bright colors, non judgmental atmosphere and several locations in the country, Planet Fitness is a great option to have at your fingertips. Membership offers vary depending on which amenities one may need, and amenities are several, including guest privileges, hydromassage, tanning, infrared light therapy, massage chairs, fitness training and classes. They are open and staffed 24/7, and would be a great healthy malltrip option. In learning about the centers in our area, it is easy to see that whether your gym has recently closed, or you’re simply ready to embark on a new journey, there is a place waiting to support, motivate and uplift you. While our condolences go out to Snap Fitness, its owners, employees and clients, there is ample opportunity for community members to find motivation for your health and fitness goals by knowing that the perfect fitness center could be right in your community, as each distinctive gym demonstrates that there is a place available to fit the needs of every individual. Whether new to fitness and exercise or a self-proclaimed “gym rat,” young or old, need classes or weights, and everything in between, it’s never too late to be part of the rise of exercise.


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Recognizing Top - Producing Agents for 2017

ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania recently presented the top producing agents in 2017 at their annual agent awards luncheon. The event was held at the Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino in Salamanca, NY. Sales associates were recognized from all office locations, which include Chautauqua, Cuba, Ellicottville, Fredonia, Olean, and Yorkshire, New York and Bradford, Warren, Pennsylvania. Sales associates received awards for their 2017 sales volume, total number of closed transactions, and total number of new listings acquired in comparison to their ERA Team VP Real Estate colleagues. The company awarded the top 10 agents company wide for total sales volume and the total number of closed transactions. Sales Volume: 1. Karen Goodell – Chautauqua, 2. Jane Grice – Chautauqua, 3. Cathy Pritchard – Ellicottville, 4. Amy DeTine – Ellicottville, 5. Melanie Pritchard – Ellicottville, 6. Kathy Obermeyer – Bradford, 7. Jerod Zahn – Chautauqua, 8. Ruth Nelson – Chautauqua, 9. Debbie Hackett – Yorkshire, 10. Tonya Studley – Chautauqua/Ellicottville. Closed Transactions: 1. Jerod Zahn – Chautauqua, 2. Kathy Obermeyer – Bradford, 3. Debbie Hackett – Yorkshire, 4. Tonya Studley – Chautauqua/ Ellicottville, 5. Cathy Pritchard

– Ellicottville, 6. Melanie Pritchard – Ellicottville, 7. Greg Spako – Ellicottville, 8. Jane Grice – Chautauqua, 9. Dave Zilker – Yorkshire, 10. Amy DeTine – Ellicottville. ERA Team VP also awarded the top agents in three categories for each individual office. Those categories include: Listings Acquired, Closed Transactions, and Total Sales Volume. • Chautauqua Office Jerod Zahn – Listings Acquired and Closed Transactions. Karen Goodell – Sales Volume. • Fredonia Office Shane Zahm – Closed Transactions. Karen Goodell – Listings Acquired and Sales Volume. • Ellicottville Office Cathy Pritchard – Listings Acquired, Closed Transactions, and Sales Volume. • Cuba Office Linda Simons – Listings Acquired, Closed Transactions, and Sales Volume. • Olean Office Rob Mercier – Listings Acquired, Closed Transactions, and Sales Volume. • Yorkshire Office Dave Zilker – Listings Acquired. Debbie Hackett – Closed Transactions and Sales Volume. • Warren Office Joe Whipp – Listings Acquired, Closed Transactions, and Sales Volume. • Bradford Office Kathy Obermeyer – Listings Acquired, Closed Transactions, and Sales Volume.

ERA Team VP awarded two agents with the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award for their achievement in sales volume and closed transactions. In her first year, Lynne Gruel, Chautauqua, had over $2 million in total sales volume and Tiffany Burgess, Bradford, closed 12 transactions since her start in April of 2017. Debbie Rowe from the Chautauqua office was awarded with ERA Team VP’s ‘Teamwork. Trust. Results. Award’ for her continued growth and enthusiasm for ERA Team VP. “Through their dedication, these professionals lead our local real estate markets by providing each client the most comprehensive products and services,” remarked Bill Soffel, Broker/CEO of ERA Team VP. “Our top producers truly embody the ERA core values of doing the right thing, working as a team, never stop learning, being the best at what they do, and having fun. They share ERA Team VP’s passion of building relationships and changing lives.” ERA Team VP also awarded their Chautauqua and Ellicottville vacation rental teams with the ‘Customer Service Award’ for 2017 for their dedication and commitment to service. For a full list of awards, please visit our website at Since joining ERA in 2004, ERA Team VP has become a leader in local real estate and vacation rentals, as a result of the success of their agents and their rental teams. For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals and the real estate market in the southern tier of Western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania visit

of Sam Born acquired another candy company that had a small line of 3-D marshmallow products. He started making the Peeps and distributing through his company called Just Born Candy Company in Bethlehem PA. In 1953 the process of making a Peeps, which main ingredients are sugar, corn syrup and gelatin took 27 hours to produce one Peep that was handmade with a pastry tube. It now takes six minutes. An average of 5.5 million Peeps are made every day. All of them are still made at the factory in


Cont. From Page 4 under way. “It may be in the final phases of actually being completed.” The idea is to make it a four-season venue. Currently, the space can be used by Community Theater only during the “non-hot” season. “It’s too uncomfortable during


Cont. From Page 3 She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Historical Society of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Humphreys’ freelance writing includes articles for Western New York Illustrated Heritage Magazine, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Mt. Lebanon Magazine, and the Almanac Newspaper. In addition she has worked as a writer for both the Lakeside Ledger and Chautauquan Daily.

Bethlehem PA. In one year they make enough Peeps to circle the earth twice. Yellow chicks are the original Peep, and still the most popular. Yellow bunnies being second. The recipe is still basically the same, however the Peeps come in a variety of colors, flavors and shapes. They are now sold throughout the year for different holidays such as Valentines, Halloween and Christmas. Counterintuitive, we know. But they also produce sugar free Peeps.  The original Peep had wings. They were clipped in 1955 to give it a more modern look. All chicks (yellow Peep) have their final touch added. Their eyes. The eyes are made of black carnauba a non-toxic

edible wax. The wax can also be found in some shoe polishes and car waxes, along with many other candies. On New Year’s Eve a giant Peep is dropped in Bethlehem PA. This is done with a traditional chick that flashes different colors at midnight. There are a lot of things to do with Peeps. There are several different crafts and recipes. Some recipes include Peeps brownies, Peeps fondue, Peeps cocktails, and Peeps pancakes. The way to eat a Peep is to bite the head off first. So whatever you do with your Peeps enjoy them and Happy Easter. If you would like more information, go to Now you know…..  

the summer months to present shows with a lack of air conditioning. This will expand their ability to program, and will be another venue available for the National Comedy Center during the Lucille Ball Festival during the summer.” Overall, Dejoy said he is pleased that all the projects seem to be progressing and moving forward, especially some of the private

development projects which are “progressing at a very fast rate. The Hilton Doubletree Hotel and Jamestown Brewing Company will be completed this summer, in time for the grand opening of the National Comedy Center. For the downtown programming initiative, we will be announcing an application process for funding, probably within the next three or four weeks.”

Humphrey’s presentation begins at 1pm and is free and open to the public. CCHS members will also want to attend the organization’s Annual Meeting, which begin at 11:30am. CCHS President Cristie Herbst will provide the organization’s annual report, with a report from McClurg Museum curator John Paul Wolfe to follow. Several other trustees will also be on hand to offer updates as well. A copy of the agenda will be provided at the meeting. LUNCH TO BE SERVED AT NOON Between the meeting and presentation, a luncheon will

be provided, starting at noon and available to anyone who made prior reservations. The meal, provided by Parkview Café is chicken & biscuits, chef salad, and dessert. Water and/or coffee will also be available. The cost is $15 per person with reservations due by noon Thursday, April 12. RSVP for the luncheon by emailing cchs@ or call (716) 326-2977. Payment can be made the day of the event. Again, a reminder that this year’s CCHS annual meeting will take place at a new location: Lakeshore Assembly of God (252 E Main St, Westfield NY).

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The ledger march 29 april 4, 2018 volume 2 issue 13  

A Free Weekly Publication Serving Chautauqua County.