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The new Amphitheater will host the Chautauqua season array of speakers, entertainers, symphony, opera and ballet beginning June 24 as Aretha Franklin opens the season. (Photo taken March 24, 2017,

By Lori Humphreys

building is a confident statement that it may be new, but it can do the There is nothing shy about job continuing the Amp’s central the new Chautauqua Institution Chautauqua Institution role well Amphitheater, or the Amp as it into the 22nd century. is popularly called. The nearly completed steel, wood and concrete See “AMP” Page 6

Architect’s Plans have, and are being drawn, for all phases of the development. The first of these plans will be business and company development, to be followed by the build out of luxury apartments on the upper floors.  The first floor will be converted in to a highend restaurant centered around entertainment and theater. (See full article “BANK”, page 7.)

Turning the Corner at Stedman

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Embracing the Old and Creating the New

By Kathleen McCarthy

ST. PEAK’S DAY Saturday, April 1 • 5 – 9pm Peek’n Peak Resort, Clymer CHAUTAUQUA’S GOT TALENT Monday, April 3 • 7 – 10pm Spire Theater, Jamestown MAKE YOUR OWN CANDLE NIGHT! Tuesday, April 4 • 6 – 8pm Phoenix Rising Wellness Studio, Jamestown ALL ABOUT “U” SERIES - KEEPSAKE KALEIDOSCOPE BRACELET Wednesday, April 5 • 6 – 9pm Jamestown Community College, Jamestown MARTZ OBSERVATORY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE Wednesday, April 5 • 7:30 – 9:30pm Martz Observatory, Frewsburg For More Weekly Events Visit

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Stedman Corner Café is a unique restaurant at Stedman Four Corners in a house with a history that goes back to 1898. Since 2012 it has become a restaurant serving all homemade food and baked goods, while continuing to serve Stedman Corners Coffee. Marya Johnson and Brian Stahlsmith leased the property from Dan Wells (coffee roaster) in 2012 and purchased the property in March of 2013. This relaxed setting is minutes from Chautauqua Institution and a short drive from Bemus Point at 6335 Magnolia Stedman Road, on the west side of Lake Chautauqua. As we often describe a house or business with “what it used to be” this frame structure built with a fieldstone foundation has served the community in varied ways See “STEDMAN” Page 6

Storing Cheese ... Pg. 4

Storing and Wrapping Cheese

Whatever the type of cheese, generally you can stash it in the vegetable crisper of the refrigerator. The length of time you can keep cheese also differs according to the variety; the harder the cheese, the longer it will last because of less moisture content.... One last thing: Freezing cheese will damage the texture and change the taste profile. You can possibly do that on cheese curds, if you intend to melt them on poutine, flat bread or pizza. But for the love of God, do not ever freeze “fine cheeses”, EVER!

Historical Society Annual Meeting

April 22 Meeting to Focus on McClurg Museum ... Pg. 8 The McClurg Museum was initially built as a mansion for Westfield pioneer James McClurg. McClurg was a wealthy son of a Pittsburgh industrialist and construction began in 1818. The last family resident, Dr. William Moore, died in 1938 and left the mansion and its contents to the village of Westfield, which then auctioned off the house’s contents and left the place vacant. It was saved from scheduled demolition when it was leased for $1 a year by the Chautauqua County Historical Society in 1950.

World Tour Hits Jamestown, April 12 at Reg Lenna

The Super Salmon on Alaska’s Susitna River/Ryan Peterson

This year’s screenings feature the world’s best mountain sport, culture and environmental films, letting you experience the thrill and challenges of the mountain environments that inspire us all. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff,

JCC Helps Small Business Center Has Helped Over 11K Local Businesses

By Brady Wesp

Small business owners act as the lifeblood of the economy in America, g r o w i n g their roots in small towns everywhere. Hardworking small business owners are vital to the growth of their local communities and when it gets difficult to keep operating they seek aid from experts whom aim to keep them open and turn a profit. At Jamestown Community College, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and their experienced staff are available to all those looking to start or maintain their own business. The SBDC has been in place since 1986 and currently spans twenty-six centers across New York State. In over 30 years of service, the Center has helped kick start and/or revitalize over 11,000 businesses that in turn have invested over $122 million in the Jamestown community. In a day and age when most middle class Americans struggle to find work the SBDC has currently saved over 6,000 jobs, keeping them local and not shipping them overseas. Business Advisor Dan Hickman is the newest See “SBDC” Page 7

Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries. The 2016/2017 World Tour features an exhilarating and provocative collection of films that explore the mountain world, See “BANFF” Page 7

Chautauqua Leadership Leadership Network Celebrates 25 Years

The Chautauqua Leadership Network, which started in 1992, is celebrating its 25th year anniversary in the local community. The leadership program is a not-forprofit organization designed to identify, recruit, train and network area

professionals. Believing the improvement of Chautauqua County is directly linked to the quality of its leadership, CLN has helped over 500 professionals in the last 25 years develop effective leadership skills. Membership begins with a year-long leadership training that also orients new members to the assets, resources, and opportunities of Chautauqua County and the region. Upon graduation, members continue on to leadership roles in business, community organizations, education and government. Leadership training, and the network that supports these leaders, is made possible through the support of community businesses and institutions. A celebration event will be announced later in the year. For more information about the organization, visit www. or contact Katie Young at (716) 338-1555 or

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The end of March is here which means the start of new beginnings. For students and athletes at Southwestern, nothing is more important than getting prepared and focused on their goals. Every spring sport at the school has officially started practicing due to the recent change in weather. The sun is out and so are the golf clubs, tennis rackets, running shoes, and baseball bats. Baseball, softball, golf, tennis, and track and field are all practicing daily in their respective locations, getting ready for the start of the seasons. Last weekend, the students and faculty of Southwestern participated in a dodgeball tournament to raise money for the American Heart Association. This event was hosted by the girls swimming and diving program and took place in the high school gymnasium. Mr. Cipolla, high school principal, and his team won the adult league while Brooke Latour, senior, and her team won the student league. Although this was for a charity, everyone who participated enjoyed the competitive yet friendly nature this event held. This Thursday night, the annual choir concert will be held in the auditorium of the Southwestern high

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more than one week! Semi –hard and Hard or well aged cheeses. Example: Tom, Wanderer, Ossau Iraty, Midnight Moon, ParmigianoReggiano, aged Gouda, Swiss and Cheddars. First wrap in wax or parchment paper, then add a layer of plastic wrap. Or use specially designed cheese paper. Wrapping cheese in wax paper, will allow cheese to breathe and will prevent trapping moisture. Adding a layer of saran wrap will protect the cheese from cold air in the fridge that will dry the cheese. Remember Fridge is not an aging room or cave where cheese is aged. The fridge has very low humidity and is colder than normal aging room where temperature must be maintained at 50-55 Fahrenheit and with relative humidity around 85%. Blue cheeses. Example: Gorgonzola, Roquefort. Wrap in aluminum foil. Cheese experts agree that blue cheeses should be wrapped in aluminum foil to allow gasses and moisture to escape, while protecting the cheese. Packing blue cheese in foil also slows the further growth of mold by limiting oxygen and prevents the rind from drying out. Plastic is not a wise choice because it seals the cheese completely in an airtight environment and does not allow the cheese to breathe. You can use specially designed cheese paper as well. Soft, semi-soft, and stinky cheeses. Example: Humboldt Fog, Luna, Snow Owl, Bucheron, Triple Cream, Camembert, Brie, Limburger, Tallegio. Wrap in parchment or wax paper or specially designed cheese paper then place the cheese in a resealable plastic container. The idea here is to give the cheese a “cave environment” so that the molds on the rind are not suffocated and alive in a tupperware or plastic container. One last thing: Freezing cheese will damage the texture and change the taste profile. You can possibly do that on cheese curds, if you intend to melt them on poutine, flat bread or pizza. Or warm it quickly on microwave 6-8 sec since curds are delicious warm and you may get the squeakiness back. But for the love of God, do not ever freeze “fine cheeses”, EVER!

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Being Honest with Ourselves Takes Courage, Trust and Love

Vicki Wagoner The Practical Intuitive Disappointment in someone, something or even ourselves is rooted in a lack of trust, faith and knowing that we have the wisdom and ability to make a different choice, which offers change, new opportunities and perspectives. Instead of trusting that whatever is “supposed” to happen will happen, we want it to fit into our “comfortable” belief system. That way, we can sit back and relax because we don’t have to challenge ourselves since were expecting the other person or situation to change to suit us. And, if it’s disappointment in ourselves, we can use excuses to avoid the opportunity to challenge ourselves to look deeper into the issue or situation. We can simply slap a label on it – such as “This is the way I’ve always been” – and be “comfortable” hiding in plain sight. It shows a void of acceptance within ourselves: we feel we can’t or aren’t confident enough to change. How often have you passed judgement and disappointment onto someone when they didn’t do what you wanted or expected them to do? How many times have you done this to

yourself? I recently felt disappointed with a friend who has been in a difficult relationship since she was 18 years old. Now, at 60, she often complains about her husband and her “miserable” life with him. We chat often about what seems to be “wanted” advice and I remind her that I am only offering suggestions. It’s her choice what she wants to do with it. Often her choice is to do nothing and go on living the way she has for years. We were chatting on the phone as I was on my way to visit a mutual friend whose husband passed away suddenly. She asked what I was going to do there (since she knows sometimes my friend and I do sessions together because she referred me to her). I told her I was going to get some of her favorite donuts and just keep the conversation light. My friend said, “You need to get on your client’s case because it’s time for her to be moving on from her controlling husband.” Her husband was a loving man who sometimes was overly concerned about her; to some, I guess this could appear controlling. I took a breath and reminded her that he just passed away a month ago. She snapped, “It doesn’t matter. She needs to look at five years from now.” I thought, “Our friend can barely think about tomorrow let alone what is going to happen in five years! And, this coming from the woman who has chosen to remain in a difficult marriage!” Stunned, feeling upset and disappointed, I regained my composure as best I could and said, “If I may, what did this situation bring up in you

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about your relationship?” Silence! I asked if she was there. Silence. I told her to call me when she wanted to talk and hung up. I found a place to park so I could go within and ask myself, “Why am I disappointed and angry with her?” The answer, “I didn’t hear what I expected to hear, compassion and understanding for a friend who just lost the love of her life.” Then I realized I expected to hear it from someone who doesn’t know what a loving relationship is nor has experienced a loss like this. My feeling of disappointment and being upset immediately disappeared and transformed into compassion and understanding for my friend’s “comfortable uncomfortable comfort zone”! • Is there someone with whom you feel disappointed? Could that “someone” be you? • Is it because you can’t or don’t want to look within for the root cause? • Can you give yourself permission to sit quietly so you can find the answers? • Once identified, how is this belief supporting your “comfort zone”? • Are you willing to embrace the gift of shifting your perspective to enhance your life? Being honest with ourselves takes courage, trust and love! Ditch disappointment! You are stronger than you believe! Vicki Wagoner: The Practical Intuitive – assisting you to change your perspective to change your life! (239) 248-0586 vickiwagoner53@ Facebook: Vicki Wagoner – The Practical Intuitive

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By Linda K. Yates President Jamestown NY Garden Club  I think it is finally safe to say Springtime has arrived! There are so many wonderful signs that it surely must be true. I hear Spring Peepers at this very moment. They are the official greeters of Spring and my all time favorite sound. These tiny little frogs are chirping for the sheer joy of Life. It is also a sure bet that change is coming when we see the first charming little crocus (croci) popping up everywhere and anywhere. Evidently the squirrels forgot where they hid them when I find them blooming randomly scattered around in the yard rather than in the flowerbeds where I planted them. But I love them there. It’s a sweet surprise to see tiny flowers in the lawn. It has always been a dream of mine to have a lawn carpeted of baby sky blue Chionodoxa flowers. They are very tiny star shaped sky blue scilla type flowers with a white and yellow eye. I have seen entire yards of these in past Springs across the creek and it is breathtaking. The other name for the Chionodoxa is ‘Glory of the snow’ and we’ll leave it at that.   The snowdrops are now in full bloom and are literally everywhere here. My favorite sight is to see them encircling

the entire yard. I have planted them along the driveway and out by the road along with crocus and in various spots along our woodland walking path. They are just the best. I enjoy sharing them and making tiny bouquets.  The Lenten roses (Heleborus) are now blooming madly and although the years previous foliage is messy and requires painstaking grooming  they are bright and perky in shades of white and lime green. They are very showy and can be seen from afar which I like a lot. They are nice even on a gray or rainy day. They also come in shades of pink, burgundy, almost black, and in a slew of neat looking hybrids. The Heleborus flowers throw many, many seeds which can be eventually transplanted. They, like hostas, are very slow growers but in time will grow to 3 feet by 3 feet so make a great ground cover or a border for a flowerbed. From a few plants I dare say we now have about one hundred plants or more. The white garden, or Full Moon garden as I call it, is completely bordered in ‘White Lady’ heleborus. I have to thank my lifelong partner Jamie for transplanting 30-40 of them for me. I have taken many baby plants and added them to other beds as well. They are fine plants that like it here and they contribute

much to the early spring landscape and also continue to bloom into June. They have tough evergreen big strappy serated leathery leaves that seem to enjoy partial sun or shade. They do require a lot of patience and labor but seem worth it. Especially today. They are out there shining!  The Spring Peepers are still keeping me company as I write my Spring story. It’s a very, very happy time for us. Everything is fresh and it renews my soul. It is almost a ‘guarantee’ of new life which is hard to come by elsewhere. The plants and frogs return faithfully. They may rearrange themselves but they DO come back.   The crocus are the little band members that brighten up even a gray rainy day with their bright white, gold and royal purple coats. I feel everyone should have crocus in their yards. They are one of life’s most simple pleasures.  I try to add a few more every autumn. They are very inexpensive and easy to plant. And such a treat! You need them!   Spring is so new and exciting that I keep a flower count record every Spring. I’ll be happy to share my list next week.  Every single day now until summer there will be a new flower blooming. I just need to go out now and look.    HAPPY SPRING!

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Cont. From Cover Chautauqua Institution Director of Communications Jordan Steves said that the $41.5 million dollar project is ahead of schedule. He also said that the contract cost includes road repair. “We are extremely confident that we will be ready for the June 24th Aretha Franklin concert,” The project is ahead of schedule,” Steves said. He offered an update on the project’s progress. “The big crane is gone. All the steelwork is complete. Now the crews are working on the concrete work which includes the floor of the bowl, risers and stairs. Next comes the carpentry, which includes ceiling, columns, stage and benches – and then the punch list, the final work,” he said. Steves reviewed some pluses the new Amp offers. These include additional seating under roof from 3636 to 4363; expanded back of house to include utilities, offices, rehearsal space and modern dressing rooms. The sound booth remains at the back of the Amp, but a spacious

crow’s nest houses a state of the art lighting system. Another mark of the project’s progress is the emptying of the parking lot adjoining Rte. 394 which has served as an open air materials and equipment warehouse and construction launch pad. Empty parking lot space is growing. The project manager Buffalo contractor, L.P. Ciminelli, oversees 16 sub-contractors. The building architect is Mark J. Serena of Chicago firm Serena, Strum Architects. The new Amp will host the Chautauqua season array of speakers, entertainers, symphony, opera and ballet. Recently added to the Saturday evening list are: LakeStreet Drive, July 7; grammy award singer Sheryl Crow, July 14; and Chick Corea Elektric Band and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, a double bill, August, 11. Leis Black, stand up comedian,will don a lecturer’s hat and speak at 10:45, July 31. Black will speak about Comedy as part of the Comedy and Human Condition theme week 6. The week is a co-operative program with the National Comedy Center, Jamestown. Additionally Steves, who is

also Chautauquan Daily Editor, noted that Marty Baron, exec. editor of the Washington Post would be speaking Friday, August 18 at 10:45am, the last day of Week 8 - Media and the News: Ethics in a Digital Age. Baron was the Boston Globe editor during the investigation of child abuse by Roman Catholic priests. Speakers that week also include Jay Rosen, associate professor of Journalism at New York University; James Fallows, “The Atlantic” magazine national correspondent and author and Michael Gerson, author and Washington Post syndicated columnist. And, during Week 9, Bestor Plaza will become a food festival, reminiscent of an European outdoor market. Local restaurants, creameries and farm markets will offer visitors an array of locally grown food. Steves said that there will be more definitive information about this effort which is linked to Week 9 theme At the Table: Our Changing Relationship with Food. To watch the Amp progress google For ticket information call 716-357-6250.

Spring Infinity Camp Spring Intro Music and Arts Camp April 10th thru 13th

On April 10th thru 13th, Have you ever wanted to try your hand at all different types of art, music, film, and theater? Infinity’s Spring into Music and Arts 4-day camp (April 10-13) will allow you to make amazing art, film a movie, join a band, explore instruments, and perform a skit! Day 1: Up-cycled Art, Day 2: Lights! Camera! Action!, Day 3: Instrumental Exploration, Day 4: ‘Break a Leg’. Contact Infinity for tuition information and to inquire about daily camp availability.

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 since its humble beginnings. It was first the Stedman Corners Store, a general store with the first proprietor being Mr. Hewes. It has been said that it was the place to buy fresh roasted coffee. It served as a stagecoach stop from the Westfield, NY route to Pittsburgh, PA. At one time it had a telephone switchboard business on the second floor. Later it was a general store known as Archie’s, run by Archie Cowles. It was always a gathering spot for the community and a favorite for children who loved to buy penny candy. In the late 1990’s the building circled back to the fresh roasted coffee days, with coffee roasting and a breakfast and lunch menu. Marya and Brian have taken the longstanding tradition of a community gathering spot to a new culinary level. Taking a seat, sitting back and relaxing makes for a perfect break any time of day. With wi-fi it can even be the place to catch up on business or correspondence. Brian was trained at a culinary institute in Pittsburgh, while Marya received her culinary training at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. Brian had summered at Chautauqua Institution giving him both the love for the area and a passion to use his training to welcome folks from the Chautauqua County area. Marya comes from Hershey, PA and summered in Erie, PA. Until June the café is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7am-2pm, serving

“The little girl in the picture is Catherine Hewes, the grandaughter of the original owner, Mr. Hewes. Mr. Hewes is pictured on the left side of the porch.”

breakfast and lunch. Sunday they are open from 8am2pm. In the summer the café is open 7 days a week. Dinners are served on Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm-9pm by reservation only (24 hour notice). Mayra and Brian prepare eight or nine entrees to select from, as well as appetizers, salads and desserts. Beer and wine is also served. The amazing menu consists of all homemade dishes, baked goods, fresh fruit and even blueberry pancakes with local NYS maple syrup. I would suggest the breakfast special of Eggs Benedict with Crab Cakes complete with homemade hollandaise sauce. The atmosphere is still the décor of a general store, with many antique treasures to look at. Brian says, “I see the artistic side of food, both in preparation and presentation. I get satisfaction from seeing a project through from beginning to end, enjoying both the process and pleasure gained with the end result.” He is also an ice sculptor and gets pleasure from decorating and garnishing his creations. Marya said, “I see

consistency as the key to running a successful business, food should always be prepared, presented and served in the same careful and consistent manner. There is nothing worse than having a tasty dish at a restaurant, then going back and being served an inferior meal, in quality, taste, presentation or service.” As they have visions and plans for the future they will launch the next step in May. They have been busy creating a unique lower level Wine Bar-Cellar, complete with the fieldstone surround, tree trunk supports, cut tree tables, custom hand hewn wine racks and a heated porcelain floor that resembles antique planking. This goes out to an existing patio that seats up to 45 guests. This, as well as the entire restaurant is available for private parties, fundraisers or intimate gatherings with prior reservation. Marya and Brian will also take their culinary skills to private homes or other venues for full service catering. Call 716-789-5047 or visit

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Key Bank


building and maintain all momentum is lost in our they will conduct a financial “My family started coming the features of the original redevelopment endeavors. assessment and cost analysis here like many during the structure. Mr. Duke hopes to start of your business’ foreseeable summer and in no time Story From Cover Cont. From Left Architect’s Plans have, and the project in the next couple revenue stream and list of at all we knew this is the are being drawn, for all phases of months once all the expenses. area we wanted to live in,” By Lee Harkness of the development.  The first background work has been member of the Jamestown All of the services said Hickman. “It is so This last year Mr. Arnold of these plans will be business completed.  This will include SBDC staff. He has at the Small Business heartwarming to see more Duke acquired the former and company development, to completion of all drawings and received a Bachelor’s Development Center are people staying here to set up Historic Key Bank Building at be followed by the build out plans, results of the Downtown degree in organizational absolutely free and they will shop rather than moving to the corner of Main and Second of luxury apartments on the Revitalization Initiative by the management along with a never turn anyone away or a larger community. It is a Streets. He has a vision for upper floors.  The first floor State of New York, historic minor in marketing from say someone has a ‘bad idea’ humbling experience to be of what this property could will be converted in to a high- tax credit information and Ashford University. People for a business. Hickman help to so many good people.” Whether you want to start become—helping to unlock end restaurant centered around SHIPPO applications. have come to him with ideas works on average with Key Bank abandoned the for restaurants, hair salons approximately 52 different a business from scratch or the economic development of entertainment and theater. This project was also building and it sat empty for and even golf courses and clients, some of whom are update your existing business downtown Jamestown.  Mr. reoccurring and use him as a to the ever changing economy, Duke’s excitement is very included in and recommended about a year and a half except rec centers. apparent, and contagious, as by the Local Jamestown for one professional office on “This country was built on consultant to help keep their the warm and inviting staff at Planning the fourth floor.  The building the backs of small business,” business in check. Jamestown’s Small Business he describes high-end offices, Development The Center operates with Development Center is happy restaurants, and luxury Committee, through the was used for a back office Hickman said. “We are here Downtown Revitalization by several banks.  It was to bring more businesses complete client confidentiality to help you every step of the apartments. The building is located Initiative set forth by the State used by Bank of Jamestown and revenue back to the and will not give out names of way. any clients or business they The SBDC is open Monday centrally in downtown of New York.  The Committee which turned in to Banker’s community.” Jamestown and will recommended and requested Trust and then Key Bank.  When someone goes into assist to the public without through Friday from 8:30amaccommodate many $1M for this project.  This Mr. Duke is a real proponent the SBDC with an idea for their consent. Hickman stated 4:30pm. Anyone who wishes people.  It is accessible to recommendation is forwarded of the City of Jamestown. a business they will start it is a humbling experience to to set up an appointment can all the development activity to the State of New York. He sees this building as a off by helping you write be of such service to so many either file an online form on occurring in Jamestown.  It is State officials will review real gem and this is a great up a business plan step by good people who wish to their page on the SUNY JCC a beautiful historic building, the recommendations made opportunity to redevelop this step and conduct marketing remain here and grown their website or call their main office at (716) 338-1024. both inside and out, and by the Jamestown Local type of vacant structure.  Mr. research. Following that businesses in Jamestown. Planning Duke has done his research has been used as a banking Development headquarters and most Committee to see how much on the building and potential recently used by Key Bank will be recommended for incentives and opportunities for both business purposes this project.  The purpose of for redevelopment.  This as well as personal business.  this program is to continue redevelopment will be a Mr. Duke was quick to point the growth of downtown vital key in the continued Spence William Richard “Bill”, Celebration of Life June 17, Bemus out he wants to maintain the development in as short a professional development of historical significance of the period as possible so no Jamestown. Spence William Richard Bill was a 1958 Graduate of his family at Atwood Lake, “Bill” Age 75, of Bemus Boston Latin High School OH, boating, sailing and adventure to Jamestown, at the that to the Super Salmon; Point, NY, formerly of and a 1964 graduate of telling memorable stories. Reg Lenna Center for the Arts Dog Power (2016) - Get a Atwood Lake, OH, passed Boston University, where He was a longtime Ham on Wednesday, April 12th at fascinating view of the world away on February 18, 2017, he earned his Aeronautical radio operator. Family and Cont. From Cover 7pm. of dog-powered sports and the at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Engineering Degree. Bill friends are invited to share Jamestown will feature special bond between dogs Scottsdale, AZ. He leaves then proudly served his in a Celebration of Bill’s Life highlighting new landscapes films such as: SHIFT (2016) and their humans. Both share his beloved wife of 48 years country as a Lieutenant in on June 17, 2017, in Bemus and remote cultures, and - Near a sacred mountain in a passion for living, working to cherish his memory; the U.S. Navy Air Force, Point. The celebration exposes audiences to exciting the Yukon, an Indigenous and playing together outside in Margaret Louise “Weezie” Patrol Squadron Forty. will continue immediately adventures and adrenaline- community transforms itself different forms of the sled-dog Spence, his devoted son; His squadron served in the following at the See-Zurh into a world-class mountain and musher relationship. William Madison “Matt” Philippines, the South China House, to commemorate packed sports.
 For tickets and information (Anna) Spence and his Sea, the Formosa Strait and Bill’s At each screening around biking destination through wonderful life. the world, audiences will see the hard work of their young contact the Reg Lenna Center adoring daughter; Margaret Vietnam. His professional Interment with full military a selection of award-winning trail crews; The Super Salmon for the Arts at 716-484-7070 “Megg” (Mark) Hondru, also career was spent as senior honors in Arlington National two granddaughters and five chemical sales engineer at Cemetery at a later date. In films and crowd favorites from (2016) - Those who plan or the hundreds of films entered to construct a hydroelectric This stop grandsons. He is preceded in Praxair, formerly Union lieu of flowers, memorials mega-dam on Alaska’s on the World Tour is hosted death by his infant daughter; Carbide. Bill enjoyed life, may be made in Bill’s into the annual festival. Join the Roger Tory Peterson Susitna River say it wouldn’t by the Roger Tory Peterson Susan Louise, his parents; his friends, but above all, memory to My Monticello Institute when the Banff affect the salmon runs because Institute of Natural History William and Dorothy Spence he enjoyed his family. He Fund, P.O. Box 217, Mountain Film Festival World of its location – upstream of and sponsored by Jamestown and his sister; Gail Lennon. treasured his time raising Charlottesville, VA 22902. Tour brings the spirit of outdoor where fish usually swim. Tell Up Close.

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Chautauqua Co. Historical Society Meeting to Focus on McClurg Museum

The McClurg Museum in Westfield, N.Y. will be the focus of a presentation by John Paul Wolfe, museum curator, during the Chautauqua County Historical Society’s annual meeting scheduled for Saturday, April 22 at the Westfield Methodist Church.(Image courtesy of the Chautauqua County Historical Society)

The Chautauqua County Historical Society (CCHS) will hold its 2017 annual meeting on Saturday, April 22 at the Westfield Methodist Church in Westfield. The meeting will give CCHS members an opportunity to learn more about some of the organization’s highlights over the past year. The event will also feature a lunch and a lecture, open to the public, entitled “McClurg Museum: Past, Present and Future” and will be presented by CCHS trustee and Museum Curator John Paul Wolfe. The McClurg Museum was initially built as a mansion for Westfield pioneer James McClurg. McClurg was a wealthy son of a Pittsburgh industrialist and construction began in 1818. Upon completion in 1820, the mansion’s grand salons and formal rooms stood in sharp contrast to the rugged homes of neighboring frontier settlers. It was a showplace in Chautauqua County reportedly the only brick

home between Buffalo and Erie. The mansion remained in possession of McClurg and his decedents for more than a century, but for a short period of time it was also rented out to its most famous resident - William Seward. Seward – who would later become governor of New York and Secretary of State under President Lincoln, used the home while serving as land agent of the Chautauqua Land Company from 1836 to 1838. The last family resident, Dr. William Moore, died in 1938 and left the mansion and its contents to the village of Westfield, which then auctioned off the house’s contents and left the place vacant. It was saved from scheduled demolition when it was leased for $1 a year by the Chautauqua County Historical Society in 1950. Two years later and after extensive renovations, it was opened as a museum to the public as part of the

Westfield Sesquicentennial. It has remained the home of the historical society since then. In 2014, the historical society hired Flynn Battaglia Architects, PC to complete a thorough Historic Structures Report for the museum. The report is not only critical in helping to secure grants for future renovation work, but will also help to ensure historic preservation during any future work that takes place. Wolfe will offer more details on this history of the McClurg, as well as how it is being utilized today. Some highlights of upcoming renovation work will also be provided. The business portion of the annual meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. when CCHS President Cristie Herbst provides the organization’s annual report. In addition, Wolfe will provide an update on CCHS’s exhibits and collections. Several other trustees will also be on hand to offer updates as well. At 1 p.m., Wolfe will begin his presentation. Between the meeting and presentation, a luncheon will be provided, starting at noon, for anyone who made prior reservations. The meal will feature a chicken dinner from Bark Grill in Westfield, along with beverages and desert. The cost is $15 per person with reservations due by noon Tuesday, April 18. Payment can be made the day of the event. No reservations are required for those only attending the meeting and/or lecture and who do not wish to eat lunch. Reservation for the luncheon can be made by calling (716) 326-2977.

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Next Weekend Explore Products and Ideas at the Smith Rec. Center

There will be seminars throughout the weekend including: “Re-Purpose, Re-Paint, Re-Sell”. The Greater Olean Area Home Show is an excellent opportunity for home consumers to view the latest innovations, compare products and visit with experts. At this year’s show, you’ll find a wide variety of products and ideas for the do-it-yourselfers, interior decorating trends, contractor services, energy-saving products, lawn and garden equipment, room additions, replacement & new windows, doors, siding, roofing, fireplaces, bathrooms, kitchens and much more.  The Greater Olean Area Home Show sponsored by Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York, Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, and its fifty corporate sponsors, is scheduled from Friday, April 7th - Sunday, April 9th at the William O. Smith Recreation Center, 551 East State Street in

Olean, across from Bradner’s Stadium. Show hours will be Friday, 5pm-9pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; and Sunday, 10am-4pm.  The Home Show committee has brought back a theme to each night of the show! WPIG-FM - FRIDAY GARDEN PARTY NIGHT -- A plant giveaway for the first 100 customers into the show courtesy of Miller’s Farm Market; cooking with herbs class; gardening hands on workshop, even the kids can take in the action and plant their own tomato seedling -all Friday!  WMXO-FM - SATURDAY WINE / BREW WALK -- Enjoy tastes from NYS wineries and microbreweries and even our very own Four Mile Brewing Co.   Show goers of age receive one free taste tix.  Additional taste tickets will be available for purchase. 

THE MOUNTAIN SUNDAY EVERY : 30 MINUTES RAFFLES -- In addition to the show grand prize, the home show will be giving away gift certificates from the home show vendors every 30 minutes on Sunday. These are just for those who attend Sunday!              The Cattaraugus County Health Department will be hosting their Water Tasting Test in the lobby on Saturday during the Home Show.  Attendees can sample and vote for the best tasting municipal water in Cattaraugus County. The returning exhibitors say the show is one of the best ways to market their products and services to potential customers.  The Home Show is always a jump-start to their sales season.  The show provides them with many opportunities/sales to carry them for the year!   The Home Show will also have seminars / demos throughout the weekend.  The schedule will include Gardening Techniques, Grow It, Cook It, Eat It; Siding for Your Home, Re-Purpose, Re-Paint, Re-Sell Good Finds, Painting Techniques, Decorative Interior Tips for any home and budget, and Living with Essential Oils.  The schedule was complete can be found online at www. Admission to the show is $4 adults, $3 students/seniors, and only for children 11 and under are FREE.  For more information please contact the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 372-4433.

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