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DoubleTree by Hilton

Revitalizing Reg Lenna

Former Holiday inn in Jamestown Slated to Open 2018

Investing In Studio Space, Dining Facility, Gallery and More


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FOCUS ON NATURE XIV Ongoing through Sun., April 9 • 4pm Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown PARAGON SPRINGS March 10 & 11 • 8pm Jamestown Community College, Jamestown SPRING FEST Saturday, March 11 • 9am Peek’n Peak Resort, Clymer ALL ABOUT “U” SERIES - LADIES DAY : DIY ELECTRICAL WIRING Saturday, March 11 • 10am – 12:30pm Jamestown Community College, Jamestown LITTLE EXPLORERS Saturday, March 11 • 10am – 12pm Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown INFINITY’S LOCAL ARTIST SHOWCASE Saturday, March 11 • 12 – 4pm Infinity Center, Jamestown LIVE AT THE MET: LA TRAVIATA Saturday, March 11 • 1pm 1891 Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia WORLD DRUMMING WORKSHOP WITH JIM DONOVAN Saturday, March 11 • 1 – 3pm SoundRhythms Studios School of Music, Jamestown LIVE MUSIC AT THE WINERY Saturday, March 11 • 7 – 10pm Sensory Winery & Art Gallery, Ripley MOVIES AT THE REG: LA LA LAND Saturday, March 11 • 8pm Reg Lenna Center For the Arts, Jamestown BEMUS POINT FIRE DEPARTMENT BREAKFAST Sunday, March 12 • 7am – 12pm Bemus Point Fire Department, Bemus Point SOUPIN SUNDAYS Sunday, March 12 • 11am – 3pm 21 Brix Winery, Portland SNOWSHOE JAUNT Tuesday, March 14 • 5:30 – 7:30pm Chautauqua Watershed Preserves ALL ABOUT “U” SERIES PERSONALITY & THE SPIRITUAL AURA Tuesday, March 14 • 7 – 9pm Jamestown Community College, Jamestown MARTZ OBSERVATORY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE Wednesday, March 15 • 7:30 – 9:30pm Martz Observatory, Frewsburg MOVIES AT THE REG: LION Saturday, March 15 • 7pm Reg Lenna Center For the Arts, Jamestown

$20M Renovation: When finished this full service hotel will have 147 modern hotel rooms, updated lobby and hallway areas. The bar and restaurant and patio on W 4th St will be modernized and reopened to the enjoyment of all downtown patrons.

By Lou Drago A new and exciting hotel could soon become part of the growing downtown landscape. The hotel property is located at 150 W. 4th St, Jamestown. When the property first opened, it operated as a Holiday Inn and was considered a jewel

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Congressional Lunch

Chautauqua County Chamber Hosts Congressman Reed

By Anna Hagley The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts has been awarded grant funding to begin renovations that may start as early as this month. They’ve been working on a master plan for over two years, which has come together via a collaborative effort between staff, board members, community members and local foundations, brainstorming and meeting to discuss how they could maximize

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce hosted United States Congressman Reed for lunch on Friday, March 3, at Webb’s in Mayville, NY.  Congressman Reed arrived and was greeted by a number of protesters outside the restaurant along West Lake Road.  He took the time to address some of them while shaking hands and answering questions before he joined the attendees inside the restaurant.   Todd Tranum (Head of the Manufacturer’s Association and Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce) chaired the meeting Congressman Reed stated the and questions were asked followed main focus is on healthcare and by discussion. how to replace Obama care.   Mr. Tranum asked the

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Snowdrops ... Page 5

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the use of the space they have and provide as much as possible to those who use and enjoy it. The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), a program through New York State, has earmarked nearly $10 million for the community in general, and appointed a number of community members to be on panel and take in grant requests. When Reg Lenna learned of this, they decided to See “REG” Page 6

PGA Returns to Peek’n Peek Lecom Health Challenge 2nd Year of 4-Year Tournaments

By Lee Harkness

Sneak Peek Garden:

in downtown Jamestown. Over the years the hotel changed hands and operated under the Ramada Inn franchise. Unfortunately, the business was not successful and the bank sold the property at foreclosure. According to

Artist rendering of renovated Reg Lenna Center for The Arts including: (from left) dining and bar space, marquee and lobby; Forte, WRFA and multimedia space; elevator entrance, streetside gallery, offices and pre-performance space.

Last year’s Lecom Health Challenge winner Rick Lamb.

Story by John Thomas, Staff Writer

beginnings. At one point they had to strive and sacrifice to earn the right to play in the highest ranks of Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, the PGA. One of the stops on the Rickie Fowler, and Matt Kuchar, road to a professional golf tour card are just a few of the PGA’s current is the Lecom Health Challenge in its leaders. Yet, it’s hard to remember See “PGA” Page 6 these golf greats had mortal

CHQ. County Museums

Spring Musicals to Begin

Dunkirk Historical Museum (Part 2 of a 23 Series)

Chautauqua County High School Performances

The Outriders of Spring

The pride and joy of the museum is the Boston & Maine Locomotive #444.

The Practical Intuitive... Pg. 5 Colors and How They Affect You

Color, it’s everywhere! Just look at nature, your home, the clothing you wear, even the car you drive! And, color is more than pretty. It possesses a unique frequency that can affect your life physically.....

By Brady Wesp

Railroad enthusiasts are sure to be impressed seeing the railroad displays in the historical museum at 513 Washington Avenue, Dunkirk. The origin of railroads being an integral part of the city began when Horatio Gates Brooks brought the first locomotive engine to Dunkirk in 1869 and founded Brooks Locomotive Works. Brooks became part of the American Locomotive Company in 1901 and built locomotives in Dunkirk until about 1929. The facility closed in 1963, having built 13,245 units. Railroad: On the museum lower level, Roy Davis,

The snow begins to melt away, the school year winds down and everyone begins counting the days until summer vacation. There is still plenty to be excited about as spring is the time when schools across the county put on their yearly student plays and musicals for all the community to enjoy. Students from the Jamestown, Southwestern and Maple Grove high schools are about to see all their hard work come to fruition later this month as they get to put on a show for their parents, classmates and respective communities. Jamestown High School is putting on a musical based on author Dr. Seuss’ books called Seussical.

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By Beverly A. Hazen

Most Snowdrop species flower in late Winter before the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere, but some bloom in Spring or even late Autumn. Painting/Linda Yates

Maple Groove High School is in preparation for their spring musical Anything Goes, Jamestown High School will present Seusssical and Southwestern will present The Addams Family.

Paragon Springs : March 10th & 11th : Jamestown Community College, Jamestown

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Humane Society

Providing Shelter and Rehabilitation to Animals and Recycling for You!

Weekly Column By Donna Germain

Did you know… Longing for another pet? Finished with your spring cleaning? Do you have lots of old newspapers you saved for windows or old towels? Did you over do it on the supplies such as window cleaner, bleach etc? Really miss your pet, but can’t take care of one full time? I know a place that could use the supplies and you! The Chautauqua County Humane Society is always looking for supplies

and volunteers. CCHS volunteers worked almost 29,000 hours last year. They have a pet food pantry that provides food/litter for pets. They provide a low income spay/neuter clinic to help with the overpopulation in our community. They also have two certified dog behaviorists on staff, Foster programs and much more. All money raised by CCHS is through Grants, special events, bequests and donations. All funds raised stay in the community. CCHS receives no tax money from any local, state

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or federal governments. For more information on how you can help go to www. or call 716665-2209. The mission at the Chautauqua County Humane Society is to provide temporary shelter and rehabilitation for homeless animals for the purpose of finding permanent new homes. CCHS supports healthy pet initiatives through community involvement, humane education and animal care for people in need. Know you know...


“Time for Catching Up and Planning Ahead” By Rebecca Feldman With winter break over and spring break right around the corner, Southwestern students and faculty are using this inbetween time as time to plan ahead and catch up. Most people are using this time as a breather because as soon as spring break is over, there are no more breaks until regents and final exams. Saturday the 4th, the cast of the musical gathered in Friendly’s restaurant in Jamestown to share music and drop little hints from The Adam’s Family. “Eating breakfast and just spending time with everyone was such a fun experience, as well as being on the radio show and promoting the musical. My last year of doing musicals will for sure be one I will never forget,” senior Mackenzie Sletton explained.

There are only seven rehearsals left before the show, which means costumes and props and sets are being finished and the anticipation is buzzing through the halls of Southwestern. The previous day, Friday the 3rd, the whole of Southwestern assembled in the gymnasium for the annual Trojan volleyball tournament, created to raise money to support the senior class. After various rounds of playing, two teams came out on top. In the 9th and 10th grade bracket, sophomore Alex Card and his team won first place, and in the 11th and 12th grade bracket, senior Casey Williams and his team won first place. “It was a very tough competition, but it was also a lot of fun, which was the main reason to have the tournament. Everyone supported each other and, in

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the end, we were all winners,” Williams reported. For a lot of students in the school, when they think about spring only one thing comes to mind: track season. This past Monday, the first inseason practice of the 2017 track season was held in the school gymnasium. Over one hundred students showed up and were ready for anything that the coaches planned to throw at them. With their first meet April 25th, the team still has a lot of practicing to do, but everyone is excited to get the season rolling. Although the end of the school year can be a stressful time for everyone, the Trojans haven’t forgotten how to have fun. Whether it’s friendly competitions or supporting each other through musicals and track, nobody is taking this time they have left for granted.

Empty Calories

“Sugary Drinks Can Cost You 25 Pounds”

Are your pants feeling a little snug? Say no to one regular 20-ounce soda per day, and you’ll save enough calories in a year to lose up to 25 pounds.  Sugary drinks are the single biggest source of empty calories in the average diet, and overweight puts you at risk for diabetes, heart disease, and even some cancers. Enjoy plain ice water, naturally flavored unsweetened seltzers, or unsweetened ice teas instead!     This health tip provided by Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.  

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Inside Business:

Turner Brokers

Century 21 Turner Brokers Agent Appreciation Awards

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Work hard and build a great team of knowledgeable, well-trained real estate professionals who love what they do and love where they live. That’s the formula for success that’s worked for Century 21 Turner Brokers since it was founded in 1983 by Tom Turner, who says, “In all the years we’ve been in business, this is the best team we’ve ever had. They work hard, and they work together. I couldn’t be more rhappy and more proud of wtheir accomplishments.” . So, there was a lot to -celebrate at the annual Century 21 Turner Brokers eAgent Appreciation Awards eBanquet, held at Gialy’s Bar e& Grill in Jamestown on dMarch 1. 10 of the 33 agents sreceived special recognition efor outstanding achievements win 2016. However, Century s21 office manager Donna sBreen says, “The event is yto thank and honor all of eour agents.” Together with eAndrea Conklin, Breen handed out the awards at the event. Sandy Calalesina earned top honors as the highest dollar producing agent, logging well over $8 million in sales for the year. Not only did she rank #1 at the local franchise, she also ranked #7 among all agents in Century 21’s Upstate New York region. Says Breen, “I had to add more columns to my wall chart of agent sales just to accommodate Sandy’s total!” Calalesina has been with the firm for 20 years, and says she wants every transaction she completes to be a good experience for all concerned. “I love helping people,” she says, “and the Century 21 family is a great family to work with. We all have really close relationships with one another. My co-workers are the best!” Although he just turned 23, Taylor Bennett also merited a #1 ranking. His award was for the highest number of real estate transactions. “It was a great honor to receive the award,” says Bennett, “Especially working with some of the top agents in the county. Century 21 is a real family environment. It’s a team effort, everyone is always helping each other.” Bennett’s total of 85 transactions in 2016 was also good enough to earn him

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recognition as #3 in the entire Century 21 upstate region. How does he do it? “You work day and night,” says Bennett. In her first year at Century 21, Heather Canaley was one of four agents who were responsible for generating $2 million in sales in 2016. Canaley shares Taylor Bennett’s work ethic: “I work 24/7,” she says. And what motivates her? “I really enjoy making people happy. I just sold someone their first home and it was great to see how excited they were!” The complete list of award winners includes: $8+ million in annual sales Sandy Calalesina, highest dollar producing agent $3 million in annual sales Sharon Lisciandro Bill Burley $2 million in annual sales Cindy Sellstrom Judy Weilacher Mick Yates Heather Canaley $1 million in annual sales Sara Vail Bill Rollinger Highest number of agent transactions Taylor Bennett, 85 transactions Turner Brokers has been a Century 21 franchise since 2005, connecting it with C21’s vast network of firstrate training and support

resources. The local office has been recognized with a Century 21 Gold Medallion award five years running. In fact, many of the agents recently attended the Century 21 Global Conference held in Las Vegas from March 6 through March 9. True to form, they will be working hard there also. As Sandy Calalesina said, “It’s classes, classes, classes.” But there will definitely be time for rest and recreation as well, so the whole team will be ready to hit the ground running when they return. Turner Brokers is a full service real estate firm that specializes in real estate and vacation homes in areas surrounding Chautauqua Lake, although their listings encompass the entire county. They also specialize in corporate relocation, land and acreage. Check them out at http:// or call 763-7501. You can also like them on Facebook – where they are currently running a contest for the best “before and after” remodeling photos. The prize is a $100 Home Depot Gift Card and the winner will be announced at the end of March. All the details can be found on the Century 21 Turner Brokers Facebook page.

Infinity’s Local Artist Showcase

On Saturday, March 11,12 – 4pm at Infinity Center in Jamestown. Join us for a celebration of local artists, live art making and art vending, and an exciting art auction of celebrity-autographed items and local pieces. Live auction is scheduled for 3pm. All proceeds benefit Infinity Visual and Performing Arts. Admission: $5

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Water Quality Improvement

It’s Never To Late To Transform Your Smile

Chautauqua Lake to Benefit from Improvement Projects

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On Tuesday, February 28th, a Conservationist from the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy presented on Chautauqua Lake’s Water Quality Improvement Projects for an audience in Ashville, NY. The presentation focused on which projects have been completed, which projects will be addressed next, and why Chautauqua Lake’s water quality needs improvement. Last summer and fall, the Water Quality Improvement Project program stabilized sections of Bemus Creek and Prendergast Creek. In total, 1,970 feet of stream corridor was stabilized and 1,150 linear feet of stone toe protection was installed. In the future, these projects will stabilize sections of Goose, Bemus, Dutch Hollow, the west branch of Dutch Hollow, and Ball creeks. Chautauqua Lake is plagued with sedimentation problems

This section of Goose Creek will soon be stabilized by a Water Quality Improvement Project. (Photo courtesy of Randall Perry).”

and harmful algae due to the history and developed nature of its watershed. Many tributary streams are eroding and releasing high-nutrient sediment into Chautauqua Lake each year. This sediment can cause navigation problems at the creek’s mouths, and also supports the growth of harmful algae and nuisance aquatic vegetation. Stabilizing these streams

to reduce the erosion is an important step toward keeping Chautauqua Lake beautiful and open to recreation through the summer months. To learn more about these Water Quality Improvement Projects or to schedule a meeting with a CWC conservationist to look at an eroding stream on your property, give us a call at (716) 664-2166.

22nd Annual Maple Weekend Maple Weekends 2017 March 18-19 and March 25-26

A free, family oriented event to learn about the maple syrup making process. Each participating sugar house will have something different to see and do. Many places will offer free samples, some will be boiling sap, some will offer horse drawn wagon rides and some may offer woods tours or other activities. Event happens: rain, snow or shine- be prepared for the weather and for possible muddy conditions 3 locations in Chautauqua County: Big Tree Maple - 2040 Holly Lane, Lakewood, NY 14750 www.bigtreemaple. com - 716.763.5917. Fairbanks Maple - 9265 Putman Road, Forestville, NY 14062- 716.965.4208. Clear Creek Farm, 5067 Morris Road, Mayville, NY 14757716.269.2079.

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Cont. From Cover It starts with a “thinker” named Jojo who stumbles upon the Cat in the Hat and is then pushed into a story about Horton the Elephant. Audiences will be introduced to a slew of other characters that present obstacles for Horton to overcome. Musical director Lauren Scharf is excited for this show, commenting how many of the students grew up reading the stories of Dr. Seuss and now have the opportunity to breathe life into those characters. “I feel that this story has wonderful themes of acceptance, loyalty, and

The inaugural event in 2016 was an overwhelming success with over 20 boats comprised of teams from local sponsors, community groups and several experienced clubs. Over 1,000 people gathered in the park for the race participants, as friends and friendship and it’s a great message to bring to the community,” said Scharf. The Jamestown High School will be presenting Seussical the musical on Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31st at 7pm and again on Saturday, April 1 at 2pm and 7pm in the Merton P. Corwin Auditorium. Students at Southwestern high school are preparing for their big performance of the musical comedy The Addams Family. This musical centers on the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice about daughter Wednesday Addams falling for a boy from a respectable “normal” family and her father Gomez’s struggle to keep that fact hidden from her mother. Director Christine Beichner

family shared in a funfilled afternoon of friendly competition The CHQ Dragon Boat Race continues to be the only event of its kind held in the surrounding area. Registration is now open for teams and individuals with a discounted rate available for those who registered before June 15th. The event will provide all the necessary equipment needed to participate including the boat, paddles and lifejackets. Individuals do not require prior experience, as a steersperson is provided along with training before the scheduled race day. Participants simply need the desire to enjoy a friendly, team building athletic competition! For more information on the event and how to register please visit chqdragonrace. org or chqdragonrace. is very excited for this show stating the students have gone to great lengths to immerse themselves deep into their roles, one of the students was even willing to shave his head to play the role of Uncle Fester. “We also have active participation from our student body and on average have 80-100 students participating in pit, tech crew, and cast itself. We are also completely student run which no other school can boast of”, notes Beichner. Southwestern will be performing on the weekend of March 16-18. Maple Grove High School is also in preparation for their spring musical Anything Goes. See “MUSICAL” Page 7

Little Explorers : March 11th : Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown

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The Practical Intuitive Colors and How They Affect You

Color - More Than Pretty Vicki Wagoner The Practical Intuitive

n Color, it’s everywhere! g Just look at nature, your l home, the clothing you wear, h even the car you drive! And, color is more than pretty. It e possesses a unique frequency t that can affect your life e physically, mentally, C emotionally and spiritually. t What colors you like and the r ones you shy away from can t be revealing about you. Use this quick reference guide of basic colors to inspire, encourage and empower you every day, in every aspect of your life, personally and professionally. Black – In truth, black is the absence of all color and being the opposite of white, it represents polarities, yin and yang, day and night. It is the unknown, mysterious and concealing, which may be fearful to some who need to be in control. Bring the color black into your life if you want to explore the magical, mysterious and learn to trust and embrace some of life’s pleasant surprises. Blue – The color of the sky, water and twilight, it represents communication, inspiration, sincerity and spirituality. It can heighten psychic abilities and awareness. Choose to bring more blue into your life if you need to slow down, seek

solitude or to communicate with a more confident perspective. Brown – Warm and grounding, brown offers stability, dependability and practicality. Yet, be aware that too much brown can be dull, lacking spontaneity. If you need order, convention and clarity in your life, brown is the perfect color to use. Gold – A representative of the golden light of the sun, it symbolizes wealth and success, on the personal, emotional and professional levels. It can increase your level of good health. It can also promote courage, confidence and your ability to persevere toward your goals. Green – You just have to view nature to know green is about growth, expansion and transformation. It can increase your ability to attract prosperity and wealth, emotionally as well as monetarily. Be mindful it often takes persistence and focus, so be aware that being “green with envy” can slow down your “growth”. Orange – When you feel you are getting too serious or life is dragging you down, put some spice in your life by using orange. It will open you up to spontaneity, exploration and enhance creativity. Pink – Feeling overwhelmed? Need some nurturing, compassion and calm in your life? Bring pink into your world. It is a natural diffuser, offering comfort, love and an increased sense of self-acceptance, selfworth. Purple – A color of spiritual fulfillment, divinity and increased positive perception, purple is a peaceful, grounding and calming color. It is the best choice to incorporate into your life to create balance, focus, creative inspiration

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and expression. Red – Red represents danger, lust and anger and many shy away from it. Yet, the flip side of red is strength, standing in ones’ own power, having passion and inspired to take action. If you are afraid of your own power or using your voice, wear some red to increase your confidence and enthusiasm to pursue your dreams. Silver – Being a reflective color of the moon, silver represents a calm, soothing, balanced energy. It offers opportunity for the reflective cleansing and releasing of emotional, mental and physical issues. Bringing more silver into your life, being mindful too much can cause you to feel indecisive or rigid, can positively lead you to embrace new beginnings and opportunities. White – Like black, white is not a color. It is the presence of all color, representing wholeness, purity, truth and acceptance. If you have some emotional blocks in your life, use white to assist you to clear the clutter or obstacles, which creates the opportunity for mental clarity and a fresh start. Yellow – Like sunshine, yellow symbolizes brightness, clarity and awareness. If you are feeling stressed, forgetful or fatigued, put some yellow in your life. It can clear out the energetic cloudiness, sharpen memory and concentration skills. It can boost your confidence, self-expression and overall happiness! Vicki Wagoner: The Practical Intuitive – assisting you to change your perspective to change your life! (239) 248-0586; vickiwagoner53@gmail. com; www.VickiWagoner. com Facebook: Vicki Wagoner – The Practical Intuitive


The Outriders of Spring

By Linda K. Yates President Jamestown NY Garden Club Snowdrops were named Galanthus nivalis in 1753. Galanthus is Greek meaning ‘gala’-milk and ‘anthos’flower.   Nivalis means resembling snow. Snowdrop is their common name. Most Snowdrop species flower in late Winter before the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere, but some bloom in Spring or even late Autumn.    As Winter eases it’s grip what can give us more hope that Springtime is near than to see the young green tender white tipped shoots of Snowdrops emerging from the newly exposed earth. Their arrival is a welcome assurance that brighter days are on their way. It’s flowering is traditionally regarded to herald in the end of Winter and symbolizes hope and new beginnings. In several ancient religions the Spring appearance of Snowdrops also symbolized

the return of the Gods.  As March comes in like a Lioness with her skies a very crisp blue with wispy Winter clouds we are gifted with the joy of Snowdrops which are usually the first flower to appear. They are known as the snowflake fairy or the maid of February.   The yard and gardens here are magic waiting to happen. So far we have been treated to Snowdrops,  tiny yellow Winter Aconites, iddy bitty Cyclamen and very tiny snow Crocus. I am a huge fan of the earliest blooming bulbs. This gives me strength after the dredges of Winter’s snow, ice and brutally cold weather. The sweet little white Snowdrops are dedicated to being the harbringers of Spring. They push up through the snow like very small green swords with only a hint of white on their tips. All of a sudden the white dot plumps up to become a perfect white upward facing oval bud that then drops and opens to a three petalled downward facing flower. This is a process over days or sometimes weeks depending on the weather, which has been like a roller coaster this season. When finally a warm winter sun emerges the buds will open to display their tiny white helicopter type wings. An individual snowdrop is about a half of an inch in size when open and appears to want to take flight! They

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have 3 exterior soft petals and 3 green striped and green tipped interior petals like little aprons that enclose 6 stamens of orange yellow. The next thing I adore about Snowdrops, besides their sheer tenacity, is their delightful fragrance that is honey sweet, smells like Spring and a bit of Heaven.   They are joyous little flowers to say the least and I have insured myself of having many, many, many of them surrounding me in the late days of Winter to soothe my soul. I’ve collected some from old homesteads in the neighborhood and now they have naturalized and they surround my  yard and are in all of the garden beds as well. They happily self sow as well as colonize themselves quickly. I am always happy to share them with fellow gardeners and friends.  One can never have too many Snowdrops!     Bye Bye Winter! ~LKY

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Cont. From Cover Vince DeJoy, Director of Development for Jamestown in 2013, they hired Paramount RealtyAuction to conduct a live web auction for this property. In conjunction with the bank and the City, Paramount did extensive regional and national solicitations for bids. There was very active bidding with Hamister Group LLC based in Buffalo, the successful bidder at over $2 Million. The building was in such a desperate state of disrepair they elected to close the hotel while they worked through the maze of various approvals and plans. Hamister applied for and, in 2014, received the franchise agreement to brand the renovated property as a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. This was a most important step in moving their project forward. The old hotel building will undergo extensive renovations to all areas inside and out. The final figures are not set but the renovations are expected to cost over $20 Million. When finished this full service hotel will have 147 modern hotel rooms, updated lobby and hallway areas. The bar and restaurant and patio on W 4th St will be modernized and reopened to the enjoyment of all downtown patrons. In addition to these updates the Hamister Group plans include complete renovations to the 4,000 square feet of banquet and meeting spaces, which the downtown area has been sorely missing. When all the renovations are complete the building will be re-opened as a modern DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.


Cont. From Cover submit for a $1.5 million grant for their redevelopment plan, which is the amount needed to reach their anticipated $4.1 million budget. Len Barry, Director of Marketing for Reg Lenna, spoke with The Ledger and shares excitedly that while no official grant amount has been disclosed to them from DRI, they are one of the twelve local projects recommended to receive funding from Albany. Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is very grateful for the funding they’ve already received from other foundations to make their project possible. This includes 1.5 million from The Sheldon Foundation, $900 thousand from The Gebbie Foundation and $850 thousand given from The Lenna foundation. Currently, Reg Lenna has several pieces to their property, including office space, WRFA radio station, 3rd on 3rd art gallery, a small studio theatre, the main theatre and lobby as well as attached corner buildings. The master plan is extensive and includes changes to these areas. Of note, there is a conference


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second year at Peak’n Peak Resort. The tournament will be played July 6-9 at Peak’n Peak’s mountain course. Last year’s winner, Rick Lamb acquired his “tour card” to allow him to move up to play in the major tournaments. But, don’t think because the players at the Lecom Challenge are working their way up the rankings, their golf is any less spectacular. “It’s a chance to see high level competition.” That’s Kevin Prise, social media manager for the Web. com Tour. Sixty-nine players made it to the final round in last year’s competition, including Dominic Pozzelli from Rochester. He dominated from the start and made it to

The property has a unique location in the community. It would be the largest hotel room-wise in Jamestown. The West 4th St location is within a couple of easy walking blocks of most of the downtown attractions –Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, the Luci-Desi Museum, Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown, the Northwest Saving Bank Ice Arena, Lucille M Wright Air Museum. The National Comedy Center, the first national non-profit cultural institution dedicated to comedy is under construction in downtown and will incorporate the recently renovated Jamestown Rail Station. Take a short walk and you arrive at an attraction of a different more somber thought; namely, the Robert H Jackson Center, a working law memorial to one of the most famous Jamestown attorneys, great legal mind and a central player in the infamous Nuremberg War Trials. The Hamister Group, LLC had its start in 1977 when Mark Hamister opened his first healthcare company. The company, National Health Care Affiliates, has grown since that time to become one of the largest health care companies in the United States. In 1996, the majority of National Health Care Affiliates business units were sold to concentrate on providing management of senior care facilities for other owners. The Hamister Group does still own and operate 5 Senior Assisted Living located in NY, PA and Maryland. In 2004, they took the company in a different direction with the establishment of the hotel management division. They have grown to become one

of the fastest-growing hotel management companies in the nation as rated by Inc. Magazine, and were recently rated among the top 100 hotel management companies inC the United States by Hotelt Business Magazine. With theirf late 2016 purchase of threet hotels in the Evansville Inds area the Hamister Group areh now the owners of 11 hotels.O Besides Ind., they also operatet hotels in New York, PA, Tenn.,i and Missouri. They pridea themselves in consistentlyt achieving the highestk honors in guest satisfactiont and operations excellence.s Their branded hotels arew associated with some ofb the most recognized namesr in the hospitality industry, including Marriott, Hilton andW InterContinental. q Besides the JamestownT project, The Group has severalh projects under construction.n They are working in Niagarav Falls , NY i The Hamister GroupR is currently wrapping upb the financing phase beforeh moving into construction. Ifa the construction bids all goesm as expected they anticipatee opening in late 2018. Asa stated by Mr. Christopherd Leonard, Marketing &w Communications Director oft the Hamister group, LLC “Wew cannot wait to bring a fresh, new, revitalized building to downtown Jamestown, a renewed source of tax revenues for the City and the County, and attract travelers back into the heart of downtown.” If their headquarter building at 10 Lafayette St, in downtown Buffalo is any example of the quality of their work and attention to detail, then Jamestown will have its jewel returned to downtown.

room near the small performance space that is currently a basic room with only audiovisual hookups and a screen. Nonetheless, it is one of the most used spaces for pre performance meetings and preparations, but could be greatly improved to accommodate more appropriately. Their plan is to move this to the third floor, where they can then offer a state-of-the-art multimedia space. Offices would then occupy the aforementioned second floor conference room. Their gallery is currently on the third floor, and isn’t easily accessible to those who want to visit. With these renovations, it will move down to the street level (where the studio theatre was), with a Reg Lenna representative available during all business hours, presenting more open availability, coffee and snacks for those who want to view the gallery pieces. Additionally, there are great visions in place for the two corner buildings as well, including transforming them into a dining and bar space, which would scroll open from a redesigned main lobby, and allow attendees to enjoy an entire evening of offerings, with the ability

to socialize, have dinner and sip drinks before and after shows. The year-long project includes several plans to better serve all who enjoy this space, and they will still be offering their full calendar of events during renovation. Attendees and community members will notice that at some time, there will be alternative entrances to the lobby and box office. They will keep everyone updated of these entrance changes as they happen. Overall, these funds will be used largely to better accommodate all attendees and performers, offering them optimal space, equipment, and hospitality. Barry states that without the performers and community members, Reg Lenna wouldn’t exist, and gives thanks to all who support them. Reg Lenna Center for the Arts invites everyone to see the Oscar-winning film Lala Land, showing this Saturday, March 11th at 8pm. This PG13 film encompasses a story of those passionate about music, acting and chasing their dreams. Admission to view the film is $5. They are located at 116 East Third Street, Jamestown, NY 14701.

the final four-man playoff. It looked like Pozzelli might pull off the win until Rick Lamb, on the second playoff hole, chipped in his shot from off the green for a birdie and the win. Golf doesn’t get a whole lot better than that. Mr. Prise adds, “The competition is second to none.” The course at Peak’n Peak is no slouch either, “It’s awesome! It’s a unique course, one of the hilliest courses we play. The players are adjusting for the different changes in the slopes.” Says Prise about the course. “The players really enjoy playing it.” He adds the competitors appreciate the rural location and the “cool vibe” of the resort. The players also relish the other resort amenities, the zip line, and riding the chair lift. He mentions the “serious

competition on the mini-golf course.” Which also must be fun to watch. This year, like last year, the tournament will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel, though probably not the mini-golf. Because the Lecom Health Challenge is not one of the larger PGA events, spectators can get closer to the players. “It’s a more low-key environment; you can get up and close to the players, spend some time with them. They have more time to spend with the public. It’s a personal more intimate vibe,” says Prise. What could be better than spending a sunny day outside, walking around a beautiful golf course, and watching professionals playing at the top of their game? As Kevin Prise says, “it’s the best-kept secret in golf.”

Live at the Met: La Traviata : March 11th : 1891 Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia

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l n . Cont. From Cover y l nCongressman what he thought lthe major issues were in the rfederal government at this etime. The Congressman dstated the main focus is on ehealthcare and how to replace .Obama care.  He also stated etax reform was of primary ,interest for individuals as well eas small businesses.  Reed said ythis tax reform needs to be tkept simple and fair but needs nto be completely rewritten .since nothing has been done ewith it since 1936.  Small fbusiness definitely needs to be srecognized in the tax codes. ,  The political climate in dWashington  was the next question—what is it like now?  nThe Congressman said he is lholding “Town Hall” meetings .now and those attending are avery passionate about what is happening in our country.  pReed stated he was ok with that pbecause he wants to know what ehis constituents are thinking fand he wants to hear from as smany as possible.  He wants eeveryone to work together sand find as many common rdenominators as possible.  He &wants the work of government fto get done and does not care ewho gets the credit as long as , o a s , Cont. From Page 4 o This original 1934 comedy rmusical is set aboard the eocean liner S. S. American, swhere a nightclub singer/ yevangelist Reno Sweeney is oon route from New York to lEngland. On her quest to start oa new life she finds herself caught in a love triangle trying to help her stowaway friend Billy be with his true love Hope; unfortunately for Billy he must win her over from the wealthy lord she is engaged to. The show opens March 31


we get things done. He sees hope for the future and wants to set the correct tone.   The question of Russia, and its relationship with America, came up next.  Reed said cyber attacks are very aggressive and if done on a day-to-day basis could even be considered an act of war.  He said we need to be more proactive in preventing cyber attacks from happening and do a better job in handling these attacks.   Affordable and rural healthcare were the next topics.  We will not have the same healthcare forever and we will eventually get rural healthcare right.  Many  programs are unfunded.  It is also possible retirees could get their funds cut and this is not right— they need to be funded.  This was followed by a question of whether or not healthcare can actually be affordable for everyone—and what would affect this?  First of all government mandates have a huge affect.  Health insurance needs to have a better position in  the marketplace, and there may need to be more competition to bring costs down.  Transparency is an issue, and another problem is how do you know what is actually billed and what is paid and if there is a difference, who pays that difference.  Another

question that arose was how do you go to the doctor and hold him accountable? There also needs to be discussion about end of life issues.  Reed indicated changes in the system could  be done or undone by a pen.   The next question was about water and safe water—particularly around Chautauqua Lake.  The Congressman indicated the government has to be careful and responsible.  When it comes to the EPA they need to have responsible standards but they also need to be checked periodically to make sure they are not out of line.  Discussing Agriculture  we need to address imports and exports from other countries dealing with products that compete with what we produce in our country. We also need to take a strong look at immigration.  We have some immigrants who come and go as they please while we have exactly the opposite with other immigrants.  We have to get this correct.   The Congressman ended on a good note.  His thought is to make America great again by having the ability to speak, openly and honestly. Americans need to unite and work together to make this country better.

at 7pm. There are two more shows on April 1 at 7pm and April 2 at 2pm Director Julie Costantini says Students are very excited for the production this year especially because Maple Grove has been selected as one of 10 schools as a finalist in Western New York’s Kenny Awards. The Kenny Awards are like the Tony Awards for high school musical productions. They promote, encourage and celebrate excellence of high school musical and theatre performances. This organization believes training

in both theatre and music helps to develop well-rounded, creative individuals who are kind and self-confident leaders. The top prize this year is $5,000 and the winning students get the opportunity to perform on stage at Sheas with their professional orchestra at the awards ceremony. Every year these schools pull out all the stops and go above and beyond to bring each theatre performance to life. Be sure to tell your friends and grab your tickets for this month is full of great performances you do not want to miss.


Cont. From Cover Railroad Division, has arranged a detailed display of equipment, signals, signs and pictures about the Dunkirk railroad industry. A postcard records the historic event on May 15, 1851, when a New York & Erie RR traveled from “Piermont” on the Hudson to Dunkirk, the longest continuous railroad in the country at the time. The pride and joy of the museum is the Boston & Maine Locomotive #444 built in Dunkirk in 1916 and donated back to Dunkirk in August 1986 by Fletcher Granite from Massachusetts. It was placed near the County Fairgrounds grandstand and was dedicated in 1989. On behalf of Dunkirk, Davis is appreciative of the Fletcher donation. “They’re the ones who saved it,” he said. “Otherwise, it would have been scrapped.” The Locomotive, a Boxcar and a Caboose are open to board during the County Fair week in summer or by appointment. When families visit, kids climb in the cab and ring the bell. “They love ringing the bell,” Davis said. The Boxcar is a Delaware & Hudson Boxcar built in 1907 and rebuilt in Colonie, NY, in 1922. Inside is a large wall map of Chautauqua County showing the numerous railroads serving Dunkirk.

Many station photos are included. A New York Central Caboose built in Oswego, NY, in 1905 completes the threesome. It has an original Union Stoveworks stove. Steps to the “observation post” window allow kids to see what it was really like riding a Caboose. Museum/Main Floor: The building on Washington Ave. housing the museum was built in 1930 as a Christian Science Church. Located near the reception desk is the “Lois and Norwood Barris Library and Research Room,” packed with Dunkirk’s records pertinent to genealogy research. There is an Immigrants Book from 1853 – 1876 and U.S. Census and New York records, as well as local newspaper listings. Registers of the names of the ships and passengers arriving at Dunkirk are in house. In the display room, a photograph dated 1805 shows the log cabin next to Canadaway Creek belonging to Seth Cole, the first Dunkirk settler. As the locomotive industry grew, steel plants and other manufacturing also prospered. As a young man, Richard Titus, board member, worked at the Union Steel plant with men who returned from the War. “I worked with the greatest generation,” he said while looking at steel plant photographs. Another photograph, “Niagara Silk Mill, Formerly American Glove Co., 1915,” shows workers sitting at tables. There are collections of Civil

War artifacts, a firefighting equipment truck from 1853 and objects associated with the commercial fishing in Lake Erie. Wayne Mori, board member, said the museum has letters, late 19th Century photographs, store ledgers, and family Bibles. He has a scrapbook with newspaper clippings from 1946 noting Dunkirk’s close relationship with its sister city of Dunkerque, France, on the English Channel, and depicting the thousands of dollars in aid provided by Dunkirk, NY, after the War. Mori faces the challenge of organizing and cataloguing donations, carefully labeling boxes. A roof leak has necessitated boxes being stored among displays on the main floor and some being moved offsite into warehouse storage. Nevertheless, Mori welcomes with open arms, literally, all items from attics people want to donate. “I encourage everyone to bring things in. Let us throw it out!” Mori said. James Hurtgen, president of the Historical Society, said that while they are collecting Dunkirk’s history, they are also looking for guidance. “We are looking for a curator,” he said. “We need a professional director.” The enthusiastic Board has ideas for the future of the museum and is eager to promote the history of Dunkirk. Spring hours: Mon 12 - 5 and Fri. 12 – 4 (716) 366-3797; www.

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World Drumming Workshop w/ Jim Donovan : March 11th : SoundRhythms Studios School of Music, Jamestown

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Don’t miss the granddaddy of all Holiday Valley events, Winter Carnival March 11 and 12. The legendary weekend will be filled will activities for the whole family and plenty of snow to kick-off spring riding season. Winter Carnival features unique events like, the Mardi Gras Costume Parade, Dummy Downhill, Snowmakers Snowbar and Mardi Gras parade in the Village of Ellicottville. Stop by the Yodeler lodge Saturday and Sunday for food, drinks and entertainment. From 10-5pm the Safety Patrol Cookout will be serving your favorites at the base of Yodeler. The famous Snowbar, sculpted by Holiday Valley’s snowmaking crew, will be open from noon-4:30pm throughout the weekend outside the Lodge. Saturday, inside Yodeler Lodge, partygoers can enjoy music by Mo Porter. On Sunday, the infamous Party Squad

will close the weekend with a mix of classic, vintage, and new tunes. Families and friends are encouraged to dress up in their craziest costumes for the annual Costume Parade down Mardi Gras on Sunday. The parade begins at noon and judging will take place at the base of the hill. According to Jane Eshbaugh, Director of Marketing, costumers have included “everything from chairlifts, to the Pope and his Cardinals, to water skiers and a motorboat.” Although there is tough competition, the best rated costumes will win season passes for the 2017-18 season. Categories to win include single adults, single children, and groups. To enter the parade, be at the top of Mardi Gras by 11:30am. Don’t forget to stop by Customer Service or Tannenbaum lodge for free face painting. The Dummy Downhill, a family crowd pleaser, takes place Sunday at 2pm at the bottom of Yodeler slope.

Holiday Valley encourages you to build your own dummy for the race. Dummies can be constructed of wood, plastic, cardboard, but no metal is allowed. They must not exceed 6 feet or 40 pounds, and may not be living or breathing. The dummies are paraded through the crowd, pulled up the slope, and then sent down the slope, one by one, over a jump and into a crash wall of snow. The winners are determined by crowd applause. Registration to enter your dummy into the race can be completed online at Saturday evening, the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Mardi Gras Parade. The parade starts at 6:30pm in downtown Ellicottville, just a short drive from the Resort. Holiday Valley Costume Parade entrants can be a part of the Village Parade for FREE on Saturday by calling 716-699-5046. Come out to enjoy a weekend of fun!

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