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FREDONIA WINTER FARMERS MARKET Saturday, May 13 • 10am-1pm Masonic Forest Lodge, Fredonia

Revitalization Projects

Willow Bay Complex

City of Jamestown Awaits Final Approval of Plans

Downtown Jamestown Building Offers Space for a Variety of Uses

A SERIES OF BIBLE TALKS Every Friday in May • 7:30PM Ashville Free Library, Ashville CABANA SAM’S OPENING PARTY Thursday, May 11 • 4pm Cabana Sam’s Sunset Bay Grill, Irving ZENTANGLE JEWELRY MAKING CLASS Thursday, May 11 • 4 – 6pm Grape Discovery Center, Westfield COME TO TABLE, CASA OF CHAUTAUQUA Thursday, May 11 • 5 – 8:30pm Chautauqua Suites, Mayville JCC SPRING JAM ROCK ENSEMBLES CONCERT Thursday, May 11 • 7pm JCC, Jamestown GRAPE EXPECTATIONS WINE FESTIVAL Friday, May 12 • 5 – 9pm Dunkirk Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, Dunkirk NUNSENSATIONS Friday, May 12 • 7:30pm Lucille Ball Little Theatre, Jamestown BIRD BANDING AT THE AUDUBON Saturday, May 13 • 7 – 11am Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown CRAFT SHOW AT FAIRGROUNDS Saturday, May 13 • 10am – 4pm Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, Dunkirk

Lynn Development rebranded the building “Willow Bay” refurbished the property top to bottom and inside and out. It now holds a theater, apartments and reception hall. Photo/Mike Schmidt Predestrian Bridge Rendering, City of Jamestown Intermodal Connector

By Anna Hagely The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), a $100 million project to improve 10 cities in the ten statewide Regional Economic Development Councils, continues to move forward with plans for Jamestown. After thorough

NATIONAL TRAIN DAY Saturday, May 13 • 10am – 4pm Northwest Arena, Jamestown LIVE AT THE MET: DER ROSENKAVALIER Saturday, May 13 • 12:30pm 1891 Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia 3RD ANNUAL TASTE OF THE TRAIL Saturday, May 13 • 1 – 5pm Northwest Arena, Jamestown SPRING WILDFLOWER HIKE IN ZOAR VALLEY Saturday, May 13 • 1 – 4:30pm 10112 Valentine Flats Rd., Gowanda DIRT TRACK AUTO RACING Saturday, May 13 • 7 – 11pm Stateline Speedway, Jamestown For More Weekly Events Visit

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Museum Open House Day

LITTLE EXPLORERS “FLOWERS” Saturday, May 13 • 10am – 12pm Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown LUCILLE BALL-DESI ARNAZ BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR Saturday, May 13 • 10am – 5pm Lucy-Desi Center, Jamestown

investigation into many cities’ abilities for transformation, the DRI has awarded 10 New York State cities $10 million each, including Glens Falls, Oswego, Geneva, Westbury, Middletown, Oneonta, Jamaica, Plattsburgh,

Saturday, May 20 Visit Your Local Favorites for Free By Beverly A. Hazen

Circle Saturday, May 20 on the calendar as a day when Open Houses will be held by many of the Chautauqua County Museums and Historical Societies. No entrance fees will be collected. While some of these sites don’t open officially until Memorial Day, many are opening for the Open House on May 20 so local residents can visit prior to the summer tourist season. Take advantage of this generous offer and see the historical assets of Chautauqua County. Note that a few sites may not be participating in the Open House, such as the

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The Ultimate Cheese Board for Mother’s Day

For Mother’s day, since we are still in Spring time, I put together a selection of milder and lighter texture cheeses. Before we make our selection, we should follow a few easy steps on creating a nicely curated cheese board. But, how many varieties of cheeses? It depends on how many people you are serving.

CHQ. Co. Museums:

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A May Day Walk In the Gardens

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The Railroad Depot on the shore of Chautauqua Lake in Mayville, NY, is where President Franklin D. Roosevelt arrived on August 14, 1936, while traveling to the Chautauqua Institution to deliver his historic, ‘I Hate War’ speech. The Depot still welcomes “traveling tourists” and the 1925 Pennsylvania Railroad Depot is now the Chautauqua Township Historical Society Depot Museum. The Depot Museum is open Memorial Day - Labor Day, 1 - 5 pm, Fri., Sat. and Sun.

Development and owner Gary Lynn was kind enough to give The Lakeside Ledger a brief history. Built in the 1920’s this building raises 5 stories from East Third St and rumbles over 80K sq. feet. The building was constructed as the home of the Jamestown Masonic Temple which had its Temple area on the fourth floor theater and offices See “THEATRE” Page 6

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Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association June & July Sessions

Did you ever wonder what it is like to row in a “shell” that can be up to sixty feet long, weighing 200 pounds, with eight rowers and a “coxswain”? Wonder no more! Learn about this fabulous sport of Crew right in Jamestown on the Chadakoin River on Jones and

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Jamestwon has dozens of neat old buildings that yearn for a facelift. One such building that did sits at the corner of East Third and Pine St in the heart of downtown. You might know the building as the Masonic Temple, Commons Mall, Crown Theater, or currently Willow Bay Building and Willow Bay Theater. Willow Bay is owned by Lynn

By Kathleen McCarthy

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Inside this Issue...

By Lou Drago

Mission Transforms Lives Historic Union Gospel Mission Reopens

Gifford Avenue. This workout has been called the “Ultimate Sport” as it is great cardio, core and leg workout. It is low impact on the knees/ankles and back when done in the correct form. It is a high calorie burner as it uses so many muscle groups. It relieves stress for overall health and See “ROW” Page 7

Chautauqua Lecture Forum Behind the Scenes with Sherra Babcock

By Lori Humphreys

The Union Gospel Mission is located at 7 West First Street in downtown Jamestown. The building was originally built in the late 1800s and was originally the Hotel Everett. The mission was originally set up for men and operated for approximately 76 years and employs approximately 2 people and generates an estimated excess of $100,000 annually. It operates at one single location. The mission has most recently been operated by Pastor John Steinhauser, who announced his retirement after 43 years as director of the union Gospel mission. Steinhauser resigned due to health issues as well

Books are Sherra Babcock’s domain. The first thing a visitor notices in her bright Chautauqua Institution office are books neatly nestled in three floor to ceiling bookcases and lying atop her desk. Books -reading, selecting and encouraging readers and authors - have been at the center of her role as Chautauqua Institution VP and Emily & Richard Smucker Chair for Education for the past 10 years. She will retire in October. Sherra’s most public responsibility is the 10:45 lecture platform and the selection of each weekly theme. However, her sprawling portfolio also includes the title Literary Arts Director which encompasses Special Studies, Smith Library , the Hale Oliver Archives, Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, Youth Education, Writer Center, the journal “Chautauqua”

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By Lee Harkness

Cabana Sam’s Opening Party : May 11th : Cabana Sam’s Sunset Bay Grill, Irving

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The Lakeside Ledger has received so much support since its inception just 5 months ago. We would like to take this space each week and introduce you to our team of writers. I would like to next introduce Beverly A. Hazen who is writing our series on Chautauqua County museums (see story on cover). Beverly grew up in Elma, NY, near Buffalo, and currently lives in the Mayville area. She worked as a secretary prior to meeting her husband, Samuel, and they lived in California and New Jersey before settling in Waterford, PA. Beverly was a stay-athome mom to their family of three children and attended Gannon University in Erie as a non-traditional student.


She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1998 with a B.A. Degree in Communications English. She has traveled to numerous places, including Peru, Iceland, Antarctica, Italy and China, and lived in Turkey for six months. Shortly after moving to Mayville, Beverly worked as a staff writer for The Chautauquan Daily for nine summers until retiring to have more time with family (two grandchildren). She takes advantage of the programming offered at the Institution, including lectures, music, and theater, and enjoys swimming at the Turner Fitness Center year round. She attends Hurlbut Church and is currently editing a family genealogy book, as well as learning more of the local history by visiting places

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Hello! I am a friend of Bev Hazen, and she mentioned she is writing for your new paper The Lakeside Ledger, so I picked up a copy. It is very nice!  I own a small Independent Pharmacy in Mayville, NY called Johnson’s Village Pharmacy.  I would like to give out your newspaper here if possible, can that be arranged?  -- Thanks, Leslie Johnson

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of historical importance while writing articles for the Lakeside Ledger. The Lakeside Ledger is part of the Zimmer Media LLC Newspaper Group and is always looking for story ideas and writers. The Ledger is printed weekly and distributed on Thursdays to more than 200 locations in Chautauqua County (Lakewood, Celoron, Busti, Jamestown, Bemus and Mayville). Our mission is to bring you the latest regarding area events, business news, interesting people and community happenings in an entertaining and informative weekly format. We look forward to working with and for you! Jeanine Zimmer Carlson, Publisher


Over 500 Protecting Our Safety in Chautauqua County Weekly Column By Donna Germain Did you know …? There are over 500 volunteer firefighters and emergency responders in Chautauqua County. Yes that is right over 500 people who save lives, homes and businesses and do not get paid for it. They put their lives in jeopardy and spend time away from their families to help others. Most of the volunteer departments depend mostly on donations and fundraisers to operate and maintain their departments. Although they do receive some grant money and tax

money from the municipality, they receive little if any state and federal aid. Often memorials are designated to help the local departments. A new fire engine alone can cost over $700,000. Not to mention new gear and other equipment needed to comply with safety regulations. Some of the ways the departments raise money is through their annual boot drive, you may see them standing on the street collecting money in a boot. If you do, put some in. Some departments hold a weekly Bingo night and monthly pancake breakfasts. Most departments also rent out

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their halls, some have tables and chairs for rent, some even have outdoor facilities. So if you are looking to have a graduation party or family reunion, don’t forget to check out your local fire department. Remember it is all a donation. In addition, most departments have an auxiliary that is open to volunteers as well as the actual fire department. Let’s hope you never need to utilize their services, but remember they are here for you and all Volunteer! For local listings and more information on your local fire department go to Now you Know..


“Wear Sunscreen Year Round Whenever Outside”

It is important to use sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation. Make sure it is water resistant and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher for protection against skin cancer. Apply at least a shot glass sized dose of sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors, and reapply every 2 hours or sooner if you are sweating or swimming. Wear sunscreen year round whenever you are outside, and don’t forget lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. This health tip provided by your Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services: 866-604-6789

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CHQ. Co. Museums: Part 6 of 24 Chautauqua Township Historical Society Depot Museum

By Beverly A. Hazen

The Railroad Depot on the shore of Chautauqua Lake in Mayville, NY, is where President Franklin D. Roosevelt arrived on August 14, 1936, while traveling to the Chautauqua Institution to deliver his historic, ‘I Hate War’ speech. The Depot still welcomes e“traveling tourists” and the y1925 Pennsylvania Railroad rDepot is now the Chautauqua Township Historical Society Depot Museum. This brick structure was built in 1924 as a replacement for the original wood Depot of 1869 which burned in 1923. The Chautauqua Township Historical Society (CTHS) was founded in 1976. s The Depot, located south of eMayville near the curve on Rt. .394, was host to the bustling etourism now documented in yphotographs and displays. kVisitors see an original ticket .booth, a waiting bench with .a back support that ‘flips’ sand the Railroad Room. nIn the heyday, numerous esteamboats moored at the slong, wide docks. Train etracks ran between the rdocks and the Depot, and la trolley stop on the street sside of the building, run by rthe Chautauqua Traction from 1906 oCompany -1926, further solidified the importance of the Mayville Depot Station as a regional

transportation hub. “We are trying to share the excitement that was once Mayville,” said Kathleen Kennedy, CTHS officer. “There were trolley tracks, train tracks and docks. Everyone came here and went to hotels.” As many as 900 a day arrived to go to the Institution. The Depot served as a center for transporting raw materials and shipping furnished products because it was close to the Portage Trail, the connection between Lake Erie and Chautauqua to the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Stepping inside the Depot is like taking a step back in time. The large window in the Railroad Room overlooks the lake, but “yesteryear,” overlooked the tracks and docks. Controls for the track signals, equipment and panels for telephone lines and telegraph key for Morse code are on display, along with a 1908 Independent Telephone Directory. A corner props a hook used for transporting mail between the modes of transportation. Large pictures on the walls in the Transportation Room show the steamers at Mayville in 1886. The final freight run left the Mayville Depot headed for Corry, PA, on December 29, 1978, and the last passenger train was in 1949. Featured in the center room is a loading cart with travelers’ baggage, bins and

belongings piled high. “They put the suitcases and trunks on it. They put chicken crates on this one,” said Jane Craig, CTHS officer. There is a 1915 photograph showing a similar cart in use. The prominent ice harvesting industry is another highlight of this room. Chautauqua Lake was known for its clean ice and ice blocks weighing 250 lbs. were loaded onto railroad cars in Mayville and shipped to Buffalo, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Local ice deliveries were also made when a cardboard “sign in the window” conveyed the need for a 25/50/75 or 100 pound delivery. At its peak this industry employed 600 local workers, and there were about eight Ice Houses along the lake shore used for storing the ice blocks. The last ice harvest was in 1935. Take a look inside an ice fishing hut or “shanty;” see a photograph of the horse-drawn ice cutters. On display are tools from the ice harvest and the Muskellunge display of the 1920’s and 1930’s shows the fishing lures used in a summer pastime of fishing. There is also an eclectic collection of donations, including an old printing press for the Mayville Sentinel, typewriters, and a voting machine. Displays include information about a local company that built gun stocks for WWII and William Peacock, the first local surveyor for the Holland Land Company, and the company vault on Erie St. in Mayville. A room devoted to the Sea Lion features the story of the replica of a Sixteenth Century English Merchant Vessel built in Mayville. The Depot Museum is open Memorial Day - Labor Day, 1 - 5 pm, Fri., Sat. and Sun. Phone (716) 753-7535 during museum hours. All are welcome to an Open House May 20 from 10 - 3 pm.

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Cheese Board

By Riko Chandra Chesemaker, Cheesemonger, Co-owner Reverie Creamery, Artisan Cheesemaking and Cheese Shop Entertaining does not have to be complicated. However, even the simplest act of putting it together must be thoughtfully prepared. I love making and enjoying scrumptious appetizers but many times I want to focus and spend my time on making the main dishes or dessert. Serving a cheese board as an appetizer for whatever it is you celebrate is such an easy and delightful way to start. As I mentioned in my last column, the season is an important guiding principle for the art of eating well. The same goes with creating a cheese board, whether for Mother’s day, Easter or Christmas celebration. For Mother’s day, since we are still in Spring time, I put together a selection of milder and lighter texture cheeses. Before we make our selection, we should follow a few easy steps on creating a nicely curated cheese board. In my previous column on buying cheeses, I put emphasis on type of milk, texture, flavor and style of cheese. And make sure you have extras such as preserves, cured meat, crackers, dried fruits, fresh fruits, honey, and olives. Or you can be as simple as just cheese and beautiful artisan bread. Most of the ime I like the simplicity of enjoying

cheese and bread alone! But, how many varieties of cheeses? It depends on how many people you are serving. For 10 or more you can go up to 5 or 6 varieties. But for small gatherings up to 8, three varieties should be more than enough. Type of Milk For special occasions, I suggest anyone to get out of her/his own comfort zone in selecting the type of milk. Why not mix soft goat’s cheese with hard sheep’s milk or mix cheeses which have three type of milk? Textures The rule of thumb again is to mix the textures. It is very easy. You can mix creamy, semi firm, and chalky. Flavor and Style Here we should be thinking more of balance and less of too much contrasting style and flavor. For example we don’t want to serve delicate Triple Cream together with intense flavor of aged cheese such as Gouda or extra sharp Cheddar. For intensity matching, we may want to serve complex flavor creamy soft cheese with complex aged cheese. In other words, we don’t want the flavor of one type of cheese dominating the others. Mixing style such as creamy, blue, semi firm, firm is so much fun. My selection for the Mother’s Day Cheese Board: For 3 Cheeses La Tur, an Italian soft ripened cheese that looks like a cupcake, very creamy and delicate but has intensity and complexity that will delight and surprise you. Serve with local honey. Reserva 12, this is a mixed milk of goat, cow and sheep made by Garcia Baquero from Spain. The taste is milky, nutty with interesting nuances that I have not found in other mixed milk type of cheese. Aged 12 months. Serve this with cashew and pistachio. Cambozola, a delightful blue cheese. It is a very light blue flavor and extra creamy. This cheese has won over the taste buds of many people who do

not like blue cheese. If you are inclined not to have blue cheese you may substitute Ossau Iraty for Cambozola. It is a semi firm aged sheep milk cheese which reaches its peak this time of year. Enjoy this with cherry preserves. For 5 Cheeses Fromager D’affinois, super creamy triple cream cow’s milk from France. This is a versatile creamy cheese. Serve this with ramp pesto or berries preserves. Bucheron, French log shape aged goat cheese, lemony paste in the center, and creamy just under the rind. This tastes amazing with lavender honey. Rosa, newly released cheese from Reverie Creamery. It is a semi firm cow’s milk cheese that is delicately infused with organic rose petals. You won’t necessarily taste the rose, it is the subtle change in milk taste after the infusion that is delightful. Midnight Moon, semi firm goat milk cheese aged about 9 months. The style is known as washed curd which is Gouda style. You will notice a long lingering sweet salty caramel taste. Shropshire Blue, this English blue cheese is un-mistakenly very much like stilton but milder. The color is deep orange which is great to add the color in the mix. The color is from annatto which are seeds of flowers from the Achiote tree. This natural coloring has been used for hundred of years for painting and food coloring. The flavor of the cheese is very savory and reminds me of roasted vegetables. The texture is cakey. Fantastic with honey comb if you can find one. How to arrange the board? Well, it is simple! If you Google “cheese board”, you will get so many inspirations and you can choose one that suits your style. After all it is “your” cheese board. When in doubt ask your cheesemongers what selection fits your style and budget. Start planning your board for this Mother’s Day Celebration.

New Programs Offered at Infinity Welcoming New Instructors and More Variety of Music Infinity Visual and Performing Arts welcomes two new instructors: Ryan Hawkins (Steel Drum) and Kate Rinko (Infinite Exploration). Ryan co-directs Infinity’s Steel Drum Ensemble and beginning Steel Drum classes. Kate is teaching Infinity’s newest private lesson experience, “Infinite Exploration!” Do you want to join Infinity, but you aren’t sure where to start? Sign up for “Infinite Exploration”, and you will receive a 30 minute private lesson each week exploring a variety of different instruments and art forms. Discover the right fit for you. Infinite Exploration Lessons include experiences such as: Piano, Ukulele, Dance, Film, Photography, Rhythm, Reading Music, Steel Drums, Hand Drums, Guitar, Art

Ryan Hawkins- Steel Drum Instructor is a multiinstrumentalist from Jamestown, NY. Ryan has been playing music since she was 5 years old. She started with piano, then, after joining the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Program, learned how to play a multitude of instruments, including steel drum, accordion, bass, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, and flute. She has been involved with several bands in the area, including SYMBA, Steel Pan Alley, and Mighty Little. Kate Rinko- Infinite Exploration Instructor Kate is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia where she received her Bachelors Degree in Communication: Audio Production. Kate’s main goal in her instruction is to get her students to be able to take their time and explore

different art forms and instruments before they find what they are passionate about. She believes that genuine excitement is the driving force for students to want to practice and explore new genres and techniques on their own. Kate continues to study different areas of art disciplines so that she is able to help her students find their paths by offering more and more every day. Currently, Kate is able to teach beginning instruction for ukulele, guitar, bass, hand drums, various art forms and dance. She will also focus on basic music reading and rhythms. For more information about Infinity, or to register for Steel Drum Classes or Infinite Exploration, please visit www.infinityperformingarts. org or call the Infinity Center at 716-664-0991.

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Practical Intuitive:

The Four Agreements

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Becoming Aware of Self-Limiting Beliefs

Vicki Wagoner The Practical Intuitive One of the most life changing books I’ve read and refer to clients is The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz. Based on Toltec wisdom, it assists you to become aware of self-limiting beliefs and offers you simple yet effective guidance of “personal conduct” to change your life. BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. After reading The Four Agreements, some “friends” suddenly walked out of my life. Feeling perplexed, I chose to “go within” to gain clarity on why. It became clear that I learned to speak with integrity; stopped playing the game of being a “door mat”, a form of manipulation to get attention; and, became comfortable standing strong in who I truly am. DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the

opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. For so long, I felt I was responsible for everyone’s moods, from happy to angry. I would do anything to make people like me and in the process usually upset them for being overly needy. My automatic self-doubting programming would kick in, “It must be me because everyone else gets along”. I’d get angry with myself, “beat myself up” for not being good enough, smart enough, whatever enough. This agreement helped me to focus on communicating with myself in a respectful, loving way; being proud of myself; trusting myself and natural gifts. DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life. For years, working at jobs that I “believed” I was expected to do, I was miserable. I hinted about my misery to my husband yet never fully told him the truth. One day I went to work and I felt an urgency to get out as quick as I could. I grabbed my purse, went to the lunchroom and clocked out. As I headed for the door all I told my boss was, “I quit”. Depressed, I lived in my pajamas, sitting on the porch a good part of each day, wondering where my life was headed. On the fifth day, a friend called to tell me she was going to hypnosis school. Hearing her excitement, I said, “I am, too”! That evening I

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told my husband my plans. He calmly said, “I know you have always talked about it. Just do it”. One of the best decisions I have ever made, to communicate clearly with myself and others, transforming my life. ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret. Simply put, be as kind with yourself as you are with others. Be your own best friend! I believe we all are a “work in progress” and part of that progress means sometimes we are “on our game” and other times we fall into a preverbal pot hole. What’s most important is, how did you get yourself out? Was it courage, wisdom, resourcefulness, faith? How does that make you feel? Proud, happy, respectful of yourself, fulfilled? Focus on what you did do instead what you could or should have done. Shift self-judgment and regret to support and greater love for yourself! Learning how to incorporate The Four Agreements into your life will change your life and the lives of others! Note: The next article will be The Fifth Agreement, by Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz. Vicki Wagoner: The Practical Intuitive – assisting you to change your perspective to change your life! Office and phone sessions available. (239) 248-0586;; Facebook: Vicki Wagoner – The Practical Intuitive

to Nature

May is the Month to Return to the Great Outdoors

d d By Linda K. Yates e t President Jamestown NY Garden Club e o e    “The world’s favorite sseason is the spring. All things seem possible in May.” y- Peter Loewe t May is the month to return sto the great outdoors in such sa way that is much more than gsay, taking a walk. It’s time to .get the hands dirty and do some oactual gardening once again. nThe gardens have become dalmost completely wild with dthe help of the May rains and sthe bright cool sunny days dlately. It is almost tempting to let things be as they are. tEven the unplanned plants land weeds have a very special ebeauty unto themselves at this ttime. Everything is thick and .lush and quite spectacular rin its own unruly right. I no longer resent the problematic

ferns. It›s a great time to divide perennials to expand them from place to place. There are so many new additions and volunteers from year to year in the garden beds. The foxgloves bloom in June but now it is favorable to transplant them around. They are one of the easiest to lift and replant that I know of. It’s most gratifying to see them in new places every year. It Jack in the Pulpit/ Painting by however is not a good idea to try to move Linda Katherine Yates peonies or bearded Iris crazy weeds as much as I used now. It is best to wait until to. I know it is unrealistic to September for those. Here at be free from them completely the Caretaker’s Cottage we like so I try to appreciate their to move the young and zesty contributions. I do try to keep ferns around in the woodland them away from my specialty edges. Spent spring bulbs can plants so I work from the be moved easily as well as inside of the garden to the vinca, brunnera, soloman’s outside trying to eradicate the seal, Japanese primroses, worst of them. Some I even let ajuga and many, many more. flower and enjoy that and then It’s just a matter of time, toil yank them out before they go and how long the back holds to seed. The taller weeds in up. But even with the labor flower are much easier to spot and dirtiness of it all it is really good to get back to the garden. and pull out.   Even a seemingly too chilly Nature is my solace. “Be like a flower and turn day in May is usually perfect for weeding and transplanting your face to the sun.” - Kahlil things like foxgloves and Gibran

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Cont. From Cover Elmira, and for the Western New York region, Jamestown. Jamestown, being such a well known and loved town by its community members and visitors alike, has embraced the funding with visions for greatly needed improvement. Specifically, there are 12 project proposals that have been recommended as potential fund recipients by the citizen local planning committee that was assembled into a Strategic Investment Plan by HR&A Advisors, a consultant firm chosen by New York State. These 12 proposals include: 1) acquiring riverfront development property, 2) downtown programming and activities development, 3) Excursion Train Infrastructure and Depot funding, 4) Furniture Mart building redevelopment, 5) Greater Jamestown Riverwalk enhancements, 6) Jackson Center updates, 7) Jamestown Brewing Company development, 8) Little Theatre upgrades, 9) redevelopment of the Key Bank building, 10) Hilton Double Tree Hotel renovation, 11) updates to Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, and 12) streetscape and pedestrian improvements. Some of the companies mentioned have already spoken with The Ledger to share their excitement for the possible funding and how they plan to utilize it. This week, Vince DeJoy, Director of Development for Jamestown, spoke with The Ledger, sharing additional

insight into what Jamestown residents can expect if the project proposals are approved. Notably, the downtown program and activities funding request would be administered by the Jamestown Local Development Cooperation. The funds would be used on a per-project basis, for anything from loans for up-front event costs, to grants which would support creating events such as shows and talent guests for the community to enjoy. Overall, this would be a fund available to promote pleasing social activity downtown. This is a general concept that will be finalized once funding is officially awarded, at which time proposals for usage of funds could be submitted. DeJoy also shared proposal information on the Riverwalk enhancements request, which covers redeveloping the current location of Chautauqua Brick, and providing sufficient capital to relocate the well respected company. Applications for redevelopment of this area of the Riverwalk would then be reviewed, with a goal of developing tourist and community-friendly activities or related property. To add to this plan, the streetscape and pedestrian improvement funding request focuses on light installation for the Riverwalk, bridges, the coal silo for the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, and the campus area. It would also include kayak and canoe launches, as well as reduction of garbage and debris pile up at the dam. While some of the funding requests focus on outdoor improvements, Jamestown residents would also have much to look forward to

for indoor events, social gatherings, housing and even professional life needs. One such example is the Jamestown Brewing Company request, which hopes to revitalize the former Grant Building to create a restaurant, onsite brewing, and a completely renovated the interior. The former Key Bank building, which was originally the Bank of Jamestown, dating back to the early 1900’s, would be re-purposed and partially used by a software development company, Libra, to occupy it and bring 30-50 jobs. Other areas of the building would be made into high quality apartments with large windows and picturesque views, as well as a new restaurant. Finally, The Hilton’s proposal lays out a complete renovation of their current site. Although the aforementioned projects are still awaiting approval, final plans are underway now for two pedestrian bridges, currently being planned with the New York State Department of Transportation. This is ready to be presented for bidding soon and construction may be completed by the end of the year. The DRI may announce approval of funds as soon as the end of the month. The vision for Jamestown are still in the planning stages, but demonstrate a mix of new life and attraction while still honoring all that people love about the tradition and history found on the streets, and in the hearts, of all that is Jamestown. Contact information for the Jamestown Department of Development can be found at


Cont. From Cover and dining room and other meeting rooms on the fifth floor. Lower floors were more of a mixed use with offices, retail and residential spaces. The Masonic Lodge moved on to another location and in the 1970’s the building became known as the Commons Mall. Over the years the property changed hands too many times to list and was the home of many small downtown enterprises including the Ben Franklin store, offices of the Resource Center, numerous small retail shops and offices. Unfortunately the Commons went the way of many downtown buildings and lost luster, lost tenants and fell into a sad state of disrepair. When Lynn Development took over they rebranded the building “Willow Bay” and set out to refurbish the property top to bottom and inside and out. The goal was to breathe life back into this once glorious building environment. From their webpage--We are proud to say that we have embraced the eclectic past of this historic facility and have developed it to be a multicultural, multifaceted landmark. Well I agree it has become a reality. The Willow Bay Building has been completely redone. The bottom two floors have a mix of storefronts and office space which can be configured just about anyway and any size you


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as wanting to spend more time with his family. The Union Gospel Mission was dissolved and the building remained vacant for a number of years. The building was picked up by the United Christian

might need. The apartment space has been remodeled into 24 one and two bedroom units. Sharing the fifth floor atop Jamestown is a gorgeous 2000 sq. foot penthouse. Smack in the middle of all this is the Willow Bay Theater, a mid-size 500 seat multi-dimensional live theater venue that does nothing but compliment the variety of live theater venues in the Jamestown area by providing a smaller more intimate sitting. Through the generosity of Mr. Lynn and a generous lease agreement, Real Life Jamestown took over management of the Willow Bay Theater in January 2017 and with this transition Heleena Walter became the Activities Coordinator for the Willow Bay Theater & Real Life Events. In talking with Heleena I learned the Bay is adaptable into any varieties of layouts, including a banquet hall for up to 125 that has been the site of receptions, bridal shows, weddings, private parties. I personally have attended a fund raiser there featuring area comedic and improvise talent with over 400 people. Tim Smart the Pastor for Real Life Jamestown said “As a church it is our desire to offer ways to bring the community together, building relationships and host positive family friendly events.” Per Heleena their goal is to bring positive experiences to Jamestown.

Recently Real Life collaborated with Winged Ox Players to present an amazing performance, Least Resistance an original play about Jamestown’s addiction and our recovery. There is a desire to bring exciting positive concerts to Jamestown specifically targeting teens and young adults. “Life is just too hard to listen to every day music, for my family we try to constantly have positive music going to help us get through the craziness of life! Listening to 90.9 Family Life and 88.5 Dove FM Walter became familiar with “7eventh Time Down”, an American Christian rock band. Their debut album, Alive In You, was released on September 13, 2011 and they have been touring the country with their brand of positive Christian Rock ever since. On Saturday May 20th, starting at 7pm, Jamestown NY will have the privilege to witness the positive message and driving rock line that is 7eventh Time Down. Check out their music at their website https://7eventhtimedown. com/ On Saturday July 8 the popular Ryan Stevenson returns to the Willow Bay for an all ages Christian Rock concert starting at 7pm. For information and ticket purchases for upcoming concerts and Theater Rentals contact Heleena at 716-4894657

Advocacy Network (UCAN). UCAN’s Priority is reported to be offering hope, transforming lives “reaching the least, the last, the lost through a transitional community resource site. According to their information they want to provide a safe place for people to live, and help with life skills training, health care, a local church connection and

discipline and accountability. Jim Quattrone, a member of the UCAN board of directors is managing the facility and has opened it as an emergency shelter. Once in full operation he intends to have longer term transitional housing. Quattrone indicated a lot of work needed to be See “MISSION” Page 7

Craft Show at Fairgrounds : May 13th : Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, Dunkirk

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Story From Cover Chautauqua County Fair Farm Museum in Dunkirk, which is only open during Fair week. Listed in alphabetical order are the Museums (M), Historical Societies (HS) and heritage-related destinations listed in the printed guide to Chautauqua County Museums: Bemus Point


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well-being. Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association has men and women members from age 14-85. Boats are often a great mix of the generations. It is a great social experience on our beautiful river and entry into Lake Chautauqua. No prior rowing experience is required. As part of “National Learn to Row Day” Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association (CLRA) is hosting two sessions. On Saturday June 3 the first session begins with a 9am12pm introduction to the sport. Even on the first day everyone has an opportunity to get “on the water”. This session is followed by a complementary Bar-B-Q at the boathouse. This is an opportunity to socialize with your crewmates. This series continues on the water from June 5-8 from 5:30pm-8pm. On Thursday .June 8 the club hosts “social fhour” after the row. The ssecond summer session begins don Saturday July 8 from 9amy12pm, Bar-B-Q included. n The follow up dates are July m10-13, 5:30pm-8pm, ending with a social hour on Thursday aevening. e The sessions at CLRA are designed to introduce: terms and safety, boat parts and rowing technology, ergometer (rowing machine) instruction, “dock box” instruction and “on the water” time. Participants


Cont. From Page 6 done on the building, but before he could get the work completed he had residents apply for housing. Many of them are helping to complete the work on the building. In addition no assets came with the building so money had to be saved to pay for normal building operations— which are now needed. It is extra hard because they are starting from “scratch”. The building is set up for only men and there are rules for the residents to follow while they reside in the building.

HS, Carroll HS (Frewsburg), Darwin R. Barker Historical M (Fredonia), Chautauqua Township HS Depot M (Mayville), Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse/Veterans Park M, Dunkirk Historical M, Fenton History Center M & Library (Jamestown), Findley Lake & Mina HS, Fluvanna Community HS, Het Haverkamp Huis (Clymer), Harmony Historical M, Lakewood History M, Lawson Boating Heritage Center (Bemus Point), Lily Dale

M, Lucy Desi M, McClurg M (Westfield), Portland Historical M, Robert H. Jackson Center (Jamestown), Roger Tory Peterson Institute (Jamestown), Sheridan HS, Valley HS (Sinclairville), and The Yorker Museum (Sherman). Some adventurous locals may want to visit more than one location the same day, but that may be easier said than done, as time has a way of slipping away once inside these County gems.

are divided into three groups and rotate through the stations before they launch on the water. Each boat (shell), either a 4 person with coxswain or an 8 person with coxswain, is comprised of experienced rowers and new rowers. The “cox” in the motivator and instructor of the boat, with a coach boat along side to help direct and supervise each boat. At the end of the first session participants will have “a hang of it” and are ready for the week ahead. There are no “superstars” in rowing as it takes teamwork and concentration from all rowers to “set the boat” and feel the true experience of rowing. All participants need to wear comfortable, tight fitting clothes, as baggy clothes could get caught in the slide seat. Spandex bottoms work the best with a top that allows full range of motion. As rowers heat up quickly, an extra layer may be useful but not necessary. Socks need to be worn but shoes are slipped off at the dock and feet go into built in shoes (adjustable) in the boat. Water bottles are important to hydrate while rowing. National Learn to Row Day is a rowing program throughout the United States sponsored by the US ROWING organization to promote the sport. Rowing was popular on Chautauqua Lake beginning from the 1870’s until the 1930’s. There were two competitive

clubs, the Chadakoin Club and the Chautauqua Club. Rowing disappeared in the area in the 1930’s. After a 70 year hiatus, the sport of rowing returned to the area in 2005 when local rowers and enthusiasts incorporated as the Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association, Inc., a not-forprofit organization dedicated to the return of rowing on the Chadakoin River and Chautauqua Lake. The association is located in the City of Jamestown’s McCrea Point Park on Jones and Gifford Avenue. The location is historically called “The Boat Landing”. In partnership with the City, both the CLRA and the City have made significant improvements to the expanded use and beautification of the park. The CLRA has a high school team from five area schools for students in grades 8-12. A summer session for middle school students is held annually. An adult program for recreational rowers and master rowers runs from June through October each year. Some members row in regattas in the area each fall. The LEARN TO ROW program costs $60, which includes all five sessions. Rowers can then join the organization for the remainder of the season, with sessions held on Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Go to www.rowchautauqua. org to register or call 716-4101851 for more information

Part of the residential rules are good and proper care of the facility by those living there; as Mr. Quattrone put it, everyone has some “chores” to do around the house!” As the facility is developed, they will be setting up a staffing program such as a director, volunteer coordinator and desk manager. UCAN now has the building and a very hard working, dedicated board of directors. The community has been excellent to work with, however more help is still needed. Anyone can make donations by sending them to the United Christian Advocacy Network PO Box 202, Lakewood, New York.

Donations or volunteers are all welcome and you can call Mr. Quattrone at (716) 4903300. Understanding the importance of this facility is paramount. One cold night I was in the train station and it was below zero outside. A gentleman showed up at the front door and wanted to know why the mission was closed. I was not aware it was closed at that point, so he went on his way. The next morning he was back for a bus and I asked him where he stayed that night. He told me he was unable to find a place so he slept on the beams under the railroad bridge—remember it was 20 below zero!

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which is published annually and the recent Chautauqua Prize. In 2012 the first Chautauqua Prize was awarded for a fiction or non- fiction book published the year before. The $7,500. Prize has grown in prestige and popularity. Winners also receive a week on the grounds for themselves and family. Just a few statistics related to the prize. This year publishers submitted 192 titles for consideration. Each of the 80 anonymous authors, teachers of English and Writing and other literary lights who judge read three of the submissions. All the judges have a relationship with Chautauqua Institution. Even as she sees her retirement just over the horizon and begins the ramble down memory lane she is as excited about the programs she has shepherded as if it were the first days of her tenure. On a rainy Thursday morning her role as Literary Arts Director was uppermost in her mind. She discussed her role unifying the diverse fiefdoms of the Literary Arts Program. “The whole literary arts constellation has come together and lifted each other.” She described two programs with enthusiasm. Both share the goal of expanding the Chautauqua Idea beyond the gates. The first is the partnership between Chautauqua and the U. S. State Department in Zimbabwe, Africa. The program uses the CLSC book club concept and CLSC titles as a way to bring members of opposing political factions together. Sherra said that there are now 50 CLSC graduates in Zimbabwe and a CLSC library in the country’s consulates and embassies.

“You could say I developed it from whole cloth, though it is funded by an anonymous foundation.” Perhaps the message from Cyrus Copeland, author of the 2016 Chautauqua Prize book Off the Radar says all that needs to be said about the Prize’s success. “ Sherra – thinking about you. Kudos to the lucky author whose life is about to shape shift in to something magical, “ Copeland wrote or to be accurate, texted. The Chautaqua Prize winner will be announced May. 15. Sherra is welcoming and gracious. She has extended that graciousness to the young staff that she has supervised in the past five or so years. “I really like mentoring young people. It is such a pleasure to mentor Matt Ewalt, Associate Director of Education and Youth Services, Jordan Steves, now Communications Director and Sara Toth., Lecture and Literary Arts Associate. Ewalt will become President Michael Hill’s chief of staff; Jordan Steves is now Communications Director.” So… who will replace Sherra? Actually her role will be divided among three people. Ewalt will bring responsibility for the 10:45 AM lecture platform to the president’s office returning it to its traditional home. There is a national search for the future Chautauqua Institution VP and Emily and Richard Smacker Chair for Education. A Literary Arts Director will also be hired. The question “What are you going to do when you retire?” had to be asked. Sherra and her husband plan to travel for a year – that’s right a year. She said that she didn’t want to hover and a year would give her successors time to make the job their own. They are going to Jordan to visit her daughter for a month,

they will travel west and north to explore the American Canadian Border. “You know, I never thought I was going to retire, but two bouts with breast cancer may have changed my mind. This is the time when I can do other things.” Sherra grew up in Tyler and Baytown, Texas, has resided in Houston, Dallas and Austin and now is a Lakewood, NY resident. She attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, majoring in American Studies and earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University. She served as V.P. and Dean of Students at Southwestern University and Sr. VP of Publicis Advertising, Dallas. She began her Chautauqua career in 2007 as director of education. In 2011 she was appointed to her current position and is the first and only endowed chair on the staff. As to that degree in American Studies, “When I began working at Chautauqua I finally had a job in the field I studied in College.” Sherra Babcock may be leaving her Chautauqua career but not Chautauqua. She has given, in the truest sense of the word, ten years of her life, her energy and her intelligence to continuing Chautauqua’s role as a national influence. To paraphrase, “you can take the girl out of Chautauqua but you can’t take Chautauqua out of the girl!” The 1917 Chautauqua Prize Finalists: • Blood River Rising – Victoria Pope Hubbell • The Song Poet, A Memoir of My Father - Kao-Kalio Yang • American Character – Colin Woodward • The Fortunes – Peter Ho Davies • Underground Airlines – Ben H. Winters • The General vs. the President – H.W. Brands

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