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EBC Opens for Season

Public Welcomed to Anniversary Party May 13

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Chautauqua Lake

FREDONIA WINTER FARMERS MARKET 10am-1pm Every Saturday through May 13, Masonic Forest Lodge, Fredonia BEMUS IN BLOOM Friday, May 5 • 10 – 11am Saturday, May 6 • 10 – 11am Sunday, May 7 • 10 – 11am Various Locations, Bemus Point FIRST FRIDAY LUNCH BUNCH Friday, May 5 • 11am Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown OPENING DAY AT EBC ON CHAUTAUQUA Friday, May 5 • 3 – 11:59pm Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua, Bemus Point

Pictured photo left: Owner, Sam Whitmore, Wine Club Manager Lesley Wasik, and General Manager and Director of Education Matt Herrera.

CINCO DE MAYO PARTY AT MERRITT WINERY Friday, May 5, 2017 | 6 – 8pm Merritt Winery, Forestville

By Mary Seger

SOUTHERN TIER DISTILLING CO - CINCO DE MAYO Friday, May 5 • 6 – 9pm Southern Tier Distilling Company, Lakewood “LEAST RESISTANCE” Friday, May 5, 2017 | 7:30pm Willow Bay Theater, Jamestown THE MUSIC OF WICKED, PIPPIN, GODSPELL ... AND MORE Friday, May 5 • 7:30pm 1891 Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia BIRD BANDING AT THE AUDUBON Saturday, May 6 • 7 – 11am Audubon Community Nature Center, Jamestown

It’s time to raise a glass to salute Bag & String Wine Merchants in Lakewood. The business will be celebrating its 6th anniversary on May 13 from noon-5pm with an instore event featuring wine tastings, appetizers, and deeply discounted select wines. Owner Sam Whitmore says that while it may look like the store’s success has come easily, nothing could be further from the truth. “A lot of hard work and hustle went

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ANNUAL SPRING CRAFT DAY/SHOW Saturday, May 6 • 10am – 4pm Downtown Findley Lake, Findley Lake

By Lee Harkness

SCANDINAVIAN CULTURE DAYS Saturday, May 6 • 10am – 12pm Jamestown Community College, Jamestown THE MUSIC OF WICKED, PIPPIN, GODSPELL ... AND MORE Saturday, May 6 • 1pm 1891 Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia RUN FOR THE ROSES PARTY Saturday, May 6 • 4 – 8pm Webb’s Captains Table, Mayville

LIVE MUSIC AT THE WINERY Saturday, May 6 • 7 – 10pm Sensory Winery & Art Gallery, Ripley For More Weekly Events Visit

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State Legislative Breakfast

WESTFIELD BOOK & PAPER SHOW Saturday, May 6 • 9am – 4pm Eason Hall, Westfield

DIRT TRACK AUTO RACING Saturday, May 6 • 7 – 11pm Stateline Speedway, Jamestown

into it.” He also says there were many sleepless nights and even admits to a couple of moments when he and his wife, Metivia, were tempted to just walk away from the whole venture. However, he’s learned through experience that, “Being an entrepreneur means that you have to be smart enough to create and run a business and dumb enough to really believe in your dream, no matter how much work it takes, or

The state Constitution should be reviewed every 20 years, but the current constitution has been the same since 1938. In November of this year, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to vote to change it. (The Constitution of the State New York, 1777. Image via Constitution Center.)

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The Heron Welcomes Spring ... Page 3

Potluck & Music, May 7 - Grounds of Great Blue Heron

Todd Tranum, President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, made introductions at the annual Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast held at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club last Friday. The meeting was moderated by John D’Augostino and the State Legislative guests were state Senator Cathy Young and Assemblymen Andy Goodell. Tranum started the discussions by pointing out the importance of our local small businesses. Upcoming events include National Small Business Week, Business over Bagels, Manufacturers annual meeting, National Train Day and a social event on the Summer Wind. Tranum stated that our small businesses are the “heart and sole of our communities” and we need to support them as much as See “STATE” Page 8

By Sharon Turano BEMUS POINT – Ellicottville Brewing Company officials invite everyone to the annual launch of EBC on Chautauqua, beginning at 3pm Friday, May 5 at 57 Lakeside Drive. Topper Clemons, general manager, said EBC on Chautauqua will not only be the place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but is also “a pretty incredible place” for views, double sunsets and more. “It’s an exciting place to be,” he

Magical May ... Page 5

A May Day Walk In the Gardens

Introducing New Artistic Director Andrew Borba

By Lori Humphreys When the curtain raises on “Noises Off” the first 2017 Chautauqua Theater Company production, June 30, it will simultaneously rise on director Andrew Borba’s first year as Artistic Director. He seems to relish his role as ringmaster of a season which includes three play productions, at least two staged readings and the August 22, inter-

Preserving Our Past

May comes to us with a giant sigh that spring with all its beauty, sounds and smells is mercifully finally here. May Day, celebrated on May first is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and is the midpoint between the spring and summer solstices. It is known for Maypoles, flowers and the welcoming of Spring.

This stone marks the grave of: Daniel Manley, b. March 29, 1822 d. May 17,1892; his wife Eliza G., b. April 2, 1828 d. May 2, 1894 and Infant Daughter. The gravestone symbolism indicates that a marker with a broken branch or a cut tree tells the story of a life cut short.

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Chautauqua Theater Company

A Closer Look at the Lewis Cemetery in Ellery

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said about EBC on Chautauqua. It will be even more exciting May 5, when, he said, there will be Harley Davidson models and a simulator, live entertainment including J. B. Henderson and Randy Graham from 5-8 pm and a DJ at 9pm. Radio station 106.9 will broadcast live, and El Gordo Burro Beer will be introduced. Clemons said EBC on Chautauqua opened last year and completes a triangle for EBC’s Ellicottville and Fredonia locations.

arts performance of the Derek Bermel composition The House on Mango St. This is inspired by Sandra Cisneros’ novel and was commissioned by the Institution. In fact there are 60 theater related events during the 55-day season. Perhaps Juggler is a more apt description of Borba’s role. Chautauqua audiences may remember that Borba directed three past Chautauqua inter-arts performances. They are “Go West! Mythology of American Expansion”, “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”, and “Ellis Island. Borba knows his way around the Company and the Institution. He spent eight years as the Company’s associate director and last year as co- director. He has had the time and experience to develop definite ideas about the strengths of the CTC and its role in the theater firmament. “We are a bridge for young conservatory actors who have the See “THEATER” Page 9

Messina Memorial Tournament Benefit for UPMC CHQ. WCA Hospital May 20

By Kathleen McCarthy

By Brady Wesp

Often we walk by an old cemetery and stop to take a closer look at the names, dates or the inscriptions to learn about the history of the community or the families who once lived nearby. Over the years a few Maple Springs residents have taken an interest in the gravestones at the Lewis Cemetery on Lewis Road dated from April 1825, while on their daily walks in the hills above Maple Springs. This interest in the cemetery and the early families of the Town of Ellery was piqued with a recent talk at the Bemus Point Historical Society by Westfield Historian Jack Erickson. In describing the Schofield Tavern, which was located on the Colby property in

A community is defined and built upon the shoulders of the people of generations past. Their actions and legacy motivate people today and inspire change and companionship. This month the Chautauqua and Conewango communities will have the opportunity once again to pay tribute to an accomplished individual who lived a life shamelessly devoted to helping others. This May marks the 4th Annual Vince Messina Memorial Golf tournament. This tournament will be held at the Conewango Valley Country Club in Warren, PA on Saturday May 20. The tournament will be a 4-person scramble and is available to the first 36 teams who fill out the registration. Every year more people help out and participate in this event paying homage to the life of this extraordinary man. Vince Messina had the distinguished honor of being one of the five original graduates of the first class of the WCA radiology school back in 1969. After graduation Messina dedicated more than 35 years of his career to WCA hospital as a senior radiologic technologist in their radiology department, passing away shortly after his retirement in 2013. The Vince Messina memorial golf tournament has raised $58,000 since its inaugural debut back in 2014. All proceeds are given to the Vincent A. Messina

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Bemus In Bloom : May 5th, 6th & 7th : Various Locations, Bemus Point

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The 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. We will begin with my dear friend Vicki Wagoner. I met her about five or six years ago while she was in town on appointments with clients, I became one of those appointments and she quickly became one of my close friends. We are lucky to have her with us and I hope you get as much out of her wisdom as all of us who know her do. She invites your calls or emails; connect with her, you’ll be engaged. Vicki Wagoner, hypnotherapist and intuitive guide, proclaims, “Change your perspective, change your life”. As a catalyst for change of perspective of everyday life issues, challenges and relationships, Vicki offers straightforward, practical and compassionate guidance. She assists clients

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Did you know…? Did you know the most popular sport on Chautauqua Lake between the 1870’s and 1930’s was rowing, yes rowing. There were two competitive clubs. The Chadakoin Club (which is now Chautuqua Lake Yacht Club and Chautauqua Club (that was formed at Chautauqua Institution). Rowing seemed to disappear in the mid 1930’s. Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association and Boathouse located at 18 Jones & Gifford Avenue Jamestown decided to bring it back. The club has a scholastic program and has instructed over 200 individuals. Never too young

or old to start rowing. The club was incorporated in 2005. It is a not for profit 501 (c) 3 corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors & programs are run by volunteer coaches. The CLRA hosts several events. June 3rd is Learn to Row Program, June 11th is Rock ‘n Row Fundraiser. Go to their website for more information & events. Their mission; committed to making the sport of rowing accessible to everyone for a lifetime. By revitalizing a long tradition of rowing on Chautauqua Lake, CLRA offers unique opportunities for teamwork, fitness and competition. Their vision; a region that treasures the river and lake as a natural resource

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$20M CHQ. Co. Proposal in Semi-Finals for Approval Lakewood/Busti Joint Meeting to Consider Shared Facility

By Mary Seger

Addressing a rare joint board meeting on April 24, County Executive Vince Horrigan presented the 10 board members from the Town of Busti and the Village of Lakewood with the opportunity to be part of a $20 million Chautauqua County shared services grant proposal. Together with his executive assistant Dan Heitzenrater, Horrigan explained that Chautauqua County is the official grant applicant, and has already moved from phase one to phase two in the selection process. It is now one of just six semi-finalists statewide still in competition for the final “winner take all” $20 million award. As a semi-finalist, the County received a grant of $50,000 to be used to prepare the final proposal, due in Albany no later than June 28. Horrigan said that the final proposal will include nine different shared services projects located all over Chautauqua County, ranging from wastewater treatment facilities to fire departments. He asked the Lakewood and Busti boards to consider being part of a project for a shared municipal facility. “We believe that a shared municipal facility – just a facility, we are not talking about merging governments – could have real opportunities in terms of saving taxpayers’ money.” Horrigan took pains to emphasize that the project is purely exploratory in nature and entails no commitment whatever to any specific course of action. If Lakewood and Busti agree with the general concept of exploring options, he trequested that each board gdraft a resolution in support .of the County’s proposal. The resolutions will be part of the final application when it is submitted to Albany. The winner of the $20 million

grant will be announced by September of this year. Lakewood and Busti board members appeared receptive to the invitation to be one of the County’s shared services projects. In fact, in introductory remarks made prior to Horrigan’s presentation, Village trustee Ted McCague had already made reference to the fact that Lakewood’s new Comprehensive Plan specifically mentioned combining Town and Village offices into one building, to realize economies of scale. Busti council member Ken Larson asked Heitzenrater for more information about the resolution the two boards were being asked to consider. Heitzenrater responded that it would be a very general statement of support and was not a binding commitment. Busti Supervisor Jesse Robbins said he’d need to have the draft resolution in hand by May 1 to be considered at the next Busti board meeting. Joint Work Session After the grant presentation, the two boards devoted the second half of the meeting to a joint work session (their first one since at 2009 or 2010, according to Supervisor Robbins’ recollection). Their agenda included discussion of priority action items on which they could collaborate that could potentially benefit taxpayers. As well as acknowledging the value of a shared municipal facility as Horrigan had suggested, the group discussed a number of other areas where they felt savings could be realized through cooperation. The wide-ranging discussion eventually identified a total of seven action items for further investigation which seemed to present the greatest opportunities. The seven areas were: 1) a shared municipal facility 2) the court 3) the fire

departments/EMS 4) police 5) highway departments 6) the libraries 7) joint marketing/promotion Busti board member Todd Hanson reminded everyone that there are always two ways to save money and lower taxes: “You can try to cut money out of your budget or you can raise revenue.” Hanson said that one way of raising revenue could be through joint Town/Village marketing efforts that encourage businesses and individuals to move into the area. “We have more assets than most other places in Chautauqua County but we don’t necessarily do a very good job of promoting that.” More residents and businesses would translate into more tax revenue and a lower tax base for everyone. Another acknowledged “hot topic” were the two libraries. Councilman Hanson said they always “either wind up being on the chopping block or if we have extra money, it goes there.” There was a lack of consistency. “We don’t want to lose the libraries,” he said. “But either we need them or we don’t, and then whatever they cost is the cost.” In the end, both boards agreed that a shared municipal facility, the libraries, and joint marketing should be the top three priority items for further investigation. County Executive Horrigan had begun his presentation by stating, “Regional solutions are an absolute must going forward.” He said that those who don’t get out in front with their own plans may find shared services decisions being made for them in the future. Given the cordial spirit of cooperation and collaboration that characterized the Busti/ Lakewood joint board meeting, the future looks bright for both municipalities staying ahead of the curve.

The Heron Welcomes Spring Potluck & Music May 7 On the Grounds of the Great Blue Heron

On Sunday, May 7, 1 – 7pm, A day to celebrate spring and gather with Heron friends to enjoy a potluck & music at the main stage. Maypole decorating. Volunteer sign up and info about the festival available. Open to the public. Free. Kids love MayDay! Music & potluck start at 2pm. Maypole and bonfire to follow. Bring the whole family. No Pets please. Don’t forget a blanket or camping chairs for seating.


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Lakewood & Jamestown Kiwanis Clubs Helps with Autism Awareness

A joint meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Lakewood and the Kiwanis Club of Jamestown was held at the Brookdale Lakewood Assistive Living Facility. Our host was Lisa LaRusch, Sales Manager. Ms. LaRusch spoke about the history of the Brookdale Corporate in general and specifically their Lakewood , NY facility. Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is a leading operator of senior living communities with over 1000 facilities throughout the United States serving over 100,000 residents in a variety of settings including independent living, assisted living, and dementia-care communities and continuing care retirement centers. “The Company is committed to providing senior living solutions primarily within properties that are designed, purpose-built and operated to provide the highestquality service, care and living accommodations for residents.” “Age in Place” Per Ms. LaRusch, Brookdale Lakewood is a senior living community offering personalized enhanced assisted living options for its residents. While nestled on 23 quiet wooded acres with beautifully landscaped grounds, the Southwestern Drive building is conveniently close to physicians, shopping, and dining. Brookdale Lakewood offers a small community setting with 77 individual senior apartments allowing

the residents the ability to select the most home-like setting for their needs. The apartments are configured in four different sizes, ranging in size from 340 sq foot studios to two bedrooms, each with a private bath, kitchenette, and carpeting. The common areas, include dining room, TV room and wellness center, give residents and their loved ones the opportunity to socialize and form friendships. In addition to the twice weekly social hours, Brookdale Lakewood offers a wide range of activities every month including off-site excursions to the Chautauqua Institution, local dining establishments, and Chautauqua Lake and area shopping centers. While able bodied residents can maintain their own vehicles, Brookdale will provide transportation to local doctor appointments and other health-related needs. The chefs at Brookdale provide the residents a wellbalanced high-end dining experience that includes a three-course meal every day and rotating menu options. Working with the dietician the chefs see to the individual dietary needs of each resident. Ms LaRusch and their chefs provided a very tasty spread of a variety of appetizers for the Kiwanis clubs to munch on during the lecture. If this is any indication of the chefs skills the residents try not to miss many meals. “Serve the Community” Brookdale has embraced the local community and

its philanthropic efforts in a variety of ways. Over the past few years Brookdale has been host of the annual Kiwanis Club of Jamestown chicken and biscuit dinner. This year the Jamestown Club served over two hundred dinners, raising funds for their club’s children’s programs. In Recognition of National Autism Awareness Month Brookdale partnered with the WCA Foundation Brookdale and held A Sip & Paint Evening for Hannah’s Fun’d. Hannah’s Fun’d is an endowment fund that has been created to help fund a new reflection unit for children on the new mental health unit that will be built at WCA in 2018.  While the ticket sales were organized thru WCA Foundation, again the chefs at Brookdale stepped in to provide a great variety of appetizers. Keep an eye out for the second paint seating, the first event was limited to 60 tickets and was a rousing success with all 60 tickets sold inside WCA. This initial event raised over $2000.00. Ms. LaRusch highlighted another fun event is in the planning stages for Hannah’s Fun’d. Stay tuned to this paper as the details of a local motorcycle poker run to benefit Autism Awareness and Hannah’s Fun’d are reviewed. Brookdale and its staff will be a central part of this effort. As with the Sip n’Paint the funds will be donated to Hannah’s Fun’d toward the new WCA reflection unit.

Lakewood Budget

Two Village Trustees Reflect on New Budget

By Nicholas Pircio

Lakewood Village Trustees Sue Drago and Ted McCague took opposing positions in voting for the amended village budget for 2017-2018. Both voiced concerns over where they see the village heading financially. Trustees approved the revisions with the additional cuts 3-2, with Drago voting “yes” and McCague “no.” The approved budget sets the tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year at $7.34 per thousand of assessed value, which is up 19 cents from last year, but stays within the NY State mandated tax cap. Drago said it was necessary not only to cut in a lot of places from Mayor Birrittieri’s proposed budget, but to add money in other places. “She (the mayor) cut quite significantly from the fire department. And because we are involved in a cell power lawsuit, we thought we needed to add more money to that line. So with a lot of finagling, we were able to get it below the tax cap at our April 10th meeting.” Drago argued against going over the tax cap, since by doing so you raise some red flags. “And the state could possibly force consolidation. We went through a dissolution vote several years ago, and it was defeated soundly, but that’s always kind of in the back of our minds. By exceeding a tax

cap you kind of risk having the state looking at you and say, what’s going on?” The mayor’s budget was 40 cents over the tax cap, which Drago said were very high. “She (Mayor Birrittieri) made cuts in her budget. She also added to lines like recreation, and the library, and to planning, and trees, when compared to last year’s budget. When we went through it we said let’s just take those back to last year’s budget.” Drago said, “It’s no disrespect to the library, we love the library, but in last year’s budget we gave them $4,000 more than the previous year. Then they came to us saying we only want $500 more. We cut that back $3,000, and I know that caused some hard feelings. We just felt that if you’re cutting essential services in other departments, you’ve got to look at the library too.” Drago discussed how trustees arrived at the cuts. “When we left the April 10th meeting we felt everything to be OK, we got a 2 percent raise for our employees, we think we cut what needed to be cut, and we added money to what needed to be added. But at the April 24th meeting, we needed to approve the budget by May first, and we found out a few days before that there was a miscalculation in the employees’ salaries concerning Social Security. Now we were over the tax

cap again by 4 cents. So we started looking and looking to see what can we cut. We tried everything, we tried a 1.5% raise, we tried a 1% raise, and the only thing we could come up with was a 1% raise. Plus we took one of the police cars we were going to purchase next year, and we were able to use the money we haven’t spent this year to purchase that car. So that took $20,000 off. And then we took $9,000 from our fund balance. So we were barely able to squeak under the tax cap.” Trustee Ted McCague took a different stance, saying the village sorely needs longrange planning. “I came away very concerned about the future of the village as we moved through the budget process, and what we finally arrived at. I say that because at the work session, the eleventh hour, a proposal was made that artificially moves the budget to the cap, finishing just under the cap.” McCague said he has two concerns: “One is that I feel it (the amended budget) to be a band aid approach to reaching this imposed tax cap. It doesn’t really speak to financial management planning in a community, it just means that we managed to make a budget that hits the tax cap. Politically that’s real effective, people like to hear See BUDGET page 6

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Practical Intuitive:

Stranger than Fiction

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“What Amazing, Strange, Wonderful Experiences Have You Had?”

Vicki Wagoner The Practical Intuitive A few years ago, my friend Ana called, “I need a break and a cup of coffee.” When she arrived Ana excitedly exclaimed, “I have the strangest story to share with you!” Knowing Ana, a gifted psychic and healer, I knew it was going to be good. To me, the stranger the story the better. That’s my “playground,” having seen, felt, heard and even experienced some very interesting things myself! “I finally went to the hairdressers,” she said. “I just needed to get my hair done and take a break. So, I asked for the works. Shampoo, cut and color. As I was getting my hair washed, I closed my eyes. A few minutes later, I heard Michael (owner and hairdresser) talking to another woman. I opened my eyes slightly and saw the woman sitting in one of the chairs waiting her turn. I smiled, she smiled and I closed my eyes again. I must have drifted to sleep because the next thing I knew Michael said my name,

‘Ana. Ana. Come on, we’re done. Let’s go cut your hair’. I opened my eyes, looked to my right and said, ‘Where did the woman go?’ Puzzled, Michael asked, ‘What woman?’ I said, ‘The woman you were talking to.’ He said, ‘There was no woman here.’ ‘Come on,’ I said, ‘yes, right over there in the chair by the windows there was an older woman. I saw her.’ Michael looked at me like I had two heads and said, ‘You are really tired, Ana. Come on. Let’s work on your hair.’” Ana asked me, “What do you think? Do you think there was a woman there or am I so tired I imagined it? Vicki, when she smiled at me I felt all the stress melting off my shoulders. Her smile was so warm and loving. I felt so peaceful.” I had a feeling – being intuitive, I usually receive information from spirit that way. I said, “What did she look like?” Ana gestured with her hands, “She was short, about 5 feet 4 inches and had brown hair, kinda like a Bob cut from the 50’s. Short, cut around her ears, wavy with bangs that swept to the side”. I knew I was onto something so I asked, “What was she wearing?” She said, “A pair of beige polyester slacks, like the kind a woman her age would wear. I’d say she was in her early-to mid-70s.” Hmm… “What kind of shirt did she wear?” With her hand, Ana made a motion across her chest as she spoke, “A cream colored top with white strips

like…”. I interrupted her and said, “Wait right here. I’ll be right back”. I ran upstairs to my desk where the shelving unit holds my pictures, books and “treasures”. I took a framed picture off the shelf and almost flew down the stairs. As I turned the picture over I asked Ana, “Did she look like this?” If you knew Ana you would know she is never at a loss for words. Her eyes grew wide, her mouth dropped open and no words came out. After a few moments she cried out, “How do you know this lady? She’s the lady I saw at the hairdressers today. It was like she vanished into thin air!” I laughed and said, “Ana, this is my mother. She died over 15 years ago.” Stunned, once again speechless, she began to laugh. “Well, your mother is my angel and helped me to feel better.” Smiling with pride and love I said, “Yes, she has time to help others now. She’s one busy lady”. How about you? What amazing, strange, touching, wonderful experiences have you had from the other side? I’d love to hear your stories! Email me. 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

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“I Would Like to Share My May Day Walk with You…”

By Linda K. Yates President Jamestown NY Garden Club  May comes to us with a giant sigh that spring with all its beauty, sounds and smells is mercifully finally here. May Day, celebrated on May first is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and is the midpoint between the spring and summer solstices. It is known for Maypoles, flowers and the welcoming of Spring. A sweet custom of giving the spring flowering Lily of the Valley to friends and family as a symbol of good luck dates back centuries. Small handled baskets or cones with little bouquets were once secretly placed on neighbors or friends doorknobs. This May Day was a bit disappointing for the rainy and stormy weather but it is certainly green and lush with everything growing vigorously and blooming madly!    I would like to share my May Day walk with you. Today is a non-gardening

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day but a day for viewing and absorbing the sights and smells. The flowering crabapple trees smell amazing after the rain. Just outside of the front entrance a sweet tiny wren or sparrow has taken up residence in a hanging clay pot that I was going to replace with a live plant that I usually put there but I will now wait. The little nest is made of soft leaves and moss. I saw him or her come back later. They are illusive tiny birds but have a loud and wonderful song.   The Annabelle hydrangeas along the front walkway are showing strong new growth and I see many sensitive ferns emerging in the front beds. The groundcover myrtle is blooming in periwinkle starlike flowers. There are a couple of large black crows pecking around in the dandelion dotted bright green lawn. A black squirrel is hopping about looking for my bulbs.

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Bright sky blue brunneras are literally blooming everywhere and especially in what we call the shade garden. It is the place where a horse barn with a brick floor once stood over a half century ago. I call it the courtyard now. It is lightly covered in moss and white forgetmenots. The former stalls are the garden beds that contain mostly shade loving plants: huge hostas, astilbes, goat’s beard, foxgloves, columbine, cimicifuga, tiarellas and tall exotic ferns and more. These are all emerging nicely with a carpet of baby blue Chinese forgetmenot flowering brunneras all over. It’s a sight and soothing on the eyes.     The dogwoods are blooming; one is a white cornus kousa ‹florida› and the other is a lime green variety. The one remaining Redbud tree is also in full bloom in a lovely shade of raspberry. Spring blooming ornamental trees are a great investment.     Still in the shade garden, what I call Hosta Villa is gearing up with many varieties as is the fern forest. The ostrich ferns are already 2 feet tall and full and feathery. The edges of the gardens and woodland are full of Mayapples which are a most welcome groundcover that has to be seen to be appreciated. They are marvelous! I see tall Salomens›s seal, epimedium, pulmonaria and red and white See GARDEN page 7

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Lakewood Diner Celebrates Grand Opening

Helping to cut the ribbon at Lakewood Diner are (LR) Lee Harkness, Chamber of Commerce; Bill Burley, Century 21 Realty; Scott Mekus, Eventz by Scott; Todd Tranum, Chamber President and CEO; Owners Sara Pang and Morgan Hatrick; Mayor Cara Birrittieri; Phil Persons and Emily Anderson, KeyBank; and Guy Ditonto, Chamber of Commerce.

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce organized a ribbon cutting at the grand opening of Lakewood Diner (formerly Mindy’s Place.) Lakewood Mayor Cara Birrittieri held the ribbon while the owners, Morgan Hatrick and Sara

Pang, slashed it with an enormous pair of scissors. Just prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony Lakewood Diner was host to the first Mornings on Main business discussion. Mornings on Main is a series of small businesses meetings organized by the

Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce that are occurring across the County. These sessions are focused on hearing the needs of small business owners, sharing best practices and identifying opportunities to increase sales. During the Mornings on Main discussion, topics ranged from community based marketing and events to local sourcing and support of local businesses. There was optimism and support from the group to develop strategies that bring local businesses together to invigorate the Village of Lakewood. After the discussions and ceremony, most attendees stayed to enjoy Lakewood Diner’s cozy atmosphere and home-style meals. Lakewood Diner is located at 48 Chautauqua Avenue in the village of Lakewood an is open every day from 7:00am2:00pm.

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that. “But the real problem is that in Lakewood, our revenue is down, our expenses continue to increase year after year at two or three percent, sometimes more. Once we get done with funding all our essential services, very little remains for other efforts that

provide significant resident benefits in the community.” “As a result in cuts to things like zoning, planning, trees, sidewalks, and parks and recreation, those efforts are going to stall in this coming budget year, because they don’t have any money. So I think that what my colleagues did was a short term mask to a long term problem. And I was not exactly pleased, so that’s why I voted against it.” McCague said there’s no easy

answer, but the public needs to know that this is not a one-year phenomenon. “Our current mayor has inherited a very difficult financial situation. This is something that’s been building up for years, in the budgeting techniques of the village. I believe what’s needed is we have to start thinking a little more clearly, with more expertise in financial and managerial skills, in order to manage the village out of this situation.”

Kiwanis Flower Sale Club Flower Sale May 20 at Community Bank Parking Lot: Place Your Orders Now

Pictured are Jamestown KiwanisVice-President Jim Alexander and Jamestown Kiwanis President Wendy Wilcox.

The Jamestown Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Flower Sale on Saturday May 20, 2017 from 10am-11pm in the Community Bank/Big Lots parking lot behind the Salvation Army on South Main Street in Jamestown. There are several colors of geraniums available, as well as mixed colors of dahliettas. Geraniums may be ordered in red, white, salmon, magenta

and dark pink, in whole or mixed dozens, half dozens or by the plant. Dahliettas will be in a variety of colors. All plants are large, in 4” pots. The Kiwanis Club is currently taking orders by email at jamestownkiwanis@ or from any club member. The price is $36 per dozen, $19 per half dozen or $3.50 per plant. Customers must pick up the pre-ordered

plants during the stated sale hours. Additional quantities may be available for retail sale that day, but selection is not guaranteed. The proceeds from the sale will benefit local Kiwanis Club youth programs. President Wendy Wilcox stated, “We are very pleased to offer the same beautiful varieties and excellent quality of plants at a price lower than most retailers. We know our customers count on us to provide this service, and weP thank them for their continuedW patronage. We also count onm those loyal customers to help us meet the needs of the youth in our community. We look forward to the opportunity to add more customers each year.” Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. New members are always welcome. For more information call Wendy Wilcox at 450-6874.

Fenton History Center Ms. Champ Joins Fenton Staff The Fenton History Center Board of Trustees are pleased to announce that local historian, educator and archivist Jennifer Champ has joined the staff of the Fenton History Center. “Jenn has a heart for local history and enjoys connecting our visitors and members to their local history through stories, activities and artifacts,” says Joni Blackman, Director of the Fenton History Center. Jenn holds a Bachelor of

Arts in English from SUNY Fredonia and a Masters of Arts in History from SUNY Albany. She has work and volunteer experience in public programming, curriculum development, classroom presentations, tours, exhibit development and grant writing. She has worked at Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz, N.Y. and locally at The Robert H. Jackson Center. See FENTON Page 7

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Corporate Responsibility R. H. Jackson Center Presentation on Environmental Impacts of Large Businesses

Pictured: Julia Craighill (Ensight Consulting); Matthew Wolford, Esq. (private practice); Laurie Counsel (Cummins) and Allison Robinson (UPMC)

The Robert H. Jackson Center, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting liberty under law through the examination of the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson and its relevance to current events and issues, presented a program titled, “How Vital is Corporate Environmental Responsibility” at the Jackson Center, 305 East Fourth Street, Jamestown, NY, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Robert H. Jackson Center President & CEO Susan Moran Murphy made the announcement. The program was developed as part of the “GreenUp Jamestown” series which seeks to “collaborate and cooperate with regional organizations that support conservation and sustainability.” In keeping with its mission, the Robert H. Jackson Center used this series to examine and introduce the public to Justice Jackson’s lifelong bond with the environmental beauty of this region of the country. Growing up in Spring Creek, Pennsylvania and Western New York, Jackson appreciated--- early

in life --- the community’s responsibility to preserve the natural wonders that allowed him to fish, swim and camp freely in the area throughout his life. The program began at 7:00 pm in the Jackson Center’s Cappa Theatre. Justice Jackson’s granddaughter, Julia Craighill, offered reflections on her grandfather’s experiences in Chautauqua County and the surrounding areas. She set the stage with the following excerpt from an address Jackson wrote to his fellow Jamestown High School graduates in 1910: If a high school course has not taught us to place a higher than commercial estimate upon the works of nature, the vital quality of our education is wanting. … [I]t is for us to rescue nature’s endowment from the hand of the despoiler and deliver her beauty from the blight of avarice. Ms. Craighill is an architect in Chevy Chase, Maryland with expertise in the ‘nuts and bolts’ of green building, as well as a deep commitment to a healthy environment. She owns Ensight Consulting, where she helps the building industry

integrate sustainability into their products and services. Following her remarks, she introduced a panel of experts who explored the business opportunities and risks inherent in environmental sustainability. Matthew L. Wolford, an attorney in private practice in Erie, Pennsylvania, led off the panel with an overview of environmental regulations in the United States. Showing the symptoms of non-regulation, he shared photographs of the Donora air inversion near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Lake Erie when it was declared “dead”; the Cuyahoga River on fire in Cleveland, Ohio; the Love Canal toxic waste dumping; and, the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spills. As the former Regional Counsel and Assistant Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Wolford explained the evolution of the Federal government’s response to environmental crises and the regulations that followed. Laurie Counsel, Environmental Relations Director at Cummins Incorporated in Indianapolis, Indiana, discussed Cummins’ culture of sustainability and how she works to better drive internal actions, strengthen the company’s external reputation and impact and respond to future regulations. Ian Kohen, Cummins Director of Corporate Responsibility for the Engine Business, addressed how the Cummins Jamestown plant has been a leader in the company’s efforts to reduce its footprint through product innovation. The Cummins presentation included the See CENTER Right

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Cont. From Left following quotation from its Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger: “Cummins must be a catalyst for environmental sustainability action. Our vision and mission demand it, our business success depends on it, and the ingenuity and energy of our employees can make it happen.” The final program panelist was Allison Robinson, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Environmental Initiatives. Dr. Robinson advances a new model for environmentally safe practices that involves


Cont. From Page 6 She has also consulted with numerous organizations on exhibits and programming. Ms. Champ’s focus will be to re-design and update the current classroom curriculum, reach out to local children and youth organizations to collaborate on education programming and to assist with updating the Fenton Mansion museum exhibits.


Cont. From Page 5 Trillium blooming now.  There is always a new flower blooming daily and today it is a stout Lunaria in a striking shade of pink a wee bit darker than the Redbud. Lunaria is also called Money plant as the seed pods turn from green to clear papery ovals resembling coins. They also look like little moons, hence the name. I believe they are good to grow for prosperity. There are many

system-wide environmental policies, coordinated research initiatives, and environmentally friendly and sustainable operations at UPMC. Several executives from UPMC Chautauqua WCA were in attendance at the program, where Dr. Robinson addressed why healthcare aligns so well with sustainability. She began with a World Health Organization definition of ‘health’ as “the state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease of infirmity (WHO, 1993).” Both Cummins and UPMC addressed how their companies work to strengthen their fiscal health, and the wellbeing of their communities,

by mitigating environmental impacts. The event was open to the public and offered free through the generosity of the Robert S. & Je’ Anne Barger Fund, Isabelle C. Erickson Fund, Kessel Construction and UPMC Chautauqua WCA. The Robert H. Jackson Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that envisions a global society where the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice prevail. The Center invites and engages scholars of all ages, educators, national officials and international dignitaries to analyze contemporary issues of peace and justice through the relevance of Justice Jackson’s body of work.

She will set up tours, classroom programming and community events that teach our local history. Ms. Champ is also an accomplished graphic designer. A Chautauqua Region Community Foundation funded the purchase of a MacBook Pro laptop for Ms. Champ to manage the education department and assist with the museum’s exhibit designs. Ms. Champ will be curating “Why Not NY? The Road to the Vote” exhibit which opens

June 14 at the Fenton History Center. The exhibit celebrates 100 years of women’s right to vote in New York State. It tells the stories of four local women who struggled for years to give women the right to vote in New York State. The exhibit will feature artifacts, stories and other interesting connections between Jamestown and the national struggle. Ms. Champ can be reached at the Fenton History Center by calling 716-664-6256 or emailing education@

other random flowers right now.  Moving along through the gardens I see a few tulips, frittilarias, late narcissus, grape hyacinths, violets, anemones, leucojums and primroses. There are forgetmenots (myosotis) everywhere in the beds and all are mostly white this year, although will bloom in blue and pink also. They look especially good around the edges of the beds and help prevent other weeds from growing there. They are all strictly volunteers meaning they seed themselves yearly and multiply with abandon.

The alluring Alliums are just now budded and look like tall drumsticks that are soon to pop. They are really fun Spring things that I always love and try to add more of. More talk about Alliums next week when they joyously open!    I could walk around here for an hour to make account of everything I see but will close for now to prevent killing you with the details. But I do know that ‹The Love is in the Details› and that May is a superior month in the Garden. Enjoy all of your May days!

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Cont. From Cover how difficult it gets.” Bag & String first opened its doors across the street from its current Chautauqua Avenue location in a store of just 950 square feet. Sam recalls, “Our first Wine Club shipments went out in July 2011 to fewer than 20 members. I remember thinking I only needed to stock one case per club.” Fast forward to May 2017 and Bag & String is now beginning its second year in its current home, more than twice the size of its original space. And Whitmore says he now stocks his Wine Club from 56-case palettes, shipping to more than 750 members. “It’s pretty wild,” he says. Starting out with just 2 part-time employees, Sam has what he describes as a “great team” of three fulltime staff members: general manager Matt Herrera, wine club manager Lesley Wasik and Alison Smith. They’ve all gone through a process of education and training. “It takes three months, baseline,” says Sam, “And includes 30 to 40 hours of wine education.” A unique shopping experience

From day one, Sam focused on differentiating his business from others through aesthetics. The store occupies the first floor in one of two Chautauqua Avenue buildings that Sam


Cont. From Cover “It regionalizes us,” he said. Clemons said EBC’s first year at Bemus Point was incredible. “They welcomed us with open arms,” he said, adding EBC officials want to make


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purchased, gutted, and completely remodeled. (There are six apartments in the upper floors.) The store’s front retail area was designed to create the feel of a California winery’s tasting room. But it also features special elements that are unique to Chautauqua County. The old wooden barn doors that separate the sales area from the storage area were found in the building (a former antique store) during remodeling and repurposed. Likewise, the big neon “Liquors” sign was salvaged from a Mayville liquor store destroyed by a tornado. It all combines to create what Sam describes as a “niche shopping experience.” Price to quality values A second key point of differentiation is Bag & String’s commitment to bringing its customers quality wines at extremely attractive price points. Sam and his staff love nothing more than discovering a $10 wine that drinks like a $20 bottle. And their success in finding many such wines is reflected by racks of reds and whites in the center of the store priced under $20 and under $10. A strong knowledge base Bag & String’s third key area of differentiation is knowledge. Buying wine can be an intimidating process. Many people are familiar with a few labels or varieties and tend to stay in their comfort zone. Thanks to Bag & String and its highly trained staff, Chautauqua County probably has the most well-informed wine drinkers in the nation.

The store’s weekly wine tastings introduce customers to wines from all over the world, educating their palates and greatly expanding the range of wines they enjoy. At least once a month, the store also offers special classes, such as the upcoming Mother’s Day Champagne Class on May 14th and the Father’s Day Whiskey Class on June 18th. A complete list of spring and summer classes is available in the store. Reservations are required and class size is limited to 16. Sonoma, New York When Sam and his wife decided to move back to Chautauqua County from California’s wine country, they drove all around the lake, looking for a new place to call home. Surprisingly, Sam says, “Lakewood felt the most like Sonoma. Also Bemus, but Lakewood felt like a better place for a yearround business.” From the beginning, he’s appreciated how welcoming the community has been and says that he is very grateful that so many people have chosen to support his business. Sam sees good things happening in Lakewood and would like to think that his business is a foundation for Chautauqua Avenue. To that we simply say, “Cheers!” Bag & String is located at 110 Chautauqua Ave; phone: 763-4100. Check it out online ( and like it on Facebook. (And don’t forget that Buddy the Wine Shop Dog has his own Instagram account!)

the first weekend in May the official opening of the Bemus Point restaurant annually, so people are aware of when it will begin summer operations there. This year that happens to be Cinco de Mayo. EBC, he said, opened its first restaurant in 1995 with a 10-barrel brew house. It has since expanded to a

60-barrel brew house and three locations. It offers tours to about 280 people a weekend and serves 20 beers on tap that are crafted by its brewers. In addition to the food and beverages, customers are welcome to enjoy the scenery and festivities to celebrate EBC on Chautauqua’s May opening on Cinco de Mayo.

bridges. As the discussion and questions continued Assemblyman Goodell reported when they considered the budgeting there was improvement in agricultural programs along with consideration of minimum wages. Intentions were also to keep and improve the 211 program—which is meant to help people in disaster situations. The state has also been able to provide benefits to both JCC and Fredonia. In addition Goodell stated they want to continue financial funding for our libraries. It was also pointed out Chautauqua County’s George Spanos is President of New York State Highway Superintendents. He along with Vince Horrigan and the other legislators have worked hard to get a regional water district in the north county while also working on a sewer project. Mr. D’Agostino asked Senator Young about the state Constitution. She reported the state constitution should be reviewed every 20 years, but the current constitution has been the same since 1938, while there has been 100 amendments. When discussing whether or not to have a constitutional convention it was made clear that if that were to happen

New York City would gain control and could basically do what they would like for their urban area would not be in sync with our rural areas. This followed with regard to free education or tuition. Senator Young said that when considering this it should be about the student and only the student and she felt the TAP (tuition assistance program) should be used. Assemblyman Goodell allowed the poorer get more help from this program and the amount provided by TAP drops as the student and the family receive increased income. Also business colleges would not be eligible for the tuition assistance as it was put together. Other discussions were around the Opioid Crisis, and legislation which controls over prescription and expanding funds to deal with the heroine crisis. Ethics reform putting reasonable limits on campaign donations. Regarding budget preparation and use polices added to the budget that have nothing to do with the budget should not be allowed. Road signage needs to be worked on. Hunger needs to be addressed and the state is doing a lot with Meals on Wheels, Food Donations, Farmers Market (use public assistance) use tax credits for donated food.

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Story From Cover opportunity to work with professionals.” That vision informs his choice of Romeo & Juliet as this season’s Shakespeare production, a play he has wanted to do for years. “The leads are young and the weight of the show is on the backs of the young conservatory actors.” He will begin the season directing Noises Off which he describes as a Swiss watch of a comedy that depends on split second timing. This popular comedy/farce will run from June 30-July 16. Borba views the three staged readings of the New Work Play Workshop as one of the important contributions that the CTC provides to the development of future theater production. “We are an out of town try out place, kind of the new New Haven,” he said referring


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the Town of Ellery, as well as describing the locations of the properties of early settlers to the area, several local residents decided to further investigate the history through a better understanding of the Lewis Cemetery. While looking at the condition of the markers it seemed logical to embark on a community service project to uncover the surfaces of the flat markers, many of which dare not visible during a walk sthrough the cemetery. “The Lewis Cemetery a s(also known as the LewisUnion Cemetery) was named for Abel Lewis who gave da warranty deed in trust for ea certain society formed in ythe town of Ellery by name, e“Union Society” to be used yand occupied as a Burying Ground, and for no other purpose, containing one-half acre.” (Loraine C. Smith, former Town of Ellery oHistorian) The oldest burial ron record is that of Emily Sumner who died on April 30, 1825 at the age of 12, daughter of Darius and Desire Sumner. .This is considered a “closed ncemetery” as of 1977. There is dsaid to be an early map of this dcemetery that existed showing tthe lots and names of those e . l e d Cont. From Cover P Memorial Scholarship fund dto provide scholarships sto students enrolled in the eUPMC Chautauqua WCA tHospital School of Radiologic Technology. The scholarship has increased every year since ,the inaugural tournament in h2014. n “Our goal has always been lto raise as much money as we scan for the school’s radiology eprogram,” stated Kathy .Messina, Vince’s widow. n“There are six applicants for ethe scholarship this year and othe winner will be awarded e$2,000.” s Tournament activities rwill commence at 11:30am eSaturday morning, May s20. Teams will be sorted into groups of four and the cregistration fee is $100 per rgolfer. The fee covers the driving range, golf game,

to the past role of New Haven, CT as a place for new plays to open and improve before opening on Broadway. “Chautauqua offers a place of repose to nurture young actors and writers,” he said. Borba brings deep and broad experience both as actor and director to his Chautauqua role. He graduated cum laude from Brown University and earned a MFA from New York University. He has performed in many regional theaters including Dallas Theater Center, Portland Stage Company, Maine and Long Wharf Theater, New Haven, CT. Though he trained as a classical stage actor and live performance is his first love, Bora has developed a successful film and TV career. His film credits include “Interstellar”, “Taken 3”and “Straight out of Compton”. TV credits include recurring roles in ABC’s “Modern Family”, CBS’s “Criminal Minds” and “Jericho” and UPN’s “Star Trek Enterprise”. buried thereon. This map is said to be mounted on the back of a wooden checkerboard. In 1934 the American Legion, Ellery Memorial Post 947, mapped the names of the known original sixty-four lot owners. To begin the quest to organize for this project several local organizations and individuals were contacted. Fletcher Ward, Co-President of the Bemus Point Historical Society stated, “This is an ambitious and exciting project that we would support”. He mentioned that other local groups and organizations might want to join in. Greg Hallberg, Town of Ellery Highway Superintendent said, “The Town of Ellery does the grass cutting. It would be great to have volunteers helping to maintain this historic site”. Arden Johnson, Town of Ellery Supervisor stated that “he would be in full support of the project”, which will now be presented to the Town Board on May 11 at 7:30pm for approval. Jack Erickson, Historian said “I would love to help you with this project, I have maps and information that would assist in the researching of the families in the Ellery Center area”. Volumes of Town of Ellery and Lewis Cemetery history were documented by

Borba’s lengthy resume is evidence of the peripatetic nature of a theater career. Home base, when he’s home, is Los Angeles. Southern California and Hollywood became part of his life when he met, fell in love and married Janet Graham who lived and worked in Los Angeles. They are the parents of 16 year old son and daughter – twins. The Chautauqua Theater Company Season Schedule follows. NOISES OFF by Michael Frayn, directed by Andrew Borba – June 30-July 16. DETROIT ’67 by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Steve H.Broadnax iii, July 21-July 30. ROMEO and JULIET by William Shakespeare, directed by Dawn Monique Williams, August 11 – August 18. NEW PLAY WORKSHOP STAGED READINGS BIRTHDAY CANDLES . by Noah Haidle, Aug. 1, 3, 4. TBA – Aug. 2,4,5. For Ticket Information – 716357-6250 Loraine C. Smith, Town of Ellery Historian before she passed away in 2007. She had followed the footsteps of her mother, Doris Carlson. In 2009 Cherrie Clark took over the position of Town Historian. The office is located in Ellery Town Hall on Sunnyside Avenue in Bemus Point. Impressive but overwhelming are the files, index cards, original obituary notices, and hundreds of notebooks filled with Loraine Smith’s writings and historical documentations. All this material will be invaluable as the volunteers begin to clear the markers and record the names and dates of those buried in the cemetery. Cherrie Clark stated, “It has taken me years to read the writings and documentation of the material that Loraine Smith wrote and collected. I have been on the job for eight years and I still have so much to learn. We encourage families to learn local history by these writings and visits to the Lewis Cemetery and the Bemus Point Cemetery. The historical society leads the local school children on tours of the Bemus Point Cemetery.” As this project progresses interested parties may get involved by emailing for more information.

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