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Local students named to RIT’s Dean’s List for 2019 Fall Semester

ROCHESTER, NY (02/26/2020)– The following local residents made the Dean’s List at Rochester Institute of Technology for the 2019 Fall Semester:

Lucas Hallick of Silver Creek (14136), who is in the graphic design program.

Benjamin Kyte of Fredonia (14063), who is in the business exploration program.

Austin Bourgeois of Westfield (14787), who is in the mechanical engineering technology program.

Noah Knappenberger of Westfield (14787), who is in the mechanical engineering program.

Ceili Lipp of Gowanda (14070), who is in the microelectronic engineering program.

Joshua Janicki of Westfield (14787), who is in the computer engineering program.

Taylor Smith of Gowanda (14070), who is in the chemical engineering program.

Nicholas Walter of Fredonia (14063), who is in the computing security program.

Nelmy Robles-Serrano of Dunkirk (14048), who is in the imaging science program.

Jake Szymczak of Fredonia (14063), who is in the mechanical engineering program.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean’s List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete”, “D” or “F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.

For news, photos and videos, go to www.rit.edu/news.


Patterson Library Announces a Luck Filled Month of Programming!

Westfield, NY — 2/26/2020 — Women’s History Month has arrived, and we have a calendar full of amazing programs and events for March! Below please find our monthly schedule, and remember that our hours as of March 1, 2020 will be: Monday – Thursday 9:30AM – 8PM, and Friday – Saturday 9:30AM – 5PM, we remain closed on Sundays.

Ongoing Programming:
Mondays (March 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th at 2PM: Basic Computer Skills
All Mondays at 3:45PM: Makerspace Mondays
All Tuesdays at 1PM: Knit & Knatter Club
All Fridays at 9:30AM: Storytime Fun!
Tuesdays (March 3rd & 17th) at 5PM: Games Galore
Tuesdays (March 10th & 24th) at 5PM: Crafternoon
Thursdays (March 12th & 26th) at 1PM: Write Now Writer’s Group

Book Clubs, Creative Groups & Support Groups (We welcome new members!)
Tuesday, March 3rd at 7PM: Bestsellers: A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell
Thursday, March 5th at 6:30PM: Music Matters
Saturday, March 14th at 1PM: Literary Circle: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas
Wednesday, March 18th at 6:30PM: Mystery Book Club: Peter Tremain’s Collection
Tuesday, March 24th at 6PM: Blue Marble: Being Mortal by Atu Guwande
Wednesday, March 25th at 12PM: Culinary Creations: Recipes for Life by Amelia Mills
Wednesday, March 25th at 6PM: P-FLAG of Chautauqua County
Special Programming: Please call 716-326-2154 to reserve your spot.
Women’s History Month Film Series: Wednesday, March 4th at 6PM: The Joy Luck Club, Wednesday, March 11th at 6PM: Million Dollar Baby, Thursday, March 19th, at 6PM: Hidden Figures, Thursday, March 26th at 6PM: Iron Jawed Angels.
Camera Phone Photography with Diane Andrasik: Tuesday, March 3rd, Thursday, March 5th, Tuesday, March 10th, & Thursday, March 12th at 6PM.
Card Making with Jamie Perry: Tuesday, March 17th at 6PM.
Photographic Society of Western PA Gallery Talk: Thursday, March 5th at 1PM.
NSAA Member Exhibition Gallery Opening: Friday, March 27th at 7PM.
Read to Kitties Day: Saturday, March 21st at 11AM.
Twe’Evening: Friday, March 27th at 5PM.
Crafter’s Night Out: Tuesday, March 31st at 6PM. (Child Care Available).

Remember to check our website at http://www.pattersonlibrary.info for our full schedule events for the month of February, or call us at (716) 326-2154 for more information or to register for a program, or just simply pop on down to the library to pick up a printed calendar of events. Our events can also be located on the Westfield Community Calendar, on Facebook under Patterson Library, and in the local Penny Saver. If you would like to receive our monthly e-newsletters, please email the library director, Tom Vitale, at director@pattersonlib.org.

Four Seniors Honored as Westfield-Mayville Rotary Scholars of the Month


Left to right, high school seniors McKayla Wolfe, Westfield Academy and Central School; Liam Thompson, Chautauqua Lake Central School; Blaise Miller II, Brocton Central School (for the month of January); and Jadniel Varela, Brocton Central School (Feb.), were honored as Scholars of the Month by the Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club during its Feb. 25 program at the Lakeshore Assembly of God Church in Westfield. 

On Feb. 25 four high school seniors were recognized as “Scholars of the Month” by the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville during a program held at the Lakeshore Assembly of God Church in Westfield.

These outstanding seniors and their respective schools were McKayla Wolfe, Westfield Academy and Central School; Liam Thompson, Chautauqua Lake Central School; Blaise Miller II, Brocton Central School (for the month of Jan.); and Jadniel Varela, Brocton Central School (Feb.).

John Hamels, Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club President, welcomed the honorees, their parents and relatives, school officials, guests and Rotarians to the session. Then Rotarians Dan Smith, Sheila Chapman, Barbara Fay and Luci Petrella took turns introducing each of the scholars and announcing some of their many academic, athletic and extracurricular achievements, as well as their volunteer efforts. Each student stated his/her post-secondary plans, and each received a framed certificate.

McKayla Wolfe, a Westfield Academy and Central School senior, is the daughter of Jason Wolfe and Amanda Ross of Westfield. In addition to her high school classes, Wolfe enrolled in various Jamestown Community College (JCC) courses. At the end of her high school career, Wolfe will have earned 24 JCC credits. She will graduate in June with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.

She has been honored with several awards. Wolfe has earned the WACS Academic Achievement Honors Patch, the Academic Achievement Academics Pin #1, and the Academic All-Star Pin. She is an integral member of several varsity athletic teams. She played junior varsity and varsity basketball and varsity soccer, and she ran on the varsity track and field, cross-country, and indoor track and field teams.

Also, Wolfe has participated in a variety of extracurricular programs, including ski club and environmental club. She has held employment at the Bemus Point Inn, Hazen Manor and Webb’s Cottage Collection. She volunteered at the Patterson Library and also during an internship at her school.

In the fall of 2020, Wolfe will pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and enroll in the Pre-Law Program of Study at St. John Fisher College.

Liam Thompson, a Chautauqua Lake Central School senior, is the son of William and Lorraine Stroup of Mayville. This scholar has taken advantage of the college level courses that are available at his high school. He has earned college credits from JCC and the Rochester Institute of Technology for classes in math, science and technology. He will graduate in June with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors with the Science endorsement, and in the top 15% of his class.

Thompson has consistently earned a spot on the CLCS Honor and High Honor Rolls, and he was recognized as CLCS Student of the Month. This past summer he was named as a delegate to the NY American Legion Boys’ State at SUNY Morrisville. He has been a member of the track and field team.

Also, this scholar has been the Chautauqua County Footsteps Captain since Nov. of 2018. He has volunteered at the Jamestown Soup Kitchen and for the Legos for Drake program. He has been employed by Webb’s Captain’s Table since July of 2017. After graduation, Thompson is considering one of two paths. He will either attend Alfred University and pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, or he will enlist in the U.S. Army to become a Practical Nursing Specialist.

Blaise Miller II, a Brocton Central School senior and January Scholar of the Month, is the son of Blaise and Cathy Miller of Portland. With a current cumulative average of 95.271, he is academically ranked fourth in his class. He has regularly achieved honor roll status. By the time he graduates from high school, Miller will have earned 24 JCC college credits.
During his junior year, this scholar received the Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Medal and Scholarship Award. He has served as the BCS Class of 2020 Treasurer for the past three years. Miller has been involved in many sports teams, such as junior varsity football, modified and junior varsity basketball, and modified and varsity baseball.

Miller has been performing community service acts from a young age. He has helped with numerous Brocton-Portland Little League cleanups, as well as spaghetti dinners held by the St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church. This instilled in him a desire to serve his community, which led to his involvement in the Interact Rotary Club and the Honor Society.

In 2018, Miller participated in a Missions of Helping Hands project. He and a team of volunteers traveled to Katy, Texas to help families recover from the effects of Hurricane Harvey. During the one week he and the team spent there, Miller helped to rebuild four houses and completed tasks from finish work to demolition.

When not participating in volunteer service or sports, and not completing academic work, Miller enjoys weightlifting, being outdoors, and hanging out with friends. Also, he has held a part-time position at the Brocton Fitness Center for the past three years. Miller plans to pursue his bachelor’s degree at either Penn State Behrend or the Rochester Institute of Technology. Since he is interested in math and science, he plans to major in either Mechanical Engineering or Industrial Systems Engineering.

Jadniel Varela, a Brocton Central School senior and February Scholar of the Month, is the son of Hector and Glory Aponte of Portland. With a current cumulative average of 98.17, Varela is as of now in a very close competition to claim the top spot and be academically ranked first in his class.

At the end of his sophomore year, this scholar was given senior status and permission to graduate early from high school. He has taken JCC courses since his sophomore year, and when he graduates in June, he will have earned 28 JCC credits and his Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors.

During his 10th grade year, Varela became involved with the BCS Envirothon Team, specializing in soils. This team competed in the 2019 Chautauqua County Envirothon, where he and the team members narrowly lost first place in the soil competition. That same year, he joined his school’s Running Club, which prepared him to run in a 5k race and in which he took third place. In the spring of 2019, Varela participated in the SUNY Fredonia High School Math and Science Challenge. He was also recognized that year as the Junior JCC College Connections Student of the Year, while being a sophomore.

At the start of his senior year, Varela joined the student council and actively promoted school spirit during Homecoming week. He also helped with holiday activities, like collecting food donations for local families during Thanksgiving and gathering gift donations as requested by local children of financially disadvantaged families.
Outside of school, Varela enjoys public speaking, especially when it deals with government and politics. He recently participated in the 2020 American Legion Oratorical Contest that was sponsored by the American Legion John W. Dill Post 434. He tied for first place at the county level and then took third place at the district level. This outstanding scholar plans to attend Johns Hopkins University to major in Neuroscience. He intends to have a career as a doctor.

The Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville proudly congratulates McKayla Wolfe, Liam Thompson, Blaise Miller II and Jadniel Varela for their many outstanding academic, athletic and extracurricular achievements and for their volunteer service efforts. It wishes them continued success after high school.

Brocton Universal Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration to Begin March 2

Brocton Elementary School will issue registration packets for students eligible for the universal Pre-k and kindergarten classes for the 2020-21 school year on Monday March 2nd through Friday March 27th between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Along with the completed packets, a copy of a birth certificate, documented immunization records, and proof of residency are required.

To be eligible for Pre-K children must turn 4 on or before December 1, 2020. To be eligible for kindergarten, children must turn 5 on or before December 1, 2020. If there are questions, please call 792-2100.


The Art Market opens March 7 in Village of Fredonia

Professor Ted Sharon, along with Fredonia Enactus would like to announce the grand opening of The Art Market. The Art Market is conveniently located right in the heart of downtown Fredonia at 50 West Main Street, right across the street from BJ’s. The Art Market is a new art gallery featuring not just paintings but also sculptures and music. The grand opening will be Saturday, March 7th at 50 West Main Street from 4-7.

At the grand opening there will be art, food, music, and drinks so please come down and join us. The opening exhibition will feature the works of Joe Sorci, an accomplished artist who grew up in Fredonia and found success in Nashville.   Classes, demonstrations and artist’s talks will be featured throughout the exhibit. Peter Tucker, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and New Media at SUNY Fredonia has been part of the team developing strategies to bring art into the community. Exhibits will rotate each month with upcoming exhibits featuring Artists @ heart and SUNY Fredonia Art alums.

To assist artists in getting their work documented and available for sale, Erin Ruffino will be providing photography services on site at The Art Market.   Digitized images will be able to be used for prints, cards and portfolio development.

The Art Market is part of the Main Street Studios Complex.   Main Street Studios will also be offering theatre, music and other performing arts and is the vision of Ted Sharon, full professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He owns Venture Productions (www.venture.productions), has developed projects funded by the NSF and NEA, and founded mindtoolsinnovations.com. The renovation of the Main Street Studios is supported by the “New York Main Street,” Homes and Community Renewal Grant.    Ted is partnering with local businesses to create an unique cafe and provide services during performance and receptions. Ted is also committed to working with students of Fredonia to offer learning experiences through internships and projects.

Enactus is an entrepreneurial student led team that is committed to making a positive social, environmental and economic impact in our community.  For more information about Enactus, contact Dr. Mac at susan.mcnamara@fredonia.edu.


Come to the Table for CASA Calling All Table Designers!

Mayville, N.Y. (February 24, 2020) Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Chautauqua County announces its 12th Annual Come to the Table fundraiser to be held on Thursday, May 7 at The Chautauqua Suites in Mayville, NY. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the live table auction starting at 6:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to hors d’oeuvres, raffles, live entertainment, cash bar and much more. Tickets are $20 and include the chance to win a door prize. The public is invited.

This event invites talented people and businesses that support CASA of Chautauqua to design a one-of-a-kind tablescape that will be featured during the live auction. “It is going to be a thrill to see the different tables that our supporters come up with. Each year, they are so different. In year’s past, table themes have ranged from Under the Big Top, Farmhouse Weekend Breakfast, The Man Cave and even…Meat,” says Kathy Park, executive director. “These original tabletop creations help style the home for special celebrations and even liven up everyday dining.”

The public is invited to join in on the fun! We invite your organization, business or group to collaborate on a table theme for the chance to win an award in one of six categories: Best New Table Designer, Most Whimsical, Most Artistic, Most Original, Most Elegant and People’s Choice. The winner in each category takes home a certificate along with bragging rights for the whole year. This is a much-anticipated event for the entire community and a great opportunity to highlight your group or organization while supporting such a worthy cause.

Shari Jamieson’s craft room will be out of commission for the next few months while she plans her unique table design for the event. “Come to the Table has become one of those events that I Iook forward to all year round. I have already spent hours planning my design and collaborating with my sponsors on how I can create a custom design that is different from previous events,” she says. “The event is such an important fundraiser for the volunteers of CASA. These volunteers are the voice of the children. They may be the only consistent adult presence in these kids’ lives. This is a program that I truly believe in and the people involved are absolutely amazing.” Shari, with the handyman help of her husband have been supporting this fundraiser since 2015.

Tablescapes are thoroughly planned by the table designers. Some participants spend several months creating their table. New designers may access the table designer packet online at http://www.ChautauquaCASA.com. Table requirements are minimum. Themed tablescapes may include gift certificates, experiences, antiques and more. Table designer entry form is due by April 2.

Come to the Table offers many ways for local businesses and organizations to get involved while supporting CASA’s mission. Event sponsorships are available that provide exceptional public visibility and recognition during the event. “This is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year and has become our signature event. Come to the Table is more than beautifully decorated tables, it is a chance for us to come together and serve the abused and neglected children in our community,” says Kelly Fiorella, fund development coordinator. “There is a sponsorship opportunity for every business that would like to get involved.”

Tickets to the event are $20 and can be purchased from any CASA board member, at the door or presale by calling CASA. To become a sponsor, table designer, or to donate to the basket raffle or silent auction, please call Kelly Fiorella at 716-753-4132 or email kfiorellacasa@gmail.com. All monies raised from Come to the Table are used to fulfill CASA’s mission of supporting volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in Chautauqua County. If you are unable to attend but would like to support the mission of CASA, a tax-deductible donation can me made online at http://www.ChautauquaCASA.com or by sending a check to CASA of Chautauqua Co., Inc. at 2 Academy Street, Suite 5, Mayville, NY 14757.

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc.’s Alzheimer’s Services 4th Annual Caregiver Conference

You are invited to our 4th Annual COI Alzheimer’s Services Caregiver Conference!
Come and join us March 20th, 2020 at the Park United Methodist Church in Sinclairville, NY to hear service providers talk about the services they can offer caregivers. The event starts at 8:30 am and runs until 2:00 pm. There will be basket raffles and lunch will be provided.

Speakers from the Center for Excellence of Alzheimer’s Disease from the University of Buffalo, Senior Life Matters, Adult Day Services and the Center for Elder Law and Justice to share information on such topics as: the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and what to do, memory and behavioral issues, insurance needs, when to and how to keep seniors in their homes, and help with legal documentation.

Respite care is provided FREE of charge if needed.

Please call to reserve your seat! (716) 366-3335 / (716) 661-9430 ext 1236
This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the NYS Department of Health.

The Health Foundation for Western & Central New York Sponsors Consultant from SUNY Albany to Get Community Input on the Dunkirk Senior Center Renovations

Interviews and Focus Groups to be Held Feb. 28 and 29

DUNKIRK, N.Y.:— The City of Dunkirk and Chautauqua County Office for the Aging, through a grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, have hired a consultant to get community input on the Dunkirk Senior Center renovations.
“We want to hear from everyone; those who use the senior center currently and those who don’t use the center and why,” said Dr. Mary Ann Spanos, Director of the Office for the Aging. “Before plans can be finalized on the addition to the senior center and to make plans for future grant applications to update other areas of the center, we need to make sure everyone can provide feedback on the project.”

“The input from the community is critical in helping us move forward with services at the Dunkirk Senior Center so we can learn more about the types of programs and services we should offer to better support our area residents,” said PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive. “I encourage area residents to consider taking part in an interview or focus group to help voice their opinions about the future of the center.”

James Snack, a consultant from University of Albany Communications Department, will be conducting one-on-one interviews and focus groups on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the senior center and other locations around the City of Dunkirk. All information will be kept confidential and only shared in aggregate form.
To make an appointment to be interviewed by Mr. Snack or to participate in a focus group, please call Kate Finch at (716) 366-3865.

In addition, on Saturday, February 29th at 3 p.m. at the Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Ct. in Dunkirk, Jim will present a program that is open to the public entitled, “The Magic of Change: Moving from Fear to Wonder.” This upbeat, motivational program combines magic, humor and message as participants will learn strategies for staying positive through change. Mr. Snack is a speaker and consultant who works with people who want to change with confidence and organizations that want to communicate change effectively. Refreshments and snacks will be served.

For more information call the Office for the Aging at (716) 753-4471 or (716) 363-4471
or the City of Dunkirk at (716) 366-9879.



Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc.’s Alzheimer’s Services 4th Dementia Basics Workshop

Do you know or care for someone experiencing memory loss?
Learn what dementia means and the different types of dementia at this Dementia Basics workshop sponsored by Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc.’s Alzheimer’s Services. The work shop will be held March 9th at 6:30 pm in the Ashville Free Library, Ashville NY.

Respite care is provided FREE of charge if needed.

Please call to reserve your seat! (716) 366-3335 / (716) 661-9430 ext 1236
This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the NYS Department of Health.

Chautauqua Opportunities for Development Offers Spring Small Business Essentials Class

Jamestown, N.Y. – Chautauqua Opportunities for Development, Inc. (CODI) is offering an informative workshop for budding and established entrepreneurs in Chautauqua County.


“Small Business Essentials” is an 8-week course covering all issues involved in starting a business and making it successful.  The course begins March 26th and runs every Thursday evening until May 14th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Chautauqua Opportunities, Laughlin Community Action Center, 402 Chandler St., Jamestown, NY.


The interactive workshop covers all aspects of getting a new business up and running including creating a business plan, financial planning, filing permits, marketing and insurance. It’s suitable for both the prospective entrepreneur and for those who have been in business for a while and want to review important business essentials.


Class discussions will include, but are not limited to; self-assessment, professionalism in business, communicating, planning, marketing, required permits, legal issues, cash flow projections, financial tips and insurance issues.

There may also be presentations given by area professionals with time afterwards to answer specific questions.


This workshop is suitable for existing and prospective small business owners who wish to sharpen their business skills.  The course costs $50, which includes the cost of the workbook and instructor time.


Space is limited so to ensure your seat, please register by calling the CODI offices at (716) 661-9430 ext. 2298 by noon on Monday, March 23rd.