FREDONIA– Linda (Ferry) Prechtl, an adjunct faculty member in the State University of New York at Fredonia College of Education, was recently recognized by President Stephen Kolison Jr., as the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.
Since 2010, Mrs. Prechtl has been an adjunct lecturer in Pre-K to Grade 6 Literacy program at Fredonia. In this role, she implements curriculum using academic learning strategies and educational pedagogy, utilizing lectures, discussions, group work and demonstrations in literacy methods. She is also a teaching methods instructor in the highly regarded Helen R. Johnson Fredonia-Hamburg Internship Program for SUNY Fredonia education majors.
From 1983 until 2008, Mrs. Prechtl was an elementary literacy teacher/literacy coach for the Dunkirk City School District. In this role, she assessed and provided instruction in reading and writing for struggling K-5 students. She participated in an American Federation of Teachers Education, Research and Dissemination program in 1999-2000, receiving training in reading comprehension best practices and learning strategies for K-5 teachers, and presented workshops and courses for district teachers. She was a substitute teacher for the Dunkirk district until 2020, and from 2000 until 2010 was an After School Coordinator for the school district.
From 2009 until 2012 Mrs. Prechtl was a research assistant, supporting research and development efforts of Arizona State University faculty Dr. Gary Ladd and Dr. Becky Ladd to develop a cooperative learning program (4 Our SUCCESS) for elementary students. She collected data and coordinated local program research with six classrooms of students and teachers in grades 3 through 5 in partnership with former Fredonia faculty member Dr. Larry Maheady.
Mrs. Prechtl is a graduate of the SUNY Fredonia Class of 1971, having earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She earned her master’s degree in Reading from Fredonia in 1976. Her first teaching job was as a third grade teacher at West Valley (N.Y.) Central School from 1971 to 1981.
Since 1987, Mrs. Prechtl has also worked for the Boys and Girls Club at Chautauqua Institution.
A former student from a literacy methods class noted, “Her kind, caring, and understanding demeanor served as both a tremendous support and as a model of what successful educators do. She helped to foster our confidence as new teachers and helped us to believe that we could not only be successful in the classroom, but that we could make a difference in the lives of children.” A colleague in the College of Education noted, “Quite simply, Linda’s dedicated and professionally informed work with our students and faculty is exceptional.”
Among her other honors is being named the WIVB Teacher of Week, receiving the prestigious Dunkirk City School District William T. Colman Award in 2017 and being named a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.
FREDONIA– A hybrid model will be in play at the 2021 State University of New York at Fredonia Alumni Golf Tournament that’s been reimagined so it can also welcome alumni and other golfers from virtually anywhere to participate and help raise money to support student scholarships and the alumni association.
“We are so excited to bring the annual Fredonia Alumni Golf Tournament back in 2021,” said Associate Director of Development Spencer Morgan, the tournament’s director. Like so many other events, the 2020 tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“This year, we are thrilled to offer a new hybrid version of the golf tournament to ensure the safety of our guests, volunteers and staff, while still offering an event that benefits Fredonia and our students,” Mr. Morgan explained.
The new golf-at-your-own-pace component, which allows participants to golf at a club or course of their own choosing anytime between June 16 and July 16, is an attractive alternative for alumni and participants located in different parts of the country who have never played in the tournament, Morgan said.
“This option will enable those who are leery of traveling in the wake of the pandemic to participate at their leisure, from June 16 to July 16. We are also hoping this encourages some of our more avid golfers who have not been able to golf in our alumni tournament due to timing or location to participate and support Fredonia,” Morgan said.
Golfers will be responsible for separate golf expenses incurred at another club or course. They are to register with the Fredonia College Foundation before they golf and report their score by emailing a picture or scan of their scorecard to email@example.com by July 16. Scorecards will act as proof of participation and will also be entered to win prizes that will be announced on the tournament’s website. The registration fee for the golf-at-your-own-pace option is $50.
The in-person event, consisting of a scramble format with four-person teams, will be held on Friday, July 16, at Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk. Registration begins at noon, followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. A barbecue lunch will be provided at the turn during the tournament.
All CDC and New York state COVID-19 guidelines will be in place. Masks are to be worn when entering the clubhouse and Shorewood’s dress code will be in place. Registration fees for the in-person event are $100 per golfer, $75 for Shorewood members.
Prize winners will be announced on the tournament’s website on Monday, July 19.
“We are also encouraging alums who golf at either the day-of event or at their own pace to submit photos of themselves golfing that we can share on our social media platforms,” Morgan said. “Regardless of the changes to our event this year, we are grateful for past support and are hopeful for a fun and exciting event in 2021.”
To register online for either tournament participation option, go to: https://give-to-fredonia.formstack.com/forms/alumnigolf
The tournament was launched in 2009 to benefit the Fredonia Alumni Association and the University Police Scholarship program. It has raised over $200,000, with net proceeds going to support student scholarships and the alumni association at Fredonia.
Help is here with $16.2 billion for venues, theatres, and more
WASHINGTON– The U.S. Small Business Administration will officially open the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal tomorrow, April 8, 2021 at 12 p.m. EDT for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief, as those eligible entities are some of the first that had to shutter their doors a year ago in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Concerts, plays, dance performances, movie premieres, museum exhibits – these are the lifeblood of culture and community, and often the anchor for travel, tourism and neighborhood food and retail stores. We know that for the stage and venue operators across the nation that help make this culture happen, the pandemic has been devastating. Too many have been forced to lower the final curtain on their businesses. Today, with more than $16.2 billion available through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants, help is here,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. “The SBA is committed to moving as quickly as possible to deliver this vital funding effectively and equitably – ensuring relief goes to those venue operators whose revenues have been most impacted by the pandemic.”
The SVOG program was appropriated more than $16.2 billion for grants via the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and the American Rescue Plan Act. Of these funds, at least than $2 billion is reserved for eligible SVOG applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue up to a maximum amount of $10 million for a single grant.
The SBA is accepting SVOG applications on a first-in, first-out basis and allocating applicants to respective priority periods as it receives applications. The first 14 days of SVOG awards, which are expected to begin in late April, will be dedicated to entities that suffered a 90% or greater revenue loss between April and December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second 14 days (days 15-28) will include entities that suffered a 70% or greater revenue loss between April and December 2020. Following those periods, SVOG awards will include entities that suffered a 25% or greater revenue loss between one quarter of 2019 and the corresponding quarter of 2020.
Prior to the opening tomorrow for SVOG applications, the SBA has hosted a national informational webinar (archived recording) to highlight the application process for potential eligible entities. The agency also provided recurrent program updates and information via frequently asked questions, additional video tutorials, an application checklist and eligibility requirements through SBA’s dedicated SVOG website – www.sba.gov/svogrant – and targeted outreach to potential applicants.
As the SBA built the SVOG program from the ground up, it worked closely with its federal partners, including those dedicated to the affected industries such as the National Endowment for the Arts and Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Congressional authors in analyzing the legislation and Congress’ intent. The agency also consulted industry partners, such as the National Independent Venue Association, National Association of Theatre Owners, National Independent Talent Organization, Performing Arts Alliance, Broadway League, American Alliance of Museums and the Associations of Art Museum Directors, Children’s Museums, Science and Technology Centers, and Zoos & Aquariums. The SBA’s collaboration with these organizations has been vital to SBA’s understanding of and guidance for potential SVOG applicants and the agency looks forward to their continued partnership during the launch of the program.
In addition, SBA’s resource partners, including SCORE Mentors, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and Veterans Business Outreach Centers, are available to provide entities with individual guidance on their applications. Applicants can find a local resource partner via SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/local-assistance or via a zip code at www.sba.gov/localassistance. (Per federal grant program guidelines that the same and equal information needs to be provided to each applicant, SBA’s team members are limited on responses they can provide to individual, specific questions regarding SVOG eligibility, potential grant amount, or other detailed information.)
FREDONIA – State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music Associate Professor Jill Reese and graduate student Christina Carissimo presented their study, “LGBTQ Music Educators’ Experiences in a Professional Development Community,” at the 2021 National Music Research and
Teacher Education Conference for the National Association for Music Education in February.
Their study focused on the experiences of gay choral/vocal music educators in New York state who participated in a year-long professional development community facilitated by Dr. Reese and Ms. Carissimo. Their findings suggest that professional development communities are fertile grounds for informal mentoring experiences that can successfully support the identity development of gay music educators and that mitigate feelings of isolation and invalidation so commonly experienced by LGBTQ teachers.
Especially important were the research participants’ interactions with guest speakers who visited the professional development community at monthly meetings. These guest speakers were successful LGBTQ music teacher educators who were willing to demonstrate vulnerability by sharing their own personal stories. Thus, these more experienced and happy LGBTQ mentors became models for the group members.
Carissimo, a candidate for a M.M. in Music Education K-12 at Fredonia and a graduate assistant in Music Education in the Fredonia School of Music, earned a Mus.B. in Music Education at Fredonia in 2019 and is an alumna of Rome Free Academy, Rome, N.Y. Their research study was supported by an Action Research Grant via the New York State School Music Association.
JAMESTOWN– March 29, the Jamestown City Council approved an agreement with The Kendall Club Police Benevolent Association for the years from 2018 through 2020. The union approved the contract last week.
The new contract includes retroactive 2% raises for police officers for all 3 years, as well as an increased contribution to the City’s health insurance plan by union members starting in 2021.
Mayor Eddie Sundquist released the following statement on the deal, “After years without an agreed upon contract, I am ecstatic that we were able to work out an agreement with the Kendall Club. I appreciate the hard work our City management team and union leadership have done to get to a fair contract for three years that the union was previously working without a current contract. I look forward to continue working with leadership to bring the members onto a current contract.”
Kendall Club President Sam Piazza said on the contract, “I am thrilled that our negotiation team has won hard-fought retroactive raises for our members. I appreciate that the City put forth a good faith effort to get a deal done. I hope that these positive relations can propel us forward to work towards a fair, current contract.”
Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety Timothy Jackson said, “I am very happy that the administration and the members of the Kendall club have successfully negotiated a fair and equitable contract. The Police Department’s mission to deliver a high quality of life, crime prevention, and professionalism are our top priorities.”
JAMESTOWN– The City of Jamestown is excited to announce a COVID safe Easter Egg celebration at Allen Park this Saturday, April 2, 2021, starting at 10 AM until candy runs out. The event will include appearances from the Easter Bunny and Tarp Skunk’s mascot, Whiffy. Volunteers will be masked and gloved and will hand out candy to families in their cars.
The Parks Departments asks that participants enter through Allendale Ave., Fairdale Ave, and Springdale Ave. off Martin Road. Traffic will be let out either through W. Virginia Blvd or Hughes St.
The event will be free of charge to the public.
Jamestown City Parks manage Dan Stone said, “We are extremely excited to be able to hold a COVID safe version of our traditional Easter Egg Hunt this year. It has been a difficult year, and we are happy that we are able to do this for the kids of Jamestown.”
The even is being sponsored by all five of the City’s Unions – JCAA/JURA, CSEA, AFSCME Local 418, JPFFA Local 137, Morton Club Beneficiary Association, JPD Kendall Club PBA, City Employees as well as by all three of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities unions – IBEW Locals 106 and 459 and Teamsters Local 264. Also sponsoring the event are Chautauqua Signs, the NECA Labor Management Committee, the City of Jamestown and the Jamestow BPU.
FREE NFIB Webinar | Small Business Tax Essentials: Tax Security and Filings During Covid-19 – Do’s and Don’ts
With special guest: Veronica Tubman, Stakeholder Liaison, IRS
Wednesday March 21, 2021
Highlights for week’s webinar:
• Small Business Tax Essentials: Hear from the IRS on estimated taxes, self-employment tax, withholding tools for employers, tax security awareness, and more.
• Interacting with IRS: Hear about examination and collection processes.
• PPP updates: Updated loan application forms and deadline for filing.
• Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG): New information about SBA’s application portal, which will open on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
• Restaurant Revitalization Fund: Three steps businesses need to take now to prepare for the SBA grant program for restaurants and bars.
• Q&A LIVE with Beth, Holly, & Veronica
SILVER CREEK– Anderson-Lee Library, located at 43 Main Street in Silver Creek, is open to the public Monday and Tuesday from 12-8 pm, Thursday 10 am to 8 pm, Friday 12-5 pm, and Saturday 10 am-2 pm. The library is closed Wednesday and Sunday.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, computer use is limited and appointments must be made to reserve a time. There is a limit of one hour per day per patron. Please call the library at 934-3468 to reserve a time.
Fax and copy service is available anytime the library is open.
*NEW* Miss Jill will be holding a pre-school storytime on Thursday mornings at 10:30am in the library. For children ages 2-5 and their caregivers, this storytime will include stories, singing, rhymes and fun crafts. Space is limited to 5 children and preregistration and masks are required. Covid-19 safety measures will be in place. Call us at 934-3468 or register on our website.
Most programming is either virtual or is available via “Take and Make Activity Kits”. Patrons of all ages are invited to stop by and take home a FREE kit for home use. For the month of April, the library is celebrating National Poetry Month and will be giving out poetry writing kits to adults, teens, and children. Each kit will include a blank journal, pencil, and writing prompts. In addition, there will be a Stained Glass Kite kit for our youngest patrons. This is a simple craft that will look beautiful on a window! All kits are free and are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Check Facebook for all of Miss Jill’s prerecorded stories. New stories from Miss Jill are posted on Tuesday evenings for Bedtime Storytime, Thursday morning for Pre School Storytime, and Friday morning for Fairy Tale Fridays. Miss Amy reads to school age children via Zoom on Thursday mornings at 10:30. Great for homeschooling families! Please watch the library’s Facebook Page, visit www.andersonleelibrary.org, or call the library for connection information.
Two lucky winners will receive a $25 gift certificate from one of our coloring page sponsors. Don’t let this chance hop-on by!
**Winners chosen by random drawing. $25 gift certificates from the choice based on the advertisers on this page. No purchase necessary. Employees of Bradford Publishing Co. and their families are not eligible to enter. All entries must be received by March 29th, 2021. No photocopy entries will be accepted. Contest entries may be displayed or published in print and online by this newspaper. Decision of judges is final. Winners will be notified by phone and/or email by March 31, 2021. Winners will be announced in the paper April 2nd, 2021.
Mail coloring page and completed entry form to:
7 Center St.
Fredonia, NY 14063
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