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JCC Students Honored By Phi Theta Kappa

    Contributed by Jamestown Community College Recent Jamestown Community College graduates Marina Kessler, Kathryn Nicholson, and Johanna Nordland were among the State University and City University of New York placed on the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 2018 All-New York Academic Team for Community Colleges. The students were honored in Albany earlier this spring for their academic achievements, leadership, and service to their colleges and communities. Kessler, a Fredonia resident, graduated with an associate's degree in biotechnology. She received the JCC Trustee Award for the highest academic achievement in her degree area. Kessler plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in molecular genetics at the State University of New York at Fredonia. While at JCC, Kessler served as secretary of Phi Theta Kappa and vice president of the DNA Club and was a member of the golf team. Nicholson, who lives in Great Valley, earned an associate's degree in liberal arts and sciences: mathematics and science. She plans to earn a bachelor's degree in mathematical sciences at Binghamton University. She was treasurer of Student Senate and served as a peer tutor for three semesters on JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus. Nordland graduated with an associate's degree in criminal justice and will pursue a bachelor's degree in intelligence studies at Mercyhurst University. She served as secretary of the Criminal Justice Club and treasurer of PTK and the Leadership Club. Nordland was an intern at Love Elementary School and Chautauqua County Family Court. The PTK academic team awards are sponsored by the New York Community College Trustees, the Association of Presidents of Public Community Colleges, and the Faculty Council of Community Colleges.

Art in the Wilds Celebrates Creativity and Community in Kane, PA

Contributed by Art in the Wilds In its 12th year, Art in the Wilds, is a juried fine arts show in scenic Evergreen Park in Kane...

From Trash To Treasure

Contributing Writer Jill Bladh   Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but when looking at tangled piles of junky costume jewelry and broken watches there's really no beauty to be found.  That is until Terry Lair, head of the art department at Aspire on Mall Blvd (Facebook page iXpress), gets ahold of those tacky odds 'n' ends. Along with the help of her students at Aspire, extraordinary collages and mosaics are created, a la Trashe Art. I discovered the Aspire art department years ago when I would bring my dog, Carmen, to Aspire for pet therapy. We visited with challenged adults who worked in the art room and that is where I met an incredible artist, Terry Lair. The paintings she and her students created were and are terrific, selling at art shows and being made into greeting cards. I also noticed that Terry could take any arbitrary item and cultivate a lovely artistic production that ranged from fun and winsome to exquisite. That level of creativity astounded me and embedded in my memory. Soon after a visit to Terry's studio, I was at a local thrift store. A friend who works there told me that any junk jewelry that didn't sell within a few weeks was thrown into the garbage. I'm no fan of jewelry, let alone costume jewelry, but I couldn't stand the thought of a grocery bag full of plastic and metal was routinely being thrown away; more garbage in the landfill. I asked if I could buy those bags for a nominal amount, knowing that I had a use for it. Wait-what?? A "use" for junk jewelry?? Yep-I put a call in to Terry. Almost as if by magic or casting incantations, she and her students use the junk jewelry to create stunningly beautiful mosaics; these unique, one-of-a-kind treasures are astonishing in their incredible detail. Almost weekly I'm astounded by their creations. After a few years of pet therapy, Carmen's career as a therapy dog had to end due to heart disease. In appreciation for the years of fun and smiles that Carmen elicited from the staff and students alike, Terry and ten of her students created the most magnificent composition they have ever made (in my opinion): A recreation of Carmen's face. They used chain necklaces, beads and decorative pins to recreate her precious face. To this day I continue to drop off bags of junk jewelry that will ultimately be transformed into jaw-droppingly (literally) marvelous mosaics. I'm happy to report that these wonderful works of art are available to be seen and possibly purchased at the Lakewood Memorial Library for the month of June.   

Prendergast Library is Ready to Read This Summer!

Contributed by Prendergast Library The library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge aims to keep kids – and adults – reading all summer long. Prendergast Library is excited to...

Secrets to Looking Young

Contributing Writer Jeffrey Barkstrom One noticeable thing that happens to people as they feel better, they also look better.  What are the things that make people...

Audubon Welcoming Sponsors for Wild 5K Run/Walk and Butterfly Festival

Article Contributed by Audubon Community Nature Center Audubon Community Nature Center's (ACNC) Wild 5K Run/Walk and Monarch Butterfly Festival are opportunities for businesses and individuals...

Raymour & Flanigan to Host The Resource Center Artists

Article Contributed by The Resource Center An exhibit showcasing the artistic talents of people with developmental disabilities will be on display the first week of...

The Crèche Hosts the “Sizzling Summer Soiree”

Article Contributed by The Crèche, Inc. Crèche, Inc- the nonprofit organization devoted to the Youth of Jamestown- is hosting a Dinner Dance on June 16th, 2018...

Tickets Now Available for Bark N’ Brew Fundraiser

Article Contributed by Chautauqua County Humane Society Tickets are now available for the ninth annual Bark N’ Brew charity fundraiser to benefit the Chautauqua County Humane...

Bush Elementary School Presents Annual Talent Show

Article Contributed by Jamestown Public Schools Bush Elementary School held it Annual Talent Show with 38 third and fourth graders showing off their unique talents. The...