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UPMC Chautauqua WCA Holds School of Radiology Commencement Exercises

Article Contributed by UPMC Chautauqua WCA Five students of the UPMC Chautauqua WCA School of Radiology celebrated with family and friends during the 49th commencement exercises...

RTPI’s ‘Art After 5’ Series Continues July 10th

Contributed by The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) invites you back to celebrate ‘Art After...

Heritage Ministries Announces New Development Director

Contributed by Heritage Ministries Melissa Trusler has been named the Director of Development at Heritage Ministries. Melissa has served in various roles growing with Heritage over the past 14 years.  She has served as a Senior Housing Counselor for the past 3 years with Heritage, assisting area seniors in assisted and independent living choices as well as assisting the marketing department. Melissa was also a head teacher with Heritage House Childcare and Learning Center. "We are excited to have Melissa join our team at Heritage Ministries as the new Director of Development. We believe her expertise, prior experience and passion will add tremendous value to our organization and our residents. Her compassion and heart for Heritage will help further promote our mission of providing Hope, Dignity and Purposeful Living," said Lisa Haglund, Heritage Vice President of Marketing and Development. Trusler will be responsible for designing and activating fundraising strategies through giving initiatives including major gifts, events, foundation, and individual and corporate giving programs. "I feel blessed and honored to have the opportunity to continue to serve Heritage in this new and exciting capacity," says Trusler. "I look forward to becoming more involved in our communities on behalf of Heritage as we enter an exciting new period in our rich history." Melissa currently resides in Falconer, NY with her husband Jeff and their daughters Irys and Abbi. She is a recent graduate of the Family Church Ministry Training Center two-year program and is very active in the Ministry of Helps at her church. Heritage has grown from its original retirement campus in Gerry, NY to a multi-site, multi-state provider which includes the following locations and services: Heritage •    The Homestead, Gerry, NY - retirement housing and assisted living at Bergquist Memorial •    The Woodlands, Ellicott, NY - retirement housing and assisted living at Orchard Grove Residences •    The Green, Greenhurst, NY - rehab and skilled nursing •    The Park, Jamestown, NY - rehab and skilled nursing •    The Village, Gerry, NY - rehab and skilled nursing •    Heritage Living at Chautauqua Mall - community services and information for elders and their family members •    Vinecroft Retirement Community, Clarence Center, NY - retirement housing •    The Kenney, Seattle, WA - retirement housing and assisted living at Lincoln Vista •    Hearthstone Communities, Woodstock, IL - retirement housing, assisted living at The Village, childcare and rehab and skilled nursing care at the Manor •     Rolling Fields, Conneautville, PA- rehab and skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living, childcare For more information on Heritage, please visit www.heritage1886.org

Casting Call for “Ain’t Missin’ Dinner!”

Contributed by Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care Auditions will be held Monday, July 9 and Tuesday, July 10 for “Ain’t Missin’ Dinner!”, a cabaret-style mini-musical written by local playwright, Tom Andolora. The auditions will be held at First Lutheran Church in Jamestown, 120 Chandler St in Jamestown from 5–8pm each evening. Andolora is collaborating with Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care to bring the popular cabaret musical that he co-authored back to Chautauqua as a fundraiser. Performances will be on consecutive weekends in October at First Lutheran Church in Jamestown and the Williams Center at The State University of New York at Fredonia. This cabaret-style performance is a mini-musical with a plot that is set at a convention for the “Chubby and Proud Support Group” at the Hilton Hotel in Savannah, Georgia.  Audience members become convention goers as they arrive to “register,” then hear the “testimonials” of other conventioneers. “We’re seeking performers of all shapes, sizes, races and ages,” said Andolora. “I wrote this musical based on my own struggle with weight during my youth. It is a fun-spirited celebration of who we are, not what others expect us to be. We need performers who are proud, funny and can sing the gospel of food!” Characters include Dottie May, the gracious, quick-witted Southern Belle who hosts the convention. Melissa is from NYC and fanaticizes about being a trendsetting celebrity model. Bill is a sincere, Midwesterner best played by a high baritone of tenor. Gloria, proud of her size and willing to tell everyone about it, sings a robust gospel number. Finally, three or four waiters are active in the show and provide choral support. Detailed descriptions of the characters, as well as audition requirements can be found at www.ChubbyAndProud.com . Volunteers are needed. Help with technical aspects, ushers and ticket sales should be directed to the CHPC offices at 338-0033, x218. Performance locations and dates will be October 5th and 6th in Jamestown at the First Lutheran Church Parlors at 120 Chandler Street. The Fredonia performances will be on October 12th and 13th at the State University of New York at Fredonia in the Williams Center Multi-Purpose Room. Detailed information about ticket sales can be found at www.chpc.care

Mini-Grants Available for Pedestrian Improvements

Contributed by Chautauqua County Department of Health & Human Services Program Seeks to Create Active Communities When it comes to walking safely about a community, small changes like connecting a sidewalk or improving a street crossing can have a big impact. Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is offering a mini-grant program to help communities make those changes.  The "Our Community Walks!" program pairs funding for small-scale improvements with encouraging residents to get out and explore their community by foot. "Creating or improving places to be active is a proven strategy for increasing levels of physical activity in a population," said Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler. "Another is developing social support around being active. We are pleased to offer the Our Community Walks program; supporting these two evidence-based strategies with both funding and technical assistance." Up to eight grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded across Chautauqua County. Grant recipients will be required to use the funds toward improving safety, access, or conditions for pedestrians, as well as to host at least three informal community walks. Applicants may be schools, individuals, or community groups in partnership with their municipality, or the municipality itself with participation from the community. "We encourage residents to look at their streets, sidewalks, and parks from a pedestrian point of view, and determine where small-scale improvements can be made," said Healthy Communities Consultant Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller. "It might be a couple of key sidewalk sections, a speed bump in a residential area that lacks sidewalks, or creating a more visible crosswalk." "The community walks are an important part of this program," said Schmidtfrerick-Miller. "A community could plan and promote a weekly or monthly walk in the park or walk with the Mayor, or get as creative as they wish."  As noted on the application, these are intended to be free, non-competitive, and fun, with no direct cost to the community. Our staff will be available to provide planning assistance with both the walks and the pedestrian improvements." Applications will be accepted up to noon on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 and are available by emailing activecounty@co.chautauqua.ny.us, or may be downloaded at: http://www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/852/Our-Community-Walks. For further information, call 753-4795.

Jackson Center Offers Mark Russell ” Midterm Report”

Contributed by The Robert H. Jackson Center The Robert H. Jackson Center, a non-profit dedicated to promoting liberty under law through the examination of the life...

JHS Graduates Awarded 100 Member Club Alumni Scholarships

Article Contributed by Jamestown Public Schools The JHS 100 Member Club Alumni Association awarded their annual $4,000 scholarships to JHS graduates, Alicia Rensel and Jonathan Sandstrom...

RTPI’s ‘Art After 5’ Series Continues July 10th

Article Contributed by Roger Tory Peterson Institute The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) invites you back to celebrate ‘Art After 5’ from 5:00...

Registration Still Open for the 3rd Annual CHRIC Classic Golf Tournament on Saturday, July...

Article Contributed by Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation & Improvement Corporation Josh Freifeld, Executive Director & the Board of Director’s of Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation & Improvement Corporation (CHRIC) invite...

Christina McMillan Receives Audubon Community Nature Center Scholarship

  Contributed by Audubon Community Nature Center Audubon Community Nature Center awarded its 2018 Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship to Christina McMillan of Jamestown, N.Y. McMillan is a 2018 graduate of Jamestown High School who will begin studying environmental engineering at Cornell University in the fall. Deeply interested in the natural sciences, she was active in Jamestown High School’s Environmental Club and enjoys hiking and gardening. Her goal is to have an engineering job focused around wildlife preservation and habitat restoration. Every spring since 2003 Audubon’s Education Staff has raised scholarship funds through their Fledgling Birdathon. Participants look for as many species as possible over a 24-hour period, and generous supporters pledge an amount, either per species or in total. The end result is a $500 scholarship. This scholarship is named in memory of one of its very first recipients. Ryan Exline was an integral part of the Audubon family for many years, where he assisted with gardening, eagle care, live animal care, and educational programs. A resident of Russell, Pennsylvania, he was pursuing a master’s degree at Duke University when he died in a car accident. His love of nature and of nurturing future generations of “nature nerds” lives on through this scholarship. Scholarship applicants must be local residents pursuing a degree in the natural sciences. Recipients must be passionate about the natural world. Previous scholarship winners are Heather Zimba, Taylor West, Brandon Allen, Connor Clendenen, Allison Cramer, Alex Kulakowski, Elyse Johnson, Brenton Maille, Alyssa D’Alessandro, Alexa Vazquez, Tricia Bergstue, Karen Eckstrom, Bill Langworthy, Rex Everett, Ryan Exline, and Eve Gaus.

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