Bush Elementary School Presents Annual Talent Show

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 show included everything from jugglers to a ventriloquist act. The students also displayed drumming, jokes, piano, dancing and even solving a Rubik’s Cube to “Eye of the Tiger!” The […]

5th Annual Vince Messina Golf Tournament Drives it Far

5th Annual Vince Messina Golf Tournament Drives it Far

Article Contributed by UPMC Chautauqua WCA The 5th Annual Vince Messina Memorial Golf Tournament took place Saturday (May 19) at Conewango Valley Country Club in Warren, PA, an 18 hole championship golf course, originally designed by Donald Ross. The tournament featured a four-person, net handicap golf scramble format and proceeds will grow the Vincent A. […]

MHA’s Knitting for Wellbeing Part of World Wide Knit in Public Day at Jamestown Public Market Opening, Saturday, June 9

MHA’s Knitting for Wellbeing Part of World Wide Knit in Public Day at Jamestown Public Market Opening, Saturday, June 9

Article Contributed by Mental Health Association of Chautauqua County Saturday, June 9, not only marks the opening of the Jamestown Public Market, it is also World Wide Knit in Public Day. To celebrate both these events, the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County’s (MHA) Knitting for Wellbeing group will be part of the Market’s Opening Day festivities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its location between Second and Third Streets in downtown Jamestown. Group members will share their love of knitting and its therapeutic value, while staff and board members showcase all the services and collaborations. In February, community volunteers Janet Forbes and Jeanette Moore started the Knitting for Wellbeing group that meets at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays.  Anyone is welcome to participate and, like all of the MHA’s services and programs, there is no charge. Forbes, an RN who worked in health care and non-profit organizations before her retirement, has been fascinated by the wealth of recent research that confirms the many benefits of knitting – her lifelong passion. Knitting is linked to reducing depression, anxiety, and feelings of loneliness and isolation. While distracting from chronic pain, it increases a sense of wellbeing, accomplishment, and inclusion in society. Knitting provides a portable, easy to learn skill that calms the mind and keeps a person’s hands happily occupied while creating beautiful items for oneself or a gift for family and friends. “We have been delighted with the joy that the participants express with learning a new skill that helps them self-calm and focus while knitting  beautiful  hats, scarves, and baby items.  It is such fun to listen to needles clicking as we chat and learn together,” said Forbes. “Knitting with a variety of yarn textures and colors gives knitters an opportunity to express their creativity and enjoy the tactile and visual aspects of fiber arts.” Begun in 2005, World Wide Knit in Public Day is the largest knitter-run event in the world. Last year there were 1,125 Knit-In-Public local events, each put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers. Events have been held in 54 different countries including Australia, China, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, United States and more. A United Way Partner Organization since 2015, the MHA is located at 31 Water Street, Door 14, in the rear of the Gateway Center. The peer-run organization offers support services to people with substance use disorders and all other forms of mental health diagnosis. The MHA works in collaboration with local treatment providers, other non-profits, community-based partners, and treatment courts to empower individuals in attaining their goals. In an accepting environment, it provides recovery coaching by certified peer specialists as well as support groups and classes. Anyone with questions or in need of services for themselves or a family member is welcome to call or stop in. Hours are Monday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. […]

Bemus Point Cornerstone — 2018

Contributing Writer Walt Pickut Sunsets on the Lake and live music on the summer air set Bemus Point apart from all the other vacation havens in Western New York. “It’s a unique community,” says Mayor Brian Dahlberg, “a walking community where everything is just a short stroll from everything else.” Scenic Streetscapes The Bemus Point […]

Jamestown Kiwanis Club Sponsors AMBA Wellness Program

Jamestown Kiwanis Club  Sponsors AMBA Wellness Program

Article Contributed by Jamestown Kiwanis Club The Jamestown Kiwanis Club is sponsoring an AMBA Wellness Program on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church at 556 East Second Street from 6:00 am to 10:00 am. The AMBA Wellness Program includes blood tests for Coronary Disease, Kidney Disease, Anemia, Liver Disease, Diabetes and other types of diseases. The cost for the full AMBA panel, including the Kiwanis sponsorship fee, is $48.00. The following optional tests are also available for an additional fee and require a separate script from a physician: Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA), TSH, Vitamin D – 25, Hemoglobin A1C and Insure Colon Rectal Kit. Kiwanis President Wendy Wilcox stated, “With the changes in health insurance, many people find themselves with high deductibles to be met before any services are covered. While this has been a valuable program for many years, it is even more so now, as those unable or unwilling to spend hundreds of dollars for routine testing can still get the screenings needed to maintain their health.” Anyone interested in participating should contact their physician for permission to have the test results sent to their office. For further information or to schedule an appointment call 1-800-234-8888 by June 7th. 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. If you need additional information please contact me by email jim.alexander@dominionvoting.com or by phone at (home) 484-7459; or (cell) 485-6041.

County Historical Society’s 2018 Annual Gala Fundraiser is June 9

County Historical Society’s 2018 Annual Gala Fundraiser is June 9

Article Contributed by Chautauqua County Historical Society The Chautauqua County Historical Society is inviting its members and the community to help support the preservation of local history by attending its annual fundraiser and gala on Saturday, June 9. “Standing Ground” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the historic McClurg Museum in Westfield’s […]

Audubon Community Nature Center 2018 Photography Contest Has Great Prizes

Audubon Community Nature Center 2018 Photography Contest Has Great Prizes

Article Contributed by Audubon Community Nature Center Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) Nature Photography Contest. This year’s theme is Natural Wonders: Big and Small. You are invited to submit work that best fits within the concept of the theme. Nature photographer Bill Smith will judge the entries after the July 31, 2018, submission deadline. First place winners in both the Adult (ages 18 or older, or out of high school) and Youth (ages 8 to 18, or still in high school) divisions will receive prizes of $300 cash plus $75 gift cards to Delaware Camera (cameraspot.com [1]). Second place winners will receive $100 plus $50 gift cards to Delaware Camera. ACNC will make and frame prints of the winning photographs that will be on exhibit at the Nature Center for one year. Winning photos and 12 finalists (six in each division) will be displayed indefinitely on the contest website (acncphotocontest.com [2]) along with the photographer’s name and city/state/country. Winners will be named in a news release that is widely distributed, including to their local media, when known. To foster artistic development, winners and finalists can opt in to receive a personalized critique from the judge. In 2017, ACNC Nature Photography Contest winners came from as nearby as neighboring Cattaraugus County in New York and as far away as Hawaii. Full details of the competition as well as images of previous winners and finalists can be found at acncphotocontest.com [2]. _Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways. Visit at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa., or online at __auduboncnc.org_ [3]_._

UCAN Receives Grant to Improve Fire Safety

UCAN Receives Grant to Improve Fire Safety

Article Contributed by Chautauqua Region Community Foundation The United Christian Advocacy Network City Mission recently received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to update the building’s current fire alarm system. “This new fire system will help keep our guests and staff safe, as well as, our facility,” said Jim Quattrone, UCAN founder. In […]