One of our Own: Justin Hanft

One of our Own: Justin Hanft

Article Contributed by Katie Smith The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Dream It Do It project couldn’t ask for a better cheerleader than Justin Hanft. Born in the southern tier, Justin moved to Chautauqua as a toddler and attended Bemus Point Schools. He is a proud 2004 graduate of Maple Grove Junior Senior […]

The Story of the Man Behind the Bemus Point Market

Article Contributed by Katie Smith Runner, father, husband, community supporter, employer, church goer, friend, good neighbor, conversationalist – just a few adjectives that would describe John Marsh, proprietor of the Bemus Point Market. Everyone who passes by has a greeting for John and often an extended conversation. Throughout his high school and college years John […]

Jeffrey Bloomquist

Jeffrey Bloomquist

Article Contributed by Emily Wynne Carl Jeffrey Bloomquist, who has had cancer six times, said, “My life has always been really good … and I wouldn’t change anything.” Wherever this life-long Jamestown resident goes, a trail of positivity follows his footsteps. Bloomquist, who prefers to be known by his middle name, dedicated his life to […]

One of Our Own: Mark Hannon

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut “You’ve just got to do your best every day,” said Jamestown native, Mark Hannon, talking about his 36 years of driving for Upstate Niagara Cooperative. In March, Hannon was awarded the NYS Motor Truck Association Driver of the Year for the Western Region, at a ceremony in Albany. This past […]

One of Our Own: Jeffrey Smith

The clanging of pots and pans echoed throughout the kitchen as volunteers began to prepare for the big meal of the day. Colorful aprons of every hue decorated the wall leading down the hallway, along with a sign that reads, “Serving love in every bowl since 1984.” As you walk past the kitchen, you’re lead […]

One of Our Own – Randy Sweeney

One of Our Own – Randy Sweeney

“I only use Randall if I’m in trouble,” Randy Sweeney said with a smile. Bright light glanced off the table, brightening the office where many good works happen. As the Executive Director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Sweeney certainly plays a large role in the foundation’s commitment to giving back to the community. “We’re […]