Article Contributed by
Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce
Do you have a great story to tell about living or working in the Mayville or Westfield region? The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and its Community Chambers in Mayville-Chautauqua and Westfield-Barcelona are working with WQLN-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania to help bring people together for Our Town: Mayville-Westfield. Our Town is a video scrapbook of the people, places, and happenings in a community as seen through the eyes of its residents. Community members will collect video footage and still photos to showcase their stories, and then talk about those topics with a WQLN producer in a casual on-camera interview.
All interested community members are invited to attend a preliminary meeting at 6:00pm, Tuesday, April 25 at the Chautauqua Lake Central School, 100 North Erie Street, Mayville. WQLN staff will be on hand to explain the program and to talk about next steps. Video stories will be collected in May and the program will be broadcast on WQLN-TV 54.1 and on WQLN.org in late June. During the April 25 meeting, producers will discuss the types of human interest stories they are seeking and explain how their filming process works. WQLN is also putting together a postcard to help promote this process, and the Community Chambers of Commerce in Mayville-Chautauqua and Westfield-Barcelona will be helping to promote this process through their contacts via email and word of mouth.
Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Tranum said, “Our communities have a great story to tell. We hope that many residents of the Mayville and Westfield areas will participate in this meeting and in this video project. This is a great opportunity to help show off some of the communities that make Chautauqua County the World’s Learning Center and a great place to live, work, and play.”
Sheila Webster, the Chamber’s Director of Marketing, Communications and Governmental Affairs added, “We have been working closely with Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber Coordinator Debby Marsala and her board, and Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber Coordinator Sue Poster and her board. The people who live and work in these communities are excited about this project and look forward to communicating about the quality of life and the assets available in the Mayville and Westfield regions. When WQLN contacted us about this, we were all happy to participate!”
WQLN has produced several previous episodes of Our Town, focusing on communities throughout northwestern Pennsylvania and into Ohio. You can watch full episodes on their website at www.wqln.org/departments/television. For more information please attend the community meeting on April 25 at Chautauqua Lake Central School or contact the Chamber of Commerce at 716-484-1101 or 716-366-6200.