PGA event good for our economy

The Chautauqua Regional Economic Development Corporation, LECOM, Peek’n Peak, and all of the other sponsors of this great event are to be congratulated for working to produce the high successful 2017 LECOM Health Challenge! The efforts of so many to hold this PGA sanctioned tournament in Chautauqua County shines a spotlight on our entire region. Thousands of people, many of whom have never visited our area before, came to watch this Tour event at Peek’n Peak, while hundreds of thousands more around the world watched live coverage on the Golf Channel, literally putting us in the living rooms of golf fans worldwide.

During our conversations with people at the Explore Chautauqua County tent, in conjunction with the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, we provided insights and information to new and returning visitors, and even to residents who may have never visited some of the tremendous attractions right here in our own backyard. We proudly directed people, including the staff with the Golf Channel and many of the golfers and their families, to Bemus Point, Chautauqua Institution, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Jamestown, Sunset Bay, Westfield and numerous other points of interest. We showed them how to find restaurants, fishing areas, shopping, entertainment and places to stay when they return for longer stays. That includes staff with the Golf Channel and many of the golfers and their families.

One of our great local companies, Jamestown Mattress, was presented the first ever Small Business of the Tournament award by Company President Jim Pullan Jr. accepted the award from sponsorships manager Hannah Hawkins.

LECOM Health Challenge is an important event to our region bringing people and dollars into our economy and promoting Chautauqua County on the national and international stage. Again, thank you and congratulations to those who made for another great year of PGA golf in Chautauqua County.

Experience Chautauqua – County Fair Preview is July 20

Each year the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide a sneak peek into what’s new at the County Fair. This year’s Experience Chautauqua Business After Hours event at the Fairgrounds is Thursday, July 20. You can learn what’s new at the fairgrounds and in our local agricultural community.

This event is sponsored by DFT Communications, KeyBank, Lawley Insurance, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Putnam Record Insurance Agency, Star Media Group and WJTN/WWSE/WKSN/WHUG/WQFX. The cost is just $13 for pre-registered guests or $15 for walk-ins at the gate. There will be complementary beer, wine slushies, bottled water, or soda, and free fair food. Bring your business card for a chance to win great door prizes!

Sign up now online at or call us at 366-6200 or 484-1101.

Play Where the Pros

Play: Chamber Golf Tournament is at the Peek

Local golfers can play where the pros play and enjoy a great day of golf and networking with lots of local business people. The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to once again present our annual Golf Tournament on the PGA sanctioned Upper Course at Peek’n Peak – home of the tour LECOM Health Challenge. Enjoy a tremendous day of golf and camaraderie, plus great prize packages and food!

The Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is Thursday, Aug. 10 and is sponsored by: DFT Communications, Bush Industries, Community Bank, County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, Dahlstrom Roll Form, Jamestown Mattress Company, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Lawley Insurance, Lynn Development, National Fuel Gas, National Grid, Nestle Purina PetCare and the Shults Auto Group.

To register or learn more call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101 or visit

An Evening in Barker Common July 26

The Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring games, arts, vendors and more on Wednesday, July 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Barker Common. The Evening in Barker Common will take place in conjunction with the village of Fredonia’s Wednesday evening concerts in the gazebo. The goal is to bring more Fredonia residents downtown to benefit local businesses and create a family atmosphere in the park.

This event will be held on July 26 along with music from New Horizons Band, and again on Aug. 30 with music from The Dixiecrats. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music and fun!

Silver Creek Village Wide Yard Sales August 5

The Hanover Community Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the 25th Annual Silver Creek Village Wide Sales Saturday, Aug. 5. This Silver Anniversary event will be held rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event has been averaging 100 sales for the past 16 years!

Registration is $10 and participants are asked to sign up in person at Silver Creek Optical, 41 Main St. The deadline to register and get listed on the sales map is Wednesday, Aug. 2. The goal is to have 125 sales for this 25th anniversary! All registration fees go to printing the map and advertising. Yard sales within the village of Silver Creek are required to have a permit and the Chamber of Commerce has a blanket permit covering participating residents.

Sale maps will be $1 and will be available in the park in Silver Creek or at 29 Oak St. on the day of the sales. Net proceeds will be used for community enhancement and scholarships for one Silver Creek and one Forestville graduate college bound business student. For more information contact Sue Briggs, Yard Sale Committee Chairperson, at Destinations Plus, at 934-9522 or 934-7334.