STEM Wars is March 14 at JCC

One of the premier STEM events in Southwestern New York is set for March 14 at Jamestown Community College. STEM Wars will take place once again this year in the JCC Physical Education Complex on JCC’s Jamestown campus. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and represents the core skill sets for careers of the future.

Last year, STEM Wars brought together more than 900 students from around the region to participate in a fun and educational event, featuring STEM activities, competitions, a local business and manufacturing career fair, and on-site tem building/leadership skills projects. Middle school and high school students are invited to participate each year, and work for weeks in advance to prepare their projects for competition.

This year, MATCO Tools has signed on as an Elite Sponsor for STEM Wars. MATCO is a US-based professional tool distributor. The MATCO manufacturing facility in Lakewood produces high quality tool boxes and has a long standing tradition of excellence in manufacturing. MATCO is recognized as a top-rated innovator in its class.

STEM Wars is co-presented by Dream It Do It Western New York (DIDIWNY) & the New York State Technology and Engineering Educators’ Association (NYSTEEA) Chautauqua County Chapter. STEM Wars is produced with support from the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce (CCCC), The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) and Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH). Additional sponsors include Clark Patterson Lee as Video Sponsors, Monofrax, Weber Knapp, Nestle Purina, Excelco/Newbrook, Cummins JEP, Fancher Chair, Bailey Manufacturing Company and Truck-Lite as Gold Sponsors, Artone LCC, Allen Industrial Sales and The Resource Center Allied Division as Silver Sponsors and Blackstone Advanced Technology, Jamestown Container and Ripley Machine & tool as Bronze Sponsors.

There is still room for local manufacturers to participate in the career fair, and room for more schools to sign up. For more information, contact Dream It Do It in Chautauqua County at 484-1101.

Business After Hours

at EBC West Thursday

The Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce and Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce invite you to attend an Experience Chautauqua Business After Hours networking event at EBC West, 34 W. Main St., Fredonia.

This event will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 22. You can enjoy appetizers and a cash bar. Come prepared to talk about your business, and bring along a business card to be eligible for door prize drawings.

The cost is just $13 for preregistered Chamber members or $15 for non-members or walk-ins at the door. To register, call the Chamber at 366-6200 or sign up online at

Rolling Hills Radio

features Grammy

winner Tom Paxton

The next Rolling Hills Radio will feature folk legend Tom Paxton, accompanied by The DonJuans, on Monday, Feb. 26, live at Shawbucks in Jamestown. Paxton is an American folk singer-songwriter who has had a rich music career spanning more than fifty years. He has performed thousands of concerts around the world and was nominated for Grammy awards in 2006 and 2007. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

The Chamber is pleased to be partnering with Rolling Hills Radio this season. A creation of producer/host Ken Hardley, this ongoing series features live performances from local, regional, national and international artists exploring, celebrating, and performing grassroots American music. It is recorded in front of a live audience, combining the ambience of a radio show from the middle of the last century with the intimate appeal of a studio setting. The performances are recorded and broadcast over community radio station WRFA-LP 107.9 in Jamestown and available as a streaming podcast around the world.

Showtime is 6:30 p.m. with a rolling happy hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. and a meet and greet with the artists after the show.

Advanced tickets are available through the Chamber of Commerce at 512 Falconer St. or online at

Chamber Congressional

Lunch March 2

Chamber members and non-members alike are invited to attend the upcoming annual Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Federal Congressional Luncheon on March 2. This annual event will be held at Chautauqua Suites Meeting and Expo Center, 215 West Lake Road, Mayville. We encourage Chamber members and the public to come with questions for Congressman Tom Reed during this event.

The Chamber’s Federal Congressional Luncheon is sponsored by: Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Fredonia College Foundation, Jamestown Mattress Company, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal and UPMC Chautauqua WCA.

Advanced registration is appreciated. To register, call the Chamber at 484-1101 or 366-6200 or visit our website at