Chamber honors individuals, businesses

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual awards, to be presented during the Chamber Annual Awards Banquet October 11 at the Williams Center at SUNY Fredonia. This year the County Chamber will bestow its Economic Development Award on Dunkirk Metal Products, while the Person of the Year Award will honor the Calimeri Family of Jamestown.

The Economic Development Award is presented to a company or organization that has contributed most to the economic development, quality of life and stability of our region. This represents one award for the entire region. Dunkirk Metal Products is a leading sheet metal fabricator and manufacturer of specialty metal products engineered to meet the demands of today’s industries. The company serves a diverse customer base in construction, automotive, HVAC, and other industries.

The Person of the Year Award is presented to someone who is recognized by the entire region for their outstanding achievements and contributions, either within the past year or through a lifetime of achievement. The Calimeri Family is now in its second generation of leadership in crafting custom furniture for the hospitality industry at its Artone plant. It is truly a family business, led by Michael Calimeri and Sebastian Calimeri. But their service extends beyond the business as they generously donate to dozens of organizations in the Jamestown area annually and also provide educational tours, internships, and more opportunities for students and the community.

Each of the six community Chambers of Commerce presents a Community Service Award during the Chamber Banquet.

The Dunkirk Community Chamber has selected James T. Nichols to posthumously receive its award. A Dunkirk native, Mr. Nichols worked side by side with his family to build Nichols Hometown Service. He also chaired the Dunkirk Harbor Commission for 15 years and was actively involved in a number of outdoor groups.

The Fredonia Community Chamber chose Kurt Maytum for its Community Service Award. The President of DFT Communications, he was selected for his more than 37 year volunteer career with the Fredonia Fire Department where he is past Chief and was also a Paramedic and field supervisor for many years.

Laurie Bifaro has been selected to receive the Community Service Award from the Hanover Community Chamber for the economic rebirth she has helped to bring to the Silver Creek community by expanding her business, A Cut Above the Rest, into a full service salon for hair, nails, facials, and more.

The Jamestown Community Chamber selected Bill Stevenson for its Community Service Award. His love of community and volunteer efforts have helped to make numerous festivals and events happen in the community. He serves on the board of the National Comedy Center and Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum, chairs the Riverfront Management Council, and has volunteered with the Jamestown Area Railway Heritage Center, the Babe Ruth World Series, and more.

The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber has chosen SandraLee Wagner to receive its Community Service Award. Ms. Wagner was instrumental in helping to establish the Lakeside Dog Bark Run across from Lakeside Park in Mayville, as she petitioned, raised funds, and rallied others to bring the project to fruition.

The Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber is presenting its Community Service Award to the sister and brother team of Joan Mascaro Caruso and Rick Mascaro. The two have worked together and individually to help make things happen in Westfield. Both retired teachers, Mrs. Caruso has been active with the Patterson Library board of trustees and improvements to Moore Park as well as other activities. Her brother returned to Westfield from South Carolina and established the Lake Shore Center for the Arts.

We hope you will join us in saluting all of these deserving award winners during the Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet. For more information call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101 or find the event online at

First Friday is Sept. 7

The Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce will hold its final First Friday event of the season on Sept. 7 along Main Street in Westfield. This tremendous community event creates a street fair atmosphere featuring live music, games, wine, food, vendors, and much more. First Friday runs from 5-8 p.m. All are welcome!

Small Group Health Insurance and Open Enrollment Sessions Planned

Continuing our commitment to assist our member employers with controlling costs through pro-active, innovative, high quality health insurance products the Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association are offering two information sessions this fall. We will provide an update on the group health insurance landscape and discuss solutions and products available from the Chamber/MAST and their partners. Both sessions will be held on Wednesday, September 12. The first session will be held at 7:30am at the MTI@JCC Building located at 512 Falconer St., Jamestown. The second session will be at 5:30 p.m. at the JCC North County Training Center in Dunkirk, 10785 Bennett Road, Dunkirk. Both of these sessions are focused on employer insurance needs. They are free to attend but registration is recommended so we can prepare for enough guests. Please call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101 or sign up online at