VISION 2019

DIFFERENCE MAKER: Fiorella fabulous for Festivals Fredonia

Festivals Fredonia President Larry Fiorella started out as an observer at the group’s board meetings, and rose to lead it through its current period of expansion. “I was approached by Mary Jane Starks about five years ago to be a member of the board because they were short on board ...

DIFFERENCE MAKER: Development director helping Dunkirk change

City of Dunkirk Director of Development and Planning Rebecca Yanus has succeeded in changing the landscape of Dunkirk since she stepped into the role in September 2016. She hit the ground running within the first two weeks applying for two different grants Under her leadership, the city has ...

DIFFERENCE MAKER: NCCS principal works with ‘difference makers’ every day

When Northern Chautauqua Catholic School Principal Andy Ludwig learned that he had been named a “Difference Maker” in education by the OBSERVER, his response was simple: “I’m the one surrounded by difference makers: our teachers, our board, our parents. All I have to do is support these ...

DIFFERENCE MAKER: A.W. Farrell & Son keeps on roofing

When it comes to a commitment to quality, A.W. Farrell & Son, Inc. tackles commitment not only to its work, but to its employees and community. Founded in the late 1940s by Alfred William Farrell, and still in the family today, A.W. Farrell & Son Inc. continues to keep growing. In ...

DIFFERENCE MAKER: Gerry Rodeo to celebrate 75th event this summer

GERRY — The Gerry Rodeo is marking its 75th edition of bucking broncs and barbecue beef this year. Billing itself as “The Oldest Consecutive Rodeo East of the Mississippi,” the event is the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department’s only fundraiser and will be from July 31 to Aug. 3 this ...

DIFFERENCE MAKER: Devastating fire doesn’t stop Trillium Lodge

The Trillium Lodge stood for 15 years in the village of Cherry Creek serving the community and especially snowmobilers and bikers in the region ... that was until it burned down May 1, 2017. The fire took approximately 100 firefighters from 14 area companies to put out late that afternoon, ...

DIFFERENCE MAKER: Jamestown Plastics continues growth

BROCTON — Originating in 1958 in Jamestown, the Baker family purchased Jamestown Plastics in 1972, where Jim Baker oversaw and ingrained himself within the company until his retirement in 1996. In November of 2018, the company celebrated its 60th anniversary, standing strong through ...

With company’s exit there’s a chance to reinvent our shores

Dunkirk’s waterfront, like so many other rust-belt cities, is a victim of its past industrial era. During the city’s heyday, waters were treated as an asset for transportation of raw materials and products. But when those same manufacturing plants and the steel mills were running full ...