Business

Liberty Vineyards & Winery wins awards

SHERIDAN — Liberty Vineyards & Winery of Sheridan won 12 prestigious medals at the recent 2019 Indy International Wine Competition. The awards included Best of Class honors for their White Chocolette wine. “The award-winning wines represent many of the different styles of wines we ...

Pronto Mart Brings Fresh Produce to the City

Jamestown, NY - Pronto Mart is a locally owned corner store at 708 East Second Street in Jamestown, New York. It is a popular place for many locals in Jamestown making it the perfect location to become a healthy retailer. Pronto Mart has partnered with Chautauqua County Health Network under the ...

Diane Hewitt-Johnson CEO of COI

The Board of Directors of Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. is pleased to announce the permanent appointment of Diane Hewitt-Johnson as the agency's Chief Executive Officer. She has served the agency as Interim CEO since September 2018. "Ms. Hewitt-Johnson has served in several managerial ...

Katelyn Walley-Stoll joins new SWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program is excited to welcome Katelyn Walley-Stoll as the Business Management Specialist with the newly formed Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program with Cornell Cooperative Extension. Walley-Stoll will ...

Bush Industries of Jamestown awarded New York state contract

JAMESTOWN — For the first time, Bush Industries, Inc. has received a New York state contract for the sale and installation of commercial office furniture. The contract allows the Jamestown-based manufacturer to sell professional-grade products to any state agency. The company may now bid on ...

By air and by ground: P-TECH student takes career plans to new heights

Special to the OBSERVER Gavin Swanson’s passion in life is anything but grounded. The Jamestown Public School and second-year WNY P-TECH student is following in his father’s footsteps — even if he plans on doing so at 38,000 feet. “My plan is to become a commercial airline ...

Westfield Memorial Hospital appoints Karen Surkala as President

Special to the OBSERVER Westfield Memorial Hospital, part of the Allegheny Health Network, has named Karen Surkala as its president, effective July 22. Surkala has more than 30 years of experience in the health care field, with many years of service to AHN Saint Vincent and WMH. She ...

Fredonia First United Methodist Church collaborating to support youth programs

Fredonia First United Methodist Church’s youth director, June Ruckman, has been collaborating with youth leader Pattie Lukaszewski from Cherry Creek United Methodist Church and Taylor Gates from Christ Community Church to unite in providing opportunities for children, youth and families in ...

Local businesses, schools partner for workforce development push

Chautauqua County saw an increase in the number of jobs by 400 between April 2018 and April of this year. How did this happen? Well, according to George Borrello, county executive, one reason for the increase in jobs is the culmination of businesses and educational institutions working ...

Top Knobs acquires Water Street Brass

Top Knobs is pleased to announce the acquisition of Water Street Brass. Founded by brothers Matt and Chase Churchill in 2012 in Lakewood, New York, Water Street Brass provides high-end solid brass decorative hardware, as well as a beautiful collection of door hardware for discerning ...

Westfield Memorial Hospital’s Chautauqua Clinic gets renovated

CHAUTAUQUA — The Westfield Memorial Hospital Chautauqua Clinic has been newly renovated, and will be at the disposal of David Trusel, Westfield physician’s assistant, to further handle the health needs of residents staying at Chautauqua Institution. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was hosted ...

Forestville’s Dash honored for nursing service

The McGuire Group’s Autumn View Health Care Facility in Hamburg has announced that Michelle Dash of Forestville celebrated her 5-year employment anniversary with the company. As a licensed practical nurse, Dash is responsible for distributing medications, working with RNs, social workers ...

Reisch receives SUNY Chancellor’s Award

Christopher P. Reisch, professor of mathematics and computer science at Jamestown Community College’s North County Center in Dunkirk, received the 2019 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence recently. The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence recognizes consistently ...

Nicholas Daniel McCormick earns CFE credential

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and leading provider of anti-fraud training and education, recently awarded Nicholas Daniel McCormick, of Fredonia, the globally preferred Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. In order to ...

Owner of ServPro and late wife honored

Jennifer and Bill Uhl owned a business in Ohio while maintaining a vacation home on Chautauqua Lake. The family boated on Chautauqua Lake in the summer and skied at Peak ‘n Peek in the winter. Currently, one daughter has completed college and is working in social work. The other is in the ...

Purina associates help Humane Society through PetCare Pride Day

Associates from Purina’s Dunkirk factory recently celebrated the company’s annual PetCare Pride Day, which is dedicated to helping people and pets in the communities where Purina has a presence. For the event, a team of employees built cat trees and dog beds and put together adoption ...

Area business helps Gowanda Free Library

GOWANDA — The "I Know a Guy Home Improvement" is a Native American owned and operated local business that was hired to make the Gowanda Free Library handicapped accessible to better serve the community. Cathy Walsh, the Director of the library, said she was pleasantly surprised to hear the ...

MHA OPEN and Manufacturers Association joining forces

JAMESTOWN — Through funding from the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI), the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) has created a program focused on workforce development. The cover story of the MHA’s spring ...