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Chamber names businesses, individuals getting awards

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 10 at the Williams Center at SUNY Fredonia. This year the County Chamber will bestow its Economic Development Award on Lakeside Precision, Inc. of Dunkirk, while the Person of the Year Award will go to Bruce Erickson of Lakewood.

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. Lakeside Precision, Inc. offers precision CNC machine services including turning, machining, welding, rapid prototyping, repairs, and state of the art equipment, all with an emphasis on quality control. With more than 50 years in business, the company has integrated skilled machining with technological advances to meet a variety of industrial needs.

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. Bruce Erickson served as president of Fancher Chair Company, Inc. He has long been active in community service as well, serving on the Chautauqua Lake Association board, Chair of the Chamber Board, and is on the Chamber/MAST Public Policy Committee.

Each of the six community Chambers of Commerce presents a Community Service Award during the Chamber Banquet. The Dunkirk Community Chamber has selected the late John W. (Bill) Farrell, who gave much to Dunkirk and the community by donating materials through his company, A.W. Farrell, Inc., for many years. The Fredonia Community Chamber chose Larry Fiorella for its Community Service Award for his exemplary involvement in the Community Chamber as well as Festivals Fredonia and more. Sam Bova has been selected to receive the Community Service Award from the Hanover Community Chamber in recognition of his years of quiet contributions to community projects and programs. The Jamestown Community Chamber selected Lucille Miller for its Community Service Award for her long time work with Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown and her countless hours of piano playing for a number of community and educational institutions. The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber has chosen Bob and Joyce Mathews for their commitment as EMTs with the Mayville Volunteer Fire Department. The Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber is presenting its Community Service Award to Jean Dibble McCausland, president of the Westfield Community Kitchen and a member of the hospital auxiliary board.

We hope you will join us in saluting all of these deserving award winners during the Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet. This annual event is proudly sponsored by Bush Industries, County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Corporation, Community Bank, DFT Communications, Lawley Insurance, Media One Radio Group, National Grid, OBSERVER, and The Post-Journal. Invitations will be mailed to all Chamber member businesses, and registration will be available online through the Chamber’s events calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org.

Sept. 6 First Friday Begins First Responder Weekend

The final First Friday of this summer season will take place from 5-8 p.m., Sept. 6 in the village of Westfield and will also serve to kick off First Responders Weekend in Westfield. These popular monthly events are organized by the Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce and create a street fair along Main Street and in Moore Park, featuring live music, kid’s games, wine, food, vendors, and much more. You can also see the wide variety of Westfield Wine Bottles, uniquely decorated large wooden signs scattered throughout the town. In addition, the Chamber of Commerce will have fire helmets and badges for children while supplies last. A First Responders parade will be held Saturday, followed by the dedication at 2 p.m. of the First Responders tribute on North Portage Street where an eight foot tall obelisk topped with a black bell will honor the police and fire departments.

Business After Hours at Big Inlet Brewing Sept. 19

The Chautauqua County and Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chambers of Commerce invite one and all to Business After Hours at Big Inlet Brewing, Inc. This great event will be held from 5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Septe.19. Big Inlet Brewing is at 6169 Elm Flats Road, Mayville. Enjoy your fellow Chamber member friends and colleagues with appetizers, door prizes, and a cash bar. The cost is $13 for pre-registered Chamber members and $16 for non-members or walk-ins. This Business After Hours event is sponsored by KeyBank, M&T Bank, Media One Radio Group, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, and Webb’s Year Round Resort. Space is limited so register today by calling the Chamber at 484-1101 or 366-6200 or sign up online at www.chautauquachamber.org.

Fredonia Farm to Table Community Dinner Sept. 28

The Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce is joining with the Fredonia Farmers Market and Fredonia Grange to present a Farm to Table Community Dinner, Saturday, Sept. 28 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be held on Church Street at the Village Hall in Fredonia. Sponsored by the Fredonia Beaver Club, in case of inclement weather it will be held at the Beaver Club. This special evening will feature four courses by four local chefs: Johnny Bouquin, David Winchell, Marissa Griffis, and Devon Jones, along with two desserts by Jessamine Daly-Griffen and Valerie Kneitinger. All dishes will be freshly made with local ingredients from area farms and sources, and each course will be paired with beer and wine from EBC West and 21 Brix. Along with a spectacular meal, you will be treated to live jazz by the SUNY Fredonia and Fredonia High School ensembles, and each ticket will include a special $5 discount voucher for the 7:30 p.m. screening of “The Biggest Little Farm” at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Purchase tickets through the Chamber website at www.chautauquachamber.org/fredonia.

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