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Literacy Volunteers celebrates new Fredonia site

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OBSERVER Photos by Natasha Matteliano The ribbon is cut! Marty, longtime volunteer, cuts the ribbon for the grand opening of the new location for the Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County.

Reading between the lines, it appears Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County has found its new Fredonia location to be home sweet home.

On Tuesday, a ribbon-cutting for the new location was held. Even though the organization had moved from Dunkirk to Fredonia in August, organizers postponed the grand opening event until this week so they could be properly set up and prepared for the event.

Priscilla R. Bernatz, the president of Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County had this to offer, said the new location on Park Place is a good fit.

“We simply outgrew the Dunkirk location,” she said. “We have been growing for years and we needed more space. Being in Fredonia gives us more foot traffic as well, since we are right in the downtown area.”

Tammy Schultz, marketing coordinator, spoke about what the organization does and why it is important. The organization offers tutoring and teaching that allows for an opportunity for participants to receive a General Educational Development diploma. It also offers tutoring to those who do not know the English language. The bookstore portion helps to fund the organization with what they don’t get from outright donations..

Julie LaGrow, executive director, and Andrew Goodell, NYS assemblyman, talk while at the Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County’s ribbon cutting.

At the event, many government officials made appearances, as seen in the photos, to celebrate. With lots of snacks, people were buzzing throughout the bookstore mingling with others. Before the ribbon was cut, Perce thanked Marty Wiser, a volunteer who had been with the organization for more than 20 years. She gifted her with a crystal keepsake as thanks.

Then, Abby Johnson spoke about how the organization has helped her immensely. She said she would never be where she is today if it weren’t for the Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County.

The Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County is always looking for more of volunteers. They can help tutor, teach GED classes, work the bookstore and manage it. Of course, if you can not donate your time, you can donate gently used books. For those interested in volunteering or donating, stop in at the office at 12 Park Place or call at 366-4438.

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