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VISION 2020

MDStar Presentations help empower, motivate and educate

Michele D. Starwalt, CPM, has more than 20 years of conducting keynote addresses, workshops, and trainings in schools, businesses, and agencies. In the fall of 2019 she ventured out on her own and began MDStar Presentations. “I specialize in Human Resource Management, youth development ...

DFT selected as 2020 Visionary Award winner for business

The OBSERVER has selected DFT Communications as the 2020 Visionary Award winner for business. Founded in 1898 in Arthur R. Maytum’s grocery store, DFT Communications has been serving Western New York for over 122 years. DFT Communications is a family of companies linking neighbor to ...

Come as you are, leave as you want to be

The power of Jamestown Community College is in the diverse education it delivers to students of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you’re ready to jump into the complete college experience, balance a busy schedule and learn on a part-time basis, or take just a class or two, you can reach all ...

Chautauqua Health & Fitness is staying active online

In a public health crisis like the one the world is currently experiencing with COVID-19, maintaining personal health has been of paramount concern. In order to stay healthy, one thing you can do positive for your body is try to stay physically active. With the continuous restrictions put in ...

O’Malia’s wants to be your favorite liquor store

O’Malia’s Liquors Inc. is conveniently located at the D&F Plaza on Vineyard Drive with plenty of spacious parking. O’Malia’s has always had the motto “We’d like to be your favorite liquor store.” Since purchasing the business in 1987, the owners have endeavored to keep that ...

Riles & Woolley has an innovative, full service monument company

Editor’s note: This article was written in February 2020, before the passing of Warren Riles. Riles and Woolley decided to keep the article like it was and not make any changes. Riles & Woolley Monuments is located at 39 Main Street, Forestville. The owners & founders are Warren H. ...

Riles & Woolley Funeral Home is there for you

Editor’s note: This article was written in February 2020, before the passing of Warren Riles. Riles and Woolley decided to keep the article like it was and not make any changes. Riles & Woolley Funeral Home is located at 39 Main Street, Forestville. The Funeral Directors are Warren H. ...

Mancuso Service Center continues to grow

A local business of more than 60 years continues to develop and grow on Main Street in the village of Fredonia. Mancuso Service Center was first developed by Anthony S. Mancuso when he began construction of a garage for auto repair and gasoline. Since his passing in 1985, Mancuso Service ...

TRC selected as 2020 Visionary winner for community service

The Resource Center in Chautauqua county has helped thousands of people succeed as well as helped them with personal needs ranging from day services and self-advocacy to counseling and other medical needs. “We have the best jobs in the world, we get to help people have great lives,” Steve ...

Curbside pickup and free shipping at Liberty Vineyards

SHERIDAN – Liberty Vineyards & Winery, of Sheridan, is family owned and committed to producing award-winning wines for every palate. With over 20 wines, everyone is sure to find several to please their taste buds. Liberty wines are made from locally-grown grapes — many of which have ...

NCCF is your partner for the future

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF), established in 1986, is best known for awarding grants to local organizations and providing scholarships to local students. In fact, in 2019, NCCF awarded over 550 grants totaling more than $1,147,400 and 336 scholarships totaling over ...

Gabel Brothers has furniture, electronics and more

GOWANDA — At Gabel Brothers Furniture, we know you need to find quality products at reasonable costs without having to search all over. That’s why we stock furniture that is well-made from brands that we trust, like Klaussner, Lancer, Best Home Furnishings, Ort Furniture and Lane. Our ...

With economy on hold, bright spots are around us

On the city of Dunkirk’s east side, manufacturing remains a significant cog in the region’s economy — even during this never-before seen sudden slowdown that is currently taking place in our nation. Three major processing facilities that contribute more than 1,100 jobs to our region ...

Johnson’s Plumbing and Heating is a family business

GOWANDA — Johnson’s Plumbing and Heating Inc. started in 1952 by two brothers, David and Norman Johnson. Norm passed away in 1970 and left Dave to carry on the business himself. Dave was married to Louise Huch Johnson and had five daughters, Rita, Dale, Deby, Diane and Mary. Son-in-law ...

CCIDA working to create and retain jobs

On behalf of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA), I would like to express our excitement regarding our successes in 2019, and our vision for the future of Chautauqua County. In last year’s Vision article, I discussed the good momentum underway with the ...

Breast surgeon joins Windsong Breast Care

WILLIAMSVILLE — Breast surgeon Dr. Marielle Ferstenberg has joined Windsong Breast Care’s expert breast care team. Dr. Ferstenberg graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY and completed her general surgery residency at NYU Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. ...

Fessenden Laumer & DeAngelo, PLLC can provide your legal options

Since 1984, the Jamestown based law firm of Fessenden Laumer & DeAngelo, PLLC has grown from three attorneys and three support staff to seven attorneys and 13 support staff. This growth is directly attributable to its expanding personal injury, Social Security Disability and workers ...

The Value of investment: The Chamber serves businesses large and small

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is working for businesses of all sizes and varieties throughout the year. The Chamber’s mission is to create a business environment in the region where our members can thrive. To do that, we use the membership investment of our members to provide ...

Patty’s Pet Grooming loves your pets as much as you

Patty’s Pet Grooming is located in the town of Dunkirk, 11171 Urban Road. Their phone number is 366-1207. Patty’s offers full service dog grooming from small to large, baths and brush outs, pedicures, too. Going on vacation or out of town just for the day? Board with Patty’s. Your pet ...

Lake Shore Family Center awarded 2020 Visionary Award for Education

IRVING — Lake Shore Family Center has been awarded the “National Program of Distinction” designation by Generations United. The Program of Distinction designation was launched in 2010 to recognize excellence, while celebrating the rich diversity among intergenerational programs. The ...