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11 Aug 20180 Contributed Article Audubon Community Nature Center Jamestown, N.Y. – When Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) applied to the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (CFGB) for a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds, they asked, “Remember free play? We made up games with elaborate rules, which we followed or argued over, enforced or changed. We set boundaries for the group and for ourselves. We succeeded; we failed. We got dirty, bruised and scraped. We led; we followed. We competed; we collaborated.” CFGB agreed with Audubon’s contention that such free play “resulted in kids who developed valued skills:...

8 Aug 20180 Contributed Article Western New York Public Health Alliance On Thursday July 12th, the Western New York Public Health Alliance and the New York State Public Health Association collaborated to host the first Symposium in a series of Symposiums on brain health with the topic of Concussion Management. This free Symposium was held at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville NY and was open to the public. We had 100 attendees representing all eight counties of WNY, including many school coaches, trainers and nurses, along with county employees and other interested participants. The Symposium included four different speakers, with the first...

7 Aug 20180 Contributed Article Chautauqua County Historical Society PANAMA, N.Y. – The Chautauqua County Historical Society’s (CCHS) annual picnic returns this year to focus on a sweet subject: the history of local honey production and beekeeping. On Wednesday Aug. 15 local beekeepers Dennis and Laura LaMonica will present “Pioneering Efforts of Honey Production in Chautauqua County” at Panama Rocks (11 Rock Hill Rd, Panama, NY). The LaMonica’s own and operate Panama Bee Farm & Honey Company and bring decades of beekeeping experience to the table. They will lead a presentation focusing on the early history of beekeeping and...

5 Aug 20180 Contributed Article Audubon Community Nature Center Jamestown, N.Y. – Trees do more than just provide shade on a hot summer day. They also provide animals with food and shelter. At Audubon Community Nature Center’s Little Explorers on Saturday, August 11, you and the three to eight year old child(ren) in your life can learn all about trees and how different animals use them. The 10-11:30 a.m. “Forest Fun” program includes a lesson followed by outdoor exploration and a snack. If time and weather allow, a craft is included. The program takes place rain or shine, so be sure to dress for the weather. The fee for Little...

4 Aug 20180 Contributed Article Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County Jamestown, N.Y. – Medicaid enrollees with mental health and substance use related conditions can benefit from a number of community-based programs, including managed care, Health and Recovery Plans (HARP), Health Homes, and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). But there are a lot of misconceptions around HARP and HCBS, and it can be confusing. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) is hosting New Choices in Recovery to clear up some of this confusion, to educate people about these new possibilities, and to...

3 Aug 20180 Contributed Article Audubon Community Nature Center Jamestown, N.Y. – Audubon Community Nature Center awarded its 2018 Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship to Christina McMillan of Jamestown, N.Y. McMillan is a 2018 graduate of Jamestown High School who will begin studying environmental engineering at Cornell University in the fall. Deeply interested in the natural sciences, she was active in Jamestown High School’s Environmental Club and enjoys hiking and gardening. Her goal is to have an engineering job focused around wildlife preservation and habitat restoration. Every spring since 2003 Audubon’s Education Staff has raised...

3 Aug 20180 Contributed Article Audubon Community Nature Center Jamestown, N.Y. – You are invited to Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) on Friday, August 10, 5-6:30 p.m., for a reception welcoming Audubon’s new President Leigh Rovegno. ACNC Board Chair Pierre Chagnon announced, “After an extensive search, Audubon’s Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that Leigh Rovegno is taking the reins as our new President. Those of us who have had the opportunity to become acquainted with Leigh know that she will ‘hit the ground running.’ She brings a wealth of experience with board members, staff, volunteers, funders, and community...

1 Aug 20180 Contributed Article Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown Jamestown, N.Y. – Members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) have installed a Book Box in front of their building at 1255 Prendergast Avenue. Children and parents are invited to stop by and select one of the books inside that they can keep as their own. Wood craftsman and UUCJ President David Winner volunteered to design and build the Book Box for the latest project of the church's Social Justice Committee. This outreach program was inspired by Ruby Wiles, the recipient of the church's 2017 Richard T. Parker Award for Social...

31 Jul 20180 Contributed Article Audubon Community Nature Center Jamestown, N.Y. – A road trip and hike highlight Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on August 3. At 11 a.m., those interested in enjoying this outdoor opportunity can meet at the parking lot on the north side of Route 474 between Panama and the junction with Route 76 (GPS 42.07509, -79.51834). From there, participants will carpool or caravan to a backroad location a bit closer to where they will hike to the Warner Road Lean-tos. Tom Erlandson, who has long served on the Chautauqua County Parks Commission, will be on hand to relate the history of the...

28 Jul 20180 Contributed Article Audubon Community Nature Center Jamestown, N.Y. – You still have time to enter your best photos in the 2018 Nature Photography Contest sponsored by Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC). Midnight on Tuesday, July 31, is the deadline to submit your favorite images, whether from your collection or new ones you shoot today. A simple online submission process makes it easy to enter your work whatever your level of experience. Since a beautiful nature photograph inspires appreciation for the natural world, the Photo Contest helps fulfill ACNC’s mission of connecting people with nature. The theme for 2018 is...
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