County Ready For Its Closeup On National TV

Chautauqua County can truly take a bow this month. Two major sporting events filmed locally have given our region a chance to shine on national television.

The recent Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular televised on NBC on Jan. 6 featured some of the top names in both sports. Filmed at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena on Dec. 15, the production featured 2012 all-around Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas along with other 2012 Olympic competitors Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, John Orozco, Danell Leyva, Jonathan Horton and Jacob Dalton, as well as 2008 all-around gold medalist Nastia Liukin.

The lineup of figure skaters included world champions and 2010 Olympic ice dance silver medalists Davis and Charlie White, current U.S. singles champions Jeremy Abbott and Ashley Wagner, two-time U.S. champion Alissa Czisny, world ice dance bronze medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, 2012 U.S. silver medalist Adam Rippon and up-and-coming elite skater Gracie Gold.

Also performing during the show was the Fresh Beat Band of the Nickelodeon show with the same name, and Ross Lynch of Disney’s “Austin and Ally” with his band R5. Olympic champions Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci and Peggy Fleming hosted the show. The glitzy production was filmed before a sold-out and wildly cheering crowd in the arena. We commend the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena for an outstanding job on this event.

Coming up next weekend, NBC viewers will get a chance to see a different side of Chautauqua County, when the final event of Jack Link’s Major League Fishing’s Summit Cup will be televised at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Major League Fishing crew and support staff have been raving both online and on the Outdoor Channel about the beauty of Chautauqua Lake as an extraordinary fishing destination, as well as the hospitality they received during filming here last August.

Please join us Saturday for a Major League Fishing watch party at Bellini Lounge at Chautauqua Suites as we celebrate this tremendous event. The party begins at noon with free lunch and a cash bar. This event is sponsored by the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, Chautauqua Marina, and Webb’s Year Round Resort. You can register online at chautauquachamber.org or by calling the Chamber at 484-1101.

It is easy when you live somewhere to take it for granted. It becomes a little more exciting when you look at the assets in your own backyard through the eyes of others. We should remind ourselves more often that the quality of life we enjoy in Chautauqua County is a privilege, and that our area’s natural beauty, sports and recreational opportunities, and offerings in the arts and education truly do make us special. We are very lucky to call Chautauqua County our home, and to show it off this way for the rest of the country.

Jamestown Chamber To Present Awards

The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce will present a number of awards to local businesses during its annual Salute to the Finest on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The award winners are: Manufacturer of the Year – Hope’s Windows, Inc.; Retailer of the Year – Jamestown Mattress Company; Community Service Award – John Bauer; Pride of Jamestown Award – Gateway Station; Business of the Year – Robo Enterprises, Inc.; Service to Humanity Award – Eastside YMCA; New Business of the Year – Patient’s Pharmacy.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Lillian V. Ney Renaissance Center, 19 W. Third St. The cost is $20 for a heavy hors d’oeuvre buffet with a cash bar. You can register through the events calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org or by calling the Chamber at 484-1101.

Presidents Day Festival Calendar Now Online

Once again, a full slate of winter events is being planned for the Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival in Mayville – one of the largest winter festivals in the region – which is organized annually by the Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce.

The lineup includes snowmobile rides, a flare parade, fireworks, kids’ corner crafts, chili cook-off, kids snow slides, snowball distance throwing contest, snowman/animal making contest, ice carving, broomball, snowshoe demonstrations, a polar bear swim, presidential costumer contest, a snowball dance, and lighting of the ice castle. Many of these events will be held weather permitting.

Major sponsors of the Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival are: Media One Group, Town of Chautauqua, Clark Patterson Lee Architectural Engineering Firm/Habiterra, Operating Engineers Local 17 apprenticeship program, Felony Entertainment LLC, Chautauqua Suites/Olives Restaurant/Bellini Lounge, Lakeview Hotel/The Docks Restaurant, and Chautauqua Marina. Platinum Sponsors are: M&T Bank Mayville branch, Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant and The Cottage Collection, and Lictus Keystone. For a complete schedule of events and sponsors, please visit the Winter Festival event page at chautauquachamber.org.

SBAP?Can Help With Insurance

The Community Chamber Development Corporation, an Affiliate of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, is helping to provide answers to insurance questions through the Small Business Assistance Program. SBAP is an initiative of the Community Service Society, a network of organizations across New York State that helps consumers and small business get affordable health care and health insurance. Through SBAP we can provide health reform information and training for employers and one-on-one consultations on insurance options, costs, tax credits, enrollment, dispute resolution, and more.

Those who have a small business and are looking for direct answers to questions about insurance, please call CCDC at 366-6200 or 484-1101.