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Youth Symphony Receives Two Community Foundation Grants

Youth Symphony Receives Two Community Foundation Grants

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has received two grants from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

“We are thrilled with this support and so grateful to the Community Foundation,” said CRYS board president Tanya Anderson, in acknowledging the awards.

Both grants are funded through the Community Foundation’s Blossom Fund. One supports the honorarium for Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode and the other funds CRYS’s Chautauqua Weekend.

Widely acclaimed for both his performance and his conducting, Eckenrode took the helm of CRYS in 2003. At that time there was a single orchestra, which is now the Youth Symphony, CRYS’s premier performance group of highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians.

Under Eckenrode’s leadership, two more orchestras were formed: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians and the Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate string, brass, wind and percussion players.

Chile Now Included in Visa Waiver Program

Chile Now Included in Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without a visa for 90 days or less if they meet certain requirements. On Feb. 28, 2014, Chile became the 38th country to be designated for the Visa Waiver Program.

Beginning March 31, 2014, Chileans will be able to travel to the United States under this program. The Visa Waiver Program began as a way to facilitate international trade and tourism. This new designation illustrates that Chile and the United States have a shared interest in improving travel security and expanding foreign ties. 

Seneca Gaming Corporation Hosts Spring Career Fair on March 19

Seneca Gaming Corporation Hosts Spring Career Fair on March 19

Seneca Gaming Corporation will host its eighth annual Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, Mar. 19, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls, located at 310 Fourth Street. Recruiters will be available to meet with job-seekers for more than 150 available full- and part-time positions at two Seneca Casino locations in Niagara Falls and Buffalo.

Positions will be available for a variety of fields. Areas of greatest need include food and beverage workers, culinary staff, skilled tradespeople and various entry-level positions, but additional departments will be hiring as well. Most opportunities offer immediate hiring.

Audubon Receives Community Foundation Grant for Field Trips

Audubon Receives Community Foundation Grant for Field Trips

Jamestown, NY – The folks at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary believe that the best way to achieve their mission of connecting people to nature and promoting environmentally responsible behaviors is to get people outdoors.

In pursuit of that goal, each year hundreds of school children take field trips to Audubon.

A recent grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF) will be a significant support to this effort.

“Thanks to the Community Foundation’s Reg and Betty Lenna Fund we can continue to provide this wonderful experience for our area’s children,” said Jamestown Audubon President Ruth Lundin.

Lundin said that while there is no charge for accompanying adults, who are expected to help, there is a fee for field trip students. Since these fees only cover about half the costs, support of local foundations is critical, and Audubon is most appreciative of the CRCF support.   

Daemen’s New Master of Public Health Program to Begin This Fall

Daemen’s New Master of Public Health Program to Begin This Fall

Daemen College has received New York State Department of Education approval to offer a master of public health degree beginning this fall, making it the only MPH program available at a private college in Western New York.

The new 45-credit graduate program, which will include specialty tracks in epidemiology and community health education along with a generalist track, is geared to working professionals and recent bachelor-level graduates looking to further their education in the growing field of public health. MPH graduates will be prepared for a myriad of opportunities at community-based, global health and managed care organizations, hospitals, health departments, and in public health research.

State to Launch Ski Bus from NYC, Toronto


ALBANY - The state will launch a bus service to take skiers from New York City and Toronto to some of the state's most popular slopes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.

The "I Ski NY" bus service will launch next winter and service 13 New York ski areas from New York City and another six from Toronto.

Details on how much the bus will cost riders were not made available Sunday.

"With some of the best ski slopes, snowmobiling tracks, hiking trails, and scenic views, we want New Yorkers to know they should stay in New York and all out-of-state visitors to feel welcome to partake in all that upstate has to offer," Cuomo said in a statement.

Among the ski resorts that will be serviced by the state-operated buses from Toronto are Kissing Bridge in Glenwood, and the Bristol Mountain Ski Resort in Canandaigua, Ontario County, among other locations.