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Daemen Named Fit-Friendly Worksite by American Heart Association

Daemen Named Fit-Friendly Worksite by American Heart Association

Daemen College has been designated a Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite, the highest level awarded, by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the college’s efforts to help employees eat better and be more physically active.

This is the second consecutive AHA distinction received by Daemen, which last year was named a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite. The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program is intended as a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping workplaces make their employees’ health and well-being a priority.

Prison cook charged with rape


GOWANDA, NY – New York State Police arrested Jessica Fries, 29, a cook in the Gowanda Correctional Facility, and charged her with third-degree rape and official misconduct.

The arrest came on January 13 after a three-month joint investigation with the New York State State Department of Corrections Inspector General's Office, troopers said in a statement released Saturday.

The investigation was prompted in October by an anonymous letter alleging that Fries was having inappropriate sexual relationships with inmates.

Fries was arrested at her home in Dayton. She was processed at the State Police barracks in Collins and released, and is due in Collins Town Court.


National Trust enters Chautauqua amphitheater debate


Next week, preservationists will wade into the debate on whether to save a beloved performance venue at the Chautauqua Institution or allow a planned renovation to go forward.

This week, the Institution said it would delay its plans to demolish the existing amphitheater to make way for a replica.

Next week Tuesday, the National Trust for Historic Preservation will hold a meeting in Buffalo. While specifics of the meeting are not known, the trust says the time is now for an open, preservation-focused process befitting of this irreplaceable structure.


Chautauqua Institution plans to renovate amphitheater


Chautauqua, N.Y. -- The Amphitheater at the Chautauqua Institution has stood for over a hundred years. Over those years there have been changes to the stage, the structure, and even the benches, but through it all the memories created there have been enduring.

Now, a major rehabilitation is planned for the theater, and as Photojournalist Dooley O'Rourke shows, concern for the history of this amphitheater is front and center.

Watch the story in the viewer above.


United Arts Appeal Offering Grants

United Arts Appeal Offering Grants

Jamestown, NY – The United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County (UAA) has announced its 2015 Projects Pool Grants Program for Chautauqua County artists and organizations. 

“Every year a portion of the funds raised through the United Arts Appeal’s fund drive is allocated for individual artists and artistic projects,” said UAA President Lynn Warner. “In 2014, we were pleased to be able to assist three artists and the projects of five organizations, all for the benefit of the cultural life of Chautauqua County.”  

Eligible organizations must have non-profit status and may include libraries, municipalities, churches and other community groups. 

Infinity announces PULSE Poetry Slam for February

Infinity announces PULSE Poetry Slam for February

PULSE Poetry Slam
Thursday, February 5th at 6:00pm

FREE Pulse Poetry Slam event
Infinity Arts Café
301 East Second St, Suite 101, Lynn Building in Jamestown.

Experience the excitement and intensity of slam poetry LIVE.
Infinity Arts Café events are FREE, family friendly and open to the public!
Call Infinity for more info 716-664-0991 or visit the official Pulse Poetry Slam Facebook page.

Decision on Amphitheater demolition delayed


MAYVILLE, N.Y.- The Chautauqua Institution is delaying the decision on whether to demolish its historic amphitheater.

The institution will now make a decision during its board meeting in August. A decision was originally expected during its meeting in January, but the institution says the community response made them reconsider their plan.

The nearly 125-year-old amphitheater is set to be demolished to facilitate construction of an updated replica. Because of the delayed decision, the institution says construction on the replica will not start until the fall of 2016 at the earliest.