Monthly Archives: October 2010

It's sometimes easy to forget the jewels in our own backyard, particularly when they're a little off the beaten path. But the Cross Roads Farm & Craft Market is a regional treasure, a great way to spend a Saturday and a wonderful opportunity to support local craftsmen and artisans. Cross Roads features dozens of local vendors known for their crafts, artwork, woodwork, imported gifts, spe...
Posted in General
It was 150 years ago that Abe Lincoln was elected President. This morning WBFO, Western New York's National Public Radio station, brought the story of Grace Bedell and Abe Lincoln to area listeners. Westfield's Grace Bedell, at the age of 11, wrote a letter to then-candidate Lincoln and suggested he consider growing a beard, advice that Lincoln took to heart. On his way to Washington Lincoln ...
Posted in General
In many ways, the Westfield community is a model for public-private collaboration. The latest example: the off-premises directional signs that have been erected at four high-visibility locations throughout the village. The signs are a joint effort between the Village Planning Board, Westfield-Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Westfield staff. The signs were developed in respon...
Posted in General
When you talk with Helen and Steve Baran you can feel their enthusiasm for grapes and the local agricultural community. Now you will be able to see it as well. The Barans, owners of Baran’s Vineyards in Westfield, have made a $20,000 donation to the Grape Discovery Center Building Fund, demonstrating their continuing leadership and commitment to the Westfield community. The Baran’s donati...
Posted in General
If you’ve got ideas about where Chautauqua County should be headed, the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development wants to hear from you. For two years, county planners have been working in collaboration with the public and other stakeholders to develop Chautauqua 20/20, a County-wide Comprehensive Plan to chart a course for the future. All the input received at meeti...
Posted in General
This Saturday, October 2nd, is the last Westfield Farmers Market of the 2010 season. It's been a very successful year for the Market, with an expanded slate of vendors and lots of activities for families. Be sure to stop by Saturday for your last chance to pick up seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, farm fresh eggs, and much more - maybe even an early holiday gift. The Farmers Mark...
Posted in General
It comes as no surprise that the stunning beauty of the Chautauqua region has served as inspiration for many artists. And while the artist process is often a solitary one, those artists who make their home in the region - the artists of the North Shore Arts Alliance - are offering a public glimpse into that private process when they open up their studios as part of the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Tr...
Posted in General