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Posted by Joel Keefer on Jan 12, 2017
L-R Joelle Washer, David Hart, John LLoyd
A very interesting presentation centered on the Celoron Hotel Project kept many Rotarians glued to their chairs this day. John Lloyd officially welcomed David Hart of Hart Hotels to the microphone to speak on the hotel that is planning to open in 2018.
David thanked Rotary for allowing him to speak, and started off by mentioning that this project began 2 years ago, and involves Peter Krog, who is his business partner, along with CCIDA. Site work in Celoron has already begun, with the hotel to be erected on portions of the former Celoron Amusement Park site. David actually mentioned later that when site prep was taking place, he walked the grounds and discovered an old penny, most likely dropped when the amusement park was in operation.
The new hotel will be similar to Harbor Hotels already in operation in Watkins Glen & Clayton, NY. There are 4 hotels total under the Harbor Hotel brand in operation. However, David was quick to mention that neither the Watkins Glen nor the Clayton hotels have the "backbone" that the Celoron hotel will have with so many area attractions and cities (Jamestown, Buffalo, Cleveland) nearby.
David called the Celoron hotel a "destination hotel", with many different amenities to offer onsite. It will also be a 4-Diamond facility. His mantra for the project is "Build it, and they'll stay. Build it, and they'll come." The Celoron hotel will also be open year-round to keep staff trained, so during the slower winter months, they have many fun events planned to keep things exciting.
Based on what's happened already in Watkins Glen and Clayton, David was confident that the 10-year impact of the hotel on the community will total $60 million in room revenue, $30 million in food and beverage revenue, so to say the hotel will be a boon to the local economy would be accurate.
The Celoron hotel will have 132 rooms, and the site will even incorporate the old island that once housed the swing ride from the amusement park, which will likely excite local history buffs.
To find out more about the already existing Harbor Hotels, David encouraged everyone to visit this website.
Posted by Joel Keefer on Dec 02, 2016
Picture L-R Cliff Mason and Ken Lawton
This day, the club heard a fascinating presentation from Cliff Mason, a Senior Manager at National Fuel, and a member of the Clean Communities of WNY. Cliff lives in East Aurora, and was thrilled to be able to speak in front of such a robust Rotary Club in Jamestown. He also drove to Jamestown in a natural gas powered vehicle. Cliff was introduced by Ken Lawton, who himself works at National Fuel in Jamestown.
Cliff's main focus of his presentation was on Clean Transportation Alternatives, particularly vehicles that run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
Some of the advantages of Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV)'s are that they are better for the environment and run on a fuel that has a more stable price than regular gasoline (which heavily relies on foreign oil). Cliff also pointed out that the United States has a bounty of natural gas resources to tap into as well.
While mileage for NGV's are about the same as gas and not nearly as good as diesel, Cliff made it clear that NGV's still have many advantages over traditionally powered vehicles.
There are 3 types of Natural Gas Vehicles:
Dedicated: only runs on natural gas. About 40 service vans for National Fuel in Buffalo run this way
Bi-Fuel: vehicle can run on natural gas or traditional gasoline (Cliff actually drove a vehicle from Buffalo to Jamestown powered this way)
Duel Fuel: runs on diesel & natural gas, and is mainly found in tractor trailers
Cliff concluded by saying there are incentives available for CNG vehicles and projects as well.
One question from the audience was on the safety of vehicles that run on CNG. Cliff assured everyone that NGV's have a good safety record.
Cliff is also a member of the Clean Communities of WNY, and information about that group and their efforts to help make alternative fuels more available in Western New York can be found here.
Posted on Nov 23, 2016
L-R Johanna Gill, Darlene Rowe & Katie Geise
Cancer has affected millions of people, and most club members know of someone who has had cancer or is in remission. Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in New York State, according to the NYS Department of Health. But cancer screenings can help detect cancer early, when treatment can be most successful.
Katie Geise welcomed Darlene Rowe and Johanna Gill to speak on behalf of Chautauqua County's Cancer Services Program.
Darlene told the club that the County's Cancer Services Program has been around since the 1990's, and was created as a collaboration between the NYS Department of Health and the CDC. The Cancer Services Program provides breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings to women ages 40-64 and men ages 50-64, who are un-insured, have an unaffordable high deductible, or screenings aren't covered.
Clients are enrolled by phone, and after the medical appointments are completed, the office bills the Program for payment. At the same time the following year, patients will receive a reminder that they are due for their appointment. And services are provided in most physicians' offices in Chautauqua County. For more information, call 1-800-506-9185.
County Executive and Club member Vince Horrigan was also thanked for signing a policy in 2015 allowing County employees to take a leave of absence if needed to get their cancer screenings, which will most certainly help the Program reach a goal of increasing Colon Cancer screenings in 2018 to 80% in Chautauqua County.
Posted by Joel Keefer on Nov 18, 2016
Pictured L-R Ken Lawton and Dan Reynolds
With cold weather and snow approaching, the club welcomed Dan Reynolds to speak this day. Introduced by Ken Lawton, Dan is the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Energy Efficiency Coordinator.
Dan gave a timely presentation on the many ways to help make your home or business more energy efficient. Some interesting facts Dan provided were that 50% of Jamestown BPU customers heat their home with electricity, and that one 1 KW produces roughly 3400 BTU's of heat.
Since many of the homes in the BPU's district are of older construction, the importance of weatherizing them as best as can be is crucial. The BPU has two main programs to help cover the costs of making a home more energy efficient.
The Jamestown BPU Residential Attic Insulation Program is one of these. According to the BPU's website, attic insulation should have an R-value of 49 to 60 in the northern climate zone. To achieve this level of insulation, home owners need to have twelve to sixteen inches of insulation in their attics. To increase the effectiveness of the insulation, sealing air leaks is critical. Try to seal around areas such as dropped soffits, can lights, electric runs, pipes and duct registers. Expanding foam insulation works well for these areas.
Dan also provided several pictures as examples of how many homes lose heat during the winter months, and form damaging ice jams. In one example, the ice jam was so bad that (through the use of thermal imaging), it was shown that water was actually backing up into the house and running down through the walls. Having adequate insulation can help curb this problem.
Phantom loads were also a hot topic. Dan shocked the club by showing just how much electricity is wasted by leaving a phone charger plugged in, even when it's not charging a phone. That, along with the amount of electricity a HD DVR sucks up even when not in use, made several members think twice about leaving so many items plugged in when not being used.
To see about any rebates or programs one might be eligible for, contact Dan at the BPU by calling (716) 661-1646.
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