Foundation grants total $38,000

Communities, residents and organizations came together to celebrate accomplishments and goals at the Celebrate Community Foundation Week held at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation Open House at the Fredonia State incubator.

In all, more than $38,000 was awarded by the foundation.

Communication and Development Coordinator Ida Klahn said the NCCF started in 1986 with a few citizens who really wanted to make a difference.

Several organizations were awarded grant money and came to the open house to receive their checks.

Director of Dunkirk Free Library Jan Dekoff received $3,500 to offer computer classes to the public. “I am so excited to have this grant – in computer classes there is so much to learn,” she said.

Board Member of Ripley Free Library Janet Skinner received $3,975 for a handicap ramp and step replacement. “I am very excited, but sadly have to wait to start the repairs until the spring,”she said.

Greater Chautauqua Area AMBUCS President Heather Panczykowski and Secretary Treasure Ellen Bobst received $5,000 for AmTryke Therapeutic Bikes. “One little boy wouldn’t get off the bike for two hours,” Bobst said, noting how important the bikes are for the people who use them.

“He can’t move so he enjoyed being able to play with the other little kids.”

Boy Scout Troop 267 Trailer Committee Chairman Jeff Cunningham and Scout Master Chris Eichmann received $2,000 for a brand new camping trailer.

“We are very proud to be sponsored by American Legion Post 59 and will have graphics put on the new camping trailer to illustrate this,” Cunningham said.

Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse Vice President David Briska received $5,000 that is just the right amount to help him fix his $91,000 roof on the lighthouse keepers house. “Other work needs to be done but I am hoping to start on the roof in two weeks,” Briska said.

Greystone Nature Preserve Board Member Claudia Ansell received $600 for new benches and chairs.

“It is a wonderful place for kids who have never had any experience with nature to come and learn how to respect, enjoy and love nature,” Ansell said.