Jamestown Community College STEM Wars

A tech student’s dream at the STEM Wars

STEM Wars is an annual event bringing together middle and high school students across Chautauqua County to celebrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Hosted by JCC, the day includes educational activities, skill competitions, mock interviews, a technology fair, and a local manufacturing career fair.

These events are run by Dream It Do It WNY, NYSTEEA, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, and the Chautauqua County Education Coalition.

Jamestown & Southwestern  School

Kindergarteners Say What They’re Thankful For

In discussing gratitude ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, students at Jamestown and Southwestern schools were recently posed the following question: “What are you most thankful for this year?”
The following are their responses:

¯ Gracelynn Wolf, first grade, Bush: “I am thankful for food, friends, family, everything!”
¯ Addlynn Burdic, kindergarten, Lincoln: “I am thankful for my teacher because I love her.”
¯ Carter Johnson, kindergarten, Lincoln: “I am thankful for my friends because they play with me and make stuff.”
¯ Constantino Pacheco, kindergarten, Lincoln: “I am thankful for my family.”
¯ Hope McLaughlin, kindergarten, Lincoln: “I am thankful for my poppa’s kitten, Smokey, because he is super tiny and cute.”
¯ Izzibella Ordines, kindergarten, Lincoln: “I am thankful for my friends.”
¯ Jaden Crowl, kindergarten, Lincoln: “I am thankful for my mom and dad and two dogs.”
¯ Jeremiah Holland, kindergarten, Lincoln: “I am thankful for my teacher because she is funny.”
¯ Olivia Anderson, kindergarten, Lincoln: “I am thankful for my family because I love them.”
¯ Nova Tatchell Strong, UPK, Love: “I am thankful for food to eat. Broccoli is my favorite food.”
¯ Randy Coone Strong, UPK, Love: “I am thankful for my family.”
¯ Cameron Trenary, kindergarten, Ring: “I am thankful for my family because they give me hugs and kisses.”
¯ Josephine Felton, kindergarten, Ring: “I am thankful for my family and for Miss Kayla who takes pictures of us.”

The following are responses from kindergarten teacher Leigh Wissman at Southwestern Elementary School:

¯ Greyson is thankful for “dad, grandpa, grandma, sister, and toys.”
¯ Cecelia is thankful for “family, friends, toys, teacher.”
¯ Rylo is thankful for “mommy and daddy, my doggie.”
¯ Becca is thankful for “friends, family, toys, dog, brother.”
¯ Jace is thankful for “dad, mommy, friends.”
¯ Kian is thankful for “baby brother, toys, mom, family.”

Ms. Wissman also noted that November is Family Literacy Month and, due to a generous sponsorship by local residents Richard and Heather Turner, all the kindergarten classes at Southwestern are receiving a free Scholastic book every month during the 2020-21 academic year. Mr. Turner is a Southwestern alumni and the Turners reside in the district with their two young children. Ms. Wissman says the students think the Turners, who own Blackstone Advanced Technologies in Jamestown, are “awesome.”

The kindergartners are also thankful to take home their books to grow their home libraries.

Southwestern Elementary School



Students in Mrs. Leigh Wissman’s Kindergarten class at Southwestern Elementary School received their first monthly book in September 2019 thanks to a generous donation from Ricky and Heather Turner of Blackstone Advanced Technologies. ? ? ?

Blackstone has sponsored the class for each student to receive a free Scholastic book every month. By the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, the students will have a library of 10 books. This month they received “If You Give a Mouse a Brownie” by Laura Numeroff. ??

Mrs. Wissman says she is “beyond” excited. “We have so many students that don’t have books to read in their homes,” she says. “This donation provides a wonderful opportunity for the students to have books at home to share with siblings and their families. We can’t wait to start reading!” ? ?

Thank you to the Turners and Blackstone – we deeply appreciate your support of our young Trojans! ?#TeamSouthwestern #TrojanPride — feeling thankful at Southwestern Elementary School.

2018 Business First Award

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Blackstone Honored at Manufacturing Awards for Community Involvement


Business First’s annual Manufacturing Awards honor companies that are making a difference in Western New York. Blackstone Advanced Technologies was among the 2018 winners recognized in May. Blackstone won the category for Community Involvement. The winning companies were chosen by judges John Cappellino, executive vice president, director of business development, Erie County Industrial Development Agency; Benjamin Rand, president, Insyte Consulting; and Alexandra Wehr, senior vice president, senior relationship manager, corporate banking, KeyBank.


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Community Sailing Foundation

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Sheet Metal Fabricator Donates Floating Docks for Chautauqua Lake Community Sailing Foundation


Blackstone Advanced Technologies donated large floating docks to The Chautauqua Lake Community Sailing Foundation to help teach the community to sail, race, and love the sport of sailing.


Please visit www.sailclcsf.org for more information.

Boy Scouts

Blackstone, CVCS Do Good Deed For Boy Scouts


Blackstone Advanced Technologies LLC took the opportunity to use the production of tent frames as a learning tool and project for the Cassadaga Valley Central School welding class. The sheet metal fabricator donated the tubing, cut to length, and provided the instruction and training to produce the tent frames which will be used at Camp Merz in Mayville. “This was a terrific project that helped our camp, and we are sincerely appreciative of Mike Metzger, the president of Blackstone, for taking leadership in not only helping the camp, but also by creating this learning opportunity for the young men in the welding class as well as a service project. Just a win-win,” said John Wojciechowicz, Scouts executive.

Falconer Central School

Blackstone Helps FCS With Junior Achievement Program


Employees of the sheet metal fabricator play in Falconer Central School’s fundraiser for its Junior Achievement Program.

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