Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship

The Zonta Club of Olean, NY is requesting applications for the Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship.  This is a $1000 scholarship to be awarded by the Olean Zonta Club to a local applicant.  The winning applicant will then be submitted for a chance at an additional $1000 scholarship from the District level.  The District winner is submitted to the International level and can be awarded $4000.

The application and guidelines can be found here .  (Look to the right hand side and click on 2013 application.  It will download as a Word document.)

Applications may be sent electronically to bebbert[at]cutco[dot]com or jdyorke[at]yahoo[dot]com (just replace the [at] and [dot] with the normal symbols) or mailed to Judy Yorke, 414 Laurens St., Olean, NY 14760.

Applications should be submitted by January 15, 2013.  The local winner will be notified at the end of February 2013.

Good luck!

May 2012 Calendar of Events

April is Autism Awareness Month

The following is from an autism awareness card published by the CDC.

As they grow, children are always learning new things.  Below are just some of the things you should look for as your child grows.  Use this as a guide, and if you have any concerns, talk with your child’s doctor and call 1-800-CDC-INFO to get connected with your community’s early childhood intervention system.

At 6 months, many children

  • respond to own name
  • respond to other people’s emotions and often seem happy
  • copy sounds
  • like to play with others, especially parents

At 1 year (12 months), many children

  • use simple gestures, like shaking head “no” or waving “bye-bye”
  • Say “mama” and “dad” and exclamations like “uh-oh!”
  • copy gestures
  • respond to simple spoken requests

At 1 1/2 years (18 months), many children

  • play simple pretend, such as feeding a doll
  • point to show others something interesting
  • show a full range of emotions, such as happy, sad, angry
  • say several single words

At 2 years (24 months), many children

  • say sentences with 2-4 words
  • follow simple instructions
  • get excited when with other children
  • point to things or pictures when they are named

At 3 years (36 months), many children

  • show affection for friends without prompting
  • carry on a conversation using 2 to 3 sentences
  • copy adults and friends
  • play make-believe with dolls, animals, and people

At 4 years (48 months), many children

  • tell stories
  • would rather play with other children than by themselves
  • play cooperatively with others

Questions to ask your child’s doctor:

  • Is my child’s development on track for his or her age?
  • How can I track my child’s development?
  • What should I do if I’m worried about my child’s progress?
  • Where can I get information?

The CDC adapted this information from Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, Fifth Edition, edited by Steven Shelov and Tanya Remer Altman.  Copyright 1991, 1993, 1998, 2004, 2009 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Third Edition, edited by Joseph Hagan, Jr., Judith S. Shaw, and Paula M. Duncan, 2008, Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.

January 10-12th Catalog Software Update


We will be updating our catalog software January 10-12, 2012.  During this update you will not be able to place Holds (Reserves) or access your account information from the online catalog.

The online catalog will be unavailable the morning of Tuesday, January 10th.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

2012 Community Reads – “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan

The Community Reads Project is part of the “one book, one community” movement that has spread across the U.S. from Seattle where it originated. JCC and the Olean Public Library are sponsors of the local program.  For more information on Community Reads Project activities, contact Mary Jermann at 716.376.7594 or

Available starting January 12: The Omnivore’s Dilemma $5.00 while quantities last @JCC Campus Store College Center 260 N. Union St., Olean.

February 22, 2012 Noon-1 p.m. BOOK DISCUSSION Jeff Davis, JCC Computer Science professor, will facilitate “The Forest & the Perfect Meal,” a discussion based on Section III (The Forest) from The Omnivore’s Dilemma. (JCC College Center Room 124 (Community Room) 260 N. Union St., Olean.)

March 9, 2012 7-8:45 p.m. FILM Super Size Me  JCC Cutco Theater N. Clinton St., Olean. “Director and science project Morgan Spurlock sets his sights on the golden arches to make a statement about obesity. He eats nothing but McDonald’s for 30 days and watches as his vital signs go south. He uses this icon as a launching pad to make the statement that our fast food society, including school lunches, the corporations that have molded this culture and the politics involved have combined to make us the fattest nation in the world.” (from

March 10, 2012 1-4 p.m. FILMS The Future of Food 1-2:30 p.m. & Ingredients 2:45-4 p.m.  JCC Cutco Theater N. Clinton St., Olean.

The Future of Food: “With unprecedented clarity, Deborah Koons Garcia’s documentary The Future of Food distills the complex technology and key regulatory, legal, ethical, environmental and consumer issues surrounding the changes happening in the food system today — genetically engineered foods, patenting, and the corporatization of food — into terms the average person can easily understand. It empowers consumers to realize the consequences of their food choices on our future.” (from

Ingredients: Directed by Robert Bates, “…Ingredients tells the story of America’s local food movement and the chefs, farmers and activists who are revitalizing our broken food system. From innovative farm-totable programs in New York to picturesque sheep farms in Oregon, Ingredients gets to the roots of an alternative food system – healthy and sustainable.” (from

March 14, 2012 Noon-1 p.m. BOOK DISCUSSION Gayle Faulkner, JCC alumna and community health nurse for Cattaraugus County, will facilitate “Nutrition & Fast Food,” a discussion based on Section I (Corn) of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. (JCC College Center Room 124 (Community Room) 260 N. Union St., Olean.)

March 14, 2012 1:30-2:30 p.m. BOOK DISCUSSION Cynthia Dutton, director of Cuba Library, will facilitate a discussion of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. (Cuba Circulating Library
39 E. Main St., Cuba.)

March 20, 2012 12:30-1:30 p.m. BOOK DISCUSSION Librarian Carol Kowalik will facilitate a discussion of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. (Olean Public Library 134 N. 2nd St., Olean.)

March 24, 2012 1-2:30 p.m. CANTICLE FARM PRESENTATION Lori Peterson of Canticle Farm will give a presentation on the benefits of eating locally grown foods and a cooking demonstration. (Olean Public Library 134 N. 2nd St., Olean)  Canticle Farm is a certified naturally grown, not-for-profit, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in Allegany.

April 9-13 JCC’S ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK  A week of service that focuses on our relationship with the land, animals, food, and each other. Students currently enrolled at JCC may attend. There are no fees, and lunch will be provided. Credit is available for Honors Program students. Contact Jessica Kubiak at

April 16, 2012 VISITING PROFESSOR & BOOK DISCUSSION Bill Meiers, English and Humanities instructor at Arcadia University, will co-facilitate a discussion of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and meet with classes at JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus. TBD

April 17, 2012 6:30-8:30 p.m. PRESENTATION Bill Meiers, English and Humanities instructor at Arcadia University, will give a presentation on food as a global commodity. Q&A session to follow. (JCC Magnano Reception Room Adjacent to Cutco Theater N. Clinton St., Olean.)

April 18, 2012 Noon-1 p.m.  PANEL DISCUSSION “Organic Food and Farming, Agricultural Subsidies, and the Farm Bill – How Can Local Farmers and Local Food Economies Succeed?” A panel of local farmers will share their experiences and knowledge. Bill Meiers, English and Humanities instructor at Arcadia University will facilitate the discussion. (JCC Magnano Reception Room Adjacent to Cutco Theater N. Clinton St. Olean.)

May 8, 2012 11 a.m.-2 p.m. SPRING FLING Enjoy healthy snacks and drinks during Spring Fling’s Relaxation Day. (JCC College Center 260 N. Union St., Olean.)

All events are free and open to the public.

Events are sponsored by the Olean Public Library and JCC’s Cattaraugus County Program Committee and Faculty Student Association.

Internet Safety Class to be Held on December 2nd, 2011

The Olean Public Library will hold an Internet Safety class on Friday, December 2, 2011 from 1 to 3pm.  The news is full of headlines of people being taken advantage of online not to mention the viruses and scams that seem to be everywhere. This seminar, taught by JCC Instructor Christina Lopez, will review the key areas to be concerned with and how to surf safely online.

The class is free and open to the public.  The Olean Public Library is located at 134 North 2nd Street, Olean, NY.  Visit us online at or “friend” us on Facebook for upcoming program info.

Two Local Authors Will Be at the Olean Mall This Weekend!

Friday, November 26
Saturday, November 27
Sunday, November 28

Big Zeke’s Power Kids offers anti-drug education and administration for the Junior Olympic program throughout the Twin Tiers.  The program is open to boys and girls ages six through nineteen.  This year, we’ve impacted over three hundred participants and thousands more through school assemblies and programs.  We are entirely funded by donations from businesses and people of the Twin Tiers.

Please stop by the Olean Mall’s Center Court this weekend to make a donation.  We accept cash, checks, and online donations at

Added bonus–Two local authors representing books “The Eighth Round” and the “Teenage Vampire” series will appear in conjunction with our display to sign autographs and books.  They have graciously donated copies of their books to help with our fundraiser.  Stop by and purchase a copy, and have them sign it while you’re here!  The entire purchase price will be donated to the PowerKids this weekend!