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Town of Mina - Findley Lake Community Center in the Cafeteria

About the Event

Deputy Sheriff’s from the Chautauqua County Navigation Patrol will present this class. You are welcome to bring snacks and encouraged to bring a lunch you can eat at your table. Places to get food are nearby. This course is free. Everyone receives a temporary certificate for immediate use after completion. 18 years and older receive their permanent card from the state by paying $10 by mail. 10 - 18 years old receive this free from the state. Questions?, (716) 753-4232 (sheriff dispatch), (716) 203-1248 (personal cell). Deputy Michael Williams

About the Location

Seating is limited with no walk in's. Questions? Email or call (716) 753-4232 and ask for the Navigation Division.

According to Brianna's Law, all motorboat operators will need a boating safety certificate by 2025. Born on or after Jan 1, 1978 you need one by 2024. Jet Ski users you need one regardless of age.


Meandering, Foraging and Daydreaming the Past into the Present

Written for The Tapestry by Destiny Kinal

Utopian communities in our neighborhood

Over in Sherman, a sect of utopian Christians who called themselves Shiloh, ran a bakery.   The members lived in houses throughout Sherman referred to by a number, not an address.  They did not seem to be experienced farmers as (so the story went) they plowed a small plot of comfrey, the wellknown “cell proliferator,” into a larger plot and wound up (so the story goes) with a large plot of comfrey.

I had just come east to our family home from the San Francisco Bay area where utopian communities were all the rage, a curiosity in Findley Lake attracting locals in my age group to participate in “the lifestyle,” which often seems curiously like that of the older generation of foragers here: meandering through the woods, discovering things to transform into other things (foraging), full moon bonfires.

I hypothesize today that our lifestyle fit so perfectly in this part of the world, because utopian communities had been such a rage at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th.  Western NY became known as the “burnt-over district”, an unfortunate term historian use to describe the peculiar phenomenon of utopian communities springing up like mushrooms after a rain, here in western New York, communities of such a startling variety: Shakers, Quakers, Oneidas, Shilohs.  

I know of only one that remains, Roycroft—the Arts and Crafts community founded by Elbert Hubbard and his second wife Alice—which thrives today in East Aurora NY.  This significant craft community bears witness to the ongoing battle between Arts and Crafts humanist values (hand, heart and eye) and those from the Age of Invention, which evolved from fossil fuels, synthetics and unfortunately toxins.  

Where are we today in that ongoing struggle?  Hard as it might seem, I think it behooves us to give up the plastics and synthetics that the petroleum age gave us, that have become indispensable in our culture.  (Can we please save saran wrap?) My own great grandparents were pioneers on Earth’s first oil fields in Bolivar New York, just a half hour south of I-86 as you approach Allegheny.  I like to remind people who groan at the impossibility of ridding ourselves of synthetics and toxins that it was only 165 years ago that the first oil wells were drilled, in Oil City PA in 1859.  Bolivar oil fields, where our great grandparents lived in the boomtown, were drilled in the 1880’s.  That’s only 136-165 years ago.  Leaving the synthetics and toxins that are killing us in the ground? Do-able!

To make comfrey ointment, pack a loaf pan with comfrey leaves, and cover with a good oil (olive, sunflower, safflower) and a small square of beeswax (perhaps the size of a walnut or two.) Direct heat is too warm.  A woodstove ticking down after its day or an electric baseboard heater is perfect.  A stove with a pilot light.  Put loaf pan in proximity overnight, strain in morning while still warm and bottle or jar.

I can’t recall if comfrey ointment is what Les Hurlburt and Furple used on Gilian’s heel but I am never without  a jar of the green salve in my refrigerator (so oil doesn’t go rancid) for a quick growth of skin over a wound.  Warning: never put it over a wound, cut or burn that might be infected, for obvious reasons.  

If you don’t have comfrey in your garden (it’s great for a compost pile too), send me an email and I’ll pot some up for you to plant.  Give me your contaxct if you are comfortable doing that so I can deliver it or leave it out by my mailbox for you to pick up.

Destiny will be writing a column for The Tapestry. Destiny lives part of the year on her famly homestead outside of Findley Lake and the other part in the San Francisco Bay area. Her most recent work The Textile Trilogy of novels tells the true story of how our suffragist foremothers were influenced by their Seneca and Haudenosaunee neighbors, a matrilineal way-of-life where men and women have always shared power. You can reach Destiny at

Destiny and her family have been building a dye barn and gardens for three years. They are finally ready to invite the public to engage in natural dyeing with them. They are offering two workshops for the beginning dyer: This Sunday, June 7 and Sunday, June 23rd 12-4PM. Introduction to Natural Dyeing, $50 covers all instruction, fabric, and access to mulitple dye vats, along with a tour of the gardens. Call Destiny Kinal at 510-701-8909 to reserve your place. Located at 3168 Greenman Road. Dyebarn and Gardens at Bally Lough Outside Findley Lake. Destiny will also be offering more advanced-small workshops in August.



As Paul Harvey would say "And now, the rest of the story"

The rest of the story is shown in the photo below. Construction and completion of the Findley Lake Nature Trails Network amphitheater is completed. This venue in the woods is available for gatherings of various kinds. Many thanks go to the hardworking volunteers from Buffalo Cummins Engineering and Bentley Tree Care as well as Tim Ferranto who helped design the benches and pulled together a materials list. Also a big "thank you" to Town of Mina Trustee Dick Cooper for volunteering his time over the course of two days.

Alexander's On The Lake

Presents Celebrity Bartending Night

June 8th 5-8PM


15% of ALL food proceeds during the event will go to the FLVFD!

Join Alexander’s for Celebrity Bartender night Saturday June 8th from 5pm-8pm to celebrate our FLFD volunteers and raise money to outfit the new Fire Boat!

Volunteers Matt Clapper, Bowie Brown and Murphy Mulkearn along with Board Member Terry Winfield will be serving up “hot” cocktails. Throughout the evening our Department Chiefs will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the new Fire Boat.

Alexander’s will be donating 15% of all food sales to the Fire Department and boots will be on hand for additional donations. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to thank our volunteers! Call ahead for reservations at 716-233-4000.

The campaign is underway to raise funds for the boat and outfitting it with needed equipment. In Summer, it will be berthed at the north end of the lake,next to the flume. It has both firefighting and rescue capabilities. During the winter, it wll continue to be available to respond, as it is capable of navigating land and ice as well.

Bison Trace Luxury Camping would like to invite the public for a live performance from Rick and the Roadside Rockers this Saturday, June 8 in the evening 6-9pm, food available for purchase, BYOB. Also NEW TO THE AREA at Bison Trace, and open to the public, Wednesday night pizza night 5-7:30PM and their NEW coffee shop, 1829 Coffee Cafe is open 8am-12pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, open to the public.

If you would like to be included in a map of Yard Sale locations, email Barb C @ no later than Sun., 6/23. Include your address and day(s) you will be participating.

Ducks will be available on the 4th of July at the Gazebo from 10am - 12:20pm (or sold out). Race starts at 12:30pm. Prizes announced and distributed approximately 1-1:30pm.

Boat Parade "A Sentimental Journey" starts at 2pm.


The flares are $4.00 each. They are available at French Creek Store, Findley Lake Hardware, Twin Docks, Findley Lake Marine and the Library.

All proceeds benefit the Findley Lake Library.

On July 4th at 9:30PM the flares are put around the lake and lit (when you hear the fire whistle sound) before the fireworks at 10PM north end of the lake.

Photo Credit Nancy Bracken Roche

Visit our Family Bible Camp Website Here

July 18th Findley Lake Triathlon Festival



4th Annual Don't Tell Shirlee Concert in the Pines

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Pine Junction is excited to announce this Fundraiser in conjunction with our 4th Annual Don’t Tell Shirlee Concert that will support The Findley Lake Fire Department! This is brought to you generously from Dave Warren Auto Group, Bentley Tree Care, Bentley Initiative LLC, Alexander Construction Co, Chautauqua Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning and Snap Fitness NE: K.O. Boxing Bootcamp!

Tickets can be bought in person at Pine Junction (cash only).

His and Her Bintelli E-Bike Set valued at $3698.

Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.

Winner will be drawn at our 4th Annual Don’t Tell Shirlee Concert in the Pines on Wednesday, July 31st. (Need not be present to win, however if you are present at the concert and are the lucky winner you will receive a bonus prize!!)

Thank you again to our generous sponsors and local businesses who are supporting one another! We are so thankful to our Findley Lake Community!

Bicentennial Merchandise Here

Findley Lake Watershed Foundation

CLICK HERE Treatment of Eurasian Watermilfoil in Findley Lake

Safe Kids Southern Tier New York

FREE LIFE JACKETS FOR KIDS! We are offering free virtual training for children and parents on open water and boating safety. Kids who live in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, or Allegany counties and complete this training will receive a free U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. This training can be found at CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Email our Program Coordinator at with any questions.


Make sure to check Community Connections Facebook Page for scheduled events. Monday-Friday at 8:45 AM Zoom Yoga. In Person Yoga every Friday. Every Tuesday Mahjong at 1:00pm in the Community Tea Room.

Please visit Community Connections website!

or on Facebook here:

June 7 Community Connections BINGO at 1:00PM. RSVP 716-769-2473

June 8 Boat Safety Course at the Community Center. Must register, see link above.

June 8 Findley Lake Library at 11AM. Storytime in the Garden. How Bees (And Other Pollinators) Make Everything Grow.

June 8 Chautauqua County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day 9AM-2PM

City of Dunkirk Department of Public Works, 19 Lucas Avenue, Dunkirk


June 8 Celebrity Bartender Night at Alexander's with the Findley Lake Fire Department. Fundraiser for the FL Fire Department. 5-8PM

June 8 Bison Trace Luxury Camping Live Music with Rick & The Roadside Rockers 6-9PM. Open to the public. Food available for purchase. BYOB

June 8 Peek'n Peak Bistro 210 music with DJ Felix 9:30PM-12:30AM

June 11 FLAIR (Findley Lake Artists In Residency) Meeting at 5:30 at the Community Center. Anyone interested in the arts is welcome to attend.

June 11 Alexander's OTL Live Music with Sarah Haggerty 7-9PM

June 12 Community Connections Sunset Sounds on the Lake in the Gazebo in Findley Lake. Music by Jesse Taylor Smith 6-7:30PM. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy.

June 13 Community Connections welcomes back Mike Ganske at 1PM. "The Would Be Spy" The story of retired USAF Master Sergeant, Brian Regan, who offered classified information to Iran, Iraq, and Libya. RSVP 716-769-2473

June 13 Findley Lake Library Arts & Crafts for Grownups at 3PM Join Barb Cooper of FLAIR as she teaches shaving foam marbling & stenciling.

June 15 Findley Lake Beer Crawl 1-5PM Registration at noon at the Gazebo on Main Street. Join us for the ultimate beer lover's experience! Enjoy beer, listen to great music while enjoying the beauty of Findley Lake! Ticket will be $25 if purchased before the event at link below or in Twin Docks or Our Own Candle Company. Tickets will be $30 the day of the event. Live music, 8 breweries. Ticket includes sampling and a commemorative mug. Music in town with Rankin & Schell 1-3PM; Derek Davis 3-5PM.


June 15 Alexander's OTL Live Music after the Beer Crawl 5-7PM with 2 & 1/2 Pints.

June 16 PINE JUNCTION Father's Day with Duke Sherman Band 2-5PM Free Event.

June 18 Alexander's OTL Live Music with Matt Boland 7-9PM

June 20 Community Connections Live and Learn Series 1PM in the Tea Room. New York State Tick Blitz with Kelly McDonald. Learn about ticks and the research happening in our community. RSVP 716-769-2473

June 20 Findley lake Library Book Club at 6PM. Discussion of June's book Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.

June 21 Community Connections BINGO at 1:00PM. RSVP 716-769-2473

June 21 Peek'n Peak Bistro 210 Live Music with Jesse Smith 9:30PM-12:30AM

June 22 Alexander's OTL Pig Roast at 2PM with live music 3-5PM.

June 22 FULL MOON Kayak Ride with Community Connections at 8:30PM. Meet at the south end of the big island. Call Christy at 716-769-2473 for updates, and if you need a place to put in your kayak or canoe.

June 22 Peek'n Peak Bistro 210 Live Music with Interstate Daydream 9:30PM-12:30AM

June 22 Bison Trace Luxury Camping 3PM All About French Creek with Judy Archer

June 25 Alexander's OTL Live Music with Brooke Surgener 7-9PM

June 27 Community Connections Live and Learn Series at 1PM. Meet Dr. Zachary Blakeslee, Blakeslee Chiropractic to discuss headaches, migraines, TJM pain, and neck pain caused by misalignment of the Atlas and neck. RSVP 716-769-2473

June 27 Zoomer's 3-6PM Meet at Bison Trace Luxury Camping for at Tour and $14 Chicken Dinner. Must RSVP by June 23 at 716-769-2473

June 28, 29, 30 Findley Lake Around the Lake Yard Sale 9AM - 3PM

June 28 & 29 The Camp at Findley will be participating in the Yard Sale 9AM-3PM

Yard Sale Fundraiser. Rain or shine, we are inside. We have been blessed by many donations, so we can bless those who attend The Camp at Findley.

June 29 Bison Trace Luxury Camping Live Music with SHADYSIDE 6-9PM. Open to the Public. Food available for purchase. BYOB

June 29 Peek'n Peak Bonfires & Brews Theory of Evolution on the Gazebo Grill Stage 5-9PM

June 29 & 30 Free Fishing Days NY State.

June 30 - July 3 The Camp at Findley Youth Summer Mini Camp Grades 1-6, overnight or day camp options

July and August Findley Lake Library Summer Reading Program. More info to come.

July 2 Alexander's OTL Live Music with OsbornNash 6-9PM

July 4 - July 4th Celebration Day of Events

Duck Race 12:30PM, Boat Parade 2PM, Flare Lighting 9:30PM, Fireworks 10PM

Live Music at Alexander's OTL 1-4PM

July 5 Bison Trace Luxury Campground Live Music with Northern Accents 6-9PM. Open to the Public. Food available for purchase. BYOB

July 5 Peek'n Peak Bistro 210 Live Music with Garrett Owens 9:30PM-12:30AM

July 6 19th Annual Race Around the Lake Findley Lake Nature Trails Network Details on their Facebook Here

July 6 Bison Trace Luxury Campground Live Music with Miranda Wilcox & The Line 6-9PM. Open to the public. Food available for purchase. BYOB

July 6 Peek'n Peak Bonfires and Brews Nick Magee & The Roadhouse Rockers 5-9PM on the Gazebo Grill Stage.

July 7-12 The Camp at Findley Youth Summer Camp Session Grades 1-8 day camp, 9am-5pm.

July 9 Alexander's OTL Live Music with Mike and Marie 7-9PM

July 12-14 Peek'n Peak Jimmy Buffett Tribute Weekend: Friday, Pirate Dreams on the Gazebo Grill Stage 5-9PM; Saturday Sun of Beaches on the Gazebo Grill Stage 5-9PM; Sunday Key west Express Lite 12-4PM on the Gazebo Grill State.

July 12 Peek'n Peak Bistro 210 Live Music with Lopaka Rootz Duo 9:30PM-12:30AM

July 13 Peen'n Peak Bistro 210 Live Music with Neville Francis & The Riddim Posse 9:30PM-12:30AM

July 14-19 The Camp at Findley Teen Mission Camp Grades 7-12, overnight camp.

July 15 - August 8 Summer Recreation Program. Packets will be available in late May.

CCS website, Dutch Village, Clymer Library and Findley Lake Library will have Registration Packets.

July 16 Alexander's OTL Live Music with Jesse James Weston 7-9PM

July 20 Alexander's OTL Hawaiian Night. More info to come.

July 20 Peek'n Peak Gazebo Grill Live Music with The High Life 5-9PM; Bistro 210 Live Music with Pendleton Station 9:30PM-12:30AM

July 21-27 The Camp at Findley Family Bible Camp

July 23 Alexander's OTL Live Music TBA 7-9PM

July 27 Bison Trace Luxury Camping Live Music with Rankin & Schell 6-9PM. Open to the Public. Food available for purchase. BYOB

July 27 Peek'n Peak Gazebo Grill Stage Live Music with Bear The Bronze 5-9PM; Bistro 210 Live Music with Rick Magee & The Roadhouse Rockers 9:30PM-12:30AM

July 28 - Findley Lake Triathlon

July 28 - August 2 The Camp at Findley Youth Summer Camp Grades 1-8, day camp 9am-5PM

July 28 Peek'n Peak Bistro 210 Live Music with Tyler McClain 9:30PM-12:30AM

July 30 Alexander's OTL Live Music with Sarah Haggerty 7-9PM

July 31 - 4th Annual Don't Tell Shirlee Concert in the Pines at Pine Junction

Opening Acts: Garrett Owens and Chris Higbee. Check Pine Junction's Facebook page for hints!


August 2-3 Peek'n Peak Honky Tonk Weekend: Friday, The Swamp Yankees in Bistro 210 9:30PM-12:30AM; Saturday, Apple Jack Country Band on the Gazebo Grill Stage 5-9PM and Honkey Tonk Heroes in the Bistro 9:30PM-12:30AM.


August 6 Alexander's OTL Live Music with Tommy Link 7-9PM

August 9-11 Findley Lake's Bicentennial Celebration See banner above. More info coming.

August 9 Peek'n Peak Singin' in the Peak Karaoke Gazebo Grill 6-9PM

August 10 Bison Trace Luxury Camping Live Music with Blues Beaters 6-9PM. Open to the public. Food available for purchase. BYOB

August 10 Peek'n Peak Bonfires and Brews Live Music on the Gazebo Grill Stage with Flight 5-9PM; Bistro 210 Iron Eyes Maybee 9:30PM-12:30AM

August 13 Alexander's OTL Live Music with Matthew Texter 7-9PM

August 16 Peek'n Peak Singin' in the Peak Karaoke Gazebo Grill 6-9PM; Bistro 210 Live Music with Garrett Owens 9:30pm-12:30AM

August 17 Alexander's OTL Backyard BBQ with Live Music Osborn Nash 5-8PM

August 17 The Camp at Findley - Awake Music Fest

August 17 Peek'n Peak Bonfires & Brews Live Music at the Gazebo Grill Stage with A Strange Kind of Sunshine 5-9PM; Bistro 210 Rick Magee & The Roadhouse Rockers 9:30PM-12:30AM.

August 20 Alexander's OTL Live Music with Acoustics by Fudge 7-9PM

August 23 Peek'n Peak Singin' in the Peak Karaoke Gazebo Grill 6-9PM; Bistro 210 Live Music with Interstate Daydreams 9:30PM-12:30AM.

August 24 Peek'n Peak Bonfires and Brews Live Music with Hellz Bellz on the Gazebo Grill Stage 5-9PM

August 27 Alexander's OTL Live Music with Tyler McClain 7-9

August 30, 31 September 1 Findley Lake Harvest Festival

Findley Lake Library Annual Book Sale During Harvest Fest

Music lineup so far: Friday evening Shady Side; Saturday Juvenile Characteristics, Theory of Evolution; Sunday Gabe Stillman. MORE TO BE ADDED

August 30 Peek'n Peak Gazebo Grill Singin' At the Peak Karaoke at the Gazebo Grill 6-9; Bistro 210 Live Music with Tyler McClain 9:30PM-12:30AM

August 31 Peek'n Peak Bonfires and Brews Live Music with Apple Jack 5-9PM

September 1 Peek'n Peak Bonfires and Brews Live Music with Theory of Evolution 5-9PM.

September 3 Alexander's OTL Live Music with Ion Sky 7-9PM

September 7 Bison Trace Luxury Camping Live Music with Rankin & Schell 6-9PM. Open to the Public. Food available for purchase. BYOB

September 8 PINE JUNCTION Mark your calendars.. more info to come!

September 14 Chautauqua County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day 9AM-2PM Chautauqua County DPF Building, 454 North Work, Falconer


September 28 Free Fishing Day in NY State.

September 28 Bison Trace Luxury Camping Live Music with Duke Sherman 6-9PM. Open to the Public. Food Available for purchase. BYOB

October 1 Alexander's OTL Halloween Trivia Night

October 12-13 & 19-20 Peek'n Peak Fall Fest 2024

November 2 Findley Lake Library Fall Craft Show 10AM-4PM in the Findley Lake Fire Hall.

November 2 Peek'n Peak Wurst Party Ever

November 5 Alexander's OTL Thanksgiving Trivia Night

November 10 Findley Lake Nature Trails Network Veterans Day Dinner at the Community Center 1:00-3:00PM. RSVP 814-899-8228

November 11 Veterans Day Free Fishing Day in NY State

November 12 Alexander's OTL Celebrity Chef TBA

November 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 Peek'n Peak Medieval Feast Dinner Theater

The Retreat Dinner Theater Info Here

November 23 & 24 Secret Cubby's 11th Annual Vintage Christmas

November 30 Alexander's OTL 2nd Annual Turkey Trot

December 3 Alexander's OTL Christmas Trivia Night

December 7 & 8 Findley Lake Christmas Through the Village

December 10 Alexander's OTL Celebrity Chef TBA

January 19, 2025 Findley Lake Annual Tree Burn at dusk.

Links to the Town of Mina

Upcoming Meetings, Agendas, Minutes

Laws, Forms, and Resolutions

can all be found on the Town of Mina Web Page.

Town of Mina Home Page

Minutes, Board and Zoning Board Meeting Packets & Agendas (not necessarily in order by date due to edits check date of report)

Town of Mina Publications



Forms, Budgets and Laws

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Proposed Amendment to Zoning Law HERE

Legal Notices and Resolutions.

This is where notices are recorded for meetings, resolutions.

Findley Lake Community Foundation Information

Findley Lake Forward Facebook Page

Visit Findley Lake Community Website

New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide

Jack'n Sherri's Twin Docks Dam Cam - Live camera link

Link to Dam Cam

Community Connections Website

Findley Lake Volunteer Fire Company Facebook Page

Findley Lake Watershed Foundation Website

Alexander Findley Community Library Website

Findley Lake and Mina Historical Society

Link to New Facebook Page

NY Department of Environmental Conservation

Findley Lake Nature Trail Network Facebook

Events throughout Chautauqua County

Clymer Central School District

Sherman Central School District

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