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Chautauqua County Real Estate News and Notes: Chautauqua County

Portage Pie Celebrates Pi Day

     Sometimes you just need pie. On a snowy day that had led Governor Cuomo to declare a state of emergency, I headed down to Portage Pies in Westfield NY for their annual "Pi Day" celebration. In mathematics, Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.  Because 3.14 is an approximate equivalent of Pi, March 14 is called Pi Day.Portage Pies is located at 42 Portage Street in the Village of Westfield, NY
Cooling racks at Portage Pie Westfield NY

 



     
    

   


     Opening the doors and stepping out of the cold I was greeted by the warmth and aroma from the kitchen. They were giving out slices of pie and coffee, but most customers seemed intent on picking up a whole pie. I had a coffee, a bit of my usual pecan pie, and caught up with three generations the Thayer family who own and operate this little slice of heaven.  

Raisa, Jack Jr., Al, Connie, and Jack Sr.Connie Thayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portage Pie is not just Chautauqua County famous:  they've been featured in the PBS Documentary A Few Good Pies Places (Video here), The Buffalo news, blogs, and have customers from all over the country who go out of their way to get their hands on these delicious pies.

     Portage Pies is currently open Wed-Sat 10am-6pm and Sun 11am-2pm (or until sold out).  Visit them online at their website, Facebooktwitter, by phone at  (716) 232-4036, or stop in at 42 North Portage St.

     Portage Pie is just one of countless reasons that Chautauqua County is such a great place to live.  At Howard Hanna Holt we are going to be spending more time pointing out local businesses, attractions and hotspots.  Have a favorite place/spot/event that you feel deserves attention?  Email us or send a message on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #feelslikehome.

     Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate is a family owned business and is the leading Real Estate Brokerage in Chautauqua County, with offices in Fredonia, Lakewood, and Mayville serving Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Erie Counties.  It is a franchise of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, the 3rd largest real estate company in America, the #1 privately owned broker in the nation and the largest home seller in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York.  . With 270 offices across PA, OH, VA, MI, NY, WV, NC and MD their more than 9,000 sales associates and staff are guided by a spirit of integrity in all aspects of the real estate process. 

Writer Contact Nick Holt

Fall Home Improvement Projects

Fall Home Improvement ProjectsFall is here, and while the smell of grapes in the air might make you want to sit back and relax, there are a few pieces of home maintenance you should get done before that harsh WNY winter.  Here’s a quick list from our great Chautauqua REALTORS:

Clean the gutters and drainage areas-  Clogged gutters are an enormous cause of ice buildup on your roof.  You can wait until most of the leaves have fallen, but you do not want to wait until the snow comes.  Make sure they’re secure and replace problem areas.

Paint your home exterior-  With low humidity and temperatures it is a great time to paint.  Check for any areas where paint is bubbling, cracking, or chipping.

Winterize your lawnmowers and yard tools-  Gas will degrade sitting for a few months, so either run it dry or add fuel stabilizer to your gas and any spare gas (run it for awhile to be sure stabilizer reaches your carburetor.

Get your winter tools ready- Make sure that snow blower is up and running, get shovels etc, somewhere they are easily reachable.

Drain and dry exterior water fixtures- Drain and put away the hose and clear any exterior water lines, frozen pipes can do real damage.

Get the garden ready-  Now is the time to plant bulbs for next spring, additionally it’s a good time to divide and move perennials.

Inspect and Maintain Furnaces and Fireplaces-  Make sure that your heating system is ready to go and safe for when you’ll need it.  Great time to change filters and have them serviced.

Caulk and Seal Windows and Doors-  A little draft can make a big difference in your heating bills, make sure they are airtight.

Finally enjoy the colors and the outdoors, Winter is coming.

Writer Contact Nick Holt

Howard Hanna Agents Collect Awards

The Chautauqua County Board of REALTORS held its annual awards meeting at the Webb’s Captain’s Table in Mayville, NY.  The members and guests in attendance had lunch and listened to speakers including John Jablonski III, Executive Director of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, as well as a quick overview of Board Business before the main event, the presentation of Presidential Sales Awards. 

For the second year in a row, Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate was honored to have more award-winning agents than any other real estate brokerage. 16 of their agents received more than 1/3rd of the awards.

“I was tremendously pleased at how many of our agents collected awards this year,” said Sales Manager Steve Holt.  “When agents work hard and utilize our Marketing program we can do great things.”

Presidential Awards are given based on sales volume or total transactions.

Recipients of the Bronze Presidential Award for a sales volume of over one million included: Lisa Barber, Doug Hooper, Jennifer Wohler, Tammy Schmitt, Tarrin Nocero, Greg Buckley and Lisa Nielsen.  Bill Corsi was honored with a Silver Award for over two-million dollars.
Half of the Gold award winners (3 million) were from Howard Hanna with Bill Carlson, Catherine Brooks and Sandy Haines earning honors.  Matthew Wroda and Cynthia Rosenbloom earned the platinum award for exceeding 5 million dollars in sales volume.

The Diamond Award is the highest level of Presidential Award with agents needing to reach a whopping 10 million dollars in sales or 60 transactions.  Half of all winners were from Howard Hanna Holt, with Renee Pchelka, Ed Miller, and Anne LaPaglia taking home honors.

Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate had two of the top three agents in the area in transaction sides.  Renee Pchelka was second in the county with 85 points, while Anne LaPaglia was third with 76.  Anne also was third in the board in total dollar volume with 9,368,257.

“I continue to be amazed at what our top producing agents accomplish” said Broker/Owner Pete (George) Holt.  “To sell over a property a week anywhere is impressive, to do it in a rural area like Chautauqua County is inspiring.

Chautauqua County-headquartered Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate (howardhannaholt.com) offers comprehensive residential and commercial real estate sales, leasing and related services, including real property appraisals, property management, development services, vacation property rentals and traditional rentals.  Founded in 1983 by the Holt family, the privately owned affiliate of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has grown substantially in the past decade, with offices in Fredonia, Lakewood/Jamestown, Mayville, and virtual offices for the Chautauqua Institution and Peek ‘n Peak communities.

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is the top real estate company in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and ranks nationally as one of the four largest real estate companies. The family-owned and operated real estate company specializes in residential and commercial brokerage service, mortgages, closing and title insurance, land development, appraisal services, insurance services, corporate relocation and property management. With 171 offices across PA, OH, VA, MI, NY, WV, NC and MD their more than 6,500 sales associates and staff are guided by a spirit of integrity in all aspects of the real estate process.

Writer Contact Nick Holt

Wroda Named CCBR REALTOR Associate of the Year

Matthew Wroda 2014 Chautauqua County REALTOR of the YearMayville, NY (December 2014) At its recent Annual Meeting, the Chautauqua County Board of REALTORS® (CCBR) named Matthew Wroda of Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate Services as its REALTOR® Associate of the Year.  The REALTOR® Associate of the Year represents the business attitudes and personal traits a realtor should hold. Nominees are from their peers. The Realtor of the Year is not determined by total sales in the real estate market, but more from their involvement in their local association and the community in which they live.

“I’m truly touched that my peers chose me for this award,” said Wroda.  “It took me by complete surprise.

Wroda was presented by with the award at the annual Installation diner by 2013 Recipient, and Howard Hanna Holt Lakewood Associate Broker Sandy Haines.  During the presentation Haines pointed out that Matthew, “Was the first in our board’s history to receive the honor in their first year of membership.” 

We’re proud to have a sales staff that includes five REALTOR® or REALTOR® Associates of the Year, said Associate Broker Diana Holt, herself a former REALTOR® of the year.  “We pride ourselves on recruiting, training, and developing the best of the best, and it is tremendously rewarding when others in the field recognize it.”Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate REALTORS of the Year Sandy Haines, Doug Hooper, Matthew Wroda, Steve Holt, Diana Holt

Former REALTOR® of the Year, Steve Holt echoed, “For Matthew to come out of college and produce the way he has is simply unprecedented in Chautauqua County. We couldn’t be prouder of the job he is doing. 

Chautauqua County-headquartered Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate (howardhannaholt.com) offers comprehensive residential and commercial real estate sales, leasing and related services, including real property appraisals, property management, development services, vacation property rentals and traditional rentals.  Founded in 1983 by the Holt family, the privately owned affiliate of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has grown substantially in the past decade, with offices in Fredonia, Lakewood/Jamestown, Mayville, and seasonally on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution. 

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is the #1 real estate company in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and ranks nationally as one of the four largest real estate companies. The company specializes in residential and commercial brokerage service, mortgages, closing and title insurance, land development, appraisal services, insurance services, corporate relocation and property management. With over 170 offices across PA, OH, VA, MI, NY, WV, NC and MD, more than 6,500 sales associates and staff are guided by a spirit of integrity in all aspects of the real estate process.

by Nick Holt

Local Teacher Wins Inaugural Grammy Music Education Award.

(January 21st, Westfield NY)Pictured Kent at event in his honor on Jan. 15, also pictured are three of his daughters and his wife.

Students and faculty at Westfield Academy and Central School (WACS) had a special surprise when music teacher Kent Knappenberger was announced live on the CBS Morning show as the inaugural winner of the first annual Grammy Music Educator award.  A special assembly was called this morning to announce it to the students.

Knappenberger was chosen out of 30,000 nominations for the award and will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award during the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees reception to be held later this week.  He will also receive at $10,000 honorarium.

The criteria for selection listed on grammyintheschools.com states that candidates were evaluated based on demonstrated evidence that they:  have made a measurable difference in the lives of students, have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education, are exemplars of the best in the field, have shown a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in our schools, have made a significant impact on their school and community.

Knappenberger has been serving the Westfield Community as a music teacher and choir director at Westfield Academy and Central School for 25 years.   Kent is a graduate of Mayville High School.  He holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a master's degree in music education, harp performance and literature from Eastman School of Music, and is a member of the National Education Association.  Knappenberger resides in Westfield with his wife and children.

Congradulations to Kent and Chautauqua Counties other fine educators and thank you for giving us one more reason why people should move to Chautauqua County.  I want more information on Chautauqua County Schools

Editors Note:   As a former student of Kent’s, I have a personal interest in this story as do most people who have been around him.  Beginning in middle school, I was under the direction of Kent for numerous groups both inside and outside of the school.  My younger brother and sister were also students of his.   For my siblings and me, Kent is more than a former-teacher; he is a trusted advisor and friend.  While I can cite the musicals I was in or instruments he taught me to play, I am most grateful to him for showing me and countless other students that with hard work, purpose, and passion we could accomplish things that did not seem possible.  I know it seems amazing that a public school teacher from a tiny town could beat out 30,000 entrants from larger schools with more talent and higher budgets to work with, but if you’ve spent time Kent and his students, amazing is expected.

 

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