The Tapestry

Findley Lake

New York


Town Board Special Meeting

 March 10, 2023

The Town Board Special Meeting with NYS DEC regarding phosphorous in Findley Lake on Friday, March 10, 2023 at 2:00 PM. At the Mina-Findley Lake Community Building, 2883 North Road, Findley Lake, NY.

CLICK HERE FOR LINK to Chautauqua County Health Department Environmental Division Presentation on 2/16/23 to Mina Town Board Wastewater Treatment Systems/Septic Systems
CLICK HERE FOR LINK to Town of Mina Agendas & Meeting Minutes.  Take some time to see what your Town  Board is talking about and taking action on.
CLICK HERE FOR LINK for Town of  Mina Legal Notices and Resolutions

Findley Lake Community Foundation

pursues proactive path


              The Findley Lake Community Foundation has played a significant role in the community’s quality of life since its inception 23 years ago, but believes it can and should do more moving forward.

              The foundation, which has distributed grants to local nonprofits and the Town of Mina since its formation as the “Quality Findley Fund” in December 1999, has moved in recent months toward a more proactive model that includes collaborating with community groups and the Mina Town Board to identify and pursue local priorities.

              Early efforts have included contracting with a consultant to help structure that collaboration, and with a communications professional to ensure information about those efforts reach as many Findley Lake-area residents and seasonal visitors as possible. Re-establishing the former “Tapestry” newsletter in an electronic, on-line form is one of the early results of the foundation’s new direction.

              “I believe the future direction of the FLCF is to be a collaborative voice in the community,” said foundation board president Jeff Stohr. “This means we need to be aware of the community’s needs and vision, and to share this with all the stakeholders.”

              Stohr, a resident of Rocky River, Ohio, west of Cleveland, has been a seasonal visitor to Findley Lake since his parents, Lynn and Al Stohr, purchased their first cottage some 50 years ago when Jeff was 9 years old.

              “I remember the most exciting part of the entire purchase was the cottage came with an aluminum fishing boat with a 9.9 horsepower Evinrude engine,” Stohr recalled. “From that moment forward, Findley Lake became our home away from home.”

              That Woodland Shores cottage has been transformed over the years from a 900-square-foot, two-bedroom structure to a four-bedroom family destination that accommodated three families. Further cementing his Findley Lake connection, Stohr, his wife, Karen, and her parents, Carol and Hayes Jenkins, almost eight years ago purchased the Sally and Herkie Porter residence just two properties away from his parents.

              “To say Findley Lake is in our family is an understatement,” he said.

              It’s that passion for Findley Lake that led Stohr earlier this year to also follow his father’s footsteps onto the FLCF board of directors. Subsequent to taking his father’s seat on the board, he was asked by board president Dave Bartrum to consider taking over as president.

              “My response was as long as Dave and the other members of the FLCF board continued to serve and help us carry the momentum forward, I would accept,” which he did with the board’s approval in November.

              Other members of the FLCF board include vice president Larry Gross, secretary/treasurer Rebecca Brumagin, Bartrum, Steven Denny, Nancy Roche, Charles Schneider, Christopher Sorce, and Dr. Elizabeth Wise.

              Stohr said one component of the FLCF taking on a more visible and active role is helping the community understand what the foundation is and does, topics that will be addressed in future editions of Tapestry.

              “From my observations, the organization has quietly helped raise funds and shared in small to medium sized projects over the years,” he said. “Unfortunately, too few residents know what the FLCF has been involved with, and that is about to change.”

              Stohr noted the foundation in recent months has provided funding to the Town of Mina to contract with consultant Steve Bishop, who is assisting with the organizational aspects of moving the foundation board forward. The foundation through the Town Board is also funding the work of communications specialist Robin Gross, who is spearheading the Tapestry effort and building a database of residents and businesses to enhance future communications.

               Stohr said his family “is generationally committed to making Findley Lake our destination of choice.”

              “Knowing that my parents, my brother Trevor’s family and my entire family love Findley Lake, I want to put my time, energy and money behind making our community the best year-round destination it can be for all permanent and seasonal residents and guests,” he said. 

Article provided to The Tapestry by Steve Bishop

While talking about the "Coolest Little Town Around" we all know the lake is "cool", our town is "cool", but a Pine Junction concert is another level of "cool"! A Concert in the Lost in the Pines Event Center at Pine Junction is a big town event with a local town vibe!

A Little History on Pine Junction

Pine Junction first opened their doors in January, 2006. The restaurant started out as a one room bar and tavern with a simple menu, cold beer and friendly staff! The owners have always made PJ feel like home and want their customers to leave as friends. Originally opening in the winter months to cater to the Snowmobile crowd, Pine Junction quickly became a favorite stop on the Chautauqua County trails. With friendships forming and word of mouth spreading about the Tavern in the Pines, they quickly were able to grow and expand. 

              Owners Lonnie and Shirlee Pound have made Pine Junction a destination and priority stop when in the area. Customers coming all the way from Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo regularly for dinner plus we can’t forget to mention the locals that support us year round! Findley Lake as a whole, is a great place to be in the summer from the cozy lake atmosphere to the great shops and local stops for food, beer and ice-cream. 

              With the constant support, Pine Junction has grown into so much more than just a restaurant in the last 17 years. General Manager, Michelle, has made Pine Junction a top venue in the area for Weddings and Private Events! With the newest addition of the timber-framed pavilion, Pine Junction has been able to add even more events to their busy summer schedule. “Lost in the Pines Event Center” has been able to host national bands such as The Allman Betts Band, The Outlaws and coming this summer The Marshall Tucker Band and a few other secrets we have but shhhhh Don’t Tell Shirlee! We still love to host local bands as we are able, and other events like Drafts & Crafts and benefits to support local causes. 

              Next time you are in Findley Lake take a drive up the hill and get lost in the pines! Remember… Part of the fun is trying to find us! Find us on Facebook or check out our website for more information on Events. 



This edition of the Tapestry brings you EVENTS. Some of these events are ticketed events. Make sure you get your tickets before these events sell out!

March 9th at 1:00PM Community Connections Communi-Tea Room

"How the Military Trains" with Scott Benza

Check Community Connections at Findley Lake Facebook page or

website for details or call 716-769-2473.



March 10-12 Peek'n Peak Spring Fest and Cardboard Box Derby

March 18th Secret Cubby of Antiques Open House

March 23rd at 11 am Community Connections Cooking with Chris in the Community Center must RSVP 716-769-2473

March 26th Findley Lake Zoomers are going to Red's Best for Pancakes!

Meeting at Red's in Sherman at 7:30 am.

March 26th at Findley Lake United Methodist Church at 6:00 pm

Then Sings My Soul Musical Touring Program

An original musical program featuring over 30 hymns, their stories, and their connection to the life and ministry of Billy Graham.

Sarah Buck Poague, one of the performers, grew up on Shadyside! This is a "pay-as-you-will" event. more info on the program at

April 1st at Alexander's On The Lake 70's PARTY!

Groove & boogie, wear your best 70's outfit!

Details on their Facebook Page

April 9 @ 7am Lakefront Sunrise Easter Service The Camp at Findley

April 20th Community Connections in the Communi-Tea Room at 1:00 pm.

Findley Lake's own US Olympic Gold Medalist figure skaters Carol Heiss Jenkins and Hayes Alan Jenkins will talk about their road to the Olympics.

Check Community Connections at Findley Lake Facebook page or

website for details or call 716-769-2473.



April 22 @ 9-11am Earth Day Cleanup

with the Findley Lake Nature Trail Net

April 29 The Coffee & Chocolate Festival Peek'n Peak TICKETED EVENT

May 6 @ 10am-4pm Alexander Findley Library Craft Show in the Fire Hall

May 13 @ 1-5pm Findley Lake Wine Walk


Wine sampling set up around Findley Lake businesses including Noble Winery, 21 Brix, Woodbury, Sparkling Ponds, Quincy Cellars. Music in town with Slim and Red. A few vendors set up near the gazebo. Tickets include a wine glass, map, tastings at all participating wineries, Chinese Auction Tickets.

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May 26 @ 6-9pm Duke Sherman at Pine Junction

May 27 Spring Thing Carnival at The Camp at Findley

May 29 @ 9:30am Memorial Day Parade with Program following at Gazebo

June-August Acoustic Tuesdays at Alexander's On The Lake

June-September Bonfires and Brews with Live Music Peek'n Peak Resort

June 10th 2nd Annual Draft and Crafts with the Probables

Beer Sampling is TICKETED. Event is free

June 14 The Marshall Tucker Band at Pine Junction TICKETED EVENT

Tickets Here:

Information Here:

June 23 & 24 Yard Sale Around The Lake 9am - 3pm

June 24 Pig Roast at Alexander's On the Lake

July 1 Annual Race Around the Lake at the Gazebo 6-11am

Benefits Findley Lake Nature Trail Net

Email: for more information

July 4th 4th of July Findley Lake

Duck Race - Chicken BBQ - Boat Parade - Fireworks

More information to come.

July 5-Aug 4 Kids' Summer Camps The Camp at Findley

July 9 The Gabe Stillman Band at Pine Junction

July 10-Aug 4 Clymer and Findley Lake Summer Kids' Recreation Program

July 22 Crawfish Boil at Alexander's On the Lake

July 23-29 Family Bible Camp The Camp at Findley

July 26 The 3rd Annual Don't Tell Shirlee Concert

Pine Junction TICKETED

Tickets Here:

Information Here:

July 30 Findley Lake Triathlon starting at The Camp at Findley

August 4-6 AWAKE Family Camp at The Camp at Findley

August 9 Backyard BBQ Alexander's On the Lake

September 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Findley Lake Harvest Festival

Findley Lake Library Book Sale

Live Music, Beer Tent, Wine Vendor, Vendors and Crafters, Kids' Area

Nov 4 @ 10am-4pm Findley Lake Library Spring Craft Show

Nov 5 @ 1-3pm Veterans' Dinner at the Community Center

Hosted by the Findley Lake Nature Trail Net

Nov 18-19 Vintage Christmas at the Secret Cubby of Antiques

December 2-3 Christmas Through the Village

New and exciting events being added to this event.

January 13, 2024 Winterfest and Annual Tree Burning

Hosts Findley Lake Garden and Landscaping & Alexander's On the Lake

Please check Visit Findley Lake Community Website

or on Visit Findley Lake Facebook Page


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