Mark your calendars and plan to have some dollar bills with you Wednesday.
That's the day the OBSERVER's annual Laurel Run newspaper sale will take place. Each year, the OBSERVER staff works late one night to print a special Laurel Run edition of the paper.
Volunteers then set out around daybreak to sell the papers at various locations in the Northern Chautauqua County area, including the Tim Hortons restaurants in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Gowanda and Irving.
OBSERVER Publisher John D’Agostino, right, poses with Laurel Hotelling and, from left, Andrea, Dave and Gina Kron, the owners of the Tim Hortons franchises in Dunkirk and Fredonia. Volunteers will be stationed at Tim Hortons and at various locations in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Silver Creek and Gowanda to sell copies of the Observer’s 2014 Laurel Run edition Wednesday.
More than 2,000 papers typically are sold. The price is $1, but many people generously give more than that. Proceeds from the sales benefit Laurel Run. This is the eighth year for the newspaper sales; in the previous seven years combined, the sales have netted more than $16,000.
Papers will be sold between 6 and 10 a.m. Area residents are invited to help sell papers, and local businesses are encouraged to support Laurel Run by ordering some copies of the newspaper to have on hand for their employees and customers. For more information, call Kayla Bohall at 661-1465.
The 18th annual Laurel Run will be held July 18-19. The event was created by Wayne and Elaine Hotelling of Silver Creek in honor of their oldest daughter, who has Down syndrome. Laurel Run was established to raise public awareness about the potential existing within everyone who has a disability.
The first day of Laurel Run consists of the traditional Jamestown-to-Dunkirk flag relay, with volunteers running the legs of the relay. The following day in Silver Creek, featured activities include an 8-kilometer run, a 5k fitness walk, a 1k fun walk, children's runs, and "Laurel's Lap," in which anyone with a disability is invited to take a lap around the track surrounding the village ball field. All morning there will be a party in the village square featuring free food, live music and activities for adults and children. In the afternoon there will be a motorcycle dice run.
Money raised through Laurel Run is directed to Filling the Gap, Inc., which works with The Resource Center to support people with disabilities in Chautauqua County. Laurel Run proceeds are used in two ways - to pay for disability awareness and prevention initiatives in Chautauqua County and to enhance employment and work training opportunities for people with disabilities.
For information about Laurel Run, call the Hotellings at 934-3952 or visit www.laurel-run.com.