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VIDEO: Chautauqua County Distributes Free Solar Glasses for Safe 2024 Eclipse Viewing

Submitted by Justin Gould on Tue, 03/12/2024 - 13:16

MAYVILLE, NY – As the highly anticipated 2024 Solar Eclipse approaches, Chautauqua County is taking a significant step to enhance public safety and enjoyment; announcing distribution of free solar glasses for residents and visitors.

In preparation for the celestial spectacle on April 8, 2024, Chautauqua County Government will provide free ISO 12312-2 certified solar glasses to ensure safe viewing of the solar eclipse. The distribution will commence on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, allowing residents and visitors ample time to acquire the necessary eyewear for the event.

“As we distribute solar glasses to our community, we emphasize the importance of eye safety during the upcoming solar eclipse,” said Noel Guttman, Director of Emergency Services, Chautauqua County. “This initiative aims to make safe viewing accessible to all, contributing to an enjoyable experience for residents and visitors alike.”

The safety of our community members is paramount. Looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse without proper eye protection can cause severe eye damage. The distributed solar glasses adhere to international safety standards, offering the assurance needed for a secure viewing experience.

“The distribution of free solar glasses underscores our commitment to community safety and enjoyment during the 2024 Solar Eclipse,” said Paul M. Wendel Jr., Chautauqua County Executive. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and join us in celebrating this extraordinary celestial event responsibly.”

Chautauqua County Government, alongside several partners, have strategically planned distribution points across the county to make acquiring solar glasses convenient for all.

Distribution locations include the following:

  • Ashville Fire Department
    • 5338 Stow Rd, Ashville, NY
  • Bemus Point Village Office
    • 13 Alburtus Ave, Bemus Point, NY
  • Brocton Fire Department
    • 80 Lake Ave, Brocton, NY
  • Brooks Memorial Hospital
    • 529 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY
  • Cassadaga Fire Department
    • 22 Mill St, Cassadaga, NY
  • Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce
    • 300 N Main St, Jamestown, NY
  • Chautauqua County Office for Aging Services
    • Mayville: 7 N. Erie St., First Floor, Mayville, NY
    • Jamestown: 107 Institute St., Suite 201 Jamestown, NY
    • Dunkirk: Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court, Dunkirk, NY
  • Chautauqua County Executive’s Office
    • 3 N. Erie St., Mayville, NY
  • Chautauqua County Health Department
    • 7 N. Erie St., Fourth Floor, Mayville, NY
  • Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport
    • 3163 Airport Dr, Jamestown, NY
  • Chautauqua County Landfill
    • 3889 Towerville Rd, Jamestown, NY
  • Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office
    • 15 E Chautauqua St, Mayville, NY
  • CHQ Transit
    • 234 Hopkins Avenue Jamestown, NY
  • Chautauqua County Veteran Services
    • 567 Fairmount Ave., Warwick Plaza, Jamestown, NY
  • Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau
    • One Massey Avenue, Chautauqua, NY
  • County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency
    • 201 W 3rd St. #115, Jamestown, NY
    • 214 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY
  • Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System
    • Ashville Free Library
      • 2200 North Maple St, Ashville, NY
    • Bemus Point Public Library
      • 13 Main St., Bemus Point, NY
    • Cassadaga Branch Library
      • 18 Maple Ave., Cassadaga, NY
    • Clymer-French Creek Free Library
      • 564 Clymer-Sherman Rd., Clymer, NY
    • Darwin R Barker Library Association
      • 7 Day St., Fredonia, NY
    • Dunkirk Public Library
      • 536 Central Ave., Dunkirk, NY
    • Ellicottville Memorial Library
      • 6499 Maples Rd, Ellicottville, NY
    • Ellington Farman Library
      • 760 Thornton Rd., Ellington, NY
    • Falconer Public Library
      • 101 West Main St., Falconer, NY
    • Fluvanna Free Library
      • 3532 Fluvanna Ave. Ext Jamestown, NY
    • Hazeltine Public Library
      • 891 Busti-Sugar Grove Rd., Jamestown, NY
    • James Prendergast Library Association
      • 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY
    • Kennedy Free Library
      • 649 Second St., Kennedy, NY
    • Lakewood Memorial Library
      • 12 West Summit St., Lakewood, NY
    • Mary E Seymour Memorial Free Library
      • 22 North Main St., Stockton, NY
    • Mayville Library
      • 92 South Erie St., Mayville, NY
    • Minerva Free Library
      • 116 Miller St., Sherman, NY
    • Myers Memorial Library
      • 23 Ivory St., Frewsburg, NY
    • Patterson Library
      • 40 South Portage St., Westfield, NY
    • Ripley Public Library
      • 64 West Main St., Ripley, NY
    • Smith Memorial Library
      • 21 Miller Ave., Chautauqua, NY
  • Chautauqua Fire Department
    • 2 Royal Way, Mayville, NY
  • Chautauqua Institution
    • 1 Ames Ave, Chautauqua, NY
  • City of Jamestown
    • 200 E 3rd St, Jamestown, NY
  • Dunkirk City Hall
    • 338 Central Ave., Dunkirk, NY
      • Clerk's Office
      • Treasurer's Office
      • Dunkirk Youth & Rec Office
  • Ellery Fire Department
    • 4400 Dutch Hollow Rd, Bemus Point, NY
  • Ellington Fire Department
    • 769 E Main St, Ellington, NY
  • Falconer Fire Department
    • 115 Davis St, Falconer, NY
  • Findley Lake Fire Department
    • 10372 Main St, Findley Lake, NY
  • Fluvanna Community Historical Society
    • 3502 Fluvanna Ave, Ellicott, NY
  • Fredonia Fire Department
    • 80 W Main St, Fredonia, NY
  • Frewsburg Fire Department
    • 88 W Main St, Frewsburg, NY
  • Hanover Center Fire Department
    • 11919 Hanover Rd, Silver Creek, NY
  • Jamestown BPU
    • 92 Steele St, Jamestown, NY
  • Jamestown Community College
    • 525 Falconer St, Jamestown, NY
  • Kiantone Fire Department
    • 2318 Stillwater St, Jamestown, NY
  • Maple Springs Fire Department
    • 5385 Maple Springs-Ellery Rd, Maple Springs, NY
  • Mayville Fire Department
    • 2 Royal Way, Mayville, NY
  • Ripley Fire Department
    • 11 S State St, Ripley, NY
  • Silver Creek Fire Department
    • 172 Central Ave, Silver Creek, NY
  • Stockton Fire Department
    • 28 Stockton-Kimball Stand Rd, Stockton, NY
  • Sunset Bay Fire Department
    • 12798 Allegany Rd, Irving, NY
  • Town of Chautauqua
    • Chautauqua Municipal Building, 2 Academy St, Mayville, NY
  • Town of Clymer
    • 8868 W Main St, Clymer, NY
  • Town of Dunkirk
    • 4737 Willow Rd, ​Dunkirk, NY
  • Town of Ellery
    • 25 Sunnyside Ave, Bemus Point, NY
  • Town of Ellington Town Hall
    • 813 W Main St, Ellington, NY
  • Town of Hanover / Silver Creek
    • Town Hall: 68 Hanover Rd., Silver Creek, NY
    • Village Hall: 172 Central Ave, Silver Creek, NY
  • Town of Harmony
    • 1001 Blockville Watts Flats Road, Ashville NY
  • Town of Kiantone
    • 1521 Peck Settlement Rd, Jamestown, NY
  • Town of Poland
    • 3593 Church St., Kennedy, NY
  • Town of Portland
    • 87 W Main St, Brocton, NY
  • Town of Villenova
    • 1088 Butcher Rd, South Dayton, NY
  • Town of Westfield
    • 23 Elm St, Westfield, NY
  • UPMC Chautauqua Hospital
    • 207 Foote Ave, Jamestown, NY
  • Village of Falconer
    • 101 W Main St, Falconer, NY
  • Village of Fredonia
    • 9-11 Church St., Fredonia, NY
  • Village of Lakewood
    • 20 W Summit St, Lakewood, NY

Members of the public are encouraged to collect solar glasses from the mentioned locations, while businesses, community groups, organizations, and schools seeking larger quantities can email glasses@CHQGov.com to file a request.

In addition to the solar glasses distribution, Chautauqua County encourages residents and businesses to actively participate in eclipse preparedness. For updates on the 2024 Solar Eclipse, including solar glasses distribution updates and safety guidelines, visit CHQGov.com/eclipse.

About Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services: The Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services is dedicated to safeguarding the community by providing comprehensive emergency management, response, recovery, and mitigation services. The office plays a crucial role in ensuring the well-being and safety of Chautauqua County residents and visitors during both routine and extraordinary events. For more information, visit chautcofire.org.

 

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