Pictured getting ready for the paper sale outside the Tim Hortons on Foote Avenue in Jamestown are, from left, Mike Bird, Publisher of the newspapers; Brenda and Vic Tarana, Owners/Operators of the Tim Hortons in Jamestown and Lakewood; Elaine Hotelling; Blake Tarana; and Wayne Hotelling.

Each year since 2007, the Observer has published a special “Laurel Run” edition of the newspaper. The day the special edition is printed, volunteers fan out across the Northern Chautauqua County area to sell the papers on the streets and in front of local businesses. The newspaper sales are a great way to raise money for the Laurel Memorial Run/Walk while at the same time spreading the word about the event.

We express our gratitude to the Observer for printing the special edition; the volunteers for waking up early and hitting the streets to sell the papers; and the people who buy a Laurel Run edition. While most folks who buy a paper know about the sale ahead of time, some people only find out about it that day – they ask what we’re doing, learn that we’re raising money to support people with disabilities and decide to make a contribution.

We also extend our appreciation to the businesses who allow us to sell papers at their locations each year, particularly the Tim Hortons locations in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Gowanda, and Irving, and Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk.

This year’s Laurel Run newspaper sale is scheduled for Wednesday, July 6. We’re excited to announce that this year, The Post-Journal also will be printing the special edition, and so in addition to our usual spots we’ll be selling the papers at the Tim Hortons locations in the Jamestown area.  (We thank Vic, Brenda and Blake Tarana, Owners/Operators of the Tim Hortons locations in the Jamestown area, for their support.)

If you’re interested in helping us sell newspapers that morning (roughly, between 6:00 and 10:00 a.m.), complete the form below.

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