Across the country, people are kicking off the new year with high hopes and visions of success.
The local area is not outside of these inspirational notions, as residents told The Post-Journal on Saturday.
According to statistics compiled by The History Channel and Column Five, 45 percent of Americans make resolutions for the new year. The most popular resolutions are losing weight, getting organized, spending less and saving more, staying fit and healthy and quitting smoking.
Local residents, officials and business owners have some bigger goals in mind and said they are looking forward to great things in the coming months.
Sam Lisciandro, manager of The Pub, said his hopes lie in maintaining The Pub’s legacy in the local area.
“I’d like to just keep growing and stay the course we’re on,” Lisciandro said of the iconic bar, restaurant and local hang out. “I’d also like everyone to have a prosperous and healthy new year.”
Len Barry, director of marketing at the Reg Lenna Center For The Arts, said the center is hopeful for another year of thrilling offerings.
“The staff at Reg Lenna Center for The Arts is looking forward to another year of arts, entertainment, concerts and films from around the world,” Barry said. “The Reg’s doors are open to the public and (the center) continues to enjoy working with people, organizations and businesses in our community to have something for everyone on the stage.”
Ashley Kaczar, owner of The Main Landing Restaurant in Celoron, said she is hoping in 2016 that she can help reveal the natural beauty of the area.
“(My hope for the restaurant is) to bring more exposure to the lake area year round so that people venture out and come down to dine,” Kaczar said. “It is truly a beautiful spot to eat with family and friends every season, including the dead of winter. And for myself, (I want) to support more local business.”
Cameron Hurst, Jamestown High School student and editor of “The Rowdy Raider” blog, said he is looking forward to going full force in community support.
“Probably what I’m most looking forward to is the brand new chapter of my life in June when I graduate. So, I guess my resolution for 2016 is to be as active as possible throughout the community to contribute to its greater well-being before I go to school in the fall,” Hurst said. “My hope is that others are able to enjoy and see this community and all it offers and jump in and take part. We’re blessed to live in a community where really there is so much going on.”
Brianna Harris, resident of Jamestown, said she hopes the new year brings social change.
“I would like to see change in society in general and what has been going on in the world,” Harris said, adding for her personal life, she has similar goals. “I’d like to have a better outlook every day and lead my life with positivity.”