Members of the Dunkirk Elks carry the U.S. flag at the start of the parade.

A day to remember

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Memorial Day is not a day off of work or school. It is not a day to day drink and have a BBQ. It is, primarily, a day to remember and honor fallen soldiers who have fought for the freedoms of past, present and future Americans — a point that was driven home by City of Dunkirk Mayor ...

Reckless driver hits parade, no one injured

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More than 2,000 people attended the Dunkirk Memorial Day parade, which was greeted early on by an unruly driver. At the start of the parade a small sedan somehow managed to get on the parade route, causing chaos and fear. The driver, who appeared to be young, drove toward the lake on the ...

Submitted Photo Dr. Jim Holton was the guest speaker at the Cassadaga Memorial Day Ceremony at the Cassadaga Ceremony, speaking about the past, present and future of the patriotism of Cassadaga.

Cassadaga village holds Memorial Day service

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CASSADAGA — The Village of Cassadaga held the annual Memorial Day service. Memorial Day was established following the Civil War in 1868 by General John A. Logan's General Order No. 11. At that time, the date had been set at May 30th, and was a time to remember those veterans who fought in ...

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Military members give off a symbolic gun salute at the Westfield Memorial Day service.

Westfield gathers at Moore Park to honor the fallen

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Westfield paid tribute to fallen service members on Monday with its annual Memorial Day parade, plus a few speeches, the laying of wreaths, and the lowering and raising of the flag in Moore Park. In concert with those public rituals, many families engaged in their own private salutes to ...

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Sons of The American Legion Squadron 434 Commander reads a touching piece titled The Final Inspection as part of the Memorial Day services held at Portland’s Evergreen Cemetery.

Brocton speaker notes importance of honoring those among us

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PORTLAND — Morning clouds opened up to a beautiful backdrop at Portland’s Evergreen Cemetery, the setting for 2017’s Memorial Day Service presented by the John W. Dill American Legion Post 434 and AMVETS Post 868. Hundreds from the Brocton/Portland area took shade under the sprawling ...

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Dr. Shannon Carpenter, left, veterinarian with the NYS Department of Ag & Markets will present the chute-side training at the upcoming Beef Quality Assurance Training on June 17 at Williams Ranch and Cattle, in Little Valley, NY.

Beef Quality Assurance training scheduled


JAMESTOWN — Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a national program that provides training to beef and dairy cattle producers in food safety, proper cattle handling techniques, handling of animal health products, injection sites and record keeping. The goal of this program is to maximize consumer ...

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John Carter Rowland holds up one of his uniforms he wore during WWII.

WWII close call

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It was an unusually cold winter near the range of the Vosges Mountains in eastern France as the Allies worked to push the Germans backward toward the Fatherland. Some days remained well below zero and the Americans in the Third Infantry Division used an array of pillow cases and sheets to ...

Memorial Day full of spirit in Dunkirk

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After a bit of rain and clouds, sunshine appeared on Dunkirk and allowed for the annual Memorial Day parade to take place. View photos and video of today's event through our Twitter feed:

Work worries on Vineyard Drive

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There’s a lot of construction going on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk, with DaVita hoping to open soon at the former TOPS building and Aldi’s undergoing some major construction. However, it is rare for a construction project to go smoothly, and these two projects are experiencing some bumps ...

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Valley Historical Society members Diane K. Shaw and Susan Washington Sipos stand with Jim White.

Gerry remembers those who served with Memorial Day parade

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GERRY — On Sunday afternoon, when the sun was bright and the temperature at 73 degrees, the annual Gerry Memorial Day Weekend Parade was held. The parade began at 2 p.m. with many of the participants lining up at the fire hall parking lot, and the firetrucks from Gerry and surrounding ...

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Forestville Board of Education Vice President Amy Drozdziel, President Carol Woodward, and Superintendent Renee Garrett shared their excitement regarding the pending Silver Creek-Hanover-Forestville youth recreation program with the rest of the board at the May Board of Education meeting.

Forestville school is ready for summer recreation

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FORESTVILLE — The Forestville Board of Education is thrilled that the Forestville Youth Rec program is in the final stages of reinstatement, with friendly partnership with Silver Creek and Hanover, officially forming the Silver Creek-Hanover-Forestville Youth Center Association ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Pine Valley to host Universal Pre-K round-up The Pine Valley Central School will host Universal Pre-Kindergarten Roundup for children who will enter UPK in the fall of 2017 on June 9. Notices have been sent to parents and children. If you have a child who will be 4 on or before Dec. 1, ...

Area Police

Area police

GOWANDA POLICE ¯ Matthew J. John, 40, of Dawson Drive, Gowanda, was arrested on a warrant on May 14 at 9:40 a.m. The Springville Village Court issued a warrant due to John’s failure to appear in court on Jan. 22, 2015 after being arrested for aggravated unlicensed opeartion and leaving the ...

Libraries set summer events


Summer events for the Mary E Seymour Memorial Free Library, located at 22 N. Main St., Stockton June 16: Book Club, 3 p.m. Meets every third Friday of the month. June 20: Family Night: Construction, 6 p.m. Part of the Summer Reading theme: Build a Better World. July 7: St. Bonaventure Art ...

Pine Valley teacher commended by county VFW


The county-wide Veterans of Foreign Wars recognized social studies teacher Daniel McNeill of the Pine Valley Central High School, commending him for his teaching excellence and his school community impact participation in large numbers. Most importantly, he has motivated a school district in ...

1199SEIU health care workers at Brooks ratify new contract


On May 22, 1199SEIU members at Brooks Memorial Hospital ratified a new collective bargaining agreement that will increase wages, provide additional training to caregivers, and improve security for workers in their jobs and in retirement. Carol Ames, a Brooks Memorial Hospital employee in the ...

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After receiving money for Barker Common’s revitalization, the village of Fredonia hopes to continue collecting state funding to spruce up the downtown area through a grant program geared toward local businesses — the New York Main Street program.

Seeking assistance

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On the heels of the Barker Common revitalization grant’s procurement, village of Fredonia officials hope to continue collecting state money for sprucing up the downtown area through the New York Main Street program. Mayor Athanasia Landis and the trustees discussed the grant program during ...