Community Notebook

The 144th Blodgett and 131st Pierce/Landas Family Reunion

The 144th reunion of the Blodgett family and the 131st reunion of the Pierce/Landas family, of Chautauqua County, will both be held Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Chautauqua Co. Fireman’s Picnic Grounds in Stockton. The Blodgett family will also be celebrating the 383 years since they landed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635. The Pierce family landed in Rhode Island.

Blodgett family members are the descendants of Thomas and Susan Blodgett, who came from England on the ship “Increase” of London, England, arriving in the Boston area late in July 1635. Thomas was a Glover by trade.

Pierce family members are the descendants of John Pearce and Martha Brayton, who came from Wales, and Peter Paul Landis (Laundeas) from France, through to Ichabod and Harriet Pierce, who took 14 weeks to move to Chautauqua County from Vermont in the early 1800s.

The Blodgett; Pierce/Landas families include these family names: Blodgett; Pierce; Landas (Landers), Russ; Turk; Bronson; Scott; Dorman: Howard; Beebe; Lowell; Guest; Burt; Munger; Housington; Bull; Aldrich; Nickerson, and many more. All are welcome to join.

The reunion starts at noon with a potluck dinner at 1 p.m. Family are asked to bring a dish to pass, a cold beverage and table service. Also bring any old family photos or other family memorabilia to share. Bring a favorite recipe for the family cookbook. There will be genealogical books, charts and other information.

There are three branches of the Blodgett family in this corner of Western New York State. The branches settled in Busti, Cottage, and Fredonia – Pomfret, New York.

Family members are invited to join in for a bountiful supply of good food, a wealth of good conversation and games for the young (and not so young). The “Blodgett Pierce Family Website” is: It’s a chance to meet old friends and possibly some long-lost relatives

Any questions, contact Douglas Nelson at 484-0753 or

Bats, birds, butterflies and more

Join Diane Clark and Sandra Emke of Greystone Nature Preserve as they discuss the war against invasive plants in Western New York and what Greystone is doing to help. Learn how White Nose Syndrome is effecting local bat populations and what goes into conducting a bat survey. Through experiential learning Clark will highlight the efforts of Greystone Nature Preserve in providing bat, bird and butterfly habitat.

The event will take place this Saturday. The fun begins at 1 p.m. and will run approximately one hour. Interested participants should meet at the playground in the campground. Program is free to the public.

For more information, contact Amelia Staver at 386-3165 ext. 208 or email at

Gifts of Love and Hope Summer Raffle to help kids with cancer set for Saturday

The Gifts of Love and Hope Summer Raffle to help kids with cancer will take place Saturday, Aug. 11 at Bart’s Cove, 1/2 Woodrow Drive, Dunkirk from noon to 1 a.m. Proceeds support Roswell Park’s Courage of Carly Fund. The event will include Fairytale Fun Facepainting from 4 to 8 p.m. and many raffles. Food trucks planned to be on the premises include: Lloyd’s Tacos from noon to 3 p.m., Big Melch’s Smokin BBQ from 3 p.m. until empty and Gordo’s Street Meats from 3 p.m. to midnight. There will be music by Black Widow, Ultraviolet, Acoustic Confusion and OC/DC.