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24-hour fundraiser for United Way’s literacy program

Did you know that for every $5 donated to United Way of Northern Chautauqua County’s Early Grade Literacy Program during Spring it On WNY, two preschool children will receive literacy kits or 10 children in kindergarten through third grade will receive a book to take home? Spring It On WNY ...

Dunkirk High School Honor Roll

The following students have been commended for academic achievement at the Dunkirk High School for the second quarter of the 2016-2017 school year: Honor Roll 1 Grade 9: Beyonce Acevedo, Jeremy Bohn, Brianne Buchanan, Kioralys Colon, Ashleigh Cooper, Kaitlyn Davis, Julia DeLand, Aubrey ...

WNY Alzheimer’s Caregiver Partnership seeks volunteers

The Western New York Alzheimer’s Caregiver Partnership, an organization designed to assist and support caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, is seeking adult volunteers for a variety of roles within the partnership. “We are looking for volunteers who will help us ...

Online support group available for dementia care partners

BUFFALO — The Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter offers an online support group for care partners of those who have been diagnosed with dementia before the age of 65. The Young Onset Virtual Support Group is available via Google Hangout on the first Tuesday of every month at ...

As we spring forward … change your clocks, check your batteries

As New Yorkers prepare to set their clocks forward one hour, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) urges all New Yorkers to check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure their homes are properly protected. If alarms have removeable batteries, those batteries ...

Cassadaga Job Corps announces info session

CASSADAGA — The Cassadaga Job Corps Academy will host a tour and informational session for interested applicants and their families on March 16. The Academy offers no-cost career training in the healthcare, construction and security industries, as well as classes to prepare to take the ...

Assemblyman Giglio votes to protect homeowners

Following the New York state Assembly’s passage of bill A.5969, Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I — Gowanda) announced his satisfaction with pushing this legislation through to help property owners. “We passed this bill in response to concerns from taxpayers,” said Giglio. “We ...

Drug, obstruction charges placed in Collins

COLLINS – Two individuals have been charged after a vehicle on Bagdad Road near Gowanda State Road was stopped for an equipment violation. Erie County sheriff's deputies report an investigation found Shelby Neamon of Niagara Falls license waas suspended for failing to answer summonses from ...

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The Dunkirk Common Council will vote to approve an engineer for the Howard Avenue culvert project at tonight’s meeting.

City to hire engineer for Howard Avenue

With work expected to be completed this year, the Dunkirk Common Council will vote on one of the first steps for the Howard Avenue culvert project today. If approved, Resolution 11 of 2017 will hire engineering firm Greenman-Pederson Inc. of Buffalo to design, bid and supervise the project. ...

Erie 2 BOCES to ramp up vocational opportunities for low-income adult learners

ANGOLA — The Adult Education & Workforce Development Division of the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaragus BOCES has been awarded a performance-based, five-year federal grant for $1,811,250 to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program applicants and recipients throughout New York state obtain ...

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Robin Brickman’s “Baby Opossum and Insects in the Fall.”

Artist’s workshop at RTPI March 18

JAMESTOWN — The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) is pleased to present a workshop with illustrator Robin Brickman on Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This talented artist will deliver a visual presentation sharing her process for illustrating the book “Leaflets Three, Let ...

Dennis Lutes announces candidacy for Westfield village trustee

WESTFIELD — Dennis Lutes has announced he is running for trustee in the village of Westfield. Lutes is a resident of the village of Westfield, residing on Grove Street with his wife Sandy. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1962 and is a Vietnam War veteran. “This is the ...

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Locally, gently-used prom dresses can be dropped off at State Farm in Derby.

Collection sites for 8th annual Prom Dress Drive announced

HAMBURG — Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon and Urban Valet Dry Cleaner President Eric Pyne announce that gently used or new gowns and dresses will be collected from March 13 to April 13 for the eighth annual Prom Dress Drive. Each year, the community generously donates more than a ...

Recognize heroes who bring hope to people in need during Red Cross Month

BUFFALO — The American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes during Red Cross Month. “March is Red Cross Month, the perfect time to honor our Red Cross volunteers, blood donors and financial contributors who bring hope to people facing life’s emergencies,” said ...

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Cub Scout Pack 219 sponsored sledding during the Cassadaga Winter Fest.

Cassadaga Winter Fest called a success

CASSADAGA — This year, the Citizens for a Better Cassadaga organization held the first Winter Fest held in over 30 years, and for the most part, it was considered a success. Trustee Bill Astry and Village Clerk Roxanne Astry attended the January CBC meeting to get feedback on the event to ...

A.M. Rotary impact local youth

JAMESTOWN — The Greater Jamestown A.M. Rotary Club is partnering again this year with 32 area restaurants to launch the “2017 Fine Dining Certificate Booklet Fundraiser” which raises money to support activities for local youth and other worthy causes in Chautauqua County. A.M. ...

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Creche Compassionate Giving to UPMC Chautauqua WCA’s Children

Jamestown — For more than a century, Creche has raised significant funding in order to provide for the needs of children in Chautauqua County. Each year, the Creche Hospital Committee helps fulfill wishes from child-related departments at UPMC Chautauqua WCA. Creche recently made a $2,200 ...

Crews quell Fredonia apartment fire

At least 30 Fredonia firefighters responded to a blaze at 27 Wisteria Drive in the village Saturday. Crews were called to a report of smoke at an apartment complex owned by Green Acres LLC at approximately 9 a.m. The smoke was reportedly emanating from a second floor bedroom. It took about ...

Gowanda sets schedule for principal hire

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Middle School principal position is taking another step forward as the board of education has decided on a tentative schedule. On March 6, Gowanda Board of Education President Lynn Guzzetta and Gowanda Superintendent Jim Klubek will sift through the initial resumes. ...