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NALC, US Postal Service to hold 25th annual food drive set for Saturday

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the United States Postal Service will conduct its 25th annual national food drive this Saturday. Last year, residents donated nearly 1.3 million pounds of food for their Western New York neighbors and a record 80 million pounds of food ...

Annual gala concert, benefit picnic set May 23 in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK — The community is invited to enjoy a showcase of students’ musical talents and barbecue dinners at the Silver Creek Central School District on Tuesday, May 23. The Music Department’s annual Gala Concert and Benefit Picnic begins with dinner from 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; the ...

Lake Shore Family Center celebrates the Month of the Young Child

IRVING — Lake Shore Family Center, located in Irving, concluded its celebration of the Month of the Young Child on April 30. This year’s celebration offered a number of special activities, appreciation weeks, and special guests. Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo kicked off the month-long ...

JCC to hold Excelsior Scholarship information sessions

Jamestown Community College will hold several Excelsior Scholarship information sessions in May and June. Current college students, individuals who are planning to start college in the fall, and parents of college bound students are encouraged to visit JCC’s financial aid and admissions ...

North Collins School budget hearing today

NORTH COLLINS — The North Collins Central School District has released its 2017-18 proposed budget. The budget has a .52 percent increase as well as four propositions for the Tuesday, May 16 vote being held from noon to 9 p.m. The tax rate will go up from $22.73 per $1,000 of assessed value ...

Fredonia accepts music teacher’s resignation

The Fredonia Central School District will need a new elementary music teacher after officials recently accepted a letter of resignation. The board of education approved the resignation of John Murphy, effective Aug. 21, for personal reasons. Murphy has accepted a teaching fellowship from ...

Seminar to be held on transformational power of gardening

LITTLE VALLEY — The Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism will hold an informational seminar for municipal leaders — which is open to the public — on May 11 at the Cattaraugus County Center, 303 Court St., Little Valley. The seminar will be held on ...

Brooks Memorial Hospital Auxiliary celebrates Hospital Week with events

Help support the Brooks Memorial Hospital golf tournament committee on Wednesday and Thursday for Hospital Week prizes and FUN-raising and more! There will be raffles galore on Thursday and Friday! Visit Brooks’ lobby between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to help support hospital fundraising efforts by ...

Cuomo announces results of Operation Hang Up

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that the New York State Police issued more than 15,000 tickets during this year’s Operation Hang Up traffic enforcement period, which targets those who use electronic devices while driving. This year’s campaign ran from April 6 through April 10, as ...

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The WCA Home on Temple Street in Fredonia is marking its 125th anniversary this year with its board of directors looking to collect historical materials to preserve a timeline and narrative of its existence from 1892 to the present.

WCA Home marking 125th anniversary with history project

The year 2017 marks the 125th anniversary of the WCA Home and in honor of that milestone, its board of directors is collecting historical materials to preserve a timeline and narrative of its existence from 1892 to the present. The board is asking community members and local historians who ...

CASA holding annual fundraiser on Thursday

MAYVILLE — Court Appointed Special Advocates of Chautauqua County, Inc.’s ninth annual fundraiser, Come to the Table, will be held on May 11 at Chautauqua Suites Meeting and Expo Center in Mayville. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the live action starts at 6:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy light ...

Recruitment under way for CNA program in Ashville

ASHVILLE — The Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES kicks off a 140-hour Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide course at the Hewes Educational Center on Monday, May 8. The course is offered by E2CCB’s Adult Education & Workforce Development division. Learn the skills necessary ...

U.S. Marine to address JCC grads at 2017 commencement

JAMESTOWN — Theo Collins, a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran and 2009 graduate of Jamestown Community College, will deliver the 2017 commencement address at JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus on May 19 and at the Jamestown Campus on May 20. The Cattaraugus County Campus ceremony begins at 7 ...

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Jamestown native Brittany Feldman, left, won two events Saturday at the SUNYAC Outdoor championship meet.

Feldman wins SUNYAC award for sprint double

CORTLAND — Fredonia junior Brittany Feldman (Jamestown) was named 2007 Track Athlete of the Meet after winning two events Saturday at the SUNYAC Outdoor Track & Field outdoor championships at SUNY Cortland. Feldman was first in the 200 meters and the 400 meters. She earned 10 points ...

Mornings on Main: Have coffee with the Chamber

In a continuing effort to seek ways we can support our local business community, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is holding weekly coffee hours throughout the county over the next several weeks. Mornings on Main is designed to start a conversation with local business people about ...

2017 Appeal supporting Catholic Charities reaches 82% of goal

BUFFALO — Catholic Charities of Buffalo reported the 2017 Appeal has reached 82 percent of goal, or $9,078,297.96 in cash and pledges, a little more than three weeks after reaching 72 percent of the $11 million goal, or $7.89 million as of April 11. Typically at this time, three weeks after ...

Collins Democratic Committee seeking candidates and committee persons

COLLINS — The Town of Collins Democratic Committee is accepting letters of interest from those who wish to run for public office this Fall, or be appointed to serve on the Committee. There are five local positions on the ballot: Supervisor (2 year term), two Councilpersons (4 year term), Town ...

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Water was gushing through pipe in front of home on Route 5 in town of Dunkirk Friday afternoon.

Rainy weather to continue

You’re going to need that umbrella for the remainder of the weekend. According to the National Weather Service, rain will continue today with temperatures hovering in the mid 40s. There’s also a possibility of snow. Yuck. Those seeking to work in their yards and soak in spring have an ...