The League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County invites the public to attend a forum for candidates for the Dunkirk School Board on May 10 at 7 p.m. in the courtroom at City Hall. The candidates in question are Amy Ahlstrom, Claudia Szczerbacki and James White, and they are contending for two seats on the Dunkirk City School Board. The forum is free and open to all. After brief opening statements from the candidates, the meeting will turn to questions from the audience in the courtroom and from those watching the proceedings on local cable access TV.
Note that this forum is not taking place in its usual location at Dunkirk High School, but rather in a location from which it can be broadcast. In past years, voter participation has not been extensive. The League of Women Voters hopes that holding the meeting in City Hall will make it more readily accessible.
Given the serious budget problems facing local schools and the many associated issues, who serves on the Board matters more than ever. Citizens need to understand the views of the candidates in order to make rational choices on May 15, election day.
Kindergarten and Pre-K registration will take place Wednesday at Brocton Elementary School. If your child will be 5 years old by Dec. 1, they are ready for kindergarten. If your child will be 4 years old by Dec. 1, they are ready for pre-kindergarten. Packets are available in the Elementary Office. If you have any questions, call Ruth Karalus at 792-2100.
Eye Wellness Focus of Free HealthQuest Program
HealthQuest is an initiative of Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York (LERHSNY) designed to provide health and wellness information, resources and support to the community. In May, HealthQuest is hosting a program focusing on eye diseases and other ophthalmology issues at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9 at the Dunkirk's Elk's Club. The hall is located at 428 Central Ave. As always, this program is free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk.
The presentation, "Common Diseases of the Eye" will feature information on common eye diseases related to aging and an informative discussion regarding cataract surgery. In addition, attendees are invited to participate in an open forum for any general ophthalmology questions they may have.
The featured speaker will be Dr. Ellen Fitzgerald-Farkas, Northern Chautauqua Eye Clinic, Dunkirk.
To register for the presentation, contact LERHSNY's Community Relations Department at 363-7233. Reservations are encouraged but not required.
Habitat donation day May 12
Habitat for Humanity will hold a Donation Day for ReStore, a retail outlet that resells all donations in order to raise money for Habitat's homebuilding efforts for working families in need of decent, affordable housing. This donation drive will take place at Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church, 64 Buffalo St., Silver Creek on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Items that will be accepted include large and small appliances (must be in good working order and less than 10-years-old - but no TVs), furniture, building materials, hardware, electrical materials and fixtures, housewares, plumbing fixtures and supplies, windows and doors, landscaping materials and equipment.