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Lakeshore Humane Society holds a different yard sale Saturday The Lakeshore Humane Society will hold “Under the Big Top —Yard Sale 2020,” this year’s version of the organization’s annual yard sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to the pandemic, this year’s event will be ...

Sinclairville Free Library announces new books

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Sinclairville Free Library has added 79 new hardcover children’s picture books and juvenile fiction and nonfiction books from a Children’s Book Project Grant from The Pilcrow Foundation. An additional 19 new juvenile math and science books were donated by Hal ...

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Tractor Pull Set Saturday, Sunday The South Dayton Volunteer Fire Company will hold its tractor pull Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 9 a.m., and the pulls begin at noon. Admission is $5, and a $10 hitch fee/per class. For more information, call Bob Traber at 397-4253 or visit ...

Sheriff’s Office to launch speed enforcement blitz

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said it will commence a speed enforcement blitz Thursday as part of “Speed Awareness Week,” a statewide enforcement campaign organized by the governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The intensified enforcement effort against speeding drivers ...

Thule Lodge welcomes new members

The Thule Lodge is the Swedish organization for Chautauqua County organized 113 years ago to help the Swedish immigrants settle in the U.S. Today, the organization serves to preserve the Swedish heritage through events and activities. Tom Eckberg is the lodge chairman, and the first meeting ...

Discounted BBQ tickets for Blessed Mary Angela

In an effort to say thank you, Blessed Mary Angela Parish is offering a $1 discount for everyone who purchases barbecue tickets in advance. The dinner is set for Aug. 9. Buy your tickets now at Big Rick’s One Stop or the Fourth Ward Deli for only $10. Wait until the day of the barbecue and ...

Audubon bird series goes virtual

Two area naturalists have prepared birding programs for beginning and intermediate birders through the Audubon Community Nature Center. More people are bird watching than ever before. In addition to wild spaces, birds are all around houses and towns, and observing them can be a great way to ...

Dunkirk Public Library creates free craft kits for kids to make at home

In this age of COVID-19 when craft classes at the library are not possible this summer, the Dunkirk Public Library is creating free craft kits for kids to take home to make. “A new craft kit will be made available every Thursday until the end of August, and possibly into September,” said ...

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Blood drive set Saturday The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Dunkirk First Baptist Church, 876 Central Ave., Dunkirk. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 ...

Boating classes over Zoom start in August

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunkirk Flotilla 34 will be teaching the new Boat America boating and jet ski class via Zoom. This class meets New York state requirements. Learn right in your home. No traveling and great social distancing for $20 per person (students must be 10 years of age). ...

Summer Feeding Program open to all area children this summer in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK — The village of Silver Creek and town of Hanover, in coordination with Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. and Silver Creek Central School District, are providing free meals to any school-age residents three times per week for the remainder of the summer. School district employees ...

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IDA to meet this morning The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency will meet at 10 a.m. July 28 via live stream on YouTube instead of a public meeting open for the public to attend in person. Members of the public may view the meeting by visiting YouTube and searching "County of ...

Kindberg named executive director to JCC College Foundation

Following a national search, Maria M. Kindberg has been appointed executive director of the Jamestown Community College Foundation by its board of directors. “Maria brings extensive JCC experience, demonstrated leadership, and strong connections to the community to her new position,” said ...

SUNY Fredonia alumnus participates in online music exchange

Musician 1st Class Vincent Moody, a State University of New York at Fredonia and Fredonia School of Music alumnus, participated in an online music exchange with Fredonia School of Music on July 1 and 2. Moody has served in the Navy for 16 years and is currently serving in Japan with the U.S. ...

Polkafest canceled, chicken barbecue still planned

Father Jan Trella and the Polkafest 2020 committee have sadly announced the cancellation of Polkafest 2020. Blessed Mary Angela Church officials have been talking with officials from the state, county and city and have decided that we cannot guarantee the safety and well being of our ...

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The community notebook is compiled by the OBSERVER staff. To send in an event or listing, e-mail us at editorial@observertoday or call us at 366-3000. Forestville Yard Sale set for Aug. 1 FORESTVILLE — The Forestville Fall Festival Committee is sponsoring a community yard sale from 10 a.m. ...

Water quality monitoring effort begins for Lake Erie

Cleveland Water Alliance (CWA), in partnership with the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) and a coalition of shoreline communities around Lake Erie, is launching a three-year project that will empower residents with low-cost technology to monitor water quality and contribute to ...

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The community notebook is compiled by the OBSERVER staff. To send in an event or listing, e-mail us at editorial@observertoday or call us at 366-3000. Rosas to be on City Speaks Mayor Wilfred Rosas is this week’s guest on City Speaks. Watch City Speaks daily on Dunkirk Access, Spectrum ...

Free webinar to focus on heat stress in cattle

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest and Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Programs, with Cornell PRO-DAIRY, are hosting a free webinar focused on heat stress in dairy cattle at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The webinar will be in both English and Spanish. ...

Audubon Nature Photography Contest accepting entries

JAMESTOWN — The Audubon Community Nature Center is awarding cash prizes to winners of its 2020 Nature Photography Contest. A large, multi-colored sign in the front window of the nature center building reminds those who come to enjoy their many outdoor opportunities to “Stay safe, stay ...