Community Notebook

Village of Brocton

holiday closings

The village of Brocton offices will closed today at noon through Tuesday. Regular hours will resume Dec. 26. Village of Brocton offices will also be closed on Jan. 1, 2019.

American Legion Post 59 annual Christmas party set for Saturday

American Legion Post 59, will be hosting its Christmas party this Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. and Music by The Freeze from 8 to 11 p.m., at Post 59, 156 E. Main St., Fredonia. Sign up at the bar; members and one guest free. All other guests will be $10, inquire at the bar.

Gowanda American Legion Post 409 Auxiliary Christmas party is Saturday

The Gowanda American Legion Post 409 Auxiliary, Sons and Veterans will be hosting their annual Christmas party this year from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a visit from Santa who will be arriving on the firetruck. Food and refreshments for all. Games and prizes for all ages. Please bring cookies, a tagged gift for your child and donations for the food pantry and hat and mitten tree. The party is open to the public. Call the legion at 532-3592 to sign up or stop in and sign the list.

Literacy Volunteers plan book sale now through Saturday

Looking for a good book to read? 21 East Bookstore has an eclectic selection of used books. Enjoy a good book and support a worthy cause. The LVCC Bookstore is located at 21 E. Second St., Dunkirk and is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The next Literacy Volunteer Book sale will be Thursday, Dec. 20 through Saturday, Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit adult literacy.

Annual Christmas Eve 2018 Chautauqua Rails to Trails Event

One of the many benefits of utilizing the trail system created and maintained by Chautauqua Rails to Trails is an appreciation of our county’s railroad history. A day that lives in infamy is Christmas Eve, 1872, when a Buffalo, Corry and Pittsburgh trail went off the trestle, causing the passenger car to fall 25 feet, crash and burn. Twenty-one lives were lost. Many descendants of the victims keep that dark day in mind even today.

Chautauqua Rails to Trails will again commemorate the tragedy at the site of the accident. Attendees will convene at the Prospect Station trailhead on Christmas Eve at 2:30 p.m. The trailhead is located at the intersection of Prospect Station, Fish and Barnes Roads. The address is 6830 Barnes Road, Westfield. This year is special. Musicians Bill Ward and Mike Bratt will perform their collaborative work, “Christmas Eve at Prospect Station.” Refreshments will be provided. All trail lovers are welcome.

Audubon Community Nature Center to host American Red Cross Blood Drive

The Audubon Community Nature Center will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown. Give the ultimate gift during this critical need period. Appointments preferred, but not required. Contact or 1-800-733-2767 for eligibility and to schedule an appointment.