Community Notebook

Chautauqua Road in town of Portland closed

PORTLAND — Due to road conditions as a result of the recent thaw, Chautauqua Road in the town has been closed by Supervisor Dan Schrantz until further notice. The portion of the road between County Road 380 and Bear Lake Road is specifically affected by the closure.

The seasonal road is generally closed to all vehicles but snowmobiles from Nov. 1 through April 1 every year. Town of Portland Highway Superintendent Ken Becker said the road has worsened due to warmer temperatures. “The frost has come up out of the ground, so it’s unsafe for car travel,” he explained. “It’s a seasonal road, but never barricaded. Being that it’s in such disrepair, we have to close it for public safety.” .

He said the road will remain closed “until the road stabilizes — until it freezes over and goes back to snow. Then it’s open to just snowmobiles until spring.”

Auxiliary Unit 62 Feb. meeting canceled

The Dunkirk Memorial American Legion Auxiliary Unit 62 monthly meeting for February is canceled and will resume on March 12 at 7 p.m. at Post 62. Girls State interviews will be conducted at a date and time to be announced. New members are always welcome to attend.

Gowanda High to host blood drive

Gowanda High’s Student Council will host a Community Blood Bank Blood Drive today from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the high school, 10674 Prospect St. Donors must be 16 years old with a signed CBB parental consent form or 17 and older. You must also weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and have received no tattoos or body piercings for 12 months prior to donating. Walk-ins welcome. Photo ID is required. One donor at this drive will get to pick a $25 gift card to either Game Stop, Walmart or Amazon.

Barker Library to

celebrate Black

History Month

This Saturday, Barker Library, located at 7 Day St., Fredonia, invites children to celebrate Black History Month. From 11 a.m. to noon, children will learn about the history and achievements of African Americans with stories, a video and a quilting craft. All children are welcome, and no registration is necessary.

Chapter No. 459 Vietnam Veterans of America to meet Sunday

Chapter No. 459 Vietnam Veterans of America will meet Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. at the John T. Murray VFW Post No. 1017, 113 Deer St., Dunkirk. With questions, call Danny at 366-2287.

V.V.A. Chapter No. 459 to meet Feb. 10

The next monthly meeting of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 459 is Sunday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. The meeting will take place at the John T. Murray VFW Post No. 1017, 113 Deer St., Dunkirk. Contact Danny. S. McGill, secretary, with questions at 366-2287.

Fire association plans quarterly meeting

The South Western Association of Volunteer Firemen announced its next quarterly business meeting will be hosted by the Chautauqua Fire Department on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 Royal Way. The executive meeting will begin at noon and the general membership meeting to start at 1 p.m.

The association is comprised of volunteer firefighters and EMS providers of fire departments and rescue squads in the four counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Erie. The association was originally organized in 1908. For further information visit the website at