Community Notebook

Town of Dunkirk accepting late tax payments

As required by Section 987 of the Real Property Tax Law, notices have been mailed to owners of real property in the town of Dunkirk who have not yet paid their 2013 town/county taxes.

In addition to the 2 percent penalty now in effect, a penalty of $2 per parcel notification fee will be charged for mailing such notice.

Taxes will be collected at the Dunkirk Town Clerk’s office until April 2. After April 2, taxes must be paid to Chautauqua County Department of Finance in Mayville.

Development Disabilities Awareness Day May 23

The 25th Annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day (DDDay) conference, on May 23, will feature WNY professionals and businesses that specialize in services for people with developmental disabilities. DDDay will be held at The Conference Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls.

Area service agencies will be on hand to provide guidance, literature, and general information about services and emerging trends.

The convention runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 23. Tickets/registration, contacts, workshop descriptions and more information is available at .

Critical Discussion Series continues

Prendergast Library will offer the fourth in its Critical Discussion Series from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday in the Fireplace Room at the library with a program on Fracking – Impacts on Environment, Health and Society.

Moderator Becky Nystrom, Jamestown Community College Professor of Biology, will join panelists Sarah Buckley, Robert M. Ciesielski, David Kowalski and Rita Yelda.

Buckley will discuss fracking basics from wellpad to pipeline; Ciesielski, leasing and legal issues such as signing considerations, compulsory integration, landowner rights, flipping, and impacts on mortgages and insurance; Kowalski, environmental and health issues including an analysis of industry positions vs. other studies and evidence; and Ms. Yelda, fracking developments in New York during the last four years.

The program is free and open to the public. The library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135, Ext. 225.

Forestville Food Pantry to participate in $1 million giveaway to fight hunger

For the past 15 years Alan Shawn Feinstein has given away $1 million each year to anti-hunger agencies throughout the country.

The Forestville Food Pantry has joined this fight to stop hunger.

During March and April, for every item community members donate to the Forestville Food Pantry, Feinstein will donate $1. Donated items can be cash, checks, or food items.

The Forestville Food Pantry would like to thank the community members for their donations, which help fight local hunger.

Brocton, Westfield boards to meet

on Wednesday

A joint Board of Education meeting with Westfield Academy and Central School and Brocton Central School is scheduled Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the BCS auditorium.

The purpose of this joint meeting is to receive the Brocton Central School and Westfield Academy and Central School Consolidation Study Report from the Western New York Educational Service Council consultant team.

This joint meeting is open to the public.

CCIDA?meets Tuesday morning in Jamestown

In accordance with the New York State Open Meetings Law, the local media is hereby notified that the board of directors for the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency will meet on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the CCIDA, 200 Harrison St., Jamestown.

Date of parent

conferences changed at Brocton Central School

The Brocton Central School has changed the parent conferences scheduled for Tuesday to Thursday and Friday. There will be no classes for students on Friday.

Superintendent John Hertlein emphasizes that parents can call the district to set up conferences at any time. No one has to wait for a parent conference.

Free rabies clinic

in Dunkirk Thursday

The Chautauqua County Department of Health announces that a free rabies vaccination clinic will be held Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Ag & Expo Building, Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, 1121 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Enter of the Waldorff Road entrance to the fairgrounds. Dr. Josef Powell is the attending veterinarian.

Vaccinations will be provided free of charge to all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets three months of age and older. All pets must be on a leash or in a cage; and the owner should bring rabies vaccination records for each animal that will be receiving a shot.

It is helpful for the veterinarian to know the previous immunization status of each animal to ensure proper and effective vaccination.

New York State Public Health Law requires each dog, cat and domesticated ferret over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies.

County residents are encouraged to be responsible pet owners by having pets vaccinated.

For more information on the clinic and rabies in general, see the Health Department’s website at: or contact the Health Department at 753-4481.