Community Notebook

Foster parent informational meeting Tuesday

The Chautauqua County Department of Social Ser-vices will host an informational meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Jamestown Com-munity College Training Center North Campus, Ben-nett Road, Dunkirk for those interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent.

Foster parents are needed for children of all ages, and those willing to accept groups of siblings are needed in particular.

For more information, call 661-8212.

Silver Creek Central School Board

petitions available

Deputy District Clerk Linda Borrello said petitions for Silver Creek Central School board candidates are now available. Petitions are available at the District Clerk’s office located in the District Office at 1 Dickinson St., Silver Creek.

Board vacancies for the 2013-2014 school year include one 5-year expired term held by Greg Cole and one unexpired 1-year term held by Amy Chavez, who recently resigned.

Each petition must be directed to the Clerk of the School District and must be signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the district. Petitions must be returned to Borrello no later than 5 p.m. on April 22.

The budget vote and election is scheduled to be held on May 21 from 1 to 9 p.m. in the High School Lobby.

Dunkirk Free Library seeks board members

The Dunkirk Free Library is looking for board members with skill in technology, finances, public relations and other areas beneficial to ensuring a healthy future for the library.

Individuals interested in serving on the library’s behalf should send or email a letter of intent, as well as the completed application to the attention of the Board Member Search Committee.

Applications are available at the library and on the website. Forward all information to:

Attn: Board Member Search

Dunkirk Free Library

536 Central Ave.

Dunkirk Free Library


Petitions for Brocton Board of Education candidates

Petitions for candidates who wish to run for the board of education are available in the District Clerk’s office during regular working hours (7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.)

There are two at-large vacancies on the Board, currently held by Susan Hardy and David Hazelton.

Petitions are due back to the District Clerk no later than April 22.

Horse Plowing Festival May 5 in Collins

The Collins Draft Horse, Ox and Pony Club will celebrate its 31st annual Horse Plowing Festival on May 5 beginning at 9 a.m. This event will be located at Wheater Road and Route 62 in the Town of Collins.

Admission to the festival is free. It will feature working draft animals, a baked good sale, a handmade quilt raffle, an auction to benefit youth programs, crafts, a petting zoo, wagon rides, pony rides, sundry demonstrations, a chicken barbecue catered by Wendel’s, and live music. The Chuck Wagon snack bar will be open for refreshments. Attendees can also cheer on their favorite “riders” in the stick horse races.

The Collins Draft Horse, Ox and Pony Club is a non-profit organization. Their purpose is to educate the public about draft horses and how they are used. Their members and children in their youth program also exhibit their horses at the Erie County Fair in the Equine Building.

This annual event makes a great “family day” at little expense. Dogs are not allowed on the premises. For more information, call Gene Degman at 807-7818 or Robin Genco at 597-4988.

Spring events ‘bloom’ at state parks

The Office of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced its calendar of events for spring. Evangola State Park will hold “I Love My Park Day” on May 4 from 10 a.m. to noon, where volunteers will clean up the beach and parklands as well as engage in other improvement projects. On May 11, Evangola State Park will hold “International Migra-tory Bird Day” from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants will take a hike and be serenaded by songbirds during this N.Y. State Parks and “Environ-ment for the Americas” cooperative program, learning more about how Lake Erie’s shores are populated by some of the largest concentrations of colorful spring migrant bird species in North America. For information and registration, call 549-1050.

JCC course examines Lake Erie shipwrecks

Shipwrecks of Lake Erie: Fire, Storm, and Collision will be explored April 23 at Jamestown Community Col-lege’s Jamestown Campus.

The non-credit program begins at 7 p.m. in the Carnahan Center. Tuition is $19. To register, call JCC’s Center for Continuing Education, 338-1005.

Mike and Georgeann Wachter, divers who have published books on Lake Erie shipwrecks, will outline the military and commercial vessels that have been lost on the lake since the 1700s.

Silver Creek workshop to begin early

The Silver Creek Village Board will hold its workshop meeting today at 6:30 p.m. in the village hall. The swearing-in of officials and organizational meeting will follow the workshop.