Community Notebook

Parks Commission to meet Thursday

The Chautauqua County Parks Commission will hold its monthly meeting Thurs-day at 6 p.m. at Chautau-qua Suites in Mayville in conjunction with a Green-way Plan and Economic Initiative Development discussion. The public is welcome to attend.

Brocton library book sale to start Saturday

The Ahira Hall Memorial Library at 37 W. Main St., Brocton will hold its annual Spring Book Sale starting Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A bake sale will run for the first day of the book sale on Saturday.

There is a large assortment of paperbacks, hardcover, DVDs, VHS and children books available at reasonable prices. The sale runs through May 11 along with regular library hours. All proceeds will help support the library’s annual budget.

For more information, contact Ahira Hall Memorial Library at 792-9418.

Concerts in the Park sponsors needed

The Westfield Recreation Department is looking for sponsors for its Concerts in Park series. They would like to continue this traditional and enjoyable family entertainment for summer evenings. If you are interested in sponsoring one of the concerts, contact the village of Westfield Recreation Department at 326-4243.

Portland bicentennial event to appear on Access Channel 5

Portland town board members re-enacted the first board meeting at a recent bicentennial dinner held in Brocton. Access Channel 5 will televise the event at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. each day beginning Saturday with the final airing on May 3.

Playing the role of supervisor Thomas Prendergast was the current supervisor Dan Schrantz. Other participants were clerk Roxanne Sobecki as Asa Hall with the remaining board portrayed as follows: Rick Manzella as James Montgomery, Jerry Boltz as John Brewer, Gary Miller as Oliver Stetson and Al Valentin as William Bell.

Access Channel 5 is available to cable viewers in the Mayville, Chautauqua, North Harmony, Sherman, Westfield and Portland areas.

Jamestown Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day Saturday

On Saturday, the James-town Area YMCA is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event that encourages kids in Jamestown and the surrounding areas to get moving and help families live healthier.

The Jamestown Area YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at the Jamestown YMCA branch at 101 E. Fourth St. from 1-3 p.m. and features fun, active play and educational activities, such as the Big Challenge inflatable obstacle course, basketball shoot-out, jump rope and math contest, nutrition games, giveaways, prizes, Zumba and more. For more information, call the YMCA at 664-2802 or visit or

Pet Adoption Day/

Open House Saturday

The Lakeshore Humane Society will hold a Pet Adoption Day/Open House at its Adoption Center on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The center is located at 431 E. Chestnut Street, Dunkirk. Potential adopters are invited to come and meet some of the dogs and cats who need caring homes. Call 672-1991 or see for more information.

Gowanda yard waste pickup on Monday

The village of Gowanda will have the first yard waste pickup on Monday.

Grass, leaves, hedge and tree trimmings and limbs shorter than three feet must be tied in bundles. All must be in an open container such as bushel basket or garbage cans, etc.

Debris will not be picked up in plastic bags. Leaves are not to be raked to the curb for loose pickup.

Other pickups for the year will be on July 29 and Oct. 28.

Senior Citizens Day Dinner set for today

Today has been chosen for the annual Westfield Senior Citizen’s Day Dinner sponsored by the Westfield Recreation Department. This event will be held at the United Methodist Church on Main Street. Serving will begin at 6 p.m. The menu is chicken and biscuits. Entertainment will be provided by the Mountain Railroad Band.

Reservations are requested but not required. Call 326-4243 for more information or to make a reservation. A nominal donation of $7 per person is asked at the door to help defray the cost. Several community groups contribute to the operation of this annual event.

Beef-on-weck and pulled pork dinner on Saturday

The Mayville United Methodist Church Camp Scholarship Committee will be hosting a beef-on-weck & pulled pork dinner of Saturday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The menu will include your choice of sandwich (choice of salted or unsalted roll), tossed salad, parsley red potatoes, glazed baby carrots, cupcake and beverage. Take-out dinners will be available. We are offering local deliveries within the village limits call 753-7532 for delivery. The church is located at 81 S. Erie St. and is handicapped accessible. The camp scholarships provide financial assistance to children who attend Christian-related camps throughout the summer.

SUNY students

organize event to

help fight R word

The Council for Excep-tional Children group at SUNY Fredonia announces their special community event, “Spread the Word to End the Word,” to be held Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Williams Center MPR.

This event brings together many campus clubs to spread awareness that the words “retard,” “retarded” and others like them are offensive derogatory slurs.

The organizers’ hopes are that participants will stop using these words and encourage others not to use them.

The event is free and open to the public, and will include music, food, interactive drum circles, cookie decorating, auditory feedback, coloring and more.

Everyone is invited to attend this event and pledge to show respect to everyone.

MaryAnn Spanos to appear on Senior Report

Senior Report with Reed Powers will have MaryAnn Spanos as the guest on Saturday’s television program. Spanos is director of the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging. The live, call-in program airs from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays. Individuals may call 753-5225 during that time with questions, comments or a shout-out. The program is rebroadcast each day at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. for some communities. Reed Powers, host of Senior Report, has been producing the television program since 1995. The series highlights senior citizen club news for 15 minutes with the remainder of the hour-long program devoted to the featured guest. The guest is subject to change.

Senior Report is shown live on Saturday mornings on Time Warner cable systems covering the following communities: Brocton, Cassadaga, Chautauqua, Fredonia, Mayville, North Harmony, Portland, Ripley, Sherman, Stockton and Westfield on Channel 5. In Dunkirk, Falconer, Forestville, Hanover, Irving, Jamestown, Lakewood and Silver Creek the program is on channel 19. The show originates at the Access Channel 5 studio in Mayville.

Average retail gasoline prices in Rochester have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.73/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 319 gas outlets in Rochester. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.50/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Rochester during the past week, prices Sunday were 32.9 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 15.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 14.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 34.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.