Community news briefs

Chautauqua County American Legion

The April meeting of the Chautauqua County American Legion was held recently at the Herman Kent Post 777 in Celoron.

Eighth District Commander Al O’Donnell attended the meeting. He spoke about membership on the county, district and state level.

Various committee reports were given.

A $100 donation from the J. Carter Knapp Post 953 in Forestville was made to the Flag Education Program.

A report on homeless veterans was given. California, Florida, Texas and New York lead the nation with the most number of homeless veterans. There was a report on efforts by the VA to reduce the backlog of veterans claims being under way.

Membership citations were presented to a number of posts.

Andrew Field from Troop 267, Fredonia, was announced as the Boy Scout of the Year for Chautauqua County.

The next meeting of the County Legion will be on May 24 at the Henry Mosher Post 638 Falconer.

Washington Park Action Restoration Committee

The Washington Park Action Restoration Committee (PARC) held its monthly meeting on April 23. The First United Methodist Church of Dunkirk was the location. The group discussed the upcoming car show to be held on Father’s Day, June 16, in Washington Park. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food vendors will be providing chicken and hot dogs. The car show is being held to support the Dunkirk Historical Society. Ryan Corbett may be contacted for further information at 410-1015.

PARC welcomes all interested residents of Dunkirk to join the committee. They are a neighborhood watch group, proponent of property beautification, and are interested in fostering the kind of community where good neighbors help one another. PARC is helped by Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. by involving youth of the area in many projects.

If interested, call Michele Bautista at 366-8395.