Community Notebook

Public invited to Open House at Camp Gross Sunday afternoon

Camp Gross will hold an Open House Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Everyone is invited to explore and appreciate the site as an opportunity to see what the facility holds for youth organizations.

Many people think that Camp Gross is just for Scouts. It did start out as a Boy Scout Camp in 1929 when Mr. Gross gave part of the camp property to the Lake Shore Council Boy Scouts of America with a provision that if the BSA no longer wanted the property it was to go to the boys and girls of Chautauqua County. Later, in the mid 1930s, Ann Miller’s family also gave land to the camp.

In 1987, the Boy Scout Council decided it could not afford the upkeep of the camp. A not-for-profit 501(c) (3) Corporation was set up by interested men and women. Most notably Ed Hamlet was the driving force of the organization that has preserved and improved the site. There is now a heated bath house, flush toilets and hot showers. The cabins have been modernized.

Camp Gross is part of Chautauqua County’s charm. For the camp to grow and prosper, support is needed from the community. This open house will showcase the camp. Tours will be given and there will be a silent auction and bake sale. If you would like to volunteer to help with the open house, or like to donate baked goods or prizes for the silent auction, call Marie Tomlinson at 679-7145 or email her at

Chautauqua County Community Chorale to hold spring concert

The Chautauqua County Community Chorale will present its inaugural spring concert, Make a Joyful Noise: Songs of Celebra-tion, Love, and Hope Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Tri-Church, East Main Street, Brocton. The show is directed by Lucy Andrus and features Paul Graham, accompanist; Heidi Rizzo, soprano soloist; Kathy Boberg, organist; Tri-Church Bell Choir, directed by Pauline Hardenburg; and the Child-ren’s Instrumental Suite.

Bicycle team to host local rides

Riders from Team Holly-loft will host group bicycle rides Sunday at 1 p.m. meeting at the Dunkirk Pier. Riders will divide into groups: casual, recreational and advanced. Rides will last about two hours. Riders are required to wear helmets, be 18 years or older and have bikes in good shape. There is no charge or donation for the rides.

For more information, contact Les Johnson at Hollyloft at 483-2330 or

Fredonia Farmers’ Market begins 10th season Saturday

The Fredonia Farmers’ Market begins its outdoor season on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. offering an abundance of locally grown and produced vegetables, fruits and herbs, meats, baked goods, maple syrup, honey, jams and jellies, as well as artisan quality craft goods. The market is located on Church Street adjacent to Barker Common in downtown Fredonia.

The Fredonia Farmers’ Market, through its partnership with Festivals Fredonia, features local family farms, artisans and other entrepreneurs, plus entertainment and educational opportunities each Saturday morning May through October. Local family farms opening the market season include Roberto Fred Farms, Lamberton Hollow Farm, Roo Haven Farm, Someday Maybe Farm, DeGolier’s Maple Products, Toboggan Hill Farm and Small Meadows Farm.

Craft vendors opening the season: Lake District Bas-kets, Chadwick Bay Birding, Beachwalk Designs, Spider Herbs, Fancy Nancy’s Gifts, Designs by Ginger and Jentle Creations.

5-hour pre-licensing course Saturday at JCC’s North Campus

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, AAA instructors will guide students through driving fundamentals like the DMV point system, the highway transportation system, the laws of physics as they relate to driving and the effects of restraining devices. Students will also learn defensive driving techniques, the effects of alcohol and drugs on driving, as well as what to do in case of a collision and the effects of driver attitude, emotions and skills. Upon course completion, students will receive an MV-278 certificate. This certificate number is required to schedule a road test and the certificate must be presented to the examiner on the day of the test. Reservations are required. For more information or to register, call (800) 836-2582 or visit The cost is $35 for AAA members and $40 for non-members. The course will be held at JCC’s North Campus at 10807 Bennett Road.

K of C spaghetti dinner today in Fredonia

The Fredonia Knights of Columbus 7921 will hold a spaghetti dinner today from 4 to 7 p.m. or until sold out at St. Anthony’s Church in the school’s hall. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Proceeds will benefit the charity fund. St. Anthony’s school hall is located on Moore Avenue in Fredonia.

Chicken barbecue Sunday in Cassadaga

The Cassadaga Fire Department will host a chicken barbecue dinner Sunday at the Fire Hall on Mill Street from noon until sold out. Dinner includes chicken, potatoes, green beans and apple sauce with takeouts including ice cream. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children.

Silver Creek banner presentation May 21

The Silver Creek Boys Varsity Basketball team will be presented with a banner to honor them making it to the state semifinals May 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the gym.

Attic and Sellers Days June 7-9; deadline May 31

20 Miles of Attic and Seller Days is June 7-9. You may sign up at: Fredonia Chamber of Commerce office, 25 Day St., Fredonia and the Book Nook, Dunkirk/Fredonia Plaza. The fee is $5 and you receive a listing on the map and two posters for your sale. You may list five specific items of interest for an additional $1, with a limit of 25 items. The deadline is May 31. Late registration is $7 with no guarantee of map listing

Chicken barbecue at Fredonia Middle School May 21

The Fredonia Student Council will hold a chicken barbecue May 21 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria. Chicken comes with a choice of sides. Tickets are $8.50.

Gas prices unchanged

Average retail gasoline prices in Rochester have not moved in the past week, averaging $3.67/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 319 gas outlets in Rochester. This compares with the national average that has increased 6.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.57/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Rochester during the past week, prices Sunday were 27.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 9.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 5.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 15.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.