Mayor proclaims Juneteenth Weekend in city

Dunkirk Mayor Anthony J. Dolce has proclaimed today and Sunday as Juneteenth Weekend in the city.

The Dunkirk Fredonia Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is sponsoring a Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday and Sunday with this year’s theme being, “It Started With A Dream.”

The event will be held at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds.

“Whereas, the main goal in having a Juneteenth celebration is to commemorate and perpetuate the heritage, culture and contributions of African Americans; and Whereas, this will be the 18th Juneteenth Celebration in Chautauqua County, and more specifically; in the City of Dunkirk; and Whereas, along with promoting and creating a spirit of togetherness, this year the festival will emphasize the history of African’s in hopes of making more people understand that this celebration is not just for African Americans, but for the whole community;” Dolce stated before urging “all residents of the City of Dunkirk and the entire community of Chautauqua County to attend the various programs and scheduled activities, and to join together in rededicating ourselves to the principles of freedom and equality for all people.”

Relay For Life Fundraiser at 21 Brix Winery

21 Brix Winery will be hosting a Relay For Life Fundraiser on Sunday for the Dudes and Darlings Team. The event will take place at the winery from 2 to 4 p.m.

Not only will there be live entertainment but there will be appetizers, a Chinese Auction as well as wine tastings. Enter to win Buffalo Bills Corn Hole Boards too!

Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased the day of the event at the winery. Come out and support a great cause while enjoying music, food and wine. 21 Brix Winery is located at 6654 West Main Road in Portland on Route 20. Look for the pink elephant!

Volunteers sought for clean-up project

The Town of Collins Democratic Committee is seeking volunteers to assist in its annual New York State Road Clean-Up Project to be held June 15. Anyone interested in helping with this beautification program along Route 62, is asked to meet at 9:30 a.m. at the parking lot between the Correctional Facility Bowling Alley Building and the baseball field located just off Route 62.

Anyone willing to donate a couple of hours helping with this project should meet up with committee members at 9:30 a.m. Teen age youth should be accompanied by adults. If you desire more information on this worthy project call Robert Gaylord, Committee Chairperson, 532-4457. Boots, gloves and long pants are recommended.