Chautauqua County Historical Society to host program on local POW camps during WWII

The Chautauqua County Historical Society will host a program on Prisoner of War camps located in the county during World War II. Dunkirk High School teacher Ryan Corbett will deliver the presentation at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the J.W. Dill Post 434 of the American Legion in Brocton. Corbett will discuss the POW camps, why they were here and the daily life of a German or Italian prisoner. He will show a video documentary that he and his students produced, featuring interviews and first-hand accounts of local residents who remember the time when the camps were in operation. The event is free. Reservations are requested. Call 326-2977 or email

Railroad work to close roads in Portland, Brocton

The CSX railroad will be closing the railroad crossings on Matthews Road in the town of Portland and Central Avenue in the village of Brocton from Monday Aug. 12 to Friday Aug. 16 for repair work.

St. Paul Lutheran Church’s 38th Annual Chicken Barbecue

Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, like many other nonprofit organizations, has received a notice of loss of funding. The Friendly Kitchen expects to serve over 35,000 meals this year and the Food Pantry anticipates serving over 100,000 meals this year. We have a great need in the local area. As part of our community outreach program, the congregation at St. Paul Lutheran Church has decided to help Chautauqua County Rural Ministry with some of their budget shortages. Proceeds from its annual chicken barbecue will be donated to Chautauqua County Rural Ministry. The barbecue will be held on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until sold out. The cost is $9 and includes half a chicken, potato salad, corn on the cob and a cookie. The church is located at 334 Temple St., Fredonia. All are invited to eat in or take out. In addition, a food drive is also underway to help out the Food Pantry. Please consider dropping off a nonperishable food item when stopping by for the barbecue. St. Paul Lutheran Church and Chautauqua County Rural Ministry appreciate your support and generosity.