Community Notebook

Early county history topic of JCC course

Elements of Chautauqua County’s early history will be explored in a special non-credit series offered Wednes-days, Sept. 4-18, at James-town Community College’s Jamestown Campus.

Each session meets from 6-8 p.m. in the Carnahan Center. The fee is $59. To register, call JCC’s Center for Continuing Education, 338-1005.

Public history, historical resources, and the settlement of Chautauqua County will be outlined by presenters Jon Schmitz, Jon Martonis and county historian Michelle Henry. The series focuses on the first settler, the earliest years of settlement, the Holland Land Company, and the formation of Chautauqua County’s government.

Festival of Grapes Pentathlon searching for contestants

The Festival of Grapes Pentathlon will be held Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Silver Creek School parking lot. The rain date for the Pentathlon is Sept. 17.

Boys who are ages 7-8 before the event takes place and reside in the grape belt region, which encompasses all of Chautauqua County and as far as Eden in southern Erie County, may participate in the event.

The boys have fun testing their skills in sports-related activities as part of the competition and are judged based on their abilities, skills and sportsmanship.

The winning prince and runners up will be announced at the Festival of Grapes opening ceremony Sept. 19 and will be able to stomp grapes and participate in the Sunday Parade.

For more information contact Mike at 934-2436 or Carol at 549-8239.

Ahira Library sponsors concert in the park

The Ahira Hall Memorial Library wraps up its Summer Concert in the Park series Thursday, with Kokomo. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 792-9418.

Dissolution committee to meet Thursday

The Forestville Dissolu-tion Committee will meet Thursday at 6 p.m.

This meeting is open to the public.

The purpose of the meeting is for committee members to have a conference call with Department of State Local Government Efficiency personnel to gain information on dissolution process, grants and third-party assistance.

Church’s chicken

barbecue to benefit Chautauqua County Rural Ministry

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 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 under way 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.

City chamber meets today at JCC

The Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce board of directors is meeting today at 1 p.m. at Jamestown Community College. Members of the chamber and interested residents are welcome to attend.