Community Notebook

Festival of Grapes Headquarters open

The Festival of Grapes Headquarters, located in the Penny Saver Office on Main Street in Silver Creek, will be open every Tuesday in September from 3 to 6 p.m.

Headquarters will also be open during the festival on Sept. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m., on Sept. 20 from noon to 8 p.m., Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Festival souvenir merchandise and Welch’s Grape products are available for purchase, along with information on events, contest winners and program booklets.

Bridge to be closed Wednesday

Chautauqua County Bridge No. 853 on County Route 72 (Bard Road) will be closed to all traffic Wednesday.

This closure is due to the replacement of the bridge and will remain in effect until the replacement structure is completed. A detour will be posted.

Forestville brush

pickup first, third Tuesday of month

The residents of the village of Forestville are reminded that brush pickup is the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Brush must be cut in 4-foot lengths and piled neatly at the curb one day prior to scheduled pickup.

Leaves must be bagged and placed on the curb. Please do not rake leaves or place brush in the ditches.

Also, do not put pet waste in the leaf bags. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Pine Valley Elementary School parking lot closed

The elementary school parking lot will be closed until October for construction.

Parents will be able to drop off students between 7:30 and 7:50 a.m. and will be able to pick them up after school at 3 p.m.

Before or after those times, parents will be directed to park elsewhere due to buses being at the school.

The staff will park at the end of the building like in years past.

First Wednesday Speakers Series continues

On Sept. 4, the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York’s Heritage Discovery Center will again host “First Wednesday,” a free monthly series.

The event features free entrance to the museum, free parking behind the museum, a 50/50 drawing, food and beverages available for purchase and more.

The museum is located at 100 Lee St. in Buffalo.

Community blood drive in Cassadaga Tuesday afternoon

The Cassadaga Fire Department Auxiliary will conduct a Community Blood Drive at the Community Building/Fire Hall on Mill Street in Cassadaga on Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m.

All donors will be entered into a chance to win four Bills vs. Steelers tickets.

The auxiliary will also award to one of the local donors a $25 gas card.

Blood screening dates set

Registration is now being accepted for the 29th annual Rotary Blood Screening program.

The program includes a clinical blood test, including the colon-rectal take home test kit and T4 Thyroxing test for $45. A PSA test is an additional $25.

Appointments are from 6:30 to 9:20 a.m. on Sept. 14 at Fredonia High School and Sept. 21 at Dunkirk High School with a free blood pressure screening and test results sent to your personal physician within one week.

Proceeds from this program stay in the Dunkirk and Fredonia communities. Call 363-3917 to register.

Valley Historical Society to meet Tuesday evening

The next regular meeting of the Valley Historical Society will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the museum at the corner of Main and Lester streets in Sinclairville.

The program will be the finalizing of plans for the 15th annual History Fair on Sept. 14 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Sinclairville.

Town of Dunkirk special meeting

The Dunkirk Town Board has scheduled a workshop and special meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Town Hall, 4737 Willow Road.

The purpose of the meeting and workshop is to begin budget discussions and review a proposed local law regulating parking in the town.

Brocton Central BOE meets Wednesday

The Brocton Central School Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. in the Board Conference Room.

Gowanda to hold

special meetings Tuesday evening

The Gowanda Planning Board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at village hall.

The meeting will be in regard to the Urgent Care expansion at 42 Commer-cial St. The Gowanda Village Board will host a special meeting immediately following the planning board meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the village hall.

Both meetings will be held in the board room.

The village board’s regular meeting will be Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. in the board room.

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 will be 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.

Reed to hold six

listening sessions on Syria, one in city on Wednesday

Congressman Tom Reed Sunday announced that he will conduct six listening sessions this week before returning to Washington next week to debate President’s Obama’s request for consent from Congress to launch attacks on Syria.

“While we have had many constituents calling our offices with their thoughts on whether or not the U.S. should get involved in this civil war, I also want to hear people’s thoughts in person,” Reed said.

Reed will be available in person Tuesday in Big Flats, Owego and Geneva.

“The President sent his resolution to Congress just yesterday. While this is short notice, I hope that people will be able to stop by,” Reed said. “Of course, all of our offices will continue to receive calls of those who cannot make one of the listening sessions.”

Reed will conduct sessions in Hornell, Olean, and Dunkirk on Wednesday, with times and locations to be announced as soon as details are finalized.

Constituents can also continue to email Rep. Reed at