Community notebook

Reed in Dunkirk Wednesday

Congressman Tom Reed will hold listening sessions this week before returning to Washington next week to debate President Barack 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 Wednesday in Dunkirk City Hall at 3 p.m., after meetings in Hornell and Olean earlier in the day. Reed is scheduled to be in Big Flats, Owego and Geneva today for listening sessions.

“While this is short notice, I hope that people will be able to stop by and share their thoughts,” Reed said. “Of course all of our offices will continue to receive calls of those who cannot make one of the listening sessions.”

Those unable to attend are also encouraged to continue to email Reed at

Pine Valley Board of Education meeting time change

The Pine Valley Board of Education has changed the time of its regular board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 5. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the board conference room, room 5, in the elementary school.

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.

Hanover Gateway Access 12

As of July 23, Time Warner Cable has moved public, educational and government access channels to a digital-only format on its cable systems. Cable subscribers with HDTV boxes will see no change. Newer flat screen televisions have digital converters built in. Subscribers with these televisions and no HD box can view Gateway Access 12 by using scan or autoprogram to locate the channel. It is currently on 98.3 on the digital band.

Subscribers with older televisions will need a digital adapter to view public access channels. To obtain an adapter, contact Time Warner on the Internet, by phone, or in person at the local payment center location.

Order Equipment Online by visiting

Call toll-free 1-855-TWC-DIGITAL (1-855-892-3444)

Visit the Time Warner Cable Store at 3967 Vineyard Drive, Dunkirk (in the Tops Plaza) Hours: M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Subscribers who arrange for professional installation by Time Warner will be charged $17.99. The adapters are very easy to install and most subscribers should be able to locate a friend or relative to assist with the installation.

National Immunization Awareness Month

To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and to help remind young adults that they need vaccines, too – the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month. This is the perfect opportunity to make sure young adults are protected against diseases like flu, whooping cough, tetanus and HPV.

The specific vaccines adults need are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccines. All adults should talk to their health care providers about what vaccines are right for them.

To find out which vaccines might be right for you and where you can get vaccinated, visit or call 1-866-604-6789.

Westfield Community Chorus begins rehearsal

The Westfield Comm-unity Chorus invites old and new members to join together Monday, Sept. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. for the first rehearsal at the Westfield First United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall. Community members who like to sing and can reserve Monday evenings are welcome to join the group for fellowship and music. For more information, call Sally Merwin at 326-3419.

Charcoal portrait drawing course begins Sept. 10

A charcoal portrait drawing course will be taught Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 10, at Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus.

The course, taught by retired school art instructor Jim Vincent, meets from 6-7:30 p.m. The $89 tuition includes a charcoal kit.

Students will learn about the relevant characteristics of the human face, accurate proportional relationships, and effective shading techniques.

Course and registration information can be obtained by calling JCC’s Center for Continuing Education, 338-1005.