Community Notebook

First Presbyterian Church to hold

meatloaf dinner today

The First Presbyterian Church at 49 S. Portage St. in Westfield will host a “Meatloaf Harvest Dinner” today from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults; $5 for children 10 and younger. All dinners include a beverage and homemade dessert. Sit-down, take-out and delivery are available. For delivery, call the church at 326-2643 before noon on Friday. All proceeds will go toward mission and outreach projects. Call the church office for more information at 326-2643.

Johnson and Horrigan to Debate on Access Channel 5

A debate between candidates Ron Johnson (D) and Vince Horrigan (R), running for the position of Chautauqua County County Executive, will air live on Access Channel 5 Saturday at noon.

The debate will run for 90 minutes and will afford viewers an opportunity to call in to submit questions for the candidates. John Hamels hosts this election special.

In addition to the normal Access Channel 5 viewing area, the debate will be available to cable viewers in the Fredonia area on channel 5 and 17, and in the Jamestown and Dunkirk areas on channel 19. Replays on Access Channel 5 will be at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily from Saturday until Oct. 25, with replays on the other cable channels at various dates and times, yet to be scheduled.

‘Happy and Healthy Halloween Workshop’ Sunday at Friendly Kitchen in Dunkirk

Instead of munching on rainbow-colored confections during the one night of the year where ghouls, witches, and vampires roam the streets, how about chowing down a clementine made to look like Cinderella’s carriage, or gnawing on carrots disguised as fingers?

Attend the “Happy and Healthy Halloween Work-shop” Sunday at the Friend-ly Kitchen in Dunkirk at 4 p.m. to learn how to have fun making these nutritious treats and how to make that Halloween candy bag last until Easter.

The free workshop ends at 5:30 p.m. and all attendees will receive produce, recipes and nutrition information to take home. All are welcome to attend.

Drum & Bugle Corps begins the season Sunday with rehearsal

The Western New York Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps will hold its first rehearsal of the new season Sunday at the E. Dunkirk Fire Hall on Roberts Road from 2 to 5 p.m. Anyone interested in marching this coming year should contact business manager Jack Kujawa at 410-2682.

OBSERVER looking for Westfield voters who voted merger down

The OBSERVER is looking for people in the Westfield Academy and Central School District who voted down the merger with Brocton Central School and are willing to speak with the media. Send an email to or call 366-3000.

Southern Tier Bills Booster Club plans

The Southern Tier Bills Booster Club will watch the Buffalo Bills vs Miami Dolphins game on Sunday at the American Legion Post 62. Sausage sandwiches will be provided at halftime. A dish to pass is optional.

Chautauqua County Reading Council

to host Mini Literacy Conference Saturday

The Chautauqua County Reading Council will host a free Mini Literacy Confer-ence Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at SUNY Fredonia. The conference focus is on aspects of the Common Core. Sessions include Enhancing the Use of Vocabulary in Writing for the Core, Reading and Writing in the Common Core and The Power and Purpose of Protocols.

Karen Kondrick, Ripley Central School teacher, will share the 2014 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award Ballot. The purpose of the Charlotte Award is to encourage students to read outstanding literature and ultimately become lifelong readers. The award also recognizes the authors and illustrators of such literature. Students can read some of the best and latest titles and vote for their favorites.

This event is open to any local K-12 educators, paraprofessionals and parents interested in learning about new literacy instruction and quality literature.

For more information or registration, contact Emily Gollnitz at

Draft horses to visit Harvest Hollow Sunday

The Collins Draft Horse Club will be at Harvest Hollow, the pumpkin patch on Route 20 in Sheridan on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be wagon rides, a bake sale, food available for purchase, lots of horses to see and fun for all. Proceeds benefit the Collins Draft Horse Club.

Pomfret Town Hall to close early today

The Pomfret Town Hall will be closing early today at 3 p.m.

Fredonia to begin picking up yard waste Monday

The village of Fredonia will be picking up limbs and yard waste beginning Monday.

Collection will begin at 7 a.m. and continue until every village street has been collected once. Bags and brush are collected separately by different crews. All items for collection must be at the curb no later than 7 a.m. Monday morning. In no case will there be repeat collection of areas completed.

All yard waste must be bagged and all limbs and brush must be tied with twine. Limbs and brush must be cut no longer than four feet in length with bundles being no larger than 18 inches in diameter. Bundles and bags are limited to 65 pounds in weight. There is no collection of loose material at this time.

Residents are reminded that it is illegal to place leaves and grass into the street at any time.

Village residents may bring bagged yard waste and bundled brush to the designated area at the DPW yard, 176 Eagle St., at any time. The drop-off area will be available until further notice.

The cooperation of residents is greatly appreciated.