Community Notebook

Walker Road closing announced

Walker Road in the town of Portland will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday near the New York state Thruway overpass due to tree cutting. Motorists should plan an alternate route those two days.

Pine Valley School Board time change

The Pine Valley Central School Board of Education will begin its Dec. 12 meeting at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will adjourn at approximately 6:45 p.m. for the purpose of interviewing candidates for the vacated board seat.

Fredonia Central School Alumni Hall of Fame Committee seeks nominations

The Fredonia Central School Alumni Hall of Fame Committee is currently accepting nominations for candidates for the Alumni Hall of Fame. This distinguished award honors individuals whose deeds and character exemplify outstanding achievement in their life’s work and/or service to their communities. The honoree’s spirit and leadership are worthy of recognition and have inspired praise and gratitude among his or her peers.

Fredonia High School Principal Todd Crandall said, “The Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have, through their performance, conduct and achievement, brought credit and honor to themselves and the Fredonia Central School District. Their public example will serve to inspire future graduates to perform and serve in the same spirit.”

Nomination forms are available in the main office at Fredonia High School or on the District website ( The deadline for applications is Feb. 1.

Gowanda to sponsor Christmas drive

The Cops, Community, Kids and Christmas toy and clothing drive will held in the village sponsored by the Gowanda Police Department in cooperation with the Gowanda Central School and the community. Residents are encouraged to donate a new toy, clothing, gift certificate, decorations, etc., and share the warmth and joy of this holiday season.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations in the village: the police department, 27 E. Main St.; Community Bank, 76 W. Main St.; American Legion Post 409, 100 Legion Drive; Jesse’s Toy Box, 53 W. Main St.; and the Gowanda Central School main offices. For more information, contact officer Jen Alessi at 913-1143. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 21.