Community Notebook

County Municipal Directory updated

The Chautauqua County Municipal Directory has been updated and includes officials who will be taking office on Wednesday.

The Board of Elections endeavors to have the municipal directory up to date at all times for federal, state, county, city, town and village officials. This directory should be your quick real-time resource for elected officials and is always available at .

Non-credit courses at JCC North County Center

Non-credit courses for personal and professional enrichment begin soon at Jamestown Community College’s North County Center in Dunkirk.

Courses include: Barrier Precautions, 1-4 p.m., Jan. 8 ($30); Waterscapes in Watercolor, Tuesdays, Jan. 21-Feb. 25, 6-8:30 p.m. ($85); Drawing 102, 6-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 29- March 5 ($85); and Mat Pilates, 7-8 p.m. either Tuesdays, Jan. 21-April 15, Thursdays, Jan. 23-April 17, or Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 21-April 17 ($60).

A point/insurance reduction course is offered from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Jan. 11. The fee is $35.

To register, or for more information on a course, call JCC, 363-6500, or visit

Registration is open

for ice skating classes at SUNY Fredonia

Ice skating classes are being offered at SUNY Fredonia’s Steele Hall. Beginner skaters and advanced skaters are welcome. Classes run for 10 weeks, and there are two different series to choose from. Sunday afternoon classes at 1 p.m. start this Sunday. Tuesday night classes at 6:15 p.m. start Jan. 14.

The cost for each series is $90, with a recital at the classes’ conclusion. Register on the SUNY Fredonia website,, or call 673-3101 (office) or 874-7704 (coach) for more information.

Housing Choice Voucher Program

waiting list to close

The New York State Homes and Community Renewal will close its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list for Chautauqua County effective Wednesday. The final date applications will be accepted by Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. until today.

COI continues to provide a wide range of services for the residents of Chautauqua County to assist them in movement toward self-sufficiency and economic security. For more information on COI’s services, call 366-8176 in Dunkirk or 661-9430 in Jamestown.

How to dispose of Christmas trees in city

Dunkirk residents wishing to dispose of Christmas trees may do so at the Central Garage on Lucas Avenue by placing them on the brush pile.

Residents can leave trees at the curb and call the garage at 366-4411 and leave the address and they will be picked up when personnel is available.

Pomfret to hold


meeting Thursday

The Pomfret Town Board will hold its annual reorganization meeting on Thursday at 3 p.m. in the town hall.

City Hall closed Wednesday

Dunkirk City Hall will be closed Wednesday in observance of New Year’s Day.

There will be no rubbish pickup on Wednesday. Residents in District C (Wednesday collection zone) will have their rubbish picked up on Thursday. Residents in District A (Thursday collection zone) will have their rubbish picked up on Friday. Residents in District D (Friday collection zone) will have their rubbish picked up on Saturday.

County Planning

Board meeting Jan. 7

The Chautauqua County Planning Board’s monthly meeting will be held on Jan. 7 at 4 p.m. at the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency’s Office at 200 Harrison St. in Jamestown.

If you should have questions regarding this meeting, contact the Chautauqua County Planning and Economic Development Department at 661-8900.

City calendars

City of Dunkirk calendars for 2014 and 2015 curbside collection of rubbish, recycling, brush and other items, are being printed for insertion and distribution in the OBSERVER. Due to holiday observances, the distribution will be delayed until early 2014, but the electronic version of the calendar is immediately available at the City’s website,

The mayor and the director of public works thank all city residents for following the procedures outlined in the calendars, and they specially request that residents increase their participation in the zero-sort recycling curbside pickup on alternate Mondays. Drive-in zero-sort recycling is available in the morning to early afternoon Mondays through most Saturdays at the City Recycling Center on West Lucas Avenue.

Fredonia Central School Alumni Hall

of Fame Committee accepting nominations

The Fredonia Central School Alumni Hall of Fame Committee is 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.

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

Pomfret residents should not plow

snow into roadways

Pomfret Highway Superintendent Dan Bigelow would like to remind residents of the town that it is illegal to blow or plow snow from their driveways into the roads.

Gas prices have risen

Average retail gasoline prices in New York have risen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.67/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 6,118 gas outlets in New York. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.29/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in New York during the past week, prices Sunday were 4.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 5.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 4.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 2.2 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.