Community Notebook

First Niagara Foundation supports GES backpack program

The First Niagara Foundation has awarded a $2,500 grant to the Healthy Community Alliance to support the Food for Kids Backpack Program at Gowanda Elementary School. The program is intended to help those children whose families find it difficult to have enough food for the entire month. The donation will provide a weekend supply of nonperishable food for about 60 kids per week, including two breakfasts, two lunches, two snacks, one can of fruit and one can of vegetables.

“Our organization is grateful for the generous grant from the First Niagara Foundation. It will make a huge difference in the lives of many area youngsters,” Sharon Mathe, HCA executive director, said.

Any families interested in participating in the program can contact the GES main office. The Healthy Community Alliance’s mission is to improve quality of life in rural communities through broad-based, inclusive partnerships that support wellness and prevention.

Fire district board to hold meeting

The Board of Commissioners of the Cherry Creek Fire District will hold its organizational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the fire hall. As with all meetings of the district the public is welcome to attend.

“Souper Adoption Day” at Lakeshore Humane Society Adoption Center

Lakeshore Humane Society’s first Pet Adoption Day of 2014 on Saturday Jan. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. will be a special one. “Souper Adoption Day,” will feature homemade soup to beat January’s chill. The event takes place at LHS Adoption Center at 431 E. Chestnut St. in Dunkirk. There will also be a storytime for children with cookies and hot chocolate at 1 p.m.

All are welcome to this special afternoon. Visit the animals in need of caring homes, see the facility, enjoy some soup and a storytime, and stop at the LHS’ “gift boutique” which offers an assortment of pet-themed items for humans and animals and benefits the Lakeshore Humane Society.

For more information, visit or call 672-1991.

Postal Service asking customers to clear the way

Whether it falls in inches or feet, snow and ice create a challenge for mail carriers as they attempt to safely deliver to western New York homes and businesses.

That’s why the U.S. Postal Service is once again asking customers for their assistance by clearing snow and ice from walkways, driveways, porches and areas around the mailbox.

“Slips, trips and falls continue to be the most frequent type of injury sustained by our carriers,” said Western NY District Safety Manager Julieann Morgan. “And as winter conditions worsen, so do the number of accidents. By simply clearing the way, customers help reduce the risk.”

Please help mail carriers provide the best delivery service possible, as safely as possible. Mail carriers will thank you, every step of the way!

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Snowmobilers urged to check on trails

Snowmobilers are urged to stay off trails while they are closed. Please remember that it is illegal for anybody to ride on any snowmobile trails when they are closed. Anybody riding when trails are closed can be charged with trespass and/or have their sleds impounded. Snowmobilers can call for trail conditions and events at 1-800-242-4569, dial 2 then press 5.