Community Notebook

Family Round Table in city this week

The Family Round Table sponsored by the Chautau-qua County Department of Mental Hygiene’s Family Support Services will host two sessions in Dunkirk on Thursday and Friday. Goal setting and a homework station will be the topic of the round table with a session Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Dunkirk JCC North Campus Training Center.

The same round table will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Dunkirk Library, 536 Central Ave. Children are welcome to participate in a skill booster session, but call ahead if bringing children.

Call either 753-4153 or 753-4157 with questions.

Gowanda Neighborhood Watch to meet Wednesday

The Gowanda Neighbor-hood Watch will hold its meeting Wednesday at the Gowanda Fire Hall on Aldrich Street at 7 p.m. The topics will be current events, citizens police academy and home safety. For questions, call Officer Jen Alessi at 913-4113 or Tom Povhe at 725-5117.

Chiavetta’s Chicken BBQ March 9

Relay for Life Team Lucky 777 will host its third annual Chiavetta’s Chicken BBQ on March 9 at the First Ward Falcon Club, Lake Shore Drive, Dunkirk, from noon until sold out. Tickets are $9.

There will be a drive-thru available, or eat in, and there will be a silent auction inside the club. To get pre-sale tickets, you can call Gene Tarnowski at 366-7292, Linda Pencek at 785-5190, or Kurt Wolnik at 366-0001.

All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

Rep. Reed’s staff in Fredonia Friday

Rep. Tom Reed’s staff will hold office hours Friday at Fredonia Village Hall. Reed’s staff will be in the Trustees Room on the second floor at 9 Church St. in Fredonia from 10 a.m. until noon to help answer questions and gather feedback.

Whether it’s a Social Security, Medicare, veter-ans or any other question or concern with a federal government agency, Reed’s staff will be available to help.

New York’s 23rd Con-gressional District includes the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Ontario, Schuy-ler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Yates.

Call 708-6369 with any questions regarding the Fredonia office hours or visit

Fredonia residents reminded to clear snow from sidewalks

With the recent heavy amounts of snow this winter, Fredonia Mayor Stephen Keefe and Department of Public Works Supervisor Jack Boland would like to remind village homeowners that they are responsible for clearing snow off of sidewalks in front of their properties.

“The village isn’t responsible for every sidewalk in the village,” Keefe said. “A lot of what we’re doing is a courtesy by clearing and running the snow plows down it.”

Boland and Keefe would also like to remind private residents the snow in their driveways cannot be plowed, pushed and/or left in the middle of the village streets, since it is a hazard.

Tax assistance is available Wednesday

The Chautauqua County Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition will have a walk-in VITA sites open by appointment only on Wednesday from 4:15 to 7 p.m. at the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, 626 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Please call 366-5424 to schedule an appointment.

An IRS-certified volunteer will prepare your taxes at no cost. All tax returns are filed electronically. You must bring your social security card and picture identification with you. If you are filing married filing jointly, both spouses must be present to sign required forms.

If you worked in 2013, but earned less than the income guidelines, you may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit – even if you are not required to file an income tax return.

Visit the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County’s web site at or call 366-5424 for more information.