Community Notebook

Town of Dunkirk Planning Board meets Wednesday

The Town of Dunkirk Planning Board will hold its monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Town Hall. The board will continue with discussion on development of the comprehensive plan.

Non-credit courses offered at JCC

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

Computer courses: Intro-duction to Spreadsheets Us-ing Microsoft Excel, 9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, March 8-22 ($97) and Microsoft Power-Point 2010 Part II, 6-8 p.m., March 11 and 13 ($43).

Safety training courses: Accident Investigation, 8 a.m.-noon, March 4 ($75), Safety Program Develop-ment, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wed-nesdays, March 5-19 ($229).

A point/insurance reduction course is offered in separate sessions from 6-9 p.m. on March 4 and 6 and from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on March 15. The fee is $35.

To register, or for information 363-6500, or visit

Chautauqua Lecture Series to appear

on Access Channel 5

Chris Hayes’ Chautauqua lecture “Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy” will be shown on Access Channel 5 at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. each day beginning on Saturday, with the last airing on March 7.

Channel 5 is available to cable viewers in the Chau-tauqua, Mayville, North Harmony, Portland, Sher-man and Westfield areas.

Viewers should note that all area public access channels have been dropped from Time Warner’s analog service, but can be received on digital service with a converter at their legacy channel assignment, or on a QAM digital television (channel varies by system) that has been recently autoscanned. Programming from Access Channel 5 (channel 21.4 on a QAM digital TV) is also aired each evening in the Town of Hanover on cable channel 12 (channel 98.3 on a QAM digital TV).

Brocton/Portland Democratic Party spaghetti dinner Wednesday

The Brocton/Portland Democratic Party will be having a spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, at the Brocton American Legion from 4 to 7 p.m. All are welcome. The dinner prices are adults: $7.50, and children under 12: $3.75. Tickets are available at the door, and take out orders are available. For more information, contact Dan Schrantz at 792-4661.

The Lakeshore Humane Society joins Petfinder to fuel pet adoptions

The Lakeshore Humane Society, Dunkirk, has joined thousands of animal welfare organizations across North America and beyond that list their homeless pets on Petfinder, the online leader in responsible pet adoptions. Petfinder, the largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet, has been committed to animal welfare and rescue organizations dedicated to the cause since its founding in 1996.

Approximately 14,000 rescues and shelters leverage Petfinder’s website,, and mobile apps to connect homeless pets with prospective pet adopters. To get started, a potential adopter simply enters his or her search criteria and a list is returned that ranks the pets by proximity to the location entered. Adoptions are carried out by the animal placement group that is caring for the pet selected, following its policies.

Fredonia Cable Board to meet Thursday

On Thursday at 7 p.m. in Fredonia Village Hall (basement meeting room; formerly the teen center), the Fredonia Cable Access Committee (Time Warner channels 5 and 17) will hold its monthly meeting to discuss February and March programming and the ongoing cable contract proposal and negotiations.

The committee would like to remind customers that Channel 5 is gone from analog televisions. It is on Channel 5 on cable boxes and it is on channel 96.1 on a digital flat screen TV. To get Channel 96.1, you must run the auto program in your set-up menu in order to get the TV to recognize the channel. You may find several channels have moved and there might even be new stations available.

You can also view programming on YouTube at “Access 5 Fredonia.”

Residents interested in becoming committee members or submitting information for the community bulletin board should contact the board at

Kent Knappenburger to appear on Senior Report Saturday

Senior Report with Reed Powers will have Kent Knappenburger as the guest on Saturday’s television program. Knappenburger received the first-ever music education Grammy.

The live, call-in program airs from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays. Individuals may call 753-5225 during that time with questions, comments or a shout-out. The program is rebroadcast each day at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. for some communities.

The series highlights senior citizen club news for 15 minutes with the remainder of the hour-long program devoted to the featured guest.

Senior Report is shown live on Saturday mornings on Time Warner cable systems covering the following communities: Brocton, Cassa-daga, Chautauqua, Fredonia, Mayville, North Harmony, Portland, Ripley, Sherman, Stockton and Westfield on Channel 5. In Dunkirk, Fal-coner, Forestville, Hanover, Irving, Jamestown, Lake-wood and Silver Creek the program is on channel 19. The show originates at the Access Channel 5 studio in Mayville.