Community Notebook

SeeThroughNY adds 178 school contracts

The latest available collective bargaining agreements of 81 public school teachers’ unions and the employee contracts of 97 school superintendents have been added to, the Empire Center’s government transparency website, home to the most complete public collection of state school district contracts.

Since 2008, the Empire Center has used the Free-dom of Information Law to obtain contracts for the state’s more than 700 school and BOCES districts.

New Brooks Memorial Hospital program focuses on improving balance for seniors

The devastating effects of falls and broken bones are often a feared risk for each of us as we age. However, the Physical Therapy De-partment at Brooks Mem-orial Hospital has a different message that with the right tools and activities, seniors can ‘stay balanced’ and significantly lower the risk of falls and their potentially life-changing consequences.

On March 4, Brooks will begin offering the “Brooks Balance Clinic: Staying Balanced Throughout Your Life.” The clinic consists of 10 wellness and balance program sessions focused on strategies for staying balanced, decreasing the risk of falls and improving postural control. The clinic will meet twice-weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m., for five consecutive weeks. The program sessions will be held at the Brooks Memorial Hospital Physical Therapy Depart-ment at 529 Central Ave., in Dunkirk. Cost for the program is $13 per session.

For more information or to register for the program, call 363-3092.

Yoga/pilates classes offered at Silver Creek Central on Thursdays

Yoga/pilates classes will be offered through the Silver Creek Central Community Education program. A set of four classes on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. running March 6 to 27 will meet on the high school auditorium stage. Registration fee is $20. To register, call 951-8111, leave a message referencing this class and a call back number.

Fredonia Central School


and kindergarten

registration in progress

Registration for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children for the 2014-15 school year is in progress at Fredonia Central School. Children who will turn 4 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2014 are eligible for pre-kindergarten while children who will turn 5 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2014 are eligible for kindergarten.

Parents and guardians can call or stop by the Ele-mentary School office to en-roll children and request registration packets. Con-tact the Fredonia Elemen-tary Office by June 1 at 679-1581 ext. 2740 to request a registration packet for either level.

Parents will need to provide the district with several items when registering a child: proof of residency (such as a utility bill or rent receipt), a birth certificate or other legal evidence of the child’s age, the child’s immunization record and the completed pre-kindergarten or kindergarten packet forms and materials.

Public hearing video

on fracking to appear

on Access Channel 5

Town of Chautauqua board members considered enacting a one-year moratorium on high-volume horizontal fracking at a public hearing Feb. 10. Though the town board voted 3 to 1 to reject the moratorium, the 2-hour public discussion revealed the nature of the divide between those who support the new industrial scale high-volume horizontal multi-pad fracking and those opposing HVHF in Chautauqua County.

The 96-minute video, filmed and edited by the Mayville-based film group Snowshoefilms, documents the full statements of each of the 45 speakers. As several local residents noted, over 160 New York towns and villages have enacted moratoria or bans high volume horizontal fracking, to allow them local control in the event New York state lifts the moratorium on high volume horizontal fracking.

The program will air on Access Channel 5 at 12:20 and 6:20 p.m. each day beginning on Saturday with the last airing on March 7.

Access 5 is available to cable viewers in the Chau-tauqua, Mayville, North Har-mony, Portland, Sherman 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).

Public health warning issued for Hanford Bay Shore Drive residents

A public health hazard/warning has been issued by Chautauqua County Emergency Manage-ment.

Residents on Shore Drive in Hanford Bay are required to boil water until further notice, per the Hanover Water Department. This is for Shore Drive in Hanford Bay only.

Cassadaga Job Corps Academy to host

informational session

The Cassadaga Job Corps Academy will host an informational session and tour on its campus at 8115 Glasgow Road in Cassadaga on Thursday at 10 a.m. The Cassadaga Job Corps provides training to begin a career in the healthcare and construction industries as well as high school equivalency classes to those in need of a diploma. Training in certified nurse aide, carpentry, painting, plumbing and electrical are available as well as the advanced training for licensed practical nurse.

The Academy will accept young adults, age 16-24, who are committed to a rigorous education and training program that are prepared to launch a career. Applicants can apply for on-center living or non-residential status, and all applicants will enroll on a full federal scholarship if accepted. Contact Mike Pietrkiewicz at 595-4298 or email for more information and to reserve a spot for the upcoming tour.

For additional information, you can also visit

Fredonia Fire Dept. releases run report

for January issued

The Fredonia Fire De-partment has released its run report for January.

Out of 156 calls, crews responded to 95 incidents within village limits and 30 incidents in the town of Pomfret outside the village. SUNY Fredonia had 19 calls and mutual aid was provided 12 times.

The fire department responded to 101 rescue and emergency medical service calls, 28 false alarms, 12 good intent calls, six fires, six hazardous conditions without fire and three service calls.

Gas prices higher

Average retail gasoline prices in Rochester have risen 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.67/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 319 gas outlets in Rochester. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.40/g, according to gasoline price website