Community Notebook

Great Lakes Beach Glass & Coastal Arts Festival May 24-25

Up to 90 vendors and more than 7,000 attendees are expected to take part in the Great Lakes Sea Glass Festival hosted by Relish Jewelers in Erie, Pa.

Slated for Memorial Day weekend 2014, (May 24 and 25) the festival will be held in the Great Hall of Erie’s 29,000 square foot Bayfront Convention Center (1 Sassafras Pier, Erie).

Some highlights in addition to great art will be antique bottle identification, lectures on a variety of interesting coastal subjects for all ages, live acoustic music by Erie’s own Mark Beery on Saturday and the Salmon Frank Band on Sunday.

A “Best Beach Find” contest will be held where attendees can submit up to three pieces of beach glass to be judged for a cash prize. A gift basket raffle will also be held. This year proceeds will once again be donated to two local nonprofits, The PA Sea Grant, and the local chapter of Homeless American Veterans. All are encouraged to help support this worthwhile cause.

If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Terri Reed or Jennifer Reed at 814-836-1827.

Villenova Cemetery Burial Association seeks help Tuesday

The Villenova Cemetery Burial Association is in urgent need of members. Think spring, get out of the house and attend the public meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Villenova Grange. The grange is located at the intersection of Route 83 and Route 322.

Pancake breakfast Saturday in Forestville

The public is welcome to an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Fairbanks Maple, 9265 Putnam Road, Forestville. See maple production underway. Adults $6.50, $3.50 for kids under 8.

Got trees? Members of the NY Forest Owners Association will be on hand. If you have one acre or 100 acres, NYFOA can help you make the best use of your woodlands. Whether you are a timber producer or just enjoy a hike in the woods, we can assist you in keeping your trees and habitats healthy and happy.

For more information, come to the breakfast and meet us. If you can’t make it, contact Dennis Dragich at 359-2135 or

Chicken barbecue

benefits Hanover Little League Sunday

The Silver Creek Firemen’s Club will sponsor a chicken barbecue to benefit the Hanover Little League on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until sold out at the club at 23 Jackson St., Silver Creek. Pre-sale tickets are $8.50 and can be purchased by contacting Liz VanCheri at 934-4262, Caroline Mullen at 432-4002, Bob Bradigan at 965-2696 or Tammy Bartlett at 672-9126. Pre-sale orders will be held until 3 p.m. Tickets will be $9 at the door and there is a choice to eat-in or take-out. There will also be a basket raffle, prize drawings and a 50/50 raffle.

Gowanda Board

of Education petitions due April 21

Candidates wishing to run for office to fill three three-year terms on the Gowanda Board of Education must file a petition with the district clerk. Each petition must be signed by a minimum of 25 qualified voters of the district and be filed with the district clerk by April 21. Petitions may be filed between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

LWV?hosts grape industry presenters April 9 in Westfield

On April 9, The League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County will host three presenters who will explore the grape industry along the shores of Lake Erie. The event will be held at the Grape Discovery Center, located at 8305 W. Main Road in Westfield.

The cost for the noon luncheon is $15. Reservations are due by Wednesday. Make checks payable to LWV of Chautauqua County. Send the payment to Diane Hofner, 7554 Prospect Station Road, Mayville.

Those who wish to hear only the program portion, which begins at 1 p.m., must call Gen Ludemann at 672-4771 to be assured seating. Speakers include Luke Haggerty, viticulturist; Richard Erdle, retired Welch executive, and Andrew Dufresne, retired Cornell agricultural educator.

Social Media Webinar Series for nonprofits

The Northern Chautau-qua Community Foundation has announced its Spring Social Media Webinar Series which is being offered to all non-profit organizations and is free of charge.

The series will include the following webinars: Tuesday: Online fundraising and e-Newsletter Best Practices; April 15: Twitter Best Practices for Nonprof-its and May 13: YouTube and Video Content.

The webinars provide useful social media strategies to create engaging, interactive and effective platforms to communicate with a variety of audiences.

All webinars are held at the SUNY Technology Incubator, 214 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. Registration is required. For more information or to register for the webinars, contact Eileen Dunn, at 366-4892 or

Hanover tax payments due Tuesday

Tuesday is the last day residents can pay 2014 county/town taxes to the Hanover Town Clerk.

Town Clerk Janine L. Salzman said taxes can be paid at the Hanover Town Hall, 68 Hanover St. until 5 p.m.

A penalty of 2 percent has been added for the March 1 to April 1 collection period.

After Tuesday, all unpaid taxes will be forwarded to Chautauqua County.

Brocton water, sewer accounts due by April 9

Brocton Clerk/Treasurer Karen Ardillo reminds all residents the last day to pay delinquent water and sewer accounts has been designated by the Village Board of Trustees as April 9. All open balances will be relevied to the village taxes on April 10.

Westfield Village Board meets tonight

The Westfield Village Board meeting will be held today at 7 p.m. in the North Room of the Eason Hall.

Fire commissioners meet Tuesday night

The Westfield Board of Fire Commissioners meeting is Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the North Room of Eason Hall.

Safe boating classes

Safe boating classes will be held at Chautauqua Marina, 104 W. Lake Road, Mayville. The course is for adults and children ages 10 years of age and up. Course fee $39. Materials fee $5. Preregistration is required. Call 753-3913 or 753-0409.

Classes are as follows:

May 21 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and May 22 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. (2-day class)

June 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (one-day class)

July 19 and July 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. (2-day class)

Aug. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (one-day class)

Instructors will be Gay-nell Anderson, Deborah Cle-menti and Tiffany Clementi.

Ham, chocolate and Easter basket party

in South Dayton Friday

The South Dayton Fire Department is sponsoring a ham, chocolate and Easter basket party on Friday from 7 to 9:30 p.m in the South Dayton activities hall. The department invites the public to join them for raffles of hams and Easter baskets to help support the South Dayton Volunteer Fire Co. Free refreshments will be served.