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Civil War unit's lore to be celebrated by kin

MAYVILLE -- Descendants of the 154th New York Volunteers Infantry, a Civil War regiment raised in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties, will hold their 22nd annual reunion today.

The event will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at the pavilion in Lakeside Park.

Joining the group for a special reunion will be descendants of the 112th New York Volunteer Infantry.

The two regiments were raised in tandem at Camp James M. Brown in Jamestown during the summer of 1862 and went on to very different careers in the Union Army, not meeting again until the end of the war.

Historian Mark H. Dunkleman will present an overview of the 154th New York's history. He is the author of several books that explore the regiment's history.

Joel Babcock, whose ancestors include members of both regiments, will present an account of the 112th's service.

Those attending are urged to bring photographs and relics of their Civil War ancestors.

For information, call Dunkleman at (401) 369-0637 or e-mail him at


Poor water quality closes beach at state park

The beach at Darien Lakes State Park is closed due to results from water quality tests and consultation with the state Department of Health.

Water testing revealed high levels of bacteria and a failure to meet water quality standards.

The park will test the water again this morning to determine whether the beach can be reopened.


Library's fundraiser today features carnival

PORTVILLE -- The Portville Free Library's annual Heritage Day fundraiser celebration beginning at 9 a.m. today will feature a carnival, live musical entertainment, a pancake breakfast, and the sale of pies, baked goods and strawberry shortcake made by members of local churches.

At 1 p.m., State Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, will announce a state grant and dedicate a new lift serving handicapped and elderly patrons of the library at 2 Main St.

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