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Susan Chiappone chautauqua correspondent


SILVER CREEK – Members of the Silver Creek Board of Education heard a review of the budget Wednesday at their regular meeting in the high school conference room. The 2013-14 spending plan will go before voters May 21. The $20.48 million budget is up 3.25 percent over the current budget and is expected to raise the tax rate by 62 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. A hearin…

DUNKIRK – Three new festivals are to be added to this summer’s calendar of events in Dunkirk.Mayor A.J. Dolce said the first new event will be a family picnic day called, “Picnic at the Point on Memorial Day,” being coordinated by the city’s Recreation Department.The second will be the Great Lakes Experience Festival on June 15. The festival promotes environmental awarenes…

FORESTVILLE – Forestville Mayor Beth Bowker presented a tentative budget and provided some information about the year ahead for Mayor-elect Linda Aures, who is currently a trustee. The tentative budget, with total appropriations of $347,786, was drafted with a reduction of $1,986 over the current year’s budget. Bowker advised Aures that she and her new board could work on …

DUNKIRK – Members of the city’s Public Safety Committee are considering the possibility of consolidating Dunkirk’s three fire stations into one headquarters building.Fire Chief Keith Ahlstrom gave a report Tuesday on the condition of the three stations. He said the station where fire headquarters is situated at 311 Eagle St. is the oldest of the three and needs the most re…

SILVER CREEK – Town Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo is preparing to start a storm drainage project in Sunset Bay, he told Hanover Town Board members Monday at the board’s regular meeting.D’Angelo said that supplies have been ordered and that he will need one more easement from a property owner on Michigan Avenue.D’Angelo also gave the board an update on his conversat…

HANOVER – Spending would go up by 3.8 percent under a $4.3 million budget proposal presented Monday to Town Board members. More than half of the increase is due to a new cost to the town for workers’ compensation costs. Town Budget Officer Elmar Kiefer reviewed the different areas of the budget. He said the workers’ compensation costs of $61,000 used to be part of the Chau…

SILVER CREEK – A new camera surveillance system will be installed in the Village of Silver Creek starting this fall. Police Chief Timothy Roche said the new system is expected to be installed soon and will provide local police with extra “eyes” on the community. Members of the Village Board authorized the $9,261 expenditure Monday at their regular meeting. The police chi…

FREDONIA – Enrollment at Fredonia State College shows a slight decline at 5,545 students for the fall semester. College Council members heard about enrollment, budget concerns, construction plans and other issues at the regular meeting for the fall term held Wednesday in the president’s office. The meeting was the first for Virginia Schaefer Horvath, who has taken over as…

DUNKIRK – Steve Purol, the city’s animal control officer, was placed on six months’ probation Tuesday for dumping two dead dogs in the Dumpster of a private business. The City Council took the action after a closed-door session with Purol, the mayor and police chief. Several Dunkirk-area residents turned out for Tuesday night’s Council meeting to express concern about the…

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DUNKIRK - "Operation Homeward Bound" ended successfully recently with a new home built for cats and dogs, thanks to the efforts of the Lake Shore Humane Society. The society opened its new 5,500-square-foot facility on Stegelski Street a few weeks ago. While all the interior work is not quite complete, the new residents of the home seem content in their quarters. Adoptions…

SILVER CREEK - Village board members will continue to explore the idea of making public parks in Silver Creek tobacco-free zones. At the regular meeting of the Village Board on Monday, Laurie Adams of the Tri-County Tobacco Free Coalition presented samples of three signs that would be provided. Melissa Shaw introduced the idea to Village Board members last month when she …

DUNKIRK - The Dunkirk City Treatment Court will celebrate its 10th anniversary next week. City Judge Walter Drag has announced that the next treatment court graduation and open house will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Dunkirk City Courtroom in City Hall. The ceremony is scheduled to honor the anticipated graduates who have had clean screenings for at least 12 mont…

SILVER CREEK - Several appointments were approved during a meeting of the Silver Creek Central School Board on Wednesday. The resignation of Monica Johengen as elementary school bus supervisor was accepted, and she was appointed as a summer intramural swim coach, retroactive to July through August. Paul Abate and Jamie Francisco were appointed to an additional assignmen…

A new book written by Andy Dufresne, a former Cornell Cooperative Extension director in Chautauqua County, practically begs travelers "just get off the interstate and see everything" - particularly when it comes to growing and enjoying grapes. Dufresne is a native of northern Vermont, but his work with Cornell as an educator and leader among the many agricultural business…

DUNKIRK - The city will hire outside help to coordinate the Community Development Block Grant program, officials said Tuesday. During the regular meeting of the City Council, members approved an agreement with Travis Gordon of Fredonia for $5,000 to provide consulting services and coordinate and develop a five-year plan. In addition to hiring the consultant, the Council a…