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Lakewood Board To Meet Tonight

LAKEWOOD – The Village of Lakewood Board of Trustees will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the board room. A work session will precede the regular meeting at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Christmas Eve Service Set

CHERRY CREEK – The Cherry Creek/Leon United Methodist Church, Cherry Creek, will hold a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m., Tuesday.

Town Hall Closing For Holidays

ELLINGTON – The Ellington Town Hall will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 26, 27, 31 and Jan. 1 for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

CCE To Close For Holidays

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County offices will be closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Wednesday, Jan. 1, for the holidays.

Post Offices Open Christmas Eve

All post offices will be open Christmas Eve, but all will close at noon except the Jamestown post office, 300 E. Third St., which will remain open until 5 p.m. Regular mail delivery and blue collection boxes having final collection times before noon will not be affected by these changes on Tuesday. However, collection boxes with final collection times scheduled after noon will be collected by noon. Revised hours will be posted at each post office. Customers may call 1-800-ASK-USPS for information about specific post office hours. Post offices will be closed Christmas Day, and only Express Mail will be delivered. Regular mail delivery and post office hours will resume Thursday.

Kennedy UMC Holding Dinner

KENNEDY – Kennedy First United Methodist Church will host its annual Christmas Day dinner from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 267-2645. The church is located on the corner of Church Street and Second Street.

Charlotte Board To Meet Thursday

SINCLAIRVILLE – The Charlotte Town Board will hold its year-end meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the David Vern Luce Community Building, 8 Lester St., Sinclairville. The public is welcome to attend.

County American Legion Meets

The December meeting of the Chautauqua County American Legion was held recently at the Cassadaga Memorial Post 1280. Various Committee Reports were given. Mentioned was the fact that the grade school flag education programs will start in January. Also mentioned was that the Boy and Cub Scout of the Year selections will be held April 27 at the Herman Kent Post 777 in Celoron. Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency Director Gary Chilcott was present and gave a talk on various subjects concerning veterans in Chautauqua County. The next meeting of the County Legion will be on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Fredonia Memorial Post 59.

County Planning Board To Meet

MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Planning Board’s monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 4 p.m. at the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency’s Office located at 200 Harrison St. in Jamestown.

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Smokehouse To Play In Lakewood

LAKEWOOD – Lakewood Legion Post 1286 at 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood will be hosting Smokehouse today from 8 p.m. to midnight. Dinner specials will be served from 5-9 p.m. All members and guests are welcome, please sign in.

TOPS Group Holds Meeting

Twenty-eight TOPS NY 721 Jamestown members weighed in and a 12-pound loss was recorded. Gail Crawford was the TOPS best loser, and Imogene Truax received free dues. Prize winners were Lillian Brown and Mary Dooley. Punch card winners were Imogene Truax, Steve Crawford and Donna Jean Borst. The thought was to stop doubting yourself and the ability to lose weight. If you really want to lose the weight, then you can. Chapter weigh-in is 8:30-9:30 a.m. each Thursday, followed by a meeting at Kidder United Methodist Church, corner of South Main Street and Cole Avenue. For more information, call 763-4626.

Performance Dates Change

James Dean’s highly celebrated 1955 film “Rebel Without a Cause” will take on a new artistic form as community players of Jamestown perform a staged adaptation at the Willow Bay Theater. Co-presented by Masked Productions and Hatikvah Ministries, “Rebel” has begun its rehearsals and will open Jan. 24 and run Jan. 25, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the curtain rises at 8. Presale tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.rebelwithoutacause.co, Wing City Grille of Lakewood, and the Labyrinth Press Co. coffee shop on Fourth Street in downtown Jamestown. Tickets purchased the day of are $14. Additional information can be found at www.rebelwithoutacause.co or by calling 708-8879.

Frewsburg Class Holding Can Drive

FREWSBURG – The Frewsburg Central Class of 2014 will be having a can drive on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. Seniors will be collecting cans in Frewsburg neighborhoods. If you would like to drop cans off, please bring them to the gym entrance of the high school after 1 p.m. or to Don’t Trash It, in Falconer.

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Do You String Christmas Lights?

Do you go all in when it comes to decorating your house for Christmas? If you do, or know somebody who does, let us know. We would love to feature them in an upcoming holiday edition of The Post-Journal. Email drader@post-journal.com or call Dusten Rader at 487-1111, ext. 253.

Christmas

Services Planned

First Presbyterian Church will have two Christmas season services. The first service is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and is worship with children and families in mind. The Rev. Donald Ray will tell the Christmas story with the singing of Christmas hymns. The second service, on Christmas Eve, is the annual Festival Candlelighting service in the sanctuary with the sacrament of Holy Communion. The Rev. Dr. Bruce Archibald will be preaching. The service starts at 9 p.m. with the gathering musical prelude starting at 8:30 p.m.

Bluegrass At

Winter Night Lights

Amanda Barton and Sara the Great will perform their special mix of bluegrass music at Winter Night Lights at the Audubon at 7 p.m. Friday. Winter Night Lights has been so well-received that it will be running an extra weekend that was not planned. The dates have been extended to include Friday, Dec. 27, and Saturday, Dec. 28. Winter Night Lights is a spectacular interactive light show created by artists, engineers and naturalists. A flat, one-third-mile trail is listed with low energy use LED technology and includes interactive stations where participants can play flashlight tag with animals, drum to watch the building change color and LED lasers that make the outside magical. It runs from 6-9 p.m. For more information, call the Jamestown Audubon Society 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.

Kids Christmas Party Saturday

LAKEWOOD – The Lakewood American Legion Post 1286 will be having its annual Kids Christmas Party Saturday at 1 p.m. at the club. The party is for all children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of members. Please call the club at 763-1286 to make a reservation.

Christmas Concert Is Sunday

FREWSBURG – The Wheeler Hill United Methodist Church will present a Christmas concert on Sunday at 7 p.m. David Rublee, pianist, and the Sunday School children will spread ”Peace on Earth.” All are invited to attend.

Blood Drive

Set For Monday

RANDOLPH – The Community Blood Bank will host a blood drive from 3-6 p.m. Monday at the Frewsburg American Legion. Donations will support patients in need at WCA Hospital. Requirements to donate blood include: donors must be at least 17 years old or 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds; be in general good health and should eat well before giving blood. Photo identification is required. The Community Blood Bank of Western New York is the exclusive supplier of 98 percent of all blood used at WCA Hospital and area hospitals.

Sunday School To Present Play

CHERRY CREEK – The Cherry Creek/Leon United Methodist Church children’s Sunday school will present ”The Trip to Bethlehem” at the Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. Fellowship will follow.

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Farmers Eligible For Tax Break

Owners of actively farmed agricultural land may qualify for a partial reduction in property tax through the Agricultural Value Assessment program. Those interested should call their local assessor for more information about eligibility requirements. Qualified landowners in Cattaraugus County will need to have a Soil Group Worksheet listing the agricultural soils for each parcel they own completed by the Cattaraugus County Soil & Water Conservation District to submit with their application to their assessor. There is a charge of $25 per parcel for completion of the Soil Group Worksheets. The deadline for application is March 1. To obtain a worksheet, contact the Conservation District with the tax parcel information at 699-2326, ext. 114, or visit the district office at the USDA Service Center, 8 Martha St., Ellicottville.

TOPS Members Weigh In

Twenty-two TOPS 721 Jamestown members weighed in at a recent meeting. Best losers were Mary Lou Lawson, TOPS, who also received free dues, and Diane Anderson, KOPS. Other prize winners were Imogene Truax and Barb Linza. Lillian Brown was the punch card winner. Julie Davis conducted bingo games. The thought was the difference between a successful person and others is not lack of knowledge, but rather is lack of will.

Tree Orders

Now Accepted

The Cattaraugus County Soil & Water Conservation District is accepting orders for the 2014 spring tree and shrub bare root seedling sale. Several species of conifers, hardwoods, shrubs and berries are available, as well as assortment packets for reforestation, wildlife and erosion control. Orders are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until March 31. Seedlings will be distributed in April. To receive an order form, call the Conservation District office at 699-2326, ext. 101, or visit www.cattcoswcd.org.

Dopp I Gryta Meal Is Saturday

BEMUS POINT – The Thule Lodge will hold its annual Swedish Christmas meal known as the Dopp I Gryta this Saturday at the lodge located at 4123 Pancake Hill Road. The Swedish phrase means the dipping of the bread and there will be several kinds of bread in addition to korv, Swedish meatballs, pickled herring, ham, beets, cheeses, potatoes, and many kinds of cookies. The business meeting will be held at 2 p.m. and the meal will follow the meeting. All members are urged to attend. Thule Lodge serves to preserve the Swedish heritage through events and activities.

MS Rap Group To Meet Saturday

Is there an upside to living with Multiple Sclerosis? Come to the Chautauqua Regional multiple sclerosis rap group on Saturday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Jones Hill Memorial Rehabilitation Center, first floor, 51 Glasgow Ave., Jamestown. This semi-structured support group has the goal of being both informative and fun. Snacks will be provided. The meeting is open to patients, family and friends. For more information or directions, or for peer support, contact Debbie Lane at 962-9401 or Allen Wilcox at 664-6434.

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Rails-To-Trails Offers Challenge

Chautauqua Rails-to-Trails is challenging area residents to take part in the “I Went All the Way” challenge. If one travels from Sherman to Brocton on the 27-mile trail, logs the miles on a form found at www.chaurtt.org/NewChallenge and mails the form along with a $25 check made out to Chautauqua Rails to Trails, located at P.O. Box 151, Mayville, NY, 14757, they will send you a T-shirt that says “I Went All the Way.” The trail may be completed in segments over time.

Drawing To Be Held Wednesday

SINCLAIRVILLE – Tickets are still available at the Sinclairville Free Library for an opportunity to win an original painting by local artist David Earl Miller. The piece was created by Miller during Sinclairville’s History Fair in September and donated by the artist to the library. It has been framed and measures 43 inches by 30 inches. Tickets are $5 each and the drawing will be held Wednesday. All proceeds benefit the Sinclairville Free Library.

Christmas Music To Be Offered

An evening of special Christmas music will be held in Darrah Hall at Christ First United Methodist Church, on the corner of Lakeview Avenue and Buffalo Street, Jamestown, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, featuring the Red Letters Blues Band with Sue Waite, Tom Swanson, Julie Morgan, Brent Galuppo, Jim Foti and Karl Lydell. Songs to be offered include “Angels We Have Heard,” “Gardens or Deserts,” “Please Come Home for Christmas,” “O Come Emmanuel,” “Christmas Comes but Once a Year” and “Christmas Must Be Tonight.” The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 664-5803.

Planning Board To Meet Thursday

SALAMANCA – The next regular meeting of the Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board will be Thursday at the Center for Regional Excellence, Salamanca. There will be a “Future of Southern Tier West” meeting starting at 11:30 a.m., followed by the board meeting at 1 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon.

Ripley Board To Meet Thursday

RIPLEY – The Ripley Central School Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the elementary school library. The public is welcome to attend.

Christmas Story Time To Be Held

BUSTI – The Hazeltine Public Library in Busti is holding a special children’s Christmas story time from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. Children will hear stories read by Mrs. Claus, and craft and snack time will be in the theme of “gingerbread.” To register, call 487-1281. The library is located at 891 Busti-Sugar Grove Road.

Infinity To Host Reunion Concert

Current and former Infinity students are set to present a concert at the Infinity Cafe on Friday from 7-9 p.m. Former Infinity students who are home for the holidays will reunite at this show to jam and reconnect. Whether a student one year ago or 10 years ago, all former Infinity students are encouraged to attend. Only Infinity students and alumni will be permitted to perform, but the public is welcome to attend. The Infinity Arts Cafe is located at 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 664-0991 or visit infinityperformingarts.org.

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Kenefick Named FN Bank Senior VP

BUFFALO – First Niagara Financial Group Inc. recently announced it has named John Kenefick, a 25-year financial services veteran, as senior vice president, central underwriting credit manager.

In this role, Kenefick will oversee the approval and ongoing monitoring of small business loans across the bank’s four-state footprint. He joins First Niagara from HSBC Bank USA, where he was the senior vice president of business lending, and led the transformation of a credit underwriting and operations function into an efficient and automated operating model in support of a multi-billion commercial loan portfolio.

“John is a seasoned banking professional with extensive knowledge and skill in credit management and commercial loan operations and administration,” said Nancy Cinfio, senior director of credit risk and approval at First Niagara. “His long track record of exceptional financial management and operational acumen makes him a perfect fit for First Niagara.”

Kenefick earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University, and a Master of Science degree in banking and financial services management from the Boston University School of Management. He lives in East Amherst with his wife Mary and will be based in Buffalo.

Bennett Joins Century 21

Taylor Bennett, a lifelong Chautauqua County resident, has recently joined Century 21 Turner Brokers as a full-time real estate agent.

Bennett, a graduate of Jamestown High School, got his start in the real estate business when he decided to enter the field beginning with residential auctions.

“It pretty much grew quickly from there,” Bennett said. “The more I started to purchase investment properties for myself, the more I felt the desire to help others buy and sell homes as a real estate agent. It was important to me to be able to associate myself with a top company that could help me learn and grow.”

Bennett who has been owning and managing his own investment properties over the past two years previously worked for a local pizzeria along with the Pepsi Bottling Company. He is a currently a member of the Vikings Lodge and continues to volunteer for the Kiantone Fire Department. He is also a Jamestown High School track coach, a sport in which Bennett ran in the state championship meets and was a three-time most valuable player.

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Busti To Host Christmas Dinner

BUSTI – The Christmas dinner for the Busti Fire Department and Auxiliary members and spouses will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Those attending should bring a dish to pass. Table service and beverage will be provided. The auxiliary will hold its final meeting of 2013 after the dinner at 7 p.m. with election of officers for 2014 on the agenda. A $10 gift exchange will follow the meeting. All members are asked to attend.

Community Carol Set For Tonight

Allen Park Women’s Club will host the seventh annual Community Carol Sing at 6 p.m. tonight around the bonfire at the Pavilion in Allen Park. Santa Claus, sleigh rides around the park, Madrigal singers, hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. All are invited, and the event is free of charge.

Legion To Host Monthly Breakfast

Herman Kent American Legion Post 777 is holding its monthly breakfast Sunday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. There will be a full buffet with scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, sausage gravy, French toast, danish and a three-egg omelet. The cost is $6 a person.

Outdoor Club

To Meet Sunday

On Sunday, the Allegheny Outdoor Club will hike or ski four to five miles in the Economite Road area. Participants will meet at Musante Street in Warren at 1:30 p.m. For more information call Greg Burkett at 814-723-4989.

Youth Program Set For Dec. 22

SHERMAN – A children’s program will be presented in the North Harmony United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. Parents with children wishing to participate should contact John Jackson, church pastor, at 753-3550.

Cantata

Set For Saturday

ELLINGTON – The Baptist Church of Ellington, 530 Route 62 North, will present the Christmas cantata ”Bethlehem Morning” on Saturday at 4 p.m. Dinner will follow. The event is open to the public, at no charge.

Churches To Sing Sunday

The combined choirs of the Magnolia, North Harmony and Open Meadows United Methodist Churches will present the Christmas cantata “The Joy of Christmas” on Sunday in the Magnolia UMC, 3969 Route 394, north of Stow, at 12:45 p.m. Patty Zdunski and Juanita Wallace-Jackson, soloists, will be accompanied by Mary Jane Miller. A tureen dinner will follow the performance. Those attending should take a dish to pass and their table service. All are welcome to attend.

Kennedy Church To Host Concert

KENNEDY – The Kennedy First United Methodist Church will present a Christmas concert on Sunday at 7 p.m. The program includes a wide variety of ages, solos, duets, a trio and several mixed numbers by Common Ground, the church quartet. Featured singers are Patty, Taryn and Taylor Dechow, Olivia Booth, Laurel Hoch, Burke, Megan, Benjamin and Zachary Lindquist, David Rublee and Donna Dort. Cindy Woodin, organist, will perform the prelude. Pianists are Rublee and Dort. All are invited to attend.

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Santa In The Park Event Is Sunday

CASSADAGA – Santa in the Park will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday in Cassadaga. The event is sponsored by the Cassadaga Fire Department and Fire Auxiliary. Refreshments will be served at the Cassadaga Branch Library, 18 Maple Ave.

Busti Church To Host Cookie Walk

BUSTI – The Busti Federated Church, 875 Mill Road, Jamestown. at the five corners of Busti, will host a cookie walk on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dozens of varieties of cookies will be available to mix and match. The cost is $4 per dozen or $10 for three dozen. There will also be other assorted baked goods and crafts. Proceeds will benefit the SSAFE 2014 Wild Game Banquet. The church will also be collecting toys for tots and the first 20 toys brought in that day will receive a free gift. For more information, call 664-1586.

Emmanuel Baptist To?Host Banquet

The Emmanuel Baptist Church, 53 W. 23rd St., Jamestown, will hold its annual Christmas banquet on Saturday at 5 p.m. The cost is $20 per ticket. The Rev. Uvie Stewart Jr. will be the speaker. For tickets, call 487-9860.

Rodeo City Seniors To Meet Friday

GERRY – The Rodeo City Senior Citizens of Gerry will hold their Christmas dinner and program this Friday in the United Methodist Church in Gerry at noon on Friday. Ham will be provided by President Leona Peterson and mashed potatoes will be provided by Secretary Margie McIntyre. All those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to add to the meal and their own table service. New members are always welcome.

Lakewood Legion Karaoke Friday

LAKEWOOD – Lakewood Legion Post 1286, 174 Chautauqua Ave., Lakewood, will host Jules R Us karaoke on Friday from 7-11 p.m. Prime rib and fish fry are the specials. Members and guests are welcome; please sign in.

Donuts With?Santa Set For Saturday

MAYVILLE – The Mayville Fire Department will hold its annual Donuts With Santa from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Carlson Community Center in Lakeside Park, Mayville. In addition to being able to have photos taken with Santa Claus, there will be donuts, hot chocolate, candy and a giveaway for a Lionel train.

Ellington Baptist To Host Cantata

ELLINGTON – The Baptist Church of Ellington, 530 Route 62 North, will present the Christmas cantata ”Bethlehem Morning” on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. Dinner will follow the musical. There is no charge. All are welcome to attend.

Christmas At Library?Is Saturday

SINCLAIRVILLE – The Sinclairville Free Library will host “Christmas at the Library” from 4 5 p.m. Saturday as part of Sinclairville’s Christmas in the Park Celebration. Children will make Christmas crafts while listening to holiday music and stories. Face painting will also be available. The program is free and open to the public. The library will be closed for the holidays on Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1.

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Mall Caroling

Set For Friday

LAKEWOOD – Ladies from several area churches will be caroling at the Chautauqua Mall on Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. near the Food Court. They will be joined by Kyle Jordan on the saxophone. Donations of hats, scarves and mittens will be accepted to giveaway to children in our community.

Cookie Sale

Set For Friday

LITTLE VALLEY – The Memorial Library of Little Valley will hold its annual Holiday Cookie sale on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cattaraugus County Bank. Attractive 1-pound plates of mixed holiday cookies and brownies will be available along with loaves of cranberry bread. Sugar-free cookies would also be appreciated. The cost of the cookies is $8 per plate and the bread is $4 for a medium-sized loaf. Area bakers are welcome to contribute to this event by bringing their best cookies, brownies and holiday breads into the Library on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call the Library at 938-6301. Library hours are Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon.

Giglio To Host Open House

OLEAN – Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio, R,C,I-Gowanda, reminds residents that he will be hosting his 9th Annual Holiday Open House at his Olean district office for residents of the Southern Tier. Giglio will be accepting new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program as well. The Holiday Open House gives residents a chance to visit Giglio’s Olean office, which will also serve as a drop-off site for donations. The open house will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, at 700 W. State St., Westgate Plaza in Olean. Light refreshments will be served. Giglio will accept donations for the Toys for Tots program until Dec. 20 at his district office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Pine Valley

Board To Meet

SOUTH DAYTON – The Pine Valley Central School board will begin its meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will adjourn at 6:45 p.m. for the purpose of interviewing candidates for the vacated board seat.

Winter Selection Now Available

St. Luke’s Thrift Shop, 409 Pine St. between East Fourth and East Fifth streets, Jamestown, has a new large selection of Christmas items this week. Also available is a large selection of winter clothing including winter coats for men and women. The shop is open for sales and receiving from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and for receiving only from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Off-street parking is available in the church lot off East Fifth Street. This is a nonprofit enterprise with all proceeds going to local outreach and is run by local volunteers, many of whom are with RSVP. The shop will be closed Christmas week.

Christmas Auction Set For Friday

ELLINGTON – The Ellington Town Picnic Association will host a Christmas auction at 6 p.m. Friday at the Ellington Fire Hall. New items up for auction include household items, toys, clothing, tools, giftware, games and some food items. The Ellington Town Picnic members will serve chili, hot dogs, home baked pies and beverages.

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Thrift Store Adds Christmas Room

The Community Outreach Center Thrift Store has opened a small Christmas room with decorations for the season. Area residents are invited to come shop the selection of gently used Christmas items. Every Friday is bag sale day. One can fill a bag with clothing and pay only $2. The store also sells furniture, books, household items and more. The store is located on the third floor of the First Lutheran Church, corner of Chandler and Center streets. Store hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit local charities.

Christmas Village Set In Jamestown

Jamestown’s Christmas Village will take place Friday from 6-10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Lillian V. Ney Renaissance Center in downtown Jamestown. The two-day event, put on by Scott Mekus of Eventz by Scott, will include more than 20 vendors for holiday shopping, visits to Santa Claus and his elves and a chance for children to go down his magical slide, Rudolph appearance, face painting, holidays crafts and ornament-making, unlimited bounce house fun, musical performances and treats for sale on both floors of the building. The cost is $2 per adult, $5 per child and 2 and under free which includes all activities. For more event information or vendor registration, contact Mekus at 720-0564, smekus@eventzbyscott.com or search Jamestown’s Christmas Village on Facebook.

Support Group Meets Wednesday

The Breast Cancer Support Group of Jamestown meeting is Wednesday at Friendly’s Restaurant in Jamestown. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. with the Christmas meeting at 7 p.m. Special guests are Chuck and Angelo Giuffre of the Happy Days band with an evening of music. Guests are welcome.

PVCS Board To Meet Thursday

SOUTH DAYTON – The Pine Valley Central School Board of Education will begin its Thursday meeting at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will adjourn at approximately 6:45 p.m. for the purpose of interviewing candidates for the vacated board seat.

Board Meeting Set For Friday

LITTLE VALLEY – The next Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board meeting will be Friday at 10 a.m. in the Large Committee Room on the third floor of the Cattaraugus County Center in Little Valley. To those serving on the Farmer Neighbor Dinner Planning Committee will meet on Friday at 9 a.m. in the Large Committee Room on the third floor of the Cattaraugus County Center in Little Valley.

Tea Party Dinner Set For Dec. 17

Southern Tier TEA Party Patriots will hold a Christmas party from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Allen Park Men’s Club. All members are invited to attend. If interested, members can bring finger foods. There will be no general monthly meeting during December.

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SWCS Board

To Meet Tuesday

The Southwestern Central School Board of Education will hold its regular meeting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Board of Education Room at the middle school. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct school business. The public is invited to attend.

Craft Show

Set For Today

CHERRY CREEK – The Cherry Creek/Leon United Methodist Church on Main Street in Cherry Creek will have a craft show today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Santa Claus in attendance from 10 a.m. to noon. Along with crafters, there will be a cookie walk and soup available.

Wreath Sale To Benefit Troops

The Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 of Jamestown and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865 Support the Troops Program is selling Christmas trees and wreaths to raise money to send care packages to troops overseas through Saturday, Dec. 21 in front of Harley-Davidson of Jamestown at the Falconer exit of Interstate 86. The tree sales will take place Mondays through Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. and Fridays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 450-6768.

Lakewood Board To Meet Monday

LAKEWOOD – The Village of Lakewood Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the board room. A work session will precede the meeting at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Alzheimer’s Group To Meet

The Alzheimer’s Association monthly Caregiver Support Group will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 1-2:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room at the JAMA Building, 15 S. Main St., in Jamestown. An evening monthly caregiver support group will meet on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Fluvanna Community Church on Fluvanna Avenue Extension. The groups are for anyone who is caring for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia-related diagnoses. The groups are facilitated by Maggie Irwin, LMSW. For more information, call 483-5448.

JPS Board To Meet Tuesday

The Jamestown Board of Education will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the board room at 197 Martin Road. The public is invited to attend.

Seniors To Hold Christmas Lunch

SINCLAIRVILLE – The Sinclairville Senior Citizens meet once a month on the second Tuesday at noon in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room for a luncheon and program. On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the group will meet for a Christmas luncheon. The ham will be provided by Diman and LouAnn Smith, and the mashed potatoes will be provided by Marge McIntyre. All those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to add to the meal, and their own table service. A musical program will follow the meal. All members are encouraged to attend, and new members are always welcome.

Salamanca Board To Meet

SALAMANCA – The Salamanca City Central School District will hold its regular Board of Education meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction Room at 50 Iroquois Drive. The public is invited to attend.

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Rails To Trails To Honor Lives Lost

On Dec. 24 at 2:30 p.m., members and friends of Chautauqua Rails to Trails will gather at the Prospect Station Trailhead and hike about 200 yards to commemorate a railroad accident. The accident happened on Christmas Eve in 1841,141 years ago, and cost 20 people their lives. They will meet to remember the accident and the lives of the people lost. All are welcome. Call Jim at 665-3246 for information.

Ruchotzke To Speak Sunday

FREDONIA – The Rev. Renee Ruchotzke will be the guest speaker on Sunday in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of North Chautauqua, in the Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St., Fredonia at the 11 a.m. service. Her topic will be “The Guiding Star.” Ruchotzke is the Central East Regional Group leadership development regional consultant. CERG is a combination of four UU districts. Ruchotzke is responsible for providing consultation, programming and training material, including webinars and videos, on various aspects of congregational leadership development.

County Legion

To Meet Today

CASSADAGA – The December meeting of the Chautauqua County American Legion will be held today at the Cassadaga Memorial American Legion Post starting at 7:30 p.m. All Legionnaires are urged to attend this meeting.

Legion To Host Meat Party

FREWSBURG – The Frewsburg American Legion will host a meat party tonight, beginning at 7. Giveaways will include cash prizes and a rifle. Available for purchase are steaks, prime ribs, hams, pork loins and turkeys. The legion is at 9 Meadow Lane, Frewsburg. Call 569-3321 for more information.

Young To Appear On Senior Report

MAYVILLE – Senior Report with Reed Powers will have state Sen. Catharine Young as the guest on Saturday’s television program. Young serves the 57th District. The live, call-in program airs from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Individuals may call 753-5225 during that time with questions or comments. The program is rebroadcast each day at 2 and 8 p.m. for some communities. Reed Powers, host of Senior Report, has been producing the television program since 1995. The series highlights senior citizen club news for 15 minutes with the remainder of the hour-long program devoted to the featured guest. The guest is subject to change.

Rummage Sale Set For Saturday

CHERRY CREEK – The Pine Valley Junior Girls will hold a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Cherry Creek VFW Post 2522 to raise money for Make A Wish. This is the group’s special project this year.

Seniors To

Meet For Dinner

FREWSBURG – The Carroll Senior Citizens will meet for their annual Christmas dinner, with all the trimmings, at noon Monday, Dec. 16, at the Frewsburg American Legion. The cost is $5 per member and reservations need to be made by Wednesday by calling Mary Himes at 569-6110. The dinner will be followed by the regularly scheduled meeting at 1 p.m.

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YMCA To Offer Karate Classes

The Jamestown YMCA will offer youth karate for students ages 5 to 15 years and adult karate starting Dec. 17 through Feb. 13. The classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. for youth and 5:30-7 p.m. for adults. Christina Kebort, a seventh-degree black belt in Shotokan Karate, will teach students self-esteem, respect, confidence, discipline and self-defense. She has more than 13 years of experience in the karate arena. The youth class cost is $40 for YMCA members and $60 for potential members, and the adult class cost is $40 for YMCA members and $65 for potential members. Visit www.jamestownymca.org or call 664-2802 for more information.

St. Luke’s

Open Saturday

A well-stocked St. Luke’s Thrift Shop, 409 Pine St., Jamestown, is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for sales and receiving this Saturday. The extended hours are offered for holiday shoppers as well as people looking for winter clothing. Parking is available in the church parking lot off East Fifth Street. Regular winter hours for sales and receiving are Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a nonprofit enterprise run by local volunteers with many from RSVP. Proceeds are used for outreach in the community.

Forum To Talk Christmas Values

“Christmas, Truth and Barack Obama” will be presented at the Prendergast Library in Jamestown at 7 p.m. Monday. The presentation will examine the necessity, value and relevance of preserving Christmas. The presentation will be given by the Rev. Mel McGinnis for Veritas First, a local apologetics group in the Jamestown area.

Christmas Event Set For Lakewood

LAKEWOOD – All are invited to the village of Lakewood on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Christmas in the Village. The village will be festively decorated, and the merchants along Chautauqua Avenue will be giving discounts to Christmas shoppers. There will be free refreshments in the Busti-Lakewood Recreation Center on Summit Avenue where vendors and crafters will be set up and evergreen wreaths and swags will be sold. There will be a lighting of the Christmas tree in Hartley Park, and the arrival of Santa Claus. All proceeds benefit the Lakewood Memorial Library and the club’s scholarship fund.

Seniors To Plan Dec. 12 Trip

Jamestown Senior Center members attending a trip to Cambridge Springs on Dec. 12 will leave the parking lot at 10:15 a.m. Dues will be collected in January and all members must renew. Thirty-two seniors met recently for a tureen dinner. Shirley Vandenburg, activities director, called the meeting to order with a flag salute and song. Alice Bennett was welcomed and birthdays acknowledged.

Christmas Lights Trip Planned

On Tuesday, Dec. 10 and Wednesday, Dec. 11, Westfield residents will be traveling to Wheeling, W.Va., to view the Christmas lights display at Oglebay Park and to visit the Mansion Museum, Glass Museum and the Kruger Toy & Train Museum. Included is one night’s lodging, breakfast and a holiday dinner show. A stop at Cabela’s is also planned. For more information or to make your reservations, call the Westfield Recreation Department at 326-4243.

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