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Ripley School Board Sets Special Meeting

RIPLEY — The Ripley Central School Board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. today to discuss personnel issues and any and all matters that come before the board. For a link to the meeting, contact the district office at 736-7222.

Presentation To Honor Black History Month

The Hall House Research Library at the Fenton History Center will present a program on African American Genealogical Research in honor of Black History Month. The program is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The session will be recorded for those unable to take part Feb. 24. If interested, call the Fenton at 664-6456 and provide a name, email and phone number. There is no cost and those who register will be provided with a Zoom link prior to the program.

Gas Prices Rising Despite Low Demand

Gas prices in Jamestown are 4 cents higher at $2.636 this week, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Pump prices continue to move upward, despite low demand. This is the result of increasing oil prices, which settled at $59.47/barrel at the end of Friday’s formal trading session. The national gas price average is $2.51. Nearly 40 state averages are already more than they were last year, with half of those averages seeing double-digit increases.

Evening Parenting Program Set To Be Offered

Prevention Works is offering an evening parenting program for those working parents that will run 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The program is for parents of children ages birth to 5 years of age called “First Five Years” and is offered free of charge through the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and a partnership between Prevention Works and Mental Health Association. The “First Five Years” parent groups will be held virtually using ZOOM technology from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 17, 24 and 31. The program is for grandparents, nannies, childcare professionals, early childhood educators, mental health professionals, and anyone else who lives and works with young children. The “First Five Years” program is a three-session, two-hour video and discussion program. Participants will learn: the importance of developing language skills, increasing vocabulary, and providing positive learning opportunities during early brain development; the stages of development – why their child acts like he/she does; how to keep a child safe; how to bond with their child; the importance of self-care; and how they can discipline their young child. For more information, call Kathleen Colby at 780-2721 or emaikl kjcolby@preventionworks.us.

Technical Committee To Meet Thursday

The Technical Committee of the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday by video conference. Those wishing to join by phone are asked to call 646-558-8656 with the meeting ID 999-449-0210.

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