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Task Force Explores Village Dissolution

FORESTVILLE, NY - A task force is looking into potential savings and benefits from dissolving the Village of Forestville government.

The group formed after the village received a $150,000 loan from Chautauqua County to offset large deficits.
Part of the loan terms was the formation of this task force to look into dissolution as a way of cutting costs.

If the Village of Forestville was dissolved, the Town of Hanover would take over the territory. Although the task force is looking into village dissolution, it must be initiated by citizens petitions or by the village board.

Trustee Gary Belot said, "We would have to give up our self governing and what little control we have here. So there has to be good financial savings and make sound financial sense."

At this point it is unclear what the total potential savings would be if the village dissolved.

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Erie County Fair Competitions Announced

Erie County Fair Competitions Announced

Creative Fairgoers, your day has finally arrived!  The Erie County Fair has announced all the competitions and categories that are going on this year at the Fair!

Today is the day that you will see exactly how many of the competitions you want to enter.  There are so many and often times, the choices are really hard to choose which one you want to compete it.  But, if you are creative and energetic, you can enter some or all for one entry fee.  What could be better than that! 

Those of you with a green thumb will probably be considering either the flower category or the vegetable category.  And in each one of those categories, there are a ton of subcategories.    If your specialty is violets or succulents, you will enter those flower categories for sure.  If your specialty is tomatoes or green peppers, there is a vegetable category for you too! 

Join the Nature Center’s May 16-17 Birdathon

Join the Nature Center’s May 16-17 Birdathon

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center invites you to participate in Birdathon II, their second birdathon of the season, on Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17.

The Nature Center welcomes bird lovers of every level and at any location to keep a list of the birds they see during the weekend and report the species to the Center. Audubon will tally the total number of species seen and ask for donations for the effort, either per species or a total amount.

If you want to join others who will be enjoying the birds, come to the Bird Banding from 7-11 a.m. on May 16 at the Nature Center.  You can observe birds up close and also watch them in the trees. Local bird experts will help you locate them, identify them and enjoy their springs songs.

Infinity Announces Summer Classes and Day Camps!

Infinity Announces Summer Classes and Day Camps!

Infinity Announces Summer Classes and Day Camps!

Jamestown, N.Y. (April 30, 2015) – Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. has announced their summer classes and camps available at their Center, and the lineup is looking exciting!

Each year, Infinity offers a number of both Spring Break and Summer Vacation Day Camps.

In the queue for this summer, are: Cultural World Tour, Animal Camp, and a Music and Art Institute. Summer camps will be run during the months of July and August, and the complete schedule can be found by visiting Infinity’s website at www.infinityperformingarts.org.

In addition to Infinity’s highly demanded Summer Camps, comes a wide range of group classes that can only be described as one of a kind! Infinity’s instructors have cooked up some winning courses that students will be thrilled to join in on! Register soon, as classes fill up quickly!

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Infinity’s Annual Spring Showcase

Infinity’s Annual Spring Showcase

Please join us on Saturday, May 9 at 2PM or 7PM for our Annual Spring Showcase sponsored by Shults Auto Group!

This event is a culmination of the hard work that our students have been putting into their lessons all year long, and you will be amazed at the level of talent that will take the stage!

This year’s Spring Showcase will take place at JCC’s Scharmann Theater, with both a matinee and an encore performance. Tickets are $7 pre-sale (at Infinity) or $10 at the door (Scharmann Theater).

Children under the age of 18 will be admitted free, but must have a ticket reserved and turn it in at the door. Seating is limited, so be sure to get your tickets today!!

For more information about the Infinity Spring Showcase please call Infinity at 664-0991.

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Apply for "Fair Camp" at the Erie County Fair

The Erie County Fair is pleased to announce that the "Fair Camp" program will continue again for this year's 176th Erie County Fair.

Fair Camp is a two and half day agricultural experience for boys and girls, ages 8 to 10 and their parent or guardian, that allows participants a “behind the scenes” view of the Fair and a chance to see what its like to be a farmer at the Fair.

Six children are chosen for each session of Fair Camp. The small groups insure each child gets a unique experience and personal attention. The sessions this year are August 14-16 and August 21-23.

Applications can be found on the Erie County Fair’s website, www.ecfair.org or calling the Erie County Agricultural Society Main Office at 716-649-3900 ext. 6260

Catt County company to make NYC rail panels

VILLAGE OF CATTARAUGUS, NY - A Cattaraugus County company will help the New York City subway system move into the future.

Composite Panel Solutions in the Village of Cattaraugus has signed on to be part of a $1.8 billion contract with the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Workers will make ceilings and interior panels for hundreds of new rail cars that will be built over the next five years. The cars will replace ones that have been in service since the 1980s.