Santa Claus due to arrive in Forestville Saturday evening
Santa is coming to Forestville on Dec. 8th. The Christmas party will be held at the Forestville Fire Hall starting at 6 PM. There will be hot chocolate and cookies for the children. Once again Carol and Tom Woodward will graciously donate wooden ornaments for the children to decorate. There will be horse and wagon rides for the children. Pictures may be taken with Santa. Contact Julie Harris at 467-1962 for further information or with questions.
Gas prices tumble
OBSERVER Photo by Diane R. Chodan
This is the second year that Forestville has lights in the village median. The 6 foot LED snowflakes are blue. Purchased and mounted by village volunteers last year, this year the village street and water department put them up in plenty of time to welcome Santa Claus who will be at the Firehall Saturday at 6 p.m.
Average retail gasoline prices in New York have fallen 3.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.84/g Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.39/g, according to gasoline price website NewYorkStateGasPrices.com.
Including the change in gas prices in New York during the past week, prices Sunday were 27.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 9.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 11.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 10.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
Dunkirk Fire Dept. monthly report
The Dunkirk Fire De-partment reports going on 154 runs in November. Of that number, 122 were EMS calls with 55 of those resulting in transports to Brooks Memorial Hospital. As of Nov. 30, the department had transported 566 patients to the hospital with payments for ambulance services totaling $140,086.80. There were 17 still alarms and 15 box alarms answered by the department, according to figures from Fire Chief Keith Ahlstrom. Through the first 11 months of 2012, the department has gone on 1,743 runs.
Letters to Santa
The Fredonia-Pomfret Recreation Department will once again be teaming up with the Fredonia Post Office and Santa Claus to accept letters for Christmas. Letters can be deposited in the Fredonia Post Office lobby in a special receptacle marked "Letters to Santa" during normal business hours. To assure delivery, letters should be received by Dec. 14. Santa letters require no postage, but a clear return address is very important.
For more information on any program offered, call 679-2311, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out the Fredonia-Pomfret Recreation Department Facebook page.
Holiday crafts at library in Sinclairville
The Sinclairville Free Library invites children and families to the library on Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. to make holiday crafts before Santa's arrival at the gazebo in Sinclairville. This program is free and all materials will be provided.
Cassadaga Job Corps will host tour and informational meeting
A tour and informational session will be held at the Cassadaga Job Corps Academy, 8115 Glasgow Road, Cassadaga on Thursday at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in learning more about Job Corps, the programs they offer and about life on campus is welcome to attend. Job Corps provides young people, age 16-24, with career technical training and the education needed to enter a career in a high demand occupation. Applicants must meet federal admissions criteria for income and readiness. All students accepted attend Job Corps on a full scholarship and must remain committed to a rigorous education and training program to remain enrolled. Cassadaga Job Corps offers training in the healthcare and construction industries and enrolls both residential and non-residential students from throughout Chautauqua County. To confirm attendance or for more information, contact Admissions Counselor Mike Pietrkiewicz by calling 595-4298 or by email to email@example.com.
Holiday Open House Thursday at Sinclairville Free Library
The Sinclairville Free Library will host a Holiday Open House from 6-8 p.m. Thursday as a thank you to the community for its ongoing support. The event will take place at the library on 15 Main St., Sinclairville and will include a demonstration of the library's video conferencing unit at 6:30 p.m., as well as a performance by the Cassadaga Valley Minstrel's group at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and all library patrons and supporters are invited to attend.
Cops, Kids and Christmas Clothing and Toy Drive
to be held in Gowanda
The Gowanda Police Department Police Benevo-lent Association will sponsor the Cops, Kids and Christmas Clothing and Toy Drive as well as the Christmas Decoration Drive. Donations are being accepted to share warmth and joy with families struggling financially through these tough economic times in the Gowanda Central School District. Donations sought include, new toys, clothing, gift certificates and decorations. Donations can be dropped off at the Gowanda Police Department, 27 E. Main St., Gowanda; Gowanda Central Schools Main Office in Middle and High schools; and the School Resource Officer's office in the Gowanda Elementary School. Donations will be accepted through early December. For more information, contact Officer Jen Alessi at 913-1143.