Halloween Safety Tips, Trick-or-Treat Hours
JAMESTOWN – Tonight is Halloween, and communities throughout the county will be taking part in the annual tradition of trick-or-treating. To help ensure the evening remains a happy and safe one for children of all ages, local police agencies are asking residents to follow some simple safety tips. Tips include making sure children never travel alone and also make sure they only go to houses they know. Children should also only wear bright-colored costumes and carry lights with them, which will help motorists or other pedestrians easily spot them. Reflective tape added to costumes enhances visibility as well. Costumes that don’t obstruct vision are also recommended. Motorists are also asked to be extra cautious when out driving this evening. And finally, parents should examine any and all candy to make sure that all is safe for consumption.
Trick-or-treat hours tonight in Jamestown will run from 6 to 8 p.m.; for Falconer and Ellicott they will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; for Celoron they will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m.; and for Lakewood and Busti they will run from 6 to 8 p.m.
CITY HOSTS 27th ANNUAL HALLOWEEN FUN-FEST
JAMESTOWN – As an alternative to trick-or-treating, the city of Jamestown’s 27th Annual Citywide Halloween Fun-Fest will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. tonight the former Allen Park Ice Rink. The event is for children 12 years of age and under and is designed to offer a safe and fun alternative to trick-or-treating door to door. The evening will feature games, a Haunted House, refreshments, two costume judging contests (at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.), and musical entertainment by Emerald City. Two grand-prize winners will receive bicycles donated by Jamestown Cycle Shop. Individuals over 12-years of age must be accompanied by a child, and children under 6 years must be accompanied by a parent or an adult.
HIGGINS CALLS ON CONGRESS TO FULLY RESTORE HEAP FUNDING
WASHINGTON – Congressman Brian Higgins is continuing to voice his opposition to a move that will slash federal heating assistance for seniors this winter. Earlier this month, Higgins sent a letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services & Education calling for cuts to the Home Energy Assistance Program – more commonly known as HEAP – to be restored. He is also joining his colleagues on the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition in opposition to cuts to the program.
While speaking on the house floor, Higgins said that cuts to the HEAP program would leave thousands of residents in New York State – many of them seniors – out in the cold.
New York’s allocation is being cut by $179 million, a 34 percent decrease from current levels. During the 2009-2010 HEAP season, the program provided over 31,000 benefits totaling $9,168,689 for Chautauqua County seniors and families.
LINKS CHARITY GOLF RAISES $275,000 FOR WCA
JAMESTOWN – There’s good news in the fight against breast cancer at WCA hospital. Thanks to several businesses and organizations, the LINKS Charity golf event has announced that is has exceeded its three-year, $250,000 pledge to breast cancer research at WCA. Spearheaded by lead sponsor Truck-Lite and major sponsors Cummins, United Refining Company, and Alstar Ambulance, the LINKS Charity recently announced it would be making a $275,000 gift to WCA Hospital for Digital Mammography. Other contributors included Veracity Benefits, Jamestown Savings Bank, and The Bilicki Law Firm.
The new Digital Mammography equipment will provide high-resolution digital breast images immediately and allow the technologist to take more detailed images without delay. These digital images are easier to access, store, transmit, and retrieve, and can be acquired at a lower radiation dose without compromising quality. Officials say early detection means faster intervention, more treatmentoptions, and improved survival rates.
The 21st annual LINKS Charity golf-related events are already in the planning phases and are scheduled for Monday-Tuesday, August 6-7, 2012 back at Moon Brook Country Club.
PEACE ACTIVIST TO SPEAK AT SUNY FREDONIA
FREDONIA – Peace activist S. Brian Wilson will be making one more stop in Chautauqua County today before continuing his cross-country speaking trip. The prominent Viet Nam veteran-turned-peace-activist will appear at SUNY Fredonia’s Houghton Hall at 3 p.m. Wilson will discuss and read from his psycho-historical memoir, “Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson.” The talk is free and open to the public, and co-hosted by Fredonia Students for Peace and the Dunkirk-Fredonia Center for Peace and Justice.
This will be Wilson’s second appearance in the county. Yesterday morning he appeared at the Jamestown Universalist Unitarian Church. Wilson, who lost both legs below the knee in 1987 when he was run over by a U.S. Navy Munitions train in California, is a former Fredonia resident.