Publisher’s notebook

Deficits bring no worries for governments

DAYTON — This rural town of just under 1,900 in Cattaraugus County knows what it is like to be out of the media spotlight. Until recently, there was little that caught the attention of this newspaper other than minor infractions reported by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department or the ...

In Catholic turmoil, priest keeps upbeat spirit

Right before the 11 a.m. Mass on Sept. 2 at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Dunkirk, the unexpected heavy rainfall let up. Rays of sunlight began to enter the sanctuary through the cupola above. It was a moment that did not go unnoticed by the Rev. Daniel Walsh, pastor. In welcoming the ...

No ‘squabbling’ with district’s team effort

PORTLAND — Pomfret town Supervisor Don Steger, in his exuberance, did not need a microphone. A podium had been set up for the speakers as part of the “Turn on the Tap” event that took place Wednesday morning in front of the blue water tower off Route 5. He shrugged off the audio — and ...

Quiet Fredonia homicide haunts family, friends

His final text arrived to her phone at 2:30 a.m. July 21. It was a meme with a saying, “Don’t let a man’s social media fool you. I’m here, I exist. ...” Ellyn Mancuso of Dunkirk will not delete that note or the string of communication that preceded it. They are the last of many ...

Mitrano facing uphill battle for Congress

It was a reintroduction of sorts earlier this week. Tracy Mitrano, winner of the Congressional Democratic primary in July after the counting of absentee ballots, was officially getting back to business and the campaign trail. In opening her first conference call with the media across the 23rd ...

County leads way in closed-door actions

Former Fredonia village attorney Sam Drayo recently brought to light an accepted practice by elected officials that is full of pitfalls for constituents. During one of last month’s contentious Village Board meetings, Drayo criticized the practice of holding caucuses. Normally, these sessions ...

It’s easy to get hooked on Lake Erie

Surrounded by storm clouds above Lake Erie, Dances with Fish charter Capt. Ron Duliba went to work. Charged with overseeing a crew of novices — with the exception of Jeff Jondle of the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs — the Forestville resident was not fazed by the weather or ...

Grass-roots effort drives development

Weeks before its National Comedy Center grand opening on Wednesday, Jamestown was receiving plenty of positive national publicity. Chautauqua County’s largest city, once known for furniture manufacturing in the 1940s and ’50s, is now being recognized for laughs. On July 17, comedian Lewis ...

Region still missing boat with waters

Dick Mirth knew the lure of Dunkirk and the waterfront before many here actually quite understood it. The former city resident moved back to the area in 2001 after he retired for the scenic views, sunsets and, quite frankly, the affordable cost of living. While here, he also attempted to do ...

With Laurel in spirit, Run must go on

Around 6 this morning, three individuals began a 30-mile trek from Jamestown to Dunkirk. Rose Carr, Keith Gregoire and Lisa Glasier are familiar with the course. The trio made the run last year in what is considered the “Laurel-thon.” Later at noon, a victory celebration will kick off at ...

Council helped plot path of methadone clinic

Call it a reprieve of sorts — for at least three current Dunkirk Common Council members. On Wednesday, Mayor Wilfred Rosas announced that Hispanos Unidos of Buffalo would be seeking another location for its proposed opiod and methadone clinic in the city. It’s unfortunate the Park Avenue ...

Our coverage always hits close to home

Being a journalist is not always a comfortable profession, especially with the recent climate and upheaval around our nation. Reporters and editors here have to cover disturbing and tragic events that occur within the community where they live. They also regularly go to vehicle accidents and ...

Fredonia’s dysfunction spans a decade

Ten minutes. That is the amount of time former Fredonia Mayor Frank Pagano took Monday night at the Village Board meeting to lash out at the part-time elected officials. He directed his comments at Mayor Athanasia Landis, Trustees Michael Barris, Roger Britz Jr., Douglas Essek, James Lynden and ...

Rocking the boat over city waterfront

Race World Offshore representatives were beaming earlier this month during their visit to Dunkirk in anticipation of the boat races that will take place in the middle of August. It was a picture-perfect day for our community on the waterfront. Temperatures were in the mid 70s. There was a ...

Second budget votes are tests of trust

Next week is unprecedented when it comes to voting on school budgets. Four districts in our region — Clymer, Gowanda, Ripley and Westfield Academy and Central Schools — will be holding a second referendum Tuesday on spending plans. After eight years of what seemed to be cruise control in ...

Years of ups, downs lead to new low point

Dunkirk’s roller-coaster regarding the future of NRG Energy Inc. has been more herky-jerky over the past six years than a carnival ride. For residents, as well as county, city and school leaders, it also has been downright exhausting. Consider the timeline of events on this nail-biting ...

Collaboration, effort drive development

As the Local Economic Development Summit was winding down last month, event organizer Jane Fischer asked a six-member panel of elected and community officials to mention one positive development they would like to see in the region for the coming year. Bill Gugino, president of Erie Land ...

Progress not the same to everyone

https://twitter.com/jmmccarthy1495/status/999699571507949568 At mile marker 448 heading west on the New York State Thruway, motorists start to get a glimpse of Chautauqua County in the distance. Only one month ago, it was just the rolling hills of Arkwright. Today, there are landmarks of a ...

Public education losing its affordability

State University of New York at Fredonia President Virginia Horvath remembers when a higher education at a public institution was affordable for just about everyone. When she was student at the State University at Buffalo, the tuition was $300 a semester. Horvath was quick to note in her ...

Tough to stand out in Democratic crowd

MAYVILLE — Perhaps, in his closing statement, candidate Ian Golden summed up one of the greatest challenges facing the five Democratic candidates who are vying for a shot at challenging the incumbent from Corning in the state’s 23rd Congressional district race this November. “I can tell ...