Publisher’s notebook

After business visits, there’s work to fill jobs

MAYVILLE — You could make the case that the first four months have been all business for Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello. Since taking office Jan. 1, he has visited 107 shops or companies in his first 100 days. It was an aggressive agenda — and an eye-opener in terms of what ...

In heavily blue state, red stands out

Times — and party affiliations — are a changing in Chautauqua County. Recent numbers released by the Board of Elections indicate what was once a deadlock at 26,057 still remains a tight battle when it comes to political affiliation for the dominant parties. Currently, the Republicans have ...

Talk, and action, for area classrooms

FORESTVILLE — Holland technology teacher Lukas Gill could not make it to class on March 21. He had a commitment to be with other teachers and colleagues from around Western New York to talk about some of the successes he has seen in the last two years while overseeing an exciting ...

Event promotes our outdoors, Lake Erie

Our calendars say spring is here, but the thermometer outside the window begs to differ. That being said, northern Chautauqua County loves when spring does finally arrive, which brings more activities to our great outdoors. That is why the OBSERVER with the sponsorships of the Chautauqua ...

Politically correct calls for consolidations

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has an uncomfortable message that has been trumpeted in our newspaper for years. School districts with declining enrollment need to find ways to save your money and work better together. “People don’t really care who the superintendent is,” Poloncarz ...

Promising futures starting at P-Tech

Sophomore Sara Rosario cannot wait to go to work. As one of almost 100 students attending the newly renovated P-Tech STEM College and Career Academy in Dunkirk, she is getting hands-on training and visiting a number of area businesses. Sara’s taking courses to become a welder. “I know ...

With Dems undecided, Reed gets stronger

Before the snowstorm hit Thursday evening, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed was to have a full schedule in Chautauqua County. This morning, he was to be in the city to kick off the 16th annual March for Meals with the Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels organization. Around noon, he was to be in Mayville at ...

Downtown yet to rebound from blaze

Ask a longtime resident about the worst pain inflicted on Dunkirk economically over the last 50 years and they will likely tell you it was urban renewal, which took place in the late 1960s. Looking over the photos taken at that time, there were scenes where the city looked as though it was in a ...

‘Hometown’ sentiment drove Nichols

In the obituary published on Feb. 8 and 9 in the OBSERVER, there was one line that summed up James T. Nichols and his commitment to Dunkirk and the surrounding communities: he “couldn’t or wouldn’t say ‘no’ to anybody.” For Nichols, it all came down to a belief in this region. He ...

Publisher’s notebook: City’s payroll purgatory grows deeper

Dunkirk this week decided to dole out more of your money in creating a new position dedicated to handling human resources. Mayor Wilfred Rosas says over the long term, the $60,000 a year position will save the municipality money. But you cannot spend your way out of future financial troubles. ...

New eyes, energy in area development

They were the new kids on the block, though they are not unfamiliar to the area or their profession. Nathan Aldrich and Rebecca Yanus, both with Chautauqua County roots, were seated with four others recently at the Fredonia incubator in Dunkirk to talk development to a group of engaged State ...

Birthday wishes at 94 are ‘Slim’ and fun

Surrounded by about 20 other distinguished men gathered around the table over coffee in the Fredonia McDonald’s, Sam Drayo offered a salute to Wednesday’s honored member. “We take our disappointments, we add our pleasures up,” he began. “We mix them all together and pour them in a ...

Admiration for ‘unique’ Nevergold

One of the most significant points made by guest speaker Barbara Seals Nevergold earlier this week at the luncheon honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Dunkirk Moose Club involved herself and her spouse. Nevergold, who is currently best known regionally for her role as ...

Elected officials have a way with words

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has it in the genes: the ability to almost always offer a compelling, captivating speech. It’s one of the gifts from his dad, the late Mario Cuomo, who I could listen to every time he was on the radio or television. The elder Cuomo’s most famous speech came in July 1984 ...

Doino was the dean of superintendents

Today’s edition includes the obituary for Dr. Rocco Doino who died in Brooks Memorial Hospital on Tuesday. Doino was an expert when it came to school leadership and in helping to build up a community. Fortunately, the district he so loved paid tribute to him in October 2014 as he was ...

Publisher’s notebook: Keeping the faith at Salvation Army

Even when looking over one of the bleakest of spreadsheets, Lt. Samantha Lockard never loses her optimism. As leader of the Salvation Army location in Dunkirk, she remains upbeat in driving the mission of the agency she represents while making sure as many as possible are being ...

No quick cure for prescription prices

Dennis Palmer of Silver Creek practically threw his hands up in the air. During a recent trip to an area pharmacy to pick up a generic brand prescription drug, he became frustrated and angered by the cost for a 90-day supply. Not only was it $55 more than he anticipated, but he also decided it ...

Some winds of change for the better

Progress continues to be made by a number of area municipalities when it comes to efficiencies and regional partnerships. That’s the view from here when examining the city of Dunkirk, towns and villages that make up the OBSERVER’s readership area. Over the past year, there has been a ...

Laurel, parents create lasting legacy

Editor’s note: Laurel Hotelling died on Monday, but her life, legacy and spirit will live on forever. A memorial service will be held at 10 this morning at the First United Presbyterian Church, 35 Park Place, Silver Creek with Pastor Thomas Burian officiating. In April 2015, The Resource ...

Publisher’s notebook: After renovations, some grand plans

One of the best vantage points of Lake Erie and the city of Dunkirk can be found at the Joseph Steger Apartments at 15 N. Main St. Sights from the upper-level apartments give a bird’s-eye view of the waters — rough and calm — as well as a picturesque scene from floor 11 of car and ...