Publisher’s notebook

About 170 people were in attendance for Monday’s luncheon honoring the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

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 ...

State Sen. Catharine Young, center, and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, right, outshine the OBSERVER publisher in making public statements.

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 ...

Running the Salvation Army in Dunkirk has been a special calling for the Lt. Samantha Lockard and this community.

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 ...

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 Hotelling with participant Rose Carr from the 2016 Laurel Run event.

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 ...

The Joseph Steger Apartments last week celebrated more than $1 million in improvements on the inside and outside.

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 ...

New York again invested in Dunkirk last week when it handed out $2.5 million for Smart Growth.

Even with goodwill, state can’t win

Some day down the road, Chautauqua County residents might actually get past a delusional mindset that New York state hampers the way our local governments deliver services. Despite a stronger presence from state Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Albany in recent years — from Dunkirk to Jamestown — ...

Max Martin of the Hispanic Community Council, left, and Jeanette Delgado round up collected supplies for Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Help for Puerto Rico, here and there

Max Martin looked at the collection of water and relief supplies bound for Puerto Rico from Dunkirk with pride. The president of the Hispanic Community Council of Chautauqua County understands the urgent need from the devastation and turmoil affecting the United States territory following ...

Dick Golden takes a look around his repair shop at his Dunkirk store location earlier this week.

Golden era of TV sales nearing end

Dick Golden was always up for a challenge when it came to repairing and servicing televisions for his customers. But there was one trip to a Dunkirk home he remembers that just about drove him bananas. “I walk in and I see a monkey sitting in his diaper,” Golden recalled, noting the ...

Mike Ferguson changed the complexion of minor league baseball in Jamestown in the 1990s.

Ferguson keeps great expectations

Like teamwork on July 9, Mike Ferguson and George Borrello worked the serving lines for the Dunkirk-Fredonia Rotary Fly-In breakfast. Both candidates for Chautauqua County executive helped dish out food with some 35 other club members to the more than 1,200 who attended the event. At times, ...

A parking lot at Brooks Memorial Hospital was created after a former church was demolished in 2012 at Fifth Street and Central Avenue.

New Brooks is ‘opportunity’ for area

There is no turning back, Dunkirk. Brooks Memorial Hospital is poised to move forward with its selection for a new site within the next 22 days. What should be a reason for at least some celebration, has become a conundrum of worry for many who have lived in northern Chautauqua County all ...

Randy J. Cimino died after a battle with cancer on Aug. 20.

A final goodbye with a cup of coffee

Up until the day he died, Randy J. Cimino never missed his daily cup of Tim Hortons’ coffee. For those who work at the restaurant on Lake Shore Drive East in Dunkirk, they loved his company. On Wednesday, Cimino gave one last time — to customers and those employed at the city business. ...

OBSERVER Photo: Non-panelist Christine Schuyler contributed to the Community Forum on Poverty in Dunkirk on Wednesday.

In impromptu role, Schuyler shines

Christine Schuyler took a front-row seat in Wednesday’s Community Forum on Poverty in Dunkirk. The county’s commissioner of Social Services and public health director seemed to be in attendance more to listen to concerns and the views of seven panelists who were speaking on the assistance ...

Putting a priority on the 
waterfront is a smart step in city development.

Looking on the brighter side

Being upbeat in Western New York and Chautauqua County is not easy. Over the last four decades, we have seen plenty of loss and heartache in terms of population decline with an exodus of business and industry. Just when you thought things hit rock bottom, it somehow got worse. So much pain ...

Zen Olow, right, Chautauqua County Fishery Board chairman, weighs a catch from Roger Corlett’s boat.

Thriving waters face threats

Big boats and important people took to the waters earlier this week for the Chautauqua & Erie County Sports Fishery Advisory Boards 2017 Lake Erie Experience. In its ninth year, the Wednesday event was by far the largest, drawing more than 150 including elected officials from Chautauqua ...

Bob Bankoski is leaving the post of Dunkirk’s Department of Public Works supervisor.

Still a rough road for DPW chiefs

More than a year ago, this space spotlighted a public-service position that was growing less popular by the day. As evidenced in our region’s two major population centers of Dunkirk and Fredonia in the last year, it may have hit rock bottom. On Monday night, Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas ...

Allen Crick of the Falconer American Legion, left, Rebecca Martel of the Brocton Legion and Jack Hood of the Dunkirk American Legion stand ready to help veterans.

Movie, assistance keep focus on veterans

Last week’s release of the movie “Dunkirk” brought another spotlight for some worthy local residents: our veterans. Not only did the movie turn back the clock on the glorious Dunkirk to Dunkerque Days that took place here in 1946, it gave us a reminder at a time that was not Veterans ...

Overall, 54 percent of students who attend county schools are on a reduced or free lunch plan.

Lunch says lots about economy

More than two years after the closing and loss of more than 400 jobs from the Carriage House plants in Dunkirk and Fredonia, the financial stress factor for families in this region continues to grow. According to the U.S. Census bureau, about 18 percent of those living in this county are doing ...

After plenty of debate, the village of Silver Creek eliminated its police department.

In 10 years, government lessens

What a difference a decade makes. At this time in 2007, Chautauqua County and its municipalities were digging in their heels and fighting any possible discussions on downsizing or consolidation. Today, it is a much different story. Government locally has been reduced and there is a lot more ...

Basil A. Smikle Jr., left,  says Vice President Mike Pence is “terrifying for New York.”

‘Chaos’ gives Pence prominence

There are no in-betweens when making reference to our country’s commander-in-chief. President Donald Trump garnered just enough support to win the White House, but had fewer total votes than his competition. Openly, news reporters are consistently sparring with press secretaries. His ...