Publisher’s notebook

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 ...

County game changer promises lots of laughs

JAMESTOWN — Ray Romano was on a roll in 1998. Starring on “Everyone Loves Raymond,” Romano was a huge celebrity and often welcomed into America’s homes during prime time on Mondays as Ray Barone — sports writer and family man. Despite his stardom, there was a special significance for ...

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 ...