Publisher’s notebook

‘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 ...

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 — ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...