The OBSERVER’s View

Weathering those winters

We remember how rough and long the 2017-18 winter was. Cold temperatures mixed with plenty of snow and lots of wind. Hanover beach residents continue to see the remnants of the harsh season. Last week, OBSERVER reporter Mary Heyl noted large amounts of rocks and gravel had washed up on some ...

No repowering, higher costs

NRG’s failure to repower here does nothing to help high electric rates in our region. On Friday afternoon, around 5 p.m., Western New York was paying some of the highest rates for power in the state. According to the New York Independent System Operator zone maps, our area was paying $51.92 ...

Highs and Lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SUPPORTING 4-H — A big thank you to the individuals and businesses who every year show up on the Friday of the Chautauqua County Fair to bid on and purchase the animals for sale during 4-H’s annual meat auction. The members ...

Even in agony, classy result

Some of the best stories in sports happen off the playing fields and courts. Consider the aftermath of a World Cup soccer match in Russia recently. Japan’s team had been leading Belgium, 2-0, during much of the game. Then, in the closing minutes, Belgium came back to win, 3-2. It was a ...

Entertainment: Area stars shine at lighthouse

Last summer, the area embraced the first Shakespeare on the Lake event at the Lighthouse in Dunkirk. In presenting “Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 2017, all shows were sold out with more than 500 attending the plays. This year, there are two plays being presented at the Lighthouse, with ...

DEVELOPMENT: Infusing change in the city

Dunkirk received some good news over the weekend regarding the former Edgewood property on Roberts Road. The Krog Group of Buffalo will develop the site into a cold storage facility that will be utilized by Fieldbrook Foods. “This is a project that saw many challenges along the way and I am ...

Ray of sunshine at Holy Trinity

It has been a rough year for the Catholic Church and the Diocese of Buffalo. No one can deny that. But there was a shining moment of sorts on Sunday in Dunkirk. On that day, the Rev. Daniel Walsh celebrated 50 years in the priesthood. It was an overwhelming and proud event, to be certain. ...

Fenner House: SUNY keeping public involved

Credit the State University of New York at Fredonia in offering two possible options regarding the historic Fenner House on Central Avenue. Last week, the university announced it would either attempt to sell or demolish the property. The problem with selling is the estimated cost for repairs. ...

NRG: Permit lapse tells story

A day some never wanted to see — and others saw coming has happened. NRG Energy Inc. in Dunkirk is no longer powering our mammoth plant on the waterfront. Of course, we in Western New York are always looking for someone who will be the fall guy for the failure of the company to convert the ...

Highs and Lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST TO THE RESCUE — Two individuals were rescued by Dunkirk Firefighters from cliffs on Lake Erie Monday following the loss of their kayaks. The fire department deployed its jet skis and brought them back to the maria where they ...

Bad behavior doomed Pruitt

Bad politicians do not translate automatically to bad policy. Scott Pruitt was not an acceptable administrator of President Donald Trump’s environmental policies — but that does not mean Trump should change them. It appears he has no intention of altering course. Pruitt resigned as ...

Fredonia: An unacceptable abstention

Fredonia village Trustee Michael Barris had no vested interest in the alcohol law that was recently approved June 25 by the Village Board. He was not going to gain financially whether the law was passed, yet he abstained from the decision. His reasoning? He doesn’t believe he should be ...

Sheridan: Work destroyed within seconds

It is horrifying to witness the video of a car crashing into a convenience store in Sheridan, which was posted on our web site — observertoday.com — on Tuesday morning. Thank goodness no one was injured. In the end, a 40-year-old Fredonia man is charged with driving while intoxicated and ...

Fun events also help region

July’s second Sunday normally has a menu full of activities. In the morning, the 54th Dunkirk-Fredonia Rotary Fly-In Breakfast was held and served more than 1,200 residents. Besides a morning meal, the airport — as well as flights over the region — are also showcased. It’s always a ...

Cherry Creek: Rewarding tough choices

Do a little more than 1,100 residents need two entities of government? Of course not. It is part of the reason why the village of Cherry Creek dissolved into the town. Last month, Chautauqua County made good on a recent promise. A government that agrees to dissolve will have its sales-tax ...

Feeling heat, paying for it

Rising temperatures are one thing, but the prices on the grid will make us all overheated. Last week — as thermometers consistently topped 90 degrees, residents got the big picture of why NRG plants in Dunkirk and North Tonawanda were so vital to our region. They helped keep costs ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST ¯ CREWS TO THE RESCUE — In May, the quick work of firefighters and emergency medical technicians saved the life of Fredonia resident Don Skelly. Last month, those heroes were honored at a Village Board meeting. “It is my ...

Tough call on the border

Most illegal immigrants come to our country seeking economic opportunity. A few are fleeing violence or the threat of it. And many, the children to whom our hearts have gone out during recent weeks, have no say in the matter. But some of those coming across the southern border are bent on ...

Dunkirk: Pad brings splash for city

Dunkirk’s Wright Park seems much cooler than it used to be. Don’t get us wrong, it was always special, but a recent addition this year has been welcomed greatly. Over the weekend, the newly installed splash pad drew a crowd. And why not? Temperatures were in the 90s both Saturday and ...

Joining one great nation

Merely coming to America is not enough for some people born in foreign lands. Our nation is such a beacon of liberty and prosperity that some choose to go through the rigorous process of becoming citizens. How many do that says much about us, not just about our government but about us as ...