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Development: Impressive idea got lost

Shovel-ready sites were a key phrase during the administration of County Executive Mark Thomas. Thomas, who served in the role from 1997 to 2005, made these locations a priority. Under his leadership, the county invested in the Chadwick Bay Industrial Park in Sheridan and Stoneman Industrial ...

Big fine puts kink in plan

The $4.9 million fine levied in 2013 by the state Education Department against the Panama Central School District has always been troubling. In 2013, the state fined Panama $4.9 million for paperwork errors on building projects completed in 2002 and 2005. Fining a school district for ...

Chautauqua County: Six leaders of significance

It was a historic gathering of sorts. The six men who have held the position of Chautauqua County executive recently came together at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown to reminisce and discuss the importance of the position that was created in the 1970s. Members of this select club ...

DUNKIRK Fieldbrook is true partner

No one can question the loyalty of Fieldbrook Foods to Dunkirk or northern Chautauqua County. In the last year, the plant has added more than 100 new jobs while increasing its ice cream production. That hike is so great, it needs a place to store the inventory. Enter Great Lakes Cold Storage, ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SPECIAL ATHLETES — Once again, SUNY Fredonia was the site of the annual Special Olympics. Hundreds of students were there, participating in the various events. Maureen Bialaszewski has been organizing the event for 29 years. ...

Program has local value

If President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program is accepted by Congress, it would not be the first time Washington has attempted to rein in federal spending on the backs of thousands of local governments. It happened a few decades ago when a ...

Dealing with troubled teens

Starting in October 2019, the age of criminal responsibility in New York state will be raised to 18 years old. This change was approved back in April, as part of the New York state budget negotiations. The concept certainly sounds promising. We don’t want to put teenagers in prison or jail ...

THRUWAY: More than one bump in road

Lots of talk, no action. That must be the reality for the stretch of state Thruway that runs through the Seneca Nation of Indians between Exit 58 and Exit 57A around the Chautauqua-Erie county line. As years pass, that area of highway continues to worsen. Though the Thruway Authority pegged ...

Gerry, Charlotte lead the way

There has been a push locally to dissolve villages. Both Forestville and Cherry Creek recently voted to dissolve. Sherman nearly dissolved, rejecting it by two votes. In Cattaraugus County since 2010, Perrysburg, East Randolph, Randolph, and Limestone all have dissolved. While we’re glad ...

MEMORIAL DAY Our freedom from sacrifice

We Americans are in the midst of an enormous upheaval, socially, economically and politically. We question virtually every aspect of the so-called “establishment” — and we do so critically and vigorously. But the very foundation of our way of life for more than two centuries remains ...

DEVELOPMENT Housing must be addressed

New York state and the town of Dunkirk are getting closer to breaking ground on the Athenex project, which will be located off Route 5. Despite the fanfare that came with the announcement that will bring possibly 900 jobs to the north county in February 2016, the reality is our region needs to ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST HONORING THE FALLEN — Memorial Day is more than just picnics and the unofficial start of summer. It’s a day to remember those who have died defending our country. We want to say thank you to the men and women who are ...

US SPENDING: Battle has only begun

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members already are on record ...

Missing boat on access

On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office issued a press release urging New Yorkers to hit the beaches across the state this weekend as Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. “New York’s unparalleled beaches and lakes offer outdoor recreational activities that are second to ...

Dunkirk: Proposal brings typical excuse

Leave it to Allan Zurawski to put a damper on the upbeat spirit regarding a plan in Dunkirk to hold landlords and tenants more responsible regarding properties. Zurawski, whose office has a history of selective code enforcement rather than citing the real eyesore properties in the city that ...

More funding for dissolution

Hanover, which was to be expected, has its hands full in the wake of the dissolution of the village of Forestville. It is a good problem for all of us to have as the village was in disarray, but the town continues to learn more about the problems of the past and many of them deal with ...

NEW YORK STATE Legal loophole looks crooked

We do not doubt that it is legal for the state Senate to spend thousands of dollars on leadership stipends to legislators who don’t actually hold leadership positions. Being legal and being ethical are entirely different matters. The New York Times last week reported some lawmakers had ...

Arrests won’t end suffering

DRUG CRISIS Two major drug raids captured the attention of area residents on Wednesday and Thursday. One in Charlotte, where one man was charged with selling marijuana and cocaine. The other, in Hanover, led to the arrest of six who were in their early 20s and tied to fentanyl, cocaine and ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY — We wanted to wish Dorothy “Dot” Patterson a late happy birthday. The Chautauqua Nursing Rehabilitation Center resident turned 107 years old! When asked what is the secret to long life, she simply ...

UNITED NATIONS: A whisper to North Korea

One could almost hear the “ho-hum” from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un Tuesday, after the U.N. Security Council voted to condemn his most recent missile test. And by the way, the Security Council added, all countries should implement previous U.N. requests for sanctions against North ...