The OBSERVER’s View

HOCKEY: Appreciation for the end

You may have lost interest like everyone else, but tonight is the final home game for the Buffalo Sabres. Almost fittingly, they face off against another team facing a number of trials and tribulations in the Ottawa Senators. Take away the month of November, and there is nothing to cherish ...

STEEL: Investment keeps plant strong

For years, Empire Steel on Brigham Road faced plenty of troubles. Cash was always tight. Jobs were never certain. In 2001, it closed its doors. Many thought the plant would never recover. Then came Universal Stainless Steel, which has run the plant since 2002. Since taking over, nearly 300 ...

weather Spring playing us for fools

April Fool’s Day came a bit early for Western New York. What a downer it was to awake to a dusting of snow Sunday morning. Fortunately, however, temperatures are trending up for most of the next two weeks. What Monday brought, was much more welcoming. Brilliant sunshine that made a ...

PROPOSALS Government keeps on growing

Things may be looking up in northern Chautauqua County with some recent projects, but the fact remains population continues to decline — as does the tax base. So, it is disappointing to see our two largest municipal governments seeking to gain a greater footprint in the community. In ...

EYESORES: Boards twiddle thumbs on sites

Powerless. How else would you describe Silver Creek and its elected officials when it comes to the old school building on Main Street? To be fair, the village is not alone. Other municipalities, including the larger city of Dunkirk and village of Fredonia, are nearly as helpless when it comes ...

highs and lows Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST CANCER FIGHT — We applaud the Fredonia State students and community members who burned the midnight oil last weekend, raising more than $14,000 for the annual Relay for Life at the campus. The event, which started at 3 p.m. and ...

Investigation, Russia still toying with us

Many Americans, perhaps millions, became unwitting tools of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Some remain susceptible to Russian meddling. There was no conspiracy between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump’s camp during the 2016 ...

Dunkirk: Moving ahead on city pier

A controversial project is moving forward in the city of Dunkirk. On March 19, members of the Common Council in a unanimous vote said “yes” to the contracting company that will begin construction on the city pier. This has not been the most popular of projects brought to the public. ...

Technology: Taking a break from our phones

Our generation, as well as younger ones, almost always are connected to social media and the world around them through their cell phones. But an interesting experiment took place earlier this month that is worth noting. In Sarnac Lake, less than 10 miles from Lake Placid, the school district ...

LESSONS: Speaker offers students advice

Life lessons came to Dunkirk Middle School earlier this month. David Mahan of Frontline Youth Communications is a youth development consultant who has spoken to student groups around the world for over 20 years. His message was an important one for those teenagers. It spoke to them about life ...

NEW YORK STATE: Bail reform needs to happen

Earlier this month, there were five people booked into the Chautauqua County Jail on misdemeanor charges who have been unable to post bail amounts of less than $1,000. These are five people who aren’t likely to commit serious offenses while they await their court date and are the very ...

DUNKIRK: Tensions rise with council

After nearly three years of smooth sailing, gridlock has hit Dunkirk Common Council. A pair of resolutions, one dealing with a potential employee and another on the purchase of a neighboring building, faced a tabling by a 3-2 margin. Third Ward Councilman Shaun Heenan, who is a candidate for ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST MUSICAL SEASON — As the sun warms our souls after a long winter, so, too, do musicals warm our souls. A number of area schools are performing their annual musicals this month. Previously Cassadaga Valley performed “James and ...

Quit tarnishing American hero

Many Americans, including members of Congress, wish fervently that President Donald Trump would learn to keep his mouth shut on certain topics. The late Sen. John McCain of Arizona is one of those subjects. McCain was, like Trump, a Republican. But the two clashed politically and very ...

Is solution on the horizon?

It appears The White Inn’s future could be determined on March 29. That is the day of the tax auction in Mayville as $160,074 on the property are owed in back taxes to Chautauqua County. That makes everything a bit confusing. Within the last four months, the Regional Economic Development ...

Bright apparel sends message

If you see neighbors and friends wearing brightly colored socks, T-shirts or other pieces of clothing on Thursday, know that it is for an important cause. March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day. According to the web site dedicated to the effort: “On this day, people with Down syndrome and ...

Hooping it up in the region

Western New York has joined the madness again. After a decisive win in the Metro Atlantic Conference final, the University of Buffalo will take on either St. John’s or Arizona State as a sixth seed in the West at 4 p.m. Friday. Both the Red Storm and Sun Devils have a play-in game on ...

County What leader is next in line?

Let us jump the gun just a bit regarding Chautauqua County government. Currently, we have a strong executive in George Borrello, who is more than capable of representing us in the New York state Senate District 57. But if he is looking to leave his current post, who is ready to fill his ...

DUNKIRK: Board size can be reduced

In three months, the Dunkirk school board is losing a member. Adam Reisenweber, who has served five years, announced at last week’s meeting he will be leaving in June. “It’s not personal. We’re just not going to be in the district anymore,” Reisenweber told the OBSERVER following ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SPOKE FOLK DONATION — Dunkirk’s Spoke Folk has a history of getting bicycles in the hands (and feet) of people who need them locally, but can’t afford them. They’ve taken their passion around the globe by getting bicycles ...