The OBSERVER’s View

Memorial: Remembering a shining star

Just about everyone in Chautauqua County knew of Laurel Hotelling. The smiling, energetic individual who grew up in our region had a love for everyone she met. On Sunday in Silver Creek, parents Wayne and Elaine Hotelling will be holding a Celebration of Laurel Hotelling’s Life from 2 to 6 ...

NRG: Repowering remains reality

There was an energy of optimism when it came to the future of the NRG plant in Dunkirk from both State Sen. Catharine Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell. Both lawmakers were taking part in the annual Legislative Breakfast held by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce when the question ...

Big victory for the Sabres

Buffalo sports fans know this fact all too well: never are their two major pro teams No. 1. On Saturday night, that changed for Buffalo Sabres’ fans. After watching some of the worst hockey in years, it appears their followers have received a minor reward: the top National Hockey League ...

Roundabout: Calming traffic is priority

Many have voiced opposition to the proposed roundabout for the intersection at Routes 60 and 20. However, there are some who are quietly — or loudly — in favor. One of the most evident benefits comes down to numbers. During the public hearing regarding the roundabout, it was noted in a ...

FREDONIA: ‘Great job’ of nothing

There may be a lot of sore shoulders in the coming weeks after hearing about all the “great” work done by the Fredonia Village Board in approving a budget with no tax increase. To the board’s credit, it was handed a spending plan by Mayor Athanasia Landis that included an operating ...

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

BEST SUMMER IN DUNKIRK — Yes, there is a possibility for snow this weekend. But soon enough we will have temperatures in the 80s. We are looking forward to visiting Dunkirk’s Music on the Pier this summer. On Thursday, city officials discussed the line-up, as well as the six summer ...

Schools: Taking extra precautions

Safety against violent intruders has become a major concern in planning construction of new schools and renovation of existing ones. That can mean expensive provisions such as “mantrap” entrances and metal detectors. Let us not overlook the little things. A commission investigating the ...

Thruway: Both responsible for poor road

We understand there are two sides to the Thruway story that pits the Seneca Nation against New York. The nation recently named the state in a legal action in regard to the interstate going through its territory. “We are not seeking to cause any disruption, but rather to ensure that the New ...

School officer and funding

Our applause to the city of Dunkirk and its school district for reinstituting a resource officer. Last week, both entities came to an agreement for the officer to begin. “They will be helping us with some things,” said Dunkirk schools Superintendent Dr. James Tracy. “The primary ...

Springtime: Couple of bumps in the road

Finally! Spring was in the air on Sunday and Monday. It had many area residents in upbeat moods as they flocked to the outdoors. But the great weather also brings with it something we can easily overlook during the winter months. With the snow melted, you can really see — and feel — just ...

A positive vote on elections

Cassadaga, now that Forestville and Cherry Creek have decided to dissolve, needs to be next in line. That being said, its Village Board finally got with the times when it comes to elections. After years of tradition — and holding votes for elected officials in March — the village approved ...

Putting self above service

Here we go again. Another group of elected representatives are pushing to secure themselves a longer tenure on a municipal board. Last week, Dunkirk council members tabled a proposal that would extend the period council members serve from two to four years. Some might argue this is a good ...

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

BEST HERO TURNS 100 — Frank Nicosia celebrated his 100th birthday recently in Brocton. He was drafted into the Army in 1941 and had an incredible contribution to D-Day. As was shared earlier this week, the U.S. military’s DUKW’s or “Ducks” that were being built were not functioning ...

In Memory: Bush genuine in spirit, beliefs

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. Bush died this week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, ...

Silver Creek: Is village able to step up?

Village Board members in Silver Creek have been put in a tough position. On Monday evening, attorney Lydia Romer asked the board to have its code enforcement officer start taking a tougher stand on a couple of individuals who have been harassing others. If they do not, the village could be ...

Fredonia: Pitching in to better village

There were a bunch of helping hands in the village of Fredonia during the day on Sunday. From Barker Common to the grassy area on Prospect Street, volunteers gathered to pick up the trash and litter that had gathered in many areas of the municipality. It was an impressive showing, considering ...

Dunkirk: Growing jobs, not the city

Apparently there is reason to believe the city of Dunkirk will be adding more positions. At least that is what city Councilman Don Williams wants. Noting the troubles the municipality faced in snowplowing this winter — for only three major storms in city regularly belted by lake-effect ...

Two parties bring balance

The news that Democrats in the state Senate are unifying behind Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers is the very definition of putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. Reunification puts to an end a faction of senators from the Democratic Party who called themselves the Independent Democratic ...

WESTFIELD HOSPITAL: Going red, and ahead

Westfield Memorial Hospital’s “can-do” attitude was on display again last week in officially opening its renovated emergency department. Dressed in red, hospital administrators, employees and board members celebrated a major investment in not only the health care of the residents here, ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST BALD FOR BUCKS — A number of schools have participated in Bald for Bucks over the years. The fundraiser encourages students to get pledges to get their hair either shaved or cut very short. The funds are donated to Roswell Park ...