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NORTH KOREA: Risks grow by the day

If there ever was a time when North Korea’s bullying militarism could be curbed without great loss of life, it probably passed decades ago. That should not blind world leaders to the reality that the regime’s lethality grows by the week — and cannot be ignored forever. A new North ...

Retrospective — July 7

Twenty years ago — 1997 Geophysics major Martin J. Terrell of Fredonia, a senior this fall at Fredonia State University College, is one of 28 students selected from around the world to participate in the Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience. Mr. Terrell’s experience is taking place in ...

More ripples of support

Lake Erie is a precious asset — for tourism as well as drinking water. On Monday, about 100 people were in Wright Park for All Hands on Deck to show their support for the lake and voice their opposition over the proposed reduction in funding to preserve a natural resource. It was a showing ...

MARMADUKE: Putting Brocton in spotlight

For readers who may have missed Monday’s comics page, you missed another local shout-out. Over the years, longtime Marmaduke cartoonist Brad Anderson would make reference to the village, Cave’s Deli or Midway Park. This time, however, the school district got the spotlight. On the side ...

JULY FOURTH: Cherish freedom, our country

Our United States of America is far from a perfect country. Even today you will find angst and dissension between political parties, cultures and neighbors. But our country remains the greatest — even if you are not happy with the current state of affairs. We are free. We have the ability to ...

Warehouse plan brings possibilities

Investment in a vacant warehouse in Fredonia could be the start of something big. Last week, village officials heard about a plan to convert the structure at 50 W. Main St. into a theatrical performance hub. “What I envision there is a theatrical performance area that is also versatile ...

More notice on burglaries

Area police agencies and emergency responders provide an excellent service for the region. When it comes to response times, we have plenty of faith in them. Where they need to improve, especially area police units, is sharing information about burglaries with homeowners — before they make ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week — July 1

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST NATION HELPS WITH WATER — For two years, 37 households in the hamlet of Lawtons have been unable to get drinkable water. However, thanks to an agreement with the Seneca Nation of Indians, that will soon be fixed. The town of ...

CUBA: Country fails on follow through

No doubt Cuban leaders counted on the United States not to look back after former President Barack Obama reversed longstanding policies toward the communist island in December 2014. But there is a new president in town. For decades, U.S. presidents and members of Congress had agreed on ...

ROBERT TECLAW: WNY loses Drum and Bugle Corps icon

On Sunday, Robert A. Teclaw went home to be with the Lord. He was 84 years old. Bob was director of the Alumni Drum Corps. In 2006, the Corps was incorporated and Bob was made the drum major. Under his leadership, the Alumni has entertained crowds all over Western New York and Pennsylvania. ...

There’s more than electronics

Many area children have shifted their brains into summer gear, thinking about camps, jobs, vacations, swimming, hanging out with friends and lounging around the house. We hope their summer includes four things: Lots of reading. The public libraries in this area are wonderful, and we hope ...

Fireworks Recalling effort for safety

One week before the Fourth of July, we just cannot help but remember a former resident who made annual appeals at village board meetings around this time for the community to stay safe. It was on June 1 that longtime Fredonia resident Reva Kuczenski died in Pennsylvania at age 87. She was ...

Fundraiser is cool treat

Chautauqua County Rural Ministry is more than just an organization that offers a helping hand to the needy of our community in terms of meals, clothing and holiday assistance. It also is a group of community leaders who give their time — and financial assistance — while serving on the board ...

Hotel is piece to lakefront

To have a thriving waterfront, you need plenty of activity near the lake. Right now, however, there seems to be too many vacancies along Lake Shore Drive in Dunkirk. That could change if progress continues to be made for a new Wyndham hotel in the lot between the Clarion and Tim Hortons. What ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST CLEANING UP DUNKIRK — We want to applaud this year’s senior class at Dunkirk High School. The seniors continued the tradition of spending a day cleaning up the city at the end of the school year, as part of Senior Sweep. This ...

Presidency: Finding value in Camp David

President Donald Trump’s style is, well, different. In many ways he seems determined to redefine the presidency. In doing so he may give his successors new tools to deal with both domestic and foreign policy. Let us hope he recognizes the value of some of the old, well-worn tools, ...

Need for skilled labor grows

A number of high school students will be crossing the stage starting this evening through Sunday. One question facing every graduating student is what’s next. Some students will choose college, others will choose the military. Most of those remaining will go straight to the workforce. ...

waterfront Festival brings lake spotlight

After a one-year hiatus, the Great Lakes Experience was back — though it seemed like it had never left. Sure, it was situated in a new location at the lot between the Clarion and Tim Hortons, but the displays from past years were very much the same. Also evident was the enthusiasm for the ...

TLC’s boost from Butler

TLC Health Network in Irving is losing a valuable asset. The hospital announced last week that Scott Butler, chief operating officer, accepted a chief executive officer position in Evansville, Ind. Butler faced plenty of adversity while he was here. He joined the organization when it was ...

Don’t inflate the numbers

Politicians, who like to blame the messenger for reporting items of local significance, need to be more honest to the people they serve. In an article regarding the resignation of Fredonia village Trustee Marc Ruckman, Mayor Athanasia Landis did not need to inflate numbers about the village ...