The OBSERVER’s View

fredonia Another party is in the books

Another non-Fred Fest has come to an uneventful end in the village. And though some residents complain about the two-day happening as being a bit unruly, it was — for the most part — fairly tame. Besides, Fredonia is a college town. For the most part, this is the only weekend where ...

POWER PLANTS: Tonawanda event worth attention

What’s happening in Tonawanda needs to be of high interest to the city of Dunkirk as well as Chautauqua County. In early April, it was reported there was a potential buyer for the Huntley Station, which has been shut down since 2016. Huntley, owned by NRG, has been a source of frustration ...

CASSADAGA: Residency is part of the law

We have complained for years in this corner about too many local governments and an overabundance of representation. With dwindling numbers in population and governments running tight budgets every year just to maintain what little services they provide, some tiny entities have gotten it right ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST MUSIC ON THE PIER — Well the pier won’t exactly be available all summer, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be good music in Dunkirk. Some of this year’s concerts will take place at Memorial Park. The city may also move ...

Environment: Keep funds for vital agency

Among the most important federal programs very few people have heard of is the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Ensuring it has enough money is the proverbial no-brainer. Doing so will require action by Congress and approval by President Donald Trump, however. Lawmakers and the president ...

Giving back: Truck happening recalls event

Almost 25 years ago, an annual event involving tractor-trailers were part of a northern Chautauqua County tradition. The happening was called Share A Dream and allowed disabled children to ride around the community in the big rigs. For some of these children, it was the thrill of a lifetime. ...

Driving: Distractions make for bad days

Sunday, despite cool temperatures, was a picture-perfect day. Except for a couple of accidents — one on Maple Avenue in the city and another on Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk. Causes of the accidents were not revealed, but nowadays — in good weather — you cannot help but think cell ...

HELPING HAND Taking aim at boosting numbers

Many organizations, especially small-town fire departments, could use a few good volunteers. But as our society becomes less personal and more technological when it comes to relationships, numbers continue to decline. Over the weekend, many departments held events that coincide with RecruitNY ...

MAIN CONNECTOR: Central Avenue is unwelcoming

Central Connection is an excellent initiative when you consider the community benefits. Last November, a memorandum of understanding was reached between the village of Fredonia, the city of Dunkirk and the State University of New York at Fredonia. It was a historic day of sorts. According to ...

CENSUS: County still on wrong path

There is no question Western New York and Chautauqua County are more upbeat about the future than it was in 2010. But don’t tell that to the U.S. Census. Our most recent numbers show we have plummeted even more in the last year, falling to 127,939 residents in 2018. While some are quick to ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST PLAYING WHERE BISONS PLAY — Every school in the local area was on spring break this past week. But some varsity sports teams were able to use the week to play ball in some special places. The highlight was probably Gowanda ...

terror Very sad sights in Sri Lanka

Only about 7.5 percent of Sri Lankans are Christians, but even that tiny number apparently is intolerable to Muslim extremists. On Easter Sunday morning, as many of the country’s Christians were celebrating Easter, the terrorists slaughtered nearly 300 of them in a series of church bombings. ...

Hanover: No speedy answer to accidents

Is there any possible answer to reducing the number of accidents on Dennison Road? Linda Kingsley, who has reported numerous accidents near her home where the road curves, has made requests for a lower speed limit than 55 mph to the town of Hanover, but it is out of their hands. New York ...

In gratitude: County offers appreciation

When Catharine Young left her role as state senator for the 57th District in late February, there was a sense of shock from area leaders as well as her constituents. No one really saw it coming. So it was fitting that earlier this month at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, our region and the ...

Dunkirk: Two cities renew relationship

A French connection was revived earlier this month when two city officials got together in Washington, D.C. City Mayor Wilfred Rosas met with French sister city Deputy Mayor Karima Benerap to “rekindle the relationship” that dates back to World War II. After the city in France was ...

TOBACCO Cuomo should sign smoking age hike

All that stands between New York raising its legal smoking age from 18 years of age to 21 years of age is Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval. Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties have already increased the smoking age in an effort to keep tobacco products out of high schools. Officials reasoned ...

EASTER: Our most joyful day

There was alleged “fake news” two millennia ago, too. Jesus Christ was no more than a political troublemaker, a social revolutionary, claimed those in power. He was not the Messiah in whom some had faith, they insisted. So they put an end to the revolution — or so they thought. They ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST EGG HUNTS — Some young children had a great time last weekend at SUNY Fredonia for Kappa Sigma’s annual egg hunt. If you missed it, there are some more today. Laona is hosting a community egg hunt at 10 a.m.; Park United ...

Notre Dame de Paris: More than timber and stone

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine River ...

lunches Can’t force students to eat

There are many people who are up in arms over the U.S. Agriculture Department’s decision to change federal nutritional standards for breakfasts and lunches served to schoolchildren. The rules that have some so up at arms scaled back standards requiring that only whole grains be served, ...