The OBSERVER’s View

GOWANDA: Smart choice on graduation

Though the graduation ceremony will remain at Hillis Field, Gowanda Central School administrators and school board members deserve credit for looking at other options. One of those options was having the ceremony at the Cattaraugus Community Center at the Seneca Nation of Indians in ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST COLD STORAGE FREEZER — The ground is frozen, but that isn’t stopping construction for Fieldbrook Foods. The construction of the company’s warehouse on South Roberts Road has begun, with a target date to be finished by the ...

Where enrollment is growing

Cost per student is something that is examined on a regular basis by the state Education Department. But its documentation does not break it into categories, which sheds some light on an important issue. In a recent article in On Board, the publication of the state School Boards Association, ...

Teaching youth value of money

You step up to the counter, the clerk rings up your purchase, you hand him money … then watch, half in amusement, half in annoyance, as he informs you, “Computer’s down. Can’t make change.” In your head, you have done the math and know how much change you are due. The clerk, without ...

Big-money events, no accountability

Even Dunkirk Common Council cannot get answers when it comes to a balance sheet for the annual summer festivals that are held on the waterfront. In fact, council members during a Finance Committee meeting in December seemed to be getting more of a runaround than answers regarding what is ...

Let’s see Caucus make a difference

If there was ever a time for the Problem Solvers Caucus to shine, this is it. The shutdown of the federal government is now in its second week after the House of Representatives and the Senate were unable to come to an agreement over the budget legislation, with the biggest disagreement ...

FORESTVILLE: Giving spirit always evident

For nine consecutive years, Forestville Central Schools and its high school volleyball teams have brought both awareness and donations in the battle against cancer. At a recent school board meeting, district athletic director Scott Hazelton noted just how successful the Hornets’ Spike Out ...

DUNKIRK Open decision, dark revision

In the dark — without public scrutiny — Dunkirk Common Council and other city leaders made a decision to break a law. After approving the resolution in the spring for a public referendum on increasing council members’ terms from two to four years, it happened. Council members and the ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST PARK GRANT — Sheridan Bay Park recently was awarded a $100,000 grant. It will be used to redo different facilities at the park including water, electric, drainage, campsites and more. Sheridan Bay Park is an under-utilized park ...

One more round for the leaves

It is an unusual sight: seeing an area Department of Public Works crew out doing leaf pick-up in early January. But with no snow on the ground, it is a perfect time notes Fredonia DPW chief Tony Gugino. “With the weather, we’re taking advantage of it,” Gugino told the OBSERVER’s M.J. ...

Cleary’s efforts right on tune

In our community and with area schools, Sylvester Cleary has always had a song to sing. Recently, the Forestville resident and school board member hit a new milestone — his first album. “Love is the Way” is an anthology of 22 songs that he and his fellow musicians recorded throughout ...

COUNTY: Borrello takes on the issues

It is impossible for there not to be conflicts where Chautauqua Lake is concerned. Suffice it to say that with so many organizations with so many members and constituencies involved in the lake, a clear direction needs to be set. Setting that direction will not be easy. Organizations don’t ...

County: Can two forces become one?

Four of the five recommendations proposed by the Countywide Alliance for Enforcement and Rehabilitation make a lot of sense. The group, formed by County Executive George Borrello last year, recently released a report that includes ideas to pursue in the coming year. Task force members ...

NEW YEAR’S EVE: Resolve to have safe celebration

For many, tonight is one of celebration as we gather with friends and family to celebrate the end of 2018 and the start of 2019. We have lots of memories — and hopes as we prepare for the new year. But, if planning to be out and about, remember to play it safe. “If you have celebrated ...

FOOTBALL A meaningless Bills finale

Are you ready for some football in Week 17? Not if you are a Buffalo Bills fan. With the exception of two years — that dramatic playoff appearance made possible by the Cincinnati Bengals last year and a 2004 loss to the third-string Pittsburgh Steelers — the final game of the season has ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST WHAT A DOLL — This year as the Gerry Rodeo celebrates its 75th year, it will have a special item on display. Violet Engstrom donated a cowboy doll, which was purchased during the first rodeo, to the Gerry Fire Department. Mrs. ...

Another increase for business

All of New York’s businesses — especially the small ones — will be feeling a new pinch right before the start of the new year. Beginning Monday, the state’s minimum wage will rise 70 cents to $11.10 per hour. That is almost $4 more than the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per ...

Holidays, Laughing it off is a good thing

Even with the big day over and gifts exchanged, the stress remains during the holidays. Today, there is the rush to get to stores for after-Christmas shopping and families remain together — sometimes in tight quarters. So do not forget to laugh. One of our subscribers and Chautauqua ...

Big Boston trip receives help

Gowanda eighth-graders eyeing a trip to Boston received some welcome news earlier this month. Community leaders, from the Gowanda Kiwanis Club, donated funding so children needing financial assistance could have the opportunity. “Our club had a very intensive discussion and felt that this ...

Lasting gifts before our eyes

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. — John 13:34-35 It is the spirit and the love that makes this holiday so special, not the gifts, lights or ...