The OBSERVER’s View

HOSPITAL: With site chosen, be more open

Some residents are pleased with the new proposed location for Brooks Memorial Hospital at the former Cornell Cooperative Extension site on East Main Street in Fredonia. Others, unsurprisingly, are not. Change is never easy — and Brooks leaving Dunkirk is a bitter pill to swallow for some. ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST WINTER FESTIVALS — Let’s be honest; unless you’re an avid snowmobiler or skier, the winter months can be long. But festivals this time of year can be nice to get out and do something. This year, Dunkirk is holding its ...

A congressman’s troubling remarks

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, insists his recent remarks to a New York Times reporter have been mis-characterized. Whether that is true can be judged best by King’s constituents, who know him better than anyone in the national media or, for that matter, in Congress. But regardless of what ...

Frigid frolic boosts area

It give a whole new meaning to the word “cool.” More than 100 participants took part Sunday in the annual Polar Bear Swim in Silver Creek — and their dip, as usual, helped to benefit area agencies. Of course, this year’s swim was fairly mild compared to previous years. Some editions ...

Fredonia follows city footsteps

In the last two years, Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas has offered impressive presentations regarding the State of the City. He has talked about a vision while highlighting initiatives that have taken place in recent years in front of up to 100 people. Rosas’ neighbors to the east have also ...

Still time to get flu shot

If you managed to get into the new year without suffering through a case of influenza, even though you haven’t been vaccinated against the virus, congratulations. Now, go get that shot. The most dangerous part of the flu season lies ahead. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said recently that cases of ...

DUNKIRK: Add Haynes’ name to a school

We wholeheartedly endorse Claudia Szcerbacki’s proposal she made at last week’s city school board meeting. Her idea: name a district school after Roosevelt Haynes, who died last month. Right now, Dunkirk elementary schools are identified by number. There’s obviously no character to any ...

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 ...