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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SINGING SUCCESS — For the first time in more than 50 years, a student from Westfield Academy Central School has been chosen for the All Eastern High School Choir. Elena Cockram has spent the last three days practicing in ...

government: Be careful with our parks

We Americans do not have Crown Jewels such as those displayed in England and a few other countries. We have something much more valuable and much more beautiful: our national parks. No other nation has such a park system. Ours is so envied that it sometimes is described as “America’s ...

Tax cap: Apply to special districts

When it comes to the tax cap, schools and municipalities work hard to ensure they don’t raise their budgets more than 2 percent (or what ever the rate is set that year). That’s because once they do, extra requirements are put in place to authorize their passage. But when it comes to ...

Hockey: No thin ice for big bosses

Another disappointing season will be almost wrapped up at KeyBank Center in Buffalo when the Sabres play their final home game against the Montreal Canadiens tonight. Just like their pro-sport partners the Bills, the treadmill associated with being a fan of these two teams going nowhere can ...

Behind times on payments

It is not a priority, but it does add to the frustration of how government is often not so quick to respond. Last month, during a Finance Committee meeting, Dunkirk Councilman Don Williams pointed out that residents cannot pay their bills with a credit or debit card. “There’s a lot of ...

HANOVER: High costs, better hands

Hanover, which has shown itself to be a willing partner and participant, has done the right thing in turning off the spending spigot in regard to repairing a bunch of broken-down Forestville issues. Town board members, who were prepared to take over the former village and its assets, knew ...

Not all fine with nine

Pine Valley is a unique school district in our county. It is one of the few that has a Tractor Day celebration. Its students have an excellent work ethic and the community is closely connected to its successes. One other unique trait is simply this: its school board has nine members, which is ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SHAVING SUPPORT — Being diagnosed with breast cancer is difficult to say the least. But it can be easier when people are walking beside you in support. That’s what’s happening in Westfield for one school official. Dr. Mary ...

Healthcare: Proposal lacked problem solving

Though the intent was good in the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the proposal itself was full of flaws. That very thing is what killed it. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, with President Donald Trump’s backing, proposed a bill that would have addressed just ...

Calls make a difference

Want to help clean up crime in your neighborhood? One of the easiest things you can do is call police when you see suspicious activity. That was the case in Westfield. Earlier this month, police received a tip about possible drug use at an apartment on South Portage Street. The Westfield ...

Blazes spark worry in county

Smoke hung heavy in the air Saturday morning after firefighters finished dousing the last of six fires that had been intentionally set over the course of 48 hours. Every firefighter in the Jamestown Fire Department was called in Friday night and early Saturday morning, when the worst of the ...

Heated times, dumb statements

We can all agree the political arena just keeps getting uglier in Washington. Last week’s failed repeal of the Affordable Care Act only adds to the divisive atmosphere. One of the strangest quotes of the weekend from the fallout, however, comes from Michael McAdams from U.S. Rep. Chris ...

FREDONIA: There are ways to help business

On an evening when the Chamber of Commerce in Fredonia honored businesses and individuals for their service to the community, a trustee made a plea to those in attendance: sign her petition. Just like she did March 20 at the village board meeting, Trustee Kara Christina is making an effort to ...

Numbers still show exodus

There’s barely been a whisper — even from this newspaper until now — on some unsettling news from the U.S. Census Bureau regarding Chautauqua County. According to the most recent figures, population is down again. This time, it falls under the 130,000 mark. The most recent number is ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST ATHLETIC TRAINING — Congratulations to Amanda Benson. A Dunkirk native, Benson recently received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association. Benson is the assistant program ...

JOBLESS: Rate not full story

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism — much of it justified — for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

Falconer: Similar scene haunts Dunkirk

Falconer is in a state of shock. It is not much different than what happened on a winter evening in Dunkirk in February 2010. On that late afternoon in our city, a fire tore through the Masonic Temple on Central Avenue closing traffic on the strip of road for months in the heart of downtown. ...

Taxes: Welcome all payments

In a perfect world every homeowner would be able to walk into their local tax collection office and write a check every year to pay their taxes. As we all know far too well, ours is not a perfect world. Every year, there are people for whom writing a check for a large lump sum is daunting. ...

Tale of turkeys keeps growing

Already embraced by the neighborhood, the Central Avenue turkeys in Dunkirk have gained a following in the region. As we noted in an article on the front page last month, the birds have become quite popular with motorists stopping to take photos when they are spotted. “Everybody knows the ...

TUITION: Private schools are reaching

It is comical to see for-profit colleges and universities lamenting the effect of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship Program. According to a news release from the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, adoption and implementation of “free tuition” at public ...