The OBSERVER’s View

Our February fortunes turn

How was Dunkirk Dave so right, so fast? An early spring, our favorite fortune-teller exclaimed. We just did not think it would be the next day. Temperatures hit 60 in some parts and Monday continued another balmy day by February standards. But the warm spell won’t last long. Cooler temps ...

SCHOOLS: State aid puts halt to mergers

Gowanda schools are looking for a partner in a potential merger, but neighboring small schools will never consider it. North Collins, Pine Valley and Forestville districts are always open to sharing services, but why merge? New York state and Albany provide the answer. As noted in this corner ...

DUNKIRK Timbs’ utopia doesn’t exist

If Boards of Education want a shoulder to cry on, they can count on Dr. Richard Timbs to be there for them. For years Timbs has gone across the state parrotting a familiar refrain: school districts need more money. What a revelation. The Dunkirk school board heard Timbs last Tuesday at a ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST P-TECH GRADUATE — Congratulations goes out to Jordan Butterfield, a 17-year-old Lake Shore Central School District graduate and WNY P-TECH student who recently landed a job with Lakeside Precision Inc. The WNY P-TECH, which is ...

Presidency: Getting back to briefings

Presidents of the United States are big news, whether they want to be or not. President Donald Trump is a more riveting story than many of his predecessors. Yet Trump has broken with the tradition, established in recent years, of regular press briefings at the White House. Reportedly, he told ...

CLOSINGS: For many today, it’s great indoors

There is no doubt area schools and organizations made the right call. It is downright cold outside — and many institutions that were shutdown Wednesday will continue to be today. But looking out the window the previous morning was far from the full story. Despite little snowfall, windy ...

A ‘no’ vote for accountability

A recent vote on funding to assist Lakewood in a loan for stormwater implementation project was a step forward for some Chautauqua County legislators. In a 13-4 vote, dissension came from Legislator Lisa Vanstrom, R-Ellicott, regarding just how much the village would be paying as part of the ...

Gillibrand was less than honest

Turns out, Chele Farley was right about U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential ambitions. After more than a year of denying that she was planning to run for president in 2020 while vowing to serve her entire six-year term if elected last November, Gillibrand reversed course last week ...

DUNKIRK: Revisiting policies for closing

Dunkirk community members have spoken out on social media, some in fairly rude tones we might add, regarding the decision to keep schools open Friday on a blustery winter day while neighboring districts were closed. Those individuals are not alone in their frustrations, we learned on Sunday. ...

DUNKIRK: City maps plan for 2019

Mayor Wilfred Rosas once again highlighted some of the best of Dunkirk in his State of the City address. He showcased the summer events and festivals. He talked about development in and around the city. He also made a plea for 2019: he wants more cooperation with neighboring municipalities as ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN — At Cassadaga Valley, there is a group of boys called the “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” that were hand-selected by staff in fourth and fifth-grade who demonstrate exemplary leadership, ...

Parties miss on compromise

Once again, Democrat leaders in Congress have made it plain their chief goal is attacking President Donald Trump, not dealing with illegal immigration. Unless reasonable Democrats retake control of their party, that attitude will continue to block progress. During last weekend, President ...

City revisits important issue

Not only did Dunkirk Councilman Michael Civiletto last week admit he previously made a mistake, more importantly he has brought renewed attention to an issue that needs it. During last week’s Common Council meeting, Civiletto revisited the issue of a methadone clinic in the city. His ...

‘Secret’ is out on village shop

It has the look of a much more upbeat pierogi possibility in Silver Creek than there was in Westfield. In 2015, the much heralded Rae Foods, which was barely open for a year, quickly closed its operation disappointing a number of county officials. Today, about 20 miles to the east along the ...

Petition drives city interest

To say that there is interest in a petition to keep Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk would be an understatement. According to a note from Dunkirk’s Frank Beach on Facebook, the person who began collecting signatures, the number of signers has risen to 2,000. In making the case for ...

New York State: Still no help coming for SUNY

State University of New York at Fredonia officials face some tough decisions in the coming week. In November, the administration outlined a list of 20 graduate and undergraduate degree programs that are being considered for elimination. Unsurprisingly, this has brought some protest from ...

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 ...