The OBSERVER’s View

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SPECIAL THANKSGIVING — Partners In Kind of Chautauqua County did something special on Thanksgiving this year. They served over 50 meals to area veterans, law enforcement and emergency services personnel who had to work this ...

State must get in games

In July, New Jersey netted $325,646 in state taxes from sports betting. Such are the spoils for the Garden State, which won a U.S. Supreme Court case in May clearing the way for all 50 states to offer sports betting if they choose. Since betting began in New Jersey on June 14, more than $57 ...

FREDONIA: Tough lesson for a student

Second-grader Casey Doolittle had no idea of the hornet’s nest she would be stirring up by attending a Board of Education meeting in Fredonia. All she wanted to tell the board was she did not agree with the Hillbilly being the mascot of the district. It did not take long for the ...

Shop local: Executive leads by example

Could you find Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello during Small Business Saturday? You did if you followed #WHERESGEORGEB on his Facebook page. Continuing an effort he started once he took office Jan. 1, Borrello promoted local businesses he visited throughout the day. What a trek it ...

Moving ahead on tough topic

It’s been more than two weeks since fish and weeds blew into the shore in Burtis Bay. It’s unfortunate for the fish that were left to rot. It’s infuriating for the property owner who has to deal with the stench and mess. And, we hope the whole mess provides some illumination into what ...

SUNY FREDONIA: Tough choices being faced

What is happening at the State University of New York at Fredonia is unfortunate, but also a reality. As noted in OBSERVER staff writer Mary Heyl’s article last week regarding the potential reductions in programs and offices at the university, in a necessity. “We are not out of cash. We ...

POLICE FACILITY: More talk, no action

Fredonia’s police station is in poor shape. Fredonia’s police station is in poor shape. Fredonia’s police station is in poor shape. Do we need to keep repeating ourselves? Apparently, we do. For more than a decade, this newspaper and village leadership have pointed out the ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY — While every day in Chautauqua County is a day for small business, we are glad to see the extra effort made on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Dunkirk has a whole day of events planned. Westfield ...

PENALTIES: Wrongly jailed at high price

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland,Ohio, men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson ...

Remembering we got it good

It has been quite a year. Since we paused last to ponder our many blessings and enjoy the good food and better time with our families that is Thanksgiving, much of what we thought we knew about politics, government and our fellow Americans has been turned upside down. No doubt that will be a ...

HOLIDAY Shopping rush getting closer

A traditional rush is nearly upon us: the Black Friday shopping experience. Just like with many other issues across our country, America seems divided on this. Should stores open Thanksgiving to begin the rush or should they remain closed to allow for families being together for the holiday? ...

Giving gift of warmth in coats

Recent blasts of winter had many residents running to the closets for the heavy coats. We’re the lucky ones. Others, including the youngsters, are not as fortunate. But thanks to the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County and a number of Community Bank locations, residents can add some ...

SALVATION ARMY: Area can help with holidays

For those who may not have noticed, there is a new energy at the Salvation Army in Dunkirk. Besides its traditional and respected youth basketball program, it now houses the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County and has a growing number of individuals and families it is helping ...

MEDALS: A ‘heroic’ job gets honors

Doing what is right while doing a job matters every day. For emergency responders, however, it can often mean the difference between life and death. On June 6, a 2-year-old child wandered away from his Silver Creek home and became lost in the woods. That is frightening to hear for any parent ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST STROKE AWARENESS AND CNRC — For the second year in a row, the Fredonia Blue Devils Hockey Team visited the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center before the team held its annual Stroke Awareness Game. During the visit, ...

Shining moments at state event

This weekend, the long trek for Fredonia Hillbilly cross-country runner Diego Rey continues. The senior will take part in the New York State Federation Meet, an accomplishment for a male runner Coach Carol Zirkle had not seen in her 19 years in her position. “I’m really proud of ...

Moving quicker on slower speed

Hanover Town Board officials appear to be moving in the right direction, albeit a little slowly. Residents Richard and Linda Kingsley have asked board members to approve a lower speed limit at an apparent dangerous stretch of road. Currently, the speed limit is 55 mph. But the Kingsleys say ...

WORLD WAR II: Never forgetting the horrors

We, as a country and world, cannot forget the horrors that came from World War II. One of the greatest problems, however, is we keep losing so many from the Greatest Generation. Last month, at the Dunkirk-Fredonia Rotary Club, a survivor from that war — who was held at a Concentration Camp ...

Veterans day Important notes from our youth

Grateful and appreciative. That sums up our nation’s sentiments toward our veterans over the weekend and on Monday. Ceremonies were held across the region as well as Applebee’s in Dunkirk and the Chautauqua Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. One prominent piece of those last two events ...

Snowfall: Right before leaf pickup …

One step forward, two steps back. That is just what it seems happens to local Department of Public Works crews once November comes around. Almost like clockwork, both the city of Dunkirk and village of Fredonia sent the OBSERVER notices regarding when it would begin leaf removal late last ...