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Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS — The holiday season is upon us. A number of local communities have or will be holding Christmas-themed events. Last weekend Dunkirk lit the Christmas tree. This weekend Gowanda, Fredonia, Cherry Creek and ...

Shopping: Your gift to the area

On Monday, did your children or grandchildren get to tell a virtual Santa Claus what they want for Christmas? Did you try to guess how the magician you watched on your smartphone made the rabbit disappear? And, how about that ice skating app? Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is aimed, if you ...

Hunting: Decisions were irresponsible

Safety with weapons is every hunter’s responsibility — which is what makes it so discouraging to see that responsibility abdicated three times in less than two weeks here in Chautauqua County. The first incident came roughly two weeks ago when two Kennedy men were charged with illegal ...

Happy returns for prevention

A photo on our front page Saturday spoke volumes. It featured village of North Collins officer Phil Tremblay standing in front of a number of prescription drugs and needles. It was not everything the department collected, but it was enough. On Oct. 28, the department reported a four-hour ...

More turnovers in the area

Once again, high school football will take on a different look in the area. As noted in our Friday edition, it appears that Westfield will be teaming with Chautauqua Lake to field a team. “In terms of the parent meeting, it was pretty unanimous that parents thought Chautauqua Lake would ...

Make change for kettle effort

The Salvation Army provides help to those who need it all year. To make that help possible, the organization needs your help for the next month. One way to help is to spread holiday cheer while ringing a bell near one of the Salvation Army’s red kettles. Bell ringers can now be found ...

BRIGHAM ROAD: It is time for truck ban

It is a sight many in Dunkirk have witnessed far too often. A tractor-trailer, while traveling on Brigham Road, gets stuck and damaged after attempting to go under the CSX crossings between Second and Fourth streets. The most recent incident, on Nov. 17, did more damage to the truck than the ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SECRET TURKEY DONOR — There were more than 160 turkeys given out by Rural Ministry for Thanksgiving this year. St. Anthony’s and St. Joseph’s churches collected 55 turkeys, while an anonymous donor provided 110 more. We ...

CONGRESS: Bailing out bad behavior

When most men are found to have harassed or attacked women, they pay a price. It may be dismissal from a job. It may be a hefty lawsuit judgment or out-of-court settlement. Sometimes, that helps predators escape criminal prosecution. You will not be surprised to learn things are different in ...

Holiday spirit starts at home

Not so long ago, the key aspect of scheduling Thanksgiving dinner was when the turkey was ready to come out of the oven. Now, it may well be the rush to get out and go shopping after the family has eaten. Officials at many retail businesses have found opening their doors before the crack of ...

Playing fair on the taxes

The day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season. For decades, Black Friday was also a day that tipped the yearly balance sheet for many retailers into positive territory. Friday’s shopping rush will still do that for some retailers, but ...

Arkwright: A stunning cut, for now

What happened in Arkwright last week was not business as usual. Town Board members, in approving the 2018 budget, slashed the salary of its town highway superintendent by 44 percent — from $53,770 to $30,000. Not everyone agreed with the wage cut, specifically Town Board member Roger ...

An alarm over lack of aid

New York state has often noted in recent years its concerns for the work force and the needy. In recent years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has established a higher minimum wage, which continues to increase each year, and has proposed free tuition to those of lower incomes to State University of New York ...

DUNKIRK: Control board not far away

What happened in Buffalo and Erie County caught the attention of many back in the mid 2000s. Both entities faced financial uncertainty and a control board took over. When that happened, the belt buckle on the finances got much tighter. Members of the board actually looked at the figures — ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SHOTGUN SEASON — Good luck to all the deer hunters heading out this morning. Today marks the opening of firearm season. Remember the basic rules of hunting safety: Treat every gun as a loaded gun. Never let the muzzle of a ...

Politics: An open book on 2016 vote

Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book. But a book by Donna Brazile, formerly chairwoman of the Democratic National ...

MERGER: Long live independence?

Things really do not have to make sense in Chautauqua County. Rather than work together, we’ll maintain a divide if it’s north-south, municipal neighbor or even school district. At least that’s the way it looks from the Clymer perspective. As seen in the merger vote Monday between ...

Reform Plan needs adjustments

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

Area proves it remembers

On Friday, this corner listed six men from Dunkirk, who left to serve in Vietnam, but never returned. Those men included: Curtis Eugene Crawford, William Fellinger, Dahl J. LaPorte, Harry Kaus Jr., Vincent James Rossotto and Robert Samuelson. We forgot one — and plenty of readers let us ...

No consensus for director

Adding a human resources director in Dunkirk does not sit well with many who follow the happenings of the city government. The position comes at a high cost, potentially close to $85,000 in total compensation. Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas believes the human resource director is needed for the ...