The OBSERVER’s View

Share in spirit of season

And soon comes Christmas. Some people are still trying to get ready. Others have been at it quite a while, which is the best way. A few have waited until the last possible moment - they will be frantically casting about today, which is the worst way.Early or late, none of this is in keeping ...

FREDONIA: Lack of deal about control

It is official: the Fredonia Village Board also plays the role of Scrooge during the holidays.No matter what the cause - a regional water district, a local waterfront redevelopment plan, a contract with the town of Pomfret, the village is not cooperative. It happened again last Friday ...

SCHOOLS Sports teams on losing end

Numbers are always of significance for area schools.Whether it be test scores, enrollment figures or the rising annual budgets, the numbers do not lie. But a recent revelation at a Cassadaga Valley school board meeting is cause for concern.In a district of nearly 1,000 students with a strong ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTGIVING SPIRIT - We applaud residents and community members who have been giving generously to those in need this holiday season. The Chautauqua County Town and Village Highway Association collected around 600 toys and gave $500 to the ...

Salvation Army: Bells jingle for a worthy cause

It is a lofty goal for a giving institution.According to a recent news report on WDOE, the Salvation Army is aiming to raise $43,000 for its Christmas campaign. Despite chilly and inclement weather, plenty of volunteers have been ringing bells and playing musical instruments to drum up ...

HOLIDAYS: Plenty of gifts to help others

Christmas is just six days away. No doubt many area residents wish they had more time to prepare.There is so much to do, after all. There are gifts to buy, Christmas cards to be sent, holiday meals to prepare, visits to family and friends to plan, and on and on.But wait a moment. In the hustle ...

HOSPITAL: Leadership still in hiding

It's time for the hospital to go on an image campaign.On Monday, the Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York announced its Lake Shore Health Care Center had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. How was this important announcement done? Through a press release.When Lake Shore Health Care ...

Property tax freeze comes with strings

As we noted on Sunday, those who continue to work together will reap rewards through New York state when it comes to funding.That also was the message sent by state Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a commission he appointed to deal with property taxes on a local level. Besides freezing those taxes, ...

NRG deal: Area’s voice heard in Albany

When it came to converting the NRG Energy Inc. plant in Dunkirk, it came down to one thing: the power of the people.Elected officials, including state Sen. Catharine Young, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, Dunkirk city Mayor Anthony J. Dolce and plenty of others, did a lot of work behind the scenes ...

Regionalism brings reward

Before getting too carried away with the more than $1 million in funding awarded for area initiatives from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, there needs to be a little perspective.Included in the funding is $1 million for the north county water district, which is on ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTSTANDING FIRM - Last weekend was a busy weekend. Many people were participating in community festivals, others were shopping, and it was also the last weekend for regular deer season. But even in the midst of all the business, hundreds of ...

Plowing: Giving credit on rough day

Many motorists were quick to criticize the municipal snowplow operators for the problems on local roads.But those behind that squeaky wheel need to give it a brake. In a three-hour period in Dunkirk-Fredonia nearly a foot of snow fell in the middle of the afternoon. That is no easy cleanup - ...

Cassadaga: Let district handle building

Cassadaga Mayor LeeAnn Lazarony has made the former Cassadaga Elementary School a priority for her and the village.Lazarony, who attended a Cassadaga Valley Central School meeting this week, wants the building to remain open and have the gym used as a recreational site for community children. ...

Common core: Is there another option?

There's plenty of criticism regarding the Common Core, a new set of standards being touted by the state Education Department and its leaders.Last week, hundreds attended an event in Jamestown to voice their disagreement over the curriculum to Commissioner John King. We especially applaud Andrew ...

Finding a way to achieve

Nelson Mandela is gone, and with him goes the steadying influence he brought to governments across Africa. While he lived, those in power had an example of steadfast forgiveness from a different kind of liberation leader.Mandela was a complex man - branded a traitor and terrorist by many, ...

Forestville: Fantasy idea amid positives

It sounds like a nice idea, but it is an unrealistic dilemma.During a recent Forestville school board meeting, which was filled with a number of positive reports, High School Principal Patrick Moses made a suggestion of creating a "one-stop shop" so incoming students to the district can see ...

TOWN?OF?RIPLEY Big spenders overlook cap

Has the state tax cap been a success? Not if you are a resident in the town of Ripley.Last month officials approved a 3.9 percent tax increase to serve the 2,400 residents. Unfortunately, the rising burden on taxpayers is tied to rising expenditures in the general fund and in the Highway ...

DUNKIRK Rally, web site voice backing for project

Our thanks to those who attended the rally at the Boardwalk on Saturday in support of NRG Energy Inc.'s plans to repower its plant.Those who could not make it still have the opportunity to be a part of the Western New York coalition that backs the conversion of the plant from coal to a natural ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTPEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE - We applaud those organizations which continue to remember the lives lost on Dec. 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor. Today, a commemoration and memorial service will start at 11 a.m. at the Samuel Cimino VFW Post 6472, 13 ...

NRG: One more show of support

It is rally time once again in northern Chautauqua County.Almost as absurd as this sounds, apparently the message of more than 2,200 residents attending a Public Service Commission hearing in the Williams Center at Fredonia State University was not heard by state leaders. Neither, then, was the ...