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‘Transparency’ is only real fix

May 4, 2014 Within the past three years, Westfield formed a Board of Fire Commissioners to address a number of concerns facing the village Fire Department, including its finances, personnel and other internal... more »»

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

May 3, 2014 Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST FLOWER DONATIONS — The village of Fredonia has run into some difficult times with its budget. more »»

U.S. economy is making gains

May 2, 2014 Perhaps the most important report on the U.S. economy in years was released last week by a private consulting company. more »»

Forestville: Improved tax hike a disgrace

May 1, 2014 Former OBSERVER columnist Paul Christopher called it from the start. more »»

Benefit: Ready to jam for worthy cause

April 30, 2014 In the photo provided to the OBSERVER on Monday’s front page, 2-year-old Isabella Crowell looks as if she is ready to rock n’ roll. Come Saturday, you can bet she will be dancing. more »»

Coming clean near the water

April 29, 2014 How about a tip of the hat to the volunteers from Fredonia State University who helped clean up Dunkirk’s Point Gratiot Par. more »»

Fredonia: Budget pains not going away

April 28, 2014 Give village of Fredonia officials credit. In finalizing the 2014-15 budget, trustees whittled away more than $1.1 million from Mayor Stephen Keefe’s proposed $10.7 million plan. more »»

GOWANDA Village cannot afford full-time post

April 27, 2014 With the village of Gowanda staring at a potential 5 percent tax increase with its proposed budget for 2014-15, the last thing it needs is another full-time police office. more »»

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

April 26, 2014 Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST BASEBALL TRIP — The Dunkirk Marauders may have lost the game to the Cairo-Durham Mustangs last week, but there was more to this game than... more »»

HEARING: Officials often fail to listen

April 24, 2014 Government may say they want the public’s input, but many times, it really does not care. Take, for instance, Monday’s hearing in Fredonia on the new roof law. more »»

‘Alternatives’ missing mark

April 24, 2014 Boosters for the “alternative fuels” industry, which could not exist without hefty government subsidies and requirements for use of its products, make grandiose claims. more »»

VOLUNTEERS: Coming out for support

April 23, 2014 One of the greatest community connections for any resident is its fire department. That being said, Saturday and Sunday are important for all county fire agencies. more »»

Look at how far we’ve come

April 22, 2014 Today has been set for the annual observance of Earth Day, focusing on environmental quality throughout the world. In that context, Americans have much about which to be proud. more »»

Western New York goes Polish

April 21, 2014 This has been a week of holiday events. There was Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Each day has its own significance. more »»

A significance for this day

April 20, 2014 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher. more »»

Some of the best, worst of the week

April 19, 2014 Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST FREDONIA MUSIC — Congratulations to the Fredonia Central School District’s music department. more »»

Hey! It’s only tax dollars

April 18, 2014 It used to be the representatives who were in the tax-and-spend crowd. Now they are the tax, borrow and spend group, as a federal budget proposal unveiled this month makes plain. more »»

Pomfret: Town takes the initiative

April 17, 2014 Pomfret Town Board is taking a smart and timely ste. more »»

Controlling school costs

April 15, 2014 Ripley taxpayers are likely to see a tax cut of about 5 percent in their 2014-15 school taxe. more »»

Pentagon: Rising stress on military bases

April 15, 2014 Programs to help U.S. servicemen and women suffering from mental challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder, have been around for decades. Clearly, more effort needs to be put into them. more »»



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