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Is park fence a closed case?

August 28, 2016 Today marks the finale of the 48th annual Farm Festival event in Fredoni. more »»

Cap slows a runaway train

July 31, 2016 Almost everyone you know tells you the taxes they pay are far too high. Their complaints, however, fail to reach the voting booth. more »»

Without change, forums a charade

June 26, 2016 Our municipalities and county leaders have had it backward for years. Government does not drive success in a region, business does. more »»

Residents give, schools take away

May 29, 2016 It is a fine line. Without the voting public, area schools — certainly the very small ones — would not be able to expand their empires while student enrollment numbers continue to plumme. more »»

Another burden on business

April 24, 2016 If elected leaders were to listen to business leaders across the state, including those who represent small business, they would know of the many problems employers face when the hourly minimum wage... more »»

Missing the bigger picture

March 27, 2016 Who can forget the devastation of the news that 400 jobs in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area were going to be lost in March 2014? Jobs that were held by area residents who gave an honest day’s work —... more »»

Cuomo determined to boost city

February 28, 2016 This region has a definite love-hate relationship with state Gov. Andrew Cuomo. more »»

Public sector has role in crisis

January 31, 2016 One of the greatest anxieties facing northern Chautauqua County in the new year has been the future of the mammoth NRG Energy Inc. power plant along the lakefront in the city of Dunkirk. more »»

Positive steps amid uncertainty

December 27, 2015 All too often, progress for Chautauqua County has meant keeping the status quo for governments as well as our schools. Things are changing, however, albeit slowly. more »»

Considering life without NRG

November 29, 2015 Over the last three years, there have been a couple of rallies, lots of signs and plenty of petitions. But as 2015 comes to an end, hopes for the repowering of the NRG Energy Inc. more »»

Get moving on new city era

September 27, 2015 Unofficially, Willie Rosas has become the new mayor for the city of Dunkirk. Officially, very little has happened since the vote on Sept. 10. Election day on Nov. more »»

Newsmaker of the month: Focus on Fred Fest

May 31, 2015 Despite the State University of New York at Fredonia’s best efforts to distance itself from the event formerly known as Fred Fest, it was quite clear — for at least this year — that the party’s far... more »»

Test refusal is about emotion, not results

April 26, 2015 When it comes to standardized testing, some area schools are failing to make the grad. more »»

Future of Brooks depends on residents

March 29, 2015 When it comes to the future of Brooks Memorial Hospital, we all have a stake in what happens. It is not just about the patients or the care administered. more »»

Demands on rise for already thankless job

February 22, 2015 You receive a paycheck if you are elected to the Chautauqua County Legislature. You also receive a salary if you serve on a municipal council. more »»

How attorney thwarts public information

January 25, 2015 We have a message for Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo: You are not in the midst of a “conspiracy” with elected trustees. more »»

More self-inflicted pain takes toll on area

December 28, 2014 If you keep doing the same thing and getting the same poor result, how do you respond in Chautauqua County? You keep doing the same thin. more »»

‘Best interests’ rarely includes taxpayer

November 29, 2014 Savvy and informed residents know by now. When you hear local elected leaders say, “We need to do what is in the best interests of our constituents,” those leaders are not worried about you. more »»

Some confidence for future

October 26, 2014 Call it a $2 million gamble. more »»

Mastering the ‘good news’ tax hike

September 28, 2014 It turns out that raising taxes is really simple — and inexpensive. Consider last week’s budget proposal by Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan. more »»



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