Fredonia Mayor Stephen Keefe took his State of the Village report on the road Thursday and while it did not provide a true outline for the future, the audience brought some reason for optimism.
Attending the Fredonia Rotary Club event in the White Inn were village officials, area business leaders as well as municipal and school leaders. Each were hoping to hear an indication that things would get better.
Making things - and our economy - better begins with teamwork. Having Dunkirk Mayor Anthony J. Dolce, Pomfret Trustee Ann Eckman, Gowanda Mayor Heather McKeever, Arkwright town Supervisor Frederic Norton and Fredonia Schools Superintendent Paul DiFonzo proves the school and neighboring municipalities care about each other's future.
And while the past 10 years economically have left little for many cities, towns and villages to celebrate in Western New York, there is reason for hope if officials of neighboring communities can work together. Border and turf wars are a big part of the problem.
If we continue to fight amongst each other, how can we possibly expect to look viable to those from outside our community?