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Editor’s corner

Finding clarity in region’s water woes

Dunkirk’s Department of Public Works employees were being pushed to the limit. In the early morning hours of Aug. 31, a major water-line break on Lake Shore Drive not only closed the main thoroughfare to traffic, it also put the city in disarray. Working tirelessly, it was up to this crew of ...

Campaign clamor nowhere near crescendo

Halfway through the month of September, the political pressure cooker of the fall campaign has barely begun to simmer. While yard signs for candidates are making sparse appearances in our communities, it is tough to tell in Chautauqua County that Election Day — not to mention early voting — ...

Space aplenty at shrinking schools

Social distancing at a majority of Chautauqua County’s public schools appears as though it will not be a problem. Judging by the most recent U.S. Census figures over the last decade that resulted in a 5.4% loss of 7,248 residents to 127,657, a majority of these overbuilt educational ...

Dreadful Census details are no mirage

Has Chautauqua County finally hit rock bottom when it comes to decades of population declines? Or do we need to look at the most recent U.S. Census numbers in another, more positive way? Consider this: over the last century, we have seen a population increase of about 12,000 residents. ...

New Albany remains a work in progress

SUNSET BAY — Shortly into his first year as county executive in 2018, current state Sen. George Borrello made a game-changing decision. Instead of parroting a familiar political refrain calling for more jobs to come to this region, he did some leg work. During his first three months in ...

Fear, reality of COVID motivate downstate

NEW YORK -- There is no denying the major differences and political rifts between upstate and the Big Apple. It is little vs. big. Conservative values against progressive ideas. There also is an unspoken reality that bothers this region: if you’re living downstate, you could care less about ...