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Editor’s corner

Small-town events get big lift from volunteers

Rural America scored another victory of sorts last week. Surrounded by state representatives, community leaders hailed the opening of the Forestville Farmers’ Market that will last through October. Besides having the participation of vendors, it sent an important statement to residents of ...

County shines in reacting, poor in planning

FORESTVILLE — In stepping forward to lead a press conference this week to address a tornado touching down on the outskirts of this hamlet, Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel can be at his best. He’s an excellent communicator and never shies away when there is an emergency. Minutes after ...

Collateral damage appearing after cash woes

New York City’s fiscal crisis of almost a half-century ago is worth revisiting for a number of current local leaders and school board members who have yet to see or worry about the potential writing on the wall. While state and regional home sales and growing sales tax receipts have offered ...

Inexperience adds to growing fiscal mayhem

Newly elected school board members in Chautauqua County will begin to take their seats starting Monday. It is a tremendous responsibility that impacts the community’s children, a large workforce with one of the largest spending plans in the municipality it serves. Fortunately for these ...

Assembly contest is most compelling in county

Behind the scenes, Chautauqua County Republicans were scrambling. Democratic candidate Michael Bobseine of Fredonia fired up a campaign right before Christmas when he announced he was exploring a run for the 150th District of the New York State Assembly. Only months earlier, incumbent Andrew ...

Census data can’t make counties come to senses

Rust-belt Chautauqua and Warren counties are both no strangers to the disappointment that comes with the annual U.S. Census information. Since 1970, the two entities have combined to see a reduction of 32,524 residents from the region. From 2020 to 2023, Chautauqua County declined from 126,032 ...