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Editor’s corner

Path to office filled with twists, turns

Is fatigue a factor for voters when it comes to this year’s local elections? That could be a distinct possibility. Following a 2020 national vote that seemed to go on for another two months due to questions over mail-in ballots and controversy over the presidential race results, it does not ...

Busing dilemma may prompt different route

Superintendent Charles Leichner, through a Facebook post, shared with parents and district residents on Sunday evening some news that was a bit of an inconvenience for some. Cassadaga Valley Central Schools would be unable to transport students on three routes Monday for classes due to “an ...

County GOP machine on cruise control

Chautauqua County Republicans appear to be less than engaged when it comes to this year’s election. A visit to its home page at www.chautauquagop.com shows two bits of information: one congratulating the candidates for 2020 and another promising more news coming soon. Recent updates — like ...

District rates magnify issue of poverty

On the surface, the U.S. Census statistics regarding Chautauqua County’s poverty rate appear to lack urgency. The most recent results, released in August, show a figure of 16.3%, about 3.3% higher than New York state. In the two cities, however, the numbers are much greater with Jamestown at ...

Grim finds are toll on tranquility

PORTLAND — There is plenty of peace to be found in the hills that surround Woleben Road. Some of the most majestic views of the grape vineyards and Lake Erie can be found near this location of western Chautauqua County. This week, however, that site became a dark reminder of fellow residents ...

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 ...