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Newsmakers of the Month

Newsmaker of the month: Turbine ruling may have ripple effects on lakes

A decision to the west could have major ramifications on Western New York in the coming years. Earlier this month, by a 6-1 margin, Ohio state Supreme Court judges ruled in favor of placing wind turbines in Lake Erie. As part of what is known as the Icebreaker wind project, the proposal ...

Newsmaker of the month: There’s no welcome mat for next superintendent

We knew Renee Garrett, at right, would land on her feet. The former Forestville Central School superintendent resigned earlier this month shortly after a new school board was seated. One of those newly elected, Lindsey Ellis, led a petition drive seeking Garrett’s resignation in the past ...

Newsmaker of the month: History has way of keeping us apart

It is tough to overlook the village of Fredonia’s history when it comes to the North County Water District. From 2009 until 2018, the village was downright hostile to any idea or discussion regarding its inclusion. Refreshingly, there is a new Village Board that is at least trying to become ...

Newsmaker of the month: Voting for diminishing empires

May 17 voting came with very little drama or surprise. By the end of the evening, all school budget proposals had passed comfortably. There was one exception in Forestville, which was the most narrow of all the county votes. The spending plan passed by an eight-vote margin. What also ...

Newsmaker of the month: Firm cashing in on past chaos

When it comes to the exorbitant cost of legal fees, the village of Fredonia is doing the right thing. It is advertising for a new attorney. Last month, an OBSERVER Freedom of Information Law request revealed the village had paid Webster Szanyi $234,063 for services rendered in 2021. That was ...

Newsmaker of the month: Neighborly disputes are just petty

It appears Fredonia is not alone when it comes to petty battles over drinking water with neighboring municipalities. This month, Dunkirk’s Randy Woodbury — for some unknown reason — went on an historical tangent regarding the interconnect at the Dunkirk Department of Public Works ...