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Newsmakers of the Month

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 ...

Newsmaker of the month: Cooling our jets regarding Dunkirk train stop

There seems to be an engine of support for the concept of bringing an Amtrak stop to the city of Dunkirk. During a pair of meetings in the last month, a revived proposal includes support from the State University of New York at Fredonia. “One of the topics and issues that I’ve had so many ...

Newsmaker of the month: New life for area’s great ’16 hope

For decades — after a number of manufacturing plants closed in the 1980s and ’90s — the north county and Dunkirk became known as a food-processing capital. With Carriage House, Nestle Purina, Cliffstar and Fieldbrook Foods going full throttle, the plants provided employment for nearly ...

Newsmakers of the year: Navigating despite an ongoing COVID battle

As bad as 2020 turned out to be, 2021 is ending in the same fashion: growing COVID-19 cases throughout the nation during a holiday season. When reflecting back on our newsmakers of the month for the year, a lot of the topics were associated with the virus. Here is a quick recap on another ...