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Newsmakers of the Month

Newsmaker of the month: Flaring COVID numbers putting area on notice

Something seems awfully familiar about the most recent COVID-19 outbreaks across the nation and in Chautauqua County. As the region transitions from what was an inconsistent summer to autumn, there are reasons to be concerned about the Delta variant of the virus. With a little more than 50% of ...

Newsmaker of the month: Popularity play backfires with Dunkirk grants

City residents or visitors to Dunkirk do not need a magnifying glass to see the deteriorating conditions that surround the north-county municipality. According to the U.S. Census, poverty rates are 24%. Frankly speaking, the need is great. So why in the world would the Dunkirk Common ...

Newsmaker of the month: Sense of safety buoys summer

Music by the lakes is a refreshing tune for many to kick off the summer months. My, how we have been waiting for something that was only two years ago a given. Once state Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the go-ahead to reopen New York state, area municipalities have moved quickly to give residents ...

Newsmaker of the month: Kolison has council thinking big

When it comes to enrollment, the State University of New York at Fredonia is dealing with the same problem many other institutions are facing. After decades of growing numbers, a decline has begun. And it’s not stopping. President Stephen Kolison, who was hired in the midst of a global ...

Newsmaker of the month: Fredonia water ‘failure’ looms again

September’s water woes were only a part of a larger story. For years, this corner has focused on the instability and high cost to users of the Fredonia water system. In April, a new business that plans to open in July took it a step further. William McFadden, who owns the two-acre site that ...

Newsmaker of the month: Signs of division are very evident

Discourse in America is not what it used to be. Today, many are not as welcoming of other points of view. Instead, they choose to stay in bubbles where what they believe becomes an echo chamber. In the last decade, lines have been drawn — in terms of party choice and where people get their ...