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Opinion

GOWANDA: Village loses a strong leader

The OBSERVER’s View

It is hard to blame former Gowanda Mayor David Smith for stepping down this week from his position. Smith, like many community leaders, is tied up in a number of organizations. Last weekend, he decided to take a step back. “This feeling of being overwhelmed has caused me to be less than ...

Not all sunshine and flowers in headlines

Commentary

Several stories caught my attention in Monday’s OBSERVER. I note that Pine Valley and Bemus Point Central Schools are about to receive funding for electric buses. Once again, I have to ask why the state is rushing into mandating absolute dependence on untried and very expensive technology ...

What did you say your name was?

Commentary

Last week’s chat about forgetting the keys and the glasses? Fuggedaboudit. This week’s unforgettable subject is even more serious. It’s about names. I used to be good at remembering names — until about the last 40 years or so. A few weeks ago, I was having a lunch meeting with two ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1994 Mark Gugino’s doubts about playing professional baseball are over. The 21-year-old Fredonia native has signed a contract with the Florida Marlins organization and was assigned to Elmira. Gugino, a junior outfielder at the University of South Carolina, had been ...

CASSADAGA: Sticker shock may await water users

The OBSERVER’s View

Water problems in the north county are not just restricted to the village of Fredonia. To the south, Cassadaga has been hampered with water issues for more than a decade. It is working to take its next step with its system. It will come at a hefty price: $8.5 million. According to a recent ...

What’s next for Lakeshore site?

Commentary

I have been closely following the news regarding building a new facility in place of the current Brooks-TLC Hospital System. Last year, I had contacted Buffalo media about the travesty of Lakeshore Hospital in Irving closing due to financial mismanagement. That point is key. In my opinion, ...