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Peoples column

Salute the health heroes among us

Editor, OBSERVER: As we approach Thanksgiving week and reflect on what we are grateful for, the Chautauqua County Board of Health would like to thank the County’s public health workforce. They have stood strong and demonstrated tremendous resilience while working to protect our community in ...

Generosity shows in Westfield

Editor, OBSERVER: The Westfield Union Relief Association would like to express our gratitude for the community’s generosity toward supporting our organization and Westfield. While we regret to inform you that our annual Charity Ball will not take place again this year due to the ongoing ...

Finding new things to eat

Ready for more suggested recipes? I do suspect one would now have to wait until the lovely days of spring and summer to continue gathering the goodies. But let’s go. Marsh-marigold (Cowslip): Collected before the plant has finished blossoming, the young leaves (with the stalks removed) are ...

There’s balance to placing blame

Editor, OBSERVER: I have a genial response to a recent letter. Should the Democratic governorship and Democratic supermajorities in both houses of the New York State Legislature share in the blame for our county’s woes? When they legislate, all counties are affected. PAUL N. ...

Placing focus on what matters

Editor, OBSERVER: I thought you might like to have a second version of my previous letter. I am very grateful for your publishing the first version. I continue to find myself floundering among enormous amounts of information coming at me from hundreds of sources. I find that it helps me ...

Praise for county on ’22 budget

Editor, OBSERVER: Last month, the Chautauqua County Legislature unanimously adopted a historic 2022 budget resulting in a property tax rate reduction of 40 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation or 4.7% along with a tax levy reduction of just over $270,000. Furthermore, this historic county ...