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Publisher’s notebook

Area needs urgency in preparing for the worst

Seven weeks before the United States of America began to take the coronavirus seriously, it was becoming a major topic in one Fredonia household. Dr. Athanasia Landis and her husband, Andrew — also a doctor — were taking notice of the events occurring in China and Italy. COVID-19 was no ...

With economy on hold, bright spots are around us

On the city of Dunkirk’s east side, manufacturing remains a significant cog in the region’s economy — even during this never-before seen sudden slowdown that is currently taking place in our nation. Three major processing facilities that contribute more than 1,100 jobs to our region ...

Finding religion outside the church

Surrounded by empty pews on Sunday morning, the Rev. Daniel Walsh knew his message was being heard. On the first weekend that parishioners could not gather due to restrictions on society caused by the coronavirus, Walsh carried on via WDOE radio, with his weekly service from Holy Trinity Roman ...

Dangerous virus deals a cruel outcome

After the United States was attacked on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, shell-shocked Americans began coming together to sort through their emotions and seek some healing after the dinner hour. On that horrific Tuesday evening, parks across Western New York communities were filled with those ...

Fredonia rides jolt of energy, enthusiasm

Nor rain, nor sleet and definitely not snow flurries could keep area residents away from a street party that no one could have ever predicted last fall. Reminiscent of the summer months, Church Street and Park Place were closed to traffic as crowds gathered around the outdoor stage on the ...

Personal grudges stall important city issues

Everyone was seemingly getting along on Jan. 31 in Dunkirk City Hall. Council members Donald Williams Jr., Martin Bamonto, J.J. Stoyle and Nancy Nichols were in attendance and applauding Mayor Wilfred Rosas during his State of the City address. Rosas, for his part, highlighted a number of ...

Renewable debates may get too quiet

PORTLAND — Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz opened the public hearing regarding a special-use permit for an Abundant Solar Power, LLC, promptly at 7 p.m. Feb. 12. What followed was an awkward silence for the next 35 seconds. An uneasy sentiment filled the room. The Town Board, which has been ...

Young still boosting county in Cornell role

Hardly no one saw it coming one year ago. Then state Sen. Catharine Young stunned her constituents and this region with the announcement that she was stepping down from the post she had held for about 14 years. Almost everyone here and throughout District 57 never questioned how good we had ...

Even at home, Democrats stuck in neutral

Loyal Democrats across Chautauqua County and the nation are focused on one objective come November: remove Donald J. Trump from the office of United States president. That, especially at this point in time, appears more easily said than done. Within the last 10 days, Trump has put together a ...

Brooks-TLC leadership can’t get it right

IRVING — Located behind the front entrance of the Lakeshore Hospital building where a last-chance rally of support was being held one week ago to save this institution was another dirty secret from the Brooks-TLC Hospital System Inc. board of directors and administration. Two large ...

‘Scream’ signals sense of joy, relief

Co-host Amanda Brinkman of the “Small Business Revolution” heard a sound that was once again music to her ears. It came in an eruption and was filled with excitement from the crowd of more than 450 people inside the Fredonia Opera House and Performing Arts Center and about another 150 ...

Hometown spirit missing in petty politics

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul glanced around the large meeting room in the State University of New York at Fredonia incubator right before her regional State of the State presentation last week. She was surrounded by a number of new names and faces who have emerged in leadership roles in northern ...

Wendel not yet a familiar face in county

New Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel sat almost anonymously in the third row of seats at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House and Performing Arts Center. He was one of at least 250 in attendance who were anxiously awaiting the news early Tuesday morning of whether Fredonia would be moving to the ...

Sister seeks answers in forgotten homicide

Trouble always seemed to find Billy Hall Jr. Even during the precious final days and hours of his life, Hall seemed to be a magnet for run-ins with the law or minor disagreements with friends or family members, according to Kimberly Hall Curtis, his sister. But what happened in the early ...

Fragile Brooks may be on last legs

Wednesday began what is likely to be one of the most important years in the history of the Brooks Memorial Hospital. Thinking the Brooks-TLC Hospital System is in better shape financially now because of the impending closure of the Lakeshore Hospital campus in Irving would be an outright ...

Even at holidays, many living on a thread

Along Central Avenue, from about Sixth Street in Dunkirk to near the campus entrance in Fredonia are two sections of rope that resemble a clothesline. In between, are plastic bags that contain a hat, gloves or socks for winter, lotion and a message of hope and love to whoever needs these ...

At coffee, raising a cup to the Landis years

Fredonia resident Debbie Brooks knew this might be her last chance to personally say thank you. On Wednesday morning, following a night of Christmas shopping, she made her way to Village Hall for what would be the final installment of Coffee with the Mayor. As Athanasia Landis arrived, she was ...

Board’s choice comes with very little ‘transparency’

This is what happens when decisions are made for more than a decade in darkness. The action by the Brooks-TLC Hospital System board of directors in 2008 to end the practice of holding annual meetings that were open to the public is once again haunting this area. These gatherings shared ...

Region still too comfortable in decline

Municipal leaders rarely have a vision for the future. Instead, elected officials just hope to maintain on what they have from year to year. That is always an issue when the budgets are proposed. Everything is tight. There usually is no room for additional spending. Obviously, it is because ...

Hefner’s leadership lifts campus spirits

Upon making his return to the State University of New York at Fredonia in the summer, Interim President Dr. Dennis Hefner was tasked with assisting the institution in three key areas: building enrollment, helping with the budget and identifying a new president. It was not long before another ...