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The OBSERVER’s View

ASSESSOR Four towns have right idea to share

In the city of Dunkirk, one assessor serves a population of around 12,700 residents. But four towns — Dunkirk, Hanover, Pomfret and Villenova — will share the services of one beginning in January. Those four townships, we must note, include the village of Fredonia and serve a total of ...

DONATIONS Every day is worth giving locally

Many area non-profits took part in Giving Tuesday this week. It is a way to bring awareness to need within our community, whether it be Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County and Literacy Volunteer to name a few. These agencies, and many ...

DUNKIRK: City can’t give up on solid proposal

Dunkirk’s loss is North Tonawanda’s gain. On Monday, state Gov. Kathy Hochul noted the Buffalo’s Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood and the City of North Tonawanda were winners of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. That being said, there were plenty of reasons to be ...

NOURISH NEW YORK A shining moment for state, Borrello

Sen. George Borrello’s pre-Thanksgiving trip to New York City was far from a sight-seeing trip. The Sunset Bay Republican spent Sunday in Queens to see Gov. Kathy Hochul sign legislation Borrello sponsored making the Nourish New York farm-to-food bank program permanent. It’s a notable ...

Newsmaker of the month: Another COVID surge at wrong time

With more events moving to indoors due to cooler temperatures, it is not surprising the spread of COVID-19 is increasing again. Americans, even those here in Chautauqua County, have become wary of any news or updates regarding the virus. In a sense, we have become numb to this pandemic — ...

HOLIDAYS: Shopping local is an investment

Americans love conveniences, especially when it comes to shopping. But this weekend brings a timely reminder for our hometown: do not forget about supporting your many local merchants. Today is Small Business Saturday and when you buy local, you are helping a neighbor and the area’s ...