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The OBSERVER’s View

IRAN Rising tensions worth watching behind times

In comparison to this country, Iran has some of the lowest gasoline prices in the world, at about 39 cents per gallon. But they are going up to about 50 cents — and stiff rationing is being instituted. Drivers buying more than 13 gallons per week will have to pay twice the minimum. How is ...

WESTFIELD: Holiday spirit comes to town

With Christmas less than five weeks away, it is really starting to look like the joyous holiday — especially in the village of Westfield. Starting Friday, a number of Christmas in the Village of Westfield events with a “A Dickens Holiday” theme includes: Children’s Night, 6:15 p.m.; ...

DAMAGE Making quick call for aid

Over the weekend, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand made a call for a quick response by the federal government in terms of storm damage across New York state that occurred on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. In our region, the greatest damage was done near Dunkirk and Sunset Bay. In the ...

NEW YORK STATE Age limit appears to do something

Last week, a new law went into effect in New York state regarding the age at which smoking is allowed from 18 to 21. Of course, it was the knee-jerk thing to do. If New York was serious about smoking or vaping for that matter, it could make these items unlawful. It will not do that with ...

ELECTION Let the final count begin

Barring some unusual occurrence, it could be the final day of the 2019 voting season as absentee ballots will be counted in Mayville by the county Board of Elections. There are a number of races that hang in the balance, most notably is in the city of Dunkirk where incumbent Mayor Wilfred ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Fantastic four steals Albany show

Young adults from northern Chautauqua County were saluted and cheered while attending a gathering in Albany. Casey Cannon, Wilfredo Santana, Jessica Vara and Mallory Wojcinski shared their stories with hundreds of youth workers at the Association of New York State Youth Bureaus’ and The ...

DUNKIRK Getting answers on city project

For the second time within a month, the Dunkirk Senior Citizens are meeting to discuss the proposed work on its facility at 45 Cliffstar Court. The upgrades are part of a $750,000 grant from New York state that was presented last year to the organization. However, there is some anxiety from ...

STUDY Agency findings behind times

Should one need further proof that the federal government and its bureaucracy are dangerously behind and out-of-touch with reality, take a look at the “revelation” presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. It turns out, childhood trauma — or Adverse ...

DUNKIRK Audit shows strides for agency

Questions regarding the finances of the Dunkirk Local Development Corp. have been put to rest — for now. According to the most recent audit, the agency finished in the black by more than $4,000. The reason for this? A $25,000 grant and fund-raising for the festivals and summer events. Even ...

HIGHWAY: Smoother ride deserves credit

It took years of bumpy rides and uncomfortable driving, but the New York State Thruway Authority — finally — deserves some applause for its work on the three-mile section of highway east of Exit 58 near Silver Creek. Within the last month, officials admitted the road was in much worse ...

ELECTION Good progress seen in voting

One week removed from the elections, there remains an “awe” factor. It is something Chautauqua County shared with neighboring Erie County: some of the highest totals statewide. So while many residents did the traditional Election Day vote, about 3,800 voted here in the county. That is ...

VETERANS DAY Saluting those who proudly served

Today, our community celebrates and offers its gratitude toward our veterans. They served our country in the military, overseas and at war. Many schools and organizations held ceremonies last week to celebrate local heroes. Today, you can as well. Veterans will be thanked during a noon ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Recognizing a resident’s dedication

There's one Dunkirk citizen whose concern and efforts to better the community are a model for others. Last week, city of Dunkirk officials honored Mallory Wojcinski with a Certificate of Recognition on behalf of Common Council and the citizens of Dunkirk for her for her caring, drive and ...

DAYTON Write-in tallies send message

What happens in the town of Dayton in the coming weeks will be quite interesting. On Election Day, there were a significant number of write-in votes for both town highway superintendent and supervisor. While the major town parities backed incumbent Supervisor Angie Mardino-Miller and Thomas ...

Climate: Accord working only for some

Contrary to popular belief, the United States has not pulled out of the Paris climate accords. But President Donald Trump’s first opportunity to do so is approaching — and he should seize it. Trump pledged during his campaign for president to remove the United States from the Paris ...

FREDONIA Minor improvement is a big deal

A longtime complaint in Fredonia has been rectified. Believe it or not, after years of no markings on Central Avenue in the village, road crews have painted lines. Just intime for winter, the markings are a welcome sight to many, especially at night. As all motorists know, Central Avenue is ...

ELECTION: Different paths after ending

Wednesday after the election seems to come very suddenly. Neighborhood lawn signs start coming down quickly. Winners begin planning. Those defeated wonder what went wrong — and give thanks to all who supported them. All that work that led to Tuesday’s vote — as well as early voting — ...

SPORTS Trouble embracing the victories

Call them the unsatisfied Western New York sports fans. Many of these individuals have clamored each season about the lack of a winning culture from the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. Currently both teams are close to the top in their divisions and conferences. But it seems as though it is not ...

Election One last day to speak up

If you did not take advantage of the Early Voting, which took place from Oct. 26 through Sunday, you still have a chance to make your voice heard at the polling places. From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. is Election Day on Tuesday. There is no voting today. By now, you should have seen all the community ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Fredonia swimmer’s Spacc-tacular week

What a week for Fredonia swimmer Tori Spacc. On Wednesday at Maryvale during the sectional class meet preliminaries, the sophomore sensation took first place overall with a school record 1:08.14 in the 100-meter breaststroke competition. Not only did that time qualify her for the state ...