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The OBSERVER’s View

URGENT NEED Making call for blood donors

American Red Cross officials are making an annual call again this winter: blood supplies are low and there is an urgent need for donors. According to a recent press release, the Red Cross had less than a three-day supply of type O blood available for patient emergencies and medical ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Forestville’s big heart

One of the most giving communities in our region never fails to disappoint when there is a fundraiser or benefit taking place. Before Christmas, the Fredonia Star Riders, a 4-H Club with their home base in Forestville and members from all around northern Chautauqua County, had its fourth annual ...

BROCTON Ending nears at troubled site

Brocton’s major eyesore — and dangerous structure — will be coming down by the middle of March. Located at 14 E. Main St., the building has been a source of controversy for about a decade. “It’s a dangerous condition, as you all know,” said Peter Clark, village attorney. “We ...

Puerto Rico Making right call on dismissals

Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Now, U.S. officials need to provide all the support at their disposal. On Sunday, Vasquez fired the heads of two government agencies, the ...

LEGISLATURE: Nazzaro fits finance post

There are a lot of Republicans on the Chautauqua County Legislature. In our view, none of those Republicans are as well qualified to lead the Audit and Control Committee as Charles Nazzaro, D-Jamestown. Audit and Control is perhaps the most important committee on the legislature. All ...

TRIAL: Still questions after ‘tragedy’

It is doubtful there has been any sort of healing that has happened in this community since Friday’s announcement that a jury in Chautauqua County Court found Ashleyanne Lopez-Lopez innocent in a stabbing case where a 15-year-old Dunkirk girl died. In fact, after the jury came back with its ...

#myfredonia One final push for victory

It comes down to today; at 11 p.m., the voting ends. Fredonia and its supporters, be proud of how far you have come — and the opportunity that possibly awaits from the Small Business Revolution for a $500,000 makeover. But this is the final push. After late this evening, there’s no more ...

EQUALITY Country struggles with values

Our United States of America were founded on a strong belief of having freedom and equality. No matter how well things are going for our country economically, there is always a struggle for both. During international wars, this nation and its military have always answered the call. When it ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: A voting revolution

After presenting the State of the State address in Dunkirk, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was surrounded by county chamber and elected officials. Their mission: get her involved and wearing a #myfredonia T-shirt. She was thrilled to oblige. There's two days left in the Small Business Revolution ...

HOSPITALS E-mail notes appear careless

Brooks-TLC Hospital System Inc. consistently sends a message to its staff about being compassionate and caring with patients. However, the administration needs to remember to heed its own message when it comes to dealing with some upset employees. On Dec. 3, the hospital announced the closure ...

SECURITY World at risk for cyber attacks

If you doubt that too many Americans have become preoccupied with President Donald Trump, either favorably or unfavorably, consider a news report this week. It involved Russian computer hackers and Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company. “A cybersecurity company says Russian military ...

TONAWANDA: Some movement on power plant

Dunkirk and northern Chautauqua County residents may have recently seen in the Buffalo media that NRG Energy Inc. has reached a deal to sell its Tonawanda facility. In a report earlier this week in The Buffalo News, the buyer of the site was identified as WarrenBrook Redevelopment, which has ...

#MYFREDONIA There’s still work to be done

Taking just a glimpse on the Small Business Revolution Facebook page shows a tremendous amount of support for the village of Fredonia over the last month. In fact, of the 10 finalists, our Western New York village had the most likes, comments and shares. Obviously, that could not be ignored ...

STATE OF STATE Cuomo’s message for cell phones

Can you hear me now? There’s a chance that in some rural areas of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Erie counties the cell-phone reception still is not up to the 21st century standards. During Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State speech, which is not always endeared in our neck of the woods, ...

#myfredonia: One day away from the reveal

Tuesday is Fredonia and northern Chautauqua County’s time to shine. Around 6:30 a.m. — or probably a little earlier — the Fredonia Opera House will open up to the community so it can find out if it is a top 5 finalist in the “Small Business Revolution” contest during a livestream ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Singing praises with music

Board of Education members were fully tuned in earlier this week when the music program was being discussed at Fredonia Central Schools. Besides hearing an excellent performance, the board heard about the program's success in recent years from teacher Andrew Bennett. “Research has also ...

DUNKIRK Development aid worthy of cheer

Lost in the recent political squabbling taking place in Dunkirk with the Common Council and the mayor is the recent award of nearly $3 million for the former Carriage House facility on Talcott Street. Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Empire State Brands will receive $2,940,000 from ...

PUERTO RICO: Sending aid to neighbors

Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico just can’t seem to catch a break. Still attempting to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017, many on the islands have been affected by a strong earthquake this week. In comparison to the hurricane, which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused nearly $100 ...

#myfredonia Continue push for final five

Fredonia and northern Chautauqua County better be ready to rise and shine on Tuesday morning. It is a significant day for the village and region when Deluxe and the “Small Business Revolution” determine what five towns remain in the final contest to win a $500,000 revitalization award. At ...

FREDONIA Poor showing at the start

As the city of Dunkirk experiences some rough spots with a new beginning with representation, there also are troubles in Fredonia: a lack of quorum. Somewhat unsurprisingly to some, the two Village Board Democrats — Kara Christina and James Lynden — who were fairly loyal to the previous ...