The OBSERVER’s View

City already ‘sacrificing’

How about some applause for Dunkirk Common Council member William Rivera.After a prepared statement from Councilwoman-at-Large Stephanie Kiyak regarding how a regional water district needs to best fit the city - without any sacrifices - Rivera admitted his frustration with how long this is ...

ceremony Special evening in Lakewood

Eight more athletes, and major community contributors, were inducted Monday at the 33rd Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame ceremonies in Lakewood.Our congratulations to the honorees, who included: the late Jack Wigley, Vince Calarco, the late Tom Prechtl, Cindy Miller, Al Muck, Dan Lunetta, Tom ...

‘Grueling season’ brings rewards

It was a trifecta of sorts for Dunkirk's wrestling team.Three members, after competitions in Niagara Falls over the weekend, earned the right to represent the Marauders at New York State Public High School Athletic Association wrestling championships. Hector Colom, Tito Colom and Marquis ...

Route 60: ‘Weather problem’ is everywhere

First the good news: Route 60 from outside Fredonia to Cassadaga is on the radar of the state Department of Transportation. Now, the bad news: motorists are going to have to wait until April for a smooth ride.So at least it is being addressed quicker - and better than a "Rough road" sign - than ...

Disappointing halt to effort

An announcement that ends a significant partnership is a major disappointment.Last year, we hailed the two largest area school districts, Dunkirk and Fredonia, for working together on a combined preschool program that would be held at Wheelock school. By all accounts, there have been few, if ...

Loss of partnership comes at poor time

Talk about bad timing.While Dunkirk schools finances seem to be in adequate shape, Fredonia needs all the help it can get. For years, school Superintendent Paul DiFonzo has bemoaned the shrinking amount of aid sent to the district by the state.Last week, the district learned it was losing a ...

Highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTWRCL CHAMPS - WRCL - which stands for Westfield, Ripley and Chautauqua Lake - earned the title Class D wrestling champions last weekend. We're glad to see these wrestlers from three schools team up. Had they not joined together, they ...

Military: Punish those tied to assaults

Many senior leaders in the armed forces admit the military has a serious problem in how it handles sexual assaults. Why isn't something being done about it?An Associated Press investigation of more than 1,000 reports of sex crimes involving U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan during a ...

Schools: Athletics win over learning

There was a bit of good sportsmanship by the Cassadaga Valley Central Schools this week.An agreement will soon be signed between the district and Falconer schools to share fall athletics in September. "Both districts need each other," said William Carlson, CVCS board member. "Sooner or later we ...

Snowmobiling: Trails bring economic boost

Once you get past the bumpy ride of Route 60 from Dunkirk-Fredonia into Cassadaga this winter, you can find plenty of snowmobilers hitting the trails.Over the weekend, the weather cooperated for "A Taste of the Chautauqua Trails" at the Fireman's Grounds in Stockton. "What that is, is ...

Make area fire reports public

Another fire department was under the state comptroller's microscope this month.Lily Dale Volunteer Fire Department was not properly keeping track of finances, according to the findings issued last week. "Without monthly reports, the executive committee does not have a means of assessing and ...

County Home: Union fails with workers

In a bold move, 171 workers of the Chautauqua County Home have publicly announced through a petition they are willing to accept concessions on wages and benefits.Though not disclosing how much, it was a major statement by the workers that said two things. First, the workers want to help the ...

Undermining a city partner

Gary and Patty Damico have been some of Dunkirk's biggest boosters in recent years. They donate their time for a number of city events, including the annual senior sweep, and they also invest in a downtown that has been downtrodden in recent years.In 2011, the store owners participated in the ...

Highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTNEW VEHICLES - The Boys and Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County is the recipient of a new van, compliments of the Western New York Ford Dealers and its Ford Friendship Express program. The Boys and Girls Club received the keys ...

Energy: Quit excuses with pipeline

Throughout his term as president, Barack Obama has insisted his administration could not allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry Canadian oil to the U.S. unless the State Department signed off on it.Last week, the State Department revealed - at last - that it can find no reason ...

Event: Society opens doors tonight

Filled with treasures of the city's past, the Dunkirk Historical Society has made strides in recent years of becoming more engaged with the community. In the past summers, it has held a car show in Washington Park and last October, its first tour of historical homes in the city was well ...

NFL honor: Reed finally gets his due

It was worth the wait for Andre Reed.The greatest wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills found out Saturday evening that he was selected as a member of the 2014 class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "What can I say? There are so many things, emotions right now," Reed told Buffalobills.com. "I ...

Local groundhog has optimism

We admit it. We are a little biased toward our furry friend Dunkirk Dave.His venture out on Groundhog Day brought good news for those who have tired of the long winter: expect an early spring. "We noticed he didn't show any activity or he wasn't scared, like he wanted to run back in the house. ...

Super effort for pantries

On a day that most of America can overindulge in food and celebration - on Super Bowl Sunday - we wish to take the time to salute a December effort that focuses on a much different bowl.For three hours on Dec. 7, hundreds of residents and volunteers took part in the Empty Bowls fund-raiser in ...

A Bills’ legacy that was so close …

It was 20 years ago this week the Buffalo Bills played in the last of their four straight Super Bowl appearances.The memories are bittersweet and each game was filled with moments to forget. Unfortunately, those four one-game losses - ranging from one point to 35 - overshadow what was an ...