×

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk needs an update

Want to visit Dunkirk? Don't go to visitdunkirk.com. It's not that the site isn't working. At the time of writing this editorial, the site worked just fine. It's just that all the events listed are from 2014.So, according to visitdunkirk.com, we should have had Picnic in the Point this past ...

ROBLIN STEEL: Employee’s care found in books

Dunkirk resident Frederic A. Bolling was committed to his work and fellow employees. So much so that when Roblin Steel began, Bolling documented almost every event from the opening until the closing of the plant.Earlier this month, his family passed on Bolling's books of records - all eight ...

TAX CAP: Signing off on accountability

You think taxes are too high in our region? You are not alone.State Gov. Andrew Cuomo would agree - and so would the state senator who represents us so well, Catharine Young. Last week, Young announced she is attempting to garner support with an online petition to make the property tax cap ...

Memorial Day: The sacrifices for freedom

It is easy to forget how good we have it living in the United States of America. Each day we wake up is another day of freedom.Sure we have to go to work. We have to pay bills and have some other responsibilities. But our life is not dictated to us by our government leaders. Our employment, for ...

Chautauqua County 5% tax cut worth look

County Legislator Terry Niebel threw a curve-ball last week in regard to the recent discussion regarding the raising of the sales tax from 7.5 to 8 percent. In a commentary that appeared in our May 17 edition, Niebel believes -?like fellow legislators - that if the state agrees to the increase, ...

highs and lows Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTAUTHOR GOING TO MOVIES - Fredonia native Wendy Corsi Staub, has written more than 80 thrillers, dozens of light romance novels under the pen name Wendy Markham, and several young adult novels. Now one of Staub's books will be turned into a ...

The OBSERVER’s View

Contrary to what some commentators are saying, Islamic State terrorists' conquests of the Iraqi city of Ramadi do not raise questions about U.S. strategy to defeat the vicious group. They merely emphasize that a worry present for many months is growing.Many Iraqi troops abandoned weapons, ...

Art show: Taking works to community

Color us impressed.That was the reaction of many, including the students, at the recent Dunkirk High School art showcase that was held at Shorewood Country Club last week. The event, which lasted about three hours, brought more than 200 people out to see works created and painted by a number of ...

Dunkirk: Make city be part of district

New York state wants municipalities to work together. Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan wants that same team spirit.To that end, the county is willing to give Dunkirk $40,000 from its bed tax fund to help with its wall that is falling behind the water treatment plant. But - a very big ...

Great eight for lacrosse

State University of New York at Fredonia graduates were full of pride on Saturday. Not only had about 1,400 participated in commencement, but the university's women's lacrosse team was making history.In its most prolific season, the Blue Devils finished as one of the top eight teams in the NCAA ...

Foundation: Giving tradition to groups, efforts

Five thousand dollars can go a long way, especially if it gets into the right hands. Just ask Kathy Peterson of Chautauqua County Rural Ministry.Peterson, executive director of the agency, was on hand Friday at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation in Dunkirk during its awarding of the ...

ECONOMY: University’s huge impact

Nearly 1,400 students marked the end of a journey during commencement at the State University of New York at Fredonia on Saturday. Not only did those graduates celebrate, so did their families and friends.Businesses also did a little celebrating as well. Visitors, especially those at the start ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BEST93 AND FEARLESS - St. Columban's Dee Trewiler may be 93 years old, but her age isn't slowing her down. Recently the senior citizen went zip lining at Natural Bridge Caverns just north of San Antonio, Texas. Her story was featured in this ...

ETHICS Clinton trail full of issues

Imagine yourself as a State Department ethics office employee, asked for opinions on the propriety of activities that earn your boss' family millions of dollars. How often are you going to rule against her?Very rarely, an investigation by the Associated Press discloses. The AP looked into more ...

Dissolution: More villages need conversation

Former Fredonia Mayors Frank Pagano and Michael Sullivan have both said that the village should at least consider dissolving. Current Mayor Steve Keefe said there have been conversations privately with the town about the subject.The idea of dissolution has been an issue back to when Sullivan ...

Albany: Another change for the better

Leadership in Albany looks very different today than it did five months ago.One day after the State of the State and budget address, then Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested. Last week, former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was charged and has since stepped down from the post while ...

Donation makes every cent count

A number of School 7 pupils in Dunkirk continued a lesson in how fund-raising can really add up.As part of the mathathon program, the children helped raise more than $5,000 this year - and $28,000 over 11 years - toward St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Students who raised ...

Donation makes every cent count

A number of School 7 pupils in Dunkirk continued a lesson in how fund-raising can really add up.As part of the mathathon program, the children helped raise more than $5,000 this year - and $28,000 over 11 years - toward St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Students who raised ...

Juror error trumps death

After plenty of heartache, tears and evidence, it turned out the case involving Jeffrey Basil - who was previously convicted of second-degree murder of Silver Creek native William Sager Jr., as well as tampering - actually came down to a juror.Last week, New York State Supreme Court Judge Penny ...

DUNKIRK Overspending gets carefree

Chalk up another lost chunk of change in the city of Dunkirk.Last week, council members found out that because the city missed a 60-day deadline for a contract for the water treatment plant and the Benton Street water tank another $215,000 more will be paid on the projects than was originally ...