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The OBSERVER’s View

Big-time event gets big name

Dunkirk and Shorewood Country Club hit the big-time last week.Thanks to the annual Van Miller Hometown Heroes scholarship golf tournament, a national power was in our region when it comes to the National Football League - Bill Polian. Polian, a former general manager of the Buffalo Bills, ...

Fredonia Village needs are priority

It wasn't always this way. At one time, the infighting and petty politics could be seen regularly on the Pomfret Town Board.Not anymore. Pomfret's board looks as though it is all business. Its neighbors, less than one block away in the village of Fredonia, have become a middle-school clique.It ...

STATE ASSISTANCE Region must answer call

For decades, Western New York flew under the radar with state leaders and Albany.Two years ago have proven to be just the opposite. That was when state Gov. Andrew Cuomo committed $1 billion to turn around the economy of Buffalo. A portion of that money, we must note, is also supposed to come ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTBASEBALL PLAYOFFS - Although no high school varsity teams are being represented this weekend in the state baseball or softball championships, the area will be represented - by umpires. Jerry Reilly and Marvin Cummings were both selected to ...

Clinton ‘struggle’ is not reality

Hillary Clinton whined to an interviewer this week that when she and former President Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001, they were "dead broke." She explained they "struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea's education."She just doesn't ...

high taxes 5 percent hike fueled anger

In the town of Wilson in Niagara County, a 5 percent tax hike is all that was needed for residents to take action.After the village implemented a 39-cent tax increase to $8.11 per thousand of assessed valuation, some 180 residents signed a petition calling for the village to be dissolved. ...

County homes: Neighbors may feel a pinch

Cattaraugus County needs to start rethinking its ways.A proposal in the state Senate could place a moratorium on any kind of decrease or the reduction of services in county-owned nursing homes, said John R. Searles, county administrator. "This bill, first of all, represents another unfunded ...

Obama’s action snubs Congress

Once again - this time in a matter of life and death - President Barack Obama has thumbed his nose at Congress. Many members, both Democrat and Republican, are angry.This time, Obama agreed to trade five high-ranking Taliban terrorists for an American soldier who walked away from his post in ...

New York State: A union’s effort to hike wages

New York state residents already pay a high price in taxes. Unfortunately, one of the groups that benefits from those taxes wants us to pay more.Last week, the New York State United Teachers union filed a motion arguing against both the tax freeze credit program as well as the tax cap. Karen E. ...

FORESTVILLE Translating for new post

In April, Chautauqua County came to Forestville's rescue. At that time, the village was concerned it may have to increase property taxes on its residents by 445 percent due to poor management and oversight of village finances in the past.To help the village bring its tax hike down to a much ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTCLASS CHAMPIONS - Congratulations to four area schools in capturing their Section 6 class championship in varsity softball/baseball. Pine Valley Lady Panthers won their second Class D championship. Fredonia Hillbillies won their third ...

D-Day Historic event changed a war

In 1944, one of the most famous missions in World War II began on this day.Some 160,000 Allied troops, which included a majority of soldiers from the United States, Great Britain and Canada, landed along a 50-mile French coastline to battle Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy. More than ...

Seattle: City’s wage hike will be monitored

Think prices for products in our area are rising quickly? Be thankful you're not in Seattle, where the city has increased its minimum wage to $15 per hour, which will be phased in over several years.New York's minimum wage, which increased to $8 per hour this year, is 75 cents above the federal ...

Some cheers for achievement

As the school year winds down, the number of achievements in area schools always seem to increase.Over the past two weekends in our Lifestyles section, the OBSERVER - with assistance from the schools, area clubs and family members - have highlighted more than 115 student honors from the ...

Memories made at special event

There are moments when everyone who participates is a winner. That is assuredly the case with the annual Special Olympics event at the State University of New York of Fredonia.Last week, more than 300 students and numerous volunteers turned out in force in Steele Hall arena. Athletes ...

Legislature: Politics denies appointment

What were a majority of county legislators thinking last week?Ten members opposed the appointment of Chuck Cornell for District 12 county legislator. This appointment had no bearing on increasing taxes, spending or legislation. Just a "no" vote on a person willing to serve.It makes no sense.The ...

Rally in area was crucial

As devastating as the impending closing of the Carriage House facilities in Dunkirk and Fredonia may be, the rally that drew hundreds on Thursday to Barker Common in Fredonia was significant.Area residents, union officials, mayors, state officials and a representative from state Gov. Andrew ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTHOTEL STILL POSSIBLE - A multi-million dollar project in the town of Hanover is still alive. Last week, businessman Tony Borrello said he was pulling the plug on a proposed hotel and water park development, due to frustrations with local ...

Low supplies drive pump hike

Oil prices are back above $100 a barrel, and that will hit U.S. motorists at the gasoline pumps.A recent price increase, to $103.04 a barrel for benchmark U.S. crude oil, came after energy analysts released a report showing American oil stockpiles have dropped by a whopping 10.3 million ...

Gowanda: Plenty Happening in the village

A theater, lots of entertainment and plenty of motorcycles will highlight Friday through Sunday in the village of Gowanda.The annual Hollywood Happening begins on Friday evening with a motorcycle parade from the Gowanda Harley Davidson to downtown with opening ceremonies for the event starting ...