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The OBSERVER’s View

Endorsement: 3 offer change for Fredonia

Fredonia's decline in recent years - and its gouging of residents in high taxes and fees - can be traced back to a group of four people on the Village Board.Its record is shameful. When residents come forward to speak, those who lead the meetings - one in particular - talk down to them and ...

MAYORAL ENDORSEMENT: The best fit for Fredonia

Dr. Athanasia Landis, in 23 years of living in Fredonia, is an unknown quantity in politics. As a mother of five - and out of work by choice - she has quietly watched as a once proud downtown and community has regressed.Landis can no longer remain silent. "I have a picture in my mind: Fredonia ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTINTERNATIONAL FLAVOR - Rintaro Mizuno has been a key component to the Westfield Academy boys soccer team this fall. The Wolves have had some success and Mizuno, an international student from Japan, has been an important part of the team. ...

An opportunity in Forestville

As consumers, we normally seek out getting the best deal possible on a purchase. Our attitude, you would think, would be the same when it comes to paying taxes and fees.On Election Day, Forestville residents will decide the fate of its village of nearly 700 residents. Should it be dissolved or ...

Endorsements: Hidden contest in the city

There are no choices when considering the election slate in the city of Dunkirk. Willie Rosas, by virtue of his primary win in September, is the only candidate for mayor.Council pickings are just as slim. Voters will see candidates Don Williams Jr., Marty Bamonto and Andy Woloszyn on the ballot ...

NRG rally: Strong words of discontent

Some of the most indicting comments from Saturday's rally to show support for the NRG Energy Inc. Dunkirk plant came from a person who knows all too well the battle to stimulate an economy in this region.Dave Wilkinson, president of the Jamestown Central Labor Council, IBEW 106, realizes ...

Report gets spotlight tonight

Any village resident who is opposed to dissolution or believes the Center for Governmental Research fiscal impact report is flawed needs to attend tonight's meeting at 7 p.m. in the Forestville High School auditorium.Better yet, they need to ask questions.In the draft report obtained by the ...

Basketball: Bad bounce for Brocton

Study after study shows that students who participate in extracurricular activities generally have better grades, are more focused and are more likely to succeed in life. That's true with music, theater, clubs and of course, sports.That's why it was so disheartening to hear that Brocton Central ...

No urgency in collapse

A portion of the Coburn Block building on Central Avenue in Dunkirk came crashing down on Sept. 30. Today, 18 days later, nothing seems to have happened. A mess remains.Why the delay? How come the city, which has so little construction activity happening at the present time, cannot make a ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTTODDLER RESCUED - Kudos to State Police officer Gary Mahoney. He, along with troopers Derek Raichel and Glenn Steinert, went to a Collins residence for a missing 3-year-old child. Upon arrival, a neighbor told police she thought she heard ...

Different tune for Obama

When President Barack Obama can blame a "government shutdown" on conservatives in Congress, he spares no demagoguery in portraying them as arch-villains. But when it comes to funding for national defense, that's different.An appropriations bill for the Department of Defense was approved a few ...

Water district: Support is finally coming

"It" finally hit the fan a month ago, when New York state denied an $800,000 consolidation funding application for the proposed Northern Chautauqua County Regional Water District, citing sluggish progress in forming the district.Shortly after that, the Erie County Water Authority pitched its ...

NRG: Take time this Saturday

Those green placards calling to "Repower Dunkirk" have been sprouting up again on lawns across our region. On Saturday, however, our region will need another sign of unity when a rally for the NRG plant takes place on the city pier.Beginning at 10:30 a,m., the gathering is to once again show ...

Campaign feeds major need

Many knew local residents would rise up and help, but no one expected some 6,000 pounds of food to be collected for the first Feed Fredonia campaign.This year's campaign continues through Friday at village businesses and offices that have gold signs at their locations. Items needed include: ...

Upstate jobs: Small minds costing county

Chautauqua County missed the boat again when it comes to luring jobs.Instead, it was Genesee County that gained a proposed $700 million solar manufacturing plant that could bring in between 600 and 1,000 workers over the next five years. "The pipeline has just begun to get flooded," Mark ...

Team effort has savings

You would almost think one of the criteria to be an elected official would be the ability to whine. So often, instead of seeking solutions, they give constituents the woe is us story on how their village or town is a victim of uncontrolled circumstances.Last month, however, the Chadwick Bay ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BEST. CHAMBER WINNERS - Congratulations to this year's Chamber winners. We particularly want to salute the co-winners of the Economic Development Award - the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation and the Chautauqua Region Community ...

Looking ahead to elections

With the presidential election campaign in full swing, it was revealed this week the government deported just 231,000 illegal immigrants during the past 12 months. The number has not been that low since President Barack Obama took office.Deportations are down 42 percent just since 2012.Of ...

Grape harvest: Too much of a good thing

With Carriage House no longer here, some local grape growers are searching for a market for their product, with limited success.A report by the Erie Times-News for the Associated Press notes that after bumper concord crops in 2013 and 2014, the National Grape Cooperative, owner of Welch Foods ...

Fredonia: Alert magnifies minor event

Officials at the State University of Fredonia were less than pleased a minor event last week became a major story in a matter of minutes. It happened on Sept. 29 when a student arrived at his car in the Dods Hall lot and noticed something did not seem right.Social media always has a way of ...