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The OBSERVER’s View

Youth has lasting legacy

Important steps to remember and keep players safe in the future took place at the Nickel Plate Depot on Sunday in Brocton.Hundreds of area residents attended the Damon Janes Memorial Event, including parents Dean Janes and Penny Gilbert-Robinson as well as state Sen. Catharine Young. In ...

Landscape: Fewer teams, same districts

As noted on Saturday in our highs and lows corner, Gowanda's willingness to work with Pine Valley so members of the district centered in South Dayton can play football is true team spirit.But Pine Valley's lack of being able to have a football program has again narrowed the field of area teams ...

Putting brakes on spending

Dunkirk Common Council members did something unusual last Tuesday: they decided against spending money.By a 4-0 vote, elected representatives went against transferring $50,000 from the city coffers to the Dunkirk Local Development Corp. to make a payment on lakefront property. The land, located ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTFOOTBALL SOLUTION - We're certain that people in the Pine Valley Central School District are disappointed that their school won't be able to field a football team this fall. At the same time, we applaud Gowanda Central School for agreeing ...

No slowing U.S. spending

Another reminder of the seriousness of the national debt came earlier this summer, when foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities topped $6 trillion for the first time in history.Any debt carries with it serious challenges. But when the United States owes money to foreign governments, there ...

Dunkirk: Plenty of issues greet Rosas

By all indications, it appears the city Democratic Committee has made a solid choice to fill the seat vacated by former council member Stephanie Kiyak, who resigned earlier this month.Willie Rosas received a majority of the 22 votes on Monday night, which led to his selection by the party. A ...

Pay raises: Reality check for committees

No matter what employment you have, you will almost always believe you are not paid what you are worth.Politicians - and elected officials - are in the same boat. Last year, a Salary Review Committee was set up in Chautauqua County to examine the wages paid to elected officials. As is usually ...

State tests: ‘Transition’ is not going well

New York state education officials are attempting to put the best face on what are some subpar outcomes.Last week, the state announced the math and English Language Arts results for students in grades three to eight. It was not a pretty picture.In the county, the best test result of the 12 ...

Endorsements: It’s about vote, not the ethics

Understandably, the New York State United Teachers did not endorse a candidate for governor in the upcoming elections.Candidate Rob Astorino is a Republican, so he was ruled out. But incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has not won over the union's support for a second time.One of the ...

Area waiting for a success

A major announcement in 2006 brought excitement to the city and region. The State University of New York at Fredonia and Dunkirk would be partners as a technology incubator would be built on Central Avenue between Second and Third streets.With plenty of community pride, the state-of-the-art ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTGROWING CHARACTER - The Fredonia Hillbillies varsity football team has had its share of success in the last few years. But as we all know, there's more to life than just football. That's why we want to applaud assistant coach Bob Brown. ...

U.S. knowledge not necessity

As Washington, D.C., resident Justin Gray was trying to board an airliner in Orlando, Fla., earlier this summer, a Transportation Safety Administration agent asked him for some identification. Gray produced his D.C. driver's license.He began to wonder when the agent asked for his passport. ...

Forestville: Water solution was presented

Are we really certain Forestville residents do not want to be a part of a potential north county water district?Once again, residents have come forward to complain about the quality of their water. "It doesn't taste good, but the health department says it is drinkable," said village Mayor Kevin ...

Lake topic: Seminar target water ‘concern’

A timely topic that affects Chautauqua Lake, as well as Lake Erie, is being addressed on Thursday.The seminar on algal blooms and their impact on the health of the lakes will be discussed by Scott Kishbaugh. "Algal blooms are becoming a large concern for residents and visitors of Chautauqua ...

Bizarre actions impact district

It is a bizarre situation in the Hamburg school district. Its superintendent, Richard E. Jetter, has been on administrative leave since disclosing to police he fabricated a story about his car being vandalized after a school board meeting in the spring.Jetter, more than one month later, ...

Economy: Our area’s strange demands

It always comes down to supply and demand - unless the public sector is involved.In Brocton, the village's only bank announced in the spring it would be closing its location that serves the municipality. Since then, village officials have reached out to other financial institutions but have not ...

Frustrations lead to resignation

Place a blindfold over your elected officials and give them a proposed budget. It would be just as effective as what takes place right now. Few comments, little discussion and no questions. In the end, those budgets continue to feed the beast of bloated governments and school ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTGIANT TURNOUT - On a sunny Tuesday evening, more than 300 residents from Dunkirk and the rest of northern Chautauqua County attended the celebration for the Whispering Giant's return to its location on Lake Shore Drive near the city water ...

U.S. must be proactive

Nearly 20 years ago, author Richard Preston's nonfiction book, "The Hot Zone," told a horror story as disturbing as any make-believe tale. It was about a disease called Ebola and a narrow escape from an outbreak of it in the United States.Since then, most people probably have not thought much ...

Roads: Using caution during work

Some of our biggest concerns in this area revolve around road repairs. Most motorists would agree there are too many potholes.But the construction season is another headache. Road work on Main Street and Route 60 - is continuing - and motorists are advised to use caution. The state Department ...