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The OBSERVER’s View

Inaccurate signs cloud issue

Drivers around the region may have noticed some inaccurate signs around Route 60 and in the south county. Those signs mention that Bemus Point teachers are working without a contract.Just to clarify: area teachers are never working without a contract. The previous contract may have expired, but ...

State visit: Coming to senses on borders

We hope leaders across our region were listening when New York state Secretary of State Cesar Perales, along with Director of Local Government Services Mark Pattison, made a stop at the incubator location in Dunkirk last week.Both officials were touting Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $150 million ...

FORESTVILLE: No meeting, same results

Forestville residents took matters into their own hands last Tuesday when they met to discuss concerns revolving around the village.Village Board members announced around 1 p.m. on that day the regularly scheduled meeting was canceled. But residents did not believe their concerns can wait."I ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTREALTOR RETIREMENT - Congratulations to Charles St. George. After 61 years in the real estate business, St. George has decided to retire. The 90-year-old Fredonia resident started his real estate tenure in 1954 and later started ST. GEORGE ...

Sen. Schumer’s stance major message

Our U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has been a staunch supporter of President Barack Obama on most matters. But even Schumer has a limit - whether Obama is endangering this nation and one of our strongest allies, Israel.Schumer revealed last week he will oppose Obama's proposed pact with Iran over ...

cassadaga: Tear down beach fence

Cassadaga residents all know about the beach in the village. It's a cute beach and if you've got young children, it's a great place to take them during the day in the summer. The problem is fewer and fewer children go to the beach. Plus the hours are extremely limited.The beach doesn't open ...

Senior housing not the answer

Does Dunkirk need more senior housing on its waterfront? Probably not, but how can we really tell.Once again, the city of Dunkirk has shown it has no vision for the future. Ask its council, mayor or the often absent development department: where does Dunkirk want to be in five or 10 years?There ...

Another option than buying

At least the question is being asked during the Dunkirk town meeting: does the town, with 7 miles of road to maintain, really need a new dump truck?But the questions should not have stopped there when the town decided to move forward with the purchase of a $161,790 truck that will be used to ...

Camp programs provide smiles

Where have about 300 city of Dunkirk children spent a portion of their summer? By heading out to the great outdoors at Camp Gross, just outside of Cassadaga on Route 60.Last week, the program concluded with a series of skits and an ice cream social for the youngsters on Friday afternoon. ...

Dunkirk: Fix-ups aren’t development

Development in Dunkirk should mean something new, an establishment that brings optimism for the future for the city.Realistically, over the last four years, that has not happened. Sure, the Coburn Block that houses Chautauqua County Rural Ministry is getting a facelift. Wright Park is scheduled ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTDEMOLITION FINALE - Sunday's demolition derby was one for the ages. The last two cars of the final heat were driven by Jim Ellman Jr. and Cory Near, both of Dunkirk. Ellman was driving in memory of his brother Chad, a popular demolition ...

How lion’s death is allowed

Cecil, the lion killed illegally in Zimbabwe by an American dentist, will not have died in vain if what happened to him draws attention to the threat of extinction of his kind. But the government of Zimbabwe, where Cecil was killed, is doing all it can to divert attention from the real ...

Fredonia should do more

For the past 22 years, the Dunkirk Police Department has been hosting National Night Out in the city with success.National Night Out is a nationwide event, where police and community members get together for fun and games. Usually the event involves giving away toys to children, playing games, ...

County Fair: Big brawl leaves a mark

Disappointing and unfortunate. How else do you describe the melee that took place at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds on Saturday evening that involved anywhere from between 100 to 200 children and adults?Fair officials - with tempers already high - made the right choice in shutting down the ...

Numbers game in cancellation

One more school will not be fielding a football team this year in Western New York. According to The Buffalo News last week, Eden has decided to cancel this year's season due to low numbers.It is no longer a surprise any more when this happens. Instead, this action has become a Western New York ...

Counties: Little vision from association

Late last week, the New York State Association of Counties went into full whine mode again. In a news release marking the 50th anniversary of Medicaid, association Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario let it be known he believes the state is still unfair to its counties."When the program was ...

WATER DISTRICT Efficiency is still lacking

Why a regional water district? For residents alone, it comes down to a fire hydrant.After a blaze at 5192 Woodlands Drive in the town of Dunkirk on July 8, crews were unable to stop the hydrant from leaking. Town residents in the area of the incident then began seeing water build in their ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTFIT TO A TEE - In what is known as the path to the Professional Golfers' Association Tour, Web.com officials announced that Peek'n Peak resort in Clymer will be a destination for a four-day tournament in July next year. "It's great to be ...

Building fears over housing

As so often is the case, good news about the economy is being reacted to by some economists and politicians who fear it will not last.The housing market, one of the key factors in our economy, seems to be booming. Sales of existing homes were up 9.6 percent nationally during the past 12 ...

Needed: One caution arrow

We want to note a problem by the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds for traffic.If you're traveling south on Central Avenue in Dunkirk, and you're making a left on to Millard Fillmore Drive, obviously you hope to get the green arrow. The problem is when you're looking at that arrow, suddenly it goes ...