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The OBSERVER’s View

DUNKIRK Nothing positive at City Hall

Lots has happened since Dunkirk’s last Common Council meeting on March 3. After council members tabled a resolution to have more of a voice regarding mayoral appointments, a lawsuit was filed by Mayor Wilfred Rosas against four council members to reverse the terminations of two positions in ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Relief for Thruway motorists

There has not been a lot of positive news lately with the nation and world having to focus almost exclusively on the coronavirus. But before the crisis took hold, the New York State Thruway did announce some welcome news for motorists: It has already begun work on the four-mile stretch of ...

CORONAVIRUS  We’re all coping with the changes

What a difference one week makes. Last weekend, residents here could gather in a large crowd to celebrate the “Small Business Revolution” in Fredonia. They could turn on their television sets and watch sporting events. Even at the State University of New York at Fredonia, all was ...

E-CIGARETTES Big suspicions over marketing

Big tobacco lied for many years about the adverse health effects associated with its product. We know that. It has been proven in court through billions of dollars in settlements by some companies. The same goes for some in the drug industry, who knew even as they were reaping windfall ...

Coronavirus Concerns start to hit home

New York state has been taking the coronavirus concerns serious in recent weeks. Now, it appears the nation, universities and the sports world is taking extreme measures to prevent the spread of the disease. Late Wednesday, the NCAA said the March Madness tournament will go on — without ...

basketball Another test for Marauders

One more mountain remains for the Dunkirk girls basketball team in Section 6. Tonight, the Marauders battle the Southwestern Trojans for the overall title. It won’t be easy. Southwestern battled back against Dunkirk earlier this season when Kymi Nance hit a game-winning three-point ...

WEATHER Winter’s wrath takes time off

Add Monday to the list of enjoyable winter days. The sun was shining. The skies were blue. As of today, there are nine days left in what has been an underwhelming season. There were few days when the wind chill was less than zero and hardly any days where we received significant, heavy ...

IN MEMORY Never political with Houghton

The passing of Amo Houghton on Thursday sent many reporters and editors scurrying to their clip files. What was already a sad day for the area became even sadder when one read the old news clips of Houghton’s exploits as Chautauqua County’s representative in Congress. Nowhere is it as ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Looking for a sweet repeat

Dunkirk’s state champions have a tall order ahead this week. The high school girls bowling team will be looking to defend their title in Syracuse this weekend. It was last month when the talented team won Section 6 in dramatic fashion over Tonawanda. Highlighting the day was Makayla Pasierb ...

READING: Challenges not as easy as A-B-C

Dunkirk City Schools Interim Superintendent Sylvia Root’s time here is limited. By the middle of April, current Bemus Point Superintendent Michael Mansfield will be at the helm. We look forward to what he has to offer to the second-largest district in the county. But Root is not ready to ...

MEDICINE On short end of being overseas

Shaving a few dollars off the cost to consumers of some medicines — and yes, padding profits on their sale — have led many U.S. drug companies to rely on overseas manufacturers for the products. Last week, the truth of warnings against such dependence was proven. U.S. public health ...

Fredonia: Still more to celebrate

It has been an eventful week in Fredonia as “Small Business Revolution” has been making the rounds to the seven shops it plans to feature in Season Five. On Tuesday, Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County was visited and on Wednesday Fresh & Fancy Flowers & Gifts was a ...

INVESTMENTS Market hits some big bumps

Wall Street’s recent ride is worse than a roller coaster. In recent days, the market has had its shares of major declines with one upswing. You’re not the only one uneasy. Part of that emotion, however, comes from a bull market that has spoiled us for nearly a decade. After the last ...

RENEWABLES Act can forever change landscape

Municipal boards do not have a lot of time to react. The recent budget amendment by state Gov. Andrew Cuomo was The Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act. This puts decisions on large-scale solar and wind projects at the discretion of New York state. That has many ...

BROOKS-TLC Project support is necessary

Residents here have a right to be upset and skeptical of what is happening with the Brooks-TLC Hospital System, especially considering its poor record over the last 12 years. But both Mary LaRowe, president and chief executive officer, and Christopher Lanski, current board chairman, are ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Giving back to a Fredonia ‘staple’

Dunkirk-Fredonia has been showing its love to Roy White for more than a month. White, who has worked at Mancuso Service Center for nearly 50 years, is battling colon cancer. On Jan. 15, White took a leave from his job of assisting customers to take care of himself. The community has stepped up ...

DUNKIRK: Dock overhaul worth exploring

Dunkirk and Lake Erie is world renowned for its fishing. This is a destination for the best in walleye and bass. Earlier this month, the Harbor Commission talked about increasing access to fishing near the City Pier. Currently there are docks to the west, which are in deplorable shape. Zen ...

Census: Some red flags in recent poll

Learning how many people live in the United States — and how they live — is important for any number of reasons. That is why the census is conducted every decade. Information the census collects is of interest not just to demographers. It is used to apportion states’ members of the U.S. ...

weather Winter’s wrath makes return

Mother Nature has been too easy on us this winter. This storm may change that. According to the National Weather Service, we could be in for 1 to 2 feet. With Lake Erie wide open, it’s a definite possibility. Chautauqua County, on Wednesday afternoon, sent out a number of reminders ...

DUNKIRK Blaze took bite out of downtown

Ten years ago this week, Dunkirk’s downtown went through a devastating transition. On Feb. 24, 2010, the Masonic Temple building between Third and Fourth Street on Central Avenue, was an inferno. Fire companies from throughout the region came to Dunkirk on the bone-chilling night to help ...