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The OBSERVER’s View

HEATING No slowing higher costs at home

With the exception of those hardy families who stubbornly hold out as long as possible before turning on the heat for the season, many of us have probably flipped the switch by now. Nights in the lower 40s will do that. If recent reports are accurate, keeping that heat on is going to be more ...

THANKSGIVING America shows its gratitude

If you’re on Facebook — and the majority of us are — you’ve undoubtedly seen at least a few of your friends posting what they’re thankful for. The 30-day thankfulness challenge isn’t anything new. Facebook has just put a 21st century spin on a longstanding tradition for many ...

SOCKTOBER Putting best foot forward in donations

What is the most sought out clothing item by those in need? The answer may surprise you, but socks are the most requested item at homeless shelters and other organizations providing essentials for those in need. Fortunately this year, through the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation and ...

SWIMMING: Strong showing at state event

Two Fredonia High School swimmers made waves this past weekend at at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association swimming and diving championships at Ithaca College. Elizabeth Pucci-Schaefer, a freshman, finished in 11th place in the diving competition while senior Tori ...

New York State An inconsistent message from GOP

Some New York Republicans have left us scratching our heads with their stance on Gov. Kathy Hochul’s planned closure of six state prisons. Hochul’s move streamlines the prison system and saves the state money. It’s not easy, as we learned locally earlier this year when the state closed ...

FREDONIA: Board damages village reputation

A mass exodus continues in the village of Fredonia — even before an applicant has officially started a new position. Last week, the Village Board rescinded its approval of a previous resolution hiring Jason Tarbell, of Fallston, Md., as Fredonia Fire Department’s chief. “Following the ...