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The OBSERVER’s View

SILVER CREEK Billing trend starts to grow

It’s a sign of the times. Silver Creek’s Emergency Squad has been given the approval to move forward with billing for services. Earlier this month, the Village Board approved the measure. On its Facebook page Thursday, the Silver Creek Volunteer Fire Department voiced its support for the ...

CENSUS: Taking plunge with technology

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...

SHOOTING Seeking answers in Collins

It is almost unthinkable. “Targeted” shots fired at a home on Route 39, also Main Street, in the town of Collins after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Five occupants, two of whom were awake, heard the shots from outside before learning that a 7-year-old boy who was sleeping in his bed was a victim in ...

ARKWRIGHT: New board drives point home

Repair roads or build a new town hall? For those newly elected to this Town Board, they are leaning toward the first option. Why? Probably because the three new faces ran as part of the Arkwright Advocates party. Their engagement in the election was in regard to the wind turbines that now ...

GOWANDA An unveiling for prevention

Gowanda residents will forever be haunted by a destructive flooding incident that took place in August 2009. On that unforgettable Sunday evening, the region was pelted with 6 inches of heavy rains. Within hours, many woke up Monday morning to unthinkable losses — and one person ...

NEW HOSPITAL: Encouragement and skepticism

It was reassuring last week to hear from both Pomfret town Supervisor Dan Pacos and Fredonia Mayor Douglas Essek about the new Brooks Memorial Hospital build, which is expected to happen at the former Cornell Cooperative Extension site opposite Fredonia Central Schools. Any dialogue from ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Special anniversary for League

Friday marked an important day in the history of the United States of America. It was the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters. “The League was founded by suffrage leaders 100 years ago to help American women exercise their new right to vote,” said Mary Croxton, president of the ...

DUNKIRK SCHOOLS: Optimism comes with new leader

By all accounts, the Dunkirk City School District made an excellent choice in tapping Michael Mansfield as its new superintendent. Earlier this week, the board announced Mansfield as the new leader of a district that has faced plenty of challenges and troubles in recent years. Mansfield, ...

SECURITY New threats in technology

Some other governments spare no effort to gain advantage over U.S. businesses and consumers. Trade barriers such as tariffs and unreasonable restrictions in the name of product safety are examples. But some — including China — are involved in all-out assaults on Americans. Theft of U.S. ...

FUNDRAISER January swim warms hearts

A chilling experience continues to serve as a heart-warming community happening. As noted by the volunteers of the 19th annual Polar Bear Swim in Silver Creek, close to $12,000 was raised. Benefitting from this icy splash includes: Oishei Children’s Hospital, Silver Creek Food Pantry, ...

DAYTON Spending sprees appear reckless

A recently released audit shows just how careless governments can be with your money. In the town of Dayton, from 2016 to 2018, it ran a deficit of $109,663 in its general fund. Its highway spending was even more reckless. Over those same three years, the town was in the hole ...

OBITUARY Area native’s dark tie to history

A man with Western New York ties quietly died in Richmond, Va., on Nov. 7 at 91. Born in Dunkirk and a graduate of the University of Buffalo, Winston George Lawson was forever haunted by his place in history. According to a New York Times obituary passed on to the OBSERVER by a number of ...

ILLNESS Measures can help in prevention

As the world and nation keep an eye on the coronavirus that has killed more than 600 people globally, residents here are dealing with another health scare that is affecting many. The flu. Last week, Chautauqua County issued a news release noting there have been no Coronavirus cases in New ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: ‘Incredible’ run by Brown heads to Pitt

Throughout her athletic career, the name Emily Brown of Fredonia High School has been synonymous with excellence. Her local and state achievements have led to her signing a letter of intent to run with Division 1 University of Pittsburgh last month. “She’s an incredible athlete. She’s ...

Community Taking lead during crisis

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist, in only his second of month of office, wasted no time in delivering a message to the community regarding recent shootings that have occurred in the city he oversees. He and Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings spoke about input and cooperation during what has ...

MEDICINE Environment not only worry

We are told frequently that we ought to be worried about the seas rising, because of climate change. But another type of sea — of viruses and bacteria — also is rising. Ought we to be as complacent as we clearly are about it? At this writing, Chinese officials had said the death toll in a ...

Scoreboard: Extra points for club gift

A generous donation by the Fredonia Beaver Club does nothing for safety at the beloved Orange Bowl in downtown. During last week’s school board meeting, there was a donation of $18,900 to the district for a new scoreboard at the home of Fredonia High School’s football teams. That’s ...

PINK THE RINK Special cause an ice tradition

Pink jerseys? On a men’s hockey team? It was an unusual idea, but it gained an instant following across the United States in 2007. Right after that first game the Fredonia State Blue Devils donned the pink, success followed as ESPN made that one of their Top 10 plays of the night. Fourteen ...

comedy center Our turn to boost Jamestown

Chautauqua County and Western New York has already made its voice heard for Fredonia in the Small Business Revolution. Now, there is some other unfinished business to take care of in the south county. The National Comedy Center was one of 20 new museums in the United States nominated for best ...

DUNKIRK Familiar tune in address

If there is one thing Mayor Wilfred Rosas has done well in the city of Dunkirk is the amount of relationship building during his first term. He vows to make that a priority again. In his State of the City address Friday, the mayor greeted local elected officials from across the region with ...