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The OBSERVER’s View

ELECTION Issues drive upcoming vote

You can tell it’s election season. Signs are on yards. Candidates are working hard. And our letters page is overflowing. As you can see, today’s Opinion page is filled with letters from a number of individuals with a number of views. Some letters we received we are unable to run, due to ...

ELECTION: Races heat up in the towns

In two north-county towns, there is high interest regarding the election. Arkwright and Villenova both have races for town supervisor as well as two Town Board seats. This renewed passion comes from a controversial issue for both municipalities: wind turbines. Arkwright, which already has ...

ENDORSEMENT Final choices for Legislature

There are more Chautauqua County legislators who are running unopposed than those who are being challenged. That’s a major problem for Mayville — and a reason why issues facing the future of county government are going unquestioned. That ultimately leads to tax increases, similar to what ...

Endorsements: Three choices in Legislature

Shhhh! Be quiet. We are about to offer our selections in the Chautauqua County Legislature races for Districts 1, 3 and 4. We ask for silence because we believe residents are not receiving the best representation from Mayville. Some of you may not even know who your county legislator is and ...

ENDORSEMENTS: Our Fredonia trustee selections

Six candidates are seeking three seats on the Fredonia Village Board, which has been a host to a number of contentious meetings in the last decade. While village officials say they want to hear more from residents, often it seems that those who speak are shut down quickly or not ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Running wild in Dunkirk

What a way to rain on a Homecoming. Fredonia's Dalton Gardner had a night many will not soon forget. The Hillbilly running back tallied almost 400 yards of total offense in leading Fredonia to a 45-16 victory over rival Dunkirk on Oct. 18. Almost all of his scores were sudden bursts that went ...

ENDORSEMENT: Some progress in Fredonia

During a Sunday June afternoon in 2017, Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis was in her office at Village Hall. Outside was a perfect day. The sun was shining and temperatures were near 80 degrees. Inside, she was in the middle of a major project: finishing a major Smart Growth grant application ...

ENDORSEMENT: Our selections in Pomfret

Town and village of Fredonia residents have outstanding choices when they head to the voting booths in the coming days or on Nov. 5 to decide in Pomfret. Four are vying for two Town Board seats and two superb candidates are in the race to succeed the outgoing Donald Steger for ...

ENDORSEMENT: Borrello best fit for district

Since winning election to the top post in 2018, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has been a strong voice and hard worker for his constituents. Starting at day one, he set a strong agenda while taking the time to learn along the way. An aggressive 100 businesses in 100 days goal was ...

ENDORSEMENT: Three deserve vote for judge

Area voters will be deciding on three state Supreme Court justices when going to the polls starting Saturday for early voting. Truly, however, there is only one race. Both the Hon. Gerald J. Whalen and the Hon. Deborah Haendiges received the endorsement of the Democratic and Republican ...

ENDORSEMENT Council’s weak, strong races

On Monday, we endorsed for Dunkirk Common Council Wards Three and Four. Today, we take on the rest. Ward Two, held by Martin Bamonto, is unchallenged. ¯ WARD ONE — This is the weakest of the Common Council races. Incumbent Donald Williams Jr. has stabbed his own Democratic party in the ...

ENDORSEMENT City choices for Wards 3, 4

Four seats are being contested for Dunkirk Common Council in this year’s election. Ward Two, held by Martin Bamonto, is unopposed. Today, we offer our selections in Wards Three and Four. ¯ WARD THREE — Miriam Alfaro-Lugo got her message across at the League of Women Voters debate earlier ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Show of support on veteran’s return

Sgt. Gerald Raeymacker's return to Dunkirk on Thursday was a big deal. Those across the nation, and especially here, have shown their support and taken a great interest in the veteran who fought in the Korean War. On Thursday, the OBSERVER took video of the return of Raeymacker to his hometown ...

ENDORSEMENT Seeing strides under Rosas

Two years ago, current Third Ward Councilman Shaun Heenan ran a quiet campaign against incumbent Adelino Gonzalez. There were very few lawn signs. He did not attend the League of Women Voters debate. He also did very little in the terms of campaign literature, especially through this ...

NEW YORK STATE Unwelcoming scare for rare user

Just when New York state thought it could not get any worse for its 1-year-old Western New York Welcome Center, located out of the way off Interstate 190 in Grand Island, it did. The sky — or ceiling — began falling. A tourist from Plattsburgh who spent last weekend in Niagara Falls ...

DUNKIRK: Speaking out toward the end

There is nothing worse than silence when you perceive that something is going wrong, especially if you are an elected leader. Earlier this month Andrew Woloszyn, Dunkirk councilman at-large, voiced his concerns over the lack of transparency on Dunkirk Local Development Corp. for city-sponsored ...

BROOKS HOSPITAL Cash crisis may affect a future

Those area residents concerned about Brooks Memorial Hospital renovating at its current location and not relocating to its possible future home in Fredonia need a dose of reality. Brooks, at the current moment, controls very little of its future due to its poor fiscal standing. Within the ...

HEALTH CARE Do your part with flu shot

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered e-cigarettes, we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. On average, about 8% of Americans contract the flu each year, according to ...

DUNKIRK A long-awaited return nears

It has been a long road home for Sgt. Gerald B. Raeymacker. In 1948, the young man enlisted in the U.S. Army and was later stationed in North Korea where he died in the Chosin Reservoir area during the Korean War. His death and unknown whereabouts filled his family members with grief. This ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Shining a light on achievements

One of the highlights each year for the business community countywide took place last week at the State University of New York at Fredonia Williams Center. The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce honored major community contributors at its annual banquet. Chase Anson and Hugh Graves of ...