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The OBSERVER’s View

FREDONIA : Officials do little to control costs

We do not disagree with Fredonia Mayor Doug Essek at all. What happened with the village concerning its legal fees with Webster Szanyi, LLC during COVID-19 were somewhat beyond its control. “The costs that the OBSERVER had quoted (provided through a Freedom of Information Law request) for ...

CRISIS: Formula shortage spotlights U.S. need

In one form or another, infant formula has been on the market in the United States since the late 1800s, and it’s been readily available for generations of families that have come to rely on it. But like so many things in the last two pandemic-dominated years, formula has become harder to ...

ANNIVERSARY: Bach & Beyond is a village tradition

A special anniversary for a superb event is being marked this weekend in the village. The Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival is celebrating its 25th year when it returns to the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center from Friday to Sunday. Under Artistic Director Grant Cooper, ...

American Legion Making history at Fredonia post

History was made in Fredonia last week. On Thursday night, Sgt. 1st Class Denise Puskar was sworn in to become the first woman to command the American Legion Post 59. Puskar has been serving as a member of the U.S. Army for 35 years, and continues her service as an Army recruiter in West ...

ASSISTANCE: Participation rates cause for worry

Despite all the help wanted signs in Chautauqua County business windows, the county’s work participation rate for temporary assistance programs is just a little more than half what it was 10 years ago. “There are a lot of jobs available, just not a lot of people that are willing to take ...

COUNTY Legislature missing true transparency

The change Chautauqua County has made to the way it bills towns and cities for worker’s compensation charges makes sense. Basing the charge more on the wages paid to a municipality’s workforce is more logical than using a municipality’s population, and it provides an incentive to local ...