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The OBSERVER’s View

County Fair Derby again steals the show at event

Soon after Todd Ellman’s victory in the wire-class full-size event, he was pictured with his trophy on the OBSERVER Facebook page Sunday evening. As you might expect, the response was fantastic with more than 33,000 views and plenty of congratulations. Ellman, a Dunkirk resident, was one of ...

FREDONIA: Board’s hospital OK still important

Fredonia Planning Board did exactly what it had to do earlier this month. In unanimously approving a third-year extension on the former Cornell Cooperative Extension site for the what could be a new Brooks-TLC Hospital System Inc. facility, it ended any further chaos. That embattled ...

BROCTON Seeking solutions to park problems

Brocton trustees had few answers regarding recent minor incidents of vandalism at the village park. Highway Superintendent Ken Becker said his department has been replacing spindles on the gazebo, as they go missing or get damaged, with them having replaced four in the last couple weeks. ...

SCHOOLS Teachers are already at limit

It shouldn’t be any surprise that a recently released audit showed many schools hadn’t met New York mandates for SAVE Act-required mental health training. The Comptroller’s Office audited 20 randomly selected school districts, and found 18 of them, or 90%, either did not offer mental ...

DUNKIRK: Cuts by Wells melt momentum

No one saw this coming on June 21. That was the day the county, north county community and a number of elected officials celebrated the opening of the massive Americold freezer facility off Williams Street in the town of Dunkirk. Exactly one month later, one of its major customers has pivoted ...

INFLATION: U.S. action appears to be lagging

“Everything goes up,” Marcia Freeman of Atlanta’s suburbs, told the Associated Press. The 72-year-old has began visiting food banks to keep her grocery costs under control, according to an Associated Press article. “It’s depressing,” truck driver Delores Bledsoe of Houston ...