The OBSERVER’s View

HANOVER: Serving youth in the summer

It is obviously not too early to be thinking about summer. Popular youth programs in Silver Creek and Forestville were a topic at a recent Hanover Town Board meeting due to construction issues. According to Town Board member Lou Pelletter, both school districts have building projects that will ...

SABRES: Another year, another coach

­One thing you can count on under the reign of Terry Pegula as owner of the Buffalo Sabres is a coaching carousel. Since 2011 when he purchased the team, there has been no continuity behind the bench. Even the longest-tenured Sabre Coach Lindy Ruff was sent packing. Today, the team is looking ...

BODY CAMERAS: Raw footage shows sad reality

It is horrifyingly sad to view what happened when a Fredonia police officer shot another man in self-defense on a cloudy December Monday afternoon. The video, released during the press conference on Friday in the village where county District Attorney Patrick Swanson announced the officer would ...

ROUNDABOUT: It seems too late for ‘compromise’

It appears as though justice was not served last week in the case between Fredonia McDonald’s owner Enrico Francani’s case against the state Department of Transportation over the proposed Routes 20 and 60 roundabout. During the hearing on Wednesday in state Supreme Court in Buffalo Judge ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST HORVATH RETIREMENT — It was a bitter sweet announcement Thursday, when Fredonia State President Virginia Horvath announced she would be retiring on July 1. Dr. Horvath was Fredonia State’s first female president and has more ...

Second Amendment: Another side to gun issue

Gun control is not the one-sided argument its proponents claim. In addition to the Second Amendment, there are practical considerations. For example, as a federal judge in California recognized recently, there is the very real potential for new limits on firearms to be harmful. California ...

HOCKEY: Appreciation for the end

You may have lost interest like everyone else, but tonight is the final home game for the Buffalo Sabres. Almost fittingly, they face off against another team facing a number of trials and tribulations in the Ottawa Senators. Take away the month of November, and there is nothing to cherish ...

STEEL: Investment keeps plant strong

For years, Empire Steel on Brigham Road faced plenty of troubles. Cash was always tight. Jobs were never certain. In 2001, it closed its doors. Many thought the plant would never recover. Then came Universal Stainless Steel, which has run the plant since 2002. Since taking over, nearly 300 ...

weather Spring playing us for fools

April Fool’s Day came a bit early for Western New York. What a downer it was to awake to a dusting of snow Sunday morning. Fortunately, however, temperatures are trending up for most of the next two weeks. What Monday brought, was much more welcoming. Brilliant sunshine that made a ...

PROPOSALS Government keeps on growing

Things may be looking up in northern Chautauqua County with some recent projects, but the fact remains population continues to decline — as does the tax base. So, it is disappointing to see our two largest municipal governments seeking to gain a greater footprint in the community. In ...

EYESORES: Boards twiddle thumbs on sites

Powerless. How else would you describe Silver Creek and its elected officials when it comes to the old school building on Main Street? To be fair, the village is not alone. Other municipalities, including the larger city of Dunkirk and village of Fredonia, are nearly as helpless when it comes ...

highs and lows Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST CANCER FIGHT — We applaud the Fredonia State students and community members who burned the midnight oil last weekend, raising more than $14,000 for the annual Relay for Life at the campus. The event, which started at 3 p.m. and ...

Investigation, Russia still toying with us

Many Americans, perhaps millions, became unwitting tools of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Some remain susceptible to Russian meddling. There was no conspiracy between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump’s camp during the 2016 ...

Dunkirk: Moving ahead on city pier

A controversial project is moving forward in the city of Dunkirk. On March 19, members of the Common Council in a unanimous vote said “yes” to the contracting company that will begin construction on the city pier. This has not been the most popular of projects brought to the public. ...

Technology: Taking a break from our phones

Our generation, as well as younger ones, almost always are connected to social media and the world around them through their cell phones. But an interesting experiment took place earlier this month that is worth noting. In Sarnac Lake, less than 10 miles from Lake Placid, the school district ...

LESSONS: Speaker offers students advice

Life lessons came to Dunkirk Middle School earlier this month. David Mahan of Frontline Youth Communications is a youth development consultant who has spoken to student groups around the world for over 20 years. His message was an important one for those teenagers. It spoke to them about life ...

NEW YORK STATE: Bail reform needs to happen

Earlier this month, there were five people booked into the Chautauqua County Jail on misdemeanor charges who have been unable to post bail amounts of less than $1,000. These are five people who aren’t likely to commit serious offenses while they await their court date and are the very ...

DUNKIRK: Tensions rise with council

After nearly three years of smooth sailing, gridlock has hit Dunkirk Common Council. A pair of resolutions, one dealing with a potential employee and another on the purchase of a neighboring building, faced a tabling by a 3-2 margin. Third Ward Councilman Shaun Heenan, who is a candidate for ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST MUSICAL SEASON — As the sun warms our souls after a long winter, so, too, do musicals warm our souls. A number of area schools are performing their annual musicals this month. Previously Cassadaga Valley performed “James and ...

Quit tarnishing American hero

Many Americans, including members of Congress, wish fervently that President Donald Trump would learn to keep his mouth shut on certain topics. The late Sen. John McCain of Arizona is one of those subjects. McCain was, like Trump, a Republican. But the two clashed politically and very ...