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Local groundhog has optimism

February 3, 2014 We admit it. We are a little biased toward our furry friend Dunkirk Dave. His venture out on Groundhog Day brought good news for those who have tired of the long winter: expect an early spring. more »»

Super effort for pantries

February 2, 2014 On a day that most of America can overindulge in food and celebration — on Super Bowl Sunday — we wish to take the time to salute a December effort that focuses on a much different bowl. more »»

A Bills’ legacy that was so close ...

February 2, 2014 It was 20 years ago this week the Buffalo Bills played in the last of their four straight Super Bowl appearances. The memories are bittersweet and each game was filled with moments to forget. more »»

Another shakeup in the region

February 2, 2014 Western New York’s health-care community took another hit late last week. On Friday, Kaleida Health announced that 10-year Chief Executive Officer James Kaskie had resigned. more »»

Highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

February 1, 2014 Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST GRAMMY ATTENDANCE — It was quite special to see Westfield’s Kent Knappenberger on CBS Sunday night as part of the national Grammy award. more »»

State of Union: Speech becomes a tantrum

January 31, 2014 Instead of discussing his plans at length during his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama could have looked at members of Congress seated in front of him, lifted his hand to his face,... more »»

Presentation: Optimism for upstate

January 30, 2014 While the extremist comments from Gov. Andrew Cuomo have put the Empire State leader under the microscope across the nation, a former Syracuse mayor noted his appreciation on Tuesday in Dunkirk. more »»

Schools: Tough choices on exams

January 29, 2014 Recent weather has been tough on everyone — even area school administrators. On Monday and Tuesday, district leaders had to make decisions on whether to keep open or close schools. more »»

Staying safe and warm

January 28, 2014 Another wave of arctic-cold weather has hit the area. With it will come an increase in the number of house fires — and possibly, deaths in them. more »»

County: Jobs debate is meaningless

January 27, 2014 We had hoped discussions of the degree to which Chautauqua County’s economy is struggling would have ended in November. Apparently, we were wrong. more »»

Village also ‘heavy handed’

January 26, 2014 Once again, area government officials have put their foot in their mouth when it comes to distinguishing the difference between the private and public sector. more »»

Highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

January 25, 2014 Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST RAISING FUNDS — Silver Creek students and faculty are putting their hair on the line. more »»

Other side of extremism

January 24, 2014 Democrats are fond of condemning so-called extremist conservatives. New York Gov. more »»

State: Carrot lasts only one year

January 23, 2014 First, the good news for area school districts and municipalities: As we expected, state Gov. Andrew Cuomo is freezing property taxes for this year. Now, the bad new. more »»

Westfield: Proud moment for school, county

January 22, 2014 For Chautauqua County — and the nation — it is a first. On Tuesday morning, it was revealed that Westfield Academy and Central School’s Kent Knappenberger had won the Music Educator Grammy Award. more »»

Cuomo proposal a cautious start

January 21, 2014 New York state is not going to pot, despite the recent medical marijuana proposal discussed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State speech earlier this month. more »»

In memory: Local event drives legacy

January 20, 2014 Today, America pauses to remember a leader who had values and persistence and believed in equality: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. more »»

‘Difficult,’ but necessary

January 19, 2014 What do you get when a non-taxpayer funded school begins to have declining enrollment? You get what happened last week, when the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo announced the closings of 10 Catholic... more »»

Highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

January 18, 2014 Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST GOOD SAVE — We want to applaud the Lily Dale Fire Department for its quick and careful actions this past week. more »»

HEALTH PLAN U.S. rewards failed attempt

January 17, 2014 Take the money and run. That may well be the motto of officials at CGI Federal, the company that botched the rollout of the Obamacare website — — last fall. more »»



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