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Contract: Dark clouds still looming

November 18, 2015 County Legislators will likely be voting on a new contract for its Civil Service Employees Association members tonight. more »»

Helping those who served us

November 17, 2015 Veterans who need assistance — and maybe just some answers — have an opportunity to take a healthy step. On Thursday, from 1 to 4 p.m. more »»

Silver Creek: Crunch continues after the cut

November 16, 2015 Can you imagine the financial chaos the village of Silver Creek would be facing if it was still maintaining its own police department? Within the last month, village officials have talked about... more »»

Horrigan gets it done

November 15, 2015 As municipalities agreed Thursday night to have the Chautauqua County Legislature move forward with a north county water district, one thing became clear: Vince Horrigan was the engine that could. more »»

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

November 14, 2015 Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST POLICE TIP — On Sunday morning, two would-be alleged burglars attempted to break into the Dollar General on E. Fourth Street in Dunkir. more »»

Office’s abuse of its powers

November 13, 2015 Our system of government uses Congress as a vehicle to both reflect the will of the people and at times provide leadership that may not be reflected in public opinio. more »»

Veterans Day: Some thanks for great citizens

November 12, 2015 Patriotism — and thanks for area veterans — were evident across the area on Wednesday. more »»

Special people make difference

November 11, 2015 They walk among us every day. Some wearing patriotic hats, clothing or lapel pins. Others who quietly go about their day, not wanting any recognitio. more »»

Taxation without representation

November 10, 2015 Years ago in the town of Pomfret, officials divided up the budget in two halves — those who live in Fredonia and those who live outside the village. more »»

Water: Hike brings some doubt

November 9, 2015 The Erie County Water Authority has some low rates. In a September advertisement in the OBSERVER, it promoted the ability to sell water for less than $2.50 per thousand gallons used. more »»

BROCTON SCHOOLS: Adding staff in a decline

November 8, 2015 At least a couple of school board members did not have their heads in the clouds in Brocton when it came to the hiring of another administrator — on the taxpayers’ dole. more »»

Our new distractions

November 6, 2015 Many people still remember a time when it was the number of hours children spent in front of “the boob tube” that was worrisome. Technology has made that an old-fashioned concern. more »»

Entergy’s plans bring hurt

November 5, 2015 Monday brought a new twist to the tortured process to repower the NRG power plant in Dunkirk. Entergy Corp. more »»

Aftermath: Winning is half the battle

November 4, 2015 To the victors go the spoils — as well as plenty of problems. As evidenced by the turnout on Tuesday, many had the belief voting can change the fortunes of life here in Chautauqua Count. more »»

Losing culture still evident

November 3, 2015 When do Western New Yorkers not vote with their feet? If it comes down to the Buffalo Bills. more »»

Elections: Taking one last look

November 2, 2015 Polls open Tuesday at 6 a.m. for village, town, city and county elections. What’s worse than not voting is voting and not understanding why you are voting on a candidate or an issue. more »»

A respite before the vote

November 1, 2015 For more than a week, our Opinion page has been filled with letters and commentaries about the upcoming elections. more »»

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

October 31, 2015 Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST NEW BUSINESSES — Hibbett Sports, Harbor Freight Tools and Dominos are all well on their way to opening in the town of Dunkirk. more »»

Unchallenged deserve vote

October 30, 2015 There are far too many elected positions — almost 500 — in Chautauqua County. How do we know that is a problem? A number of races each year go unconteste. more »»

Elections: Quick take on some races

October 29, 2015 As usual, there are races in our area that are uncontested. We will do a snapshot of those on Friday, but today this corner looks at some of the contested race. more »»



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