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Plan needs to be in place

July 2, 2015 For years, officials have talked about the “possibility” of people in Sunset and Hanford bays being trapped by a trai. more »»

SALES TAX: Border factor plays role

June 30, 2015 As part of what was being referred to as the “Big Ugly,” New York state lawmakers approved boosting Chautauqua County’s sales tax by 0.5 percent to 8 percent. more »»

Superintendents: Price for leader keeps rising

June 29, 2015 Here’s one more — and probably the most obvious reason — small school districts need to give more weight to sharing one superintendent with a neighboring district: the cos. more »»

tax cap Effort brings accountability

June 29, 2015 Almost everyone can agree the New York state tax cap, which has received an extension, has been a success. Well, everyone but elected municipal and school board officials. more »»

COUNTY FUNDING Dunkirk can return favor

June 28, 2015 Chautauqua County was in a giving spirit last wee. more »»

Some of the best, worst of the week

June 27, 2015 Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SENIOR SWEEP — About 60 Dunkirk High School seniors spent the day Thursday cleaning up their hometown. more »»

budget Success claims over deficit

June 26, 2015 Federal budget deficits in the half-trillion-dollar a year range apparently are being viewed as a success by President Barack Obama and others. more »»

Add fallen names to Memorial

June 25, 2015 On June 3, 1969, the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Frank E. Evans was T-boned by the light aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne of the Royal Australian Navy in the South China Sea. more »»

Graduation: Special time for Class of ‘15

June 24, 2015 The countdown is on. For high school seniors, the anticipation grows as they reach the final hours before they cross the stage to receive their diploma. more »»

They could be anywhere

June 23, 2015 During the weekend, the search for the missing fugitives seemed as though it was getting too close to home. more »»

Fredonia: Right choice with interviews

June 22, 2015 It appears the Fredonia Village Board has made the right choice when it comes to interviewing potential candidates for its vacant seat. more »»

DUNKIRK Prime land, but no vision

June 21, 2015 It has been almost three decades since a parcel of land at 66 to 80 Lake Shore Drive East has been vacan. more »»

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

June 20, 2015 Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST FOOTPRINTS WINNERS — The Hotelling family of Silver Creek was awarded this year’s Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation Footprints Award. more »»

IRAN: Does a deal really matter?

June 19, 2015 At one time, President Barack Obama insisted that any pact to keep Iran from building nuclear weapons had to include agreement by Tehran to provide details of its past attempts to do that. more »»

County: Communicating with executive

June 18, 2015 In the Sunday OBSERVER, Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan noted how he gets energized by the conversations he’s having with residents during his Neighborhood Chats. more »»

Dunkirk: Having more than a market

June 17, 2015 If you are out and about on your lunch break today in the city, you may want to make a trip to Ruggles Street. The Dunkirk Farmers’ Market debuts today and is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. more »»

Another search, 9 years later

June 16, 2015 If any region can identify with the search for two dangerous inmates in Clinton County in northern New York, it is our region. more »»

Brocton: An opportunity to share more

June 15, 2015 Before Brocton Central Schools begins an all-out search for a new superintendent, other options must be considere. more »»

DUNKIRK LIBRARY Plan seeks far too much

June 14, 2015 Most taxpayers would be irate and insulted if their municipality or school district was planning to increase its expenses by 62 percent, particularly in an economy like ours that continues to... more »»

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

June 13, 2015 Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST WACS HEAD TO STATES — Good luck today to the Westfield Wolverines. more »»



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