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Little fight seen on ‘fraud’

May 15, 2014 The Earned Income Tax Credit can be a blessing to low-income families. It also has been a bonanza for tax cheats — and the Internal Revenue Service cannot seem to stop the. more »»

Flooding: Scary sights for residents

May 14, 2014 Tuesday’s heavy rains and thunderstorms brought back nightmares for far too many residents of Gowanda and Silver Cree. more »»

Lots of rules, few volunteers

May 13, 2014 When there are too many municipalities, that usually means there are far too many rules — and differing rules for each entity that you enter. more »»

Dunkirk: Art display paints success

May 12, 2014 It was an event that invited many in the community to have a brush with some young artists. more »»

A first step with sacrifice

May 11, 2014 With some elected officials, a regional water district is not a popular choice. It takes away the ability for their municipality to set rates, which is a form of control at budget tim. more »»

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

May 10, 2014 Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST DANCING QUEEN — Lindsey Ferguson, the daughter of Michael and Dianne Ferguson of Fredonia, has had some success in the entertainment business. more »»

Hospital issue needs attention

May 8, 2014 Members of Congress need to apply a simple test to the American Legion’s demand that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and two high-ranking subordinates resign. more »»

Libraries have role in region

May 8, 2014 Community libraries still play a large role in our region. It was proven in Cassadaga, which reopened a library that had been previously closed. more »»

Spring: Staying alert for motorcyclists

May 7, 2014 It may not seem like it, but we are halfway through the spring season. And, with warmer weather — this year, that’s any time the temperature goes above 55 — motorcycles are again taking to the road. more »»

Tidying up for a ‘treasure’

May 6, 2014 This corner can be critical of government decisions quite often, so it is only fitting that we praise those same officials when they go above and beyond in their job descriptions. more »»

Mayville: Deception pays off with raise

May 5, 2014 How would an individual respond as an employer if he or she found out a worker had falsified his time cards? Would that individual give the worker a raise? Probably not, because the individual would... more »»

‘Transparency’ is only real fix

May 4, 2014 Within the past three years, Westfield formed a Board of Fire Commissioners to address a number of concerns facing the village Fire Department, including its finances, personnel and other internal... more »»

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

May 3, 2014 Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST FLOWER DONATIONS — The village of Fredonia has run into some difficult times with its budget. more »»

U.S. economy is making gains

May 2, 2014 Perhaps the most important report on the U.S. economy in years was released last week by a private consulting company. more »»

Forestville: Improved tax hike a disgrace

May 1, 2014 Former OBSERVER columnist Paul Christopher called it from the start. more »»

Benefit: Ready to jam for worthy cause

April 30, 2014 In the photo provided to the OBSERVER on Monday’s front page, 2-year-old Isabella Crowell looks as if she is ready to rock n’ roll. Come Saturday, you can bet she will be dancing. more »»

Coming clean near the water

April 29, 2014 How about a tip of the hat to the volunteers from Fredonia State University who helped clean up Dunkirk’s Point Gratiot Par. more »»

Fredonia: Budget pains not going away

April 28, 2014 Give village of Fredonia officials credit. In finalizing the 2014-15 budget, trustees whittled away more than $1.1 million from Mayor Stephen Keefe’s proposed $10.7 million plan. more »»

GOWANDA Village cannot afford full-time post

April 27, 2014 With the village of Gowanda staring at a potential 5 percent tax increase with its proposed budget for 2014-15, the last thing it needs is another full-time police office. more »»

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

April 26, 2014 Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST BASEBALL TRIP — The Dunkirk Marauders may have lost the game to the Cairo-Durham Mustangs last week, but there was more to this game than... more »»



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