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Who’s fit for Forestville?

January 26, 2014 If state Gov. Andrew Cuomo were to meet Forestville Mayor Linda Aures, he would consider her an exemplary leader, especially when it came to her efforts of consolidation. more »»

Little progress, still lots of problems

December 29, 2013 It was an eventful year in the region. Along with the normal poor local decision making, there were also some successes and some tough decisions in 2013. more »»

A dilemma of ‘transparency’

November 24, 2013 What does open government in the 21st century look like? If you heard a Nov. 12 discussion by the Fredonia Village Board, you would think it revolves around having a web site. more »»

Why schools can be money pits

October 27, 2013 Consolidation opponents, as usual, need a lesson even though it probably will not sink in. A hospital merger and a school merger are not the same thing. The following are some reasons why. more »»

‘Past’ no excuse for lack of plan

September 29, 2013 Development in the city of Dunkirk is apparently for the birds. At least for the pigeons, as pictured in the Dunkirk Local Development Corp.-owned vacant Flickinger building. more »»

‘Unfortunate,’ but necessary

August 25, 2013 Tough decisions, most often, are not popular ones. It is why few area politicians and elected officials make them. more »»

City may have tax dilemma

July 28, 2013 One of the largest community gatherings happened at Fredonia State University earlier this month when residents rallied by the thousands to show support for the $500 million repowering of the NRG... more »»

Applauding tough choices

June 30, 2013 When it comes to making progress on reversing the population drain from Chautauqua County, you have to start somewhere. more »»

Landscape changes in instant

May 26, 2013 On April 26, current Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards made an announcement that shocked just as many in the Republican party as it did the Democrats: he would not be seeking a third term. more »»

Worker gripes ignore demand

April 28, 2013 Ask any employee who works at a private-sector business about staffing levels and their response is almost always going to be, “We are understaffed. more »»

Youth can serve as lesson

March 31, 2013 There have been many reasons for hope regarding the village of Fredonia and city of Dunkirk working together in recent years. First, there was a plan for the village to purchase water from the city. more »»

Can spending spree stop?

February 24, 2013 Though far from perfect, the recent contract agreed to by the Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association and the city could be viewed as a template for future negotiations for all area municipalities and... more »»

Eliminate village Police Department

January 27, 2013 With the closing of the Petri Baking plant just a little more than two months away, Silver Creek residents and trustees are facing some tough times and decisions in regard to its future. more »»

Leadership on the outside

November 25, 2012 When the shrinking Forestville Central Schools appointed Patrick Moses as its new secondary school principal, it followed an unfortunate and unwelcome trend. more »»

Poor choices lead to exodus

September 30, 2012 It is no secret that upstate has been in decline for more than three decades. more »»

On top of the world

August 26, 2012 Though this region has celebrated the national athletic feats of Michael Heary who played college basketball at Navy and the legendary home run by Dave Criscione while he was with the Baltimore... more »»

City’s list of bad news grows

July 29, 2012 Whatever momentum the city of Dunkirk had in regard to development seems to have come to a grinding halt. News of Krog Corp. more »»

Station discussion a distraction

June 24, 2012 It appears one of the major issues in the Democratic primary for the District 23 race comes down to a railroad station. more »»

Low rates are ‘great concern’

April 29, 2012 It appears as though the elephant in the room has been located. For years, hard working and taxpaying residents have questioned just exactly how much the burden is regarding welfare costs. more »»

A charge to assist NRG

March 25, 2012 Fredonia Mayor Stephen Keefe may have said it best regarding the mothball notice from NRG for its Dunkirk facility: “It’s terrible. It would be devastating to the county.” Absolutel. more »»



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