Briefly, looking at things, news of the area, comments and what is posted in the OBSERVER as print worthy, one thing comes to mind: "steel plant mentality."
The town Planing Board, per say, and that's being "hopeful," should look and see that we don't have numerous steel plants. Maybe they should notice our population has gone down - and maybe look out there window and smell the grape vines. A new and progressive look at the true picture should be taken into consideration.
Looking after "your own" has gone by the way of the dodo bird as with many or most of the jobs here. We are no longer are 40 miles from the second largest steel producer in the world.
If I were Donald Trump, I would have fired the Planning Board. I do have new ideas for what could happen here that would add jobs and bring prosperity back.
An independent promotional planning board - not just a review board - would be much more useful for our area.
Area woman helps others
I want to give acknowledgement and special recognition to a very special person living amongst us in Chautauqua County. She lives in Silver Creek with her husband and three children. Her name is Lisa Leavitt.
She is a member of Harvest Chapel on Matteson Street in Fredonia. She has given so much of her time helping and teaching others. She teaches psychology at JCC in Dunkirk. She is a great teacher of the Bible to the young and old. She has volunteered her time faithfully every year teaching and working with youth about the wonderful blessing of the Lord. She runs a five-day club at the Community Building of the Housing Authority teaching many arts and crafts with our children, in giving the guidance about God's love for us all and the special attention to the many stories of the Bible studies. She is a very energetic, loving and caring individual and brings great joy to us all.
She lifts our spirits in many ways. She finds time to encourage others and always has a shoulder for everyone when needed. She is responsible for running many free clothes give aways at Washington Park. She also gives a summer picnic party there for the children and anyone who wants to join in. She has many faithful volunteers to help out. She always manages to find a way. I believe she deserves to be acknowledged by the whole community because it takes a person like her to help raise and guide the children of our present and future.
Not only is she a wonderful mother and teacher, she takes time out of her day to be there for others. She will visit you, listen, love, give great advice or input and always gives a special prayer with you every time. By the end of her visit, I assure you that you will have a blessed and better day. She finds time for everyone. She is a friend!
We are grateful to have a person like her around. What a great role model for our kids. God has blessed us with her and God bless her. Visit her or call her at Harvest Chapel on Matteson Street in Fredonia.
She is also a Sunday School teacher at the church.