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Helping others this holiday season

December 26, 2013 For thousands of area residents, Christmas morning brought with it a special joy that comes from compassionate, generous heart. more »»

Time is running out to reapply

November 21, 2013 Area homeowners who want a break on their property taxes are running out of time. Dec. 31 is the deadline to apply for the STAR tax relief program. more »»

Teachers honored for their work

November 14, 2013 Two area teachers were recently honored as part of the inaugural class of New York state Master Teachers. more »»

Duckworth will take JCC in right direction

November 7, 2013 The community formally welcomed Cory Duckworth, Jamestown Community College’s new president, Friday. more »»

Our choice for executive

October 31, 2013 Chautauqua County residents will vote for a new county executive on Nov. 5. The two running - Democrat Ron Johnson and Republican Vince Horrigan - are newcomers in this level of governing. more »»

Moving forward with past leaders

October 24, 2013 It is a piece of the past and the present. In the village of Westfield, current Mayor Michale VandeVelde called together five previous mayors to discuss the happenings and their experience. more »»

State knows best on school consolidation

October 17, 2013 Taxpayers love to complain about lack of leadership when they’re unhappy with the direction their government take. more »»

No winner in legal battle

October 10, 2013 How can taxpayers cost other taxpayers more money? Quite simply, by filing a lawsuit — and that is exactly what the Ripley school district faced after a tuitioning vote was approved last February. more »»

Merger gives students, taxpayers a fighting chance

October 3, 2013 In less than one week, Brocton and Westfield voters will head to the polls for a statutory merger vote for the Brocton and Westfield school districts. more »»

High taxes hurt properties

September 26, 2013 Assessment challenges seem to be a trend for a number of town. more »»

‘Hearts ache’ across region

September 19, 2013 Father Joseph Walter of Saint Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Westfield may have said it best. more »»

New center: Area grape gem uncorked

September 19, 2013 It is a belated, but well deserved, toast for success. Just a mile west of Westfield on Route 20, a grand opening celebration for the Grape Discovery Center recently took plac. more »»

Pension rate relief cannot be viewed as found money

September 12, 2013 Finally, there is some good news to report about pension rates. Pension contributions have skyrocketed since the late 1990s, when many governments were paying less than 1 percent of pension costs. more »»

It’s back to school time for parents, too

September 5, 2013 Wednesday and today marks the first day of school for most area children. more »»

Still no union proposal for the County Home

August 29, 2013 CSEA workers, the union that endorsed Democrat Ron Johnson for county executive, have yet to prove they are serious about concessions to keep the Chautauqua County Home under government contro. more »»

You can lead children to healthy foods, but will they eat?

August 22, 2013 One year is far too small a sample size to judge the effectiveness of federal standards to make school lunches healthier. more »»

I remember... the stone milk house

August 15, 2013 Editor’s note: “I remember” is a feature that takes a look back at life from a time that many were too young to see and that few remember. more »»

Hydralic fracturing: paralysis by analysis

August 8, 2013 The hydraulic fracturing process involves injecting loads of water, sand and chemicals deep into the ground to smash through rocks to get at natural gas deposits buried deep undergroun. more »»

Detroit should be a warning to all

August 1, 2013 There have been warnings about Detroit’s dire financial straits for years, so it really would have been news if the city hadn’t declared bankruptcy. more »»

Public Assistance Act is a no-brainer

July 25, 2013 Would you donate to a charity that supports people’s outings to strip clubs and casinos? How about a charity that pays for people’s tobacco and alcohol purchases? Those types of expenses currently... more »»



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