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Lake draws praise from professional fishermen

September 19, 2012 After a summer filled with a lot of talk about what is wrong with Chautauqua Lake, what fun it has been the past few days to recount praise from professional bass fisherman and hundreds of others wh... more »»

Make it a safe start to school

September 12, 2012 The weeks of summer have flown by. Stores have fall merchandise on display, summer vacations and the Chautauqua County Fair are just memories — and kids are back in school. more »»

Will new voters actually vote?

September 5, 2012 Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to increase the number of people registered to vote should work, judging by the record in other states. more »»

Ex-superintendent who opposed consolidation may be wrong for the job

August 29, 2012 If ever there was a consultant to put a dagger in the Brocton Central and Westfield Academy Central Schools proposal to merge, the two boards may have found one. more »»

Naming of I-86 bridge a well-earned accolade for Alfred Jones

August 22, 2012 Back in the late 1980s, you could not wave to Al Jones in passing without him crossing the street to ask whether you had signed the Southern Tier Expressway petition. Alfred F. more »»

Anti-bullying law another unfunded mandate

August 15, 2012 Well, here we go again — forcing schools to deal with societal problems over which educators have little control. more »»

Supermajority vote not a good idea

August 8, 2012 By wisdom or dumb luck, the Chautauqua County Legislature made the right decision the other night in refusing to change the rules to require a vote of two-thirds of lawmakers in order to spend money... more »»

Patchwork system needs new design

August 1, 2012 Eighteen years and counting. Surely that is enough time for Chautauqua County law enforcement and emergency services finally to have a communication system that lives up to the name. more »»

Control over welfare benefits a reasonable request

July 25, 2012 President Barack Obama signed a law in February requiring states to put restrictions on how the cash portion of welfare benefits are spent by recipients or lose 5 percent of federal Temporary... more »»

Invitation still stands

July 11, 2012 By tomorrow evening, the second week of Chautauqua Institution's 2012 season will be over. That is how quickly time will fly this summer. more »»

Couple’s efforts lauded

July 4, 2012 Applause for Helen and Steve Baran of Westfield, who have joined select company. The couple was named as the George B. Weaver Jr. more »»

Raymond B. Meabon memorial

July 4, 2012 The family of Raymond Meabon would like to invite friends to a graveside memorial service for Ray at noon on Saturday, July 7 in the Westfield Cemetery, entering from Academy Street. more »»

Lake health is complex issue

June 27, 2012 The abundant growth of curleyleaf pondweed in Chautauqua Lake is certainly an problem. more »»

Remember to be careful on the water

June 20, 2012 Warm spring weather enabled more people to head out on the water earlier than usual this year. Our lakes, rivers and streams are wonderful places for recreation. But they are dangerous, too. more »»

We need to change

June 13, 2012 Studies, essays and newspaper editorials urging consolidation of local layers of government and school districts stretch back decades. more »»

At the changing of the guard, let’s not forget to thank the interim leader

June 6, 2012 During a tumultuous school year, Westfield Academy and Central School has seen the loss of railroad funding, the accidental loss of universal pre-kindergarten funding, the possibility of a regional... more »»

Common voice for a consolidated future

May 30, 2012 A sense of optimism came from the Brocton “town hall” meeting at the school in regard to the possible merger with Westfield. more »»

Time to learn from past consolidations

May 23, 2012 In 1938, 31 school districts from the towns of Arkwright, Charlotte, Cherry Creek, Ellery, Ellington, Gerry, Pomfret and Stockton became the Cassadaga Valley Central School. more »»

Cheating VA bureaucrats should be fired

May 16, 2012 Bureaucrats within the Veterans Administration who are cheating those who have served in the military should be fired. Period. more »»

N.Y. could lead nation with pet protection law

May 9, 2012 So much of what goes on in Albany seems unhinged from the reality of every day life in New York. more »»



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