Reed’s work in area welcome


I realize the main point of the OBSERVER’s Aug. 5 editorial was Congressional candidate Martha Robertson’s poorly-thought-out position on biomass fuel as an option for NRG. I agree with the OBSERVER that representatives and candidates must understand the needs of our area.

But I was disappointed that the article also implied that our Congressman, Tom Reed, doesn’t appreciate or understand the important issues facing Chautauqua County.

As a county legislator, I have watched the Congressman and his staff proactively work on behalf of our community. Congressman Reed has held six town hall meetings throughout Chautauqua County in the past few months to hear our concerns. He is working closely with us on important issues like the critical need for dredging our harbors in Lake Erie. A few weeks ago Congressman Reed brought together a bipartisan group of local officials including the mayors of Fredonia and Dunkirk and county leaders to call for the repowering of the Dunkirk NRG plant.

My direct interaction with Tom Reed and his staff proves to me that he knows what matters to residents here in northern Chautauqua County. I feel we can all be proud to have him representing us in Washington.



Area streams are vital to supply


I was raised on a dairy farm on Zoar Road, and as most everyone knows, cattle drink a lot of water. In the pasture was a small spring-fed stream that ran the year round. Then in about 1950, my dad bought 17 acres from Carl Allen where all these springs come from.

When we were kids we played in this stream or “crick” as we called it then. We caught minnows, crawfish, turtles, and they were there every year because the water was there every year; it never dried up in the 70 years that we have lived on the property. Every year minnows would spawn and move up and down the stream.

Shiners, horned dace, and silver bodied species; I remember one in particular which I have never seen in any other stream in my travels as a trout fisherman. It has bright red bodied sides and is about two to two and a half inches long and is grayish in color.

This stream is the extreme southern branch of Grannis Brook flows through Gowanda at the bottom of Armes Hill, a trout stream I have fished for many years in the spring.

These springs on our property and some now on the Stefan property feed our ponds, water supply and Grannis Brook.

The point I’m trying to make, if we allow a gravel pit to interrupt our springs and water, what will happen to these fish, our ponds, our water supply, and the actual quality of our lives.