People’s column

Praising work

at benefit

Editor, OBSERVER:

We would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Strides For Sylvia Benefit such a success.

A big thank you to Peggy Mangus, Patty Matteson, John Corbett, Kara Mawhir, Katie Mawhir, Mark Snyder, Ann Eckman, Tammy Winder, Stan & Linda Mawhir, Barb Buck for planing and/or working the day of the event, and Amy Gawronski and the students from Brocton Central School for providing the face painting.

Also thank you to The Untouchables for providing the great music. Thank you to all of the local businesses who so generously provided donations for the Chinese auction.

Last but not least thank you to all the people that participated in the walk.

We were humbled and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for our family.

SYLVIA and STEVE MAWHIR,

Brocton

ConAgra has

obligations to area

Editor, OBSERVER:

It’s disappointing to see another company choose to move out of our area, Carriage House, owned by corporation ConAgra.

The loss of jobs will impact our community for years to come. Even though ConAgra showed record profits in 2013, according to the ConAgra spokesman, it was a strictly a business decision to leave. I think it’s clear now; ConAgra bought Carriage House to close. The question for the people of our community is simple. What are we going to do about it?

Let me offer some strictly business suggestions – hold ConAgra financially responsible for the extra costs associated with accommodating large plant operation in our community.

Such as:

Infrastructure improvements in Dunkirk and Fredonia to accommodate plant operations, such as larger water lines, increased sewer capacities, and road construction.

Increased fire protection.

Increased school district staffing.

Increased police protection.

Increased electrical and natural gas capacities.

We are a proud community and we cannot let a large corporation like ConAgra leave without a financial fight.

Come on elected officials, sue their bottom line.

GREGORY CATALANO,

Dunkirk