Opinion

Reeling in state record

The OBSERVER’s View

South Dayton has made quite a splash across New York state in recent weeks. As OBSERVER outdoor columnist Gene Pauszek first reported, two record fish were caught in the township — on the same day — by local anglers. First was 12-year-old Dylan Naples who caught a black crappie that ...

Beliefs and politics create a rift

Commentary

The second of three articles focused attention on Mark and his wife, Lucy. She wasn’t able to join us for the first therapy session. At that session, Mark provided a brief overview of what he labeled as depression. Symptoms remarkable to include irritability, anger and quiet were noted. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Members of the Fredonia-Pomfret Republican Party Committee endorsed Barry L. Lillis as their candidate in this fall’s election for Pomfret Town Justice. Mr. Ellis, 61, is best known, before retiring in 1996, as a reporter/weatherman on WGRZ-TV, Channel 2 in ...

Hockey: Going into the tank

The OBSERVER’s View

Tonight, the Washington Capitals battle the Tampa Bay Lightning to determine what team will face National Hockey League powerhouse and one-year wonder the Vegas Golden Knights. That’s right, Western New York, a first-year team will have been to one less Stanley Cup than the 48-year-old ...

Another chapter in ‘Ramblings’

Commentary

Many of you will read this commentary and say such things as “shameful” “self-aggrandizing” and maybe even “boastful” and to those, I say, not really. As a writer of a novel, “Thunder of Silence,” seven children’s books under the sub-title of “Sam and Friends,” and now ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 As the saying goes, the first impression is often the lasting impression. With this in mind, the Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce makes it a priority to ensure the first impression is a positive one for industries looking at Northern Chautauqua County. Pamela ...

Donating funds makes sense

The OBSERVER’s View

State Sen. Catharine Young and six fellow members of the Senate Republican Women’s Caucus raise an interesting point: what should happen to the campaign bank accounts of disgraced politicians? It is one thing for politicians to return donations from people like Harvey Weinstein, as Gov. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 When 9-year-old Amanda Kalfas, a fourth-grader at Cassadaga Elementary School, was presented with a check for her award-winning essay in the 18th annual local history contest sponsored by the Valley Historical Society, she handed it back. She asked that it be used to ...

Mental Health: Teaming up in a major message

The OBSERVER’s View

U.S. Representatives Brian Higgins and Tom Reed may not always see eye-to-eye on a number of the federal and local issues affecting their constituents. However, it was refreshing to see the two lawmakers — in a bipartisan effort — on bringing awareness to mental health. “We are coming ...

Great sacrifices made for our country

Commentary

Memorial Day is almost on our doorstep — and we will not forget. Many of us recall the words of John F. Kennedy when he said “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Putting vinyl siding on a house in the city of Dunkirk will no longer mean an increase in property assessment. The city council has approved a resolution exempting future vinyl siding repairs and improvement from additional assessment. The action was based on a ...

Reflections on rejections

Opinion

It is back to the drawing board for three school districts. Gowanda, Westfield and Ripley will have to determine — fairly soon — whether they will be putting another budget up for vote after their plans were defeated by district residents. Those rejections were not all for the same ...

Beautiful area still quite peaceful

Commentary

This is in reference to the article “Arkwright work creates war zone” (April 22). I personally don’t blame Town Supervisor Nick Norton for being upset about a previous articles calling our town a landfill or a war zone. My home in Arkwright is where I helped in the bringing up my ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Jonathan Marc Borzilleri received his Eagle Scout pin from his mother, Rachel Borzilleri, during a ceremony held at Camp Merz in Mayville this month. Jon is a member of Boy Scout Troop 254, sponsored by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Dunkirk. For his Eagle ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST COLLEGE GRADUATION — This is graduation weekend for both Jamestown Community College and SUNY Fredonia. We wish these students the best as they enter the next phase of their lives. Hopefully some of those ready to enter the ...

Now, a word from long-ago sponsors

Commentary

Like most people I don’t particularly care for television commercials, even though I know they pay for what we see on “free” television. Television commercials have changed a lot in the last 70 years. When I was boy commercials where pretty simple and direct. There was nothing subtle ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Doctors’ Day in the village of Westfield recently honored Drs. Robert Gleason and Herbert A. Laughlin, 77, for their years of service in the practice of medicine in the community. The two physicians have a total of 108 years of service in the medical field and a ...

Space: British learn hard lesson

The OBSERVER’s View

As former President Barack Obama reduced emphasis on space exploration during his administration, we were among those warning of the danger of doing away with a self-contained program. Too much reliance on Russia and other nations to handle space-related tasks could be dangerous, we ...

Snow birds

Commentary

I know “April surprises” are hardly unusual. This year one wondered only when that surprise would end. Ten inches I measured in April, adding that to the earlier 204-plus of the season. The snowmobile trails were empty and I imagine the ski resorts were preparing for summer. And yet the ...