Opinion

Weathering those winters

The OBSERVER’s View

We remember how rough and long the 2017-18 winter was. Cold temperatures mixed with plenty of snow and lots of wind. Hanover beach residents continue to see the remnants of the harsh season. Last week, OBSERVER reporter Mary Heyl noted large amounts of rocks and gravel had washed up on some ...

‘Bleeding hearts’ should protest windmills

Commentary

Chautauqua County is a beautiful county. All of the trees in bloom. It’s not like other states where it is barren wasteland. But when you drive around Chautauqua County admiring the countryside, then you look up into the distance and you see ugly-looking giants taking up the countryside. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Andrew W. Dorn Jr. of Fredonia is part of a group of local businessmen who plan to establish a new bank in Buffalo, called Greater Buffalo Savings. The group includes Louis Sidoni and Mr. Dorn, who launched Jamestown Savings Bank in 1995 and built the bank into a ...

No repowering, higher costs

The OBSERVER’s View

NRG’s failure to repower here does nothing to help high electric rates in our region. On Friday afternoon, around 5 p.m., Western New York was paying some of the highest rates for power in the state. According to the New York Independent System Operator zone maps, our area was paying $51.92 ...

Peoples Column

Peoples column

Fredonia board ignores public Editor, OBSERVER: Several years ago a member of the Fredonia school board resigned her position as a member. The board quickly and rightfully so filled the position with the next highest vote getter in the election – Cristina Gegenschatz. The board did this ...

Where’s the beef: ideology or results?

Commentary

A recent statistical study shows that GOP advocates routinely follow a predictable commitment to abstract conservative ideology. Democrats, instead, create a “big tent” coalition serving many interest groups that lack a common ideological doctrine. The Democratic Party’s character as a ...

Part-time effort cannot fix Albany ills

Commentary

Assembly Member Andy Goodell is reintroducing a bill he believes clamps down on corruption in state government. His bill, like all other bills he fails to get out of Committee, was rejected in 2015. It will be rejected again. Corruption in state government hurts us all. Neither party is ...

Runaround hampers efforts at Red House

Commentary

Over the past several months, the OBSERVER has followed and reported in a fair and balanced way the discussions and proceedings related to the operation of The Red House for Youth in the village of Cassadaga. As difficult as it has been at times, we have resisted speaking out publicly as the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 From a sports column by Jim Rush .... Fredonia High and St. Bonaventure graduate Ryan LaMattina has posted a 2-0 record with a 3.72 earned run average for the Portland Rockies in the Class A short-season Northwest League. Another St. Bonaventure grad, Gowanda Central ...

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 SUPPORTING 4-H — A big thank you to the individuals and businesses who every year show up on the Friday of the Chautauqua County Fair to bid on and purchase the animals for sale during 4-H’s annual meat auction. The members ...

Ongoing reformation

Commentary

“Be patient; God isn’t finished with me yet.” is a well-known saying that used to be found on bumpers, posted on signs, or shared in a number of other ways. The message is an admission to people that we make mistakes, we fail at times, we are not perfect people but God is at work ...

An unfortunate ending for Newman Center

Commentary

As a SUNY Fredonia alumnus, reading of the closing of the Fredonia Newman Center was as shocking as learning of the unexpected passing of a dear family member or friend. More than 50 years ago, my faith foundation to eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ initiated on a Newman Center ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 In celebration of the upcoming 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the village of Forestville in 1999 and the 150th anniversary of St. Rose of Lima Church in 2000, the ladies of St. Rose of Lima Church have created a beautiful limited edition, commemorative ...

Even in agony, classy result

The OBSERVER’s View

Some of the best stories in sports happen off the playing fields and courts. Consider the aftermath of a World Cup soccer match in Russia recently. Japan’s team had been leading Belgium, 2-0, during much of the game. Then, in the closing minutes, Belgium came back to win, 3-2. It was a ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Stewart Enterprises Inc. of New Orleans has taken over the operation of three funeral homes in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area: Gardinier-Colletti Memorial Home Inc. of Dunkirk, Larson-Timko Funeral Home of Fredonia and Orcutt-Timko Funeral Home of Dunkirk. Tom Colletti ...

Entertainment: Area stars shine at lighthouse

The OBSERVER’s View

Last summer, the area embraced the first Shakespeare on the Lake event at the Lighthouse in Dunkirk. In presenting “Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 2017, all shows were sold out with more than 500 attending the plays. This year, there are two plays being presented at the Lighthouse, with ...

Take care in how we digest information

Commentary

Everyone is skeptical of something. We’re just not all skeptical of the same things. And if you ask anyone, they’ll claim to have a handle on the right things to be skeptical about. Fifty-five years after the JFK assassination, Americans are still divided over the lone gunman theory. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Back by popular demand is the Buffalo Bills Community Luncheon sponsored by the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce. Community members are invited to join other Bills fans for a delicious buffet luncheon with members of the Buffalo Bills organization at the Williams Center, ...

DEVELOPMENT: Infusing change in the city

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk received some good news over the weekend regarding the former Edgewood property on Roberts Road. The Krog Group of Buffalo will develop the site into a cold storage facility that will be utilized by Fieldbrook Foods. “This is a project that saw many challenges along the way and I am ...

The cost of friendship

Commentary

With each passing day it seems that the world is unraveling as if someone has caught the end of the yarn that has held the sweater together and they just can’t help but to keep pulling. As we watch helplessly as first the bottom of the sweater disappears only to see the middle begin to fall ...