Opinion

BOAT RACES City must seek refund

The OBSERVER’s View

In April, the Dunkirk Common Council learned it was receiving about $225,000 from Market New York to help fund the Great Lakes Grand Prix event that took place last weekend. It was a significant chunk of change. But in the aftermath of last week’s pathetic turnout — in terms of the ...

People’s column

Peoples column

One more item needed at pier Editor, OBSERVER: I made my first stop to the new Dunkirk Pier on Monday. Despite all the improvements, there was still something missing: a throwable life ring. These are needed in case someone is to take a misstep and go into the water. I’m not picking on ...

World War II veteran lived life to fullest

Commentary

My friend, William J. Snyder, passed away last week. I read his obituary, filled with facts and times and places, but it didn’t reflect the man I came to know. Because he was a character, as people like to say, I’d like you to know a little bit more about him. Bill was a cantankerous, ...

Point rental for party leaves bitter taste

Commentary

In July we planned to rent a pavilion for my granddaughter’s graduation from Dunkirk High School. Originally we were interested in the “largest unit,” that came with a ‘kitchen and refrigerator. Oddly enough, this unit was $75. The other unit, smaller; came with a refrigerated truck ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Two women who made judicial history in New York State will be honored when their portraits are put on permanent display in the Chautauqua County Courthouse in Mayville. Photographs of Chief State Judge Judith S. Kaye and M. Dolores Denman of Buffalo, presiding ...

Shrug your shoulders if you serve

Newsmakers of the Month

Richard Morrisroe, in his recent commentary defending the actions by the Dunkirk Housing Authority, made some excellent points most residents — especially voters — almost never consider before going to the polls during the elections. In defending the authority board members who have faced ...

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 LIGHTHOUSE ON SCREEN — Tonight is the world premiere of “Widow’s Point” starring actor Craig Sheffer. The movie by Fredonia native Gregory Lamberson was partly filmed at the Dunkirk Lighthouse. The movie will be shown ...

Our dangerous stretch: A road of ruin

Commentary

Driving the New York State Thruway, one of the best maintained and designed highways among those that makeup the Interstate Highway System, is both a pleasant and safe experience. The pavement is smooth with wide shoulders that provide a safe place in the event of an emergency stop. That is ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Lorinda Cohen of Angola received a check for $2,000 which will go toward her expenses as she tries to reach the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, in the field of women’s archery. The money was raised from a golf tournament sponsored by Sturgeon Point ...

Unorganized ‘race’ full of troubled waters

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There is no one voice that resonates locally regarding last weekend’s Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix, which took place for the second year in Dunkirk. On social media, critics complained about the lack of boats that showed up for this year’s event. Supporters also were evident, especially ...

DEFICIT Trump not alone in spending spree

The OBSERVER’s View

A new complaint is coming from President Donald Trump’s critics — though the wiser politicians among them probably will hesitate before saying too much. Some analysts were predicting this week that the federal government’s budget deficit during the coming fiscal year will exceed $1 ...

Yes, there is a sweat bee

Commentary

I lost my go-to guy. RTPI’s Mark Baldwin up and moved with his wife to Sweden. I know it’s what they both wanted and they certainly seem happy with the new life — and world — they’ve discovered. I’m grateful I can continue to share their adventures on Facebook. And I was able ...

Retrospective

Commentary

Twenty years ago — 1999 A Cattaraugus County Fair worker from out-of-town is not likely to forget passing through Salamanca. The worker lost a money bag containing $7,000 on Main Street. City resident Ted Hartmann found it. While Mr. Hartmann was returning the bag to police and still at the ...

JAMESTOWN City may look to take plunge

The OBSERVER’s View

Our city neighbor in the south county is looking to Dunkirk as an example. Outgoing Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi is hoping to do what its north-county neighbor did: construct a splash pad. Jamestown representatives were here earlier this week to look at one of the gems of Wright Park. In recent ...

‘Lost’ feeling provides challenge

Commentary

Last article we met Nat, who had recently retired after 20 years in the hospitality industry. He reportedly was released from his position as manager of a high-end hotel. He achieved goals set by the hotel. Earlier years found him attending school to improve his professional position. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Jessica Eimers of Ripley claimed first place at the “Talents for Christ” national vocal competition held at Bellevue, Wash., on June 27. For placing first in the female vocalists category, Miss Eimers was awarded one full year of college tuition. She is a senior ...

NEW YORK STATE Paving way for more cash

The OBSERVER’s View

You have likely seen them on the roads. License plates in New York state that have become unreadable — even on some of the newer editions. It was almost like it was planned from the start. Of course the state is blaming the damages on oxidizing and peeling, but that never happened in the ...

Keeping one’s word

Commentary

My hiatus has come to an end — much to the dismay and chagrin of many I am certain. However, one must eventually come to the realization that it is time to pick up the pen and get back to it! Thus, I’m back to share with you my many meanderings, and inconsequential thoughts on those things ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Camp Gross celebrated its 70th anniversary earlier this month with a gala celebration which included famed folk singer Nan Hoffman, parachute games, fishing, swimming and a sing-along. A re-dedication of Scouter’s and Silliman cabins and Enoch Lodge was held to ...

GRAND PRIX Less excitement in city event

The OBSERVER’s View

This year’s edition of the Great Lakes Grand Prix was more of a splish than a splash. Weather conditions throughout the weekend, especially heavy rains and thunderstorms, put the Saturday and Sunday happenings in question for many who were planning to attend. “This is not an easy event to ...