Opinion

Moving quicker on slower speed

The OBSERVER’s View

Hanover Town Board officials appear to be moving in the right direction, albeit a little slowly. Residents Richard and Linda Kingsley have asked board members to approve a lower speed limit at an apparent dangerous stretch of road. Currently, the speed limit is 55 mph. But the Kingsleys say ...

Final words, plenty of thanks

Commentary

Is it possible to be thankful for last weekend’s snowfall? I suppose there are some people who feel that way. I suppose it’s possible to be thankful for many things. The benefits of gratitude in general trickle into the lives of individual people, inspiring thankfulness for particular ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Crossroads Business Association will honor Barry L. Lillis on Dec. 9 as the recipient of its 1998 Community Service Award. A radio and television broadcaster for 34 years, he spent 20 years at Channel 2 (WGRZ-TV) in Buffalo as a weatherman and reporter before ...

WORLD WAR II: Never forgetting the horrors

The OBSERVER’s View

We, as a country and world, cannot forget the horrors that came from World War II. One of the greatest problems, however, is we keep losing so many from the Greatest Generation. Last month, at the Dunkirk-Fredonia Rotary Club, a survivor from that war — who was held at a Concentration Camp ...

Immigration and who we are

Commentary

Migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador have formed a caravan to come into the U.S. Their number, perhaps less than 10,000, is a drop in the bucket given the number of people in the U.S., but it highlights how the U.S. is changing. In 2017 according to the Center for ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Pomfret Town Board has designated itself as lead agency for the $5.5 million Soulstice Rural Retreat and Conference Center at Fredonia-Stockton and Osborne roads. The town board has also been asked to issue a special use permit for the 24,000-square-foot project ...

Veterans day Important notes from our youth

The OBSERVER’s View

Grateful and appreciative. That sums up our nation’s sentiments toward our veterans over the weekend and on Monday. Ceremonies were held across the region as well as Applebee’s in Dunkirk and the Chautauqua Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. One prominent piece of those last two events ...

We get smart too late

Commentary

I once knew a farmer’s wife who had never had a music lesson, and never learned to read music. Yet, if you sang a song for her, she could sit down at the piano, and without concern, play the song with both hands. She obviously had a talent, but I’d call it more of an insight for music, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 At a recent ceremony, two long-standing members of the Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club received Lionism’s highest honors. Donald Sage of Dunkirk was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship, Lions International’s highest recognition. The award is named for the man who ...

Snowfall: Right before leaf pickup …

The OBSERVER’s View

One step forward, two steps back. That is just what it seems happens to local Department of Public Works crews once November comes around. Almost like clockwork, both the city of Dunkirk and village of Fredonia sent the OBSERVER notices regarding when it would begin leaf removal late last ...

Law gets lax on real drug dealers

Commentary

Law enforcement is working hard to get the drug dealers off of our streets. Long hours of investigation involving numerous departments: state, local and federal departments, only to lose that battle in our court systems. A Dunkirk drug dealer was recently arrested for selling cocaine. The ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Val Pietrkiewicz, 212 Woodrow Ave., Dunkirk was the winner of the $100 cash prize in the OBSERVER Trivia Contest conducted in conjunction with the advertiser appreciation pages that ran Oct. 28. Mr. Pietrkiewicz accepted his prize from Karl Davis, general manager of ...

Giving thanks, honor to our brave soldiers

Opinion

One-hundred-years ago today, the conflict many hoped was “the war to end wars” drew to a close. For decades, Nov. 11 each year was observed as Armistice Day. Now, we know it as Veterans Day, honoring those among us who have served at any time in the armed forces. Though the last ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Plenty of stuff at turkey party Editor, OBSERVER: The West Dunkirk Fire Department would like to express our sincere gratitude to the OBSERVER for your support of our recent Turkey Party and ATV Drawing, which was Nov. 3. The event was extremely successful because of the immense community ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A county monument to fallen veterans was rededicated in a special Veterans Day ceremony at the John W. Dill American Legion Memorial Post in Brocton, with more than 100 local and area Legionnaires and guests in attendance. The monument was developed from a large ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SAVING A LIFE — On Monday Deputy Adam McAdoo was spending his lunch at the Mayville Diner when he heard a woman yelling that her 8-month old child was not breathing. McAdoo, who also is an emergency medical technician, went ...

College effort greatly appreciated

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: It was such a welcome surprise when on a rainy Saturday morning, at least 10 college kids showed up to rake our lawn. We were the only house on our street who put a request on the window of the back door. There are kids at the college who are willing to help and want to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Collins Correctional Counselor Steve Hanson and Supervisor of Volunteer Services Jim Galati presented a check for $1,105 to Colleen McKenna of the Silver Creek Food Pantry on Oct. 30 as part of the statewide Make a Difference Day project. Employees and inmates of the ...

Big numbers at our polls

The OBSERVER’s View

Our country may be divided, but locally a statement was made: we sure did show up to participate in this year’s election. According to county election results, 41,270 ballots were cast on Tuesday as about 75,930 are registered here. “By the time we add the absentees and the affidavits, ...

Darling, you are growing older

Commentary

I dare say it’s a fate I share with every living thing on this planet. Oldest joke in the world: “There’s only one alternative to getting older,” says Whoopi Goldberg at 58, “so suck it up.” “Spry,” a man whose opinion I value, called me that. Spry? I’m still thinking ...