Commentary

Air show, assistance earn high marks

July 19 was promised to be one of those Sundays where planning for the difficult mobility of senior citizens was going to be prominent. Our family, including my mother of elder age and my father in-law who is a World War II veteran, decided to make the trek to the Niagara Falls Air Force Base ...

Jenner is perfect ‘$10’ option

Here's a look back at some of the stories making news in the last month: If you've been saying to yourself, "Self, our money sure is getting boring. It's time for America to jazz up its cash," you're in luck. Are you sick and tired of staring at Andrew Hamilton staring back at you every time ...

Calls for help answered — finally

Several agencies exist in Chautauqua County for the purpose of making sure the elderly and handicapped are taken care of when their needs exceed their ability to perform them. But when these agencies fall short of their duties, or deny their responsibility and pass the buck to another agency, ...

Seniors will pay for big hike

New York state has just flushed all New York residents living on a fixed income down the drain. Most retirees think when they retire they will be OK financially.They know they must budget and live within their means.They know, assuming normal price inflation and reasonable cost of living ...

Water troubles flow in Silver Creek

In my 35 years living in Silver Creek there has always seemed to be difficulty in dealing with the subject of water, be it drinking water, flooding or sewer effluent.Lake Erie stands literally at our doorsteps and water is everywhere but it seems that the village of Silver Creek has never, at ...

Getting hooked on our lake

For a couple of novice fishermen, teamwork would be the key to reeling in our big catch of the day. On the boat "89 Surprise," which was captained by Roger and Joyce Corlett, the crew of city Mayor Anthony J. Dolce, Joseph Sempolinski of U.S. Rep. Tom Reed's office, Brooke D'Agostino and myself ...

Community Notebook

Brocton Board of Education special meeting MondayThe Brocton Central School Board of Education will hold a special board of education meeting on Monday, Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Conference Room for the purpose of discussing contractual negotiations. The Board will immediately enter ...

Encountering purple loosestrife

I wanted to write about purple loosestrife last year but a funny thing happened.Expecting an easy time finding fields of the colorful stuff, I had camera along in the car as I scouted the country in all directions outside Cassadaga. The color should make it a standout, I figured, and it's an ...

Reader suggests material for column

I walked out of the house with Marc Guy from church, who took me shopping. Every week I go shopping with a young man to help me out. Not bad for an old lady.Anyway, there on my steps stood a young lady with a happy smile on her face. She was looking for me. She had some material that she ...

Festival steps back to Old World

There was something for everyone at the 14th Annual Scandinavian Folk Festival this summer. The multisensory celebration of Chautauqua County's rich Scandinavian heritage never fails to bring out a depth and breadth of community spirit. The midsummer festival, a worthy cousin to its Old World ...

Why waver over a flag?

On July 10, following the Charleston church shootings, South Carolina took down the Confederate battle flag. Barack Obama and the rest of the American left demanded its removal as did establishment Republicans such as Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell.South Carolina's removal followed a ...

Playing politics with Iran deal

Twenty months of negotiations have yielded one of the most historic foreign policy agreements in modern history.In Vienna, on July 14, representatives of the U.S. and other world powers reached a deal with Iran to limit the country's nuclear capabilities in exchange for sanction relief. The ...

Benefit raises funds for vets’ group

Editor, OBSERVER:A recent event by the Sons of Liberty New York, a non-profit, non-political riding club whose support is to military and veterans, reports the Disabled American Veterans benefit raised more than $1,100.That money will assist the Charles Tinley Memorial Disabled American ...

Can America believe again?

Historically, the American public is a determined people. That is the American way.Today, it seems that politics trumps the opinion of the people; and, the voters want to be heard. To be a successful political candidate in this day and age, candidates will need to be honest with the American ...

Westfield leaders applaud flooding response

By MARTHA BILLSand MIKE VANDEVELDEWhile we will never be able to express in words just how much the outpouring of support, during the recent flood, is appreciated, we wanted to take a moment to send a big thank you to everyone that came to help our residents.The area response was fantastic; ...

Waves of cooperation

By SAM DRAYO Jr.This letter is in response to your editorial (July 14) headlined "How a village uses a town" in which it was stated the Fredonia Village Board "sticks it to its neighbor," the town of Pomfret, in selling water.This editorial is unfair to the village, does not present the facts ...

Holiday livened up Silver Creek

By AGNES "PAT" PFLEUGERThe celebration of the Fourth of July was always a big event in Silver Creek's early history. It was the holiday that brought together friends and relatives from far and wide.In 1878, the holiday was evidently well celebrated. Preparations got under way as soon as the ...

Where blueberries, companions grow

Blueberries won't grow alone. They need a companion bush in order to propagate.I learned this fun fact when I visited Eden last week.Mark, my mother's boyfriend, had a "lonely little blueberry bush" for years. Mom equated it to Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. When she began planting her ...

Think, laugh — or do both

Today, we're going to think of one or two liners that will make you think or laugh or do both, like:Don't think less of yourself. Think of yourself less. (That gives you more time to think of others!)Even though you can't jump as high as you used to or wear your skirts as short as you used to, ...

In praise of our south county city

The longer I live, the more convinced I am that the best asset a person can have is not money, houses, cars or jobs but rather attitude. The other feature of a positive attitude is that you can access it any time, you can transfer it to others, you can use it to enhance your life and you can ...