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Learning to become grateful for what you have will make you and others happier

This column allows me to reach a lot of people who would remain strangers without it. One day (a few years ago), a woman came to my house with cookies and a big smile to tell me how much she enjoyed the column on Thanksgiving. She had taken her physical blessings for granted. If we learn to ...

Giving is the best gift

“’Tis better to give than receive.” Not when I was a kid. Back then the thought was hard to comprehend. What was better than receiving on Christmas morn everything you asked the big guy in red to bring? Well, almost everything. The year I didn’t receive my silver, pearl-handled Lone ...

Red, white and green

What was that colorful branch along the driveway? Where did it come from? Funny, I couldn’t remember seeing this before. Very strange indeed for I feel I know most of the things growing on my land (though identifying them all is something else). Standing out brilliantly against the ...

The joys, and stresses, of the season

Imagine Christmas before this era of digital deals. It’s hard to pin down a time when the “most wonderful time of the year” became a stressful mad dash into the underbelly of crass commercialism. We can look to the last century to see the “make a buck” mentality on full parade ...

Anticipation for our blessed day

Christmas! It is probably the most looked forward to holiday of the year. A time when families gather around a tree covered with lights and ornaments, both old and new. Memories are made and days of previous Christmases are talked about with eyes twinkling and smiling faces. Yes, this is truly ...

Be safe, cautious during holidays

During Christmas and holiday season people are often busy, excited and a little careless. Unfortunately it’s a time when they should be extra careful. This season don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, pick-pockets, purse snatchers and con artists a better chance ...

Proud moment celebrates U.S. in Silver Creek

All veterans were invited to Silver Creek Central School on Nov. 28 as a tribute to all of them for serving our country. My husband, who was in the U.S. Army in the 1950s, and I attended as guests of our fourth-grader and grandson, Sam Bowers. The third-, fourth- and fifth-graders ...

Water study for Fredonia began with false premise

I am writing in response to an article that appeared in the OBSERVER (Dec. 11) where Mayor Athanasia Landis declared that the village of Fredonia will not spend any more money on studying their water system as compared with joining the North Chautauqua County Water District. Mayor Landis also ...

On behalf of our family — Elaine and Wayne, her brother Rick, her sisters Diane and Donna and their families — we want to thank all of you for the kind words, acts of kindness and love towards Laurel and our family. 
The outpouring of support and love we have received from others has been overwhelming and uplifting.

Wayne and Elaine Hotelling are Silver Creek residents.

Area family forever grateful for support

Thinking back on this last month, we feel as though we need to thank the hundreds of people who helped us in our time of need by sending cards, visiting with us at the funeral home — over 400 people in four hours, prayers, flowers, food and so many other acts of kindness. As we approach ...

Gun ownership a right, privilege

Perhaps the most widely discussed and debated law in the history of the state of New York, the SAFE Act, was enacted by a large bipartisan vote of the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2013. It has been a hot-button topic by gun owners and activists since that time. ...

A 1900 Christmas on a farm

In the 1960s my grandfather’s brother, Joe, wrote “Recollections of Life on a Hop Farm in 1900.” One of the things he wrote about was a typical family celebration of Christmas in that period. The farm was located in the hills of the town of Milford, five miles south of the village of ...

Some advice for those struggling

I want to talk to people who are depressed or bored. Do you find yourself lazy, lifeless and uncaring? This cannot be allowed! Make a new pattern. First take a shower, put on a make-up you like and one of your favorite outfits. Have you eaten yet? You have a choice — either eat at home or ...

The theology of poverty?

In spring 2017, 1,686 American adults were surveyed about whether poverty results from idleness of the poor or from circumstances beyond their control. The results confirmed the common moral judgment that poverty results from laziness, irresponsibility, and moral laxity. This widespread ...

Bottom feeders and the birds

Images of the proverbial food chain naturally bring to mind little fish being gobbled up by medium-sized fish who in turn are destined to become dinner for the larger fish. So it is that a hawk startles when swooping in to grab a songbird at the feeder. It occurs to me, as what seems like an ...

Frustrations of a single mom

Meet Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a 38-year-old woman. She’s slender, close to 6 feet tall and sports sinewy arms. She proudly notes that thrice weekly workouts at the gym keep her in top condition. She likes to work out with weights. She complements her workout with running, which she does at ...

DACA amnesty is a cop out

The Democrats have made Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty their top priority in recent Congressional negotiation over the budget despite its being irrelevant to the budget. The Republican establishment also wants DACA. The political class states that DACA is merely temporary ...

All the wrong messages

I may be nuts, but I’d not be surprised if one day our advancing knowledge would reveal that many of our health problems, especially self-generated distortions not caused by invading infections, such as cancer, were sometimes caused by egotistical confusions, and contradictions, self-welded ...

Successful Land Banks need funds from state

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Land Bank Act into law in 2011, empowering local communities to use land banks to proactively address blighted and abandoned properties that affect their residents. There are now 23 land banks throughout New York. Land Banks with a proven solution for ...

Mind games from research, waiting in line

I have an observation on how much of our American culture is now focused on the individual as the most valued object of concern. I was recently in line to check out four items at a local grocery store that would probably take, at most, one minute to do so. Bag the items in my indestructible ...

Mind games from research, waiting in line

I have an observation on how much of our American culture is now focused on the individual as the most valued object of concern. I was recently in line to check out four items at a local grocery store that would probably take, at most, one minute to do so. Bag the items in my indestructible ...