Opinion

It’s easy to get hooked on Lake Erie

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Surrounded by storm clouds above Lake Erie, Dances with Fish charter Capt. Ron Duliba went to work. Charged with overseeing a crew of novices — with the exception of Jeff Jondle of the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs — the Forestville resident was not fazed by the weather or ...

Dunkirk: Shell game over officer

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk and its schools are working together when it comes to a resource officer. On Monday, council members approved an agreement to have the officer at the district from August to July 2021. That’s a big step forward — for both parties — and beneficial to our community, its students ...

Keeping a healthy marriage

Commentary

Last article, we met a gentleman named Madison. At first glance, he appeared to be a striking, healthy man. Sometimes, yes, appearances can be deceiving. Madison used the first session to describe himself, though almost as a former self. He was obese and carried a host of serious associated ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Fieldbrook Farms, Inc. announced that it will close its Deering Ice Cream Company, Inc., facility located in Portland, Maine. Deering currently employs 30 full-time employees. Fieldbrook listed the high cost of doing business in Maine was the primary reason for its ...

Gerry: Rodeo draws large crowds

The OBSERVER’s View

You could not help but be amazed over the weekend by some of the traffic and crowds along Route 60 near Gerry. The grounds were packed — about 7,700 attended — the 74th annual Rodeo. The longest consecutive running event of its type lived up to the hype with more than $80,000 paid out ...

District library fondly remembered

Commentary

Audra Jean (Packard) Renswick left a legacy of a love of reading, kindness, and concern to thousands of Fredonia residents with her recent passing. I was one of the kids who benefited from her public service at Fredonia High School, Class of 1970. As district librarian for 25 years at ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Town of Hanover resident Mary Ann Domenico has been appointed by Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas as director of the Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency. Her responsibilities include direct supervision of the agency staff and its programs in support of ...

Bus bill delayed by politics

The OBSERVER’s View

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Assembly leadership in recent weeks have been making political hay over the expiration of a law allowing speed cameras to be mounted on school buses in New York City. The governor spent roughly two weeks trying to cajole the state Senate into returning for a ...

There’s everyday truth and fiction

Commentary

Just as the world is full of a great variety of people, it is full of a great variety of opinions. While we may all appear to be seeking the same goals, we sure have a multitude of ways and means to achieve them. I may have been guilty of seeming critical of science in past articles, but that ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Two Forestville residents have filed a lawsuit against Bailey Manufacturing on Bennett State Road in Forestville. Sherman Bailey and Joseph Dolce, also of Bennett State Road, are seeking an injunction to stop Bailey from operating presses that have excessive noise, ...

Wind Towers: Small groups, large impacts

The OBSERVER’s View

Small governments inside Chautauqua County have always been a thorn in the side of this corner. We believe efficiency, not just a couple voices, bring the greatest chance for change and prosperity for the future. In other words, our county needs to speak in one voice. Our county, however, ...

City needs to somehow be recharged

Commentary

I look around Third Street, Central Avenue and Main Street in Dunkirk and what I see is desolation. A city once thriving is now a barren area where stores once thrived. I look at Third Street and there is nothing there. I look at Central Avenue and all I see is freebie establishments. They ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 More than 100 people attended the second Welcome to the Summer Home of the Buffalo Bills Luncheon at the William Campus Center at Fredonia State. The luncheon was sponsored by the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce, the college and the Bills with proceeds going to the ...

Board must talk district

The OBSERVER’s View

North County Water District board members have every right to be skeptical about Fredonia’s new willingness to be a partner and supplier in the effort. For years, previous Fredonia boards have fought any link to the regional plans. Board members, especially those in the district from the ...

Peoples column

Peoples column

‘Extremism’ from the GOP Editor, OBSERVER: I was surprised to read Nick Weinstein’s assessment of the Tracy Mitrano rally in Olean (July 20). He refers to the “ ‘hateful rhetoric’ that followed an event billed as a unity rally.” I wondered why he hasn’t accused the president ...

Tourney a ‘huge undertaking’

Commentary

The Dunkirk Little League has just completed its three year run of hosting the Girls 8-10 state Softball Tournament. This tournament brought in teams from all over New York state. This is a huge undertaking in which just a handful of volunteers helped out. These people put in anywhere from ...

With control freak, freedoms at risk

Commentary

On July 25, as the White House reporter for CNN, Kaitlan Collins had been doing her job of posing questions to Donald Trump in the oval office regarding his reaction to his former lawyer Michael Cohen’s tapes, relevant to the news of the day. She was told afterward that her questions were ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Dick Lawson, Head Keeper at the Historic Dunkirk Lighthouse and Veterans Park, is among the western Seaway Trail National Trails Day Award winners for 1998. Teresa Mitchell, executive director of Seaway Trail Inc., and Cathleen Blood of the New York Power Authority, ...

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 POLKA TIME — Put on your dancing shoes or simply bring a lawn chair, and sit back and enjoy the sounds of Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push. The internationally renowned polka band is coming to Dunkirk Sunday, Aug. 12, on the ...

Immigration mess tied to Trump

Commentary

I have promised myself to speak out at every opportunity against our inhumane treatment of refugees at our southern border. The letter “Immigrants still welcome” (July 15) opened the door to a comment. Before making a statement, it is important that I divulge that I am the chairman of ...