BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Opinion

Marc Ruckman had support 
from voters, but on the Village Board he was only one.

When one vote doesn’t count

Local/Region

Marc Ruckman, who abruptly resigned as village trustee earlier this month, understands — probably better than anyone — the frustrations that come with being elected to office as a vocal minority. For the six years he served, his record of voting “no” on budget increases, rate hikes and ...

Presidency: Finding value in Camp David

The OBSERVER’s View

President Donald Trump’s style is, well, different. In many ways he seems determined to redefine the presidency. In doing so he may give his successors new tools to deal with both domestic and foreign policy. Let us hope he recognizes the value of some of the old, well-worn tools, ...

Rotten to the core

Commentary

It was just another tree in a copse of similar trees. Hardly numerous enough to be called an orchard, the trees were there long before I. While only one held apples worth the effort, their gorgeous blossoms heightened my pleasure each spring. Steps from the house, it was easy to enjoy the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Jennifer L. Foley, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James P. Foley of Dunkirk, graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine with a doctor of dentistry degree. While at school, she was a member of the American Student Dental ...

Need for skilled labor grows

The OBSERVER’s View

A number of high school students will be crossing the stage starting this evening through Sunday. One question facing every graduating student is what’s next. Some students will choose college, others will choose the military. Most of those remaining will go straight to the workforce. ...

Teachers are well worth investment

Commentary

Another school year is nearing a close. The weather is getting warmer, which acts as a distraction for students and yes, even teachers yearning for outdoor activities. Teachers are challenged to complete curriculum including class projects and final exams. This newspaper ran an article in ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Donald M. Rebic, a Fredonia native who has made his mark on Broadway, recently returned to the local music scene to pursue a teaching career and pass his musical knowledge along to the next generation. After a career in New York City spanning 20 years, he is now ...

waterfront Festival brings lake spotlight

The OBSERVER’s View

After a one-year hiatus, the Great Lakes Experience was back — though it seemed like it had never left. Sure, it was situated in a new location at the lot between the Clarion and Tim Hortons, but the displays from past years were very much the same. Also evident was the enthusiasm for the ...

A divided, violent nation

Commentary

While one would hope that people could come together and would be able to move beyond their differences in order to find a positive way forward for everyone, that is simply not the case. Too often it takes a tragedy before people realize the danger of their words. Such was the case this past ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Western New York native Timothy McVeigh, who was raised in Pendleton, has been condemned to death for the Oklahoma City bombing, accepting the ultimate punishment without so much as a blink. “It’s OK,” he mouthed to his parents. The same jury that convicted ...

TLC’s boost from Butler

The OBSERVER’s View

TLC Health Network in Irving is losing a valuable asset. The hospital announced last week that Scott Butler, chief operating officer, accepted a chief executive officer position in Evansville, Ind. Butler faced plenty of adversity while he was here. He joined the organization when it was ...

Is our government out of control?

Commentary

When I woke up last Wednesday to the headlines blaring about the shooting that occurred at the Republicans baseball practice, I was shocked at first, which then turned to sadness for all involved. Soon my sadness turned to wonderment as I thought what kind of person could do such a heinous ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Sheridan Town Justice Paul D. Till has announced his candidacy for re-election as Sheridan town justice on Nov. 4. He has received the endorsement from both the Democratic Party and Conservative Party. In the three and a half years that Justice Till has been in ...

Don’t inflate the numbers

The OBSERVER’s View

Politicians, who like to blame the messenger for reporting items of local significance, need to be more honest to the people they serve. In an article regarding the resignation of Fredonia village Trustee Marc Ruckman, Mayor Athanasia Landis did not need to inflate numbers about the village ...

Another step for our future leaders

Commentary

What a momentous occasion is about to unfold! In many of our public and private schools, graduation is just around the corner. We can almost hear the downbeat of the familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” What a joy-filled occasion for the graduates and for their families. Our youth ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 The annual spring banquet honoring Dunkirk teachers past and present was held recently at the Kosciuszko Club. More than 70 teachers met to pay tribute to Margaret Mahaney, the 1987 Colman Award winner, and two retirees, Janice M. Tramuta and Margaret G. Temple. Mrs. ...

CITY LIBRARY: Budget hike another slap

The OBSERVER’s View

Formerly the Dunkirk Free Library, the most recent financial documents available through the Internal Revenue Service 990s show tremendous stress for the organization. In 2014, the library ran a deficit of $45,866. It became worse the next year. In 2015, the library’s operating deficit hit ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Give residents compost access Editor, OBSERVER: I would like to comment on the OBSERVER’s June 1 article “Resident: Village is dumping on private property.” My opinion is that Fredonia village residents should be able to use some of this compost. It is village material and we pay to ...

PRIDE

Small group in city helps build pride

Commentary

Five years ago with a grant from Lake Shore Savings Bank and the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, a group of residents from the 600 block of Main Street in Dunkirk calling themselves “The Main Thing: This Block Matters” committed themselves to neighborhood improvement. One element ...

Sheila Lawrence, left, stands with John and Irma Schilling, who she met while living in Youngstown, Ohio.

Honoring our dads, and father figures

Commentary

Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you (Deuteronomy 5:16 NIV). Thus it is right that we have special days set aside honoring both fathers and mothers. If ...