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Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Nearly 250 employees of Fredonia State University College honored J. Carter Rowland at a reception for his 15 years of administrative leadership as vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Rowland resigned from the post early this year and will begin a sabbatical ...

Water: Crisis puts focus on project

The OBSERVER’s View

Western New York rarely has to worry about water — since there is so much surrounding our region. But drinking water is presently a problem for Brocton, the town of Portland and a portion of the town of Pomfret due to the major water leak that occurred Monday on Central Avenue in the ...

Is race a choice today?

Commentary

Recently, in the feminist journal Hypatia, philosopher Rebecca Tuvel argued that what allows people to change their gender (transgenderism) also allows them to change their race (transracialism). More specifically, she argued, the same reason that society has to recognize that people can change ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 A banquet on May 31 in St. Anthony’s Church in Fredonia will honor Sister M. Nancy Zuchowski, CSSF, a Felician nun for 50 years. Planned by members of St. Anthony’s and St. Joseph’s parishes, the tribute has former Fredonia mayor Charles St. George as general ...

Mixed message in legislation

The OBSERVER’s View

There is no health-based reason why New York should not raise the age at which one can buy cigarettes to age 21. There is no disproving that smoking causes a multitude of health problems and creates a drain on public health programs. Legislation proposed in the state Senate is good policy ...

Problems persist in politics

Commentary

I don’t like to be negative; that’s why I shun writing about politics, but sometimes I lose my cool, and froth at the mouth. Most people have their trenches dug anyway, and I don’t expect to change anyone’s mind. Furthermore, to me the future of mankind doesn’t depend on our ...

TOWN HALLS Accountability in showing up

The OBSERVER’s View

It was another full house — in Dunkirk and Busti — for Tom Reed in hosting his town hall meetings earlier this month. That is a good sign for democracy and one that shows many here are taking an active interest in what’s happening in Washington. To be certain, nothing is perfect in ...

Left keeps up its sore-loser campaign

Commentary

Let’s take a look at the acts of the left in Washington, D.C. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer made a speech on how President Trump has not accomplished anything while in office. Let’s take a hard look at that remark. President Trump made decisions on jobs for thousands to work even before ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Although many city of Dunkirk residents may not be aware of it, today marks the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the village of Dunkirk. It was May 15, 1837 and the area that had previously been known by such names as Chadwick’s Bay and — for a short time ...

School BUDGETS If within cap, eliminate vote

The OBSERVER’s View

Today’s newspaper is filled with information about your school budget vote, which takes place on Tuesday at area districts. In every case locally, the proposed spending plan is within the state-imposed tax cap. As noted in this space earlier, the only district holding the line on rates is ...

Don’t forget Mom on her day!

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: Often the first smile we see, and the first voice we hear is that of our mother. She nurtures us, cares for us, consoles us when we are hurt and worries about us when we are not there. Our mothers are our greatest champions, the ones who love us no matter what we do. ...

United Kingdom full of flavor

Commentary

Two nations separated by a common language – that’s what America and the United Kingdom are; two countries that speak the same language and cannot understand a word the other is saying. I have been in England and Wales for the past 17 days and have learned some interesting differences in ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Nearly 750 students will receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the 129th commencement ceremony of Fredonia State University College on May 16 in Steele Hall. College President Donald A. MacPhee will confer degrees. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan will give the ...

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 FARM FEST FUTURE — A month ago, there were pleas that volunteers were desperately needed for the Fredonia Farm Festival. In fact, if no volunteers stepped up, there was no guarantee the festival would continue. But in true ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Today notable in U.S. history Editor, OBSERVER: Because I am a member of the Jamestown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, I received an e-mail from the New York VIS Committee about the Cannon Trail Monument to be unveiled at Crown Point Historic Site today. The email ...

Remembering mom on Mother’s Day

Commentary

Mothers Day is coming! What a wonderful celebration when you had a great mother! We had a great mom! I was the last of eight kids. My mother had a great attitude! Nothing was too much trouble. My mother used to stay up at night and work the night through making bread and meals for the week. ...

Guess who benefits from health plan?

Commentary

“A great victory for the American people. We are finally on the path to fixing our broke and broken health care system. The (American Health Care Act) upholds protections for pre-existing conditions and the expansion of Medicaid, which help our most vulnerable populations. The bill will also ...

Graduates, careful in your protests

Commentary

It is the job of parents to prepare their children to enter the adult world as knowledgeable and responsible adults. College should be the interim between living at home and entering the world with the knowledge and skills to launch into a position with the potential of upward mobility and ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 The Silver Creek Historical Society recently dedicated a bronze plaque on the Swift Mansion. The mansion, on the grounds of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on Central Avenue in Silver Creek is used as a parish center. It is one of the village’s most stately and ...

This image, courtesy of the Darwin R. Barker Museum, shows the Fredonia Normal School in 1867

$100,000 gamble of 1866 was winner

Local/Region

It is a lesson that Fredonia and its residents must never forget. As told — and documented — by one of the village’s most prominent deans of the past and present in Sam Drayo Jr., the start of the State University of New York at Fredonia was not humble at all. It was a major gamble that ...