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BREAKING NEWS

Opinion

Breaking point can’t define a man

Commentary

A friend of mine died recently. Actually, he committed suicide. He put a gun to his head and shot himself. After he shot and killed two other people. I am still trying to get my head around this. The man I knew was a gentle man. He would do anything for you if he could. He didn’t have much ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine recently announced that two local physicians have won awards in teaching. G. Jay Bishop, MD and Anthony O. Bartholomew, MD were the recipients of an Excellence in Teaching Award at a ceremony held in ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

Opinion

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SCOUTING VISITORS — It was a great experience to have the Hastings and Rye District Scouts from Hastings, England visiting Camp Merz this past week. There were a number of local boy scouts who got to meet their peers from ...

Try on a happy personality

Commentary

Margaret shares some heartfelt, timeless advice this week. It’s amazing how close a group becomes. One morning, people were teasing me about my “Dear Maggie” column. They agreed with what I wrote. (Years ago) a lady told me about a woman she has to keep away from because all she does ...

Evolution of shopping continues

Commentary

It’s been said many times that all good things always come to an end. For the JC Penney location in the D&F Plaza that day came recently. The end marked a sad day for the many JC Penney shoppers in northern Chautauqua County. Talking with folks and reading comments in the OBSERVER I have ...

Retrospective — Aug. 12

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 State assistance with waterfront projects in the Chadwick Bay Region was the subject of discussions between New York Secretary of State Alexander Treadwell and local officials. Mr. Treadwell and his staff were in Dunkirk to discuss the details of a local waterfront ...

N. Korea: Sanctions may not be the answer

Opinion

Leaders of most countries would buckle under the weight of economic sanctions such as those the United Nations is preparing to implement against North Korea. If fully effective, the punitive steps could slash that nation’s exports by as much as one-third. President Donald Trump and other ...

Retrospective — Aug. 10

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 Collins Correctional Facility in Collins and the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Center in Brocton are among the three western New York prisons designated to receive additional beds under the prison construction plan approved by the New York State Legislature. The plan ...

Zen Olow, right, Chautauqua County Fishery Board chairman, weighs a catch from Roger Corlett’s boat.

Thriving waters face threats

Opinion

Big boats and important people took to the waters earlier this week for the Chautauqua & Erie County Sports Fishery Advisory Boards 2017 Lake Erie Experience. In its ninth year, the Wednesday event was by far the largest, drawing more than 150 including elected officials from Chautauqua ...

One addition of welcome

The OBSERVER’s View

The Chautauqua County Fair draws a number of people to the Dunkirk area. There’s no official way to know, but we suspect most of those in attendance are from Chautauqua County. Chautauqua County Fair Board of Directors member Dave Wilson guessed the fair had between 45,000-50,000 people. ...

Emotional horrors linger after acts

Commentary

Today, I write this article more than one year following the indescribable loss of life at a club in Orlando, Fla. Newsworthy, to further illustrate the physic impact, comes information about some first responders to that ghastly site. Innocent people living life, working and having fun had ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Matthew J. Mager, a student at Fredonia High School, is currently attending the New York State Summer School of the Arts, School of Theatre at Adelphi University on Long Island. Out of 156 students who auditioned throughout New York state, Matthew was one of 32 ...

LAKE ERIE: Special day for showcase

The OBSERVER’s View

An annual event continues to reel in major support for Lake Erie and the fishing community. This morning, weather permitting, is the Lake Erie Experience V.I.P. Fishing Day. In past years, elected officials as well as nationally known outdoors writers have taken part in this event, which ...

Bird brought daily joy

The OBSERVER’s View

Only a day after the death of city’s famous turkey Henry, a placard on Central Avenue said it all: “RIP” on a turkey crossing sign in front of one of the homes. In the big scheme of things, the turkey was not a major news event in this community. What it was, however, was plenty of joy ...

Staying active and informed

Commentary

When I was a kid, back in the 1930s, after a car went 50,000 or 60,000 miles it needed new rings on the pistons of its engine, lest it burned too much oil. Do they ever need to do that today? With the advent of computer technology, the precise calibration of modern machinery has reduced the ...

PENSIONS Attorney rakes in the cash

The OBSERVER’s View

Take a quick look at the payouts in the New York State and Local Retirement System. It does not take long to comprehend the damage that uneducated and poor elected leaders can do when running their communities as though they have a blank check. It is why government gets a bad name. How in the ...

Obama never faced this coverage

Commentary

By RICHARD MAKUCH Ever since President Trump has been elected — and even before that — we have heard raging insults from the media and a number of journalists who have waged a war of words against this president. There has been fake news from this segment of the media. For those of you ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Rabid raccoons roam New York state daily. They spread rabies faster than any other animal, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. In 1994, Chautauqua County was full of them. A 1995 county study confirmed that there were 43 cases of ...

Peoples’ Column

Peoples column

Comfort comes in area caring Editor, OBSERVER: The family of recently deceased Terry R. Ames’ hearts have been touched by the warm, caring concerns of his friends and family and their willingness to give of their time and money to help raise funds for Terry’s children’s education at ...

Plenty of rewards in volunteering

Commentary

Sept. 7, 2004, was my daughter’s first day of kindergarten. It was on this day that I realized our lives would be determined by the Forestville Central School’s calendar for the next 17 years. I also committed myself to do anything I could for my children and their classes to make ...