Opinion

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 ...

HEALTH CARE: Time to begin the tweaking

The OBSERVER’s View

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

A little on the wild side

Commentary

The excitement in her voice was palatable as she approached, a neighbor indeed but not, regrettably, one I knew at all well. I no longer recall the exact words of that conversation. I’m betting it was more than a year ago, possibly much longer. (Days nowadays have an annoying habit of ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Phil McGan, a Dunkirk native and former OBSERVER reporter, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Dunkirk Historical Society Recognition Dinner. Mr. McGan has titled his talk “To Make Dreams Come True.” Born in Dunkirk, he is the son of Mary McGan of ...

A college is born in Fredonia

Publisher’s notebook

Did you ever wonder what events and forces led to the establishment of a State College in the Village of Fredonia? It's an interesting history and one which the people of the Village should be proud of. The following article outlines this impressive and memorable period in the history of the ...

Legislation: Make Kendra’s Law permanent

The OBSERVER’s View

In 1999, Andrew Goldstein, then 29, while off his medication, pushed Fredonia native Kendra Webdale to her death in front of an oncoming train at the 23rd Street station in New York City. Her death prompted discussions about what to do with regarding individuals with untreated mental illness ...

Toll of divorce has lasting impact

Commentary

Here’s a vignette that’s becoming all too often a reality. A new student enters the school year after the Christmas holiday. She transferred from another school district. She knows no one in this school. She’s 15 years old, quiet, reserved and a tad overweight. Her clothes are clean ...

Retrospective — May 11

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 While potential buyers from at least two foreign countries have reportedly taken a look at the Roblin Industries plants in Dunkirk and North Tonawanda, to date, no buyers have been found. The Dunkirk plant appears to be the company’s most viable entity and the ...

COCKAIGNE: Some hopes for the slopes

The OBSERVER’s View

Let’s hope it is all downhill from here, ski fans and Cherry Creek community. News that a Cockaigne Ski Area may be at hand is truly good news for our county — in terms of the economy and tourism. “It’s a prime area. It’s a great ski area,” said Chautauqua County Industrial ...

Bullying can be all around us

Commentary

The life of a bully is not one of self-confidence or even happiness, it is a life filled with fear of not fitting in, not being accepted for who they are or the type of person they truly want to be. The life of a bully is one of restless discontent and an uncertainty of when they will be faced ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Student of the Week is Rebecca Burghardt, president of the Student Council at Silver Creek High School. The daughter of Donald and Phyllis Burghardt of Angell Road, Silver Creek, she also is treasurer of the Girls Varsity Club and vice president of the AFS. Becky ...

Putting limits on leadership

The OBSERVER’s View

We wish we could say a Republican-led effort to impose term limits on leadership positions in the state Legislature would result in sweeping changes. It simply isn’t so. Look no further than legislation, which was approved last week by the state Senate that would impose eight-year term ...

Herb gardens are tasty fun!

Commentary

Some people are born with a green thumb and look forward to the growing season to raise their own vegetables, fruits, and flowers from seeds. Well, that’s not me. I’d rather be cooking than tending a large backyard garden. My type of farming is on a micro scale, and ties in with my love ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 A Polish jetliner with 183 aboard, including 30 American residents, crashed in a forest outside Warsaw, Poland, today killing all aboard. LOT, the national airline, reported the Sovietbuilt Hyushin-62 aircraft developed technical problems soon after departing Warsaw. ...

Silver Creek: Forward thinking by a mayor

The OBSERVER’s View

After years of porous village leadership, particularly at the mayoral position, a Silver Creek trustee stepped forward in 2013. A the time, village finances were a mess. Flooding had created a number of crises. And, tempers normally flared at village hall meetings. Current two-term Mayor ...

U.S. spirit, dedication at home

Commentary

We are now in the fifth month of the year 2017. Each one of us has never, ever experienced this precise moment in time before. We can learn from the past, and hopefully, grow wiser in the future. And that is how we keep going and change happens: One gesture. One person. One moment at a time. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 On today’s front page, an OBSERVER photo shows Layne Hall of Silver Creek, who will be 107 years young next week and is still going strong. He is shown accepting from Frank Halicki the keys to the truck he purchased from Halicki Motors in Dunkirk. Mr. Hall also has ...

DUNKIRK: No perfection in a contract

The OBSERVER’s View

Contracts in the public sector are far from perfect when viewed by the common taxpayer. When compared to their counterparts in the private sector, those who work for municipalities, schools, the state and county, have it pretty good. Consider this: the median income per household in ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Logic lacking in school breaks Editor, OBSERVER It’s time for common sense to prevail! The two largest school districts in northern Chautauqua County have decreed a two-week spring break rather than one week in February and one around Easter. There is no benefit either educationally or ...