Opinion

Sentimentally speaking of SUNY

Commentary

This month marks the 53rd year of my journey with the State University of New York at Fredonia. I have chosen to express my sentiments in the words of this poem which I have written. I hope our readers will enjoy this attempt to poetically express my sentiments. SUNY FREDONIA IS SO ...

Retrospective — Oct. 9

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 Gowanda’s Business and Professional Women announced that Dale Koch is the organization’s 1997 Woman of the Year. Co-owner of Johnson’s Plumbing and Heating Inc., Gowanda with husband Charles, Ms. Koch is vice president and office manager of the company ...

DUNKIRK AIRPORT: Is facility still viable?

Opinion

No one loves the Chautauqua County-Dunkirk Airport more than Lou Nalbone. He’s seen its beginnings and its heydays. But for now, the slow economy of the region that has affected so many small businesses has finally caught up to the airport. Last week, Nalbone announced the fixed-base ...

People’s column — Oct. 8

Opinion

A plea for return of missing item Editor OBSERVER: OK, Where is it? How were you able to carry it? When did you decide to take it? Why did you take it? Where did you put it? What are you going to do with it? Will you please return it? Let me know, I’ll be there to greet you. I want ...

Take part in citywide fire drill Tuesday

Commentary

This past week, the city of Dunkirk Fire Department, along with many fire departments across the nation celebrated Fire Prevention Week by educating children of the dangers of fire and with many safety tips to protect themselves in the instance of a fire in their home. The key topics of home ...

Trump’s latest effort for universal appeal

Commentary

Scientists are planning on sending a message into space to any aliens that maybe out there hoping to receive a message from us, the cool occupants of the earth. Not to be outdone by any nerdy scientist, President Trump has prepared the following message from him and the “great again ...

Legislature needs to keep cutting

Commentary

County Executive Vince Horrigan recently presented the proposed 2018 county budget. While both he and County Department heads did an admirable job, this proposed budget calls for raising the tax rate from $8.48 to $8.58 per thousand dollars of full valuation. For this reason the budget concerns ...

Nothing fake about divisive views

Commentary

There has been so much happening in the last two weeks it’s hard to know where to put the focus. The United States has borne the brunt of three major hurricanes this summer; first, Texas was devastated by Hurricane Harvey; then Florida by Hurricane Irma, and then Maria hit Puerto Rico. Maria ...

Retrospective — Oct. 8

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 Dr. Willard Gaeddert and his wife, Addie Marsh Gaeddert of Fredonia, received a 1997 Prime Time Award from Coordinated Care, a not-for-profit organization which created the award to honor citizens throughout Western New York who exemplify successful aging. The couple ...

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

The OBSERVER’s View

BEST SMART GROWTH — Congratulations to both the city of Dunkirk and village of Gowanda. The two municipalities were both awarded $2.5 million from New York state’s Smart Growth Community Fund, which is part of the Buffalo Billion II funding. Dunkirk plans to use the funds to improve the ...

Military draft left no option

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: I always look forward to Stephen Kershnar’s articles, which are thorough, well written, and thought provoking. After reading his most recent article on NFL players protesting during the National Anthem (Oct. 4), I take objection to one of his arguments. He talks about ...

Adversity creates character

Commentary

Here is another classic Margaret Valone column. The other night I was reminiscing about my childhood. In those days, we went to work on the farm. We usually were picked up in a pickup truck. I guess if we had been born in the south, we would have been cotton pickers, but in western New York, ...

Adversity creates character

Commentary

Here is another classic Margaret Valone column. The other night I was reminiscing about my childhood. In those days, we went to work on the farm. We usually were picked up in a pickup truck. I guess if we had been born in the south, we would have been cotton pickers, but in western New York, ...

Football’s not bigger than our freedoms

Commentary

I’m not sure if it’s a wise thing to add my two cents to the controversy over whether NFL players should stand as they have in the past for the national anthem, stand with arms linked as a sign of unity or get down on one knee as a sign of protest against perceived inequality in the United ...

Oct. 7

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 St. Hyacinth School’s participation in the Catholic Schools Marathon took on a new twist this year when Sister Rachel, school principal challenged the Rev. Rick Poblocki, school pastor, to see who could raise the most money for the school. The Catholic Schools ...

OBSERVER Photo
Max Martin of the Hispanic Community Council, left, and Jeanette Delgado round up collected supplies for Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Help for Puerto Rico, here and there

Page One

Max Martin looked at the collection of water and relief supplies bound for Puerto Rico from Dunkirk with pride. The president of the Hispanic Community Council of Chautauqua County understands the urgent need from the devastation and turmoil affecting the United States territory following ...

Problems being in governments

The OBSERVER’s View

Developed nations probably could do more to alleviate hunger and illness in third-world countries. But blaming ourselves solely for every outbreak and famine that occurs simply is not honest. Dr. Peter Salama, head of the United Nations’ World Health Organization, engaged in a bit of ...

Going with the flow

Commentary

There’s a big black thing in my kitchen. It’s new — and I don’t like it. In all fairness, it was desperately needed and I was happy when my new side-by-side freezer-refrigerator finally arrived. My old one (I didn’t think it was that old; I clearly recall the day I bought it) died ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Chautauqua County Executive Andrew Goodell stood between two governors as they cut the ribbon to dedicate Route 17. New York Gov. George Pataki and Pennsylvania Gov. Thomas J. Ridge stood at the New York/Pennsylvania border surrounded by Republicans and a ...