Opinion

Publisher’s remarks are a lot of hot air

Commentary

In a recent Publisher’s notebook (Nov. 30), John D’Agostino chastised local towns for not doing enough to improve efficiencies through participation in shared services with other towns. From my perspective — as an elected official in the town of Arkwright — I see that unless you border ...

Add districts to Ripley tuition plan

Commentary

Recently I watched and listened to Betsy Devos, the current United States Secretary of Education being interviewed on Fox News. The wealthy Devos is an outspoken critic of public education, particularly the disparity in funding and state test results for inner city school districts such as ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 There’s sticks. And then there’s Setterstix. When it comes to the lollipop, nobody in the United States can make a stick like this village of Cattaraugus company. The concept of the paper lollipop stick was born in the village of Cattaraugus more than 100 years ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST PARK GRANT — Sheridan Bay Park recently was awarded a $100,000 grant. It will be used to redo different facilities at the park including water, electric, drainage, campsites and more. Sheridan Bay Park is an under-utilized park ...

Tough decisions, sad outcomes

Commentary

Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts. The first was published on Dec. 29. I have sometimes been accused of being too tough on people in group or individuals. No one has ever cared more about helping people than yours truly, however, in group, it is my classroom. When I ask you ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 In an OBSERVER photo, New York State Senator Pat McGee shares conversation with Mayor Robert Kesicki of Dunkirk. Mayor Kesicki and Senator McGee joined Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce representatives and county, town and city of Dunkirk officials at the ...

One more round for the leaves

The OBSERVER’s View

It is an unusual sight: seeing an area Department of Public Works crew out doing leaf pick-up in early January. But with no snow on the ground, it is a perfect time notes Fredonia DPW chief Tony Gugino. “With the weather, we’re taking advantage of it,” Gugino told the OBSERVER’s M.J. ...

A day at the opera

Commentary

Because of the demands on the human voice, “Semiramide” was revived by the Metropolitan Opera only after a quarter of a century. Happily, the Met filled every role with an exceptional singer who could also act. Set in ancient Babylon, the scenery was as stupendous as one might hope. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce wishes to congratulate owner and operator Dr. Estelle Crino for her outstanding hospitality at a recent luncheon for the NCCC and the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation staffers. Pinewood Cottage offers an eclectic ...

In Shakespeare and life, Mac a class act

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On a summer day back in 2008, I became reacquainted with Mac Nelson, English professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Fredonia. We both arrived at the Shorewood Country Club parking lot in anticipation of a Rotary Club meeting where he was going to speak about his book ...

Cleary’s efforts right on tune

The OBSERVER’s View

In our community and with area schools, Sylvester Cleary has always had a song to sing. Recently, the Forestville resident and school board member hit a new milestone — his first album. “Love is the Way” is an anthology of 22 songs that he and his fellow musicians recorded throughout ...

Our double-standard with animals

Commentary

“NY State Police investigating after cows thrown from moving vehicle.” This headline beamed at me through my phone while scrolling through Facebook. I was not surprised to see anger pouring out of the comments section on Facebook: “When you see them, feel free to shoot them first and ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Gail Black of Westfield is clearly one of the most passionate advocates for treating tourists visiting Chautauqua County with genuine rural hospitality. She fiercely believed in promoting local businesses and area attractions. Not only does she host visitors at her ...

COUNTY: Borrello takes on the issues

The OBSERVER’s View

It is impossible for there not to be conflicts where Chautauqua Lake is concerned. Suffice it to say that with so many organizations with so many members and constituencies involved in the lake, a clear direction needs to be set. Setting that direction will not be easy. Organizations don’t ...

Change, it’s coming! Welcome 2019!

Commentary

Not that 2018 was horrible, although it could have been better, but I am ready for it to end. There was a time when I may have felt a little sad to see the current year end and hear the tinkling of champagne glasses, and the singing of “Auld Lang Syne” (which translated means “Old Long ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 An extra-punctual infant arrived almost on-the-nose for New Year’s Day at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk. Dominique Marie Riforgiato was born at 12:04 a.m. Jan. 1 to Lisa Ann DeCeilio and Dana Riforgiato of Stockton. She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 18 ...

County: Can two forces become one?

The OBSERVER’s View

Four of the five recommendations proposed by the Countywide Alliance for Enforcement and Rehabilitation make a lot of sense. The group, formed by County Executive George Borrello last year, recently released a report that includes ideas to pursue in the coming year. Task force members ...

Arts are being defunded

Commentary

New Years Day, 2019. Strange. I remember when 1984 was totally futuristic, and “2001: A Space Odyssey” took us to an unfathomably far away time and place. I remember Elton John singing about “Rocket Man,” Jefferson Starship producing “Blows against the Empire,” and David Bowie ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Allan C. “Al” Stuhlmiller, former Dunkirk High School teacher, coach and athletic director, died Dec. 31, 1998. Mr. Stuhlmiller attended Syracuse University on a partial baseball scholarship, graduating in 1951. He then signed with the New York Yankees and played ...

NEW YEAR’S EVE: Resolve to have safe celebration

The OBSERVER’s View

For many, tonight is one of celebration as we gather with friends and family to celebrate the end of 2018 and the start of 2019. We have lots of memories — and hopes as we prepare for the new year. But, if planning to be out and about, remember to play it safe. “If you have celebrated ...