Opinion

Sheridan: Work destroyed within seconds

The OBSERVER’s View

It is horrifying to witness the video of a car crashing into a convenience store in Sheridan, which was posted on our web site — observertoday.com — on Tuesday morning. Thank goodness no one was injured. In the end, a 40-year-old Fredonia man is charged with driving while intoxicated and ...

This woman is proud to care

Commentary

Yes, I am a Bleeding Heart liberal and I am not ashamed to have grown up Catholic. The term is a Protestant slam on Catholics in general and of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in particular. Once there were only First Nation’s people living on this continent. Then Europeans, mostly Protestant, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Metropolitan Life Foundation Program Associate Roy Bertke recently presented a Merit Award for Program Excellence to Jody Briggs, daughter of Harry and Joan Briggs of Dunkirk. She is the director of operations at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo. The winning ...

Fun events also help region

The OBSERVER’s View

July’s second Sunday normally has a menu full of activities. In the morning, the 54th Dunkirk-Fredonia Rotary Fly-In Breakfast was held and served more than 1,200 residents. Besides a morning meal, the airport — as well as flights over the region — are also showcased. It’s always a ...

Some lines are stars of the show

Commentary

I was in a local bar the other day (heaven forbid, but an old widower has to talk to someone, once in a while). Then someone, I don’t remember why, quoted a line from that movie, “Cool Hand Luke.” The prison official, who was getting no answers to his mass inquisition of the prison ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The dedication of the dining car took place at village hall during the Silver Creek Sesquicentennial Celebration. Having been gradually restored over the last six years, the dining car will be used as a museum and meeting place. The dining car was originally made in ...

Cherry Creek: Rewarding tough choices

The OBSERVER’s View

Do a little more than 1,100 residents need two entities of government? Of course not. It is part of the reason why the village of Cherry Creek dissolved into the town. Last month, Chautauqua County made good on a recent promise. A government that agrees to dissolve will have its sales-tax ...

Legal immigrants welcomed for years

Commentary

On the front page of the OBSERVER on June 29 was an article headlined “Families belong together: City to take part in national rally.” The Chautauqua County Women’s Action Group, a group that was created to take political action toward social injustice, along with the Chautauqua County ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A new opportunity for local residents to travel is now available as the Chautauqua Area Rural Transit System unveiled a summer bus route to encompass the Village of Fredonia. The line is a trial experiment with 16 pick-up locations throughout the Town of Pomfret. The ...

Feeling heat, paying for it

The OBSERVER’s View

Rising temperatures are one thing, but the prices on the grid will make us all overheated. Last week — as thermometers consistently topped 90 degrees, residents got the big picture of why NRG plants in Dunkirk and North Tonawanda were so vital to our region. They helped keep costs ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Band coverage appreciated Editor, OBSERVER: On behalf of the acoustic rock band Wooden Ship, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Dunkirk OBSERVER for the nice article and photograph which detailed the band’s history in last week’s paper. In addition, we would like to ...

Meals, wheels hurt establishments

Commentary

What happened at the supposed “public hearing” at the June 25 was a total disgrace. And why was our present village attorney not present at such an important meeting? Why did they even bother when it was stated that they would listen to the people who were there when they had no intention ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The new Vineyard Hotel moved one step closer to reality at the recent Dunkirk Town Planning Board meeting. Owners Jayesh and Pravin Patel of the Sunny Vineyard Inn stressed the new hotel will supplement their existing motel and restaurant, which will not be ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST ¯ CREWS TO THE RESCUE — In May, the quick work of firefighters and emergency medical technicians saved the life of Fredonia resident Don Skelly. Last month, those heroes were honored at a Village Board meeting. “It is my ...

Senior treatment is disappointing

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: Normally a disclaimer comes at the end of an article or ad, but I will get it out of the way now. My daughter was a senior member of this year’s Dunkirk High softball team. I’ve had the privilege, in the last four or five years to attend numerous games, which included ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A column by sports writer Jim Rush focuses on the appointment of a new football coach at Dunkirk High School. Mark Benton was approved by the Dunkirk Board of Education to replace eight-year veteran Mike Sarratori. Benton, a 1974 Gowanda High School graduate who ...

Our coverage always hits close to home

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Being a journalist is not always a comfortable profession, especially with the recent climate and upheaval around our nation. Reporters and editors here have to cover disturbing and tragic events that occur within the community where they live. They also regularly go to vehicle accidents and ...

Tough call on the border

The OBSERVER’s View

Most illegal immigrants come to our country seeking economic opportunity. A few are fleeing violence or the threat of it. And many, the children to whom our hearts have gone out during recent weeks, have no say in the matter. But some of those coming across the southern border are bent on ...

The strangest nester

Commentary

It seems quite customary for a robin to create a nest on a drainpipe just beyond my front door. Do you suppose it’s the same family (or same mother perhaps) who returns each year to stake her claim to this particular piece of metal? Now she flies off a wee bit, settling in a nearby tree to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Mike Sarratori will not be returning as Dunkirk High School varsity football coach in the fall. The Board of Education voted 7-0 against Superintendent Terry Wolfenden’s resolution to reappoint Sarratori as head football coach. Sarratori first heard of the ...