Opinion

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Jo Ann Mancuso will be honored, along with her husband, Samuel C. Mancuso, when the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce presents its second annual Outstanding Achievement Award. Extremely active in the community, Mrs. Mancuso has been a religious educator for 26 years. The ...

Pine Valley District’s loss is an opportunity

The OBSERVER’s View

Superintendent positions are never easy to fill, especially in our county that is oversaturated with rural school districts. Last week, the OBSERVER reported Pine Valley is losing its leader of the last four years in Scott Payne. As with any leadership position, decisions Payne made did not ...

After opening up, session turns emotional

Commentary

We met Anna and Pedro in the first of three articles. Anna has called for an appointment. She said that they had relationship problems, specifically communication. She doubted — or more likely believed — Pedro may not join her. He, in fact, did come. Anna reiterated her sentiments shared ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Deacon Don Moore of Stockton Community Church rejoiced following the Bible Verse Run from Brocton to Stockton that was held recently. He promised the church’s youth that he would run one mile for every 100 Bible verses they learned. The kids produced, learning ...

Fredonia: Costs unclear in Wheelock plan

The OBSERVER’s View

Many Fredonia school board and community members are hailing the district’s decision to once again use the Wheelock school on Chestnut Street. At last week’s meeting, board members endorsed the idea of moving the kindergarten programs back to the facility in September. “I’m definitely ...

Nurses are changing lives every day

Commentary

We all know a nurse, whether someone in our family, a friend or a friend’s friend. As we celebrate Nurse’s Week, this year’s theme, “Four million reasons to celebrate,” represents our numbers. Four million strong, but still not enough to take care of our aging population. It is ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 For more than 60 years, people who appreciate good food provided in a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere have been coming to the White Horse Inn on Route 60 just outside the Cassadaga village limits. The restaurant’s current owners, Dick and Lettie Watt, have provided ...

fredonia Another party is in the books

The OBSERVER’s View

Another non-Fred Fest has come to an uneventful end in the village. And though some residents complain about the two-day happening as being a bit unruly, it was — for the most part — fairly tame. Besides, Fredonia is a college town. For the most part, this is the only weekend where ...

A mob mentality in social media

Commentary

Animal behavior for the most part is predictable, if not explainable. A flock of geese or sparrows redirects itself instantaneously by some collective awareness, as if the individual physical components were subordinate to a greater unifying volition. Wild buffalo were at one time so bound by ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The oldest furniture store in Western New York, H.C. Ehlers Co. in Dunkirk has a longstanding tradition of offering the finest in home furnishings and decor. Founded in 1872, the business will celebrate its 127th anniversary this fall. The business was originally ...

POWER PLANTS: Tonawanda event worth attention

The OBSERVER’s View

What’s happening in Tonawanda needs to be of high interest to the city of Dunkirk as well as Chautauqua County. In early April, it was reported there was a potential buyer for the Huntley Station, which has been shut down since 2016. Huntley, owned by NRG, has been a source of frustration ...

The genius of the Electoral College

Commentary

During these past weeks, there has been much written and verbal loquaciousness over the Electoral College. In fact, there are those who are clamoring for its abolition ... state by state. What is the rationale for the Electoral College in the first place? It is written that “The Electors ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 A “Do You Remember?” photo shows the Dunkirk Hose Co. No. 1 Drum and Bugle Corp officers for 1952 posing for a group picture. The officers are Jay Hollander, Clarence “Bitsy” Briggs, Claude Brown, Art Gloff Jr., and Bob Block. Also Leonard Schrantz Sr., Norm ...

CASSADAGA: Residency is part of the law

The OBSERVER’s View

We have complained for years in this corner about too many local governments and an overabundance of representation. With dwindling numbers in population and governments running tight budgets every year just to maintain what little services they provide, some tiny entities have gotten it right ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Ill decision on hospital Editor, OBSERVER: Why would Brooks Memorial Hospital pick a location in Fredonia on Route 20 in close proximity to the high school, a possible roundabout and all that traffic from Route 60? How will they repurpose its Central Avenue hospital? Behind the scenes, ...

Trump critics are divisive as well

Commentary

I’m not one to write letters or get involved much in the current political debates, publicly. As a business owner that can be dangerous to me. However, after reading Pete Howard’s commentary in the OBSERVER (April 23), I felt I had to speak out. Mr. Howard wrote about the different kinds ...

Even small-town democracy relies on voters

Commentary

Although being an elected official is not for everyone, politics in general these days have become very popular, except, for some people in the village of Westfield, so it appears this last election. Could it be true you are among the majority of residents in the village of Westfield unaware ...

Hate crimes are constant war zones

Commentary

“This isn’t Nazi Germany,” a survivor of an attack last weekend on a synagogue in Poway, Calif., commented. The gunman was a 19-year-old college student motivated by the white nationalist hate propaganda that has been increasing in volume and venom at an alarming rate in this country and ...

Keep turbines out of Lake Erie

Commentary

In May 2010, we thanked the town of Evans for passing a resolution taking a stance against wind turbines and NYPPA’s plan to install them in Lake Erie. I believe Chautauqua County also took a position against turbines in the lake. We were told then, that developers target small, rural towns ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Charismatic, a claiming horse in February, became a miracle worker on the first Saturday in May. At least he was to jockey Chris Antley after storming to a neck victory over Menilee in the 125th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The win was merely unbelievable to ...