Opinion

Westfield needs to invest in educating its students

Commentary

By STEVE COCKRAM Recent letters to various newspapers have contained some misconceptions about the Westfield Academy and Central Schools' 2018-19 budget. The WACS budget is going up by $834,000, a significant amount. This 5 percent increase will be paid primarily by state and federal ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 After 35 years in business, Lakeside Precision Inc. in Dunkirk continues to grow and create jobs in the area. It also offers apprenticeships for journeyman machinists. The company was founded by Richard F. Anson in 1963 as a two-man shop on Woodrow Avenue. Chief ...

Highs and Lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST OLD HIGH SCHOOL POSSIBILITY — The old Silver Creek High School is an eyesore in the village. There’s been talk for years about what to do with it. County Executive George Borrello took a tour recently with village officials ...

More than Easter and Christmas

Commentary

Between the bright, white lilies on the church altar at Easter and the poinsettias of Christmas, there are nine months in between; nine months before many become excited about their faith again, nine months until many faces are seen in the congregation again, nine months before the tradition of ...

College courses are about preparation

Commentary

A recent piece “Some majors are quite minor” (May 2) commented that college is an investment for students today, and that in comparison to the investment made by students, their families, and educational institutions themselves, there are some majors simply not worth the investment. The ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Gingerbread House at 18 Canadaway St., Fredonia is an educational toy store. This one of a kind store is locally owned and operated and is the area’s only educational toy store. Toys are carefully selected for safety and educational needs. Customers will find ...

Communism: One deadly form of government

Opinion

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin earlier this month, on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, ...

All nurses are inspirational

Opinion

Editor, OBSERVER: Every year in May we celebrate both nurses and hospital week. This year’s theme “Inspire, innovate and influence” could not be more fitting for our community. A new hospital is being built! We must be proud and support that endeavor. But we also must ask the right ...

Retrospective

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1998 G&P Gynecare, P.C., has proudly served the residents of Chautauqua County and surrounding areas for the last 20 years. The medical practice is located on the corner of Third Street and Central Avenue in Dunkirk and specializes in all aspects of women’s health. ...

Tough to stand out in Democratic crowd

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MAYVILLE — Perhaps, in his closing statement, candidate Ian Golden summed up one of the greatest challenges facing the five Democratic candidates who are vying for a shot at challenging the incumbent from Corning in the state’s 23rd Congressional district race this November. “I can tell ...

Not Fred Fest: Good time, some trouble

The OBSERVER’s View

Despite the arrest reports, Not Fred Fest was really upstaged this past weekend by an unfortunate fire in the heart of the village. And while we note the charges announced on Wednesday are not to be taken lightly, we emphasize that Fredonia — with all its charm — is still a college ...

Extended anger in the family

Commentary

Part one invited the reader to meet Mark, a self-described depressive man. Mark is a 43-year-old married man with two sons. His parents and siblings with family reside nearby. He works as an electrician on a maintenance crew for a local shop. His wife, Lucy, is a nurse. Lucy was unable to join ...

Today’s educators do more than teach

Commentary

We’re in the midst of National Teacher Appreciation Week. Tuesday was designated as National Teacher Day. But a one day — even a weeklong — tribute hardly seems adequate to fully recognize the work of our teachers and the extent that their efforts spread far beyond the boundaries of ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Gowanda Harley-Davidson, a family-owned and operated business, celebrated its 50-year anniversary last September. Established by the late John Reid and his wife Babs in 1947, the goal then and today is to keep the customer satisfied. The growth of the Gowanda ...

New York State: Power and bad choices

The OBSERVER’s View

It was a return to the culture that has plagued much of the New York state capital for so long: do as we say, not what we do. Dangerously, these officials often believe they are above the law. We’ve seen instances of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s close aides being found guilty of bribery and fraud. ...

Can we get back to the good old days

Commentary

When Thomas Wolfe wrote his book, “You Can’t Go Home Again” he didn’t do so in an attempt to be disparaging of his home town in any way; it was simply his reflection on a time and place in which he lived and of which he remembered. Going home … a nostalgic experience … a too often ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Little did Warren Riles and Marek Woolley realize when they formed a partnership in 1989 what would become of their venture. Located at 39 Main St., Forestville, Riles and Woolley Monuments has grown into a successful full-service monument shop with on-the-premises ...

New effort worth the try

Opinion

Chautauqua County has added a new tool in its battle to help residents overcome drug addiction and to keep people from re-offending once they are released from the Chautauqua County Jail. Last week, Sheriff Joe Gerace said the jail had successfully implemented the first of a multi-step ...

Retrospective

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1998 As the demands to satisfy the growing needs of their students increases, Jamestown Community College is growing to ensure these students have the accessibility and opportunity to learn in a number of academic areas. JCC, located at 10807 Bennett Road, Dunkirk opened ...

Fredonia: Loss may be temporary

The OBSERVER’s View

Gut-wrenching heartbreak. How else do you describe the blaze that destroyed the village of Fredonia clock above the Family Church of Fredonia? Hundreds of onlookers were on the scene on Friday night while a stunned group surrounded the building on Saturday as well. The difference between the ...