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Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Fredonia Police Chief Daniel Johnson is retiring May 1 after 13 years at the helm of the village police department. The village board voted 4-1 to accept Chief Johnson’s letter of resignation for retirement purposed and directed Mayor Frank Pagano to send him a ...

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 WEATHER WARRIORS — In the Cassadaga Valley School District, the population is around 7,500 people. But this community was responsible for about 750,000 votes to get WKBW’s Andy Parker to visit Sinclairville Elementary School ...

Flying isn’t what it used to be

Commentary

Travel by air sure isn’t what it used to be. It used to be an event that people dressed in their best for. Back in the 1950s and ’60s you never saw anyone flying in jeans, cut-offs, t-shirts, tank tops or sandals. It was a suit or sport coat with shirt and tie for men and dresses and suits ...

The Lenten journey

Commentary

What is the law (a Biblical definition)? The law is the Ten Commandments and anything else where God’s word tells us what to do or not to do. Yet there is more. The law tells us that we are sinners by nature, guilty of disobedience to God and worthy of God’s judgment. The law reminds us we ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Engine Co. 1 of the Dunkirk City Fire Department was recently relocated. The East Fourth Street station moved to Fire Headquarters on Eagle Street. The move is being made to improve response times and the city’s insurance rating. The west side of the city has been ...

Space: Astronomical cost cutting

The OBSERVER’s View

Inadvertently, former President Barack Obama has provided Americans with a reminder that the “you didn’t do that” private sector often does things much better than big government. Obama presided over severe cutbacks in the nation’s space exploration program. The meltdown was so severe ...

The midwinter bleak

Commentary

Alice McDermott: Late afternoon in early February, was there a moment of the year better suited for despair? God Himself was helpless against it. My “bleak” began in early December. Who took away the sun? And when does the snow end? It wasn’t mid-month even and I’d measured ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A sports column by Gordon Brunskill notes that there is still no official word on whether the Buffalo Bills will once again hold their training camp at SUNY Fredonia this summer. The Bills, who have had the training camp on the Fredonia State campus for the last 17 ...

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Adding payroll costs to a city with a budget of more than $22 million was no big deal for these four elected officials.

Publisher’s notebook: City’s payroll purgatory grows deeper

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Dunkirk this week decided to dole out more of your money in creating a new position dedicated to handling human resources. Mayor Wilfred Rosas says over the long term, the $60,000 a year position will save the municipality money. But you cannot spend your way out of future financial troubles. ...

Fredonia: Special night for honorees

The OBSERVER’s View

We salute the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce — and their list of honorees — who will be celebrated tonight during an event at the Beaver Club. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner at 6:30. Each of these honorees have given back to the community — as a business or through ...

Too tired at work, no time for fun

Commentary

Last article we met Esmerelda Santana. She came reluctantly, yet without necessity to face sleep problems. Onset of the problem, she reports, was about five or six months ago. Her restless sleep was compromising an otherwise healthy woman. She worked long hours on her family vineyard. Her ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A Chautauqua County resident, sponsored by Rep. Amo Houghton, has won coveted appointments to two national service academies. Matthew Baideme, son of Philip and Carol Baideme of Westfield, has won appointments to both the Naval Academy and West Point. He may attend ...

Fredonia: Ready to revisit court merger

The OBSERVER’s View

Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis went back to the drawing board on an issue that makes sense for neighboring entities: a consolidation of the village and town of Pomfret court. This is not the first time the issue has been discussed, but we have hopes — with the rising clamor for a county ...

The sabermetrics of university admissions

Commentary

Many college applicants are awaiting decisions. They went through the process of getting recommendations, taking standardized tests, writing essays, doing volunteer work, filling out applications, being interviewed, and so on. The sloppy way in which students are admitted for these schools is ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Dunkirk Town Planning Board approved site plans for a proposed Aldi discount food store on Old Vineyard Drive in the town. The store will be located off Vineyard Drive, near two other new businesses which are nearing completion — the Cracker Barrel Old Country ...

Dunkirk: Bright spot for key connector

The OBSERVER’s View

City of Dunkirk motorists got some smooth news last week. Department of Public Works director Randy Woodbury said Chautauqua County is planning to pave Central Avenue from Millard Fillmore Drive to the pier this year. “Central Avenue is a county road, so we’re responsible for drainage, but ...

We can be our own worst enemy?

Commentary

I was flipping through the TV channels the other evening looking for something interesting. I ran across a minister who was telling an interesting story. As I recall, the minister’s name was McDonald. He was telling about these two brothers several hundred years ago. They were in the royal ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Representatives from the U.S. Postal Service informed Ripley residents of their intention to abandon the present site on Main Street in favor of a new, 3,000-square-foot, user-friendly facility to be built on a one-acre lot somewhere in the town of Ripley. The USPS ...

Stressing out larger schools

The OBSERVER’s View

Public schools are never run with a bottom line in mind. It is why state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli watches district spending, the reserves and the potential for being in financial distress. In Western New York, the East Aurora district was recently reported by DiNapoli in “significant ...

Forgetting about the Americans

Commentary

Well, Mr. and Mrs. America, it finally happened. The swamp in Washington, D.C., finally showed its true identity and sunk this country into a low that has not been seen for decades. The Democrats have shown the whole nation how they really feel about those of us who are true Americans — ...