Opinion

Big victory for the Sabres

The OBSERVER’s View

Buffalo sports fans know this fact all too well: never are their two major pro teams No. 1. On Saturday night, that changed for Buffalo Sabres’ fans. After watching some of the worst hockey in years, it appears their followers have received a minor reward: the top National Hockey League ...

Two enchanted evenings

Commentary

My wife Monica, (Monie) launched her ship to eternity in September 2014. We had a good life together, which we both enjoyed. I don’t believe either one of us dominated the other. We weren’t the same in what we may have thought important, but we had a healthy respect for one another. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The city of Dunkirk is considering applying for a state grant that would allow for the purchase of an $80,000 recycling truck. The grant would have the state matching city expenditures up to $150,000 for capital improvements for the recycling program between the ...

Roundabout: Calming traffic is priority

The OBSERVER’s View

Many have voiced opposition to the proposed roundabout for the intersection at Routes 60 and 20. However, there are some who are quietly — or loudly — in favor. One of the most evident benefits comes down to numbers. During the public hearing regarding the roundabout, it was noted in a ...

The only common-sense state

Commentary

The state of Missouri it seems is the only common-sense state in this country. Why? Because this state is working to reduce the number of illegal immigrants. Certainly, you would think, the current White House would appreciate this. Why hasn’t Missouri received attention and more publicity ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A 14-year-old boy has been charged with opening fire at an eighth-grade graduation dance with the theme “I Had the Time of My Life.” A science teacher was killed and two pupils and a teacher were wounded. The shooting occurred at Parker Middle School in ...

FREDONIA: ‘Great job’ of nothing

The OBSERVER’s View

There may be a lot of sore shoulders in the coming weeks after hearing about all the “great” work done by the Fredonia Village Board in approving a budget with no tax increase. To the board’s credit, it was handed a spending plan by Mayor Athanasia Landis that included an operating ...

Family grateful for support

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: This is an open letter to the community and its businesses. Our heartfelt, sincere thank-you goes out to all the kind and generous family, friends and businesses who shared their love and support for the Diane Mekus Benefit on March 25. Words cannot express the gratitude ...

Weak support hurts labor, country

Commentary

I read with interest the OBSERVER’s View (April 5) on a pending U.S. Supreme Court Decision on the case which challenges the labor unions right to mandate payment of dues from their members. It is something that will cripple what unions we have left if Mark Janus prevails. We have come a ...

Big hike deserves questions at WACS

Commentary

On April 9 the Westfield Academy and Central School board approved an operating budget for the 2018-19 school year which is nearly ONE MILLION dollars more than the budget for the current school year. To put this $834,384 increase in perspective, the board has approved a one-year increase that ...

Unhealthy district rank tied to Reed

Commentary

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin, two prominent health research institutions, released a recent report on the Health of New York state. This report outlined 62 counties and ranked them based on health outcomes. This is a measure of how long people live and how ...

Retrospective — April 29

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Lakeview Shock Incarceration Facility recently held its annual recognition dinner where Fredonia resident Sandra Hartley received the Volunteer of the Year Award. Mrs. Hartley invests nine hours a week at Lakeview as a literacy volunteer one day a week and ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

BEST SUMMER IN DUNKIRK — Yes, there is a possibility for snow this weekend. But soon enough we will have temperatures in the 80s. We are looking forward to visiting Dunkirk’s Music on the Pier this summer. On Thursday, city officials discussed the line-up, as well as the six summer ...

Getting rational help for addiction

Commentary

This is the second article in a series of 12 dealing with Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and addictions. Before I continue, I would like to thank my wife, Karen, of 45 years for her love and caring. Without her, this column would not be a reality The origins of REBT date back to 1991, ...

Retrospective — April 28

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Everywoman Opportunity Center Inc. recently honored Irma Lopez with its Award of Excellence. As a founding member of Hispanics Organized for Progress in Education (HOPE), she has made a difference in the lives of Hispanic children — making sure that the schools ...

After business visits, there’s work to fill jobs

Page One

MAYVILLE — You could make the case that the first four months have been all business for Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello. Since taking office Jan. 1, he has visited 107 shops or companies in his first 100 days. It was an aggressive agenda — and an eye-opener in terms of what ...

Schools: Taking extra precautions

The OBSERVER’s View

Safety against violent intruders has become a major concern in planning construction of new schools and renovation of existing ones. That can mean expensive provisions such as “mantrap” entrances and metal detectors. Let us not overlook the little things. A commission investigating the ...

Learning about trees

Commentary

One might think that, after living on the same property for just months short of a quarter of a century, the land would hold no surprises. I know I did. And yet, during the spring of 2017, I found a new wildflower (cheevers) and discovered my stately birch also had surprises in ...

Many are helped through Catholic Charities

Commentary

With two months remaining until our June 30 deadline, the 2018 appeal in support of Catholic Charities needs your help. The 94th annual appeal has raised $8.6 million, or 78 percent of our $11 million goal. We are typically closer to 85 or 90 percent at this time. Catholic Charities is the ...