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Hanover: Making push for tourism

The OBSERVER’s View

New town board member Edward Schintzius has the right idea regarding getting the word out to tourists on Hanover. But the key is getting many of those travelers off Interstate 90 at Exit 58. Schintzius made those remarks during a recent Town Board meeting. Much of what he stated is correct. ...

The dying arts

Commentary

“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” — Francis Bacon The term humanities, in the context of higher education, refers to a broad range of studies that is separate from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). It is a subcategory of Liberal Arts, and ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Rose Bruyer, her daughter Connie Truax and their popular teddy bear business were featured in a color photo spread in the January/February issue of “Country Woman Magazine.” The feature story and four color photos focused on their family business called Kabob ...

County: Taking out landfill proposal

The OBSERVER’s View

A new law being discussed by the Chautauqua County Legislature that would mandate that solid waste in Chautauqua County could only be taken to the county landfill or one of the county transfer stations is a bad idea. Right now, most of the waste generated in the county makes its way to the ...

Going in circles in Fredonia

Commentary

A quick comment on the article regarding the contention on the Village Board on Jan. 22 regarding the proposed roundabout. Trustee Doug Essek has the free will as a member of this village to initiate a petition against the roundabout, just as Kara Christina did to attempt to save JC Penney ...

We’d rather blame than solve

Commentary

Pointing a finger and assigning blame to a problem, accomplishes very little and may even hinder advancement. You know, a little common sense goes a long way. We can accomplish much more, when we focus on fixing the problems that we encounter, rather than spending time on fixing the blame. At ...

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Still hope for White Inn

The OBSERVER’s View

Will the White Inn rise again? That is the hope of many longtime residents in the village of Fredonia who see it as an historical treasure that needs to be preserved. But the big question remains: can it be operated with success? Looking to other tourist towns, there are reasons to believe it ...

Wrong leader let go at school

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: I’ve been a resident of the Fredonia community since 1971 when my mother got a job at The Fredonia Central School District where she served until 1996. I’ve heard a lot of talk about changes that have been implemented within the district in the last school year. I ...

Doctor always welcome back

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: A recent letter (Jan. 14) regarding Dr. Thomas McTernan was “spot on.” I wish I could add more to what she said but her letter said it all. When we received the notification that he was leaving General Physicians, many jaws dropped to their knees. A class doctor and a ...

In good and bad, our time is limited

Commentary

I believe in love: puppy — true — at first sight — unrequited — lorn. I believe if you are in a committed relationship with someone and things go bad, there are three options; suck it up and live with it, work on it, or leave. While I’m not a big proponent of divorce, even though ...

Country facing major security issues in future

Commentary

I am increasingly uncomfortable about how national security issues are being handled in the United States. In particular, the lack of concern among Republicans about national security has me both puzzled and apprehensive. I don’t mean to question the patriotism of ordinary Republicans. I have ...

THE NEXT ENDANGERED BEAUTY OF NATURE?

Commentary

The Arkwright Town Board has insulted the population of Arkwright by claiming, as reported in the Dunkirk OBSERVER Jan. 9, nobody was there to protest the wind turbines 14 years ago. Yet Roger Cardot is quoted in the same article that Forestville School was used for meetings since the numbers ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A decision regarding the future of Forest Hill Cemetery in Fredonia was deferred by its board of directors following a meeting of lost owners held in the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. The picturesque cemetery which encompasses more than 42 acres in the middle of the ...

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 DISPATCHER RECOGNITION — We want to salute Steven McAninch. The senior dispatcher with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded “Emergency Communicator of the Year” by the New York State Sheriff’s ...

Governor aims at nation, penalizes state

Commentary

If you have read my column, by now you know that am not an admirer of our governor. There is no doubt that he is now positioning himself for a presidential run, something I have mixed emotions about. If the governor were elected president, New York state would be free of his free-spending ...

Real Light takes away darkness of death

Commentary

The shorter daylight hours of wintertime give us a better appreciation for the longer days of daylight. From that reality we learn that light as a metaphor can reveal many truths for our lives. The picture of light is used in many ways to help us understand that there are many things in life ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Pomfret Planning Board upheld a ruling made in October and December of last year that will allow the construction of a new AutoZone store at Routes 20 and 60. The Fredonia School Board opposed the plan because of the close proximity of the new building to school ...

Violence: Major worries in the schools

The OBSERVER’s View

In the aftermath of violent sprees students seem to launch with some regularity in schools, the question asked often is why no one saw it coming. Profiling children as potential killers is such a difficult task it does not even fall into the category of “inexact science.” Deciding ...

My favorite redhead

Commentary

Birds sightings remained at a minimum as last December moseyed along. There was no snow at the beginning and, for the most part, my lake remained open. Mallards, if here at all, came in flocks. The only geese I saw were overhead and, after a while, the trio of lady hooded mergansers also ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Congressman Amo Houghton attended a special meeting with selected members of the Hispanic community at the Chautauqua Opportunities Center in Dunkirk. The congressman’s visit to Dunkirk was part of a town meeting tour planned to discuss the problems and possible ...