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Some true signs of change

Commentary

Change is in the air. There is a sign showing the future site for the long awaited Athenex oncology company on Route 5, a new car wash and detail shop is coming to the Plaza 59, the “old” Kettle and Keg has been refurbished and is once again serving some of the best fish fries around, and ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Student of the Week is Christopher Goll, a senior at Cassadaga Valley Central School and the son of Mrs. Catherine Goll of Cassadaga. A Regents scholarship winner, he has been accepted at Alfred University where he plans to major in industrial engineering. Chris has ...

Big fine puts kink in plan

The OBSERVER’s View

The $4.9 million fine levied in 2013 by the state Education Department against the Panama Central School District has always been troubling. In 2013, the state fined Panama $4.9 million for paperwork errors on building projects completed in 2002 and 2005. Fining a school district for ...

Availability depends on demographics

Commentary

In a time where Rep. Tom Reed touts himself as a “man for the people” he is available to his constituents he is far from that as I can attest upon my latest trip to Washington, D.C., as part of a contingency of medical professionals who spent two days meeting with our local representatives ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 A portrait of Arthur R. Maytum by Fredonia State University College professor emeritus Dr. Lawrence Urbscheit was formally presented to the Maytum family by the Fredonia College Foundation. The portrait hangs in the administration building named for the former ...

Chautauqua County: Six leaders of significance

The OBSERVER’s View

It was a historic gathering of sorts. The six men who have held the position of Chautauqua County executive recently came together at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown to reminisce and discuss the importance of the position that was created in the 1970s. Members of this select club ...

Locke’s lessons still resonate

Commentary

A cursory glance at recent headlines carry words such as: “The Economy in Stress,” “Where Are the Jobs?” “Scandal after Scandal In Our Times,” “Threats of Terror,” “Military Preparedness,” Excessive Intrusiveness.” Unfortunately, we are in the midst of disturbing events ...

DUNKIRK Fieldbrook is true partner

The OBSERVER’s View

No one can question the loyalty of Fieldbrook Foods to Dunkirk or northern Chautauqua County. In the last year, the plant has added more than 100 new jobs while increasing its ice cream production. That hike is so great, it needs a place to store the inventory. Enter Great Lakes Cold Storage, ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Younger not always better Editor, OBSERVER: Trolling the internet, I ran across the blog being featured by the Chautauqua County Democratic “recovery” team who were advertising for warm bodies to run in the November election. As incentive for signing up young candidates, they took a ...

Rescue workers deserving of praise

Commentary

First and foremost, I’d like to extend my sincere apologies to all the emergency service personnel in the city of Dunkirk that uphold the oath of Emergency Service, providing a sacrificial service to this community, oftentimes putting their lives in dangers way and going above and beyond ...

Being invested in planning process

Commentary

My daughter got married last month. Everything seemed to be falling into place after more than a year of planning, with lots of thought, effort, and logistical juggling. After being involved in weddings through the years, they had a pretty good idea of what they wanted. They took the necessary ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Demolition of the former Ludeman Building on Central Avenue, Silver Creek is continuing. Demolition is expected to by complete within three weeks. Construction of a new Rite Aid Pharmacy will begin on the site this summer. Rite Aid is currently operating a store in ...

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 SPECIAL ATHLETES — Once again, SUNY Fredonia was the site of the annual Special Olympics. Hundreds of students were there, participating in the various events. Maureen Bialaszewski has been organizing the event for 29 years. ...

Genes make the difference

Commentary

Today as I write this, it is Monday, Memorial Day. I write my column Mondays or Tuesdays. I have to hand it in on Tuesday to be ready for Saturday’s paper. I’ll write about wars anytime. My father was in WWI and was all shot up. They wanted to cut off his arm and leg, but he wouldn’t ...

These Democrats are out to destroy

Commentary

As the days go by it is becoming apparent that the National Democratic Party along with the other powers behind the throne, The Washington Post and New York Times, along with their acolytes CNN, and MSNBC are out to destroy the presidency of Donald Trump by whatever means possible. To these ...

Program has local value

The OBSERVER’s View

If President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program is accepted by Congress, it would not be the first time Washington has attempted to rein in federal spending on the backs of thousands of local governments. It happened a few decades ago when a ...

A lovely and wild columbine

Commentary

Whether particularly apt or not, I tend to think first of Colorado when I think of columbine. No, not the high tragedy in Littleton but the lovely wildflower. It’s been a long time — a very long time indeed for I was in college then and not necessarily out of my teens — but I recall it ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 An article about Fredonia’s Forest Hill Cemetery refers to the Koch Mausoleum which stands prominently in the northern part of the cemetery. It is owned by the Koch family of Bradford, Pa. The late Otto Koch owned the Kendall Oil Co. in Bradford. He supervised the ...

Dunkirk is destination for summer

Local/Region

Get ready for the second act showcasing our summer activities. Nine days ago, the OBSERVER unveiled our annual Spring and Summer Events Guide, which focuses on the seasonal highlights and events that take place from southern Erie County to portions of Cattaraugus County, here and ...

Dealing with troubled teens

The OBSERVER’s View

Starting in October 2019, the age of criminal responsibility in New York state will be raised to 18 years old. This change was approved back in April, as part of the New York state budget negotiations. The concept certainly sounds promising. We don’t want to put teenagers in prison or jail ...