Opinion

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Dean and Karen Houser have spent the summer turning their residence at 44 East Ave. in Sinclairville into a painted lady, a description given to Victorian-style homes that have multi-colored exterior paints applied to them. The main body of the house is a sand brown ...

HOLIDAY Shopping rush getting closer

Opinion

A traditional rush is nearly upon us: the Black Friday shopping experience. Just like with many other issues across our country, America seems divided on this. Should stores open Thanksgiving to begin the rush or should they remain closed to allow for families being together for the holiday? ...

On Thursday, a time for thanks

Commentary

The first Thanksgiving that we learn and read about in the first couple of years of elementary school are of peace, tranquility, sharing, and the acceptance of different cultures and customs. Our history books show Indians dressed in animal skins and beads with headdresses made of feathers; ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Julius La Rosa, an enduring vocalist whose career dates back to the early days of television, recently performed at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House accompanied by Fredonia native Don Rebic. Mr. Rebic has a long-standing relationship with Mr. La Rosa as his ...

Giving gift of warmth in coats

The OBSERVER’s View

Recent blasts of winter had many residents running to the closets for the heavy coats. We’re the lucky ones. Others, including the youngsters, are not as fortunate. But thanks to the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County and a number of Community Bank locations, residents can add some ...

Are the animals on our side?

Commentary

There are people out there who believe that animals are not only sentient creatures, but also possessors of that nebulous, mystical thing we call a soul. I am one of those people, and I would add (to the dismay of specie-ists and some narrow-minded Christians) that in God’s eyes a good dog ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Forestville Central School celebrated the successful “Make a Difference Day” projects that helped raise $4,570.66 in memory of Pamela Cleary to the pediatric unit at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Students participated in projects such as making stuffed teddy ...

SALVATION ARMY: Area can help with holidays

The OBSERVER’s View

For those who may not have noticed, there is a new energy at the Salvation Army in Dunkirk. Besides its traditional and respected youth basketball program, it now houses the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County and has a growing number of individuals and families it is helping ...

Looking around … with gratitude

Commentary

Thanksgiving is a time “we gather together” and recount our many blessings. There is much for which all of us can be thankful, including the spirit of giftedness all around us. Look around in your surroundings, you will discover a treasure of giftedness. Recently, I was privileged to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Ames Department Stores Inc. will acquire all 155 Hills Co. stores nationwide — including one on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk — according to an agreement reached by both companies. Most Hills management staff and associates will be offered positions with Ames. The ...

MEDALS: A ‘heroic’ job gets honors

The OBSERVER’s View

Doing what is right while doing a job matters every day. For emergency responders, however, it can often mean the difference between life and death. On June 6, a 2-year-old child wandered away from his Silver Creek home and became lost in the woods. That is frightening to hear for any parent ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Upstate needs to stand on own Editor, OBSERVER: Groups in a handful of states are looking towards secession as regions within those states begin to feel less represented in comparison to their more populated counterparts. Due to major political and economic differences, state secession ...

The inaccuracies of ‘alternate facts’

Commentary

Ideologically influenced word-of-mouth “facts” about public issues are often false. Since 2000, 3 million manufacturing jobs have been lost. Real wages (adjusted for inflation) of high school educated men have fallen 40 percent, with despairing older white men suffering higher death rates ...

Many assisted in veterans event

Commentary

The Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council appreciates all efforts by everyone for a notable Veterans Day 2018. As Commander of the council, I had the opportunity to offer the welcome speech at Applebee’s Restaurant and introduce this year’s Master of Ceremonies, Mr. John D’Agostino, OBSERVER ...

Big interests can hurt rural America

Commentary

Of the 934 towns in New York State, 562 serve a population under 4,000. Of these, more than 100 towns serve less than 1,000 citizens. Officials in these small New York towns, including my hometown, the town of Colden, may do a good job providing routine public services-plowing snow, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Barone’s Liquor Store Inc. in Silver Creek is celebrating its 50th birthday this month. The business, which opened in 1948, has survived to become a prime supplier of adult beverages, said current owner Jack Chiappone. Originally two businesses — a liquor store ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST STROKE AWARENESS AND CNRC — For the second year in a row, the Fredonia Blue Devils Hockey Team visited the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center before the team held its annual Stroke Awareness Game. During the visit, ...

Another dark side of government

Commentary

A recent action by the Silver Creek Village Board has left me shaking my head. This was the enactment of a law titled “Light Nuisance” in what seems a precipitous manner. This law could be necessary to protect residents from their neighbors’ bright spotlights, strobes, lasers and ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Dunkirk High School JROTC program was honored for scoring among the “best of the best” units in the country. The Dunkirk JROTC was presented with the Honor Unit with Distinction Award by Maj. Gen. Thomas Sabo of the U.S. Army Reserve and a certificate ...

Shining moments at state event

The OBSERVER’s View

This weekend, the long trek for Fredonia Hillbilly cross-country runner Diego Rey continues. The senior will take part in the New York State Federation Meet, an accomplishment for a male runner Coach Carol Zirkle had not seen in her 19 years in her position. “I’m really proud of ...