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Pothole makes for rough visit Editor, OBSERVER: On April 2, after attending Lenten church services and visiting in Dunkirk, on my way home to Hamburg, I hit a pothole which I like to describe as a “crater” at Lake Shore Drive and Main Street. Extensive damage was done to my vehicle ...

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Get food trucks off area menu Editor, OBSERVER: With approximately 10 restaurants in Fredonia that pay local taxes, increasing water and sewer fees, electric, gas, maintenance, etc., why do we need food trucks in our village? It makes me laugh when I hear the mayor say we need to bring ...

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Chorus of help for Bach event Editor, OBSERVER: On behalf of the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, I want to extend our sincerest appreciation to all those who supported our Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival – our 22nd – last month. Because of the gifts and support from ...

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Area fishing event reels them in Editor, OBSERVER: We would like to thank everyone who came out Saturday, June 24 for the free day of fishing sponsored by the Buffalo United Front, the Friendship Baptist Church of Dunkirk and a big thank you to the Conservation Club and Dunkirk City Mayor ...

People’s column — July 1

Park sign needs no name attached Editor, OBSERVER: The addition of the sign at the entrance to Memorial Park I like. What I do not like is the addition of the mayor’s name on it. I have nothing against the mayor as I have often commented in the positive for his ideas and actions. The park ...

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ISIS has to be target Editor, OBSERVER: The solution for putting an end to ISIS lies in our willingness to hunt them down like the animals they are, and get down in the gutter to unleash hell on each and every one of them. Forget about political correctness, forget about taking ...

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Give residents compost access Editor, OBSERVER: I would like to comment on the OBSERVER’s June 1 article “Resident: Village is dumping on private property.” My opinion is that Fredonia village residents should be able to use some of this compost. It is village material and we pay to ...

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Editor, OBSERVER: I have been blessed to be able to have the best of both worlds — home for the summer and Arizona for the winter. This was no accident; it was planed years ago after I returned from Korea. On Christmas day, I will be 88 years old. It has been a wonderful life, or at ...

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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 ...

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Somber words as holiday nears Editor, OBSERVER: With the upcoming Memorial Day on , I thought this poem very appropriate and I’m sure my Dad, now passed, had this special day in mind when he wrote it. UNKNOWN SOLDIER Poem written by Carleton R. Lancaster. Rest soldier in your long ...

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Worries go ignored in city Editor, OBSERVER: I would not normally complain about things, but last fall my neighbor poured a pad for a lawn shed. It was about six inches from the property line. They took all the dirt from the pouring of cement and threw it on my lawn, destroying a section of ...

Don’t forget Mom on her day!

Editor, OBSERVER: Often the first smile we see, and the first voice we hear is that of our mother. She nurtures us, cares for us, consoles us when we are hurt and worries about us when we are not there. Our mothers are our greatest champions, the ones who love us no matter what we do. ...

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Today notable in U.S. history Editor, OBSERVER: Because I am a member of the Jamestown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, I received an e-mail from the New York VIS Committee about the Cannon Trail Monument to be unveiled at Crown Point Historic Site today. The email ...

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Logic lacking in school breaks Editor, OBSERVER It’s time for common sense to prevail! The two largest school districts in northern Chautauqua County have decreed a two-week spring break rather than one week in February and one around Easter. There is no benefit either educationally or ...

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Editor, OBSERVER: The headline, “Pomfret moving forward with county water” (April 24), misrepresents the town of Pomfret’s water supply systems because it deals only with the Van Buren Water District. The town also operates the Chestnut Road, Berry Road, west side of Johnson Street, ...

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Other options for business Editor, OBSERVER: I support the concerns of Roberta Mastrelli in the People’s column (April 9). Great Lakes Refrigeration does not belong in a residential area but in one of the many commercial sites available in the city. The first time around the zoning ...

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An Easter message from the Dunkirk mayor Editor, OBSERVER: As many of us travel for this holiday season, I wish each and everyone a most cheerful and blessed Easter. This is a time that is meant for hope, rebirth and renewal. It is those sentiments that I feel for the city of Dunkirk. We ...

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Zoning board ignores issues Editor, OBSERVER: Thanks to the city of Dunkirk and the Zoning Board for throwing Fairview Avenue and neighboring streets “under the bus” by approving the Great Lakes Cold Storage. The majority was ignored. Much was not mentioned in the follow-up in your ...

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Labels only confuse issues Editor, OBSERVER Could we please stop saying “Repeal and Replace?” Words matter. As long as that is the mantra, Republicans will be trapped by a rallying cry that failed and Democrats will refuse to cooperate. Meanwhile, thousands of people are anxious ...

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Residents get heated over zoning Editor, OBSERVER: This is an open letter to Mayor Willie Rosas; Patrick Corbett, owner of Great Lakes Cold Storage; members of the Zoning and Appeals Board; Bob Bankoski, legislator; Rebecca Yanus, development director, city of Dunkirk. You have ...